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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My 'new' chairs <3 on: November 18, 2011 08:01:59 AM
So about a year ago when we were moving in, our neighbors were moving out.  At that point the only thing
we had in the house was an air mattress, a few dishes, computer, and the important things I could fit in my
car.  We had a house full of stuff coming, but I knew I wanted to change some of it.  I had noticed the family
was moving out, and they put some great stuff on the curb.  Including 4 really great kitchen chairs.  Best part
to me was they were all different from each other.  I've always wanted that.  Anywho, So far I have redone 3
of the 4.  I have only had them for about a year... It's about time I got to work on them! lol

Before- In rough shape, but had great potential.

After- I still have one more to sand and paint.
The lighting isn't great because I took these at night with only my interior lighting. :\ The seat in the now green
chair was too moldy to be saved so I had to replace the entire seat.  It still needs a cushion, but it can be used.
I'm thinking of putting black seat cushions on them all.

I'm super proud of my chairs, and so in love with them.  I can't wait to finish the last one.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Replacing the seat of a kitchen chair.... on: October 09, 2011 07:01:20 PM
I have a great chair that I saved from the trash.  Sadly the seat was too moldy to save.
I have never replaced the actual seat of a chair before, so I don't really know where to start.
The thought of getting some plywood/particle board crossed my mind.  But I don't have any
wood working tools to cut it to size.  So I thought that I could do some sort of webbing and
put a comfy cushion on it.... but where do I find the right sort of material for that? 

Any suggestions?
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My very own melted crayon art! {new picture added} on: September 15, 2011 01:23:59 PM
Here is a small piece of art work I did to go in my bathroom.  I forget where I first saw this... Pinterest maybe.
But I bought 12 boxes of crayons so I can do more.  For this one I pulled out all the colors that are on my shower curtain.

I peeled all the papers off the crayons, and used hot glue to attach them to the canvass.

Look at that texture!  I love it, and DH thinks we should hang it upside down so it looks like they
are melting UP the canvass.  I like that idea!

There was mention of wanting to see my curtain I had for inspiration.  Here ya go.

And my new rugs to go along with everything else.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / New side table! <3 EDIT- now pics after grout. on: September 15, 2011 01:17:19 PM
I'm not done with it yet, it still needs to be grouted.  But I am so excited about it I can't wait to share it!!

I have kept my eyes open for an end table to put in the living room.  Last weekend I found one at Goodwill
for an extra 50% off, making it only $6!! I was excited, and I LOVE the shape of it.  I had decided to spray
paint the table the same color I painted some frames a while back since I just love the color so much.  But I
wanted to do something really special for the top.  So I decided to get colored marbles.  the ones that are flat
on one side.  Glue them to the table and grout over top of them.  I painted the top white so the colors would
show extra bright! This morning I glued the marbles, and I plan to grout it very soon.


Getting painted

With the white top

Beads getting glued on

All done
You can see where I ended off to the left where I had used all the colors, leaving only yellow. :\

Almost done... only need to grout it now!

This is the very first time I have grouted anything at all.  I'm happy with it.
It still needs to be sealed, but I have to wait till tonight to make sure the grout has set.

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer paper COLTS stencil on onsie and tutu on: August 23, 2011 03:08:55 PM
My friend had a baby on the first of this month.  I had told her a number of months ago I would
do this for her and am just now actually doing it.  Good thing her baby is super tiny, and will prolly
be about 12mo before it will fit in this 3-6 shirt. lol  I still need to add the number 17 to the back
like how they want it.  Apparently they know #17 on the Colts team.  I'm not big on sports, I have
no idea who the guy is!  But here yea go.  I just did a google image search for the shoe, sized it
right, and used paint for the txt.  This is also the first time i have done a stencil with floaters. I was
a bit nervous abuot messing it up, but I think it came out nice.

26  COOKING / Dessert / Care Bear Massacre Cake-- Photo Tute on: August 18, 2011 08:55:14 AM
So these rainbow cakes are all over Pinterest, and when I first saw it, I knew I wanted to try it.
I am not much of a baker, but I have been in the mood to try new things lately.  So here ya go.
I took pictures of just about every step, so it is somewhat of a picture tutorial I guess.

