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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Alice in the adventure of the Sewing machine horror! on: December 04, 2007 07:48:58 PM
I've wanted a sewing machine for a while now, and my grandmother *refuses* to let me near hers because she is convinced I will break it (when I was a kid I broke many things... many many things.), so I decided I'd show her and I bought my own...

So I read the instructions; it came with a DVD but I didn't feel like going through the process of rewinding it when I didn't catch something. I thought I knew what they were explaining pretty well; but then it came to putting the bobbin in the shuttle.... yeah... it doesn't tell you there is a little hole under the tension spring(I don't think thats the right name for it, but thats what I called it and my father-in-law knew what i was saying(he sews for work)), and when I put it in before I did that this is what happened.

Oh the horror....!!!!

So after two days of swearing at it, crying because I felt like a failure, and even looking for the receipt to take it back, Hubby calls his dad and I talked to him and he told me to check the tension, after messed with it I discovered the hole and now it works fine!

First thing sewn (decently) on it, lol

I have plans to sew other things, but yeah... thought I'd share my random sewing machine journey with you.  Grin

PS -

Also, we got another purchase that day;

Yeah, I gave in and we got one... mainly because I saw the pink controller and had to have it, lol.
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bland to cute <3 *image heavy* on: November 03, 2007 09:25:39 PM
So I had this gloss black wood grain frame, and I felt it looked a bit *bland*, so I thought I'd try painting it.


Stripes are fun <3


And silly me, I forgot a basic rule of painting a wood surface... sand any gloss coat off first, and this is what happened.

Reminded me of latex paint...

I decided to scrap it all off and go in a whole different direction.

Ribbon and paint maker! I did the heart on top since it holds a picture of my hubby and me <3
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / dead... seriously. on: October 31, 2007 10:10:56 PM
So I work a 32-40+ hour a week part time job (I know, thats basically wrong and shouldn't happen, but it does, and at some of your favorite craft store.) and when I get home I'm totally drained. Lately I have lost *all* of my inspiration and energy to do anything.

Anyone know anything I can do to get me out of this slump? It's almost makes me depressed.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Busy Busy Busy (Boxes) on: October 20, 2007 07:35:18 PM
Here are some more, you guessed it! Boxes!

I'm getting bigger now! I got some of the bigger boxes, this one I did a vintage spring color theme. I am loving that green!

The stripe pattern on the lid, randomly placed painters tape did the trick, huzzah!

My cute polka dotted orange ribbon appears once more! So cute <3

Another red/black box, this one I did a bit more designing on the lid.

That amazing striped ribbon <3!

Once again, painters tape is <3, I did uneven stripes crossing at the top corner and put a bow there

Designer shot, as I guess you could call it lol

Yes, we "invested" (I have to tell myself we invested in it or I'll start hyperventilating that we spent money we should be saving.)in a new camera.

This one to be exact! It's pretty nice, and so far my hubby is all head over heels for it lol He convinced me and we shopped around and to my surprise,  Walmart was the victor.

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little Bow'd boxes <3 on: October 20, 2007 08:47:59 AM
I've made some more seen in previous post

These are my new creations! I found this roll of hello kitty ribbon, and I HAD to get it!! *hello kitty fanatic!*

Top View; I added a little bow of the ribbon I used around the lid. I just tied it around a pencil and cut it off, with a little hot glue, it stays!

Side; a blurry side view of the hello kitty cute ribbon! I <3 it so much!

Side; I put my tangled DMC floss in there... it came in some kit and I can't get it untangled, now it's a decorative touch lol.

These are both of them <3

close up of my two boxes!

I made this for my friend who wanted one after she saw the ones I made before. I asked her what she wanted to look like, and she said, "you know me, go with your good judgment!' So red and black it is!

You can see the striped ribbon I put around the body of the box, and I liked the bow on the hello kitty box, I did it again on this one to add a girlie touch!

it's just cute! On the lid I painted it all black and then went back with red on top, but I only put a tiny bit of paint on my brush so it would give this look. I wanted to do stripes, but my painters tape is M.I.A.!

