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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  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. 

3  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
4  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
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Emmeline apron for the holidays on: November 09, 2010 12:54:43 PM
A few weeks ago, I did what I swore to myself I wouldn't do… go to Joann's during October. The place is chaos. But I had a coupon, things were on sale, and I needed a break from work. I figured 1pm on a Friday wouldn’t be too crowded. But I was mistaken. Thankfully they've got the number system for the cut table allowing you to grab a number and then shop. That morning, I had woken up with the idea in my head that I needed a new apron; an idea that has been bouncing around in there for a while. I have the most awesome pattern, the Emmeline apron from Sew Liberated. I had seen someone post their version here and totally thought it was a dress before reading the heading. Actually, I hope to modify the pattern to make a dress, but not until I make myself at least one reversible apron. So back to the apron. I felt the need for a holiday apron and since Emmeline is reversible I decided to tackle two holidays with one go. More like two seasons actually. The only part of the Emmeline that is seen on both sides are the straps and sash so I had to pick coordinating fabrics. Hooray for holiday fabric on sale! I even planned ahead enough to grab my red and green fabrics before leaving the house this morning hoping I could find something that would work (I didn’t).

Fall and winter. Even though the winter is quite Christmasy (Christmasey?), I couldn’t resist. I love that the poinsettias aren’t blazing red, although I did see some glitterific poinsettia fabric.

I finished my Emmeline apron in record time (for me).  It has been done a little over a week now, I just hadn’t found time to take a picture of it yet; mostly because I always looked like crap.  The pattern was easy to use, very straight-forward with good directions and illustrations.  The only tricky part was lining up the ties.  I was sure I wasn’t the only one having this problem so I did a few Google searches and came across make me studio’s tip to make attaching the ties easier.

I varied from the pattern in two spots. One was to add pockets, cause every apron needs a good pocket (or four). I had intended to have pockets from the beginning, but I was so excited to work on it one night that I just blazed right through following the instructions and went one step too far.  So the next night I grabbed my seam ripper and undid a bunch of stiches and then added the pockets and continued on. I love pockets where the print lines up with the background. The autumn leaves fabric was a bit more difficult since the leaves are so tiny and the pattern so varied, but I think I made it work ok. The pockets are lined with the same green fabric, inspired by angry chicken’s pocket patterns/instructions from Bend the Rules Sewing. I don’t think it would have occurred to me to make the pockets stand alone items. It is so much easier to sew them on without having to turn under the edges, espcially the rounded bits.

The other variation was to make the strap around the neck just one strap instead of two that you tie. The less going on under the back of my long hair, the better. I did take the time to make the straps on the bias and to do the hand sewing recommended by the pattern. My hand sewing is getting better with every project. There is something relaxing about it, as long as I’m not in a hurry. It’s so pretty I don’t want to get it dirty. But, I’m proud to say that I’ve actually started using it, not just leaving it hanging as a decoration in my kitchen. It will make it’s public debut on Thanksgiving at sister's house and then again for a few Christmas celebrations at our place.

More pictures in the Craft section of my Photo Gallery.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / velvet vs velveteen for a dress on: November 08, 2010 04:13:05 PM
I'm trying to make a dress similar to this one

with Simplicity 2498 view D

They tell me the green dress is velvet and cost $140 (eek!).  Mine is going to be red and will not cost $140.  I've never worked with velvet or velveteen.  I don't want to do crushed velvet (panne).  Can anyone give me any tips/info on velvet vs velveteen?  Ease of sewing, cost, differences in appearance?

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fleece ball (pom-pom like)?? on: December 18, 2009 02:31:27 PM
Does anyone know how they make these fleece balls?


I tried making one like a pom-pom, it got disassembled in 1.2 seconds.  The ones at the store (which I have shamelessly been scrutinizing without buying) are put together differently, but I can't figure out how.  I may have to break down and buy one just to disassemble it and learn how to make it.  I have tons of fleece leftovers and want to make something other than the braided tug.

Thanks! Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Elementary, my dear Watson - dog vest on: November 24, 2009 12:39:24 PM
We think he looks like Sherlock Holmes.  Smiley

We're headed to Zion for Thanksgiving and husband said "Harley should have a coat" then added "but you don't have to make it".  pshaw! Cheesy

I'm pretty happy with it, especially since it took less than an hour start to finish.  I didn't hem any edges since it's fleece (remnant!).  It's a bit stretchy and Harley is moderately cooperative so I sewed the edges closed instead of velcro or buttons, we just slip it over his head.

I used the free vest pattern at sewing.circleofcrafters.com which has been down lately, but luckily I saved the jpg when I first found it.

random tidbit I just discovered, Sherlock Holmes never actually said "Elementary, my dear Watson", oh well.  Smiley snopes
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Shrring rayon? on: July 08, 2009 11:24:09 AM
I have some lovely tropical rayon that I'd like to shirr for a dress.  I've started the first few rows at the top and it's gathering nicely, but feels heavy when I try it on, like the shirring isn't going to hold.  So far, I've got 3 rows at the top, then I plan to do 5 rows under the boobular area (but not shirr in between).

Has anyone shirred rayon before?  Fabric store online says it's 100% rayon.  I've only ever shirred with cotton before but I was hoping for a dress with more drape hence the rayon (plus it was a huge beautiful remnant).

Thanks!  Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Repair a foldable beach chair? on: May 06, 2009 01:53:06 PM
I've got two foldable beach chairs like this:


except in worse condition.  Smiley  The frames are in perfect shape but the fabric is ripping in various places.

We've had them forever, they probably cost us $5 a piece.  The easiest thing to do is to toss them and buy similar $5 beach chairs but I'd like to try and replace the fabric so they're not just sitting in the landfill.

Has anyone tried this?  I think I can get the "pattern" from the existing chairs but there are rubber rings that keep the arms from sliding down and something resembling huge grommets in the four corners.  The existing rubber rings and grommetish things are not salvageable.  Any ideas?

Thanks! Smiley
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