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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Wars Bad Guys Ceiling Light on: November 20, 2013 09:45:59 PM
So I've been on a Star Wars crafting streak, more than a handful of projects on the go for my son's new themed room.  I was trying to figure out how to deal with the light in his bedroom, currently the light is hideous and of poor quality but what kind of Star Wars theme could I do?  I do stained glass but don't want to commit to that big of a project, I've used the stained glass paint but it was more of an expense than what I wanted.  So I decided that maybe I would do the helmets of the bad guys in Star Wars and paint them on the glass shade...but then decided to try Crayola Window Writers because they were cheap.  It seemed to come out pretty good; I also had some Crayola Dry Erase Crayons from a roadtrip this past summer and I was able to color over some of the markers for a deeper or different shade.  I still going to paint over the gold parts of the light fixture in gray before I install it but I'll post an action shot once I get it up Cheesy

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) on: November 09, 2013 09:12:05 PM
So my current project on the go is redesigning my cottage.  My husband and I purchased the home from my grandmother because I couldn't see it leaving our family.  I spent most of my summers there while growing up and it holds lots of memories.  I loved how she designed the space but it's time for my own spin on things.  My main projects are the kitchen and bathroom.  The kitchen because I want more white and more cottage feel.  The bathroom because it's fixtures are in need of repair.



Here is the mockup of what I plan to do.  I really wanted a bank of 3 windows but after having a quote done decided that can wait for a while Smiley  The cabinet doors are going to be painted white, removing 5 cupboards, putting up a beadboard backsplash, crown moulding on the cabinets and some open shelves on either side of the window.

I had a tenant in there for the last 3yrs and they just moved out this past summer.  It took me so so long to clean...in fact I haven't even finished cleaning the ceiling.  The tenant smoked and it was everywhere Sad  One day I got tired of cleaning so I decided to start some demolition.

Then my husband helped me remove the cabinet doors.  Instead of using real beadboard I decided to take a chance on Martha Stewart's beadboard paintable wallpaper, my first time ever attempting the stuff.  It was a breeze and I like the results...it's fooled 3 people so far, lol Smiley  I also wanted to show that even though I scrubbed the place down with TSP, the plastic facing on the edge of the cabinet shelves was stained in almost every case (circled in red below).  It looks kinda gross with bright clean cabinet interiors and this stained yellow strip on the edge of the shelves so I got creative with some dollarstore washi tape in blue gingam and just covered shelf ends in tape Cheesy

The next thing was the crown on the cabinets.  I looked up a few hints and tips on the internet beforehand and it really helped...I would have taken me a few cuts to realize I should cut it upside down and all that jazz.  Once I got started it wasn't too bad and really came together.

I should be sticking to the kitchen to finish but I sorta got obsessed with the wallpaper for a little bit.  I decided that I needed to paper the front entry wall to help tie it all together.  I was at a loss for a while of what to do with this wall because it's covered in permanent wallplates...finally it hit me that the wall needed a picture gallery to disguise those fixtures.  There are two plain slab doors that lead to the bedrooms, I needed to jazz them up so I put more beadboard wallpaper framed with some tiny molding I salvaged from the garage.

I'd like to try to update this as I move through projects Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Luchador Key Ring Holder on: November 09, 2013 06:40:50 PM
I wanted to share this project, it still has a special place in my heart even though I created it forever ago now Smiley  Shortly after we moved into our house I realized we needed a place for our keys so I got on the task of creating a key ring holder.  A scrap piece of lumber, some random hooks scavenged from a can of hardware in the basement, some of my son's old wooden alphabet blocks and a stencil from Stencil 101; here is my creation:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Soccer Ball to Death Star on: November 07, 2013 04:49:32 PM
It's been quite some time since I posted a project on here, but I'm very proud of this one.  On our way back from a nerdy boardgaming session, I saw this huge soccer ball in someone's garbage, as we cruised pass I noticed it was a chair.  I turned around and told my husband to load it up in the trunk, I'd fix this up, it was so interesting.  Not two seconds after he loaded it up, I knew what I'd do; our son has recently discovered Star Wars and become a huge fan, he'd have a death star chair by the time I was finished Cheesy  Here are a few pics of this adventure:

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first clay project: Doggy Dresser Knobs! :) on: July 06, 2008 02:14:40 PM
Just going to include an action shot as there are several imperfections Wink, but for my first clay project I do believe it was a success.  The tennis ball actually got a crack in it but as long as it's positioned on the bottom no one will know Smiley

I'll be curious to see how well they stand up to actual use.  The room's occupant isn't due for another two months but at least I put the creepy black/white puppy in the bottom lefthand corner Cheesy

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Trio of Basement Window Panels on: March 23, 2008 08:45:17 AM
This is my first stained glass project for the house after taking a class in the fall loving it so much and buying all the equipment for a studio in the basement, lol.  I made the pattern to replicate a single pane I had seen somewhere on the internet.  I have yet to hot glue the panels to the frame but they seem to be sitting there ok for the time being.  Nice to add some privacy but still let lots of light in.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Warhol-ed Dog Portrait on: March 22, 2008 10:34:10 PM
Another pet project of mine, I needed something to hang above the couch in the living room...what better than a print of my best friend Smiley  I had seen the idea in a magazine and knew that I could tackle the project on my own.  So I found a picture of my little girl.

Original Photo:

I then took the photo into Photoshop and Desaturated it (changed it to greyscale), then I Posterized it down to 4 levels (now there are only 4 colors).  I printed it off and graphed it, chose a color scheme to match my living room (white, pale green, darker green, plum) and matched it to the 4 colors of the photo print off.  Purchased the 4'x5' canvas, graphed that off and proceeded to transfer the image.  With left over paint from the living room (just had to purchase the plum color) I proceeded to paint Smiley

Altered Print:

Action Shot:

I do have plans for our male's portrait...just haven't got to the transferring and paint part yet Tongue
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / A Couple of Hot Dogs on: March 22, 2008 10:14:54 PM
I saw the other Hot Dog costume and it was super cute, thought I'd share my own version Smiley  I actually made these like 6yrs ago with miscellaneous scraps around the house and they lasted about 4 Halloweens before they fell apart.  The shaggy male doesn't seem to mind wearing clothes but our female never looks impressed, lol Smiley

I used foam from a custom headboard for the buns, put pantyhose over them, some scrap red fabric for the ketchup with a cut up piece of coat hanger to keep it's shape, they are held on with white straps and velcroed together.  Hope you enjoy!
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