No. That's not a typo. This is literally about as old-school as you can get.
I forgot to take a picture with the top open, but this is the real deal.
Here's the before picture:
We got it for $10 or $15 at the Kane county flea market near chicago. http://www.kanecountyfleamarket.com I thought for sure we'd paid too much when the top broke in half putting the desk into the car.
Using a natural stain really wasn't an option since the top was covered in scorch marks, candle wax, and water damage. I thought about doing something all fancy and modern, but I love how the straight black keeps the feel of the original desk.
Let me know what you think. I can post more in progress pics if anyone cares.
old jeans + ultimate sashiko sourcebook + a little crafster ingenuity = the coolest placemats ever.
The "jujitsu embroidery" comes from a friend. She'd seen the book one day and asked about it, but the next time she came over she couldn't remember what it was called. That's the name she came up with, and really, that's just so much more fun to say than sashiko.
Now for a couple of close-ups, cause I'm just so damned proud:
The book: Creative Crafts & Stitchery, published by Better Homes & Gardens in 1976
How it came into my possession: Dad's got a thing for auctions. He acquired 4 boxes of cookbooks for about $15 recently. There were some real treasures in there, including one by the Junior League of Baton Rouge; that one had lots of tasty gumbos and things. Mom and I went through all those dusty books, and argued a bit about who got to keep each book. The ones neither of us wanted were donated to the library. Buried in with all those cookbooks was this little relic.
General Review: The book's got an identity crisis. Half the projects in there are trying to be trendy (read "trippy"). The other half are distinctly for little old ladies. There are enough neat ideas in here that I kept the book, but some of the projects will definitely make you wince.
A choice selection of projects:
The perfect decor for you next stoner party
Or if you prefer a more "in touch with nature" groove
Stare at this too long and you're guaranteed to go blind
[insert joke here]
I didn't think that even in the 70's people would wear this in public
This is one of the neater ideas in the book, these are mandalas made out of feathers.
An early version of alternative/recycling. Those "mirrors" are soda cans. Blue=pepsi, green=7-up,...
Pittsburgh's got funny recycling rules. All plastic and metal has to be put out on the curb in blue bags, rather than in bins like the rest of the country. Now you can buy trash bags that come in blue, but what most everybody does is use blue plastic bags from the grocery store. So I needed a place to store these suckers.
Ta-da: and the close-up: Made it out of kitchen string. It's not terribly full right now, so it looks a little lumpy and misshapen. (I promise my crochet isn't that bad!!) I may use the same basic design to do a yoga mat bag soon.
Ok, so the new apartment's the second floor of a mansion built near the turn of the previous century. Can you say drafty?
Since it's starting to get cold, we had to get window coverings up, and fast. Just started a Phd, so no time for any serious crafting.
This is a chenille throw, held to a tension rod with aligator clips.
Here we have a quilt, also held up by a tension rod. It's actually a different color than the throw, more of an olive khaki than sage green.
Both of these came off of the clearance rack at target, and were cheaper (and more insulating) than buying fabric and sewing something. I feel pretty clever about this solution, what do you guys think?
I've been more or less obsessed with chainmaille since I saw this post by Hawkwolf http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76833.0 But really, with the paint supplies piling up, unfinished embroidery laying around, half made quilts in boxes, blah, blah, blah, I didn't think another hobby was what I needed. After months of trying to supress the urge, I decided I wanted it bad enough to be worth it. At least I finished the embroidery before diving in, if not the quilt
Its designed with medieval heraldry traditions in mind. The blazon on the shield (I think) is: Vert, a pale Argent charged with 3 Waves Azure. The shield is supported by 2 celtic-style dogs. In the center, under the shield is the St. Crispin's Day soliloquy from Shakespeare's Henry V. I've already decided that the celtic knots need to come all the way around the speech to form a complete frame.
As you can see, the design so far has a very limited palette: blue, green, silver, gold, with black outlines and lettering. The colors in the final version will be much brighter and bolder, the sketch is pencil and crayola on newsprint.
My question is this, what do you think will work in the background? White seems to be traditional, but I don't think that will work in a painting. Blank canvas? =ick. I think a black background would dull the other colors too much. One idea that seems like it might work is to use some combination of colors to simulate an aged tapestry background. I could use brown, red, and gold for a traditionalish tapestry look, or blue, black, silver and gold.
When I frame the painting, I'll probably put more celtic knots on the frame, so a simple background would probably be best. Oh, and since it's not clear from the picture, this will be relatively large at 18x24 inches.
I've filed this here, because setting up this playroom was a series of very serious projects.
This room is for a little boy who needs an intensive amount of proprioceptive feedback. (How's that for a new word?) Basically it means he like to crash into things, and he likes to be squeezed.
So we started with the hammock. It's made out of a triple layer of spandex, which gives lots of nice sensory input. I wanted it to have some structure, and certainly wanted it to stand up to the friction of the rope, so I used duck cloth to reinforce all the seams. I used colored sharpies to draw on the white duck cloth because otherwise it was just boring. To say it was a pain in the neck to sew through 2 layers of duck cloth and 3 layers of spandex would be a massive understatement. But in the end it's all worth it because he loves it.
We also had to consider the implications of hanging a hammock in a room with concrete walls and a concrete floor. So the floor is covered with 2mm thick rubber foam - the kind of stuff that's popular in karate schools these days. The walls have been padded with cushions made of egg crate covered in fleece, they're attached with industrial strength velcro.
The Christmas lights are barely visible in the picture, but are also a favorite.
We've also got a few other "toys" in there: bowling pins made out of pint-size milk bottles, building blocks made out of cereal boxes covered in newspaper comics. If anybody cares, I can post pics of those too.
BTW - I've been hanging around craftster for a while, but this is a first post, so I'm just gonna hope and pray that it posts correctly.