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1  dressing up a loft bed in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by chilledsoup on: May 15, 2008 02:09:28 PM
I'm moving into a studio when I go back to school, so I plan to buy a loft bed like this one:

I'll probably position it with the head of the bed against the wall, but with the other 3 sides sticking out (there's no corner space to put it like how it is in the photo).  I don't really care for the way the sides look, so I'd like to cover them up in some way.  Simply draping fabric down would definitely be the easiest thing to do, but I'd also like to think about having some kind of harder surface around it.  One idea that I have is to stick panels of hardboard on 2 of the outside sides, and paint/decorate them somehow, either with a flat color, a mural, or by hanging up frames/art/etc.  I also thought about cork boards (lots of bulletin board space woo hoo!) maybe, or fabric panels??

I'm not sure what would be the best way to stick whatever material to the frame... it would have to be some non-permanent way so that I could disassemble the loft again the next time I move.  Or, if anyone has another suggestion for how to make the frame a bit more stylish, I would love it hear that too!
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2  Re: The Science IS Art! swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by chilledsoup on: May 12, 2008 06:54:07 PM
I hope that my partner receives soon!  In the meantime, I made a little teaser for superhooker, in order to keep her interest up.  All of the packages have been fantastic!

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3  Re: The Science IS Art! swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by chilledsoup on: May 09, 2008 04:58:13 PM

What's this? It's a knit Atta (leafcutter) ant made by superhooker!  This was something I asked for, and she did a wonderful job.

He hasn't found any leaves in my room yet, but he did spot this adorable little mouse friend that she also send along. Another wish come true for me =)

Here are the gorgeous science magnets!  I love them all, I can't even pick a favorite.

Cute frog ring and tree hair clips!

Really fun extras that superhooker included...  There's two tubs of dinosaur putty, and an egg that will actually hatch a growing snake!


A DNA scarf!  I can't believe how much care superhooker put into this magnificent creation.  It's sooo beautiful and perfectly biogeek-ish.  My coworkers in the lab are so jealous, and it makes me long for these beautiful spring days to end and for winter to return! 

Thank you so much superhooker!  You are an amazing partner and I bow to your ultimate craftiness!
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4  Re: OTT 18 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by chilledsoup on: April 02, 2008 10:44:04 AM
Because I need to do something to distract myself from how hungry I am waiting for lunch, I'm posting a picture of the OTT I sent mamarose22.  It's a little felt cat that I sewed based roughly on the wee bunny pattern on WeeWonderfuls (http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/).  It was the 2nd version of a little felt cat, the first one being a modified version of a different pattern that I couldn't get to not look like a chihuahua instead!

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5  Re: OTT 18 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by chilledsoup on: March 29, 2008 04:12:32 PM
I just can't wait to show off this amazing item I got in the mail today from mamarose22.  It's basically my new favorite thing ever.

Knowing that I love penguins, mamarose22 crocheted me this fabulous little fellow named Pete.  Right now I'm introducing him to other plushes at home, but come Monday he'll be keeping me company on my desk at work  Grin.  I could not be happier with my OOT, thank you so much mamarose!

I also realized that I forgot to include a note in my own swap package, I was so anxious to get out to you!  I really hope you like it. 
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6  King Peep diorama in Completed Projects by chilledsoup on: March 25, 2008 08:40:41 AM
Ta da!  This is a diorama I made for my local paper's Peep diorama contest.  It's actually going to be displayed at the Artomatic arts festival in DC, which will be my first public showing of a craft/art project!  It's made out of lots of cardboard, clay (including the coffin) and of course, PEEPS!  I did all the hieroglyphics and such by hand.  The scene is a bunch of archaeologist Peeps stumbling upon an ancient tomb of a lost Peep civilization.  The torches are Christmas lights covered in tissue paper.  I didn't hear about the contest until the Friday night before the Sunday deadline, so I worked really intensely on it, haha!  I hope you enjoy!

I love Peeps.

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7  needle felted bunny and chick in Felting: Completed Projects by chilledsoup on: March 14, 2008 01:07:03 PM
I made my very first attempt at needle felting a couple weeks ago, and here are the results!  These were both made in a 4-5 hour marathon felting session, and I must say that I really love this medium!  Unfortunately, these photos aren't great, I'll try to take some more with better lighting and get them up here.  The chick is pretty well-felted but I left a soft exterior for the bunny because I wanted a fluffier, less refined look to him.  Hope you like!

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8  Re: Leap into the New Year FROG Swap in The Swap Gallery by chilledsoup on: February 27, 2008 07:43:57 PM
I received today!!! And I'm ready to show off all the wonderful things I got from Ameythestlily!  First of all, she was incredible enough to include a super tasty loaf of sweet bread, filled with bananas and blueberries!  But that did not last long enough to be photographed, much to the dismay of my diet but to the delight of my ever growing stomach haha  Grin

As far as frogs go, there were two delightful green chaps who ribbit when you press buttons underneath.  There was also a set of these beautiful glass magnets with tropical frogs on them.  I can't wait to decorate my fridge in my future apartment with them, and until then I plan to use them to brighten up my shelves at work:

She also made this cute little stuffed fellow who's also a magnet, and will join his buddies at my desk.  AND MY FAVORITE OF ALL is this AMAZING sewn bag with an embroidered tree frog on it!  I love it so much and it puts my whole package to shame!  I've turned the top inside out so you can see the cool frog print fabric inside:

And a close up of the beautiful frog stitching:

Thank you so much!  What a wonderful first swap package, I feel so spoiled!  Cheesy

Edit: I don't know why the images are all turning out so small =(
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9  guitar hero / rock band alter ego in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by chilledsoup on: January 05, 2008 10:08:22 PM
I recently bought a variety pack of Sculpey III, and have been slaving over this figurine of my Rock Band character for the past few days (while waiting for my replacement guitar to arrive in the mail).  It's 8 inches tall and uses a tin foil and wire armature underneath.  I didn't mean to make the head disproportionately big, but by the time I got around to making the head I didn't want to risk messing up the rest.  One the head was all bloated I sort of through scale to the wind and made the hands really big too.  I still like it, though, and I think it's a big improvement over the last figurine I tried to make a couple years ago.

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10  felt weighted companion cube in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by chilledsoup on: December 29, 2007 03:19:13 PM
Here's my very first softie (at least in recent memory), a weighted companion cube (from the game Portal) that I made for my friend for Christmas.  It's about 7-8 inches on each side.  I started getting a little impatient at the end, so the light grey corners are attached just at a few points.

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