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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Dumpster Rescue (trunk) on: July 15, 2009 12:07:31 PM
A crappy old trunk, found dumpster-side, that had a big hole in the side and looked pretty rough.
MODPODGE to the rescue! I put that ____ on everything!



I'm a big fan of mixing old and new, ruffled and rugged, ham n glam (I ran out of good analogies)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How about a stump for a side-table? on: July 15, 2009 11:50:24 AM
It's an idea I've been juggling for a long while... but haven't found any stumps yet. There is a campground just past town where I can see that they cut their own firewood but I just feel silly going up there to ask "do you have a coffee-table-sized stump I can purchase from you, and for how much?"
Maybe I will. I saw it in a mag and it looked awesome! 'Specially with my dark brown, pink, & teal living room decor... perfect touch of nature and texture!
Any ideas where a good stump would be found? It's a novel idea? Right?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / wadya kno about diggin trees? on: July 15, 2009 11:44:08 AM
I live on an acre beside a lake, surrounded by pretty trees and bushes of all varieties. My acre is a plain square lot with out a single living plant on it. But along the back of my property is a lovely forest full of new and old trees just begging to spread into my open space. I want to welcome them!
My MIL once told me that you can transplant anything so long as more than half the roots are intact and you give it lotsa water.
Does that sound about right to you? Specifically I am wondering about those tall trees (birch, maybe?) that seem to have little trees growing around them, connected by the roots. If I hack that main connector root, and the little tree still has it's little roots attached, is that enough for it to start growing elsewhere? And do I transplant it into potting soil? Like, dig a jumbo hole, plop it in, fill with potting soil, and water water water? Good enough?

I just don't wanna start murdering trees behind my house  Roll Eyes
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rescued Little Chest of Drawers on: July 14, 2009 05:54:46 PM


This dresser was by a dumpster near my mom's apartment yesterday so I scooped it up, had my man♥servant cut and fit new drawer bottoms, spraybombed it with a thin coat of brown paint (to even out the flaws a bit), and then modpodged some cute pink and white houndstooth scrapbook paper to the sides. I left the top unpainted to make it contrast better. This was seriously the junkyest piece of junk I've ever picked up but it was one of my quickest, easiest, and cutest rescues. I like it for it's petite form, long legs, and tongue-and-groove surface.



Before


After


5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quick Clock Makeover on: July 14, 2009 03:20:39 PM
Nothin special, but just goes to show that with a couple sheets of scrapbook paper, you can make anything your own  Grin



not sure about the absence of numbers, tho.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Another Gnome Garden on: July 14, 2009 01:02:11 PM


Just wanted to share my gnome garden. My husband made the "superman box", and the house.



 I used gorilla glue to attach rocks to the sides of the house and to attach the cut up shingles to the roof.
I got the different varieties of moss from the back of my property. We live at a lake which makes all the right conditions for lots of moss to grow.



It's got a working fountain and I put a tealight inside the house when I'm entertaining, it looks like the gnomes are entertaining too!  Cheesy

the pictures really don't do it justice. there are mushrooms growing out of the moss near the fountain, and i used basil, rosemary, and baby's breath. there are about 5 or 6 different kinds of moss in there, some looks like grass, some looks like mini-brown tulips, some like bushes. the path was made of clay that i shaped into stepping stones but the weather turned them back into clay.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Thrifty Makeover on: July 13, 2009 07:57:49 PM
So the pic I am posting pretty much sums it all up. I paid $200 including paint and paint supplies, new bedding, rug, curtain and rod, accessories etc. Everything except for the curtain rod and the rug were thrift-store finds.




Hope to have inspired you!  Grin If you'd like to see a close-up of anything in particular, let me know, I'll add an individual pic. I didn't think this pic would load up as small as it did  Undecided
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Paper Lampshade Tutorial on: July 13, 2009 06:33:31 PM



You'll Need:
    -chickenwire
    -10ish sheets of cardstock (any color/s)
    -scissors
    -glue

1) Cut out a flower petal. Use it as a template to cut out many more flower petals.



2) Fold your flower petal in half lengthwise.



3)Curl one side of the petal outward and then pinch the other side closed on the fold.



4)Once you have five or six petals folded, glue them together with tacky glue.



5) Repeat. Repeat again. And again. Maybe make a new template for some smaller petals and make a few smaller flowers.

6) Get a big old lampshade. If you don't have a spare lampshade, make something to which you can glue the flowers. Chicken wire works.

7) Make A Chickenwire Lampshade
     1- Cut out a rectangle of chickenwire that measures about 3 feet by one foot.
     2-Use the frayed edges of wire to attach one short end to the other short end, and then manipulate
        the shape into an reasonably good excuse for a lamp-shade. Clean up the edges.
     3- Use whatever you have on hand (jewellery wire, sewing thread, hemp rope, garbage bag
         ties...) to rig up the top end of the chickenwire lampshade so that when you want to wire it, the
         shade will hang high enough on the cord that the bulb will dangle freely in the middle of the shade.
          *********I had two dryer-hose-clamps handy which U used in this project********

8 )  Glue the flowers to the shade. Hot glue worked well for me.
If you are using a regular lampshade then you might want to cut the point off of the flowers where all the petals met to be glued together (like, the bottom of the flower). Then you'd have a flat surface to work with.
 Use a good bulb so it doesn't heat up the paper too!! Roll Eyes





It took me about 3 hours to cut, fold, and glue all the flower petals.
Please post if you try this!!

~Inspired by a way-too-expensive lamp sold at a high end specialty site~
          
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