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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Another Whirl Away Dress :D on: September 14, 2010 05:34:23 PM

Is this the same pattern re-issued?  Butterick B4790?

I LOVE this dress.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Paper butterfly mobile on: July 10, 2010 04:14:40 PM
I am so doing this with ravens and bats!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: In the Jungle, the Lion Sleeps Tonight on: July 10, 2010 03:56:42 PM
Those Lion sheets are circa 1985 or 86.  I had them in my bedroom in grade school! 
I made matching curtains and a comforter from a second set of those sheets.  The pillow case had a great single lion's face on it.
I LOVE what you've done with them.   I wonder if my mom still has that set somewhere.....
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: bugs in resin on: August 16, 2009 08:59:41 PM
I plan to dip the shells I've been collecting in strongly scented maroon, black, or red parrifin wax.  I plan to spike black and maroon potpourri with them for a nice creepy Gothic feel.  I always thought those metallic green junebugs were pretty too.  They'd look good in a teal colored potpourri - well dried of course!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Clean Slate - My New House project on: June 28, 2009 03:44:03 PM
Remodeling, no.  Brand spankin', owner built, New Construction with three boys underfoot. 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Clean Slate - My New House project on: June 26, 2009 08:08:01 PM
The walls are up, and heaven help us, we're moved in.  Now I just have to finish insulating, paint, and make this shell a home.

I start with a space like this:

It goes through a metamorphic stage:

and it comes out like this:

Those are vintage 1950's Beauty Craft metal cabinets.  I LOVE my 50's retro kitchen.

The bathroom is functional after 4 weeks occupancy:

But I still need walls and insulation.  So first the upstairs plumbing has to go in.  Still, a hot bath is a luxury I will never take for granted again.  I plan murals for this room.  I call it the Bathroom of the Sun, the theme is Victorian Dawn.  Probably Impressionist or classical Greek...likely a mix of both.  The tub is getting my interpenetration of  Monet's Irises painted on the blue sides.

One bedroom is mostly done, Downstairs Guestroom #2.  It is in use by DH, me, and the baby.  The boys prefer to sleep on the sofa where it's cooler right now.

The closet needs doors, trim needs to get nailed up, and the celling board put up, but the water and gas took top priorety for the last month.  I'm still living out of boxes.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Switch plate Vintage French Artist MATURE !! on: March 24, 2008 05:13:33 PM
OMG!  Please tell me that is a copy of a vintage pic, not an original....
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I hate our kitchen cabinets! on: March 17, 2008 08:34:23 PM
How about stickers?  Decoupage?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Victorian Gothic themed New Room on: March 17, 2008 08:31:21 PM
I'm doing my living room in Addams Family Gothic, and one idea I had was to put up corbels on either side of the windows and put candles on them.  I'm too chicken to actually burn candles that close to draperies so I decided to make my own electric pillar candles.
I'm using 3" OD PVC pipe cut to the desired height with a hole for the lamp cord drilled close to one bottom edge.  I sand the top edge so it rounds a bit, and to roughen the whole outside to take paint.  I like the Testors model car spray paint for a good burgundy/purple.  Paint the outside and inner edge of the tube so no white will show.
I then cut a round of MDF board to fit inside and drill a hole in its center to take a chandelier fixture.  Add the lamp guts and glue it into place.
Now the fun part.  cover the corbel with aluminum foil.  Set the candle on top in place, and fire up the ole' glue gun.  Carefully drip glue "wax" down the side of your candle and over the edge of the corbel.  I likes 'em nice and melty.
When cool, carefully peel it off the foil and re-touch your drips up with paint.  You can  do a few 'fresh wax' clear dribbles, but it looks better when it's mostly the same color as the candle.  Now, use more hot glue, museum putty, or chewing gum ;-) to fix it in place on the un-foiled corbel, add a flicker bulb, and plug it in!  They look great in pairs.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: anatomic candles on: March 17, 2008 03:50:11 PM
You can hit Bucky's Boneyard (.com) for parts to pull a mold from.
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