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1  Stenciled Bottlecap Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Germanica on: November 16, 2011 03:56:52 PM
The bottlecap basket in the kitchen was overflowing. Cue THE LOOK from my husband.

I took it as an opportunity to play with some new craft paint and stencils and made a bottle cap bracelet!

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2  Silver Teapot Turned Vase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Germanica on: March 24, 2011 08:18:36 PM
My husband gave me flower for our wedding anniversary. I put them in one of those run of the mill flowerst vases.


I rooted around and found our silver tea set. I rarely use it for guests.

I think it makes a much prettier vase anyway.
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3  Tissue Paper Wallpaper Wall Treatment in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Germanica on: March 24, 2011 08:01:23 PM
I wanted something different for my computer room. I'm not fond of painting. I used tissue paper as wall paper and love the results!

I used Modge Podge and watered down white glue w/ water when the 'Podge ran out to put the tissue paper on the walls. I randomly placed the sheets of tissue paper on the wall. That's why it looks lighter and darker shades of green. I let it dry overnight and sealed it with clear wall glaze. I did it several years ago and it's holding up great!
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4  Scotch Irish St. Patrick's Day Bloomers! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Germanica on: March 24, 2011 07:55:13 PM
I do Scottish and English Country Dance. I also perform as a historical reenactor. I had a dance gig on St. Patrick's Day and decided to make a new pair of bloomers to show off my Scotch Irish heritage on St. Patrick's Day.

Sometimes when dancing and twirling our skirts fly up (just like when you twirled in a swingy skirt as a little girl) that's why we where bloomers when dancing.
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5  Magazine Gift Bows w/o glue, tape, or staples in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Germanica on: December 06, 2010 04:39:18 PM
A friend gave me a stack of travel magazines that I read. The full page photos and ads were just the thing to use to try making into How About Orange's recycled gift bows.

However, since my last epic craft fail involved glue, I didn't want the possible mess involved. I was almost out of staples and tape too. Instead I used 1-inch metal fasteners to make my bows.

No sticky mess! Yay!

Recycling and clever reuse! Double Yay!

No more running out of bows while gift wrapping! Triple yay!

Making magazine gift bows is addictive. I want to try it using empty potato chip bags.
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6  Little Edie frion Gray Gardens! in Halloween Costumes by Germanica on: October 25, 2010 05:29:33 PM
I'm going to a Halloween party in my city's arts district. I rooted around in my closets, put my skirt on upside down over a pair of Assets and will go as....

Little Edie from Gray Gardens!

I'm glad I tried the costume on before the party. It's hard to walk up stairs in an upside down pencil skirt. I'm going to open one of the side seams with a seam ripper.
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7  Painted and Carved Porch Pumpkins in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by Germanica on: September 28, 2010 05:20:26 PM
After Halloween my husband bought a pumpkin carving kit on super duper mega sale because he's been talking about carving pumpkins for Halloween FOREVER.

Last year we broke out the kit and he used the template to carve this zombie kid pumpkin.

I painted spiders on mine so I could bake and puree it after Halloween.

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8  Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Backsplash in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Germanica on: July 20, 2010 07:15:10 PM
My husband and I couldn't come to an agreement as to what type of tile to use on our kitchen backsplash. Years passed and the cheap builder paint on the backsplash was now worn through to the drywall and stained, looked terrible and made me feel stabby just looking at it.

As a temporary fix, I primed the wall with gray stain blocking primer and two coats of chalkboard paint.

We like it so much, we're making it permanent!

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9  Chalkboard Paint Outlet Covers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Germanica on: July 12, 2010 07:06:35 AM
I painted my kitchen back splash with black chalkboard paint. The white plastic outlet covers I had stood out like a sore thumb. I scratch up the surface with a bit of steel wool. I painted the outlet covers with grey primer first and followed it up with two coats of black chalkboard paint.

Ta Da!

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10  I built a Cornhole Game! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Germanica on: July 12, 2010 07:00:50 AM
My husband's family had a big family reunion. I built them a cornhole game because what's a picnic without a little cornhole, right?

I built the boards. This is my first woodworking project since 7th grade shop class so the construction may be a little rough around the edges.

I sewed the bean bags from fabric in my stash. I made a liner using fabric from an old set of cotton curtains.

I filled the bean bags with dried beans instead of the traditional dried feed corn.
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