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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafty Assignment Books, or "Totalling The Text Of Tots For Trade: A How To" on: January 23, 2011 11:54:17 AM
I know these sorts of projects have been done to death, yet I can't help but be proud of these little puppies.

There are numerous tutes out there teaching all sorts of complicated bookbinding techniques, but if you're looking for an easy project that you can do in an evening while it snows outside, give these tiny tomes a try.

Little Golden Books work great to start out with, because they're just two pieces of cardboard stapled together, holding the pages in between.

Pry out the staples (carefully) by making little slices in the gold paper and bending the staples with a pair of pliers.  Once you've done that, the book will fall apart easily.

Cut several sheets of paper to size, I just used the cardboard book itself as a pattern.

Stack all the pages together, and clamp them with a couple of those butterfly clips you can easily steal from work or 'borrow' from someone's desk.

I used a trim nail punch to hammer three holes through the stacks of paper, and threaded thin ribbon through the holes.

These are so easy, I made them for everyone in my family for Christmas and they loved them!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paint sample curtain, or "What to do with 600 paint squares" on: August 14, 2010 12:56:10 PM
What does one do with a hot stack of paint samples and a bare window?  Merge!

Supplies needed:
  • Lots and lots of paint samples.  The author of this post does not condone the theft of massive amounts of paint samples from one store.*
  • String
  • Glue
  • Paint brush that is near death

A very easy project, but one that is quite a time-sucker if you're covering a large window.  I cut the tops and bottoms off of each sample so that the black text wouldn't show, and sandwiched a piece of string between two glued pieces. 

Since this picture was taken, I've trimmed along the bottom samples so that they don't hang down unevenly over the window ledge.

Enjoy your modern window covering!

*Go to a couple, space it out a bit.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Goodwill chair makeover, or "From Basement to Butt-Worthy" on: August 14, 2010 12:33:55 PM
You need chairs?  I needed chairs, too.  Too bad nice new chairs cost so much money.
Thats why, with a workin' girl's budget (which we really know means "why couldn't I have just found something on bulky trash day?") I headed to my local thrift store.

Found these beauties for $1 apiece, who had the gall to get rid of these?!:

We've all seen these chairs, they're usually stacked in the corner of some church basement. 

Take off the cushions with a screwdriver...

Sand, prime (its worth it) and spraypaint.

Some old curtains made great slipcovers.  Don't worry about getting carried away with fancy pinning and stressful seams.  They're your damn chairs, right?  Staple gun time!

No offense intended toward those who are big fans of fancy pinning and stressful seams.

The roll of white duct tape I bought at Home Depot cost more than all 4 chairs!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Carpet square rug...the poor girl's floor covering! on: August 14, 2010 11:51:06 AM
When I moved into my own apartment I needed something to cover up the awful apartment carpeting I was stuck with.  CL didn't turn up much other than a lot of old-fashioned floral numbers, and even though it was easy to find some beautiful rugs in the store, they were just too expensive.
With a working girl's budget in mind, (which for most of us DIYers means "as little scratch as possible") I looked all over the internet for ideas.  I found those classy carpet squares that fit together, but the price tag was terrifying.  After looking at a few tutorials here and there, I ventured out to my local carpet store.  

I used:
  • carpet squares (mine were just $1 each)
  • Box cutter
  • Carpet binding tape
  • Carpet edging tape
  • Scissors

I laid out my squares the way I wanted them, and flipped them all over.  I used a pattern made of cardboard and cut around the edges with my box cutter.

Heads up, your rug gets much smaller as you do this!

I used carpet binding tape to join the edges.  This stuff gets a little pricey, I stopped using it (i.e. ran out) about halfway through and just bound the rest of the edges with white glue.  Meh, who cares.  Its your damn rug, right?

Its easy to make and pretty to look at, but you want to know the best part?  Last week I spilled something on it and I didn't feel bad at all.  I love affordable projects.

Websites that helped:
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pink and black ribbon flowers--My cousin's punk rock bouquet! on: February 21, 2010 07:30:07 PM

I made these ribbon flower bouquets and boutonnieres for my cousin's beautiful bride Tanya, a punk rock girl who loves pink and black.  I had a lot of fun coming up with the different ideas, and I may have gotten a little business out of it--her sister caught the bouquet and asked me to make her wedding flowers!

I used taffeta, floral wire, floral tape (love that stuff), wire edged ribbon, feathers, and those teeny tiny ribbon roses that cost about 99 cents each.  You'll need scissors, needlenose pliers, and a hot glue gun....the ribbon can get kind of expensive, I should have thought ahead about that!

I don't have any pictures of me making them, but this website shows how I achieved the basic ruffled rose.   http://www.save-on-crafts.com/howtomakribr.html
 I wrapped little bunches of taffeta and feathers together, and floral taped the heck out of all the stems to make it have that smooth look.  You can use the same technique and achieve a wide variety of looks.

Even made a little one for my 7 year old cousin to carry around...

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