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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Alter Ego Lamp on: September 16, 2005 04:07:15 PM


I was inspired by this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=27711.0

But, things seem to fall down from my ceiling and the head is REALLY heavy.

So, i turned it into a lamp. It is modeled after my superhero alter ego!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / butt-pocket welcome sign planter on: June 26, 2005 07:14:29 AM
I cut the pocket off of an old pair of jeans, added a ribbon, and, in my kindergarten style embriodery, wrote "welcome." it hangs on the front door filled with impatiens.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / cat scratching house on: March 24, 2005 02:56:56 PM
Has anyone ever made a house/cat scratcher - you know, the big carpteted things for the cat to climb around in and scratch?

I've thought that Edmond would love one, but i don't want to drop a load of $$ at petsmart for something that doesn't even match my house! I'd love ideas/pictues of homemade ones.
My mom is (sort of - she dropped the class i signed her up for because instructor was an ass...)getting into woodworking, so maybe I could make a pattern and she could do it as a "birthday gift" for her "grandson."  Roll Eyes

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / tour of my colorful apartment on: March 18, 2005 07:53:18 PM
Some of the individual pieces are posted elsewhere, but here is how it all fits together - sort of.

(this is new) before you walk in, my container garden - i have a serious case of yard envy;


Front of the apartment - the kitchen/living/dining areas are all open:











my bedroom:





my happy yellow bathroom:



boyfriend donny's blue bathroom (and yes, that postcard is a boob!)





our office / craft room



5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Picture frames and random fun things UPDATE on: March 18, 2005 07:26:21 PM
Here is the newest:


It is an old lamp, i think my mom got it at Target a long time ago. It was very plain. I got the green lampshade and iron on flowers at Michaels, then used those colors for painting the lamp base. The drawers are very handy for hiding odds and ends on my nightstand! Wink

Well in the hallway - hence crappy angle for picture - Boyfriend Donny and I leave each other messages and cartoons on the fun chalkboard. I esp. love the fun wood bucket from Hobby Lobby that i painted:


Also, the hallway was so DARK - there was no lighting there so i hung up these outdoor summer lights from target. Yay for command hooks!

In the front hall i have this mirror. I originally did it years ago to hang over kitchen sink and lighten up the dark kitchen. The things around it are tin ornaments from Mexico that my mom sent to remind me of home (San Antonio, where they are everywhere!)



when i was in New Orleans, i found this plate rack at a craft store, got some cheap frames to paint, and here we are:



Here are some picture frames i did recently, still need to find pics for them:



And here, i <3 wood peg hooks from the craft store, this is a 99cent one i painted. I actually have several of these in the front entryway.

Wink Wink
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / fun light switches on: March 18, 2005 06:18:01 PM
When i painted the bathroom, the light switch covers were clear and had an insert of the former ugly wallpaper. I found postcards from a "Play with your food" book and used them as inserts.





In Boyfrind Donny's bathroom, i was looking for something other than boring off-white plastic that was there. I was inspired by fancy metal ones with wire swirls and marbles at an art gallery - this was my cheaper version:



unfortunately Boyfriend Donny keeps knocking them off. At first i used super glue, but that was crappy and left a cloudy residue around the marbles. then i tried craft glue, which stinks and still didn't hold. Most recently i used some really stinky stuff for repairing car decals. we'll see if it holds...
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Red and Peach Flower Stamp Kitchen on: March 18, 2005 05:33:05 PM
I painted my kitchen awhile back, but finally borrowed a digicam and hence the craftster posting frenzy.

This is the whole kitchen:


and up close where i stamped around the hooks:



Where i stamped flowers:



And also, i put a red background for this wire rack:
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Painted Furniture *new stuff added on: March 18, 2005 05:15:48 PM
Here is the latest, a furniture revamp for my boyfriend's dresser and nightstand. He picked the colors. They are a bit girly but at least it matches the other stuff there. I wish i had before pics to show how different it looks. Oh well, picture beat up brown stained wood with plastic faux leather trim...




Here are some pictures of things i have painted. Most of them are done using acrylic craft paint. The "wine rack" is metail so i used metal craft paint.

Happy pink chair - this one reminds me of a lisa frank notebook!


I love this school desk/chair - i got it from my old work, we had a bunch of these lying around and my boss hated them because of the awkward shape. This took a lot of masking tape!



The purple stool i did years ago as a TV stand - now i have a bar so it is a stool. I had to do another one since Boyfriend Donny moved in because we were fighting over it!




i have one sad lonely bottle of wine at the moment on this - it was actually a bathroom organizer, originally...

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Happy Giant Paper Mache Flowers w/short tutorial on: March 18, 2005 04:49:14 PM
I made these flowers as a decoration for my bedroom. They take up the wall over my bed. Now that they are done, I want to add a few more, it looks a bit empty.

First, i used wire to make a frame for each flower.

Then, i paper mache-ed each one, with strips of newspaper and a flour/water mix. It took at least 2-3 coats on each flower to make them thich enough.

Then I sealed each one with Mod-podge. This prevents mold (one did get moldy while waiting to dry, but the mod podge seemed to halt this) and also gives a better surface for painting.

Paint flowers with happy colors of your choice. I used about 2 coats of solid colors, then for the top coat i used multiple colors blended together. I am partial to the Folk Art metallic colors, since they give a nice shiny texture.

Finish with mod podge.

I used small pieces of wire that i punched through the paper to hook on the wire insides, then looped these around and hung on nails to mount.

enjoy!


10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Clothespin clips on: March 18, 2005 04:39:37 PM
This is a neat, cheap idea for organizing or displaying pictures, notes, etc.

I took apart clothespins, painted, and reassembled. I used strips of command adhesive from 3M (cut to make them fit) to adhere to the wall.

For others, i used a long piece of wire (18 guage, i think) from Home Depot and strung it through the springs, twisting it into an interesting pattern.

I have also done these with magnets, though i have no pics of those.




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