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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE help me get over this fear! on: September 30, 2007 03:25:56 AM
Scenario:

Craftster leaves the house for "ten minutes" to run to the bank. 

Craftster sees a sign for an estate sale.  Craftster decides to go to said estate sale to "just look around".

Craftster notices that there are about twenty boxes of old books in the garage at said estate sale.  Craftster goes to the person with the money box, and asks said money box person for a price on ALL of the books.  Money box person says, "Wait - there are more books upstairs, too!".  Craftster is led to the second floor of the house, where there are probably FIFTY more boxes of old books.

Craftster almost swoons, and asks Money box person for a price on all of them.  (Craftster should have been smacked in the head at this point).

Money box lady consults with her sister, and they tell Craftster "$60.00".  Craftster says "How about $50.00?".  Money box lady and her sister say "Yes!".

Craftster is now the proud owner of enough old books to start her own bookstore.

preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'OH.................MY...................HEAVENS......................')

WHAT am I going to do with all of these?  I craft all sorts of things, but I have a HUGE block when it comes to cutting up old books. 

Yet, I WANT to cut them up and use them.  But I can't...............but I want to.......... (you see my dilemma?)

I will be scanning a lot of the images in the very old ones, but that will take a lot of time.  And what should I do with them once I've scanned everything?  I will keep some, but I simply don't have the room or the strength to keep moving all of these around.  My book-wormy little heart wants to keep them, but the tiny, practical portion of my brain knows that I cannot keep them all.

Please help!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Just a Little Christmas Related Post on: September 21, 2007 03:08:21 AM
I have been reading through the board, here, and just thought I would talk about a few of my plans for Christmas, this year.

This will be my second Christmas with my boyfriend - last year was quite stressful for a number of reasons, and Christmas kind of got by-passed.  This hasn't been an easy year for either of us, so I am very determined this year to do lots of decorating and lots of cooking and lots of ornament crafting.

Christmas cookies will be a definite project.  I just picked up a large bag of Christmas shaped cookie cutters at a flea market, and am on the hunt for more.  I love making rolled cookies, and come heck or high water, I'm going to make some this year!  I can't wait to taste the first gingerbread man!

I'd like to have several different Christmas trees, all with different themes.  I prefer live trees, but we have three obstacles to that:  namely, three cats - all of whom eat anything green that they come in contact with, then promptly puke.  So, in order to actually have something live this year, beefy shelves will be going up in the kitchen (lots of light, tall ceilings, lots of empty wall space), and hopefully some Norfolk pines will come to live on those shelves and be decorated.  I also recently got a kitschy little tree at my local thrift store - for FREE! - about 3 feet tall, and it's white!

I collected some vintage glass ball ornaments last year, and found some more this year - I'm always on the lookout for more.  The rest will all be crafted by me in a variety of materials.  I'll post them as I make them.

If I can pick up a decently priced sewing machine, I'd like to sew some simple window accents in Christmasy fabric.

Our front porch is going to be decorated, too - I just haven't thought through all of the plans for that yet, though.

I'd like to keep this an on-going thread - share any of your Christmas ideas here, and we'll keep each other inspired and on-track!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Giant Paint-by-Numbers? How could I..............?? on: September 18, 2007 07:18:22 AM
Recently, I saw an episode of Trading Spaces where the designer took a normal sized paint by numbers, blew it up to wall size, and painted it on someone's wall.  

Unfortunately, I was interrupted in my show by someone (read:  boyfriend who has no interest in such crafty things), and I missed how she blew it up to that size.  She came in with the design on wall-size paper - and I also missed how she transferred it to the wall.

Any ideas on how to do this?  Also - any ideas on how to take a regular photograph and simplify the design so that a paint by numbers type picture would result?  I do have Photoshop Elements - is there a way to do that in there, perhaps?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Sharpening Xacto Blades? on: September 11, 2007 03:03:58 AM
Has anyone sharpened their own Xacto blades?  I can go through a bunch of them in one sitting, and I'm tired of buying new ones all the time - A. it can get expensive and B. it's a bit wasteful - there's still lots of good blade left, if I can figure out how to sharpen them.

What's the best technique for doing this?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Photo charm suppliers? on: August 28, 2007 05:33:39 AM
Does anyone know of a good resource for photo charms?  I'm having trouble finding them on the Internet - preferrably ones that look like little picture frames.

Thank you!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I MIGHT be wiling to take on a "Classifieds" project............... on: August 28, 2007 02:53:42 AM
Since there is no longer a "Classifieds" section here, I might be willing to take a project like this on, if I could get some technical advice from others.  For example:  I'd be willing to collect all of the info, organize it, etc., if someone could help me with the delivery of the info to those interested.  Mass e-mail?  List it on a website?

I'd like some input from others on what format would work best for them, too.  How would you like to see it organized?

I'm just throwing this idea out there - let me know your thoughts!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Several Different Things I Need Ideas For.......................... on: August 18, 2007 07:11:49 AM
A.  Hundreds of Coca-Cola cans - not crushed and all washed out and ready for some kind of project!  (the boyfriend is a Coca-Cola drinking machine!)

B.  Probably 200 or so 3" squares made from gold foil posterboard - I had them laser-cut at one time for a different project, which is now defunct.  They are very shiny on one side, plain white posterboard on the back.

C.  Lots and lots of hearts punched out from wallpaper sample books, scrap decorative paper, etc.  Lots of different colors and textures.

D.  My vintage postcards - eek!  I have tons of them - a lot of the oldest ones (early 1900's) I have scanned - the newer ones I have not.  I was going to sell them, but I just can't bring myself to do it, yet.  I also have a problem cutting any of them up, but I don't want them wasting away in a box, either.  What to do???

