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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cushion cover from old t-shirt on: September 17, 2009 06:52:36 AM
i got this idea from chez larsson (http://chezlarsson.com/myblog/2009/06/from-tshirt-to-pillow-.html).  benita made a pillow for her son's room from an i <3 ny shirt that (i think) was too small. 



i got this low t-shirt at a show approximately five years ago - and two kids ago.  i wasn't thin pre-kid, but like many of my old shirts, it's somehow way too short now.  i was hanging on to it for something (i think i was planning to remake it into a kid shirt?) but this idea is perfect for it.  no one will ever grow out of it again!



bonus: i got the pillow form (new in package) at the thrift store for 49 cents.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a sort of wallpapered shelf on: September 14, 2009 07:34:01 AM
i moved this bookshelf into my kids' new playroom to hold toys, and it looked really sad and blah.  i'm used to the back wall of the shelf being completely hidden by books, cds, records, etc and it's just that boring tan cardboard stuff . . . so i covered it in old rock posters and other personal memorabilia.  much more colorful!  



i censored the 'f' word by covering it with a shelf.  my kids can't read yet, but it still felt wrong  Tongue
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / crafty school supplies! on: September 01, 2009 06:20:45 AM
my older son starts preschool in three weeks. he's so excited!  so am i . . .
check out the little school supplies i customized for him.  the pouch holds his crayons.



i wrote a little more about it (and posted a pic where you can see his name embroidered on the back of the pouch) here:
http://spontaneousgeneration.typepad.com/
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby booties on: August 14, 2009 01:10:05 PM
these baby booties are actually from the 'simple socks' pattern from 'simple knits for little cherubs' by erika knight.



this is a really straightforward pattern, and it helped me learn several new skills!  i guess it was less intimidating to try something new because the project was so small.

these are also fun because they use so little yarn.  i could get another pair (or, better yet, a matching hat and bib!) from the same skein.  hmm, i guess i know what my next project should be!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / easiest hat EVER (no pattern needed! straight needles! it's easy!) on: August 14, 2009 01:00:26 PM


i started randomly knitting with this yarn, and ended up with a hat!  Wink

to make your own, take the yarn you want to use and knit up a small swatch to figure out your gauge.  then cast on enough stitches to get a 7-8" width.  this is going to be the dimension from the top of the hat down to the bottom edge (so, down to your eyebrows or the back of your neck).  mine is way longer than needed, so i flip up the edge - if you want to do that, make it 8-9".  or make it small for a kid, tiny for a baby.

now just keep knitting until the length of the piece will wrap around your head.  bind off.  sew up the two short sides (the cast on and bind off rows) using your preferred method.  without cutting the yarn, at the end of that seam, pass the needle through the end stitch of every other row and gather tightly.  bring the needle to the inside of the hat, tie a couple knots, weave in a bit and clip the yarn.

you have a hat!  without increasing or decreasing or figuring out dpns!

more pics and a little more info about how this hat randomly and serendipitously came into being, right over here:
http://spontaneousgeneration.typepad.com/

thanks for checking it out!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / making shades from miniblinds on: July 29, 2009 01:31:25 PM


i made lovely new shades for my living room windows using this tutorial: http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html

it was pretty quick, no sewing (although i love to sew!) and i'm really happy with the results.  it only took two yards of fabric, which was 50% off, so this was a very low-budget project.  best of all, i got rid of my fugly miniblinds BUT repurposed the hardware and some of the slats for reduced guilt!



thanks for looking!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / superfun way to get free stuff - organize a swap on: December 20, 2007 01:26:27 PM
maybe this has been discussed here before, but i didn't see it on the first page  Tongue so . . .

i recently went to a clothing swap.  i came home with a few new, fun things and i got rid of the clothes i wasn't wearing anymore.  i think this would also be a great way to pass on the craft supplies you're not using anymore, and add to your stash for free!  it's easy to organize it, just by inviting all your friends and telling them it's okay to invite/bring another person or two.
8  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southwest / superior area craftsters - wanna cross the bridge? on: January 18, 2005 06:38:39 AM
new duluth church of craft!  sundays, noon-4pm, at vintage duluth (on the 200 block of east superior st, across from big lake books).  if you live in or near superior, come over the bridge and be blessed by the sacrement of craft.  or something.  crafty communion.
9  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / duluth church of craft on: January 18, 2005 06:32:21 AM
if any of you mn craftsters live up north - missjojo? - a new church of craft is starting up!  sundays, noon - 4pm, at vintage duluth (on the 200 block of east superior st across from big lake books).  yippee!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / what to do with x-mas fabric? on: December 15, 2004 07:36:26 AM
my aunt gave me a mountain of christmas fabric (cotton prints).  this is not stuff i would use to deck my own halls, but many of my family members and coworkers would be cool with it . . . if only i can figure out what to make it into.

here are some ideas i already have:
pot holders
place mats/table runners
gift bags/wine pouch

um, any others?  i've got yards upon yards.  what about a christmas blanket - do you think people would use it?
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