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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Is painting the outside of your house "exterior decorating?" on: September 10, 2010 09:51:26 AM
Hi Rousella.  We used hardi-plank siding in 4x8 sheets.  Since our house is old, it was difficult to make the cuts correctly because the house isn't square.  My husband did a great job with this!  Since this post, we have added a large addition on our house.  You can see more at my blog, www.elinglenn.blogspot.com.

I'm sorry that I'm not more help with resources. Lucky for me, my husband knows how to do all of these things.  He is a theatrical Technical Director so he is great with building things. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: June 18, 2008 04:44:27 PM
A mini-tut would be great.  I haven't made any of these yet because the  handles looked a little difficult.  I wanted a quick solution to plastic bags, so thrifted canvas bags have worked.  I'd love some personalized bags though.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: McCall's 5367-Infant Dress, hat and panties on: July 15, 2007 07:19:48 AM
I've been out of town for a while, so sorry it took so long to respond.  Thanks for all the kind comments.!

frix220:  It is beginner friendly.  There are button holes in the view I chose, but there is another option for one that ties like a wrap dress.

mtblaura: I picked that fabric for the exact same reason.  The pattern wasn't difficult, but it was time consuming.  All three pieces took about 4-5 hours.  If I did it again, it wouldn't take quite as long, since I'd done it before, and I'd make them one at a time. 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: July 02, 2007 10:21:05 AM
Well, I've joined in.  I made this for a friend:



to match this, which I made for her daughter:



I loved the tutorial for this make-up bag, and since I had leftover fabric from McCalls 5367, posted here
I made the make-up bag.  I can't wait to make one of these for myself.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / McCall's 5367-Infant Dress, hat and panties on: July 02, 2007 10:16:17 AM




I made this dress, hat and panties as a gift for a friend's baby.  I love this style of dress for little girls!!  The pattern was very easy to follow, and while it is from the "Sew and Save" line, it was easy but not very quick.

I hope you like it.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen renovation (before and after pictures) on: April 12, 2007 05:39:45 AM
Sadly, it isn't a treatment on the cabinet interiors.  Some are made of osb (oriented strand board) and the newer ones are made of red oak plywood.  Next on the list is spiffing up the insides of the cabinets and building doors.  I'd love to leave some of them open, but with three big dogs, everything would stay dusty and dirty all the time.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Kitchen renovation (before and after pictures) on: April 11, 2007 08:09:24 PM
Here is a before and after picture of our kitchen renovation.  (Larger image here.)  We are completely re-doing the house my husband bought before we got married.  After this phase is complete we will be putting on an addition.



So far in the kitchen we have opened the space to the living room, installed corrugated metal ceilings with rope light behind the crown moulding, re-sheetrocked, painted, installed new light fixtures, stripped and re-stained the cabinets, and had granite countertops installed.

We still need to build the cabinet doors and spiff up the cabinet interiors, but the bulk is complete.

There are more pictures and details on my blog.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Is painting the outside of your house "exterior decorating?" on: April 11, 2007 08:01:08 PM
Thanks for the comments!  Supermedic, I was concerned about painting the brick, but I LOVE the way it turned out. It really unifies the look of the house.

Artisticnightmare (love your user name), we used the same paint for the whole exterior, but when we renovated, we replace the vinyl/aluminium siding with a composite siding.  I'm sure that's not what you wanted to hear.  Long story short... we used the same paint; and exterior Behr paint.  I could be wrong, but you would most likely have to use a different paint for metal siding.  I would ask a paint shop (Sherwin Williams or Rainbow, not Home Depot or Lowes) before I committed to a paint purchase.  Of course, there is always a coat of primer, which should allow a paint to stick to (almost) anything.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Is painting the outside of your house "exterior decorating?" on: April 11, 2007 11:57:34 AM
Thanks for the comment.  It drives my husband (ane me too) crazy that our yard doesn't look like a golf course.  We decided to put off any resodding until after we put the large addition on the house.  I'm sure that the construction traffic would tear it up anyway.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Is painting the outside of your house "exterior decorating?" on: April 11, 2007 11:27:03 AM
My husband and I are renovating our house, and getting ready to put on an addition. He bought the house in 2001 and started renovating it soon after. With all of the renovations, the exterior looked a little busy with brick, vinyl siding and wooden siding. To remedy this, we decided to paint the whole exterior.

Since everyone loves a before and after, I have two. The before pictures were taken soon after he purchased it and the afters were taken at the end of last month.

You can click here for a larger view, but this is the front.


And here's the back. Here it is larger.


Paint colors are on my blog.

I hope to post some mid-renovation kitchen pictures soon, but that will be in interior decorating.
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