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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ikea "marius" becomes fur stool on: September 22, 2013 11:54:38 AM
I liked the look, I didn't like the price tag. So I made it myself. It's super easy and barely requires any sewing skills (it needs to be removable so it's not stapled on, just a few stitches on it).

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I'm calling it - "the horrible sea monster"-soap. on: August 03, 2013 06:35:19 AM
First batch of cooked soap. I was heating it for a few hours in a pan au-bain-marie in another pan. Then removed the soap and left the pan for a bit. Then I had fun for about 2 hours trying to remove the one pan from the other: they vacuum-locked to one another. Eventually I managed.  Roll Eyes

50 grams of shea nut oil, 150 grams of coconut oil (the previous two: tried to make shaving cream according to a website recipe but apparently there are two kinds of coconut oil: the kind that melts at room temperatures and the kind that doesn't; mine melted hopelessly so I wanted to re-use the oil) 500 grams of soy oil and 100 grams of peanut oil, plus some essential oils and colorant at 8% leftover fats (deliberately didn't mix it through, wanted it to be spikey; didn't want it to be crumbly though! I don't know what happened - maybe I cooked it for too long, maybe it needed more water? The foam is watery, bubbly - not so much creamy. Fairly conditioning for the skin though.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lamp shade from paint bucket lids & textile on: February 17, 2013 09:00:48 AM
Got bored and made this. Could've been neater if the material were ironed, but that wasn't an option at that time.

2 lids from paint buckets cut-out, wrapped in a textile band and stitched. Paint mixing sticks glued on, scraps of iron wire attached with stitches.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Gardening spade out of old plastic bottle on: February 10, 2013 05:51:44 AM
Garden spade out of old frying oil bottle.

Inspiration from here: http://cdnimg.visualizeus.com/thumbs/f9/bd/functional,green,plastic,bottle,recycle,reuse-f9bdeb7535e3b3dc34cbe12165a70fbb_h.jpg

Click here for bottle suggestions: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131713.msg4980116#msg4980116
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kitchen towel + bandages = apron in 5 minutes on: February 05, 2013 11:00:54 AM
Cooking tomato soup in a white cashmere pullover, I realized I didn't have an apron and that I did need one.

So, what does any normal person do? I've no idea, I'm not a normal person! Grin I pulled a towel from the clean laundry stack and found bands in a matching color, which turned out to be sports bandages. Since those were 69 cents per 5 metres (cheaper than ribbons), it's not a waste to use those. Cut, pin and sew with a sewing machine. Cheaper than a new cashmere pullover OR a ready-made apron. Pics below.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ironing board re-cover on: February 03, 2013 09:34:18 AM
It's only marginally cheaper than getting a new "Jll" one from Ikea, but Ikea isn't exactly around the corner from me  Roll Eyes, and I did have the stuff necessary for this lying around.
When I took off the foam, it literally fell apart to dust. I've no idea how old the board was originally, my mom had it for as long as I can remember before giving it to me when I moved out (and I suspect she got it out of the trash when I was a kid, and re-covered it, cuz no way did we have money to buy new stuff then).

Besides, about 1/3rd of the polarvide fleece blanket is left. I was using that polarvide fleece blanket before just on top of this one, to iron on, so it shouldn't melt.


7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled wood sink table on: December 24, 2012 09:18:28 AM
I've done some stuff with my recycled wood before, but I still had a fair bit of it laying around, so I decided to make something else with it.

The legs are from an old canvas frame, and the rest is pallet wood.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A lamp and hidden storage on: December 01, 2012 11:10:17 AM
I understand that on this board, it is not considered rude to make several topics for your stuff in each forum, so here's a separate topic: I apologize for the inconvenience if I'm mistaken.

A lamp out of a bottle (it's a color-changing led-light inside of it, so it doesn't get warm at all, plus I don't leave this light on when I'm not home anyway)

After building a shoe rack I had some wood leftover, and so I built a type of table that I draped material around with a wire and a stapler. I used iron-on no-sew hemming tape because I'm laaaaaazy.  Grin

It's hiding my vacuum cleaner.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first homemade soap on: September 22, 2012 07:52:34 AM

Just olive oil, a soap calculator, NaOH and water, (and a LOT of stress). I'm told it'll not really foam but it should be nice and soft for the hands. But we'll see once it's had a few months to ripen out (cold method). I still have muscle ache in my hand from stirring that stuff, it refused to trace until I put it back up on the furnace.  Grin
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Empty cans to wood-like holders, pots etc (pics) on: August 11, 2012 04:19:37 PM
So I had a lot of paint cans and primer cans left... I got clear glue and paper rope and re-used them. The flowers are growing in paper cups that are inserted; wouldn't want them to be growing in paint leftovers. And for the shine, I used clear glue (the same type I used to stick the rope on)
The one holding the bathroom utensils was a dried fruit package that I re-used. It seems to work with anything that is round. It also only seems to look like wood if you apply a finish.

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