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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Blowhole NotQuiteAPillowPet on: December 06, 2010 10:58:14 AM
You're welcome!   My son loves his and won't sleep with his regular pillow now.   I think I've created a monster.   Good luck with yours.  Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dr. Blowhole NotQuiteAPillowPet on: November 03, 2010 11:57:08 AM
My son requested a Dr. Blowhole (From Penguins of Madagascar) Pillow Pet and being the good Mom that I am, I made him one:

Here's what Dr. Blowhole looks like:

The tutorial is on my blog here:  http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-create-dr-blowhole.html

Basically, I used one stuffed dolphin (cut in two pieces), one pillow and one gray chenille throw blanket cut to pillow size.  I destuffed the pillow then sandwiched the pillow and chenille piece along with velcro tags to close it up and sewed them together.  I sewed the tail into the bottom part, then restuffed the pillow.  Then I added the head into the top and sewed it closed.    The tute is much clearer and has more pics, but that's it in a nutshell.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Lego Minifig Costume for my Son on: October 22, 2010 05:37:17 PM
Thanks!  He won the school contest for best homemade costume with it and tied with another for most creative.  Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lego Minifig Costume for my Son on: October 22, 2010 10:26:30 AM
I made a Lego Minifig Costume for my son:

Here is the top of the head:

And from the back:

I'm really proud of this one.   You can get a few more details from my blog here:http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/10/lego-minifig-halloween-costume.html

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Aging Paper on: June 29, 2010 06:56:46 AM
I just soak a normal lipton tea bag in some warm water, and then I rub the soaked tea bag all over the paper. Tear the edges roughly, or (carefully) singe the edges off (really easy to overdo, so beware!) Sounds simple, but it works better than anything I've tried.

Oooooh, I wish I had tried the singeing.  Great idea!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Aging Paper on: June 29, 2010 06:55:58 AM
I want to give this a try! Do you think lime juice would do the same thing as lemon? I don't see why not, but eh, thought I would ask. We have lime juice for making buttermilk, but no lemon!

I think lime juice would do just as well!  Good luck!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Renovated Kitchen Countertops! on: May 12, 2010 05:56:02 PM
They've held up surprisingly well.  I've been very careful with them.  For me, the newness hasn't even begun to wear off.   Wink  There are a few minor scratches, but those were caused by carelessness and are not noticeable unless you're down very close to the finish.   I have placed very warm stuff on them with no problems, but haven't tested it with extremely hot items.  I use hot pads instead.  I'm also careful to use cutting boards and not cut directly on the surface. 

I figure that after all my hard work getting this finish just right, I'd probably have a stroke if I damaged it.  That being said, I also do not treat it like glass either.  We put stuff on it, move it around and treat it like a regular counter.  We just don't abuse it.

The product that we used is regularly used by restaurants on their tables.  You can only imagine the abuse it takes in that kind of environment.  I could probably be a lot rougher on the counters than I am and it would still do well.

On the whole, I'm extremely happy with how it has held up. 

Hope that helps you!  If you do this project, please post pics.  I wanna see them!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: DIY WPI Tool and Link to Tutorial on: May 10, 2010 09:24:03 AM
You're quite welcome! Have fun!  Grin
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Pinewood Derby Skateboard Car on: April 15, 2010 07:46:03 PM
Thanks!  My kid was really proud of it.  It has pride of place on his bookshelf.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Circus Clown Hats on: April 15, 2010 07:44:46 PM
Thanks!  My youngest looks absolutely adorable in his and loves it to pieces.
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