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1  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!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Scarf top! on: May 26, 2011 01:08:38 PM
I absolutely adored this top: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380679.0 and I have a ton of scarves from my thrift shopping adventures.

I used an old top I had and my favorite scarf! Well, tbh, it's the only scarf that would cover my upper half. lol.

It was really simple! I cut across from armpit to armpit. Then, I cut the scarf in half, pinned to the tube of fabric left, and sewed it together. I sewed the top to make a neckhole and to hopefully keep from flashing my old lady bra!

This is my first top I've made! I've cut up many a t-shirt in high school, but this was pretty special! I added a belt because I felt there wasn't enough of a "transistion" between where I sewed the pieces together. I'm in love with this top now!

(Sorry the pic is dark. Had to do the self timer on my old camera and it hates me!)
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 70s-80s ugly chair to bright sunny chair! on: January 26, 2011 12:50:26 PM
Teaser pic!

I have a chair obsession. In the year I have lived in Albuquerque I have bought 5 chairs (oh and a coffee table I'm going to make into a bench and three ottomans that can be sat on) and pulled 4 out of the trash. After we threw out our couch this became my chair but it's soooo ugly!

The other night I just decided to do it, just take the damn thing apart! I didn't realize it was going to be so fun! And I'm serious. I had a lot of fun and I feel accomplished!

This chair was 10 bucks at Goodwill. I couldn't believe that Goodwill would have something so cheap.

So I took out the screwhole plugs on the top cushion. They came out easily enough.

I ended up stripping the screws on the top cushion trying to take them out so I had to buy new ones. No biggie!

Then I broke a few hole plugs that actually didn't need to come off.

I started sanding it... oblivious that there may be lead in the stain and poly over the wood. If you find out I've died, please send money to my husband in hopes he gets over my stupidity! Tongue I did use eyewear and a mask....

I gave up on sanding after an hour. If I were a professional (this is my first time ever doing this!) I probably would've used a paint stripper or something but instead I gave up and decided to just use primer.

I don't have pictures of the upholstery job. To be honest, I'm not a professional so instead of actually taking off the ugly fabric and replacing the foam... I wrapped the seat and back cushion with batting and wrapped the fabric around and stapled the sucker down! I figured it's better because I can always take it apart again to change out the fabric, no prob.

And I decided to try spray paint and I realized something: Spray painting on an apartment porch is a big pain in the ass. Next adventure (like my bench) will be painted with can paint and primer!

Here is the lovely wonderful result! It's nicked a few places and some of the sides didn't get a good coat so you can see some sanded area and let's just be honest, I got plum tuckered out and impatient to fix the problem. Smiley Here it is all done and looking wonderful!

I spent 11 dollars in spray paint, spray primer and 4 replacement screws. I spent 12 bucks on 2 yards of fabric and I think I would've been okay with a yard in a half but I'm gonna use the leftover to make a small pillow for our computer chair or else you get sucked into the indent (but that's another story for another time).

Now I realized our apartment is very dark and drab with all the black and dark brown bookcases and entertainment center and desk. I'm gonna be painting some more I'm sure! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / me+fusible web+cute fabric=applique fun! on: January 21, 2011 05:31:45 PM
Everyone and their mom is having a baby around me or has a small baby. Sheesh! I found some fusible web in my craft stash and I was so excited to do some applique. I got a new sewing machine which thrills me because I can finally sew without horrible puckers.

So I used the fusible web to stabilize the fabric. Supposedly it should hold without any extra help but I find that unbelievable so I did a decorative stitch around.

I hand dyed some of these onesies. I just washed a bunch and oh. em. gee... even after washing twice they bled and Shout's color catchers apparently don't work. *sniffle* Anyway, better to find out now before giving them to someone! Oh well, here they are before I washed them.

Apparently the 2yo I nanny for loves all the ocean life I draw for her. I'm not an artist by any means but she appreciates my simple drawings. lol.

