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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old coke machine to new computer cabinet! on: August 13, 2008 07:36:52 AM
To compliment my new dining room mural I bought an old unworking coke machine, gutted it and then sent it to a friend to weld some shelves onto it. Tada! Here is my new new computer cabinet!  The Pepsi and Coke picnic coolers I am using to house my files/office stuff. 



Thanks for looking!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My new "diner" room - super sized pic heavy!!! on: August 08, 2008 10:58:18 PM
I have a fascination with all things retro and I LOVE old diners.  So, after years of talking about it, I finally made my dining room into an old diner! 

First an apology!  The layouts of the rooms make it hard to photograph so sorry - there are lots of photos!!!

I have a dining room with a sun room/atrium attached.  The view is from the left of the sun room and clockwise through the dining room.  I wanted the sun room to be the parking lot and the dining room to be, well, the diner! 

An old coke machine will soon replace the ugly computer cabinet.  I bought an old coke machine (1950s) that didnt work and am having the back cut out and shelves installed to house my computer - I wanted to do it myself but unfortunately welding is beyond my ability  Embarrassed.

I was so excited and happy with the results I couldnt wait to show you my dining room so the coke machine/computer cabinet will have to be another post!!!
This has been years in the making so comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!!!
Thanks for looking!!!!

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Onsies - super duper image heavy on: July 13, 2008 10:01:37 AM
Hi all! So, inspired by another post on Craftster, which I now cannot find for the life of me so I'm unable to give proper credit  Embarrassed I dyed and silk screened some onsies for a friend.  I kept finding all of these great images so I kind of went overboard!

On to the pics!

The butt!

The images aren't really blurred - that is due to my less than stellar camera skills! Thanks sooooo much for looking!!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / new site with designs that aren't teddy bears! on: May 30, 2008 06:35:02 PM
I just found out about this site today from an email I got from emblibrary.com. Finally a site with designs for sale that aren't all hearts and teddy bears!  For those like myself that don't have the digitizing skills this is awesome!


Does anyone have anymore sites like this they would be willing to share?

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Sublimation mugs! on: April 22, 2008 06:36:29 AM
So I finally broke down and bought a heat press  Roll Eyes.  I bought a combo press so not only could I do heat transfers I could also do sublimation.  Sublimation, as I understand it anyway, is a process that when used with sublimation inks and a specially coated blank, when heated the ink turns into a gas and penetrates the surface of the blank.  The result is that the image is in the blank, not just resting on top (like a waterslide decal).  My sister asked me to make her some mugs with some pictures and artwork she had so I scanned them in and heat pressed them.  All of these mugs have been through the dishwasher without any loss of the images!

On with the pictures!

This is a note that my niece made when she was really mad at my brother in law and left it for him to find on his pillow!  It cracked me up!

This is a picture my other niece drew:

This is a picture of my niece with a box on her head:

And this one is from a picture my sister took of a sign (I know it looks like it was bought in a souvenir shop but I swear it wasn't!  Cheesy):

Thanks for looking!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / I Pity the Fool! on: April 12, 2008 04:27:25 PM
Using msgates' tutorial here:


I reconned a baby onsie into a tee for my newest fur kid.  I had previously dyed it bright blue but it still looked a little boring so I silk screened Mr. T onto it!

Everytime I see Dewey wearing it I crack up!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Christmas client presents FINALLY finished! Super Duper Image Heavy! on: December 20, 2007 11:26:31 PM
I own a little doggie daycare and some of you may remember the dog bags I gave to clients last year.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=142326.msg1399415#msg1399415

This year I decided to do etched cookie jars with each dog's name on them (all I can say is this project totally justified buying the Klic N Kut!!!!!) 

In the cookie jar was a homemade dog cookie mix with recipe, cookie cutters, a silk screened apron, a squeaky snowman toy, cinnamon sugared pecans and a sewn bandanna.  In addition each client got a bottle of wine with their dogs picture on it and the label on the wine this year said, "Fido's 2007 Private Reserve Pinot More".  I am FINALLY finished and the last 10 presents go out tomorrow. 

Maybe now I can decorate my tree and do some shopping!

The whole package:

The wine:

Crappy close up of etching

Inside of gift tag

Inside of recipe tag

Outside of tag (same image was used on both the gift and the recipe tag)

Contents of jar


Silkscreened apron

My sweatshop garage!

I ended up making 83 of these!  Thanks for looking!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Crazy Cat Lady Help? on: October 26, 2007 10:40:08 PM

So, I am going to two parties tomorrow night and didnt have a costume until about an hour ago yikes!  Then it hit me go as the crazy cat lady (think Simpsons)! Comfy, funny and fun!

So, tomorrow I plan on hitting Target for a nightgown, beige half-calf stockings, slippers, ugliest bathrobe I can find, glasses and stuffed cats to safety-pin all over me.  Any additional suggestions?

My big question though is what to do with my hair?  I have medium length blond hair (a color that I assure you has never been seen in nature!  Cheesy). 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New Doggie Daycare Room! (Super image heavy!) on: September 19, 2007 11:22:36 AM
My doggie daycare room is finally finished! Yay!  I was going for a classroom theme.  I must admit however, a very talented friend did most of the painting.  I LOVE how it turned out!

First the main mural:

Detail of dog writing on chalkboard:

Books painted on wall (they each have a doggie pun such as "Of Mutts and Men by John Steinbark"!)

Wall with bookshelves

Bathroom Door:

Behind Bathroom Door

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Where does one go to get metal cut? on: March 27, 2007 12:34:32 PM
Okay, this may seem like a really stupid question but I have an old (1950's) coke machine that I want to turn into a computer desk.  I have cleaned out the insides, etc but now I need the back of the machine cut out for ventilation.  Since I really shouldn't be around anything sharp enough to cut metal, where would I take this beastie to get the back cut out?  Huh Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
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