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801  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / UPDATED. Ok, I got a huge new desk, but it looks horrendous! on: October 06, 2005 12:13:26 PM
I was going to go with Sati's idea, I had some twiggy branches (free from the neighbors landscaping endeavors) and lights.  When, alas, as I moved the computer into the other room, the desk kinda fell apart.  Now I have a "new" desk MacGyvered out of the old one and bits of another broken desk.  I have some ideas for it though, which I will post when the ex-boyfriend moves out (long story, but he is currently occupying the extra bedroom/computer room).

I bought a large L desk for my computer, with the hope that i would have plenty of workspace.  Well, I have plenty of workspace.  In fact, the desk is so huge that I feel like my room has gone from "bedroom with computer in it" to "office with bed in it."  I need to figure out a way to make the room cozy again.  I do like how much workspace I have (now I can craft while watching movies or chatting).  The biggest problem with the desk is that, instead of fitting tightly into the corner, it is rounded so I have a large gap between the desk and the corner.   

What I most need is ideas on what to do with the gap (was thinking of putting a tall lamp, but not happy with that idea) and how to make it "cozy" again. 

edited:  here are links to photos, b/c whenever I try to post them, flicker doesn't like it.  Also, I am in the process of cleaning off the surface.  Disregard the mess.  Smiley
802  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Watercolor Box on: October 05, 2005 10:28:04 AM
I got the box at Michael's, of all places.  They have a lot of sizes, and a few different shapes too.  I think this one was called a "purse box."  It's a little larger, and has rounded corners.
803  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Fantasy mix CD, I need help! on: October 05, 2005 10:18:28 AM
 I made a trinket box already for her birthday ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56600.0 ) and I want to include a mix cd for her.  She really liked Lord of the Rings, and she also likes Harry Potter.  So I was thinking of doing a fantasy mix (which also kind of fits with the theme of the box I made).  The problem is, other than LOTR and HP, I have no ideas for what else to include.  Anyone have suggestions?

edited to add:

I probably should clarify that I'm lookin for fantasy mood music.  That is, even though Led Zeppelin's Ramble On is LOTR themed, it wouldn't fit with the mood I'm trying to create.  My friend is very stressed at vet school, and I wanted to give her something to relax by.  Thanks everyone!
804  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Watercolor Box on: October 04, 2005 07:26:08 PM
I made the box for a friend's birthday.  I watercolored it, applying a couple of coats.  Then I decoupaged some of my friend's favorite artwork on it.  And finally, I found these neat metal charms at Michaels and glued them on.  Let me know what you think!



If the photos don't post, the links are:
805  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: homestar runner swap? on: September 14, 2005 10:07:21 AM
Burninating the countryside!  Burninating the Peasants!  Burninating all the people who live in thaTCHED ROOFED COTTAGES!!!!!!

Haha.  Sorry I just love it so much.  I tried putting a burninated peasant on a box, but i ruinated it so I just painted over it.  *sigh*  Maybe I'll try modge podge next instead of painting it.
806  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Costume! on: September 13, 2005 03:32:10 PM
I went as her one year.  I forgot the pattern I found, but my mom made the dress.  It was very simple, with a gathered scoop neckline, big sleeves gatherd at the wrist, and the whole dress was straight (it did not have a waist).  She also made a petticoat out of the same dress pattern (just cut off the top of the dress and used an elastic band).  Then I had an apron, again using the skirt of the dress as a base pattern.  The bonnet was harder, but I braided brown yarn into braids and sewed them on.  If I can find a photo of myself in the costume, I will post it.

Really just stick to simple dress pattern in some sort of calico print.  That'd work unless you're going for the dresses Laura wore as she got older.  Those are more specific and described in the books.
807  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: What's everyone doing for Halloween this year??? on: September 13, 2005 03:17:08 PM
Well I am going to be a hobbit this halloween.  I'm a little scared, since I haven't sewed clothing before and I'm a size bigger than the pattern goes.  But I figure between  y'all and my mom (definately good at sewing), I should pull it together. 

As for plans, I'm just going to stay home and pass out candy and watch all the fabulous shows on Food TV, The Learning Channel, and Discovery.  BEST programming of the year.  I wanted to put up a few tombstones in my "front yard" (which is a small patch of dirt outside my apt.).  If I can convince them, I will probably have a couple friends over and we will make halloweeny treats.  One of my friends referred me to this site, so I'm sure she'll come by early and we can make decorations (those shrunken heads look fabulous).
808  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need help with shadow box on: September 13, 2005 01:38:48 AM
I want to make a shadowbox with all the little compartments, to house my collection of shot glasses from around the world.  The problem is, all the "shadow boxes" I've found have just been one big empty space.  I'm a really bad woodworker, and I have no idea how to make the lattice of shelves.  Anyone have ideas on how to do this?  Or if you have a good shot glass display idea, I'd love to hear it (bear in mind, I have 3 nosy cats and they tend to knock stuff off surfaces...  that and I don't want to glue the glasses down).
809  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Can one make a decent homemade wig? on: September 12, 2005 10:31:16 PM
Well I'm thinking that I might attempt to curl my hair.  It's a little past shoulder length, so curled it should end up just looking like short hair.  Probably look more like a hobbit dude, but a few flowers tucked into my hair should fix that.  Smiley
810  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Can one make a decent homemade wig? on: September 12, 2005 08:46:46 PM
I want to be a hobbit for halloween (my nick is german for halfing woman).  HOWEVER, I  have relatively short and very straight hair.  I suppose I could find a brown curly wig out there, but I thought it might be more fun to make my own.  Does anyone know how to do this?  Or should I just go buy one and concentrate on the clothing part of the costume?
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