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3781  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Low-budget Bathroom Makeover on: October 04, 2009 02:45:51 PM
You made a huge improvement! And since bath renovations can EASILY cost TENS of thousands, $900 is FANTASTIC! 

Part of my mission in my work is ridding the world of humdrum oak cabinetry so I am voting for painting it.  I would suggest that maybe you do a dark brown, rather than white. It will look less "sterile" than white and I think be more in keeping with the level of sophistication of your lovely tile floors.  Another option would be to stain it dark, dark brown rather than paint it so you could still have some variation in the surface, it could look very rich.
3782  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: October 04, 2009 02:20:24 PM
Two in a row for me!

YKYACW you're with The ManFlesh's mom and sister at the Barefoot Sage getting wonderful foot massage treatments (thanks to said ManFlesh) and you notice someone wearing a craftster t-shirt and you really wish you could go introduce yourself and see if you already "know" her and you're hoping that the YKYACW thread will act as one of those "chance encounters" classified ads. 

All this and yet, you're NOT A STALKER!
3783  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brown paper wrapping (inc. bows) on: October 04, 2009 12:45:49 PM
I love wrapping in brown paper, too.  Any bow or ribbon looks just that much more festive against it and it's fun to stamp.  I love how you took it all the way.  I can't help but think what a great way to wrap Adult Only gifts... you know, the kind that come in a "plain brown wrapper."  Wink
3784  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Let's Play "What's Under This Hideous Tile?" (Updated!) on: October 04, 2009 11:25:07 AM
It's so interesting to do a little domestic archeology, isn't it?  If you do decide to tear that out down to the wood (is it hardwood or softwood, it's unusual for hardwood to be in bathrooms) be careful with the old linoleum tiles - asbestos is not an uncommon ingredient in them and unless you can get them up w/o breaking the tiles you'll likely liberate the asbestos if it's in there.
3785  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! I hope to fix where floss as bled onto the fabric! on: October 04, 2009 09:51:36 AM
Thanks for that tip, kittykill!  I picked up a bleach pen yesterday (and I think it's the same one sold in the cleaning supplies section) and I'm working up the nerve to deal with this issue.  It occurred to me last night that my fabric has black printed on it, too.  I haven't had the heart to actually look at it since Friday, so I'm not sure if there is any black print where the dye stain is, but I'm going to try to remember to do a test before working directly on the piece and I think I'm going to try all the methods on that test strip.  Perhaps I'll even do some quick stitches with the same floss, wet it and see what happens.  Sigh.  I guess I just answered the question of what I'll be doing with my Sunday, eh.  If I'm not to distraught during the process, I'll try to take photos so I can post it and perhaps help others. 
3786  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Candy Land Recipe Cards! on: October 03, 2009 06:07:08 PM
A notebooks are a great use for them and recipe card notebooks are a BRILLIANT idea!
3787  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! I hope to fix where floss as bled onto the fabric! on: October 03, 2009 10:09:37 AM
Cool! I have a bleach pen that's from the cleaning aisle and I worry it's too strong for fabric.  I maybe completely wrong, but I really don't want to make it even worse.  I'm willing to take out the threads I used and redo that (it was probably the easiest/fasted part), but I really don't want to ruin this to the point of eating holes!  I'll head to the store in a bit and peruse the laundry aisle for pens and options.  Ugh. I'm so upset I can't even bring myself to start a new quicky project I need to do.
3788  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! I hope to fix where floss as bled onto the fabric! on: October 03, 2009 10:01:50 AM
That's promising!  Thanks!  Is this a bleach pen from the cleaning aisle or the laundry aisle?
3789  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! I hope to fix where floss as bled onto the fabric! on: October 03, 2009 08:26:20 AM
Thanks! I'll look into that.  I actually only rinsed it under the faucet and not even directly the floss that ran.  Sad  I'll have to see if metallic threads can be machine washed.  Of course, I didn't pre-wash, because the piece was never meant to be wash-washed so that may just make things shrink up and bunch.
3790  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I hope to fix where floss as bled onto the fabric! on: October 02, 2009 07:25:30 PM
ACK!  Help!  I wanted to get the visible pencil marks off my fabric after finishing (mostly) the embroidery I've been working on for the Good Cause Challenge and a bright magenta floss (a vintage skein I picked up at the thrift store, probably Coats & Clark) bled onto the white cotton fabric!  

It's really upset me as I've put hours into this and was pretty pleased with the results - AND I don't want to do it again and certainly won't have time even if I did.   Cry  I've never, ever had floss bleed regardless of brand or color, but I also haven't stitched that much. I do have a small collection of vintage pillowcases that I launder in cold water with all my other whites and have never had a problem, even though I bleach a smidge every time I wash my whites.

Anyway, my first instinct is to use one of those laundry detergent pens I've seen advertised.  Anyone have any suggestions or advice?
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