This one is my favorite. It came out so adorably! I used scrap fabric and it looks so pulled together.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Owls and whales and jellyfish, oh my! on: October 11, 2010 05:59:23 PM
These lil dudes became addicting. I made a whale for the baby I nanny for and I just had to make more! Then came owls and jellyfish. lol. All made from fabric stash and fat quarters that were on sale.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Three reusuable grocery bags that took only 10 minutes! on: July 03, 2010 11:45:35 AM
I hope this is where it goes! I had three shirts that I wanted to do something with but couldn't figure it out. It hit me to use them as reusuable grocery bags because I'm thoroughly tired of the plastic bags clogging my cabinets!

I cut off the sleeves, cut the neckline into a square shape and sewed the bottom hem closed with a few different stitches (to make sure nothing falls out!). These are perfect! I can shove a lot more stuff in them because they stretch and they're easy to toss into the laundry along with our towels. No special treatment! I don't suggest tossing a lot of heavy stuff in there because the "handles" might stretch out. I need to make a pouch to keep them in now.

Anyway, here they are! Sorry for the crappy quality. I'm using my cell phone for pictures until I find my camera. Smiley

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Seth Macfarlane shows swap!!! on: June 17, 2010 08:07:51 PM

I adore Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. My DH and I watch them all the time. I even met Alex Borstein in high school! Giggety!

I propose a Seth Macfarlane tv show swap. I can organize. Sign-ups around mid-July and send out by August? It can be something simple like 2 mediums or maybe a small and a large. I guess it would depend on the timetable. I can't organize any earlier because work is kinda crazy, but I have a week coming up in July for free time.

So is anyone up for it?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first attempt at embroidery. on: January 04, 2010 10:12:51 AM
My resolution was to try new crafts and to craft more for others. I embroidered three onesies for the baby I nanny for and another onesie for my husband's co-worker's 'due any day now' baby girl.

For the girl I nanny for, she's getting the Sublime Stitching lotus-esque flower and sugar skull, and the google image coloring book page elephant. The other munchkin is getting the whale. I'm working on another onesie for munchkin, but I ran out of stabilizer. I never really learned embroidery techniques. I just used a backstitch and chain stitch in some places.

BTW, I apologize for the blurry picture. I don't have an SD hookup on my new laptop, so I had to use my camera for the pic.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I DID IT I DID IT I DID IT!! Grown up Barbie clutch! on: November 24, 2009 03:44:05 PM
I must say my sister is probably the most amazing person I know. She has went through hell these past few months and is now getting on her feet. I wanted to do something awesome for her this Christmas and around Halloween I found the fabric that I needed to finally complete the object she truly desired: the gold Barbie clutch. Now I don't know if this is an actual Barbie thing because we had a lot of handmade barbie stuff growing up. We had this gold clutch for our Barbie that my sister coveted. Her barbie always carried it around and she constantly fought for it when we played. We came across the barbie clutch going through toys and she wanted one for herself. Well, we could never find the right gold vinyl to do it. I finally found the fabric at JoAnns and freehanded an envelope style clutch pattern. I practiced using denim (another clutch she'll get) then did hers and I'm so proud of the result. I left off the pearl because I didn't want to date it too much. I may just make a pearl pin that she can add or subtract to her liking.

Close up of Barbie clutch:

End result:

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our dining room= my craft space on: November 14, 2009 01:20:52 PM
When I lived with my sister, I had to share our dining room with her as a craft space and her hair space (hairstylist). It's nice having an entire space to play with. My husband graciously (okay, not really but he had no choice) let me have the dining room to put my craft stuff.

The BEFORE before was basically an empty space filled with boxes. We managed to squish all the extra crap into our closet (our apartment has ZERO storage).

This before is when I finally decided to re-organize and clean the space:


My noteboard. Dont mind those black blobs. Realized that someones full name and phone number showed in the picture! Eep! Using some old picturesI took in Italy as artwork ideas for the rest of the apartment.

Ive had a lot of fun doing this. I also re-did our bedroom a bit as well, but its not completely finished. Ive been redecorating the entire place. When I moved in it was my husbands place, and Ive been slowly adding my touch to stuff. Lol.
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