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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Housewarming party gift ideas for guests? on: July 19, 2006 10:16:22 AM
So my SO and I have been remodeling and redecorating his house for a few months now and then I'm moving in this fall. We're having a small, combination bday (his)/housewarming/showing off the work we've done  Tongue party when that happens. I was thinking that I would like to make some kind of little favors for the guests that they could take when they leave. We have a certain color scheme/theme for the whole house and I was thinking I'd like the favors to maybe have something to do with that, but other than that I'm really stumped.  Huh I thought about etching a drinking glass for everyone that they could take home but that etching creme (Armor Etch) is so expensive and I've had trouble getting really good, even results from that. So I don't know.  Undecided  Oh and I don't really sew/knit/anything like that, I did just get a sewing machine from my grandma but haven't even started learning to use it yet. Other than that I suppose I could make/do a lot of things. Argh. Any ideas? Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted/decorated cigar box for Bday gift on: July 17, 2006 06:29:22 AM
We celebrated my bf's first cousin's 9th birthday yesterday. It occurred to me the night before that we had no gift for her so I decided to see what I could make from my  supplies and I came up with this box for her to put cool little girl things in. Smiley

This was one of my grandfather's old cigar boxes. It had this weird balsa wood frame inside so I ripped that out, replaced the nasty brown felt on the bottom with that flowered felt you see, sanded and removed the nails and stuff left from the balsa, and painted it with craft paint. Then I lined the bottom with the same flowered felt. I decorated the top and sides with these rub-on transfers that I had to try when I saw them at AC Moore. They worked great and were a lot of fun to use. I sprayed the parts with the transfers with some sealer and it was done. It was really fun to make and she loved it so I'm happy. Now time to start working on Christmas gifts...  Undecided




(The whole thing is that bright blue you see on the inside pic, not sure why the colors came out so weird here but all we had was a camera phone.)

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / my standing lightbulb vase with etched bulbs on: July 09, 2006 11:36:44 AM
 Yay, I finally did something with all these lightbulbs I've hollowed out.  Tongue

So I found this..thing at my favorite thrift store for $1.50 and knew it would be perfect for a lightbulb vase. (No idea what it is, I'm thinking maybe a tealight candle holder?)  I hollowed and washed out the bulbs, etched a few of them with Armor Etch, and then attached them to the frame with 18 gauge wire. I rubbed a bit of spanish copper metallic paint on the frame because it was really brassy and I wanted it a little darker. And that's pretty much it. As you can see I only have silk flowers in it right now but I definitely plan to use real flowers in it.   Smiley








few more pics
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/61329DSC00181-a.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/61329DSC00177-a.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/61329DSC00178-a.jpg


Tutorial for hollowing out the bulbs:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37319.0
Tutorial for etching the bulbs:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted/magnetized particle board CD storage tower on: June 25, 2006 03:17:45 PM
This is a CD storage rack/tower/thingie/whatever, it holds 500 CDs. I don't have a before picture but it's that particle board/laminate finish furniture, I think I got this thing at Target a few years ago. It was all a maple-y wood color. It was in good shape but dull so I decided to "fix it up" a bit and I like it a lot.

The sides/bottom are a very dark grey, I think the shade is called Mark Twain Grey Black. The top and front of the shelves is "banner red" and the shelves are black enamel. (with the borders heavily sanded, it looks sort of weird in the pics but I really like the way they look. )





I kind of want to paint something on the top but I can't decide....so right now it's just on there with double-sided tape.  Tongue


I used Rustoleum magnetic primer on the sides. These are a few of the U2 magnets I've made (with those printer sheets)  and I plan to make magnets with scans of all my saved concert ticket stubs for it.






*edited to reduce pic sizes a bit Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Should I take this sewing machine? (Riccar 7500) on: May 24, 2006 11:11:27 AM
Hello, I have been crafting quite a bit lately  Cheesy but have never sewn so much as a button.  Embarrassed We're in the process of cleaning out a sick relative's house and there's a sewing machine I can have, I'm wondering if I should take it and try to learn? It's a Riccar Model 7500, I think it says "Super Stretch". It works, been folded down into it's cabinet for a few years though.  Undecided

P.S. Sorry if this is not the right forum for my post. 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / What to do with plywood that I'm mounting my rastorbation on? on: May 13, 2006 10:38:06 PM
Hello, I have been lurking here for awhile and finally made an account so I could post.  Cheesy I've been working on some rasterbations this weekend and am really stuck on one of them.  Undecided I don't have a pic of the actual rastorbation yet but here is the image I made it from. (Yes I made myself a giant lava lamp, lol). I have a piece of plywood to mount it on with an extra 1" of plywood on each side. I'm pleased with the way the rasterbation turned out but now I just cannot decide how to finish the plywood. I was thinking I could just paint it with brushes and acrylic paint (maybe red?), maybe just stain the wood, paint on some kind of patterned border, or decoupage something on? I have some really cool 60's ish wallpaper scraps but I'm afraid it will look too busy if I have a big pattern for a border. ack, help?



also, I wasn't sure if this was the right forum?
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