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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Importance of Punctuation on: April 22, 2012 11:32:53 AM
I have a feeling this topic is so popular because it appeals to the grumbling Grammar Nazi in all of us. Well... maybe not all of us, because then we wouldn't be grumbling.  Kiss
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Toy Box of Holding on: April 13, 2012 09:19:03 PM
I have a kid. A very playful 2 year old. This means I have toys. Lots of toys.

And I have a Rottweiler. A very mouthy 3 year old. This means nothing is safe. Nothing.

Two problems, one simple solution: A TOY BOX!

Third problem: Finding a toy box at a reasonable price that is an acceptable size (not a hope chest but not a shoe box) and decent quality (somewhere between compressed particle board and hardwood).

After a few months of watching my local Habitat for Humanities store, I came across this little chest. It's handmade, which I liked. It's sturdy, which I needed. And it was only $35, which I loved. And the added bonus- It fit in the back of my Echo, so I could get it home without stealing my husband's car!

With cans of primer and paint in hand, I rolled out the tarp and got started. Of course, I was way too excited and forgot to take a "before" picture. Let's just say it's got some rough spots and the paint job was very beat up.

The entire thing was bright blue while the lid was white. It really needed a facelift.

I decided on Rustoleum "Lagoon" in satin finish for the box. I actually start to run out of Lagoon before getting to the lid and bottom (which actually comes out of the box) so I grabbed an old can of Valspar "Black" gloss finish to do those sections. The Lagoon looks very blue in these pictures, but it's actually very teal. Whatever, it looks right in person.

I was horribly impatient about waiting for coats to dry so there were a few minor mishaps. But overall, the box looks great and now all of Tessa's stuffed animals are safe from the nomming jaws of Oz, a.k.a. Bo-Bo.
43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Axolotl Love on: March 17, 2012 06:55:32 AM
Thanks, guys! The more I look at it, the more I'm dissatisfied. It was my first attempt at felt embroidery, and I haven't done a lot of embroidery in general, so I can't really be surprised that it's not exactly what I wanted. Guess my inner perfectionist is showing, hehe.
44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Axolotl Love on: March 10, 2012 08:40:40 PM
Long time lurker, first time poster.
This axolotl is a bit rough because I made it using cheap felt, but I still love it.

It's based on this image I came across:

I hope to make it again on a larger scale with better felt and a thick satin line of black thread to get those crisp lines. Smiley
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