And all these colors remind me of Care Bears!

Start with the essentials.  I went with the 4 egg white option.
Ohh, pre-heat your oven!

Add eggs, oil, and water.

Mix it all together.

Separate into as many bowls as you will have colors.  I mixed red and blue for purple!

Add food coloring.

Mix them all together.  Something to think about-- use different utensils for mixing.  
I wasted a bit wiping the knife I used going from color to color. I know, I'm silly!

Randomly add the colors to your cake pan. I wish I had a fancy round one!

I think it looks like the food from 'HOOK' the Robin Williams movie of the Peter Pan story.
The part where they were teaching him how to use his imagination at dinner time, and
they end up having a food fight!

A shot from the oven!

Hot from the oven!

I forgot to grease the dish (told you I am not much for baking) so instead of tearing
it to pieces getting it out, I just frosted it in the dish.  Look at those colors!

My dirty dishes have never been so happy and colorful! Smiley

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Hanging Pot Rack on: August 15, 2011 12:32:34 PM
Any ideas? 

I want to put a small pot rack in my kitchen above the sink.  Space is not really an issue, I have plenty of cabinets to store them all,
I just want a cool pot rack to hang them on.  I love my pots, not one of them matches, and I LOVE it.  The thought of being able to
see them every time I enter the kitchen.  But I have no idea where to start. 
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / T-shirt pillows on: August 11, 2011 01:14:24 AM
I have a big red couch, and over sized chair.  I love it!
But I want to give it a bit more character.  I was thinking of going to GW and buying up a bunch of great screen Tees
and making pillows to replace the huge back pillows that are on it now.  Just not sure if I want the Tee fabric to be used
on both sides, or cut up the red pillow coverings that the big pillows are made from.  I had the thought if I do this than I
can easily turn around the ones that might will have something possibly offensive to company.

Not that I really care, but we are Military and I deal in pet rescue, so different people come over.  What would you suggest?
I don't mind cutting up these ginormous red pillows and use it as backing for T-shirt pillows, just wondering if anyone else
here might have a better idea.  I DO plan on using the stuffing from the big red ones so I do not have to buy any.

Thoughts.... give 'em here!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hoots of a different color <3 on: August 06, 2011 03:40:59 PM
Like many of you can def understand... I have an addiction to Goodwill shopping.
I really try and stay away so I do not go broke.  Because lets face face it... I have
a severe case of 'Who needs money when I have this magic plastic card here.'  So
last week DH and I went poking around GW.  As we were about to leave I just hardly
notice out of the corner of my eye a very lonely looking owl.  Ohh, did I mention that
I love owls as well?!

I just HAD to give him a loving new home.  And for $2.25 who could would argue with
me about it right!  We get home and he is perching quietly on the kitchen counter.  Much
different from the actual live parrot in the house. :\  I decided that since his coloring did
not go so well with my rather colorful living area.  And I had been meaning to spray some
of my picture frames anyways.  

I make my way down to Home Depot in search of one of my most recent favorite colors.
TURQUOISE! I find a very dark 'lagoon' color that I approved of, and ran back home!  Along
with 6 or so frames, he got a nice cleaning, and colorful shower!  I love the way he turned
out.  He is just perfect!  I also found out there is a mate to him!  If anyone has one of these
I would def be willing to buy him from you as well as pay shipping.

So here is a pic I found online of the two together, and then what he looks like now.  <3
I think I will name him Herald.

Online photo of before

30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fruit stand/tray on: July 20, 2011 08:52:00 AM
I guess this goes here..... I don't really post a lot, I'm more of a lurker... but her ya go.

I have a nice big ceramic type bowl I put all my fruit in, but we have been buying a lot more lately, and I wanted
something with a little more color to it since I am running with a few colors in mind for my decor.  So I made this
I got 2 plates, and a great candle stick at the Goodwill store, spray painted the candle stick, glued a nice color card
to the bottom of the top plate, and then glued it all together with E-6000 glue.  Let me know what you think.



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