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3451  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Secret Santa Swap on: December 06, 2008 08:24:10 AM
My first claim to __________ is packed and ready to take to the post office. The second claim to _________ hasn't been made yet but only because I'm still trying to decide on a color. And I just picked __________ for something else because it seemed like she needed to be claimed. Wink

Whew! I'm up to my three already. How did that happen so quickly? Cheesy
3452  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: super slowness? on: December 05, 2008 08:39:28 PM
I had a problem with that one too. I finally had to block it since I couldn't get on the site at all to check pm's and things.
Oh please tell me how you blocked it. I just sit and wait and wait and wait...........  Undecided
3453  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Have Yourself a MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS TIN 11/07 CLOSED!! on: December 05, 2008 12:31:52 PM
I actually did some decorating of the tin last night. I finally gave up trying to finish the Altoids quickly enough and just dumped them into a plastic baggie. Wink
3454  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Secret Santa Swap on: December 05, 2008 12:30:59 PM
Am I the only one obsessively checking the list of claims for updates?  Cheesy
Nope, I am too. Plus I'm checking people's lists for updates they've added to their list to see if there's something new that I can create. Grin
3455  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Once You Pop Rd9 - HOLIDAY GALLERY! on: December 04, 2008 07:00:29 PM
My can from MandyLikesPie arrived today for me! Oh such fun within! Grin

Here's everything all together:

The can was decorated in a lovely brown, blue and cream paper with a bow and a little snowman charm. Then there was one of the most unique items I've ever received. It's a little zipper pouch, but it's crocheted with little "snowballs" basically. It's so funky but I totally love it. It's so textural and dimensional. There are stamped To/From tags, a gingerbread man cookie cutter, a button wreath ornament, a penguin rubber stamp, two handmade felt ornaments, two crocheted strawberry catnip cat toys for my girls, a crocheted owl amigurumi, a checkerboard pattern holiday "trivet", snowflake stickers and mini red cardinal ornaments.

Close ups!


One of the felt ornaments. This one is a super cute lollipop. Plus the crocheted strawberry cat toys and the SUPER cute owl. I love owls so I'm thrilled to have my own little owl ami! Cheesy


This shows you the zipper pouch a little better but not great. The flash kept blowing out the texture but it's really fabulous. It's just so...neat. You can also see a close-up of the little felt bird ornament which is totally adorable. Her felt ornaments are so nicely done. I'm kind of embarrassed at my attempt now for how good hers are!


The gingerbread man cookie cutter - which is awesome since I took over doing all the family cookies as of a few years ago and I've been wanting to add more to my collection - the penguin rubber stamp (yay penguins!), the dimensional snowflake stickers (which will certainly get used making something fun), and the button wreath ornament. This made me laugh when I saw it. I sent her one because it was on her wist. AND her other partner sent her one too! Grin So there's a lot of button ornaments going around this year! Cheesy


The little checkerboard "trivet" which I think I'm going to use on my coffee table actually as a base for a candle. I think it'll look really cute and I love the colors and fabric choices for it. Smiley

Now I had to REALLY hurry and take the pictures because both girls had to come and see what I was doing. If you have a cat, you'll understand how this works. Try to take a picture of anything that's not them, and they run in the way. Add to that some catnip toys...well, they were even more impatient than normal to "help" me with my items.

Gracie:




Mika:




So thank you very much, MandyLikesPie!! Grin Grin
3456  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Turn an old entertainment center into an end-of-the-bed bench on: December 04, 2008 07:29:11 AM
Thanks guys! Grin
3457  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Turn an old entertainment center into an end-of-the-bed bench on: December 03, 2008 09:38:28 PM
Whoo hoo! This was my first time doing a "recon" on furniture and I'm terribly proud of how it came out. About a year and a half ago (maybe even two years now), we bought a new entertainment center. Our old one didn't fit our tv anymore (we got a newer one that was slightly larger when the old died on us) and we had to make a ghetto modification to it and take out the shelves and glass door just to fit the tv. It made the whole thing unstable and rather ugly. So the new furniture came in - nice, espresso colored set - and the old one went out on our balcony. We're in an apartment on the 3rd floor and originally put the old piece out there "just until we got it downstairs." Shocked Yeah, well, like I said, a year and a half or more now it's been sitting out there.

