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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Painted countertops on: June 03, 2010 04:51:54 AM
Just a tip:  Anyone who wants to attempt this, please keep in mind that you will have to watch the surface as it dries when you use the pour-on epoxy.  You don't want to move it around too much or it won't self level correctly and you'll have to use more of the epoxy to correct it.  Also bubbles continuously form so you'll need to correct those ASAP.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted countertops on: June 02, 2010 10:14:07 AM
I saw a thread on here about a year ago about a girl who painted her ugly pink countertops to something that looked more expensive here.  I hated my builder's special green laminate countertops but didn't have the cash to buy new or better ones, so I challenged myself to redo the ones I had for under $100.

With a $100 Lowe's gift card in hand, I did just that.  I came in at $90.

For more in-depth information on how I did it and other useless information, click over to my site.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swank diaper bag on: July 27, 2009 08:16:07 AM
Thank you for the compliments.  I used Simplicity 2924 with custom alterations for my friend.  Overall it was a pretty straightforward pattern except for the last bit about putting rigidity in the bottom of the bag.  I sort of just winged that, too.  I used outdoor fabric and Pellon 808 fusible interfacing I believe.

She's having a little girl and neither one of us are the froofy pink types, so it was either orange or green.  I loved the flash of the orange and thought it would make a great bag.  I'm planning on adding a matching changing pad and hanging pacifier holder to attach to the strap.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swank diaper bag on: July 24, 2009 08:54:50 AM
I have an internet friend who is pregnant and didn't want to spend a lot of money on baby stuff (I think money is tight with everyone).  I figured I'd help her out and give her something that I could practice on but that she could use for awhile.  Here's her new diaper bag.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corduroy circle skirt for roller derby on: July 22, 2009 09:07:24 AM
Handsy, I will probably keep this skirt as is because you're right, it looks pretty dang hot with normal people clothes.  I thought about also making a skirt with pleats to help with the movement and not totally constrict me.  If I do make something A-line or mini, it's going to have to be somewhat stretchy material think.  I haven't made anything truly A-line yet but I did make a colorblock skirt with some pleats this past weekend (haven't posted yet on here), so I might just have to wing it.

edit:  the colorblock skirt was made with broadcloth, and I probably wouldn't use that for derby.  It didn't let me move hardly at all.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corduroy circle skirt for roller derby on: July 22, 2009 08:44:14 AM
Yeah it gets in the way of movement.  Practices and scrimmages tend to be slower paced than actual bouts, so when I need to speed up quicky, I use my arms for forward momentum and it tends to get caught between my wrists and my hips. 

As far as girly bits, we keep our butts covered usually.  I like to wear a pair of bike shorts underneath because when roller girls run into you at full speed, you usually don't have time to worry about if your legs remain closed.   Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy circle skirt for roller derby on: July 22, 2009 08:18:45 AM

Outtake from the "how derby works" program we use at bouts.

A couple of months ago I was needing more clothes for roller derby.  It gets really old wearing the same athletic gear skirt that everyone else has, and I had some spare cord material laying around.  It didn't really take that long to make thankfully because between my photography and full time jobs, derby, crafting and life, I don't have much time in the day.  I was pretty pleased that not only does it work well with derby, it works well with my every day style of clothes as well.

Trial fitting with my ref shirt.

With other normal people clothes.

I may have to try something like this in a mini.  I've found that the style with cord fabric is just a bit unruly during bouts while I'm trying to avoid getting smacked into.  Practices it seems to be ok though.

Criticisms and advice please.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Shade Panels for Gazebo on: July 21, 2009 05:45:49 AM
I was thinking of doing something like this when I owned that same gazebo.  Unfortunately we had one freak day in Indiana where we got 90 MPH winds for over 20 minutes and it completely decimated the gazebo.  I had to spend more than twice the price I paid for that one to get a much studier one with wider legs.  I miss the plant stands.  Sad

Did you use velcro or ties to keep them up when rolled up?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Are wedding photographers REALLY this expensive!?!?! on: June 30, 2009 06:08:41 AM
...10 years of experience explanation...

This.  I've been doing weddings for about 5 years now and I kind of fit in the middle here.  I'm a home based part-time photographer that does lots of other life events and contracted business photography.  I definitely don't charge what full time home or studio based photographers charge, but there is quite a lot of time and effort that goes into shooting a wedding.  A good photographer will get on the ground in the dirt to get that *perfect* shot for you, and then spend upwards of an hour on retouching skin imperfections or cloning out a stray chair out of your first dance.  You really do want to spend a little bit of money on your photographer if the pictures are going to be important to you, but I don't see any reason to spend 5 grand on it if you aren't comfortable with it.  There are some of us that don't want to ream you with a bill but still enjoy life event photography and will cut you a deal based on what you want.  Pick a photographer that will stay mostly for the reception if that's what you want, and don't let them talk you into anything.  I give my clients all the options up front, and they can pick a la carte based on their preference.  That way they can get extra shots and/or hours adjustments for whatever they like.  It is their day after all.
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Toe guards for roller skates on: June 26, 2009 09:03:32 AM
How are these holding up?  When you said you had some previously that wouldn't stay, what brand were they?  I have a pair of red Sure Grips and they don't rotate, but they sure do make my toe stops fall out all the time.
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