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1  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!
2  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...

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog crate kennel 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:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Welded, distressed end table 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!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 6 foot wall art made by 6 little feet 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?





6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shark Attack Hat 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.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby / child felted clogs 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:



8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Unique Baby Announcement 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...



9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Giselle dress completed! 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.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Giselle Enchanted dress pattern on: June 28, 2008 12:11:58 PM
My daughter's 5th birthday is coming up and she *really* *really* wants a dress like Amy Adams in Enchanted - the one she supposedly made on the fly by cutting up Roberts curtains. I'll attach a picture. Anyone know where I can get a pattern? I have looked all over the web and can't find anything similar, especially for a child. Obviously it doesn't need the v-neck-cleavage thing going on, but cap sleeves, an empire waist and double layer skirt split up the front would be great.

Any ideas?





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I got this project finished and posted photos below!



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