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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decoupage Skull Display Cabinet on: February 07, 2010 04:43:31 PM

I was inspired by Thelastkodama's spiffy clementine box here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334413.0

The cabinet is actually just a display box from World market; the pages are from on old book called Billiards at 9:00] that were yellowing.

I'd like to backlight it eventually, maybe a Christmas light in each corner.

I'm going for a sort of turn-of-the-century, Natural History thing. If any of y'all who are good at this stuff could suggest a way to fill out the display and make it look like more than just a box with skulls in it, I'd be very grateful! I don't have much of an eye for this stuff myself, but I think it looks a little too empty.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Glittens on: October 12, 2009 11:03:56 PM
I saw the tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276577.0 and I loved them so much! I didn't mess with the little finger-covers, though.
I made several pair for various younger siblings, but I only have pictures of two.

I put a partial thumb on these, but nobody else wanted one; It bothered me a little to leave them looking so unfinished.

It took me about 40 minutes per pair...The hardest part was the fitting.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted hat band on: June 30, 2009 08:57:24 PM

I found this wierd, Amish-looking golf hat:

And I needed a hat to keep the sun from turning my into a krispy kritter, so I took it home. But it was ugly, so I took a skein of some yarn that's been sitting in my stash for about a year now and made a hatband.
Modeled by my signifigant other...

It's not a hugely creative project, but I like it.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Taking apart an old armchair, need help removing the frame(with pics) on: June 18, 2009 02:14:49 PM
Here's the chair:

I need to remove that lighter colored wood frame to attach the new upholstery. I unscrewed it from the top, now the only things holding it in place are two wooden dowls on each lower corner:

I can get to them from the side:

But I can't pound them in far enough to remove the frame. Am I supposed to just cut them, and replace them with new? Help!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / refurbing an old bentwood rocker, need some advice w/pics on: June 14, 2009 08:57:32 PM
I picked this up off the street, and I really, really like it.

I'd like to put in a sold, padded seat instead of replacing the caning, but I'm not sure how to secure it. I hate the thought of screwing or nailing into the old wood, but I'm not sure if wood glue would do the trick.
There's no little shelf to secure the cushion, just a thin channel that held the splining reed.

Any thoughts? If I need to screw the seat down, how can I do it without damaging the frame?
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / The Dark Tower...Of Fun! on: April 20, 2009 09:30:19 AM
My husband just finished this play tower. He kinda winged the whole thing, no plans, no help, and very little measuring.

We had been looking into a commercial playset but with five kids, we needed something big and sturdy.
It's cemented into the ground and the slide, ladder, and some of the wood is recycled.
The bottom will become a sand box in June, right now it's just the dog's favorite hangout.

And here's some shots of it in the daylight.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pitbull Freight Harness (Updated with action shots!) on: April 18, 2009 07:59:49 PM
I made a harness for Swiper! It's mostly finished, I might add some padding and I might add a backstrap, but I'm just so darn pleased with myself I had to post. It's made of 2" blue nylon webbing, a welded steel D ring and a repurposed pinata whacker.

I used UberPest's tutorial http://www.uberpest.com/harness.html but still ended up with a slightly twisted strap. I'm not sure how I'm going to fix that, but I'll probably take the spreader bar off tomorrow and see if I can't figure it out.


Omg cheese!


Didn't want your stupid cheese anyway.

Hopefully it'll be dry enough tomorrow to get some action shots. I crave feedback, suggestions, and improvements.

Okay,finally got to try it out on the road!

We got some wierd looks, but I think most of them were just jealous.

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / 'nother pitbull collar on: September 30, 2008 07:46:57 AM
Swiper's getting into the 'spirit' of things.
Another attempt at a cutesy, kid friendly collar. I haven't taken it for a test drive yet, but I think it should be quite the ice breaker.

He may look depressed and morose that his owner likes to dress him up like a chihuahua, but inside he's brimming with excitement for his new accoutrement. I swear.

Cotton folded around a nylon strap, sewn with upholstery thread and finished with a steel double bar buckle.
Can someone tell me if there's some trick to cutting a straight line? I seem incapable of it.

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / The Hermidifier on: August 25, 2008 06:46:52 PM
I used an instructable for this, can I still post it? It pleases me immensely.

It's a humidifier for hermit crabs. Get it?   Cheesy
Sorry, I crack myself up.

And a close-up of the tank, which really should have some kind of lighting underneath:

Finally, my crabs are nice and moist.

Sorry, that was gross.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Bitty Baby Rebuild on: June 23, 2008 11:56:25 AM
This is Harold, my daughter's constant companion for the last four years. As you can see, she's suffering from the Velveteen Rabbit's disease & I'd like to repair her.

I don't want to send her to the American Girl doll hospital because aside from the trauma of losing Harold for three weeks, they'll replace all her limbs, and I'd rather keep her looking like she does now. Does that hole by her arm look like it could be fixed? If so, how? There's only a tiny thread of fabric holding the arm on.
I'm willing to make a new body, but I have no idea how. She's got kind of a flat panel on her butt that allows her to sit, and I'd like to replicate that if possible. Does anyone have any experience with dolls like this, or links to a tutorial? I tried googling it but I just got a bunch of links to handmade doll clothes.
Thanks for your help!!
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