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3771  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) on: December 30, 2007 06:33:28 PM
this is awesome...and inspiring! My sister is a world traveller and everywhere she goes, she brings me back a shot glass. I have so many and i dont know what to do with them. I might have to get me some shadowboxes!

I think they actually make displays for shot glass collections.  Not necessary a crafty or original way to go, but an option.  Be sure to post it when you've done it!
3772  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Beautiful Use Swap? on: December 30, 2007 05:23:34 PM
I think I could go for this swap!  I've never swapped before and am kind of freaked out about the responsibility of it all, but still maybe this would be a good starter swap for me.  Hmmm.  Thanks for linking to my toothpaste post!
3773  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: The world's most over-engineered house numbers on: December 30, 2007 10:04:16 AM
OMG!  I love how the in-progress starts so casually with "First we used a plasma cutter to cut out the numbers".  Holy moly that's awesome to have access to and the guts to try it!  I think it's awesome that you did all the steps to make them really nice looking and durable.  You guys and your project rock!
3774  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) on: December 30, 2007 09:55:36 AM
great idea!
I made the same with water plastic bottle fulled with local water, I had bottle from greece,germany,england,spain,belgium,slovaquie (don't now the english word sorry),italia and from dominican republic

Do you want some french toothpaste ?

Oooooo!  I'll send you a personal message about a possible swap!  Thanks!
3775  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) on: December 30, 2007 09:53:18 AM
Have you taken any measure to make sure they don't start to grow, spill or otherwise self destruct?

Good question.  Actually I usually use the toothpaste all up, in person you can see just how hard I tried to use every last bit.  At first I sliced open the back and washed them out, but then I had a metal tube and after I used it up, it sat in the closet for years while I figured out what to do with it.  And you know what... it never changed.   The mouth of the tube was clean, so there was no change in texture or smell.  No mold, no separation, nothing.  If one needed encouragement not to actually eat toothpaste, knowing this might be it... it's like minty, pasty Twinkies.  [shiver]
3776  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Toothpaste Collection Display (verbose and pic heavy) on: December 29, 2007 11:31:15 PM
Thanks, Craftsters!  I spent some time this evening mounting some German tubes to mat board (even though I still have to go buy the frames) while watching a German movie, "The Lives of Others". 

julieboolie and shuffar: I like the Italian one a lot, too.  But I also like the ones that are less "designed" looking, because they seem all that much more like decades old natural history museum displays of minerals or something.
3777  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: bookshelf ideas plus other decorating ideas. on: December 29, 2007 07:17:30 PM
If you have an Ikea store near you, check out their as-is section for slightly damaged/worn (and preassebled) furniture.  Their stuff is already a good value, then it's marked up to 60% off in the as-is section.  There's also thrift and junk stores... you can paint just about anything if you have the right primer.
3778  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.
3779  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.
3780  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!
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