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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / old steamer trunk on: July 12, 2009 10:53:46 AM
My great-grandmother gave me a trunk that used to be her ex-mother-in-law's. Its a steamer trunk from at least 1914, but probably much older, the kind people immigrating to America used in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Its mostly tin, with wooden slats here and there and lots of hardware that is completely tarnished... All brown and yucky, especially the ornate corners and such. We tried like practically soaking it in chemical stripper and using steel wool, but it's long, hard work. Any ideas, other than just painting it or taking hours and hours and hours to sand it down? (My dad took almost thirty minutes just to get all the gunk and tarnish off the corner, and there are probably 30 of those decorative tin hardware pieces, not including hinges and latches.)
Anyways, I hope all this makes sense? Any suggestionson cleaning all the tarnish/getting off paint from raised tin-anything-would be great!! Thanks.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / flowers on: March 29, 2009 06:08:10 PM
i took these pictures this weekend. I messed around with them on PS and loveddd them. Feedback? There's more, but these are the only ones I've done so far.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / ttv on: December 31, 2008 06:08:21 PM
i took these ttv pictures today. it was so cold and windy out but i stuck it out. next time i should wear gloves and a hat!! i used a kodak duaflex and a nikon d40.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / seatbelt purses/belt on: February 24, 2008 06:19:56 PM
so i saw some purses at the hirshorn museum of contemporary art in dc. they were made out of seatbelts. i was like dude, i could so do that. so i went to the junkyard and cut myself out some seatbelts. (practically risked my life too. circle auto reycling isn't in the best part of town. theres some scary/sketchy folks there) anyways. after making one, i had some friends beg for their own. my friend who works in a body shop was like dude, come cut the seatbelts out of old police cars. the purses turned out awesome. they are like unbreakable. and very durable and don't show dirt. one of my favorite parts is how much they can hold. i can put everything in them!!!! and here, after my longwinded story... are my brainchildren.

its really closer to black than gray.

actually blue

the purses and a belt. which i wear like everyday.

the seatbelts looks really shiny in these pictures. hm.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making waists on jeans smaller? on: January 31, 2008 04:01:34 PM
so over the summer, i gained some weight and when fall came, i shopped for jeans accordingly. since then, i have lost about 10lbs, mostly in my hips. so now im stuck with a bunch of jeans one size too big. they fit in the legs and well enough in the butt but the waist is just too big. is it possible to bring in the waist without making my pants look funkified? thanks for any ideas!
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