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1  Prosthetic Ears for Pot Hanger in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by squeakyarmadillo on: April 29, 2010 01:14:04 PM
This little bunny was bought with broken ears (we hate seeing a wee little broken toy with no hope of finding a home). Because I felt he deserved to have a chance at living out his initial purpose, I brought him home and made him felt prosthetic ears.

They have little bits of wire in them so he can move them around and place them at a jaunty angle... and they tie on to his little head in case he wants to change them out at some point. Now he hangs in my office looking very pleased with himself.

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2  A flock of paper cranes in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by squeakyarmadillo on: April 29, 2010 01:09:56 PM
I wanted something pretty to look at while I'm laying on my couch... I decided a flock of paper cranes on an old branch was a good idea!

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3  "The Luggage" from Discworld in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by squeakyarmadillo on: April 29, 2010 01:07:26 PM
I'm a geek. My family, all geeks. We adored the Sci-fi series from Terry Pratchett Diskworld. And in Discworld, there is this amazing magic luggage that follows it's owner around (no matter what) and eats people that try and mess with it. The "character" of the luggage is written so perfectly that we found ourselves loving the luggage (even though it liked to eat people). Since the chances of me getting my hands on actual enchanted luggage, I felt the need to make it.

This was pretty easy.

I started out with a small unfinished box from Michaels ($1.29) and stained it with a nice walnut stain.  Then aged it a bit using a bit of the stain with black paint in it, as well as sanding the edges to make it look well worn.

I made several little Sculpey feet (The luggage had 100's of feet... but that was a bit too much for me. Mine has like 25 or something) and stuck the feet to a sheet of Sculpey. The whole thing was baked.

I glued the feet to the chest and "POOF" The Luggage.

We love him Smiley
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4  NOT a $128.00 Lampshade! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by squeakyarmadillo on: July 23, 2009 01:11:34 PM
Awhile back I was doing some online shopping (aka. drooling over things I can't currently afford) and found this fab lampshade from Anthropologie:


Appliqued organza flowers of pink and citrine ricochet across hardbacked cotton. * Hardbacked * Cotton, styrene, metal * 10"H, 16" diameter * Imported style #960002 $128.00

$128.00 for a lampshade?? Umm.. nope. Can't quite swing that.

Instead I went to a thrift store, bought a decent enough looking lampshade for $3.00, some fabric paint at the craft store, and a nice bunch of Sharpie pens. This is my take on the Anthropologie.com lampshade:

Not too bad! For a mere $9.00 I have almost the same look!


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5  Cheap Flea-Market Table Makeover! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by squeakyarmadillo on: February 18, 2009 06:46:28 AM
Since I've been redoing my living room I found I needed a really large, low, square coffee table. I had planned on spending about 80 bucks at Ikea for the one I wanted, but found a $7.00 UGLY one instead...

I believe it had been used in a child's playroom. There was old paint and sticky substances of unknown origin all over it. A bit of elbow grease and a Magic Eraser took most of the gunk off.

I then took Contact paper and drew a swirly tree design on the back. Spent about an hour cutting it out and then stuck it to the poor ugly table.

I coated the entire table with high-gloss black paint, waited for it to dry, peeled off the contact paper, added some lacquer and POOF... not so ugly any longer Smiley

Now it looks pretty in the living room, and as a bonus, gives us a great place to play drunken Uno or scrabble!

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6  Ugly built in bookshelf into swanky little bar in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by squeakyarmadillo on: January 20, 2009 03:09:23 PM
I absolutely HATE this built in. Unfortunately it's a rental so I can't nix the thing all together. BUT.. I decided I could make it more functional and .. well... cool.

Bookshelf before:

New Bar area after!

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7  Swirly Tree Wall Hangings in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by squeakyarmadillo on: January 20, 2009 02:58:41 PM
I changed my living room colors (again) and needed a lime green color on one of the walls to make the room flow a bit. Since I couldn't find the right color I decided to do up something on my own.

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8  Bamboo'd Bathroom! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by squeakyarmadillo on: January 20, 2009 02:55:59 PM
I really love the look of wall decals, but since I'm currently "Funemployed" the cost is simply something that is "needed".

SO.. out came my scissors and a roll of Contact paper:

I'm planning on making some smaller ones to go between the two white mirrors I have over the vanity... I'll add those pics later Smiley

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9  Branch n Birdie Wall Art in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by squeakyarmadillo on: June 06, 2008 07:12:13 PM
I needed a really large picture over my bed since my walls are so blah.

I ended up buying a huge frame from a yard sale for $5, bought some color coordinated fabric that matched my duvet cover, stapled it on and did some painting.

I really love it Smiley

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10  Dresser ReDressed in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by squeakyarmadillo on: June 06, 2008 07:07:20 PM
I wanted to make a little something for my living room... and since I had an old beat up wooden dresser I felt I should fix it up a bit rather than buying something new.

I do apologize for my lame camera.

Basically just painted the thing black then took silver paint pens and drew out some interesting patterns. I topped it off with some rhinestones and brushed nickel drawer pulls. Smiley
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