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1  Re: Dachshund Lovers Swap *CLOSED* SO 01/21/2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Aubby on: February 04, 2010 01:01:34 PM
goodness, everyone's gifts are so awesome!!

sorry that it took me so long to post pics of my swap, school and work have kept me crazy busy.

but anywho... here are the awesome things that Rikaheart made me!!


there were also a multitude of treats... but D has already eaten many of them so I left them out of the picture. heh




...he kind of looks like he is pooping in this picture. hehe

Thanks again!

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2  Re: Dachshund Lovers Swap SU 11/21-12/5 SO 01/21/2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Aubby on: December 04, 2009 06:37:46 PM
hello!! This is my first swap and I just could not be more excited nor could this particular swap be more perfect for me. I have been a member of craftster for awhile, but had never really looked into swapping. The other day, however, I randomly decided to see what it was all about. After reading the info I was totally into it and decided to start swapping. When I went to see the swap topics and saw the dachshund one, I realized that I was destined to start swapping. heh. Not to mention the fact that I caught the swap just 2 days before the deadline! phew.

Between myself and my immediate family, I have FOUR dachshunds!!! When I was 16 we got our first dachshund, then another when I was 17, then we decided to breed them. heh. My sister and I both kept one of the puppies, and that's how I ended up with four. They are such sweet animals. I love how cuddly they are.

Here are some pictures of my babies...

This is my baby, Darwin (he is the only one that lives with me)

(that is his serious face)


This is Ruby, Darwin's mother. She's pretty into computer games...



Here are both of Darwin's parents, Ruby and Tanner, kissing because they are in love. (oooobviously, hah)



Here is Ruby cuddling (as dachshunds do best!) just after the puppies were born

(it's also pretty much how I sleep with Darwin every night now. hah)

annnnd finally here is one more of Darwin



heh, I tried really hard to not post too many pictures, buuuut that was still a lot. heh, sorry!

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3  Table Time! (which in our case equals 3 months) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Aubby on: November 12, 2008 04:29:46 PM
Welcome craftsters!

First of all, I'm posting this on behalf of myself and my room mate because this was a joint project (...which still took us 3 months. heh). She found the table and four chairs for just $123 (impressive, right?) at an antique store, and thus began our journey.

Here's how the process went:
1.) sanded everything
2.) primed everything
3.) Sewed 5 different strips of various fabrics straight from my vast scrap collection (and man do i love finding uses for scraps) onto red suede (also from scrap collection =)
4.) base coated table with light purple and chairs with gray turquoise
5.) ripped off 2 layers upholstery and super old cotton stuffing
6.) at this point we realized how incredibly crappy the wooden seats were (one actually had "reject" stamped on it)... so we went to Lowe's to get new wood cut. Our next dilemma was that they could not cut on an angle at Lowe's, but our seats are a trapezoidal shape. Soooo... we had to wait until my awesome dad came to visit and brought his handy dandy zig saw.
7.) meanwhile... we painted over the gray turquoise with a mixture of navy, light blue, and sea green to make it the final color. Then we painted the back of the chairs with a red to purple gradiant and circular brush strokes. Finally for the chair painting we painted a purple bird on the top.
8.) Next we painted the three stripes on the top of the table using the same circular brush strokes. Then came the dark purple and turquoise dry brushing. and to finish it we went back over some of the dry brushing with the original light purple (the dry brushing was a little overwhelming).
9.) polyurethaned everything
10.) So this is the part where we finish the table... enough to put on craftster (we aren't actually completely done. heh). So we cut foam, sanded the seats, and went to staple the fabric on... this is when we realized that my staple gun isn't powerful enough for the nicer wood. So i'm going to use my dad's electric staple gun when I go home for thanksgiving, but for the meantime we hot glued all the fabric. So the table is temporarily done. heh. It is really nice that it is finally usable (we had chairs without a piece of wood to sit on for like 2 months).

and now... here is the finished (kind of..) product at a million angles:







































with candles!...





Thanks for looking!!!!! <3
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4  Sailboat Wall Hanging in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Aubby on: October 07, 2008 06:11:49 PM
My room mate and I had a pretty large spot on our wall with nothing to hang... so this is what I did to put there. I just bought a map, cut 5X5 inch squares, covered them with the road map, and painted sailboats. I've been wanting to do a wall hanging for awhile now, so it was fun to do this one. Hope you enjoy =)

(P.S. no matter how hard I try I can't get them all to hang straight... so please excuse the crookedness)







(this one is pretty much the same as the first picture, but here it is anyway)


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5  Book shelf in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Aubby on: October 07, 2008 05:59:35 PM
Last summer my dad helped me build a coffee table (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261880.msg2935847#msg2935847) so this summer my dad helped me build a book shelf! I did the same finish as the book shelf (super dark with a black glaze), and then I painted the trim at the bottom. Here's the finished product!













Thanks for looking! =)
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6  Book Shelf in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Aubby on: October 07, 2008 05:55:06 PM
Last summer my dad helped me build a coffee table (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261880.msg2935847#msg2935847) so this summer my dad helped me build a book shelf! I did the same finish as the book shelf (super dark with a black glaze), and then I painted the trim at the bottom. Here's the finished product!













Thanks for looking! =)
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7  Lamptastic! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Aubby on: August 23, 2008 06:53:42 PM
So, I've been wanting to post this for so long but haven't gotten a chance.... so YAY for this happening!

Number one of two lamps:

I began by making beaded circular coasters, but then I realized how cool they looked in the light and decided to make a lamp shade. So I made 18 of them (at about 2-3 hours each...whew) and wired them together. then I added these cool fish beads in the diamonds between the coasters. I found a white lamp at a thrift store with like rings of light colors (something from a baby's room) and stripped the wood, stained it, glazed it, and painted turquoise stripes. annnnnd here is the finished product!!

I hope you craftsters enjoy it! =)




















Lamp number two:

This lamp was an ugly brass, gold-colored floor lamp with an off-white crinkly shade (the typical ones). So I spray painted the stand, dry brushed it with dark brown (which you can't really see in the pictures =/) and completely altered the shade. I ripped off the white, covered it with navy satin, and painted with acrylics on it. Finally I wanted some sort of fringe but didn't want beads, so i sandwiched ribbon between pennies and hung them off it. Here is the final lamp. Hope you craftsters approve!! =)











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8  cloth + thread in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Aubby on: August 07, 2008 10:51:53 AM
So my wonderful mom bought me a new sewing machine this summer because my old one broke (which left me devastated), so I've gone sew crazy. Here are a few of the things I've made (well, one of them I made awhile ago, but I just threw it in because I like it. heh). All of these clothes are made from scratch and without a pattern. Oh, and my lovely mom also followed me all over our yard being my photographer <3. heh








The next two are things that I made out of my scraps in an attempt to downsize my giant space-eating scrap box.










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9  Forest coffee table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Aubby on: August 07, 2008 10:32:53 AM
This is my very first post on craftster and I am very excited about it. I've been meaning to put pictures up for so long, and now I finally am! =)

This is a coffee table my amazing and talented father helped me build last summer for my first apartment. It was my first venture into carpentry, so he helped me with the actual building. Then I painted the forest on the shelf and stained the wood. I also put a black glaze over the stain because I wanted to make the table really dark.

Hope you like it! =D





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