This is a close up on the ribbon, this is where I over lapped them, and omg, it makes me love this pattern on the ribbon! It's blends together! YAY!

Well, more to come! I made this after I got home from work, so it was about midnight. I don't like closing at Michaels, but I would rather do it there than Target or somewhere that is HUGE... I hear they don't get out till 2am-ish.

Today we're going to spray paint my little plastic draw unit that used to hold books that I couldn't fit on my book shelves and papers, now holds my tiny collection of crafting supplies!
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pretty Little Boxes on: October 13, 2007 11:06:59 PM
Normally I am a digital graphics type person, but all my inspiration for that has dried up  Cry

But working at a craft store helps give me ideas for more hands on things. So today my hubby and I went up there (mainly so I can bug my coworkers haha) and I got some cardboard boxes shaped like hearts and stars; paint; ribbon; and little gems and decided I was going to decorate some boxes!

I live at my grandmothers house, so my hubby and I can't really decorate as we want... bummer.



The star was my first one... I was kind of just doing whatever came to my mind... the stripes on the top were so freehand and resemble more zebra than straightness. The heart I used painters tape and tried to get them on there straight. I could've used a t-square for this, but I didn't want to wait till tomorrow.

I hot glued ribbon around the body of the star and heart, then around the edge of the lid of the heart... *note: hot glue is hot... owie.*

Used folk art paint, I like it. If you want to know the colors, lemme know and I shall gladly tell you.
37  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / True Love Stichery on: October 06, 2007 09:42:34 PM
So yeah, I try to be crafty, not much time since I have a job. Funny though, I work in a craft store! Ah, life is funny at times ain't it?

My mom bought me this cross stitching kit with some modern looking designs, and I was bored at work (working in the framing department is pretty boring sometimes.)at I did this. First kind of stitching thing ever, so it's kind of a mess, but I like it! I added 'True Love' myself, because it looked cute.

Here are some pictures, my crappy camera that only my husband can use for some reason! yayers.

38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Boxsprings on: May 10, 2006 11:29:55 AM
Not sure if this is in the right place... but it's to do with my Boxsprings. For a loooong time I didn't have any other seating in my room, so I had a card table pulled up to my bed and it had my computer on it and I used my bed as a bed and chair  Cheesy So one day my cousin, who's kind of a big guy, decided to run and jump on my bed, and with that we heard a loud crack and the bed fell on one side. One of the bottom railings on the Box springs broke in two. I can set is on the frame(I use the standard metal frame that matress stores give free) and it's fine, but if you sit on a certain spot on the bed it falls down again, which usually scares the crap out of anyone who comes to visit me! The latest victum was my 75 year old grandmother... the first time I heard her scream in my life X3

So I was wonder if there was a way to fix it without taking it all apart and such?
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painting rooms! on: May 05, 2006 04:27:22 PM
So we're going to be moving into a house by the end of July, if not sooner. So all my life I've had white walls that I cover with posters, but I'm growing out of poster covered walls, so I'm going to paint my room with a nice design and have a few framed posters. Now I have absolutly no clue as to what/how I wanna paint my room but I was thinking horozontal stripes in different shapes along the top about 2 feet down.

Colors... I have no clue as to what colors to use... I was thinking purples... but... o.o I donno! AH Help!

I also get to paint my bathroom and I saw a this

and fell in love! So we're going to paint the pattern red and white with grey borders and accents(towels, sink accessories, ect.) Yes, I've decided to rip off Targets old colors XD! We're going to get my uncle to mark it for us, because we're both horrible with math and such XD
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need some help! on: May 03, 2006 04:36:36 PM
I bought a new desk about two months ago, and it's made of that fake wood with that wood plastic covering that can peel off like an ugly sticker! Personally, I don't like wood furniture, mainly because I grew up in a house full of it and it was too much. Anyways, back to the desk! It's ugly, and bothering me now, and I want some color to it, but I don't think paint would stay on it.

There are some pictures of it. Does anyone have any idea on anything I could do to turn this desk pretty??
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