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21  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Crafty People in Saginaw! on: September 17, 2009 09:43:52 AM
Okay, this thread is super-old, but I've never been to this section of craftster before and just saw it and got way too excited that there are so many people in my area. I'm in Wheeler (which I bet none of you even know, since out claim to fame is a blinking light and a sugar beet receiving station), between Alma and Saginaw. Looking for holiday craft fairs in the area that aren't already filled up, as I just made the mental commitment to actually get out there and try to sell some of my things, and happened upon this thread and wanted to say hi. So... hi! Smiley Have a good day!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: The Great Room Makeover--little-kid drab to teen fab! (IMG heavy, sorry!) on: August 26, 2009 05:26:55 PM
Great job! Would love to read some of your project details (... Ima sucker for DIY), but your blog link isn't working!

Oops, sorry. I'm a dope and forgot how to do the hyperlink correctly. It's fixed now, sorry about that.  Embarrassed
And thanks for the compliments! Smiley
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: what stitch is this? on: August 26, 2009 10:49:43 AM
I started making a cardigan for my mum once with a similar stitch. (Got the pattern from the library, but I don't remember the name of the book.) In that pattern, they called it a clover stitch, but I can't seem to find any info on Google by searching "clover stitch." To make it, here's what you do: Put hook through a stitch in the preceeding row and pull up a loop. YO, put hook through the same stitch in the preceeding row, pull up a loop. Do this twice more, then pull your hook through all the loops on it except the last one. YO, pull through the last loop. This will give you one half of the heart or V pattern you see there. I think after that, you'd chain one or two, then repeat the process in the same hole. Then just move on to a new stitch in the preceeding row (skip 3, maybe?) to form the next one, without the extra chains in between.
I hope this made sense, I've never tried to explain a stitch before.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Great Room Makeover--little-kid drab to teen fab! (IMG heavy, sorry!) on: August 26, 2009 10:21:24 AM

(I put a shiny pink picture first because the "befores" are pretty gruesome and I didn't want to subject everyone to that. Wink )
My little girl turned 12 last week. *sniff* You know what that means, right? (Besides me crying in my Cheerios about the lost baby years and all those tiny ruffly dresses.) Yep, it means she's decided she's too old for her "baby" room anymore. Lucky for her, I've been watching design shows like a madwoman and formulating a plan.
I started plotting and planning back... oh, I don't even know. Months ago. She inadvertently helped me by picking her paint color while we were killing time at the doctor's office one day back in June; we were checking out the posters on the wall and she pointed out a particular pink (ew, pink) shade on one of them and said, "If I ever had a room makeover, that's the color I'd want my walls." Ask and you shall receive, child (as long as it's cheap, lol).
As it happened, the week containing her birthday was one she was spending away from our house, so I decided the whole thing could be a surprise and gave myself a one-week time frame to get it all done. One week, says I, is plenty of time. No sweat.


Scratch that. It turned out I had to work parts of that Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and all day Thursday. Still, no problem, I thought, and I got to work.
Here are a few examples of the disaster that confronted me in the bedroom:

(Believe it or not, I had the kid clean before she left for the week.)

Once all the furniture and such was removed, I realized I had even more work cut out for me than I'd suspected...

....Yeah.  It's hard to really show the disarray and general shabbiness of the room in pictures (especially when I seem to be lacking in the mad photo skillz department), but trust me when I say it was not a shining example of a clean, tidy, well-appointed room. That was one room in serious need of some help.
But before I ramble on about all the projects, let's get to the good stuff... the after pictures!

