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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My new-old chair on: February 25, 2008 10:28:00 PM
I got this chair on Craigslist ages ago, and it's been chilling under a big blanket.

It was bright, Smurf blue with a few tears (which my cat soon turned into many tears).

And last weekend, I finally re-covered it!

I accidentally erased the before pics. Just imagine bright, BRIGHT blue in bad shape.

I used some stretchy crushed velvet to cover it. The fabric worked great when it came to covering the chair. It was less easy when I had to sew a new cushion cover.

Hope you like it.  Grin




2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / New pillows on: February 25, 2008 10:00:01 PM
This weekend was all about craft projects.  Grin

I finally made the throw pillows and pillow cases I wanted. I found this neat floral fabric at Jo-Ann's on sale. The dark red fabric is a soft flannel.

Hope you like them.











3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Smile when you cook on: January 07, 2008 10:40:26 PM
I made another apron for a friend for Christmas.

I used the same pattern I used on the last apron post of mine: www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214778.msg2309804#msg2309804.

The material is a thick cotton. I added some pink and brown ribbon at the bottom and on the pocket and put her initials -- SMEC -- on the pocket.

Here it is, modeled by its new owner. She seemed to like it.  Grin



I'd love to hear your thoughts!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I love Hedwig! on: January 07, 2008 10:24:04 PM
I gave my friend Hedwig and the Angry Inch for Christmas.

We always try to make something handmade for each other for Christmas, so I made her some Hedwig wig magnets!



I drew the design, cut it out of cardboard, covered it in yellow material, put on some backing, put on two magnets and then drew on the black hair marks with a Sharpie.







I think I might make some magnets out of the two half faces you see in "Origin of Love" and at the end of the movie.

Anyway...I hope you like! And I encourage any comments.




5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nifty apron!!! on: December 18, 2007 07:01:50 PM
One of my closest friends wanted a pink and black apron for Christmas, and voila, that's what she got! 

I followed the See & Sew B4585 apron pattern: www.butterick.com/item/B4585.htm?tab=yes_its_easy_see_sew&page=9.

Once I got past the initial "OK, what the heck does that mean?" feeling this is my first sewing project that's not a pillow or blanket or something rectangular-shaped it was easy to put together.

The fabric is cotton duck, with ribbon on the bottom, straps and pocket.





Her initials:



Some quick modeling before she came to pick it up:



She really liked it! I hope you do too.

Happy holidays!

Grin
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pretty necklace made with Russian pin on: October 22, 2007 09:42:02 PM
I originally saw these necklaces in a little boutique in town and really wanted one. Problem was that the necklaces were $88!!!!

(Here's a photo of the shop's expensive necklaces. Excuse the bad quality of the photo. It was taken with my phone.)



I thought I could make that. I found a Russian pin at a recent antique fair for $8. It's papier-mache with a "troika" design on it.



I got some beads at JoAnn's, hot glued a ring on the back to attach the string of beads to the pin with and finished it in less than an hour!







All for about $20!  Grin

If you want to make some of your own, this site has the brooches for pretty cheap: http://russian-crafts.com/brooch.html.

Here's another site: http://www.russia4.com/brooches.htm.

I can't guarantee the service of these sites, but I might buy from these if I decide to make more.

Thanks for looking, and I look forward to your comments.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A place to hide my mounds of yarn on: September 17, 2007 11:34:03 PM
Over the past couple years, I've accumulated a ton of craft supplies. I've had them all on white wire shelves, which was a little tacky.

So I got a piece of wood to sit on the top and spray painted it maroon to match my headboard. I screwed on a curtain rod and made a yellow curtain with maroon ribbon tabs. (I'll probably embellish the curtain later on.)





I also got a new shelf out of it that I can put my craft magazines, craft books and sewing box on.



And I can hang bigger pieces of fabrics up the sides.



Enjoy!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My coffee table! on: September 17, 2007 11:01:15 PM
I made this last year and have finally gotten around to posting it!

This is a coffee table with an old shutter as the table top. I found the shutter at an antique store and the legs at an antique fair.



This was my first project requiring power tools, so it's not perfect. But it serves its purpose.

I'm planning on repainting the wood around the sides off-white to match the shutter (right now it's bright white), and I need to get a big piece of glass for the top. Right now, you can't really put anything small on it because it won't sit flat. Any ideas of where I can get glass for cheap?



Hope you like it!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Not another headboard. ;-) on: September 17, 2007 10:38:49 PM
DIY headboards seem to be very popular these days.  Wink

Anyway, this is my upholstered headboard. I used this site as my guide: http://www.bejane.com/headboard.



I got a big piece of plywood off the junk pile at Home Depot for $4 and had them cut it for me. (They tried to get me to buy a $20 piece of plywood. Ha!) I got 1" foam, batting and the purpley-maroon material at JoAnn's.

The hardest part was getting the two pieces of plywood together. Originally it was one big piece, but then that didn't fit in my little car. So they cut it in two, and a friend and I put it back together using mending plates (rectangular metal plates with teeth you hammer into the wood).



I really like the buttons. To do those I covered plain old buttons with a circle of batting and then wrapped them in upholstery material. I then stapled into the wood where I want the buttons to go and hot glued the buttons on top.



Right now it's on the floor and against the wall, propped up a couple inches with fat books. I want to attach it to the wall and put it up a little higher but don't know how. I got a couple flush mounts, per the directions, but I don't think they will hold it. I also tried some bed lifts, which you can see in the photo, but it wasn't very sturdy. I don't want it to fall on top of me when I'm sleeping, after all!!! Any ideas?



Say hi to my cat, D.J.  Grin

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A place for my books. Yay! on: September 17, 2007 10:12:02 PM
One of my favorite books is my ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer. And one of the projects I've been dying to do is the bookshelf out of dresser drawers. After about two years of wishing, I finally found some decent shelves by the dumpster.  Grin

And here it is! It took me $50, a few days to paint and dry and an afternoon of putting it together.









I painted the back of the drawers (formerly the bottoms) a dark bluish green. I also sawed one of the drawers in half. I left the knobs on in some cases, and used aluminum angles along the corners and as the legs.





ReadyMade's instructions were very easy to follow. I can't say enough about this book and the magazine. If you haven't checked them out, you should.  Cheesy

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