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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Granny Shopper, Revamped on: February 04, 2013 02:28:05 AM

I had this really ugly, orange granny shopper, and it was starting to break. I thought I'd make a new cover for it, because it's useful when I have to get lots of groceries or take bottles back (I don't have a car). Basically, I used the frame and bottom from the old one, and took apart the old fabric parts and used them as pattern pieces for the new one. Easy!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quick dresser makeover on: September 10, 2012 07:30:49 AM
I had this dresser in my bathroom. Overall it wasn't too bad. It needed a fresh coat of white paint, and I thought it could use some character as well. All I did was paint the knobs and stencil the larger drawers. It makes a big difference!



Sorry about the poor lighting...my bathroom doesn't have a lot of natural light, and I'm not a talented photographer :/

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly, broken office chair? I made it into a fun office chair! on: September 10, 2012 07:27:56 AM

The above is the finished version. I had this ugly Ikea office chair. It was looking shabby anyway, and it was really bland to begin with. It got a giant rip in it after a while. Nice office chairs are expensive, so I decided to revamp it!

This is what it looked like before:

I like it way better now!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt Quilt! on: September 10, 2012 07:21:11 AM
I wanted to share this, because I love it to death and I'm really proud of it!

Basically, it's exactly as it sounds...a quilt made out of old t-shirts. I wanted to keep them, because of the memories, but most were too worn and stained to actually wear. This way, they live on! I used other old clothes to fill the spaces, and fusible interfacing to back the tees onto.

If anyone else wants to make one, I found it super helpful to use a rotary cutter. I got more precise blocks that way. I also found that it was easiest to make smaller blocks and strips, and then sew those together. That way, it looks random, but it was kind of easier to keep it together, if that makes sense.

Here are a few more pics!

(finished thing)

(supplies and piecing)

I also have a few more "in progress" pics on my blog, if anyone is interested: http://daniellegriffin.com/2012/09/03/project-quilt-made-from-old-t-shirts/
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crocheted T-Shirt Rag Rug on: March 17, 2012 03:05:16 AM

I had a whole bunch of old t-shirts that were really old, stained/faded and kind of had that 'old t-shirt' smell. They weren't really in any condition to donate, and also I wanted to save the prints on some of them, since they also had a lot of memories. So I cut out the prints, and used the rest to make this! It's super easy...you just have to know how to crochet. You need a larger crochet hook, and you just cut the tees in to strips and pull them out to make a 'yarn'. I did a single crochet in an oval shape, but I think double or half double would work as well. The number of chains and rows depends on the shape you want your rug to be, and how big you want it to be. I think it's fairly easy to play around with. I'm a beginner crocheter and I did it, so I think it's not terribly hard!

A good alternative (that would also work well with non-stretchy fabrics) would be to make a braided rag rug....to do that, you just braid strips of fabric, then sew them into an oval. It was a project a lot of grandmothers did and I think it's due for a comeback! Think of all those fabric scraps that could get put to use!

I blogged about it as well if anyone is interested in reading it: http://daniellegriffin.com/2012/03/16/project-t-shirt-rug/
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guitar String Bangles (with tutorial link!) on: March 21, 2011 01:36:22 AM
Whenever I restrung my guitar, I'd always look at the old strings and think "there must be -something- I can make with those."  I tried bending them but they're pretty hard to form into anything, because they're springy.  I always saved them, only to throw them out after a while when they built up too much and I still hadn't found anything to do with them.  But a few weeks ago, I got an idea for some bangle bracelets using wire to shape them, only I'd run out of wire.  I remembered the guitar string idea and voila!  

You'll need some light fabric (I used sari silk for the orange and turquoise ones, and a light cotton for the white/pink one), a guitar string (thicker ones work better), electrical tape and scissors/wire cutters.  

Tutorial here (I blogged it and don't really want to type it all out again...I'm super lazy.  Plus it's image hefty):
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Map travel box on: March 21, 2011 01:07:56 AM
I don't know about everyone else, but every time I go anywhere, I'm always struggling to grab together currency, passports (I'm dual so I have 2), transit cards and SIM cards (for places I go often) and all that jazz and it NEVER seems to be in the same place.  To keep this from happening, I took a shoe box, an old map of Spain and Portugal, and made this quick, cute box to keep everything in one place!

8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Thread Spools? on: May 25, 2009 11:10:41 AM
I'm not sure if this has been done before (It hasn't from what I could see), but maybe there could be a challenge to re-use empty thread spools...I'm sure we all have a million of them that we either throw out or keep for whatever reason!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Dress! on: May 24, 2009 01:47:07 PM
I whipped this up a few afternoons ago because it's really warm here and all my summer dresses are still in boxes.  I like it so much I think I might copy it and make a few more!

Cropped because I'm not sure if my friends want to be on a forum or not Tongue
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bagel Recipes? on: March 30, 2009 02:40:03 AM
Hey all!

I was wondering if anyone knew any good bagel recipes?  Just for standard, plain bagels.  I miss them so much and if you can even find them in Berlin, they're expensive!  I tried a few I found online but none of them turned out quite right and one even made them taste more like pretzels haha.
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