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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Revamped Schoolhouse Stool on: January 25, 2014 12:38:55 PM

Space is super valuable in my 8' yurt, so I have been trying to replace my wooden desk chair with something  less bulky. I was hunting around the side yard for aluminum or steel tubing to rivet or weld into a chair when I found a school stool! I updated it with spray paint and leather. Sanding off the rust took the longest. I am really pleased with the goat leather seat cover. I bought a goat skin from PeggySueAlso on etsy for a different project, and there happened to be loads left over. I used the 3m spray adhesive to attach it to the plastic seat, then used marine goop on the underside to attach the free edge. Since this was a scrap, it was a little shy of the correct dimension in some areas, so I used clothespins to hold the leather in place while the glue dried.

Here is a before and after of sorts, with our welding stool on the left and my desk stool on the right.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: MORE fused glass cheese boards on: January 07, 2014 07:21:26 PM
These are lovely! I pinned the red striped one.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pocket Belt from Men's Shirt on: August 14, 2013 06:33:01 PM
Thanks everyone! No one I showed it to in person was as excited as usual, so it's nice to hear from Craftster.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pocket Belt from Men's Shirt on: August 09, 2013 05:48:03 PM
I wear skirts nearly exclusively (if I have to wear jeans or pants for an activity, I have to buy or borrow a pair) but I spent a couple of days in jeans recently and was reminded of how freeing pockets are. I wanted to make a pocket belt I could wear with my day-to day clothes (I already have a tattered fairy style pocket belt for working at fairs), and here it is.

I'm an artist but sewing is not one of my strengths! Still, I thought the way I cut apart this shirt was pretty ideal, so I'll pass it on.

This is the outside layer of the belt. I cut up the front of a fairly thick, wool, men's shirt to make a belt with two integrated triangle pockets. Then I cut a matching inner layer from the sleeves. I'd already looted two of the buttons for a kindle cover, so I had to relocate these three buttons from the middle to the end. Each side of the front was 26", so I think if you have up to a 50" waist a repurposed shirt front will work for you, as long as you only want one button (mine has three). I don't know my measurement where the belt hits, but my waist and hips are 28" and 38" and I cut off a total of 9" and have a 7-8" overlap.

I think this forest green is just perfect, but working on it for four hours made me really want to start a bigger, better, sillier rainbow fairy belt.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: DADA-journals on: May 21, 2013 10:31:43 PM
I love the texture on the curse compendium! I've never seen that before.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TARDIS Letterbox on: May 21, 2013 10:23:08 PM
Rad Stamps, letterboxing is jthe same idea as geocaching except that the clues are verbal instead of coordinates, and instead of prizes you use the letterbox's stamp in your logbook and your signature stamp in its. Also letterboxers get frustrated by geocachers because they are so good at finding hidden tupperware that they find letterboxes without the clue, and sometimes think the stamp is a prize and take it. The website I use to find local clues is http://www.atlasquest.com/
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How much would you pay for a stall? on: May 14, 2013 10:27:25 PM

Let me just say I am the typical American who is totally thrown off by prices listed in other currencies besides the US dollar.  Is it possible for members who reside outside the US to note the US dollar equvalent or exchange when posting?  Can you tell I am new to this board?  LOL
I'm the same with some currencies- yuan, rupees- but in the Anglosphere I get cocky and think I know exchange rates because I learned them years ago. 2 Canadian dollars to the dollar! Two dollars to the pound! Nope! But it's convenient that the USD is so weak right now because it's almost spot on Canadian and Australian.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Mushroom Stamp Trio on: May 05, 2013 12:31:15 AM
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Guest room renovation on: May 04, 2013 10:23:12 PM
I LOVE the dresser! Was it white, and you sanded it to reveal wood?
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Urban Letterbox +Disaster on: April 28, 2013 05:58:19 PM
I thought I would share my Urban Letterboxing cautionary tale on a carvers' forum because I know you'll understand the work involved in carving two clues backwards.

This retired letterbox was called Secret Staircase. Letterboxing clues often take boxers to a good cafe, welcoming business, or a little rest area that's unexpectedly wonderful, so I thought a difficult-to-spot 5 story staircase that goes between two very different parts of town was a great place for a letterbox. The first stamp was in ivy at a very nice empty former bank, the second one was at the landing of the staircase and contained the logbook (hence the spoiler shield over the third stamp), and the third stamp was in a park. But this series had problem after problem.

The first disaster was that a rat started to eat the stamp shown in blue, so I spent forever recarving it and found it a sturdier box. The main disaster with this box was garbage and human waste, which finder after finder let me know about. When I heard about the garbage I amended the clue to ask boxers to spend a little time picking up if they are able, but when I heard about the waste I retired the box. I didn't even reply to the person who told me about it, nor finish reading their message. The last failing was just that the logbook was so big that non-boxers found it over and over, which was actually very sweet but is bad for longevity.

They used it to write to me, signed it, put in stickers or little drawings.
My subsequent plants have been much more successful.
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