I set myself a budget of $100 to do the whole room. With that in mind, I decided to rip out the closet and replace it with a smaller one, replace the gigantic dresser, build a new bed with under-bed storage drawers, create a headboard/divider and desk, and turn her dilapidated coverless toybox into a bench. Of course, there were other projects thrown in, like painting the room, adding a few lamps (what kind of room only has one lightbulb, anyway?), and painting all the furniture, but those were the main construction projects. Also, I thought about redoing the nightstand (formerly a wall desk that was passed down by my sister and couldn't be put on the wall) since it doesn't go with the rest of the "new" room, but it was the only piece of my daughter's furniture that stayed in the room, and I wanted her to be able to make the choice about whether/how to change it.
To make a long story short(er), I got the project (mostly) done and she absolutely loved it. There were a few things I wasn't happy with--like the carpet patching job I had to do to make up for the difference in closet size, and the fact that I didn't get to finish the faces of the drawers because I learned at 8pm Thursday that she would be home at 7:30am Friday (as opposed to 6pm, as I was expecting)--but overall, I'm pleased. Ridiculously proud of myself for getting it done in a week and under budget, too.  Grin I re-used and re-purposed A LOT of items from her room (and elsewhere in the house) and did a fair bit of yard sale shopping to make it happen; much of that was just a matter of looking at things differently (turning the toybox shell into a couch, for example, or making strips of the ceiling molding into a replacement piece for the door frame rather than running out to buy new items).
I won't lie, this project involved an incredible amount of stress and swearing, and there were several times I thought I'd never get it done. I'd never done any major project by myself, so there was a pretty big learning curve on a few things (and one bruised rib from a rogue table saw), but really, to anyone who might be nervous about tackling such a big project, I can honestly say: just go for it. You WILL figure it out, and you CAN do it. And don't be afraid to change your plans midway through (even several times, as I did). There are a zillion ways to get a project done, and even if you don't use the "right" way, things can still come out great.
...And that's enough inspirational, motivational rambling from me.  Cheesy If you have any questions, feel free to ask--I'll tell you everything I can about the process and stuff, but I thought this post was already way too long. Details about each major component, costs, etc. can be found on my shiny new blog.

Thanks for reading, hope this gives someone some good ideas! Smiley
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Window --> Coffee Table on: August 21, 2009 01:34:01 PM
That looks really neat! Smiley It might be a good idea to put clear contact paper or some kind of cling film on the underside (top too, if you think it wouldn't get too scuffed) so if it does break, the pieces won't go in someone's foot or something. Regardless, it's a cool idea.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: website design. on: March 28, 2009 12:01:54 PM
I like them both, but I think the main body of the site would be a lot easier to read in the first layout. In the second, I think the background color for the body wouldn't give a comfortable enough contrast with any color of text to be good for reading and spending much time on the site. Just my opinion, though; either one looks great. Smiley
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: supermagnets!!!! pic chunky on: January 22, 2009 08:07:35 AM
These are so cute! I just have to say, Batman's to-do list (especially "3. Brood") cracked me up.  Grin
28  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 23, 2008 08:53:14 AM
this stuff ROCKS! I make mine with the super-cheap 48% vegetable oil spread (the "fake" margarine that comes in a big tub for like a dollar) and have never had a problem with getting it to set. The spread does make a much stronger "butter" flavor, which my family thinks makes it even better, but you may not like as much.
It's also absolutely delicious if you use cinnamon chips in place of the chocolate ones. It would probably be really good with butterscotch chips too. Hmm, I may have to make some today. Just to test the good-butterscotch theory, of course... Grin
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Crafty activities for two? on: December 03, 2008 07:54:08 AM
My DH and I only get his kids every other year on Christmas and the rest of our families live quite far away, so alternate years are very quiet for us. We like to make sure there's a new pair of super-comfy jammie pants under the tree those years, then we make some super fancy snacks, grab a bottle of wine (or two, or three), pull out the couch in our living room, don the new jammies, and watch Christmas movies and eat snacks and drink wine while we curl up in our blankies all day. Of course, that's not exactly a charitable or neighbor-helping-neighborly way to spend the holiday, but we still love it. Smiley
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Misplacement on: October 23, 2008 06:50:46 PM
I seriously do this every 5 minutes when I'm crafting (or doing anything else, now that I think about it...).
Sometimes I wonder how much I could accomplish if I didn't spend half my time looking--and looking again, and looking again--for the scissors I just set down 2 seconds ago.
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