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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's curtains for you, Bathroom! (burlap shower and window curtains; 5 pics) on: November 08, 2010 07:57:54 PM
This looks great! I love the claw foot tub too. I recently made some floor length curtains for my bedroom and everyone thought I was crazy for using burlap for it! It doesn't look like you lined the window curtain though, and you may want to. I didn't line mine, and they are starting to turn quite yellow from the sun. You can still save your curtains though! Maybe there is something you can treat it with to protect it besides adding a lining?
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Re: Dining room chairs for my first apartment on: December 05, 2009 10:48:51 AM
Thanks so much everyone!

manycrafter: I didn't actually put any extra padding on the chairs because there was another layer under the vinyl that I took off and I just used that. I didn't want to have to buy anything for the project! I'm not sure how good of a decision that will be in the long run, but for now its holding up great. It seems like most people either cut 1/2" foam into the shape of the chair and then cover it with batting or just use batting alone under the fabric. In case your not a quilter, batting is the stuff they put between the top and bottom of the quilt to make it warm and you can buy it by the yard most places. You can just cover the seat with that stuff and staple it down before you cover it up with fabric. Hope that helps!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Dining room chairs for my first apartment on: December 04, 2009 05:00:13 PM
I am so excited to post this, it is my first challenge! (Lets hope the images come out right...)

I found four of these awful chairs at the local Goodwill for $4.49 each. The were not the prettiest chairs I had ever seen but I could tell they had potential. They had dried out cracking orange vinyl on the seats from the 70's and the varnish was chipped off of the wood. They were also missing screws all over the place and were covered with ancient gum on the bottom of the seats! These pictures do not do the "before" chairs justice!

This challenge was great because I just got my first apartment and badly needed a dining room set. I had picked up a table for a steal, but didn't have any chairs to go with it! I know several of the other entries are chairs as well, but this was a personal challenge to make something pretty on a tiny budget for my apartment as well. I manage to make these chairs for about $19.03!

Here is an opening shot for the thumbnail...


Here are the chairs before I ripped the orange vinyl off or sanded them down. Those steps took the longest, I wish I would have thought to take pics of those steps as well...


After I had them sanded, screws tightened, wood glued and removed the seats I primed them with the only stuff I had around which was this bright white KILZ


Finally, I ripped off the vinyl and replaced it with some awesome fabric from my stash and painted the frame with a couple coats of paint. I actually got the black paint for free a while ago with a promotion for a free pint of paint from Glidden (I sound like a commercial!). Here are the finished chairs in my first apartment! I painted them to match this craigslist table I found.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coasters made from repurposed tiles on: September 29, 2009 06:30:21 PM
Ah I love the map ones! Its always so cool to see other Michigan (and even better if its Kzoo) craftsters! They look awesome!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Brakbrakbrak on: September 23, 2009 06:26:40 PM
That costume is amazing! What in the world could beat that in a competition!?

Also, I am from the NOISE readership area, I so wish I hadn't missed the issue they featured you in!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tropical cat explosion cult robe. on: April 06, 2009 10:27:17 AM
I used to work at the Field's up in Grand Rapids and knew it was from there the second I saw the thumbnail! Ironically, we couldn't keep that stuff on the shelves. The grandmas were always buying yards and yards of it at a time, explianing what lovely gifts they'd make! I never could figure out what would look good in this fabirc, but I must say it makes a wonderful snuggie!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Art from Printer Paper: Mice and Pirate Ships on: April 02, 2009 07:45:10 PM
I think yours turned out awesome! I think the artist you may have seen is Peter Callesen, his work is so amazing. I gave it a try after seeing his work but it was a sad, sad attempt. Your work looks incredible though!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swirly Rug! on: February 24, 2009 08:06:15 PM
I love your rug! It is beautiful! I was just thinking about cool, diy area rugs for my apartment next year, I think you've inspired me.

Also, I have to say that I'm a student at WMU! Yay for Kzoo crafters! I wasn't sure there were any more out here...
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Clown Prince of Gotham (My Halloween Costume!) Picture Heavy!! on: October 01, 2008 06:14:37 PM
Your costume is amazing, you look exactly like him in the first picture!

Now here's the part where I sound like a stalker: I thought the pictures looked like Old Town, but I thought to myself what are the chances that someone that awesome lives in Lansing? Then I went to facebook and the same pictures were in my news feed! One of my friends is apparently friends with you. What a small world. Ok, I'm done scaring you now. . .

The photography is amazing too!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: the ballad of my grandmother and the alkaline trio sweater on: September 17, 2008 08:18:40 PM
Do you happen to still have the chart you used? Would you be willing to share it, pretty please? I told my boyfriend I could knit him a scarf with that logo on it for Christmas but can't for the life of me get a chart to work. Yours turned out perfectly, I am so impressed and envious! The whole post is hilarious, your grandma is seriously too cool!

I'm seeing Alk Trio again at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids in November!!!!
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