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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: twin headboard recon ideas... on: September 15, 2009 03:17:59 PM
You mention that you have lots of beads to swap. What if you treated the woven section of the headboard as a giant canvas for beading?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Help! Mermaid party for 1yr old! on: May 06, 2009 12:03:02 PM
Buy one of those clear plastic shower curtains - shower liners, I think they're called. Less than $10 at Target. Draw a mermaid and sea scene on it with permanent marker or puffy fabric paints.

Now you can hang it up as a decoration...use it to play Pin the Bow on the Mermaid...or even float it on the pool. Then take it home and use as a shower curtain.

Not sure about favor ideas...pocket mirrors or combs? (You know mermaids and their hair.) But you could have all the favors in a treasure chest.

Be sure to tuck in some goldfish crackers among the snacks.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Video game systems... ATTACK OF THE CORDS on: April 27, 2009 07:37:09 PM
We have the TV on top of an old dresser, and use the drawers for storage.

I've also seen suggestions to put the TV on a coffee table, slide milk crates underneath for storage, and cover with a cloth.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kick-Butt Zelda Table (four kick-butt pics) on: April 07, 2009 08:19:44 AM
Looks great - and thanks for the info on wet paper sanding. The reminder about ultra-thin coats is good, too.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fun Playtable! on: April 07, 2009 08:12:17 AM
Excellent - and so cool that you made your kids partners in the project.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Room Divider on: April 05, 2009 07:28:40 PM
Nice work. Are the frames home-built?

Of course, those big blank spaces just seem to be begging for detail... Cheesy
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 4/1/09 - Macrame is Back-rame! on: April 01, 2009 09:13:39 PM
Love it!

Oh, and can we please do pantyhose craft, too?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Curtain Tie-backs on: March 31, 2009 08:41:44 AM
How about just some satiny ivory ribbon? Sew metal circles to each end, or attach curtain hanger clips.

Or find a fabric that complements the curtains and your to-be-green walls...maybe something in green, or a pale green with black print. Tiebacks are easy to make; here's just one site with instructions:
http://www.hutchal.clara.net/curtains/tieback.htm

Men's ties can also make good tiebacks, though I'm not sure this fits your decor.

Good luck!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Three-panel painting above my bed on: March 31, 2009 08:26:20 AM
Oh, that's lovely! I especially like the way the cat balances out the bird.

Nice work!

What kind of paint did you use? And did you seal it?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting a Wall Mural - Paint choice? on: March 29, 2009 02:09:31 PM
I've painted with acrylics and then sealed with the medium used in faux finishes - I used "Illusions," from Sherwin-Williams.

I've also painted kitchen chairs, using acrylic and latex, and sealed with MinWax Polycrilic, a water-based polyurethane sealer - bet that would also be good on a high-traffic wall.

Sounds like a fun project!
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