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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bedroom Remodel/Rennovation {Picture HEAVY!} on: February 16, 2009 03:39:45 AM
Let me first start by apologizing for the massive-ness of this post.  Cheesy

After almost a year of searching for a house that we both like and could afford, DH and I found an awesome 1908 farmhouse that had been updated and added on to over the years. It was a foreclosure/bank repo and was a disgusting mess which kept most other potential buyers at bay, but I couldn't help but fall in love with it's hidden potential! Trusting my intuition we started the LONG buying process in August 2008 and closed on the house just before Halloween. We worked on it for 6 weeks every day to get it ready to move in the first week of December. We're still not 100% finished, but we're getting close and I wanted to share some of the progress so far.

I'll post several others, but let's start with the bedroom. It was an add-on to our house that was built in the early 90's and transformed our bedroom into a massive space. I don't know the exact numbers, but I'd say it is just over 700 sq. feet. Bigger than some of my friend's entire apartments.

A before and after shot of the bedroom for comparison.

This is a (crappy) photo of our bedroom before. There were a lot of problems with this room. The most obvious was this hideous 12" tall wallpaper border that went around the ceiling that is jungle themed. (toucans and leopards. *gag*) Oh, and you can't forget the silk floral vines thumb-tacked to the ceilings. Because the drywall was never painted it not only was filthy but the wallpaper was stuck on like you wouldn't believe! The carpet and the walls were soiled with dog urine and there were puppy scratches everywhere.

This photo is the same room, looking towards the opposite wall. (Check out the awful yellow living room! I'll post that transformation later.) The only closet we had was a small coat closet and the door was in sad shape. It was painted a yellowy-cream and grafitti'd with sharpies, then the graffitti was painted over with white. If you look close you can see the ceiling light (with the pull string) barely hanging on for dear life (by the wires!).

The first thing to go (after the wallpaper!) was the nasty carpet. DH ripped up the carpet and the pad which you can see in the background of the above photo all stained and smelly-looking. Then we ripped up the carpet tacks to prep the floors. Because the add-on didn't have wood floors underneath we had to replace the flooring rather than re-finish. Here is the line between the two floors.

We also took advantage of the carpet being gone to prime (sucked up 3 coats of primer) and paint the walls. They are a light blue/grey color called "Sky's the Limit." The floor then had to be prepped by filling in gaps and uneven areas with Fix-all that we then sanded. BIG mess!

We decided on carbonized bamboo flooring that was a simple tongue and groove installation. With the help of my parents we finished the huge floor in 2 1/2 days. The first 3 rows were the hardest part and once we got the hang of things it went really fast.

We then put up baseboards all around that I painted gloss white. We also spray painted the original ceiling fan (which was green) gloss white.

The view of the other side of the room. In this photo you can also see the built-in bookshelves that we gutted down to the original wood. Since this picture was taken we've drywalled it and turned it into a linen closet on top and a wardrobe on the bottom (since the closet in our bedroom was so dinky. Now we have his and hers closets). The door behind the soon-to-be wardrobe is to the 2nd bathroom. We have a master bath connected to our room as well, so we basically never use this door or the 2nd bathroom. We also painted the closet door and I replaced the knob with a vintage glass doorknob that I scored on sale!

This shows the wardrobe in-progress a bit better once we started moving in our furniture. (Don't mind the mess with the boxes in the corner!) That huge armoire is acutally for our TV. We downsized from a giant entertainment center and put the bigger of our two TVs in our bedroom inside this thing. We also bought big binders and threw out our cases for our 700 DVDs. (DH watches lots of TV) The binders, our PS2 and our games are stored in the drawers underneath.

More furniture after it got moved in. I LOVE these mirrors. We saw them at a furniture store and I had to have them. DH talked the price down and I am so happy they are mine now! The bubbles on them are an optical illusion- the mirror is one flat piece. You can also barely see my apothecary jars in this photo- I've since filled them with moss balls and other fun things.

The final product (kinda). I'd love really modern lamps for our nightstands but I'm holding out for the right ones.  Grin The basket on the floor on his side (left) is because he will wear the same lounge pants all week long and I needed a place for him to throw his clothes that had been worn but weren't "dirty" yet. I am also in the process of hanging art, photos and shelves so that's why my walls are bare. I need to move the pic above his nightstand and center it more too. The vintage trunk belonged to my great-grandfather and it holds extra linens. I love the cream frize (or however you spell it) rug that it sits on. The green rug on my side is laying there temporarily until the upstairs is finished.

