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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fathers Day gift bag from upcycled shirt on: June 25, 2010 09:25:11 AM
We all like it here, the question is... Did Dad like it?


Yes! Although he barely got to see it... our 3-year-old was so excited to give him his gift, he started ripping it open right away! lol.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fathers Day gift bag from upcycled shirt on: June 20, 2010 05:35:03 PM
All dads need a tie for Father's day right? Here's a gift bag I made out of a sleeve from his old ripped button-up shirt. (they make great wine bags too!) I closed the top with a scrap of fabric tied like a tie. The heart-shaped "tie tack" is a paperclip!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: very first recon on: April 25, 2010 04:21:08 PM
That's awesome! Great job on your first tut too. My husband just ripped a gingham dress shirt and I've been waiting for inspiration - this is definitely it. Thank you!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: wire hangers?OH Noooooooo on: April 21, 2010 06:46:09 AM
I saw this cool candle votive hanger at World Market, and I'm going to try to copy that idea somewhat by using wire hangers. Something like this, but using more wire instead of all the chains: http://www.wrapables.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=C00153&prodlist=search  I'm afraid the wire may be a little thick to get nice curlicues, but I'm going to attempt it! If that doesn't work, I may try something less precise like: http://www.baker-lane.com/store/images/38953.jpg.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Re-Tree? ... how to make a christmas tree out of other things? on: April 21, 2010 06:40:42 AM
Wow - I posted this question a few years ago and got no responses - glad to see someone asked again  Grin! These are all great ideas!  I especially love the hula hoop idea & the tomato cage idea.

I recently saw a pic on a blog where they made a metal tree frame, and taped magazine pages all over, then rolled the bottom of the pages so it had that swoop look of a bough. Of course, now I can't find that link & my description probably doesn't make much sense!  Grrr.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: ADHD: Rarely productive, but usually fun. (Please help with laundry room!) on: February 01, 2010 08:22:12 AM
Not to totally pee in your cheerios, but most realtors and stagers want houses as neutral as possible for showing.

Ugh, and I know that! Please see subject line for my lame explanation Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reusable bag from upcycled dog food bag & mens shirt (img heavy) on: February 01, 2010 08:19:14 AM
This looked better in my head, but here goes. I noticed dog food bags look like the material they use for reusable bags you buy from Target or whatever. I used a men's dress shirt from goodwill for the interior, and I had PERFECT fold over elastic with dog paws on it to bind the ugly serged edges. I may add handles later, but it's useable, so I'm considering it done! The only bad thing is even though I thought I washed it really well, it still has a bit of a stink. I will only use it for Petco trips I guess Smiley My dogs won't mind one bit.



Inside (note the front pocket on the side!):


Close up of the FOE:

ETA: This type of plastic does NOT melt together when ironed! DO NOT ATTEMPT! lol. I ended up hot gluing the "applique."
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / ADHD: Rarely productive, but usually fun. (Please help with laundry room!) on: February 01, 2010 08:05:02 AM
Ok, so my husband got relo'd and now I'm stuck trying to get our house up to snuff to be sold. Lots in this price range. 5 years ago, someone redid the ENTIRE house. We've barely done anything. The realtors act all snobby about that, and even though I'm not in a declining market, they think I need to price the house at 20k less than I bought it for 2 years ago.

Anyway. (ADD is right in the subject line! Fair warning!) I took one little comment that the laundry room could be repainted, as "You should totally make a rockin' laundry room."

I have this great light blue/brown gift wrap, and thought I'd decoupage the rectangle on the front of the cabinets, spray paint the tarnished brass cabinet pulls gold, decoupage the light switch things, stencil some words around the top of the walls in dark brown, and make a foam board cornice decoupaged with matching fabric, or the giftwrap.

Biggest problem: I don't think the decoupage matches the white cabinets. Wondering if it's fine, or if I should paint the rest of the doors light blue or dark brown. I do NOT want to paint the entire cabinets - too much work, plus the ones on the bottom are all white laminate, and I'm not touching those.

2nd biggest problem: I thought it would be easy to just xacto knife around the edges of the rectangle after the paper dried, but it looks like crap. I'm thinking about getting some thin moulding and painting it with the gold paint and gluing it around the decoupage.

Not a huge problem, but annoying: The gold paint doesn't match the old brass hardware, so now I also have to paint the hinges.

Good things: The newly painted handles match the gift wrap really well! The decoupaged switch plates look cool Smiley

Also wondering: Should I ditch the cornice idea and/or stencilled word idea? I was going to say - "The laundry room - loads of fun" or "Air your dirty laundry here!" or "Clean clothes is like a breath of fresh air" or something else laundryroomy.

Help! And thank you!!

Decoupaged cabinet:

before (click to see bigger):

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dinohorsie and herb on: December 04, 2009 08:40:08 AM
Wow! That is so awesome! I love that. What a creative colab Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Did I just cover up fake decoupaged plants with real decoupaged plants? on: December 03, 2009 02:17:44 PM
They turned out really, really pretty... but I'm not sure that mod podge can handle the water that a coaster gets exposed to- I sure hope it does.  Undecided

Ya know - that occurred to me when I was about half way done! Maybe before I use them I can practice my next want-to-do-project on the coasters - resin coating!
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