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1  Unique window coverings - perfect for apartments! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by 3RaysOfSunshine on: January 12, 2012 02:26:31 PM
We have 2 windows that are at ground level - people walk by all the time and can see in, especially at night. We live in a really dark area (Alaska) so I wanted something that would let the maximum amount of light in. I bought Gila Privacy Control window film and installed it on half the window (the half that slides open). It was pretty easy - just follow the instructions closely.

I then put some of those cool wall decals in a botanical theme from Joann's over that. They have lots of different ones. If you live in an apartment, the whole film can be peeled off when you move out. I don't think you could use the film again, but the decals may be ok to re-use.

On the other half of the window, I hung a tension rod with a lightweight curtain out of a cotton fabric. We can slide the curtain over to see out the window, and have to remove the tension rod to open the window (though not very often... it's cold here!). As an added bonus, the tension rod acts as an additional lock for the window (think of the piece of wood many people put in the track so no one can force the window open from the outside.)

At night, when the lights are on, from outside you can see the outline of the botanical stickers.



I may go back to Joann's and get another decal to use on this next window... they had a small tree with birds.



I hope my instructions made sense!
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2  Re: Dog crate kennel in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 13, 2011 11:36:00 PM
Thanks all! Our dog is still a puppy - she is about 12-14 weeks but the humane society wasn't totally sure of her age and how big she would get. She's a border collie/lab mix so she may be about 50-60 pounds full grown. I made this crate the dimensions of an airline crate for 65 pound dogs that my friend has. Hopefully she doesn't outgrow it!

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3  Dog crate kennel in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 12, 2011 05:41:28 PM
Finished my welded/wood dog crate... it will be in our living room for a long time so I thought it would be fun to have something that looks like it's furniture.

Welding the frame:

I used pine for the wood - stained a darker color later. Floor is remnant bamboo I had.


Working on the front door:


This grate came from a conference my husband attended years ago. It's been sitting in our backyard rusting and I thought it would make a neat feature on the top. It cleaned up pretty good!



Finished! Side deck allows for more space:



Now... how do I get the kids out?

Here is little Nora:

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4  Welded, distressed end table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by 3RaysOfSunshine on: February 26, 2011 09:02:29 AM
I don't know that I've seen any welding projects on craftster before, though maybe there are some... so I thought I'd post. It's not as hard as you may think, you just have to take safety precautions like anything else!

Here is my very first welding project... I love the furniture on Hudson Goods (but can't afford!) so I bought a welder instead! Here is a little end table shaped like a "c" so it can be pulled up to the sofa... wood is distressed, "reclaimed" - looking pine (hammer, blow torch, etc).



I have some bookshelves almost completed in a similar style that I will post soon. I still want to make a cool dog kennel and a rocking chair using both wood & metal, so one of those may be next!

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5  6 foot wall art made by 6 little feet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by 3RaysOfSunshine on: May 27, 2009 11:59:42 PM
We wanted some artwork for the living room, but I didn't want to just *buy* something... I am usually pretty creative, but for some reason when it comes to paint & canvas, my right brain shuts down and I freeze... We have 3 kids & I thought it would be fun to have them help me out... I bought 3 canvases (one for each) and laid them over an old sheet in the garage - I built a support (a square of plywood) so the kids could stand on the canvas and not stretch it out... I squirted out my acrylics in the basic color scheme I wanted them to use on an old piece of laminate I used as a palette and they went to town... The only rules: they had to cover the entire canvas with paint and they could only use their feet. We did this twice actually - the first layer of paint was really green looking so I tried with some different colors for the second layer the next day. They look pretty abstract, but if you look closely, you can see foot/toe impressions in at least 2 of them.

This was a really fun project to do with kids - I'd definately recommend it... just make sure you hold the hands of the really little ones - it can get slippery! And of course acrylics don't easily wash out, so wear old t-shirts.

Now I just have to pick a new wall color for that wall... hmm. Ideas?





