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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Quilting tablecloths? Noob question about backing and interfacing on: June 05, 2013 06:54:44 AM
So yeah, my googling skills have failed me. What do YOU do when making tablecloths? Just a backing without anything in between, or some sort of interfacing? Without anything I think they tend to get a bit too flimsy and uneven, but I haven't really seen interfacing thin enough to still get a "flowing" fabric. We don't have handy stores for these kinds of things where I live; I have to go looking online, but I need to know what to search for! The thinnest thing I have above clothes interfacing is a "grill" interfacing (thin-as-to-be-worthless-for-it pot holder interfacing), which I think is far too stiff for this kind of thing.

What do you do? Do you have any examples to show, and tell me what you've done? Smiley
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly key hanger (pic heavy) on: February 14, 2013 07:35:14 AM
I'm not sure it's relevant to warn with "pic heavy" anymore like it was when I joined back in 2004 or something, but instinct says... Cheesy

Long story short: Needed keyhanger. Made keyhanger.



Short story long:

Had a bit of wood left over from another project, which I painted white and then decoupaged with russian newspaper and helpful cats >_>


Looking all bubbly and newspapered and a bit off


Thin, uneven coat of white, just to make things flow together better


Started butterfly!


Now this is where I got in the zone and forgot to take pictures, but essentially I outlined the butterfly in pale blue, and when I was happy with the outline, I filled that in with black (just the lines mind you). When that was done, I started filling in the background. Sloppy as ever, but with a handful of different colors and being pale enough, it will blend into the background well enough. I used the same pale blue, pale green, pale gray, white, and slightly darker blue. It just needed some background noise to not look quite as glued on.
Then I filled in the butterfly with slightly darker blue, and started filling in the black bits. First the thicker outline, then the lines across the wings.

Finished butterfly includes white dots and a dark blue wash around the outer bits of the blue, for just ever so slightly more depth. (the top right wing got all washed over...)


Overview before the lacquer


Lacquered with polyurethane to withstand the scraping of the keys, and screws added (I drilled holes with my dremel first, because.. it's very thin wood!)


The hanging is on the sides, because at first I wanted it up top, but realized this is probably going to be very side-heavy as soon as you take one of the keys off, and it's a VERY thin piece, so "ears" it is

And complete!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Doily table runner on: January 18, 2013 06:16:01 AM


Pardon the cardboard boxes, my table just isn't that long. Cheesy My mom has been keeping these doilies in a bureau for years, inherited bits too precious for a crafter to throw away, but not that useful.

She does however use table runners a whole lot, so when I saw this pin I had to grab them.

The original project says she just tied them together, which seems a little unreliable to me, so I bought some wash-away interfacting, pinned everything to that, and just machined some seams in the middle of every intersection. Throwing it in the washer also removed all the stabilizer from the doilies, but it seems to dry flat enough after some ironing. Cheesy

I didn't quite get the charming, random look of the original, because the engineer in me went for filling in all uneven spaces to get a proper rectangle, but it might be good enough. Smiley
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Search broken? on: January 06, 2013 11:25:24 PM
I was trying to find the old hoopla idea threads, but even when I only check "new swap theme ideas", it still searches all boards. The search isn't very clever as it is, so without the board selection it's almost unusable Sad
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Crackers ...but.. without.. crack >_> on: December 16, 2012 04:51:09 AM
We used to make these all the time when I was a kid, but only for decorations to hang on the tree - there was nothing in them, and we'd usually glue bookmarks on them rather than take the shortcut of using stickers (it sort of makes me sound older than I am - we had stickers, but that wasn't how it was done!)

For this christmas I had the urge to make a load of them, and put candy in them this time around. Still nothing that make them into the "cracker" bit of the name though, but I feel candy suffices Wink

Because I have no christmas tree for them, they're just all over the apartment, making it look like a cheerleader gathering, which also means I can't get them into one shot, soooo SPAM TIME





(boyfriend made this one!)