Any and all ideas are appreciated!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Letterboxing Fun! on: August 12, 2007 04:05:05 AM
We found our first Letterbox the other day!  YAY!

It's something we've been talking about doing for a while, now, but hadn't done, yet.

Our friends' children were staying with us for a few days (ages 12-15), and they were getting bored - so we revived the Letterboxing idea.  (For anyone that doesn't know what this is, go here:  www.letterboxing.org).

There are quite a few hidden in our area, but we chose the closest, easiest sounding one to get to.  We had a good hike, even though it was pretty hot, and we forgot bug repellent (we all have about 1000 mosquito bites, each!).

Since this was a spur of the moment thing, we did not have time to carve our own stamps (I shamefully bought some at Wal-Mart - sorry!).  To redeem ourselves for that faux-pas, I will be carving a killer stamp to use on our next adventure!

I HIGHLY recommend Letterboxing to anyone - it's not that difficult to do, yet it's a multi-layered activity, too.

If there are no letterboxes in your area, plant some!  And then maybe leave little notes wherever you go with the website address on it - I'll bet you'll soon find that other people will get interested very quickly.

By the way - the box we found was planted almost a year ago, and we were the first ones to find it - and the people that planted the box left us a little "You're the first one to find this box" certificate that we got to keep and add to our books!  That was really a nice little touch on their part.  Their stamp was great, too.  We all stamped their book, and left little notes.

Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to combine letterboxing and geocaching - anyone have any good suggestions for that?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Dining Room Re-Vamp with a link to Photos on: August 11, 2007 10:46:33 AM
Hi all -

I recently started a re-vamp on my dining room (with some moral support from my fellow Craftsters - thank you!).

There was hideous paneling and carpeting in the room, plus one of our cats decided he should be peeing on the carpet.  I suspected that other cats had peed on it before, but I had NO idea how bad it actually was!

I started by rolling back some of the carpet from one corner - the years of pet stains left me with the creepy-crawlies!  There was some VERY cool linoleum under the carpet padding - I was crossing my fingers that it was in good enough condition to yank the carpet and leave the linoleum - no such luck, though.

I left the carpet down while I painted, that way I didn't have to use drop cloths.  I got a good quality primer, and had it tinted so that my final color choice (a nice springy green) would cover easily.  ******Helpful hint:  the primer that I chose specifically said that no sanding was needed, even on paneling.  I DO recommend that if you paint paneling, that you give it at least a light sanding - the primer seemed to lift off in a few spots.

I ended up painting two coats of primer (primer is cheaper than paint).  Scary moment - I picked out my paint color, had it mixed and took it home.  Since I had to work that afternoon and evening, I only had time to put a few test blotches on the walls - it looked TERRIBLE!  I didn't panic, since the paint was still wet - I figured it would look better after it had dried.  I trotted off to work, and when I got home, it STILL looked terrible.  Oh no!  I wasn't sure what to do.  In the end. I decided to go ahead and paint with the color as it was, and I am VERY glad that I did - the color looks totally different now that all of the walls are painted and dried, and I LOVE the color - it is just what I wanted!

With the painting done, I said screw it, and decided to pull up all of the nasty carpet - boy am I glad I did.  As I said before, there were literally YEARS of pet stains on it.  The old linoleum underneath was in very, very bad condition.  out the back door the carpet, old padding (which was disintegrating) and old linoleum went!  There had obviously been water damage at some point - there was old mold underneath the linoleum on the original hardwood floors.  Luckily, the linoleum was only stuck down in a few spots - other than that it came up quite easily.  I swept the mounds of dirt up that were underneath everything, pulled up the old carpet strips from along the walls, pulled every flipping rusted staple out, and washed the hardwood floors with a mixture of bleach and water to kill any remaining mold spores.

I do plan on refinishing the wood floors - they are just too pretty not to.

Caution to others:  We are living in a rented home.  Our landlord did say it was ok for us to paint.  I did not check with her about the ripping out of the carpet, but I don't regret doing it, either.  My allergies have not bothered me nearly as much as they had been, and I will gladly pay to replace the carpet if she insists on it when we move.  To know that I am no longer living with the nastiness in that carpet is worth gold - and Ricky the Peeing cat has stopped his peeing - YAY!

Here's a link to the project - I still need to take some "final" pics, but you can get a good idea of the project.  Thanks for looking!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cherry_chickentoes/sets/
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I need some moral support for an "iffy" project! on: July 11, 2007 03:01:56 AM
My boyfriend and I rented a house that was built in the 40's a few months ago.  The previous tenants had cats that peed on the carpet, so now my three monster cat-children are doing the same.

The carpet is HIDEOUS - kind of a brown short shag - very depressing.  It's in two rooms - the dining room (which is currently my craft room and office), and the living room.

I love the house, and the landlord has given us permission to paint, etc., and my boyfriend and I had discussed taking out the carpet, and I'm going to have to because of the cat smell, anyway - SOOOO.......I think I'm going to do just that this weekend while he's gone on a short trip.  I just need to hear one other person say "go for it".

Bonus:  I already pulled back a piece of the carpet in the dining room (it is ripped along the edges in a few spots) - and there appears to be some VERY cool old linoleum underneath - looks very 40ish - the design looks like handpainted flowers - it really fits the architecture of the house.

Ok, now I've got myself excited!  Maybe I'll get the dining room painted while he's gone, too (in addition to the hideous carpet, there is hideous paneling in the dining room!).

UPDATE 8-11-07 - This project is mostly finished.  Thank you to all of you who gave me the nudge to get going!  Re-vamp topic and pics are here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=115.0
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