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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: String lamp on: December 03, 2010 11:32:36 AM
I have a 23 w compact fluorescent up right now. It's the equivalent of a 100 w incandescent, but CF bulbs don't get nearly as hot. I certainly can't promise that there's no fire hazard, but LOTS of people make these and I've yet to hear of a fire. I was just careful to get the bulb right in the center and leave plenty of spaces for heat to escape.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: happy new chair cushions on: November 21, 2010 06:19:20 PM
Thanks everyone! Once we have time, I think we're going to chemically strip the wood, then put on a Danish oil type finish. We mix our own out of polyurethane varnish, linseed oil, and mineral spirits.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / String lamp on: November 17, 2010 11:16:25 AM
Our living room sadly lacks overhead lighting, so we bought a HEMMA cord from Ikea and stapled it up. Then we had a compact fluorescent hanging from the middle of the room. How charming!

So, I made a string globe for it, and it's quite a bit more charming now, I hope.

I didn't take any pictures of the process, but I'll describe it. (Also, there are tutorials for this type of shade ALL over the web)

You'll need:
- a mylar balloon
- some tape
- vasoline
- glue (I used Aleene's tacky glue, Elmers would also be fine)
- string/rope/yarn of choice (I used jute from the hardware store)
- a knife or scissors
- cord kit of choice (I use HEMMA from Ikea, $3.99)

1. Set up a work area with some paper bags or plastic or newspaper - this is messy!
2. Cut the string off of the balloon and tape the tab so it doesn't leave a lump.
3. Smear the whole balloon lightly with vasoline (it might be fine without this step, but I didn't want to risk it)
4. In a big bowl, dump a bunch of glue and water it down a little. (You can also use storebought fabric stiffener - don't water it down)
5. Now throw in your rope/string/yarn of choice and squish it around so it all gets coated in glue. 
6. Start wrapping! Go around and around all different ways and try to avoid making a pattern (unless that's your style). Keep going until the balloon is as covered as you like. I used 200 ft of jute twine. Don't wrap TOO tightly or you'll have a fire hazard on your hands.
7. (Optional) I added an accent of red sewing thread to spice things up. For something really fine, you don't need to coat it in glue - it will get enough from the rest of the wrapping.
8. Make a little cardboard stand and let your creation dry for at least 24 hours.
9. When it's nice and hard, pop the balloon and use your finger or a chopstick or something to poke the balloon away from the shell.
10. Decide where you want the hole for the bulb and how big it needs to be. Draw it on and cut away the circle with a utility knife or scissors.
11. Pull the balloon all the way out.
12. (Optional) For some extra strength, I took some extra jute and glue and made a ring around the opening.
13. Hang it up! I just tied mine with jute. It'll be a pain to change the bulb, but CF bulbs last forever anyway! I also wrapped the black part of the HEMMA cord set with jute. Make sure the bulb itself is right in the center.

Enough gabber, here are more pictures:

And a few with the cold light of flash:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / happy new chair cushions on: November 17, 2010 10:49:24 AM
(I'm new to craftster - woo!)

We got a couple of Salvation Army chairs for our new apartment. They had super sad 70's vinyl seat covers. But now they're happy happy!



The fabric is from Ikea - and it was only $2.99!

I took the vinyl off and discovered some gross loose fiber fill cushion gunk. I scraped it into the trash. Then I went searching the apartment for new cushions. Because I was a) too lazy to go to the store and b) too cheap to buy upholstery foam, I ended up repurposing an old blanket into new cushions. My mom gave it to me to wrap furniture for moving, but it's full of holes and pretty old. It was desperate for a new lease on life.

Here are the blanket cushions - they're just layers and layers of the pink and white blanket, with the top piece a little larger for stapling.

Next I stapled the Ikea fabric on and trimmed the excess. Then because I'm a little neurotic, I finished it off with some non-woven fabric so it's all tidy:

And ta-da, happy chairs! We still want to refinish the wood, but that will have to wait for now.

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Does anyone have a recipe using ground turkey? on: November 17, 2010 10:46:07 AM
I do eat beef, but I can't remember the last time I cooked with ground beef. Turkey is cheaper, better for me, and tastier! We do turkey burgers, tacos, and burritos, but our best recipe is our turkey lentil chili. We found it online and modified it for maximum tastiness.

Devon and Amanda's Albany Chili

1 1⅓ pounds ground turkey
1 (49.5 fluid ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth (6 cups)
2 cups lentils, rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 or 2 habanero peppers, diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1.In a Dutch oven, heat about 1 T. oil. Cook turkey and onions over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. (Be sure to add the habaneros after the liquids.) Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: A finnish star! on: November 17, 2010 10:40:51 AM
This is so pretty! I have a small apartment, so no room to store tons of decorations, but these would be easy to make every year.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Antique button tree on: November 17, 2010 10:25:34 AM
It looks so great! I think it's time to raid my mom's bin of mismatched buttons...
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My baby food jar light fixture on: November 17, 2010 10:14:48 AM
Beautiful! And with the recycled elements, it wouldn't be too expensive. Lots of bang for your buck.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Stitched wedding invitations on: November 15, 2010 09:31:00 AM
They look fabulous! The merriment blog is full of awesome fabric/wedding ideas.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My New Studio!! on: November 14, 2010 08:57:21 PM
Looks great! I'm just finishing up a desktop for my new studio space, so this is awesome inspiration. I'm not sure mine will look so nice, though!
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