So I had an idea. Why not cut the top off, make a cushion for it and turn it into a bench for the end of the bed - like a foot board bench. This way, Love can put his shoes on in the morning and have a place to sit.

So here's the before:


Oh yes. Sad state. Like I said - at least a year and a half it's been sitting out there collecting dust, holding our dead plant pots and any other junk we'd tossed out on the balcony for "the time being." (One of my cats, Mika, was very interested in "helping" us clear it off and prep it for cutting as evidenced by her tail in the shot.)


This is my friend cutting off one of the sides with the circular saw. I was hiding inside the apartment, safely behind the glass for this cut. Of course, for the second, he needed me to come out and actually HOLD the other side so it would be stable as he cut it. Eep! Scary. (Ok, I mean not really. It was just because hello? Flesh cuts easier than particle board but I was a good two feet away from the saw blade.)

Meanwhile...a couple weeks ago, I went to Joann's and bought 1.5 yards of fabric and 1.5 yards of a foam material designed for outdoor furniture cushions. I didn't need it to be the outdoor stuff specifically but it was on sale for $8.99/yd instead of the green foam which was like $30/yd. Made huge sense to me to use it instead. Wink

So I sewed a basic "pillow case" cushion for it. (Which, let me tell you, I was very proud. I'm such a newbie sewer, this was the biggest project I've made so far.)


And here it is with the foam. I had to cut the foam down in width and I had to do it with dull house scissors because it was all I had on hand. I HIGHLY recommend that one NOT use dull house scissors when cutting foam as it's really, really hard. A box cutter would have been ideal but I was impatient after sewing the cover to make it work.


Here is my other cat, Gracie, "helping" me stuff the cushion. Thanks a lot for your help! Roll Eyes Cheesy

I used hook-and-loop (velcro) to close the one end so it's removable in case I need to clean or change the cover. Stuffed it in, moved the newly cleaned now bench into the bedroom and voila! I've got a foot board bench!


Love put his shoes on the center shelves for easy access. This also means they won't just be sitting on the floor next to the bed for me to trip over in the middle of the night.


The old "cubbies" are holding spare throw pillows at the moment and a blanket.

All-in-all, while a simple recon, I'm damned proud of how it came out. And I'm proud that I took a piece of furniture that otherwise would have been trash and turned it into something useful. For about $25 in fabric and foam, a friend's borrowed saw, a quickie sewing project and about an hour in elbow grease, I think we did pretty good. Grin
3458  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Once You Pop Rd9 - HOLIDAY GALLERY! on: December 03, 2008 06:16:51 PM
Awesoe packages! I love those little snowman earrings PFD made (isn't she the coolest? Last week I wore a pair of earrings she made me for the OTT swap. Thought I'd share:p) and the cards heffer made are very cool. I want some!

I love the snowman earrings! I'm wearing them right now and have gotten compliments on them from my coworkers. Cheesy They're perfectly suited for the dark, snowy day we're having.

Aw, you guys are so nice! I'm glad you both like your earrings! Cheesy
3459  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2008 Secret Santa Swap on: December 03, 2008 06:12:45 PM
Well I made the _______ the other day and I'm going to make a __________ to go with it and then it'll be ready to go out in the next few days. (Pending when I can get to the post office.)

And, I'm going to make the _______ for my second claim tonight!

 Grin Grin Grin
3460  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Miniature Christmas "Elf Hutch" (Dollhouse sized mini) Lots of pics! on: December 03, 2008 10:31:20 AM
Thank you so much! I have so much fun making them. Grin
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