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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 04, 2016 07:59:54 AM
alwaysinmyroom- thanks for the suggestions. we've gone back and forth about the island and the microwave. in the old kitchen, we are always in each others way, so seperating the microwave from the stove will help. it's hard to know how big is to big with the work triangle. our table is off the other end of this room, and i liked the idea of being able to extend it into the kitchen when we have company, but that's only a couple times a year. i've also thought about using something movable as an island....i can imagine that a prep sink would be really handy though....
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / where is your craft space? on: February 03, 2016 05:44:42 AM
we're undergoing a major remodel after a kitchen fire. i have a big desk in our computer room, and we've talked about adding shelves for storage. i never seem to work there. it's good to have a door to hide the mess, but i usually work on projects in the living room where my family, and the tv is .if it's something messy i work in the kitchen.  i'm debating if i need to improve the craftroom,or move to a corner of the living room....
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Moveable ATC swap on: February 03, 2016 05:37:20 AM
i'd watch for this one! i like the small size, but an interesting challenge
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 03, 2016 05:24:30 AM
class/project-divination
house-gryffindor
project-kitchen remodel

The last few weeks have been hard, sorting what can be cleaned and what needs to be replaced. The contractors also demowed the kitchen down to the studs to remove the fire damage. Looking at the empty room, I think we turned a corner. the house is completely empty,so it's easier to see the new possibilities. We can look back at how we actually live in  our house, and imagine a future where it is working better for the family we are now. Looking at the floor plan, trying to squeeze more counter space in, i realized the kitchen doesn't have to even stay a kitchen! the new cabinets could go anywhere that scared my husband and the kids a little, but i was pretty excited, so we measured up the house, and i drew a larger plan.



the room all the way to the left was the kitchen, now that shifts to the middle of the house where it connects with the dining area. I am claiming the playroom all the way to the right as my new living room. we had added it on when the kids were in preschool. at 11 and 13, they are more into video games than toys, so the playroom was more of a micellaneaous junkroom, even though it's the biggest room in the house....Then that room back at the front (den/ study?)  gets the piano, a computer desk, maybe the elliptical.......i'm not sure what to call that room yet. lots of details to work out yet, but the contractor and electrician say it a good idea.  we're basically mirroring the kitchen from one side of a wall to another,so we aren't making plumbing changes,or moving walls. we haven't got a timeline yet, but we're hoping about 10 weeks from now before we are home again.

NEW KITCHEN LAYOUT


PERSPECTIVE DRAWING OF KITCHEN

5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap (Signups Jan 13-30; Sendouts Feb 20, 2016 on: January 27, 2016 08:33:41 AM
still a couple days left to sign up and this is super tempting. I'm low on craft supplies right now, but it's a small box...and i could use a little fun......
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 25, 2016 01:21:19 PM
mistress jennie-the potato crusted salmon looks delicious! when my kids were younger i left tuna casserole for dinner           when grandma and grandpa were babysitting. when the kids asked for potatoe chips to crumble on top, she thought     they were trying to trick her!

thanks for all the encouragement! the fire was quite a shock, but we are making progress at our house. we finished sorting things to be cleaned, and the crew started moving the rest out today, and demolishing the kitchen. they are estimating 3 months before we move back in. I started sketching ideas for the new kitchen. my husband was a little overwhelmed when i suggested actually moving the kitchen to a diffrent part of the house!

class/challenge- Always-black and white
house- gryffindor
project-FLOOR PLAN


The first stage in designing the new kitchen is drawing up the existing floor plan. In my prekids days, i worked for an architect. so i polished up those old skills. My husband helped me measure up the existing kitchen and adjoining pantry. then i got out my pencils and a ruler to draw it out to scale. now i have a place to start making the new plan. I would love to find a few more feet of counter space.




7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 19, 2016 09:23:17 AM
class-muggle studies
house-gryffindor
project-family tree

both wizards and muggles put a lot of value on family. a family tree can be a simple graph, or an elaborate tapestry. at times a bit too much value can be placed on ones family tree. i created one for my dad this fall, and he loved it, so i decided to create another one for my in-laws as a christmas present. I adapted the shape of the tree to suit the number of relatived, and painted it in watercolors. they really liked it.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 19, 2016 08:05:27 AM
we've had a bit of chaos lately. we had a kitchen fire over christmas. everyone's fine, but we are staying with relatives while the house is being sorted out. a lot of my craft supplies can't be cleaned so i'll have to replace my stash. the upside is that this is forcing me to tackle several organization projects on my to dolist, as well as planning a new kitchen.

I recieved my fall semester prize from noodle-bug last week. The handmade journal is so beautiful, i love it! thanks so much.








9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme Birdhouses on: January 16, 2016 05:32:18 AM
Beautiful. From the thumbnail I thought it was a doll house
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 26, 2015 05:59:22 PM
class-hom
house-gryffindor
project-owl post smash book

this book also was sent in the hp holiday swap. it was more directly inspired by the hogsmeade owl post, and done in gryffindor colors.


 the inside pages are printed with images from the chapter titles in the books related to christmas or owl post. i mailed it partially assembled.
the covers and pages are attatched with metal rings, and you can add envelopes, or holidays cards punched with holes.
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