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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Say Anything on: April 13, 2012 12:52:50 PM
I love Lloyd Dobler. He is only one step above Jake Ryan. I love this cross stitch. Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: SOS Save this disater from itself on: March 20, 2012 07:23:36 AM
Few questions:
1. What's the budget, if there is one?
2. If budget allows, are you able to paint the room?

My ideas:
- It seems like there are too many things taking up floor space. I would move that blue dresser into the closet (put the fish tank on top or move it elsewhere). Move your camera collection shelf to where the blue dresser sat. Move that smaller shelf (the one sitting next to the blue dresser in the picture) to the foot of the bed.
- I would stage the bed as if it were a day bed. Put your pillows against the wall. When you're ready to sleep, rearrange the bed. That's probably the best way to make it work.
- Make use of any storage space. Is there space under your bed to hold blankets, extra pillows, etc? They may get a bit dusty, but you could also find those big storage bags (like vacuum bags) to hold your extra bedding.
- I would move that little table in front of your TV to between your bed and that chair. That way it's a nightstand and an end table to the chair.
- Also, you don't have to clump your collections together. You could always spread them out. One camera could be on your nightstand and another can be on the dresser. You could have two horses on a shelf and then another horse on a windowsill. Does that make sense? It'll bring together the room and bring some visual interest.

If budget allows:
- I would repaint the bedroom a lighter color. The dark blue and brown with no natural light must feel like a cave.
- On the wall where your dresser sits, I would get some shelving. You can buy brackets and shelves at any big box hardware store or if you have an IKEA, that works too. The shelving could hold your camera collection and you could remove that bookshelf. It's quite easy to put up shelving if you have access to a stud finder and power drill. I would just try doing what I could to use the wall space more so than floor space.
- You could also buy picture ledges at places like Target. They can't hold as much weight, but would work for that small wall between the door and closet. I would put up 2 ledges and lean a picture on each ledge, plus add a knick knack or two... something light of course.

I think it just looks a bit busy. I would try to just tidy up and purge (although I'm sure you've purged a lot all ready if you're downsizing). It's got potential, definitely. You'll just have to think outside of the box. You should search out small houses and see what they have. It's all about placement.  Good luck! Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Moving.... on: March 07, 2012 11:41:09 AM
I would wait until you get settled in before making any decisions. We recently moved from a 950sq.ft. 2bed 1bath apartment to a 1250sq.ft. 3 bed 2 bath house and our stuff has filled it tremendously. We even have stuff at our apartment that we're donating because it wouldn't fit here! How we fit all this stuff into our apartment is beyond me.

A few ways of making "sparse" rooms feel fuller: rugs tend to ground a room and give it warmth without taking away much space. Potted plants can be a great way of brightening up a room and you could always give them away when/if you move. Big wall displays of pictures or art would make the room feel livelier.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Converting Boring Hall Into Sewing "Room"; ideas? on: February 29, 2012 05:03:41 PM
Because the wall is barely three feet wide, I would suggest a small table as well. What about an old school sewing table? The reason I suggest that is I see them EVERYWHERE at thrift shops for about 20 bucks or less.

Another idea is to go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy those veneered shelves and brackets. You can screw the brackets into the wall and put the shelving up so you have a place to store your items. At desk height, put up a shelf and bracket to act as your desk.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Birch tree accent wall help on: February 29, 2012 04:47:43 PM
What about wallpaper? You don't need to put up with paste. You can use staples and tape. Measure out your wallpaper strips then lay them on the ground, design side down. Use masking or clear packing tape and tape each of the strips together. Have someone help you hold it up to the wall. It may help if you roll up one end and have the person unroll as you staple. Go slowly and staple as close to the ceiling and the floor as possible. You may need to staple near the edges of the wall.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Another Big Bang Theory Swap? on: January 24, 2012 03:39:32 PM
Oh yes!! My husband and I are obsessed with that show. We've watch seasons 1-4 and half of season 5 (we cut our cable so haven't seen any of the newer episodes). We're in moving limbo aka home closing so I wouldn't be able to join a swap until March. I'll be keeping an eye out for it!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dumpster dived shelf turned cookie making organizer. on: September 22, 2011 11:59:22 AM
I love this, granted I'd need something waayyy bigger to house all of my collection (and its due to grow anytime now, as my grandma has decided she's only going to keep her favorite cutters and pass the rest on to me, as I've done the majority of the christmas and holiday baking for the past few years) but I love your Idea!! its AWESOME!

Ohhh, that sounds like a challenge! Smiley My other idea was to drill holes in the side of the shelf and threading a dowel through them. Then I could just hang all the cookie cutters on the dowels (kind of how ribbon organizers work). The problem was it would've been a major pain to get only a few cookie cutters at a time. I like how they're organized by theme. I was going to do more dowels instead of those green containers, but I couldn't get my drill in there. In hindsight I could've drilled through the bottom and hoped that the dowels would've stayed glued and snug. Another idea I had was to screw cup hooks to the bottom of the shelf then use ribbons with loops on the ends. You could string your cutters on the ribbons, then hook both ends to the cup hooks. I'm constantly looking for cookie cutters at thrift shops so I may end up using this idea! lol.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dumpster dived shelf turned cookie making organizer. on: September 22, 2011 09:54:34 AM
Thanks, everyone! When we buy a house next year, I hope to have better kitchen storage. If so, I can easily use this in the craft room to hold all my ribbons and trimmings. Smiley Now I want to find more of these shelves!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dumpster dived shelf turned cookie making organizer. on: September 21, 2011 08:19:49 PM
*sneak peek!*

I hope this is in the right spot! I found this shelf by the dumpster in our apartment complex. My DH and I were walking our dogs and he rolled his eyes when I carried it up. I didn't know what I wanted to do with it until today. I had two gallon sized bags of cookie cutters and another set I just bought (damn you Target dollar section!), and no way to store them!

Here's the before:

I had to use a jigsaw (to cut the dowel into pieces), sander and drill with a bit that was the same size as the dowels. Don't forget eye and mouth protection!

I wrapped a piece of masking tape around the drill bit so I wouldn't drill all the way down. I sanded it after I drilled the holes. I then cut the dowels, sanded down the tips, then put the glue in the holes. I also dipped the dowels in the glue then put into holes. Make sure they're snug!

I painted it Ultra White eggshell finish. The bottom shelf was splotchy after a few coats, so I mod-podged some cute scrapbook paper to the bottom shelf. I spent 40 cents on picture frame hangers to hang the shelf on the wall. That's it! I had everything else laying around the craft room. I'm so excited about it. Smiley

The final result!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Homemade Sunbutter on: September 10, 2011 12:53:22 PM
Oohh awesome! I've always wanted to try making my own type of nut butter. We go through peanut butter here like crazy.
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