Fluffy reindeer isn't part of the cracker, it's just hanging out of the way of the cats... (and I like fluffy reindeer, but I did NOT buy him myself, it's an odd gift from mom)


Different style when my friend did hers this way which reminded me that's how we used to make them... but I prefer straight tassles



















Sooo, yeah. I've got three hanging from my lamp (the last three, one of which didn't show up against the backlight of the window so I had to hold it against the fridge to take a pic), five hanging from my kitchen shelf, and five on my magnetic note board... Cheesy I'm going to have to make my parents buy a christmas tree soon and dump six of them on their tree Wink
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Christmas cards on: December 15, 2012 03:04:54 AM
Stamped, highlighted, cut, and mounted. Cheesy I'm pretty satisfied with them. (right click and hit View Image for full size)



The camera bugged out a bit on the combined blue and yellow light from my window and lamp, and decided to overcompensate the yellow, so imagine them a bit "warmer" looking. More vintage brownish-red than wine red. Cheesy

Since it's two layers of paper, they won't hold up on their own in the mail, so I stamped some envelopes to go with them

17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / That's a very nice everything you've got there... on: September 07, 2012 07:59:50 AM
So for today's silly craft I made a minecraft creeper (sphax texture) to put in a dark corner of my boyfriend's desk



Now I need firecrackers and a motion detector...

(the creeper came from here because everything you want to do has already been thought of, so you won't have to do the ground work)

sorry for the picture quality, my phone doesn't like dark corners Cheesy
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sprayed mirror frame, step by step (lots of pics!) on: July 21, 2012 11:53:29 PM
Tada!



Step by step:

I saw this slightly bland but promising frame at ikea yesterday and decided it needed a colorchange and a new purpose in life



So I removed the back (not pictured above even, I'd already removed it - it was just a simple snap-on-snap-off backing) and cut off three of the four picture-support thingies - leaving one for the mirror to rest on once I glued it on


only one support left...

...you can probably use a dremel or something. I had this saw thing.

Then I sprayed the whole thing black! Making sure I got every nook and cranny...



It was this awesome hobby spray that only takes 2-3 minutes to dry (less even, but it says 2-3 minutes). ...then a coat of red, going only from the inside out, at about 45 degree angle





Then a final black coat, going from the inside out at about 5-10 degree angle, plus a little distance-spraying over the whole thing to darken it, and close range spraying at the outside (to get rid of stray red misty coating) and the flat part inside the patterned bit.





Then I grabbed a mirror (from a 4 pack from ikea) and glued it to the back with some sort of workman's glue my dad has been using for housework, resting against the support I left on the mirror. I put the really thick strands of glue about an inch away from the opening, as the mirror is almost as wide as the frame anyway, which let the glue move about when pressed together, without peeking out in front.

Giving us a complete mirror that suits its room a lot better than if it had stayed white!





19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Simple wallpapered mirrors on: April 19, 2012 12:08:58 AM
It's time for another daily crummy cell phone pic! Cheesy



Got these decorate-your-own-mirror mirrors at IKEA, and decided to wallpaper them. The idea is that if my mom likes the thought, we can hang these in the hallway at the summer house, opposite the door to the room that's along the longer wall, which will reflect some light (as the hallway has no windows). (where they'd be hanging on a whiteish wall, not standing on my crummy sofa against my not-my-choice orange wallpaper)

The bambooish wallpaper is from the room they'd be hanging opposite, the gray wallpaper is from my room at the end, and I have one more mirror to dress up once they get around to wallpapering the guest room / office / whatever, so there would be three mirrors in the hallway tying in to the rooms it connects to.

I should've put the gray wallpaper a little further down, but (which  you can't see in the pic unfortunately) there's a watermark-like stamp on the bottom right as well, with some text, that I was trying to fit in properly. So it looks a bit less off in real life, but would still have been better just a little further down.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mini bottle-ish earrings on: April 18, 2012 10:06:48 AM
I found these really really tiny bottles at the craft store, dark wire already attached, and I knew I had to make earrings out of them (because I'd be too afraid to crush a necklace against something) They're less than an inch high I think, and the cork comes out, so I filled them with beads and attached some hooks!



I broke one of the corks because I'd pushed it down really hard and then decided it was a little too full with beads, so I had to take some out...  Undecided Lesson learned.

And here's the token action shot of geek-faces-daylight-and-tries-not-to-squint-against-at-the-brightness-of-a-cloudy-day

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