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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Upholstered headboard on: June 25, 2010 07:41:04 AM
I had been meaning to make a headboard for quite some time, but I just finally got around to it this weekend. I vaguely followed the instruction on ReadyMade, but unlike it and most other headboard DIY instructions floating around on the internet, I decided to bolt it to my bed frame instead of mounting it to the wall. Blame it on the years of apartment living.

you can see one of cats is quite pleased with the new headboard

It is made out of MDF, polyester upholstery foam and dark brown vinyl. The whole project probably cost about $100, which is still much much cheaper than buying one and this way it matches much better. It was a fairly simple project, the only thing that was difficult was using the staple gun (I have an old mechanical one). In fact, I was unable to use it (I must need to do more push ups or something) but luckily Mike was around to be all manly and staple it for me.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Running club logo on: March 17, 2010 05:51:51 AM
Some people in my class decided to start a running club and of course, being a bunch of med students, decided that an appropriate name would be the Pacemakers. We're going to get this guy screen printed on some shirts for when we run a huge 17 leg, roughly 300km relay in May.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Birthday meets "wow, surely life can't get much worse" gift on: July 13, 2009 10:17:30 AM
Though I've been a member of craftster for what seems like forever (approaching 7 years), I have never posted in this section of the forum, but I'm hoping that my cry for inspiration will not go unheard and all the crafty crafters can help me think of some creative ideas.

So here's all of the superfluous information:

So my bestest buddy and I have been through a lot together, from a rotten first year of university way back four years ago to applying to medicine together to getting our first cat together. This may, our kitty suddenly died of a congenital condition, two weeks later I got into med school while he did not (making his already overbearing family leap into a "I told you so", "you're no good at anything" sort of tyrant). To hopefully make matters a bit better, we got two new kitties at the end of June. A kitten and an adult. The adult was sick and we actually need to send her back - on his birthday! We are most likely getting another kitten to keep the kitten from getting lonely. We are also moving into a new place this September (again, a source of contention with his parents).

Writing this makes me feel like I'm describing someone in high school, but it's actually his 22nd birthday. I'm thinking that he needs something not just because it's his birthday, but because he's been so beaten down that he's becoming listless.

So on to the things he likes:
- Typography
- Design
- Science (particularly brains, we both graduated with neuroscience degrees this May)
- Cats
- Travel
- Running

Sorry for the extra long post. I'm rather stumped for ideas (though I did pick up a Pantone mug for him already). I don't have access to a sewing machine nowadays (so no nintendo messenger bags like back in the day). I'm pretty resourceful though, so all ideas are welcome!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photos from film I thought I had ruined on: June 16, 2009 01:19:11 PM
So I was out taking photos on the weekend, and even though I've had my camera for a very, very long time, I had a brain fart and didn't press the little release button on the bottom when I started to wind the film. Of course this resulted in a loud noise, the film ripping, and having to open up the back to ensure I had not broken the camera. Though I didn't have much hope for the burned film, I lucked out and there were some photos on the roll that turned out. These were all taken with my Ricoh KR-10 and a roll of plain old Fujifilm 400 ISO.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Letterpress notebook on: March 31, 2009 06:07:15 AM
I've been meaning to post this here for a while! I did a letterpress workshop at the local art college and this is what I created. I'm fairly proud of it, not so much because it is letterpressed, but because I made the entire book, something I had never done before. I cut all of the paper (the cover and inside), glued the little pocket in the back cover (which you can't see on this photo), and I sewed all of them. In total I made around 50!

I drew the image of the kiwi and then printed it using a photopolymer plate. Underneath the kiwi is the scientific name for kiwi, because I'm a big science nerd Smiley
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crepe paper flower on: February 02, 2009 06:49:46 PM

As a Valentine's Day fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Epilepsy Association, the undergraduate neuroscience society decided that we should sell crepe paper flowers. They are super easy to make and seem to turn out well regardless of skill level. The image featured above is my first attempt, and that's without ever having used floral tape before. They are pretty fun to make and don't even take very long. I doubt it would be hard to whip up a bouquet in time for Valentine's Day.

And just to give good old Martha credit, the original idea came from her site Wink
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini chinese take out boxes on: December 17, 2008 07:13:44 PM

These are the boxes my boy and I made to package the shortbreads we baked as Christmas gifts for our friends. I found a basic pattern online, enlarged it, added the text, then printed it on card stock. Mike cut them out and then I scored the creases and glued them together. They were fairly simple, but I definitely would not be suggesting making them as favours unless you are very hardcore. They looked very nice all packaged up though, and the shortbreads were enjoyed by all Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Brand spanking new design: spiltmartini.com on: March 16, 2008 08:29:21 AM
I just redesigned my webpage and am looking for opinions and suggestions. I'm also trying to get an etsy shop set up, so suggestions on that would be great too!


9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing with tea - longevity on: April 11, 2007 07:02:02 PM
Hello there, I poked around here some, and though I did find some articles about dyeing with tea in general, none quite answered my specific question. I'm looking to dye some t-shirts (100% organic cotton, if that makes a difference) with tea. Though I know you can do this, a quick google search revealed that the tannic acid in tea can weaken fabric "substantially". I was just wondering if anyone knew how substantial this weakening actually is, or if it can be prevented some way.

The reason I want to do tea and not just RIT dye or something along those lines is because, believe it or not, my university has a tea drinker's society, and I thought it would be very nifty if as a fund raiser we could sell tea-shirts (pardon the awful pun) All of our funds go towards environmental and other sustainability issues.

Anyways, thanks in advance for any tips Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting - tanks on: April 11, 2007 07:10:38 AM
Yes, army tanks. Leopard tanks to be precise. My dad wanted a painting for Christmas, because for the past many years that's what I had given him (excluding last year where school consumed my life and then some) So I did an oil painting of Canadian leopard tanks. Now, I know people have lots of different views on the war, and this isn't supposed to be pro or against war, merely a painting of tanks. My dad is an engineer in the army and always (like a lot of guys I suppose) has had a love for tanks, just because they're cool machines. Anyways. I hope people like the painting, it's not often you see a painting of tanks in the sunshine (as I said, the tanks are just "being", interpret it as you will)

I was happy though because it was my dad's favourite gift and he is an incredibly hard person to get gifts for.
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