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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crossword Puzzle Table! (with tutorial) on: June 15, 2004 07:14:52 PM
Huzzah and I recently revamped a dingy old plywood table: now it's a fabulous
crossword table that you can fill in and erase again and again! This project is super cheap
and super easy.

Materials:
ugly-ass table
glue or rubber cement
crossword puzzle book (or any assortment of crosswords)
clear contact paper
scissors
dry erase markers


I had inherited the table in question from a friend, who had covered its nastiness in a
not-quite-so-ugly cloth. Once we removed the cloth, we had to figure out the logistics: how
many crosswords would fit? For our table, 12 pages from the book would fit but leave a gap
around the edges.


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/table1A.jpg

The solution to our problem was the solution to the puzzles. [/rimshot] The small, dense
solutions in the back of the book made an excellent contrast to the open spaces in the
puzzles. If you are making a border, figure out how wide it needs to be, and then lay that
down first as a foundation. We cut our solution pages into thirds and glued them around the
edge of the table.


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/tableglueA.jpg

Gluing is easiest with two people, as one person can position the paper while the other smooths it
out. Be careful not to rip the gluey paper.
Then we started laying out the puzzles themselves--carefully, in a grid. We just glued them
down and tried not to wrinkle them too much. If the glue isn't sticking to every single
piece of the paper, don't worry: you'll be covering them with contact paper anyway.


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/halfwaytableA.jpg

Once you're done gluing, step back and admire how cool your table will be.


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/finishedtable1A.jpg

Now comes the trickiest part: laying contact paper over the table. Anyone who's worked with
contact paper knows how annoying it can be: wrinkling, sticking to itself. We managed by
very carefully peeling the backing, and then sort of suspending the contact paper over the table (like
laying a fresh sheet on a bed), and then pressing it down very carefully. Cover the entire
table with contact paper, preferably two layers. We did it width-wise first and then ran
out, but I plan to get more contact paper and put on another layer length-wise to smooth out
the few inevitable wrinkles we got.

And that's it! You've got yourself a killer table.


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/finishedtable2A.jpg

Hours of amusement are ahead of you! Perfect for parties--and the contact paper means
spilled drinks will clean up in a snap!


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/crossword1A.jpg

Dry erase markers work beautifully, especially if you get ones with fine tips.
Enjoy your new table! If you use hard puzzles, you can work on it forever!


http://www.snark404.net/users/laura/table/finishedtable3A.jpg
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / anniversary gift (aka my weird relationship) on: February 15, 2004 05:29:24 PM
my boyfriend and i had our first anniversary this weekend, so i made him a little gift. (nb: when we met, we were so compatible/alike that people joked they couldn't tell us apart. hence the cupcakes.)

the setup, complete with stuffed friends:



closeup:



that bottom picture is from halloween; he was lolita, i was humbert humbert.

cupcakes:



no love without irony!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / shrunken sweater --> fabulous sweater! on: February 10, 2004 06:35:25 PM
i had a basic black sweater that shrunk in the wash. it didn't shrink so much that i couldn't wear it, but it was a little snug, and the sleeves were too short.  i had some cheetah print fabric lying around, so....voila! a sexy little sweater with cheetah cuffs.



i just cut two cheetah rectangles to the size i wanted, hemmed the ends, turned the sweater inside out, and sewed the rectangles to the (shrunken) wrists of the sweater. i only sewed about a third of the way up the new cuffs, so they would flare out at the hands.



though i'm sure it would have been easier (and neater) with a sewing machine instead of my rather ragged hand-stitching, i'm still quite pleased with the result.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / voodoo wristwarmers from knitty on: February 04, 2004 07:54:56 PM
My take on the voodoo wristwarmers from knitty:

These are mine. We call these the Planet of the Apes hands.



They're a little sparkly, too, but all you can see in this pic is how hairy they are!

And these are the versions I just made for huzzah, who will not look like a gorilla:



5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: January 29, 2004 03:49:50 PM
so i have a pair of stockings (or tights, or nylons, or pantyhose, depending where you grew up) that i bought months ago. they're the wrong size (*grr* misleading packaging *grr*) and there is no hope of me ever wearing them, and of course i no longer have the receipt. they're neat: they're black and have a herringbone texture. aside from giving them to a skinnier friend, what can i do with these? armwarmers seem like the obvious way to go, but maybe a little boring... any crafty inspirations?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / comic book jewelry on: January 21, 2004 08:47:50 PM
huzzah and i recently made all kinds of jewelry out of old spiderman comics. i only have pictures of the final results, but the process is pretty straightforward.

first we made earrings by cutting out text balloons, laminating them with contact paper, inserting eyelets (the kind that are marketed for use on paper), and threading them through french hooks.  on a few pairs, we also did decorative stitching around the edges. the end results (plus a pair of ancient canadian postage stamps that we found in an old tin):



the earrings as they are meant to be seen:




we also made cuffs out of scrap fabric and isolated panels from the comic books. the first part of the process (laminating) was the same. we sewed the fabric into rectangles of the appropriate size and then sewed the panels onto them. then we used the same eyelets to create corset-style lacing on the backs.  we used ribbons and cords for the laces.







huzzah modeling:


finally, we used the basically the same process to make a necklace from america's finest news source, weekly world news:


7  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / eugene craftsters? on: January 20, 2004 11:05:59 AM
is anyone out there in eugene? i am! let's get together.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / fishnet knitting pattern? on: December 12, 2003 11:55:12 AM
does anyone know how to knit fishnet? i'm looking either for a free pattern or one i could look up in the library, if possible.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machines: READ BEFORE POSTING ANY QUESTIONS ON SEWING MACHINES! on: November 15, 2003 02:30:11 PM
yesterday, i bought a singer stylist 457 at goodwill for cheap. it seems to be in good condition and have all its parts, but i am having a problem that makes me feel ridiculously incompetent. can anyone help?

here's the problem: i *cannot* raise the bobbin thread for the life of me. this is a top-loading bobbin, and i've only used side bobbins before, so it's possible i'm doing something wrong.

in the manual, following the instructions for threading the bobbin case have the thread nowhere near the needle area. how is it supposed to make a loop? it is counterintuitive to the extreme.

i've been googling this for an hour and found people with the same problem but no useful answers. any suggestions would be *greatly* appreciated. i'm going mad!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / dying homespun yarn: help! on: November 13, 2003 10:22:13 AM
so i've been taking a spinning class at the university craft center, and i'm completely loving it. i now have several skeins of (slightly unevenly spun) yarn. it's in a natural medium gray color. so here's my question: can i dye this yarn even though it's not particularly light? will the color come out weird? what should i use to dye it? what's the process exactly?

i've never dyed yarn before, but i figure i might as well spin as much as i can while i still have access to free (well, minus the cost of the class) wool--and i'd rather have a variety of colors if possible.

any advice would be appreciated!
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