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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Square-neck dress or tunic? need help deciding. on: March 26, 2010 10:56:32 PM
i really like it as a tunic with a pretty border, so i'm also going with #3!
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Photography: Chihuly, butterflies and more on: March 15, 2010 09:18:42 PM
I saw those exact same sculptures installed in Garfield Conservancy in Chicago, I think fall of 2000.  The pictures I got are ridiculous looking now with the advancement of digital cameras since then, but they are definitely the same, especially the yellow ball with the dent on the side!  I'm jealous Columbus has them now : )

Great pics!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Woven Fabric Cat Baskets--Cat Approved! on: February 16, 2010 07:28:45 PM
THANK YOU all for the positive comments!  I'm in the middle of early midterms (this semester all my professors broke the semesters into thirds) but I will work on a tutorial afterward.  If I forget, please PM and remind me!  My method was a lot like Abbeeroad described, except I didn't use a needl--I used blunt scissors--and the stitches were just the same thing over and over, with some just wrapping around the new piping, and some going through the layer below and the new layer.

Time to go study!  Thanks again!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Woven Fabric Cat Baskets--Cat Approved! on: February 09, 2010 03:13:54 PM
A few weeks ago, Moderncat wrote about this Japanese Cat Bed
http://www.moderncat.net/2010/01/04/neko-chigura-traditional-japanese-cat-bed/
  I was immediately in love, but they didn't ship to the US and I am a broke student, so I decided to make one myself.  I knew I could recreate it, with my own twist.

To make it, I purchased 45 yards of 1/2 inch piping and 4 yards of calico fabric, totaling (with coupons) around $20.  I cut the fabric into 1 inch strips. (I forgot to take a before picture, so here's a pic of the leftovers after the final remake--it was a much bigger pile before!)


I used a coil basket weaving method I learned in art class a lonnnnng time ago.  I must have adjusted the diameter of the base 10 times so it would be the right size!  When I got to the entrance, instead of continuing the coil, I just flipped it back on itself and coiled the other direction, repeating until it was high enough, then just continuing the coil to finish the top.  I ended up with this:


They seemed to like the hole on the top, so I left it unfinished to test it.  It was great, except that I have 2 cats and they both liked to enter from the top (or sometimes they just wanted to pounce on the other one).  The basket couldn't handle it and would cave in, then they'd just sleep on the mushed top, but that could only hold one.  So I filled in the hole on top (sorry, I didn't take any pictures of it!), hoping it would stop the crushing, but they just did it more, as a way to annoy and expel the other cat.  So, I tried reinforcing the sides by weaving in fabric to stabilize the entrance so it wouldn't collapse, but that didn't work either. 

I finally gave up, dismantled it, and made it into 2 individual cat baskets.

This has worked out well, obviously!

The last thing I did was to trim the loose strings with my thread-snipping scissors.  I just finished weaving the second one last night, so I haven't trimmed the threads yet, but on the first, here is a before and after close up.

Before:


After:


I think the trimming really makes it look better, plus I don't have to worry about the cats eating the strings off of it.

If anyone is interested in making one, my cats are both ideal-weight 12 pound males (meaning they are large, but skinny), and their baskets are 14 inches in diameter.  When they sleep curled up on their sides, there is just a little bit of basket bottom visible.  The baskets are 5 inches high, which holds them in when they lay down, but is also just the right height for them to rest their heads on.  If your cat is smaller or larger, or has some girth, you can adjust the proportions accordingly.  I figured out the size for mine by holding the bottom disk to one of my cats who was curled up sleeping.

Let me know what you think!  And if anyone makes one too, I'd love to see it!
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: All Thumbs on: December 25, 2009 06:07:06 PM
this is so funny!--i really like the collection of photos!  also, i love your hair!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Low-budget Bathroom Makeover on: October 06, 2009 05:57:46 PM
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That is FANTASTIC news!  Congratulations!  You'll have to take before/after pics and post it. Smiley  I am so flattered that I was able to play a part in convincing your boyfriend to liven up the place.  What color(s) will you guys paint?

well, we're probably going to go with a color similar to yours...the boy is terrified of bright colors, so we'll definitely end up with some kind of neutral.  i think he can't visualize how colors will look on a wall--i picked out tons of samples when he bought it, but he just kind of recoiled with fear.  yours is an example of a color that works, so that's not scary!  i'll pm you if i end up posting pics, so you can see the room you inspired!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Low-budget Bathroom Makeover on: October 05, 2009 08:17:23 PM
my bf bought a house in february and i have been trying to convince him to paint his bathroom a color, rather than the blinding white abyss (white ceiling, floor, walls, shower, countertop) it is now.  well, 7 months later and nada.  until i emailed him your bathroom--you have convinced him to paint with color.  we start painting this weekend!  HOORAY!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow elephants spiralling into space on: September 24, 2009 05:43:52 PM
i LURVE this shirt!  great idea!  and super cute!
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Eggs!?! on: September 19, 2009 03:47:24 PM
these look amazing! 
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Goldfinch and Chickadee print on: August 26, 2009 06:38:43 PM
i found some really old paint-by-numbers at a thrift store that look very similar to these--i actually bought them then 'donated' back the frames since they were ugly.

i love mine and i love yours too!
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