My house has an open floor plan, so there is no hiding the space under my drafting table. It was filling up with paintings, paint, random supplies, bits of models, and huge dust bunnies. I wanted somewhere to keep my larger watercolors, the ones that don't fit in the file cabinet, and my husband wanted me to clear out under the the drafting table. Thus, the flat file was born. Front:
I designed it to fit under the table, which has a support that goes across the bottom. The cutout in the side is to let the support pass under the cabinet. The handles are brass reproduction Victorian bin pulls I got online from Kennedy Hardware. They're for typography cases. I was worried they would be too tall (the drawers are quite shallow), but they worked perfectly. They were a real pain to put in, though. The screws were too long. If I did it again, I'd get different screws for them. It's built out of 1/2" maple/birch ply, with birch veneer edging, finished with 6 thin coats of oil-based poly.
Finished and in place under the drafting table, with cat:
I've been admiring the furniture at ana-white.com for a while, and when we got a new couch and needed an ottoman, it seemed like the time to jump into furniture making. I started with her plan for a storage bench, and made a few changes- maple boards instead of pine for the parts that show, 1/2" hardwood ply instead of the bottom 1x12, and instead of a hinged top, an upholstered removable top. The finished product:
I got the fabric boxes at Lowe's. The cats already love it...
I finally got my camera functioning, so here are the packages I recieved from Angelicus and Snapsanddrangons. First, from Angelicus:
A basic crochet kit. I asked her not to send yarn, as I already have a ton (I'm a knitter) and she was sending internationally. Three hooks, an lots of instructions, including for lace and granny squares. Thank you! I finally feel like I have a shot at learning how to crochet!
And from SnapsandDrangons, I got an awesome bookbinding kit:
Instructions and tools. She made a tiny little bound book of the instructions. Way cool.
An example book she bound.
A TON of awesome papers! My favorite part. Pretty ones for covers and endpapers, and plain ones for signatures, some already cut and folded.
It's two colors of yarn, two crochet hooks, stuffing, stitch markers, a row counter, a sample ball, instructions for a ball, and a ton or awesome eyes, She also sent me a dvd with instructional videos she made! Thanks styupe!
This seemed to fit better here than in the Housewares section, I hope it's the right place- A friend of mine bought a farm a while ago and found a He-Man sheet in a barn. It was pretty gross, but he washed it and gave it to me to make something out of. Most of the stains washed out, and now I've made him pillows of the characters for his birthday. Group shot:
Left to right, the characters are Teela (or maybe the Sorceress), Stratos, He-Man, Zodac, and Skeletor.
She and He-man were very close together on the sheet, so her legs are way over to one side on the pillow.
One of my friends got a lathe awhile ago, and when he asked what my fiancee and I wanted for our wedding, I told him I wanted him to make me a spindle.
He did, and it's totally awesome.
It's 14" long, 3.5 oz, and really, really great. There's a little knob on the bottom, so yarn can't creep off the end and I have something to grip to spin it, and it's pointy so I can do supported spinning, and the whole thing is HUGE so I can put a ton on there, which is great for plying.
First project, on the spindle.
And finished. Anonymous wool, 128 yards, 2.25 oz. It spins like a dream. I tried to convince my friend to start an etsy store, but apparently it was a pain to do, he said "Seriously, I'm only going to do stuff like that for people I really like." One of the prototypes exploded. Can't wait to spin more on it....
One of the few things I like about my apartment is the back deck. It's big and just the right amount of sunny. It inspired me to buy a cheap folding chaise, which I now love, and then to pick up this table out of the trash, take it apart, spray paint it, re-glue the joints, and put it out on the deck.
I'm pretty sure the rain will have ruined it by the end of the summer, but hey, it was only going out in someone's trash anyway. Yes, the porch is covered with astro-turf. This is because it is actually the roof of my downstairs neighbors' bedroom. A rubber roof. Which is easily punctured. It is only partially covered in the protective faux-grass, because the landlord is flaky and didn't buy enough. He is also the one responsible for the two-tone siding...
I got my package from Cuppiecake while I was out of town, and I have been shamefully late in posting pics, but here they are. First the books:
That's Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett; Interworld, by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves; The Ivory and the Horn, by Charles deLint; and Athyra and Taltos by Steven brust, which I am so excited about.
And the crafts:
She made me an awesome pirate bookmark, a lap pillow book holder, and a TON of bookplates. Like, way, way more than are in the photo. If they look a bit odd it's because I blurred out my name. Thanks cuppiecake, you package was fantastic, sorry I was so late posting pics!
I've been riding my bike a lot more lately, and I wanted panniers (those bags that go on the rack behind the seat) so that I could do errands on her. I used my boyfriend's panniers a couple of times, but they weren't really what I wanted. There wasn't anything wrong with them, they just didn't live up to the standard of awesome classiness set by my bike. They were plain black and boring, and there were some features I wanted that they didn't have. So I dug some fabric out or my enormous stash and made some snazzy ones.
On the bike:
Closer up. You can see where they snap together across the rack here:
Inside. The zipper is so that I can take out the plastic needlepoint canvas I used to stiffen them so they can go in the laundry. I added two paper-grocery-bag style handles so I can carry them more easily when they're full of groceries:
Looking at the back through the wheel of the bike. I circled where it attaches to the rack with snap tabs:
Heh. In the last one you can also see my non-standard gears.