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3761  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) on: December 29, 2007 07:01:32 PM
Thanks everyone!

carloynbb - It wasn't bad, actually.  What's really nasty is the kids' toothpaste... those I tried once, then tossed.  They taste like they'd give you cavities!  I've recently read about 2 different situations where toothpaste from China (an international brand, ahem) was found to be full of bad chemicals or not even be toothpaste, so I think I may not use some of the stuff I got recently, even though it's from Egypt.
3762  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) on: December 29, 2007 06:43:03 PM
So I have a collection of foreign toothpaste that I've been slowing acquiring for about 12-13 years and I finally got together a few shadow box frames and a bulk supply of mat board remnants to put about 2/3 - 3/4 of the collection on display.  They are currently in my hallway, which is not the long narrow kind, but the oddly-shaped small kind you find in small old houses (like mine), but after I do some remodeling in the bathroom, they'll go in there.  They're mostly categorized by country or region of manufacture, but one grouping is kids' toothpaste from 3 different continents, in 3 languages.  I need at least 3 more frames to get the whole collection to-date on display.  I've a couple friends traveling internationally Q1 2008, so I'm going to get a couple extra frames if I can!

A few close ups:

Italian toothpaste.

Asian toothpaste made in China, Japan and Vietnam.

Kids' toothpaste made in the Czech Republic, Mexico and Japan.

I wanted them to look like old natural history museum displays, so the labels are in Courier to look kind of like they were typed and each label is cut individually with a straight-edge and blade.  The information is:

Brand type if applicable  Country of Manufacture/Country of Purchase
Country of Manufacture/Country of Purchase

The north wall:

The south wall:

Why toothpaste?  You aren't the first to ask!  It started simply because I ran out of toothpaste while in Costa Rica.  When I bought it, I realized that the Colgate tube was English on one side, Spanish on the other and thought it was neato.  It was the toothpaste in my travel bag until it ran out.  Then I ran out of toothpaste in England a year-and-a-half later (I'm from the US).  Now I pick it up in every country I visit.  My friends and family know that toothpaste would be a good souvenir for me when they travel and if they don't, I tell them.   Wink  About 1/3 of my collection is from others.  Anyway, for me it's a near-perfect souvenir because it's almost universally available, it's cheap, it's small and light weight, you can get it through customs w/ no problem and often you can find something that looks a lot different than what you get at home.  However, Colgate is everywhere and Aqua Fresh is almost as ubiquitous.  Most of the time the local language(s) is (are) on the tubes, though.
3763  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ottoman slipcover - hiding drab vinyl with fab leopard print. on: December 29, 2007 05:02:10 PM
That's a fantastic solution!  Circles intimidate me, but you've done an excellent job.  Regarding cat beds... you'd think tv remotes and cell phones wouldn't be comfortable to sleep on either, but apparently they are!
3764  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Recon the ugly gift? on: December 29, 2007 01:08:45 PM
Please, please, please share your recon no matter if there's a challenge or not!  I need inspiration for the family white elephant swag!
3765  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Jonas Brother Sneakers [img: heavy] on: December 29, 2007 09:18:36 AM
What a great idea for fans of something.  Sounds like you really thought it out, too.  Post her response to them after you give them to her, please!
3766  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Roy Lichtenstein suitcase (img heavy?) on: December 28, 2007 08:14:10 PM
There's going to be no losin' that luggage!  That looks fantastic!  Please let us know how it holds up to the baggage handlers' treatment.
3767  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: We built a bed! imgages aplenty on: December 28, 2007 03:43:15 PM
That's the best!  Sounds like you have quite the little girl there.  Congratulations!
3768  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wine Red Evening Gown on: December 28, 2007 03:35:37 PM
Va-va-va vooooom!  You look stunning in that!  Any photos of the back to share?
3769  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: We built a bed! imgages aplenty on: December 28, 2007 03:11:09 PM
Awesome!  I like the padded bolster idea.  What was her reaction?  I worked at a lumber yard about a decade ago and 2x4s aren't nearly so cheap as they used to be, even taking into account cost-of-living increases.  I'm always shocked when I buy building materials, because the idea in my head about the price is SO much different that what they really are.
3770  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Shadowboxes? on: December 27, 2007 10:04:03 PM
I don't know about making shadow boxes, but getting glass cut to size by a glazier (at a glass shop) is often quite a bit cheaper than having it cut to size at a frame shop. 

I just bought some shadow boxes at Ikea for a very good price compared to most retail shops, but they have limited/odd sizes and of course, not everyone is near an Ikea.  Not sure if you can get that product online.

Good luck!
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