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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / painting dressers - how to keep top from getting scratched? on: October 11, 2011 10:15:33 AM
I painted our old dressers last weekend.  They were some type of faux wood laminate covering.  I cleaned them then used the Behr paint and primer in one paint, two coats, allowing to dry almost 24 hours between coats.  I've already scratched the top surface of my dresser. 

I'm not too worried about the front and sides, but since the top has things put on it and moved around often, what I can do to prevent more scratches?  Mod Podge?  Sealant of some type?

I'm hoping for something easy and affordable since I'm very pregnant, the house is under construction and we have limited money (which is why I didn't sand or strip anything before painting).

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My husband cheated on me so I moved to Greece . . .(room redo) on: May 12, 2011 04:03:17 PM
Wowza!  The first thing I thought (before reading) when I saw the picture was "that looks like the set from Mamma Mia!"

A-maz-ing job! 

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What to charge for selling someone else's items? on: May 03, 2011 11:33:00 AM
My friend helped me with my booth this past weekend.  The booth and products were almost entirely mine but she brought some jewelry she had made to sell.  She has said several times that she wants to help me as much as she can, but isn't able to do anything financially to help so she offers her time.  She said for me to take commission for any of her items that sold at my booth.  I agreed to have her items at my booth ahead of time, but we didn't discuss how much commission I should take.

So what do I charge?  She was at the booth with me most of the day. 

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22) on: February 27, 2011 10:27:30 PM
My awesome mug rug from ChrissyCrafts!!  I'm in love with my little frog and the flamingos.

The colors are perfect, my favorite combination, and I love the variety in the prints.

Action shot!

Thanks again ChrissyCrafts! 


Hooray, successfully completed my first swap!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22) on: February 25, 2011 07:47:24 PM
My mug rug from ChrissyCrafts arrived today!  It's beautiful and so colorful and amazing!!  Just in time for a toasty beverage, San Diego is getting record lows this weekend (ya know, like 55 degrees).

I'll post pictures tomorrow once I've got some good lighting.

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mug Rug Swap (SignUp CLOSED, SendOut Feb 21 2011) on: February 15, 2011 01:36:31 PM
just got back from the post office...ChrissyCrafts, your MR is on it's way!

My seam ripper and I have an up and down relationship.  Things have improved since I upgraded to the more ergonomical version (the purple handled one by Dritz).  It was only a few years ago that I finally allowed myself to slow down and have patience for seam ripping.  If I was sewing something for myself that ended up requiring the seam ripper, you can bet it's sitting in a WIP bin still.  But that won't work on items for other people (friends or clients) so I have gained much patience young grasshopper.  Still, seam ripping is my least favorite thing to do (probably tied with cutting out patterns).

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Covering a multitude of sins - outdoor furniture on: February 10, 2011 02:20:15 PM

I don't know who said it (I did look, apparently no one else knows either), but paint does cover a multitude of sins.

Exhibit A: free (via Freecycle) wooden kitchen island complete with coffee cup stains, crayons marks, greasy dirty unidentifiable smears and a few bits of food (ew). That's it in the corner hiding behind the BBQ, I couldn't find another before picture of it. I acquired it right before our housewarming in July, it just barely fit in the back of the RAV (with the seats tumbled). I gave it a good cleaning with my method general purpose cleaner, but otherwise didn't do too much to it. It remained in this state for several months, filled with our outdoor dishes (no paper plates for me!).


sidenote: I bought all these utensils and dishes for our housewarming from various garage and estate sales in the hopes of not using paper plates and plastic utensils for our 100+ guest list. I almost succeeded too; we only used a few paper plates when things got too hectic to sneak into the kitchen to wash dishes. Next on the listmake cloth napkins and find replacements for the utensils and those damn red party cups.end sidenote

bowls and glasses

plates and platters

BBQ tools

kitchen island in Mountain Spruce

After our record-breaking rains, the island was looking a bit moldy from being left outside (under our corrugated awning). I again gave it a good scrub, this time with vinegar, and picked up some outdoor wood stain in Mountain Spruce (Behr, I think). I was surprised at how bold the color ended up, but I love it!

