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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Vinyl decal ideas for my (pictured) ugly wall? on: September 15, 2009 10:54:59 PM
[moved to a more appropriate place, man I must be tired!]

So, first things first.

This:


is my ugly wall.  

The super cluttered book shelf to the left is a "pile" of things that belong to my husband, and the lot of it is getting kicked out as soon has he has some free time. The gray Deskjet is going to be replaced (or maybe just tossed, we haven't decided yet). Also, the ugly white plastic caddy with the fabric piles on top are being displaced and reorganized as well.
I am sad to report that our clunky little tv is a permanent fixture.
We just painted. You can't really tell, but the walls are a very temper-mental shade of gray-blue. They are WAY more blue than we had anticipated. The carpet is blue and we have a pine green accent wall,which seems to make it even worse. I can't bear the thought of painting the whole thing over again, (the fumes were sooooo intense and our house is teensy) so I've decided that with a little cleverness and creativity I can just make it work for now.

I've decided I would like to try something like this:  http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vinyl-Wall-Art/
 but I'm really having a hard time coming up with a design (and a color for that design to be) that feels whimsical but still adult. I think a lot of my problem is that the colors are screaming "child's room" at me.

Anyone have any visions while staring at that silly wall??
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Vinyl decal ideas for my ugly wall? on: September 15, 2009 10:23:00 PM
Moved  to: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321324.0
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Pj's? on: November 08, 2008 09:24:28 AM
I'm thinking about making some pj pants in ridiculous patterns for christmas gifts for the ladies in my family... but I have no idea how to go about this. I am an avid crafter but a sewing novice. Help!

I'd like to do a drawstring.

It seems quite simple. Is it as simple as it sounds?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Jim Henson's "Labyrinth" Themed B-day for 4 year old on: August 16, 2008 10:57:45 PM
My neice will be turning four next february and I have promised to throw her a labyrinth themed birthday party.
She likes to tell strangers that she's a "David Bowie Fan".
She also totally rocks out to "Changes", but that's not the point.

Anyone got any brilliant ideas?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / soften Red Heart yarn? on: September 02, 2006 08:21:22 AM
Hello everyone!

I am a low-income student and restricted to generic, synthetic 'red heart' types of yarn right now to make my winter scarves. My problem is that they come out so starchy and scratchy, and I prefer to give gifts of soft lusciousness!!

What good methods do you use to make sub-par yarns more touchable, if any?
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Kitschy Kraft Fairy Costume on: June 03, 2006 11:41:21 PM


Yes, I am aware that I am totally insane and have waaaay too much time on my hands. But I enjoy myself, so there. Again, like some other daring souls my ensemble is all one project in my head, but I will say we are showcasing the "corset" for regulations' sake.




+ Duct Tape pretendo corset, painted black with Popsicle stick "boning" and pompon flare, laced up with the COOLEST sparkly raver-gimp!

+Totally Radical Rainbow Wristbands (craftloops, of course)




+ Popsicle stick wings. These were fun. Especially when I got to paint them. Held on by blue craft loops!




+ Bodacious Booty Skirt, made mostly of felt (oh how I love craft felt) with pipe-cleaner/pompon accents.

And of course, you can't forget my awesome pipe-cleaner crown!
This all totally reminded me of something I would wear to Burning Man... only I don't go to burning man because it scares me, I just wear my rainbow popsicle stick wings around the living room.  Wink

Hope you guys enjoyed, and thanks for checking it out!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 1 year aniversary with Biker-Boy on: May 15, 2006 09:32:57 PM
Yeah, that's right. Little miss crafty and the guy in chaps. Who knew. The aniversary of the day we fell in love is in ten days, he somehow magically has the day off... and I want it to be special. We've known eachother for 10 years, I love this man, and I want to take this opportunity to show him how much. He totally supports my crafting and appreciates things made by hand SO much, but I have been too much of a pussy to make him anything yet.
Lately, now that I really want to make him something... my brain is fried and I'm having a lot of trouble coming up with ideas. Any help or random comments are greatly appreciated!!

About Chase:

Biker boy, and looks it too. Stalky and burly with tattoos and blue eyes and a shaved head... and yeah *drool*. Certified Welder; loves to work with metal! Loves to work with clay, also, but we are so poor. We smoke a little ganj now and again... he drinks too much beer. He looooves cats! loves them! And knives and guns as well. Sooooo sweet. Just... a wonderful warm and loving person. He likes gothic stuff a lot as well, and loves Day of the Dead themed art.

I don't have a lot of money.
I don't have any pictures of us together.
I have a lot of craft paint, modge podge, a few little boxes, tons of scrap fabric, yarn coming out of my ears, a color printer and some mild photoshop skills.


Can you help?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Puff Paint on: May 09, 2006 04:05:14 AM
Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone has worked with puff paint of fabric recently? Anyone got any fun project ideas, or tips on how to use it? Does it need to be set with heat or anything?

My friend and I are determined to bring puff paint back, I'm eggin' to try it!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / And Really Bad Eggs on: May 03, 2006 02:54:53 AM
ohmygoodness I am so tired from working on this project that I almost fell asleep right here at the keyboard uploading pictures. Feast your eyes loves, I am very proud.

This is the piece of thrift-store gold (teehee) I came by:


Obviously this started me singing 'Yo ho Yo ho a Pirate's Life for Me', which naturally led to my project being Pirates of the Caribbean themed. I have a photo montage here: www.myspace.com/myblackpearl if you would like to get a better look at the process and a few close-ups. There is also a detailed explanation of the process with BIG pictures there! Make sure youhave your speakers on when you go there. =)

Materials Used:
acrylic craft paints in at least 20 different shades, modge podge, printed out starry skies (to go behind the battered sails) from the good ol' inkjet, meshy fabric, thread, and of course my awesome ship orginal!

Time Spent: Close to 25 hours

Was is worth it? Hell yes.

The Finished Product:



yay for my first craft challenge entry! thanks for looking!!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I know nothing about sewing machines! help! on: April 16, 2006 09:41:06 AM
My boyfriend's mama (who is just like, the coolest person ever) has let us use our apartment as 'storage' for her sewing machine, so that I can start learning to use it! Yay! I am THRILLED!

It's a White Sewing Machine (as in, that's the company name... and the color, too ^_^) model # 1866.

I have never ever used a machine in my whooole life, I have been a hand-stitcher to the core all of my 22 years, and I don't know what the hell I am doing or where the hell to start. Can anyone give me any pointers, tips, things to look out for or some beginning projects???
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