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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A new use for Wedding Umbrellas! WOW! pics on: January 18, 2006 09:46:13 AM
I got married last year and bought 30 of these white umbrellas from Oriental Trading Post (for like $3/piece) for the guests at the wedding. They looked lovely, but I got home with about 20 of them and no place to put them. So.... there was this big space in my bedroom above my closet and below the ceiling that needed covering and I was in the process of picking fabric to sew curtains when I got this idea!

I hope you like it! I know it's really simple, but I am really liking the look. AND they hide all the ugly luggage and files that I have up there. Wo hoo!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Globe Lamps... (update page 4!!!). PICS! on: January 12, 2006 10:02:30 AM
Hello, I have been having the idea to make these lamps for ages, and I finally did it!
They are in my kitchen which has totally inadequate lighting. So I decided to hang them above my favorite red counter that used to be in a chemistry lab. One of the lamps needed 15' of cord and the other needed 25 feet. The shades are the two halves of a globe that I chopped up. I put switches on the wire, so they are bright and really easy to turn on and off. Total project cost was about $5... which paid for the cords, switches and plugs. I had the globe.

My problem is this... They hang a little lopsided, so I taped them with electrical tape (which I'm sure you can see), but I want another/better option. Any ideas? Also I would love any feedback.

and here's a picture where you can really see the problem with the electrical tape. Any suggestions?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Burning Man gifts on: August 04, 2005 09:54:10 AM
hello all. I have been to Burning man for the last two years and I thought I wasn't going to go this year due to the fact that I am planning my wedding for October, but I can't help myself. It's always such an amazing experience I am going again...
Which leads me to my question.
For those of you who don't know, burning man is a commerce-free event. there is no money that trades hands. (save the ice camp and coffee camp) so you typically give away gifts to people. I wanted to craft something different up this year.
Two years ago I crocheted hats for people.
And last year I made crazy sparkly, gold necklaces... which were much more of a hit.
Any ideas? On the cheap side?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Favors at Zion National Park on: August 04, 2005 09:17:33 AM
I am getting married outside of Zion National Park in October and was so psyched to give trees as the wedding favors for the quests. However... the more I look into it, the more I realize how hard it is to get trees that can be planted in the fall. Also a large amount of my guests are coming from out of town (obviously...not many people live near Zion) so I thought it may be too hard for them to get their trees home (they would be 1 year old seedings, so they would be 1ish feet long). So I need a new idea for the favors. I have been reading posts and posts and here is what I am thinking.

1. I would love to do wine or some kind of alcohol, but I don't know if anybody out there knows the liquor laws in Utah, but they are ridiculous. It would be way too much trouble... what with buying liquor in state from the alcohol board. Also a large percentage of our quests are Mormon... so liquor is out.

2. I really like the mixed CD idea, but it seems more shower gift than wedding gift to me.

3. Seed packets and seeds would be nice, but again, planting in October in Utah... not easy.

4. I am not huge on making soaps or candles. It seems very girly and I wanted something that a couple would enjoy.

5. I really, really don't like the idea of candy. I am willing to splurge a little on these things if the idea is really special.

OK, it's obvious that I am going to have some problems. If anyone could help I would greatly appreciate it. I don't mind spending hours making these things whatever it may be. I would just be better if I could start now. So the wedding and reception will be outdoors and the colors are orangish, yellow and chartruse.
Thanks everyone!
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