So... if you are still with me thanks for checking out our room makeover. I'll have plenty more to post soon.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Holy Handmade Moleskines, Batman! {Super pic heavy!} on: October 23, 2008 03:30:20 PM
Yep. I've been a busy gal- made over 20 journals that resemble moleskine cashier journals. I've always liked them, but hate the whole "mass-produced" aspect of them, so I've taken to making my own using cardstock, scrapbook paper, and drawing paper. The tricky part was inventing a stitch to attach the paper so they open really flat. Smiley

On to the massive amount of pics! Woo Hoo!....

Phew! Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did!  Wink

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / RUDE seller... am I being unreasonable? on: October 09, 2008 06:06:02 PM
So, I had weird experience today and its left me really grouchy so I have to get some advice on this.

I posted a request on Etsy for a custom made item and was very specific about what it was that I am looking for. I explained to people that I am an artist (BA in studio art - painting and life drawing) but I was looking for an original piece of art to give as a gift that isn't necessarily something I could make. I gave examples of art styles that I am looking for, and asked for a certain color palette, and details such as size, distressed edges, etc.

One person in particular, someone who does laser engravings, set me a bid that gave quick run down of something he's made before which was very simple, and while it wasn't necessarily bad it wasn't at all what I'd described. It was also much smaller, with no color and he acknowledged that it wasn't really what I'd asked for, but he bid anyway. So, you'd think that if you acknowledged that it wasn't what someone was asking for you wouldn't be surprised that it was declined, right? I always decline or accept so I don't leave people wondering- I hate bidding on something and never hearing a yes or a no. And each time I decline something I like to thank the person and then let them know that I am declining their bid. So, I said "Thank you for bidding on my request. I am looking for something a little more ornate, but thanks. Warm Regards..."

I got this really rude email back from him that was really defensive saying "I know what you mean, these are pretty cheap and tacking looking. Thanks. Mike" I was really surprised that someone running a business would be sarcastic and rude to a potential customer because they chose not to buy something! I didn't insult his work or call it tacky, I simply told him that I was looking for something of a different style. I am really disgusted by his behavior and it leaves me wondering if I am overreacting? I obviously can't accept all offers, and his was nothing like what I'd asked for- am I being too picky? Should I have kept my mouth shut? I just don't feel that I should be made to feel guilty for declining something I didn't want.

Anyway, thanks for listening and any advice. I feel better sharing that with someone.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Anyone Else Holding A Breast Cancer Awareness Sale? on: October 02, 2008 02:03:32 PM
Just wondering how many people are holding sales in their Etsy shops for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how you are going about it.

I am holding a month-long sale by introducing a "pink collection" that will consist of pink items. I have decided to donate 30% of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. I have been told that 30% is a lot to donate, but I think with a charitable organization there is no such thing as giving too much. I have found a really easy way to donate online through paypal too- so that makes donations easy.

Also curious to see what others are tagging their items with for their sales. Mine are "breast cancer" "pink ribbon" and "susan g komen". Any other ideas?

--As a side note, not related to breast cancer awareness, I'm holding a 5 day sale Oct 1- 5th in my shop in celebration of National Vegetarian Awareness day and have been pleased with the results, So I am hoping that my "Save the Boobies" sale will go just as well.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Use Your Brain on: September 16, 2008 12:20:19 AM
Just had to share this awesome find. I found this book at a thrift store and the pages were badly damaged- so I gave it new life. To me it seems very Dia De Los Muertos with the illustration on the front. I love the colors too- the photos aren't the best, but they are lime green, hot pink and white. Anyway, it now is a fun journal or sketchbook- too bad I already have two, I almost feel bad parting with this awesome book.

What do you think?

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Print Gocco Famine? on: September 02, 2008 06:02:52 PM
Not sure who has heard about this, but it seems that there is a major shortage of print gocco machines and supplies. Riso has announced that they have discontinued the Gocco and will stop making the supplies as well. They will also be discontinuing sending the supplies to the US in December.  Cry
So, since this news has surfaced I can not find flashbulbs anywhere. Everyone seems to be out, and being one of the "little guys" I am afraid that all the supplies are being bought out from under me. I just got my gocco as a gift this June and it seems I won't even get 6 months out of it. Is there anything I can do to make my own screens for this system? What has everyone else decided to do once they have heard this news?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handmade bubble mailers! **Tutorial Added on: August 22, 2008 05:32:29 PM
Hi there!
I wanted to share these bubble mailers that I made this afternoon. I am out of the standard store-bought kind, but have a few orders that need to be shipped out this afternoon. I didn't have a lot of time to run around buying shipping supplies, so I dug through a box of craft supplies that I recently ordered online, and viola! bubble wrap! So I set to work making some small bubble mailers out of paper and recycled bubble wrap!
The paper is Martha Stewart paper that was on sale at my local craft store. I think it is supposed to be wrapping paper, I'm not sure. It was in the Clearance section for $1 a roll, originally priced at $7 each. I thought that it was cute, and for a buck a roll I grabbed a few not knowing what I'd do with them. Each mailer is 5x7 inches.

