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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Decoupaged microwave on: February 19, 2004 03:37:06 PM
  Can I do this without a problem since microwaves heat up?  I have a ton of comics and stickers that I thought would be great for this project but I've never decoupaged before.  Any suggestions?
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / DIY furniture on: February 17, 2004 10:46:42 AM
It seems a lot of us poor folks are in need of some crafty ideas for furniture, myself included.  I was wondering if anyone has made anything they would like to share and hopefully give directions on for our funky abodes!

Here are a few things I have heard of or am doing:
Shelving seems pretty simple to diy.  Just find some milk crates or cinderblock and wood planks, or anything else with a cubby hole or stackable feel to it.  Decorate as you wish.

I have heard for a bed platform that milkcrates not only work for holding your bed up but can be under the bed storage as well.

I'm in the process of making a large ottoman/bookshelf right now with four milkcrates, some fabric, and eyelets.  Tell you when I get finished.

I'm also making a winerack with cinderblocks at the moment.

Well, now it's your turn to share.  Share, share!
33  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / cinder blocks on: February 15, 2004 06:38:21 PM
  There's a dumpster in town that has a ton of old cinderblocks laying around waiting to be snagged up.  I know I can use them to make a standard cinder block and wood shelf but I'm thinking of doing something different.  The only things I can think of off hand is a) a winerack, but I would have to somehow pad the inside of the blocks or they would probably scratch/break the bottles, and b) stacking them and then putting a piece of glass ontop for a funky side table.  But is it expensive for glass?  Any other ideas for them?
34  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Reuse for skeleton pants on: February 08, 2004 12:57:14 AM
  I bought a pair of pajama pants with skulls on them the Halloween after last.  After lots of wear and tear (yes, I wore them out repeatedly...I'm a dork, I know) they were getting a little, well worn and torn.  So I decided to make some pillows out of the legs byy simply cutting the legs off, stuffing and sewing.  I kept the top/crotch area as well, sewed the bottom up after splitting the seam, and plan to tack it up on my wall as a catch all.  I might use it as a holder for those grocery bags I reuse over and over.  It's still got the drawstring top to close it up.  I don't have a digi cam up right now, but I'll try to take pics soon.  Hope you like the idea!
35  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / a couple packaging questions on: January 02, 2004 10:11:57 PM
  I make a lot of liquid soap, and am hoping to eventually sell them via consignment and also flea markets, etc.  I was wondering if anybody has any ideas on packaging containers themselves.  I need to buy them in bulk, obviously, and as cheap as possible but I was hoping to do something with a bit of zing.  I wanted to use recycled containers from home (ketchup and mustard bottles, etc) but I was worried that they wouldn't look as professional for one and that they wouldn't always be the same liquid oz amount.  I know I could always use the same bottle over and over but I don't exactly use gallons of condiments a week!  Another problem I have come across is finding a decent waterproof label.  I don't want to have to laminate things, and the best idea I have come up with thus far is using slick adhesive (think stickers) sheets and print label on that.  
Thanks for any advice!
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Coffee table chandelier? on: January 02, 2004 09:50:23 PM
   I don't know if anyone on this site has seen the new Lifetime show called "Merged" in which a couple's belongings get merged together while they are on their honeymoon.  Anyway, they have a plethora of great ideas on there, and I saw a glass topped coffee table hanging upside down above the dining room table decorated with glass marble beads and candles.  They explained a little how it was done but I wasn't in the room.  I get the idea of hanging from the ceiling...barely, lol.  What I am really wandering is how they secured the glass top...I saw a few clamp like things on the table itself while it was hanging and the designer said that they had to secure the glass.  Don't know why I'm worrying about this just now considering I rent, but I really wanna know!  Any ideas?
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / brainstorming and how to start? on: December 12, 2003 02:33:49 AM
A couple of close friends and myself have decided to start an online herbal/all natural and crafts business. It will have an alternative religion slant.  Currently we are doing research not only on what products we would like to sell, but also on the financial and legal aspects of starting a business.  My brain is swimming with multiple ideas, but I am not sure the best way to organize them and the steps needed to make this business a success, which is what we all really hope for.  Any advice from people that were in my situation would be appreciated, as well as references for other places to look for more advice.  Thanks!
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