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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Unique window coverings - perfect for apartments! on: March 22, 2012 10:55:32 PM
Thanks!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Unique window coverings - perfect for apartments! 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!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: killer leather and mahogany breakfast nook on: July 29, 2011 10:23:39 AM
Cool idea! I need that too! Our nook is tiny and you can really pack people in this - plus it's beautiful!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Heavy Metal Kids Rocking chair on: July 29, 2011 10:22:03 AM
I have 3 kids - and for each of their first Christmas', we wanted to buy them a nice mid-size rocking chair - about 30" tall. We found a pretty one in Portland where we were living for my first child. The next one for my son was bent wood - Amish made. I really like them both, but when our 3rd child was born I couldn't find *anything* I liked as well. The ones I did find were way over my budget. I finally decided to make him one out of metal... so out came my welder again! Such a fun project! I'm having so much fun using metal as an "art" medium. Here is a pic of all 3 together!

You can tell that rather than re-invent a design I used my first childs' chair as a template. Rocking chairs are a little complex because they have to be balanced just right or they will not rock properly. If you get it wrong you may constantly feel like you're going to fall out the front or flip over backwards. It was just way easier to match the curves and measurements of another chair...

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Motor Home Mess to Sewing Room Sublime! on: April 23, 2011 10:49:41 PM
What a great job and I love the fabric choice. Reupholstering is way more fun if you have a fun fabric, eh?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dog crate kennel on: April 23, 2011 10:47:16 PM
Thanks to one and all. This was a fun project!

I sure hope she doesn't grow to be 100 pounds! She is growing faster than we anticipated though and her paws keep getting bigger too... I live in a small town so I know a few families who have her litter mates... the boys are huge and the girls are smaller. I am hoping for 55-60 pounds but we'll see!

She has been using this crate for a while now and loves it. We open the side deck for her and she just hangs out chewing on a rawhide or napping after a long game of frisbee.

For those interested in metalworking, I'll be posting pictures of the metal childs rocking chair I am working on soon. It's 95% done - just needs a couple finishing touches and I'll get the photos up!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt on: April 11, 2011 11:00:50 PM
That's beautiful! Great job!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: March Tree - Tree of Life in Blue Aquamarine and Silver on: March 14, 2011 09:09:16 PM
Love the colors! And the way the light reflects off each part - I think it was wise to use non-tarnish wire, it's so bright and beautiful!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dog crate kennel 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!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Upholstered Bohemian Trunk on: March 13, 2011 10:40:24 PM
Very cool, I love it. And your dad is smiling I am sure.

After my dad died and my daughter was born, I gave the dollhouse he made me a makeover for her. It felt really good to do in honor of him. And now she has something really special from the grandpa she never knew.
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