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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My (former) basement room/apt on: December 04, 2011 06:27:48 AM
I just realized I have something awesome I could share! Yay! hehe.

So, my mom and I moved from this super crappy little rented townhouse, into a fabulous lovely new townhouse she bought. I took the basement (which is huge), that is finished, has a full bathroom, a wetbar, and larger size of mini-fridge, and I made it my own. It took me ages to finish it, but I looooove how it came out, and so does everyone who's seen it. No one wants to believe I actually did it myself! LoL.

This was the start:

(note all the paintchips on the floor, haha)

Try to pretend this isn't a crappy cell-phone pic in horrible light from a phone I'd had since like 2004 lol:

(we've moved from paint chips to paint cans littering the floor! Tongue

And the [just about] finished thing:

(I did eventually finish the last couple squares! LOL)

I'm really annoyed I didn't notice until I'd painted that I messed up the one part (lower middle), by not having the gold square overlap the darker purple one, but oh well, it still looks great! There's a couple other random little squares on that blue wall and the little bit of wall that's on the ceiling facing into that part of the room. I didn't really have too much plan going in, I made a quick sketch but it's hard to get the idea of size on a little paper from a huge wall, so it was only a really basic guide. I pretty much just picked up the tape, used the level to make it in a straight line, did it to a size I liked, cut it, then measured it and made the other sides. When I finally picked the colors, I just opened up an editing program, opened the 1st photo here, and made quick rough squares over them using appx colors of the paint, to make sure I figured out a nice spread out arrangement of the colors, where none would be touching themselves and they'd all get a roughly equalish amount of wall space. And then I used some Tink decals from Home Depot and incorporated them, partially, into the square designs!

Better view of Tink:


I miss it!! lol
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Cooking/kitchen/food theme items? on: December 04, 2011 05:31:20 AM
Does anyone have any good online sources for cooking/kitchen/food theme stuff? I'm going to be organizing all my recipes into "scrapbooks" (not really scrapbooks, but, in that kind of style, you know), and I want to build up a supply of stuff to use on the pages for them before I get started at all (I prefer to plot things out as I go along, I wouldn't want to lay out pages and then try to work in elements later on!), but craft stores are very few & far between around here, and the *one* nearby has zero food-related stuff. I mean like they didn't even have any paper with cherries or, ya know, ANYTHING with/related to food at ALL, I was stunned! I didn't expect a lot, but not even a single piece of paper! Shocked

I love the kit that was used for that kitty chef page (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379993.0), but I looked it up and it's so expensive, holy cow! I don't really care so much about paper (I'm fine using various colored paper and probably will try out some of the dying techniques in the paper craft section, too), but I am dying for stickers, stamps, and any other fun embellishments related to the kitchen, cooking, and food in general. Any good sites you know of to get that sort of thing from, at a reasonable price? I'm going to be making tons of pages, and I'm not a millionaire, I can't afford to spend more than 30 bucks -before [expensive] shipping- for something that'll only make like 3 pages maybe! Cheaper kits, or reasonably priced individual things... anyone?

Thanks for any tips you can give!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / More recipe swaps?? on: November 13, 2011 02:38:45 PM
I know I saw the tail end of one that was just finished like a week or so ago, labeled #2 - is anyone planning to do any more of them?? I cook dinner every single night, and simply love doing things in the kitchen, so new recipes are always a must! I really want to participate in one of these, it's just perfect for me!

I can't organize it myself, as I've never swapped yet (I'm still a n00b, able to swap in only 4 more days now! heh), but I'm really hoping there is interest in more of these! Anyone?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Shipping proof question... on: November 02, 2011 03:39:54 PM
So, this is just a precursory -I'm contemplating & curious because these seem like tons of fun- question, as I've not met the one-month requirement part of the deal yet (plus my sewing machine is inaccessible right now anyhow), but before I could even contemplate joining in [when able], I am really confused about one thing.

I've seen stuff all over about needing detailed shipping confirmation - but... we don't have that here. Or I mean, maybe there is some special way to go about it that I have no idea exists and wouldn't have the slightest clue how to get but, if you just mail a package overseas, the receipt you get for it simply says "Prior INTL" on it. It doesn't say where to, it has no specific information at all on it. Simply "Prior INTL" as the item description, and the price. So... how would that work? Huh
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / What gives?? on: November 01, 2011 01:23:49 PM
There are 50 countries in Europe, why do only 6 of them get special recognized status? Huh It makes it really difficult for all the rest to be in one big lump.  Undecided
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Help me fix up some slippers? on: October 30, 2011 06:30:39 AM
Hey all. I've never done anything with shoes before so, bear with me please! Okay so, I have this pair of slippers that are super awesome ...except they're not. See, they have a solid (not squishy at all) bottom, and then a plastic sole, which is very much needed as we have wood floors, and flimsy soft slippers don't protect feet at all, and the ones with a thicker squishy bottom get flattened down after wearing them for a bit. This is what they look like:


The problem is, as you can see in pic 1 there, the inside liners are totally coming off. Which is bad for two reasons. A) It bunches all up like that and feels really annoying under my feet, and B) the foamy-like thing under it kinda sticks to my feet somewhat, not sure if it's just that sort of material, or if there was anything sticky on it. Also, since I'm asking about the slippers anyhow I'll toss this out too; while I think they're totally cute, the sequin stuff on top gets caught on EV.RY.THING, like omg, you have no idea how many threads and things they have yanked out of stuff!!

So, is there anything I can do with these, aside of just trying to make an insert to put on top of the coming-off green layer? Anything at all?
Thanks for any tips you can give me!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with... on: October 24, 2011 02:00:14 PM
So, I'm hoping some of you can offer me some insight! See, a while back I was at the store and saw this suuuuuper adorable t-shirt that I just loved, it's a dark gray with a large image in the center. I stupidly bought it without trying it on; needless to say, it's a size small that in reality is like a size double extra small! Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do with the shirt? I am **not** tossing/donating it, I LOVE it! But obviously it's worthless to me in its current state. Sad What would you do with it?? What would you turn it into??

Thanks for any ideas!
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