Two mailers (each has the pattern going a different way):

Flipped over so you can see the closure flap on the back:

A close up (kinda blurry, sorry) that shows the bubble wrap inside:

Hey, glad you like them. Here is a tutorial that I made for them in case you want to try your own. Sorry about the juvenile images- I made it in Illustrator because I am now out of bubble wrap and can't show you through photos. Let me know if this doesn't make sense.
For supplies you will need:
- Decorative paper that is medium to heavy weight (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, etc)
- Bubble wrap (the standard kind, not the stuff with the giant bubbles)
- White glue, or a heavy-duty glue stick. (You can also use permanent scrapbook adhesive tape)
- Clear tape
-Scissors or paper cutter
-Spray adhesive (optional)

Step One:
Take a piece of decorative paper and cut it to be 11 x 9 inches.
Then, fold it following the graph below. (This is for an evelope that is 5x7, for a bigger envelope just double the width and add an inch for the "flap" on the side, and allow .5 in on the bottom and 1.5 in on the top for flaps also)

Step Two:
Cut off the pieces marked in the diagram

Your paper will look like this:

Leave on the table right side down for the following steps.

Step Three:
Cut two pieces of bubble wrap that are approximately 4.5 x 6.5 inches (slightly larger is better than too small)
and glue, bubble side down (so the smooth part faces towards you), to the wrong side of the  paper inside the two 5x7 inch pieces. (The part without the pattern) Leave about .25 inches on each side.
I glued mine with spray adhesive, but white glue will work ok for this. Be patient and let the glue dry if you use white glue. AND spread white glue thinly so the paper doesn't get wrinkles and warp where the glue made it too soggy.

Step Four:
Once the glue is dry, use clear tape (packaging tape or scotch tape work fine) to tape down the top edge of the bubble wrap as marked in the diagram. This keeps it from peeling up when you fill the envelope.

Step Five:
Put glue on the bottom two flaps of the paper and fold the envelope together. Press the bottom flaps together firmly and allow to dry. These will be secure if you used good glue, but if you are worried you can tape this seam. Your envelope will be connected on the bottom, but open with a 1 inch flap on the right side, and a 1.5 inch flap on the top like this:

Step Six:
Put glue on the side flap, and fold over, securing it to the back of the envelope. For additional security, tape the flap as well. (This one likes to peel up otherwise!)

Now your envelope is done! Fill it and either glue or tape the top flap shut. If you have a solid color, dark colors, or busy pattern, you will want to affix white mailing labels on the front to write you addresses on it. If you make some of these, I'd love to see pictures!
Happy mailing.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland Sketchbook on: August 09, 2008 12:09:46 AM
I just finished this awesome sketchbook, and I was so happy with it that I had to share it with someone else. It was a custom order for a gal who loves Alice in Wonderland, so I used Alice and the Caterpillar on the cover along with Alice inspired papers for the covers and end pages. The whole thing is filled with nice drawing paper and coptic bound with metallic silver thread. The image on the front cover is printed on vellum and embellished with metallic pen and red rhinestones.
Now, on to the pictures....!

A detail of the front of the journal:

The inside of the front of the sketchbook with glitter paper:

Inside of the back cover with the accordion pocket:

Spine detail of coptic binding:

Anyway, thats it! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Let me know what you think! Smiley

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Travel Journal out of a recycled book {pic heavy} on: July 18, 2008 02:05:15 PM
I have been making a lot of books and such lately, mostly out of recycled materials, and I was especially pleased with this one, so I thought I would share it. It was a custom order for a gal who is traveling to India this fall and Rikki Tikki Tavi is her favorite childhood book (about India, no less) so I made it out of that book and used the illustrations throughout. I even added in a back pocket for her to keep memorabilia. I hope she likes it!

Here is the front cover:

And next to a soda can for size comparison:

The spine- I used the coptic binding method:

The first page-

A random page from the middle of the book-

And the back cover-


10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hello Little Bear! My latest journal/sketchbook {pic heavy} on: July 14, 2008 02:39:51 PM
I have been making these journals and sketchbooks out of mostly damaged (water damage, scribbled on and ripped pages, etc) books and here is my latest one. It is one of my favorites so far. What do you think?

Oh, yeah. There is a little pocket in the back to store odds and ends. : )
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