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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / What old hands can make... a pipe ball game! on: May 17, 2012 02:51:22 AM

In a retirement home people love to play games, so I challenged some occupants to help me with making a pipe ball game! I wanted to give them something to be proud of (they made it themselves) and something durable (it's a structure that can be used outdoors). Supplies we needed: drainpipe, stick-on numbers (I used plastic tape), plastic ties, sand paper, spray paint, a saw, a jig and a drill.  An inspiration to make one yourself you can find here: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20397698,00.html

First I asked my grandpa to build the jig, in that way we could saw the pipes in a straight and 30 cut. Thanks grandpa!

Then we could cut the pieces...

We drilled the holes and sanded the borders...

Some spray-paint...

And after assembling the pieces...

Ready to try out! :-)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / painted shell earrings on: December 28, 2011 10:26:10 AM

Simple but effective: shells + nail polish + hot glue :-)

Shell-jewelry can be, in my opinion, a bit old fashioned... A bit of colour brings back the interest.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Smarties? *Buttons into ear studs* on: December 28, 2011 10:09:20 AM

They do look smart. Old buttons into ear studs.
I've made a whole bunch of them. Enough to dress an army.
(Alright then, a girly army) :-D
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stone earstuds on: July 22, 2010 07:34:04 AM
In the woods, just 15 minutes away with my bike, I discovered an old layer of sand full of silex-stones. I felt very childish (but so what) I collected a LOT :-) The smallest stones I used to make these earrings. I had so much that it didn't take long to make nice pairs.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stone pot on: July 22, 2010 07:18:33 AM
In the woods, just 15 minutes away with my bike, I discovered an old layer of sand full of silex-stones. I felt like a small child collecting them! Then I took my glue gunnnn and had lots of funnnnn :-)

Thanks for taking a peep!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / sock boy on: January 02, 2010 02:56:38 PM
It was the 24Th of DEC afternoon and I didn't had a gift jet for my little nephew Huh So I hurried myself to make this little guy, composed out of 5 socks, "sock boy"!

I love how he turned out, very soft and cuddly  Wink I wish you all a very crafty 2010 X
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / new lining and paint for a vintage bag / glitter alert :-) on: October 28, 2009 05:01:25 AM
One or two years ago I bought leather paint on eBay. After I tried it out, I immediately bought another six packages  Smiley You just rub the paint in like you would do with shoe polish. This is what I did with a blue buttersoft leather banana bag
Originally it was also a darkblue bag, but over the years the colour faded. Here is a picture to see the difference:
The previous lining was completely worn out. I took out the zipper and reused it with a glitter fabric. Wait a minute => I am so not a glitter girl!
But this time I had fun using it, well hidden as a lining... Also I found the fabric in a Christmas decoration box, it was meant to cover the bottom of the tree Tongue Roll Eyes
It is a mix between gold and silver. It makes me smile secretly  Wink
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / frog cat door on: October 20, 2009 05:52:37 AM
Frogs and cats: such a cute combination!
I wanted a cat door in my new apartment to keep my own door closed and - in this way - the cold outside. See topic to understand more about the apartment https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319994.0
You can see there's a large blue beam behind the frog's mouth. It's about 4 metres (13 feet) high, so their way out is very exclusive  Smiley The beam leads towards a big window with complete garden-overview.
Here are my kitties using it:
And this is how it looks in the room, for size reference:
I love how it turned out, my apartment is really not finished yet but it's nice to feel it's all coming together slowly  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / little apartment / ex-mezzanine (vintage lovers may like taking a peep) on: September 05, 2009 07:38:48 AM
What to do if you break up and you're left with no money? Luckily you're 25 and you have a full life in front of you. If you have really sweet parents, you can go back home and make dad's old office in something cosy & private for yourself.
My parents have a metal processing company. They started small in a building next to our house. A couple years ago they've build a new factory in the neighbourhood. So the old place was left a bit empty, full of mess and dirt  Tongue
They almost rent it to another factory when I came knocking on their door. I think they were happy secretly because if they would rent it out part of their privacy would be gone. After all, home and 'working home' (it's how we call it Smiley) are connected by the garden.
So in May I started cleaning and painting the place. It is just half of the complete building, a kind of mezzanine. You enter the house, then it is divided in oily dusty ground-floor and upstairs somewhat less oily dusty office. First pictures will make it more understandable  Wink

After this work was done, my dad made walls to close the mezzanine.

In the time before I started painting, I already found these light bulbs in the thrift shop. I really love them!

At the moment, it isn't finished yet but I can already live in it with my two cats. (They moved out of my ex-appartment only three weeks ago and one of them is still very afraid and only comes out at night.)
There is still some work to do: plexiglass needs to be placed in the big windows, electricity stuff....

But as you can see, it is getting very cosy. Because I am thrift shop obsessed, you'll not find anyting new in my apartment. (Except for the bed  Wink)

Some of my earlier crafty projects are also present. We can play a "find them" game Grin
- Let the sunshine in desk chair https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249236.msg2765862#msg2765862
- Dressform lamp https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243479.msg2688468#msg2688468
- Ugly pipe wrapped in sisal rope https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319983.msg3687353#msg3687353(posted this today, here you can also meet my cat Basel)

Wish I could invite some of you for a cup of tea, but I live far away in Belgium... But I hope you liked this post!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / ugly pipe wrapped in sisal rope on: September 05, 2009 04:40:01 AM
I recently created a little appartment in an old workplace of my dad. Where my bed is, there was left an ugly pipe (don't know what it was used for...)
My dad wanted to make a little cabinet over it to hide it, but while waiting for this I thought why not make it a part of the rest of the cat tree Tongue
I used double sided tape and sisal rope (the cheapy kind). Easy transformation!

Oh, and this picture shows how it was in the very beginning  Smiley

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