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3691  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 23, 2008 06:50:02 PM
Regardless of the beauty of some of my useful kitchen things, there's no way I could maintain tidy enough kitchen cabinets to go doorless!  Dusting is my least favorite household chore, too.  So, for me anyway, cabinet doors are beauseful!  Wink  I do admire the photos I see of open concept cabinetry in designer magazines, owned by people who are tidier than I!
3692  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Organized entryway on: January 23, 2008 03:53:32 PM
Awesome!  I have a bad case of Entry Envy now.
3693  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sweet Treats Long Wallet *4 pics on: January 22, 2008 05:20:27 PM
Cute and clever!  I have just had an epiphany about a riff on your project.  I hope you don't mind if I make something slightly similar.  As for your sister, I completely understand.  I called my ex "Peaches" and I don't even really like peaches all that much.  I really liked him at the time, though, don't let the "ex" part fool you.  Also, my current squeeze has a dog named Olive and he doesn't like olives for eating.
3694  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 22, 2008 05:17:20 PM
It's a fun and easy craft that I did probably a decade ago.  At the time the hardware part was probably less than a buck and of course, the wine corks come FREE with the wine.   Wink
3695  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 22, 2008 03:28:20 PM
Some beauseful items around the house.

Porcelain toothbrush/paste holder (at least that's what it holds at my house).


Stainless steel espresso pot from Italy.


Copper plated picture rail hook.


Hot Pot Rest of collected corks and plumbing hardware.


Small mirror in acrylic (-ish) frame, with hinged handle/stand.
3696  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Help! Unique way of wrapping boxers? on: January 22, 2008 02:21:00 PM
What about a heart-shaped box like chocolates come in?  I'm pretty sure I've seen directions in MSL, so maybe they're on her site, too.  I bet a craftster or two has made one! 

You could also try a new or vintage tin that you decorate to match his personality. 
3697  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Vday "stocking" help on: January 22, 2008 02:09:14 PM
What about a mailbox sort of thing?  Not all girly with pink and hearts - maybe something that interests him.  Or something you like to do together.  ie - my son has one that I made for him years ago, and he still gets it out at the age of 13 when nothing that mom made when he was little is cool.  He has had a love of fishing with his dad and grandfather since a very young age.  So, I made him a mail box that was painted and decoupaged to look like a tackle box.  And inside he will find hand tied flies, hook covers, and just a few little odds and ends from the tackle shop along with candy and the usual suspects for Vday.  A few years ago my son pointed out that I have never made one for Daddy (he is just not the admirer of crafts that so many men are), so I thought I would surprise him.  His looks like a computer - didn't make so many things the first year - I wasn't sure how he would take it.  But he loved it!  Maybe not what you were looking for, but might start the ideas up for you.   Smiley

This is a really great idea! Thanks for sharing it.
3698  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 22, 2008 01:51:06 PM
i'm looking for beautiful + useful things like crazy... and i can't!
i start thinking "is this really useful???"

help me!!!!  Grin

Isn't beauty in itself of at least some use?  Seems like anything that doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing to do it's job (and it's job is not too esoteric), but is beautiful would qualify.

And also, I finally got the wist thing situated (not on my toolbar, alas). 
3699  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Roy Lichtenstein suitcase (img heavy?) on: January 22, 2008 01:47:25 PM
Thanks for the update.  Chances are it earned it's few smudges.  A pristine suitcase never went anywhere.
3700  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 21, 2008 04:29:38 PM
Some photos from a trip to the Czech Republic last spring of useful things that I found to have their own beauty.

Wooden casks in the kilometers of hand dug cellars under the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plsen.


Foot Reflexology poster in Prague.  I like those kinds of posters anywhere and one night when we wondered I noticed that and had to take a shot.  Not the highest photo quality, but still.


Dispenser of bags for collecting dog poop.  The bags themselves come with a disposable paper dustpan-like scoop for getting the poop into the paper bags.  They generally had humorous drawings of dogs on the dispensers and the bags.


I don't know how much this counts, but it was so darn striking.  This is the bark on a tree fallen across the trail at a national park up near the border with Poland.  It's useful for the tree, right?
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