Exhibit B: free (from our "basement") bookcase. A few weeks ago we cleaned out our basement (which is really just a big crawl space that you can stand up ina stand up space?) and got rid of a bunch of random crap (again, hooray for Freecycle!). Things that had been left in there by at least the previous two owners, and possibly further back. Fog juice (for your fog machine), an auto creeper, a 10" black and white TV without a power cord, keyboard shelves, some miscellaneous objects and this bookcase. Everything went really quick (like less than 24 hours); except the person who wanted the bookcase decided she didn't want it after seeing it. It was filthy (which I told them before they came over) and quite wobbly. We migrated it to the backyard from the front porch where it sat for a few days while we determind it's fate. One morning not too much later, husband suggested we reinforce the corners and paint it to match the island and put it on the back deck.



"Really?" (that was me)

That's the type of thing I usually try to convince him is a good ideataking something we should probably get rid of, craft it up and use it. It didn't take too much (or any) convincing for me to agree. So we spent the following Saturday repairing, cleaning, and painting the bookcase for our deck. We had to shim the bottom a bit since our deck isn't super level in that corner.






bookcase with a new lease on life

blogged on my website: www.feetprints.net - Covering a multitude of sins

Thanks!  Smiley
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mug Rug Swap (SignUp CLOSED, SendOut Feb 21 2011) on: February 10, 2011 11:45:03 AM
i can sui.  but hubby has taken away my rotary cutter privileges after 7pm...

hahaha!  Cheesy  I (try to) cut myself off around 10pm; many mistakes are made after that hour of the evening, especially after a full day of work then sewing.  I've learned that as soon as I make a mistake/break the thread/break the needle/need to rewind the bobbin/etc and it's late, it's time to stop and pick it up again the next day.  Saves me from a lot of seam ripping.  Cheesy
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another Messenger Bag w/ Zip Top Closure - TUTORIAL NOW ON Page 3! on: February 08, 2011 12:17:41 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial and design.  I finally made my own!

on Craftster: Aloha print messenger bag
on my website: www.feetprints.net - "Don't shoot the messenger bag"
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Aloha print messenger bag (bag o' pictures) on: February 08, 2011 12:03:54 PM
sneak peak:

I made this purse a few years ago as a test-run of a messenger bag I'd seen here by kategirl. I was intending to make one for husband, but then decided I didn't want the responsibility of protecting his new laptop. It was all made with stuff from my stashblue corduroy from who knows where, Mom maybe; blue/white lining fabric from a friend's mom (cleaned and pressed after the house was hit by lightning, seriously!); red zipper intended for something else. I bought the pink webbing in attempts to tie in the patch (from Jane's Fabrique in La Jolla, purchased with no particular project in mind, but I love the three-string 'ukulele). I find it kinda crazy that this bag that was a test ended up being my everyday purse for about three years. I never took pictures of it until I decided it was time for a new purse so thats why it's all dirty and loved up.

But enough of the dirty old bag, here's my new awesome purse!

I'd been thinking about heartofmary's messenger bag tutorial for a while and decided it was time for a new purse. I dug through my considerable fabric collection for this Hawaiian print (a remnant I purchased in O'ahu two summers ago) and then found this great basket-weave-looking fabric at Joann's. I required more pockets than the original tutorial had so I added a zippered divider like my old purse from kategirl's tutorial. The zippered pocket was part of heartofmary's pattern but used sewpixie's tutorial, which I love and have used often.

The back pocket, perfect for my Aloha Designs notebook and fabric store coupons.  The magnetic snap is strong!  Although I suspect that might soften over time.

The wrap-around zippered top is my favorite part of this bag!  It's a nice decorative yet functional part.  I had intended to use a matching zipper but couldn't find a separating zipper in the right color, but lucky for me Navy Blue is a good standard color.

Key fob never need to search for my keys again!

Take a peak inside. Everything has a place (more or less, there's still some fine tuning to do). Do you see the smiley face?

Holy cow, I carry a lot of crap in my purse! Hrm, I don't see my phone in that pile.

blogged on my website www.feetprints.net - "Don't shoot the messenger bag"

Tutorials used (thank you!!):
heartofmary's messenger bag
kategirl's divided messenger bag
sewpixie's zippered pocket
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