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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help me put backs on my new patio chairs! on: July 17, 2011 09:35:44 PM

I got this awesome 4 chair, table and umbrella stand set today for $40. The rust and weathering isn't that bad, and all the important parts are strong. The chairs even rock! It wont take much to get it looking great, just a bit of elbow grease. I will be doing all the metal parts in black.

My problem is that the chairs used to have a plastic panel on the back piece, but they disintegrated and the former owner removed them. I am unsure what to do to replace the backs. The set is going to be used on my covered outdoor patio. I live in Texas so heat, bugs, dogs, kids and weather are considerations.

Help me, Craftster, you're my only hope!  Grin

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: fake dog bones for chewing? on: November 11, 2007 05:29:58 PM
I have a 10 month old Catahoula Leopard Dog. He is similar to yours in that he likes to destroy his chewies as fast as possible. Things that have worked for us:

unfilled cow hooves (available for about a dollar each at petco) that i fill with peanut butter (chunky is a favorite)

Plastic two liter drink bottles, half filled with water and frozen then tossed out in the back yard. BE SURE TO REMOVE THE CAP AND LABEL it is a choking hazard! He has also had fun with empty gallon milk jugs.

The bristle end of an old broom. We unscrewed the broomstick and he has fun hauling it around.

I tied the leg of an old pair of jeans into knots, and dipped it in chicken broth I had left over from something else  it was a cheap fun toy. the denim holds up very well.There are still parts of it left over that he enjoys playing with.

I also have tried the big beef knuckle bones. For 5 or 6 dollars a pop, they are expensive, but they do last about 3 days before breaking into halves or thirds, and then those last about 2 weeks total. Lots of chew for the money. I only let him have those in the back yard because they do mark the carpet and can stink a bit. You can also try asking your butcher for soup bones, raw. They do have them at most of the larger markets with better meat departments. Those are also  another outside toy.

3  Texas / Texas: Coastal / Re: HOUSTON CRAFTSTERS!! on: September 02, 2007 11:01:39 AM
I'm new to craftster, and a Portland Oregon transplant in Texas. I've been here almost 5 years and i still dont really feel like i fit in. (most people say i should have moved to Austin, but hey, what are you gonna do?) I'm starting school at the art institute in october.

I live in the Humble area. Where are some good fabric stores, or thrift stores with cool furniture that isn't nasty or overpriced? Making friends would be neat too!
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