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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me make a sign table and revamp my daughter's drawing table! on: February 09, 2009 11:17:44 AM
resin is a good idea, but if you want to preserve the "wood" feel of sign (and live in the states) you need durhams' rock hard water putty!  haha, we get it at lowe's or true value. it comes in a can with a man lifting dumbells on it.
all you do is mix it with a little water, put it in the hole, wait for it to dry, and sand it down and paint it like wood!
its a pretty excellent compound, especially if you're doing woodwork around the house, etc.

i'd then build some legs and attach them to a square frame, and attach the sign to the frame in a way that you could take it off and use it later if you wanted to. Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stupid Bubblegum - oil fire damage on: February 09, 2009 11:12:40 AM
I honestly have no pointers about getting smoke off the walls... but I have been making popcorn on the stove since i was 8 or 9 years old! its delicious and you can control the amount of oil and other scary random ingredients (that are found in microwave popcorn) that you eat.
the trick is to heat about 3 T of veg oil in the pan (with 1/4 c of kernels) over about medium heat. once you hear the first pop, you have to shake the pan and shake it and shake it and shake it until its not popping anymore. then i put a little salt on it... yum!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tiny Homes (like Tumbleweed) on: February 09, 2009 11:06:01 AM
Okay, first of all let me just say how excited I am about how interested everyone is in these houses! I'm in college studying architecture, and they're really pushing the earth-conscious initiative on us.
A few things that might help you out:
1. a cistern. collecting rain (were you the one who lives in seattle?) can really make a difference! of course, you shouldn't drink it, but we use so much water every day. add it up for a week and be surprised! i'm living in south carolina right now in one of the top 3 worst drought conditions in the country. we definitely are aware of the water we use!
2. as for space issues, theres a place here that sells these mobile unit bedrooms, which are probably horrendously expensive, but they have some excellent ideas for having storage and sleeping, even a small office in a small area. you can definitely get some ideas from here!  http://www.tumidei.it/home_eng.htm  http://freshome.com/2008/09/19/bedroom-ideas-for-kids-tiramolla-loft-bedrooms-from-tumidei/
3. the tumbleweed homes are adorable, but you will use so much less energy if you have more windows (skylights, etc.) allowing natural light into the home will not only save energy, but it has been proven that natural light makes you feel better on the inside, and sleep better as well. Smiley
4. don't forget to garden and eat seasonally! shipping vegetables across the globe is awful for the environment, and you will feel better eating fresh and delicious vegetables that you grew yourself Smiley

good luck with everything! i can't wait to see how this turns out! Smiley
4  UNITED STATES / West Virginia / Re: WHERE IN WV on: January 20, 2009 09:26:49 PM
Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg (about 2 hours east of Charleston, on I64) has different adult classes that have to do with the arts. I took a pattern-sewing class there and it was relatively cheap. The class met on a series of Saturdays so it wasn't too hard to make it there.

carnegiehallwv.com

Smiley
5  UNITED STATES / South Carolina / Re: Anyone in the upstate? on: January 20, 2009 09:25:17 PM
I go to clemson Smiley
I don't have a lot of free time because I'm an architecture major, but I usually go to hobby lobby/michaels/walmart to get my supplies. I'd love to hear if there's some interesting places around to increase my stash for crafting over the summer!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: ***FIRST THREAD*** WALMART DRESS on: January 15, 2009 10:27:45 AM
If you do a Ritz Cracker box dress, you HAVE to take some leftover ritz crackers, preserve them with some sort of acrylic spray or poly, and then put them on the dress. it would be amazing, dangling off like coins or something.

some ideas? mylar birthday balloons (for the shiny silver and the pretty colors), receipts (they keep making them longer and longer, they'd make some sort of excellent fringe/flapper style skirt), paper money (not reusable but definitely fun!), packing peanuts (string them together like the popcorn and cranberry stuff people used to put on christmas trees)....

the possibilities? endless.

P.s. i have to agree, if my legs looked like yours did in a dress, i think i'd give up on wearing pants.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Bowser the Bull Pug! on: October 30, 2008 12:09:03 PM
*giggles in sheer joy* i miss my pugs at home! this is adorable! i wonder how she got the horns to stay up so straight?
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Freddy Mercury Costume (IMG Heavy) on: October 30, 2008 12:02:36 PM
Absolutely amazing. I want one of my own so I can traipse around campus. I am so jealous of your stepson and your amazing skills!

*this rocks*
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: TOMATO HAT on: October 02, 2008 01:31:54 PM
this is hilarious!
if i were you, i'd wear it out, like to the bookstore or something, stand close to a group of people, read some magazines, when you feel like a lot of people are looking at you, fumble in your purse, pull out the ranch, pluck a tomato and eat some. Cheesy  hehehehe

you are awesome!
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: My homemade Inkle loom & some bands I've made on: October 01, 2008 08:02:56 AM
OMG! That is so awesome! I just had a very repressed memory of using one of these as a small child and got really, really excited, because I remembered how much I liked it! Now I'm going to have to start back up Smiley
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