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6  Shark Attack Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: April 20, 2009 09:19:53 PM
I made this hat for my son - he wanted a mean shark. I saw the dead fish hat pattern and loved the idea - I just varied the pattern quite a lot to make different looking species. And felted it so it looks like it jumped out of the water and landed on his head

I basically cast 90 stitches onto a size 9 circular needle and winged it from there. I used Patons wool and it felted great.

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7  Baby / child felted clogs in Knitting: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: March 07, 2009 11:43:22 PM


These pink & green clogs were made for a friend who is having a baby girl. They are the XS clogs from the Child's Felted Clog pattern by Bev Galeskas, with a couple modifications to when I did the color changes. I usually use free patterns for my knitting, but think this is definately worth the $5! Such a clever pattern. I love making these because they go fast and I have a pretty short attention span when it comes to knitting!

Here's what I did different from the pattern if you like the look of these:

I modified the color pattern in a couple ways. First, when the pattern called for a color change (pink to green) after making the sole, I kept the pink until I had completed the 2 1/2 rounds of knitting. The color change happened at the toe with the first purl row. This gave the clogs the zig zaggy detail you see in the picture. Also when the pattern called for the second color change for the cuff, I waited again until the first knit round was done. I made the color change with the second cuff row (the purl row). The gave the cuff a little detail too. Hopefully you can see from the pictures.

I also did a stripey pair for my daughter (not pictured) and one for my son in a size medium:



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8  Re: Indoor Play Loft with 8 foot slide! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: October 05, 2008 08:31:12 PM
First of all, thanks for all the kind words, you guys are great!

I have to say hello to my brother who posted earlier... what a riot! I didn't know you lurked these boards too!

And to yonorris14:

Ours is till holding up great! It was constructed to be free standing, although I ended up securing it to the wall with a couple screws into wall studs just to keep it from creaking when we go up or rubbing at the paint on the wall. I used 4x4's as the legs, 2x6's for the spans, and 2x4's underneath for horizontal support. Most of these parts were put together with large lag screws (definately recommend for strength) or fence brackets. All parts were painted in the garage and allowed to dry before bringing them in (fume issue). I used recycled hard core doors for the top (nice and thick, very sturdy), and carpeted over that. You could use plywood instead, but if you can find old flat hard core doors, they are really nice. The vertical uprights for the rail are 4x4's with about 1.75"x6" notched out at the bottom... I'll just post a few more pictures so that makes more sense. I used 1/2 inch dowels for the vertical fencing, drilling holes into a 2x4 for the top rail, and a 2x2 for the bottom. Make sure you glue them in and they won't bow as much if someone leans on them.

Good luck! Post pictures if you build one! I'd love to see it.





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9  Unique Baby Announcement in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by 3RaysOfSunshine on: October 05, 2008 04:28:06 PM
I have always done unique birth announcements for my kids and was stumped about what to do with #3. I was so stumped that I never did one, and we're now a year down the line. Of course I feel guilty so it has always been on my mind to do, and I FINALLY thought of one as unique as the first 2 (#1 - seed packet theme with baby dressed as a carrot on the front, #2 - an invoice, even stamped with "DELIVERED"). Here is #3 - I thought I'd share in case there was another craftster out there looking for an idea.

May you get your announcements out before your child's first birthday!

I changed the info on this for obvious reasons but you get the idea...



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10  Giselle dress completed! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by 3RaysOfSunshine on: July 14, 2008 08:04:00 AM
Here it is! All finished - I was up until 1:30 last night trying to get it done. She loves it. Thanks for everyone's help, this was a fun project (I posted a question about this a few weeks ago). I ended up getting the fabric at Joann's. It's not the same as the real Giselle's, but is the right color and has a lot of texture. I gave up looking for the perfect fabric after checking two huge stores and coming up with nothing better than this!

Dress in the Enchanted Movie:


Our dress:


I used Simplicity 3771 for the top and McCalls 4285 for the dress, with a few modifications like splitting the front for the overdress.
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