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2481  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Slytherin-themed Casual/Craft Room. Suggestions? on: March 11, 2008 07:33:35 PM
If you're going to be using lots of green in your room, maybe make the walls a more neutal color? Or did you know you can put fabric on the walls? It's in the home decorating page here.People who can't paint their apartments use lightweight fabric-they spray the walls,and maybe the fabric with spray starch. It stays up, doesn't hurt the walls, and you can pull the fabric off,wash & use it for something else. I haven't tried it yet myself, but I like the idea.
If you do go for green walls, be sure about the shade.It'd be worth it to buy a pint to paint a posterboard with to prop up and try out. Too dark could be gloomy, too pale would be more spring than slytherin. I'd check out the galleries to the various harry potter swaps for ideas.
If you want touches of silver, use silver cord or braid to edge your pillows,for curtain tie back,maybe for desk accessories-or make the pillows silver on one side.
The halloween has witch kitchen jars, but they could also be good for an alchemist's lab.Odd jars, improbable things inside,inventive labels.Dragon scales, basilisk eggs, ect. It's a pretty neat thread.Use some of the ingrediants from Snape's classses.You can use cheap frames from the thrift store-even different styles-and if you paint them all the same color(black?) it'll pull them together.Fake snakeskin pattern paper or fabric for pillows, or covering mundane things like vases and pencil holders, or making a plush snake, or as matting for a framed picture.
It sounds like a fun idea-keep us posted!
2482  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Record Lampshade- Help Needed!!!! on: March 11, 2008 07:10:15 PM
I'd love to see a picture too! I imagine the records would have to be a certain distance away from the bulb-it doesn't take much heat at all  to melt vinyl.Someone suggested an idea for another lamp where they were worried about heat, and just planning to use a very low wattage bulb-using a compact floresent. They still get hot, but not as much as an incandesent bulb. I could also see poking holes in the record with a hot needle, maybe making a pattern.That way you'd get a little more light from it to make up for the low watt bulb, and it'd look nifty,too.
Keep us posted!
2483  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The closest i'll get to a craftroom for a loong time =) on: March 11, 2008 07:03:22 PM
You can always put skinny boxes under the couch to store stuff. I was lucky enough to snag a couple of cardboard ones the right size from work.
I love your cozy corner.
2484  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Pick My Subscription on: March 11, 2008 06:46:21 PM
I like craft magazine also.
2485  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Steampunk swap goodies on: March 11, 2008 06:39:53 PM
Everyone should check out the steampunk guns atlascoughed just made,from old squirt guns. They're great! BTW,Gleep, were you able to fix the leak in yours? I'll know better for the next one! If there's ever a round 2 of this, I will gleefully dive in-no matter how insane real life is. And thanks once again to our lovely organizers!
2486  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fairytales, Fairies & Folklore swap,sign ups 16th Feb-8th March, send 12th A on: March 11, 2008 06:29:51 PM
I can see Queen Titania now, when mustardseed, peaseblossom,and puck start giving her a hard way to go-"let them eat fairy cake."
I think I'm going to start saying fairy cake instead of cupcake,myself. Much better name.
2487  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fairytales, Fairies & Folklore swap,sign ups 16th Feb-8th March, send 12th A on: March 11, 2008 02:15:29 PM
I spent my day off today crafting an item for this swap and studiously avoiding the horrible kitchen.But that makes me think-
BTW, what are fairy cakes anyway? Just delicate little cakes, or is there a particular recipie?

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2488  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shakespeare swap-Sign ups 2/11/08 to 2/23/08 Send outs 3/31/08 on: March 11, 2008 02:11:05 PM
As of tonight I should have 3 items done. The big one that's had me tearing my hair out is finally done.I'm not completely satisfied with it, but I think I've tweaked it all I can,so I'm crossing my fingers & sending it anyway. What I thought was going to be my small item,took lots more time than I thought, but came out really well.The one I'd been putting off because it was going to be a pain was easiet of the bunch! I'd like to do one more thing, since we have time-if only inspiration would hit. I'll probably get a brilliant idea the day before send outs!
It's been fun,even with the hair pulling,and I've learned a bit. I wish it was summer and time for Shakespeare in Central Park-they sell the best tshirts.My DH is telling me I ought to make something with some of the tshirt messages...hmmm....
2489  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A Neighborly Gesture *updates on pgs 7 and 11 on: March 10, 2008 04:15:17 PM
Spray a cloud of girly perfume to have wafting around your patio-or burn a very floral inscense. Something cheap and obnoxious,but definitely girly! And spreading some irridescent glitter where they sit-they'll look so cute covered in glitter later. I like something motion activated that triggers lights or noise. I just bought a personal alarm from the lock store.They said a lot of people rig them to windows and doors as a cheap burglar alarm.Mine costs ten dollars,and it's ear piercing! My aunt had a plastic bullfrog that croaked loudly every time you walked in front of it.
Seriously, I'd be tempted to just call the cops. Or have a friend do it. "I heard strange male voices outside my friend's window-I thought for sure it was burglars!" It's a shame you don't have a cop buddy who can drop by to visit while in uniform.
And something I would never have the nerve to do-when they show up on your patio-you and some friends come out carrying chairs and a radio-smile and wave, and walk past them to THEIR patio,and make yourselves at home! I'm not seriously suggesting this-you have to live near them,and I don't know how they'd retaliate! But it's fun to think about.
Oh,and your plants? Buy some manure-you can buy bags of it at a garden supply-and heap it around them. Or something else gross-hey,you're just fertilizing your plants!
Got it-put an automatic sprinkler and a hose in the yard near your patio-it comes on at night? Oops, set it wrong, or hey, you use your yard during the day. It sprayed the patio? That's where your plants are, or oops, better adjust the spray.People do set sprinklers anywhere and anytime.Someone on my block had one that sprayed the sidewalk-so you had to time your walk past the house just right, or step into the street.And had the hose on the sidewalk where you'd trip on it.And god knows how early-I know it was going at 6 a.m. when I went to work.But they had to water their yard to the very edge, so they didn't care.
I love what you did to their chair!
2490  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Wandering outside the craft department... on: March 10, 2008 03:27:12 PM
It's fun to check out the Dollar General, or the dollar dept. of a larger store. You may never find the same thing twice, so if you find something you love, stock up! I found small bags of tiny fabric roses, and packages of lovely fuzzy ribbon at Rite Aid-they never had them again. And skeins of yarn for 1.00 at BigLots. The exact same lion brand ribbon yarn at Joann's Fabric was 4 or 5 dollars. And that was the 30 percent off sale price. Also at Biglots in the automotive section were cheap rolls of red and blue duct tape. One roll was enough to make a big duct tape/trading card tote bag. And  enough left over to cover the car window with plastic & tape  until I could take it to the body shop. Grin
Thrift stores are even more random, but always look. Recent finds-several professional templates/stencils(circles,ect.),25 cent yarn,giant bag of crochet thread(many rolls were unused),giant embroidery hoops, and a bag of flat glass marbles. Not to mention whatever catches my eye to recon.

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