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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bathroom Tile Coasters on: December 06, 2011 02:49:39 PM
I'm making a ton for family and friends for Christmas (after buying a house, it is a cheap Christmas this year!)

Sunflower coasters for my aunt



You can't see the glitter detail in it, but I lined the flowers and a few things in the paper with my glitter pens Smiley

Cape Cod coasters for my grandparents



They live on Cape Cod and they love it there. So I found some old maps of my father's and cut out Cape Cod and made them into coasters.

I'm loving these bathroom tile coasters! They are so easy and cheap to make (only $ .16 at Home Depot!)
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Your Local Floor Covering Store on: December 06, 2011 07:15:48 AM
I just discovered a great gem in my town...its a floor covering/wall covering store that had a MILLION free samples of things!

I got a ton of wallpaper samples, paint swatches, etc.

AND I got some scrap carpet samples for my car! They are pretty big, so they fit perfectly on the floor of my car.

I also plan on using them to put on the bottoms of my coasters that I'm making as Christmas gifts.

Check out your local businesses to see what you can find for free. Some samples are terrific for us crafty/thrifty people!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Window shades on: December 04, 2011 04:38:48 PM
So we moved into a new house (you'll be getting a lot of threads from me about what to do with things-haha!) And we went to put shades up in the bedroom windows.  Our windows don't allow shades to into the frame and the windows each have a frame and are too close together to get the outter hooks to put them OUTSIDE the frame. (gotta love those old windows!) and one of them is completely ruined.



Is there anything I can do with that? I was thinking of using a part of it to make some new funky lampshades? Its too small to really use anywhere else and one end is completely ruined.

Any ideas would be awesome!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Veteran's Plaque on: November 28, 2011 05:38:46 AM
I made this as an anniversary gift for my fiance. He served in the Army at the beginning of the Iraq war...

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Basement Finds on: September 13, 2011 02:54:23 PM
I cleaned out a basement in a family owned house this past weekend. I don't have any pictures yet, but I do have a few things I had to grab due to the crafty potential they might have! So here's my list


A poker table. Obviously, I can paint it up and use it as a table, but does anyone have any suggestions of how to close up the holes (cup holder/chip compartment thingy)?

Some dominoes. I personally love the cedar box they are in more than the dominoes themselves, but there's gotta be a crafty solution for them.

One of those little organizer boxes with the little drawers filled with old washers, screws, electrical doo-hickeys. They are so cool!

An old gumball machine. It wouldn't be worth anything since the bottom plate (that catches the money) falls off. So I was thinking of putting stuff in it and displaying it, but I don't know what to do or what to put in it.

A 1940's Coca Cola cooler. I was thinking of keeping it as is (obviously) but putting piece of plywood on top and using it as a plant table.

I'll probably think of more things as I go through stuff, but this is for starters. Any ideas would be appreciated!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / CD Spindles and Plastic Tubes on: September 08, 2011 11:35:20 AM
I have a few empty CD spindles similar to this:


I saw a few ideas to screw the bottom into a shelf (like with glass bottles where you screw the top into a shelf and put stuff in there), but I don't know if the plastic would be strong enough to store things.

Also, I have some mailing tubes like this:


And I don't know what I can do with it. Its not super huge but is medium size and I can't bear to throw it out! And also a clear tube that my wall decal came in.

Any ideas would be great?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Decorating boxes for craft storage on: May 12, 2011 06:13:48 PM
I have about 6 cardboard boxes (the strong ones that paper comes in with lids) and I've been wanting to decorate them to reuse them.  I've found some things online that say to use fabric or thick paper, but I was wondering if anyone here had any tips?  I'd love to use fabric, but it can get costly and I don't think I have enough clothes to tear apart!

Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this stuff?  I thought it would be a good idea to get some jeans and denim to use as a fabric cover.  I want them to look nice since they'll be in my craft room and I have it all organized and decorated...

Thanks!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Magazine Roll Box on: May 07, 2011 08:16:18 AM
So, I finally decided to put my old shoeboxes to use and give this tutorial a whirl that I found when browsing the web the other day..


The completed project!


This is the shoebox after I decorated the inside (with all of my paper scraps, so this project is 100% recycled with nothing left over!)  My cat wanted to help, so he pressed down the glued papers on the inside   Tongue


The inside of the box.  You can see the sides of the rolls.  Some of the rolls were higher than the sides of the box, but I think it makes it look more abstract/artsy that way!

My next project is my boyfriend's phone box.  I got the inside and sides done...




Now, I'm debating on whether or not to just paint the top of the box or add some more rolls to it.

And here is the link to the tutorial.  http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-make-urban-outfitters-recycled-magazine-holder-376731/

I've found other tutorials for this project, but this was the simplest and funnest one I've found!

Thanks for looking!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Attempt at Decoupaging a Cabinet! on: May 04, 2011 06:57:52 PM
So, I bought this cabinet from a flea market for $5!



I really liked the black paint because it was already sanded down and looked antiqued in a way around the edges, so I opted out of repainting it...Instead I decoupaged over the black and made it a 70s theme from old National Geographic Magazine images....and here is the final outcome! 

Sorry the pics aren't the greatest...


the front


The top


Both sides I did with the ads in the back of the magazines.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Storing Die-Cut Letters? on: March 21, 2011 05:01:37 PM
I have about 30 sheets of letters I bought on clearance at Michaels.  The only issue I'm having with them is that the sheets are very difficult to store.  No matter where I put them, some of the letters pop out and get hitched to other sheets and so on...

Does anyone have any good storage solutions?  I was considering punching them all out and storing them in boxes or jars based on design or letter...I just figured I'd get some feedback on it and see how all of you lovely crafters store them Smiley  thanks!
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