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1  I made a bookshelf! PIC HEAVY! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by smalleah on: August 14, 2008 08:55:24 PM
I didn't want a cheapo bookshelf and didn't want to spend several hundred dollars and a nice, solid wood bookshelf. My dad has all of the tools needed - so why not do it myself? So I did!
My dad helped cut the wood and assemble the two sides and the shelves. I did pretty much everything else myself.  It's about 5'9"" tall and almost 2 feet wide

I'm so happy with how it turned out. This is exactly what I wanted... and even better 'cause I made it!
I probably spent about $75.00 total for everything and I have extra wood, trim, paint, etc. Maybe I'll build a coffee table next.

My drawing...

After cutting all of the wood - we used a Kreg jig to drill the holes.... so it's professionally done.

Assembling the shelves. I skipped over the obvious - sanding, painting, etc.

Added the trim.


Loaded up with books... and room to spare!

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2  Small purse - today's project. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by smalleah on: June 22, 2008 02:51:29 PM
I spent a few hours today creating this purse. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It was my first try with making my own binding for the top.  It's hard to tell in the photo - but the lining is brown, not black. I think I should have added a magnet or something to hold it shut. I'll have to try that on the next purse. I'm happy - my projects keep getting better and better.  Cheesy  Comments, suggestions?

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3  Old favorite skirt - to great summer top. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smalleah on: June 21, 2008 05:12:42 PM
I'm not a skirt wearing person anymore... I've worn a dress once in the past 4 years (or more). So... my old favorite skirt has hung in the closet collecting dust for a very long time. I've always loved the pattern and the fabric so I decided to make a top out of it.
I almost gave up half-way through. The fabric is stretchy and kept sliding out of place even though I pinned it. After hearing my vented frustration, my mom got online and found how to sew stretchy fabric - sew through tissue paper! And it worked really well. Yay! I'm happy with how it turned out. I finally made something I'll actually wear.

Before - Skirt

After - Cute summer top.

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4  Inspired... I made my own lunch bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by smalleah on: June 09, 2008 06:31:12 PM
I was inspired by jenna_08's lunch bag! So I made my own. A little different style, but I totally dig it. I'm really happy how it turned out. The fabric I used for the exterior was from the remnant pile at JoAnn's. I believe it's some type of home decor fabric. It's a bit heavy and feels canvas-y. The lining is just some fabric I had - the light beige matches perfectly with the paisley patterns on the red fabric. Also, I have some off-white webbing I'm going to use to add straps. I just have to dig it out from wherever it is hidden.

Anyway, here's my lunch bag:

Front view, with a small pocket.

Inside - with a baggy pocket for my sandwich.   Tongue

A better view of the fabric and the lining.

To show the size... it will fit a full size box of Puff's!

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5  Magnetic bulletin board in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by smalleah on: June 04, 2008 04:59:04 PM
I had an old magnet/dry erase board that I really didn't like. Magnets didn't stick to it and I never used the dry-erase side of it. It was a light powdery blue too. Not my color.
I bought a 12" x 18" piece of steel from Lowes. Primed it and covered it with fabric. I only had a scrap of the striped fabric so I decided to use it as a border for the top and bottom and sewed the solid panel in the middle. I glued it down with some spray adhesive (the stuff they use for headliners). I also painted the little dot magnets brown - to match.
I'm happy with it. It's much better than my old one. I don't like how it looks it with the wall color... but I wont be living here much longer.

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6  Re: My first etching (with Armour Etch) in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by smalleah on: June 01, 2008 10:26:22 AM
Here's round 2 - another cheap, cute vase.
I used some yellow electrical tape that I found in the garage - it worked really well. I really globbed it on on there this time too.
BEFORE (or rather, during)


Not perfect... but better than the first one. I should've taped off the whole bottom section. I still have a little bit of clean-up work to do - erase my guide-lines and remove some of the sticky tape residue. I like this one. Hopefully the next will be even better.
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7  Translucent paint?? (I want to re-paint my funky lamp - pics included) in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by smalleah on: May 29, 2008 09:28:38 PM
My lamp has quite a few scratches from the past 10 or so years of use. I love this lamp! Now I'd like to re-paint it. My dilemma is that I don't have a clue what type of paint to use... and if there is a good translucent paint for a project like this. I'm not sure what the lamp is made of. I think it's some sort of resin.

Please help! 

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8  From stand-up clock to wall clock. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smalleah on: May 29, 2008 09:01:01 PM
My brother gave me this clock for my 13th or 14th birthday. I've always liked it, but purple isn't really my color (I'm not a big fan of chrome either). Also, it didn't stand up straight without something to prop it up.  The brown I used matches a couple picture frames I have and the bronze-y color matches some decorative shelf-brackets. Next thing... I need to repaint these green walls!

This was a quick, mostly easy project (except for the fly that landed in the fresh paint!). I took it apart, cut the base to match the length of the other 11, painted it and reassembled.


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9  My first etching (with Armour Etch) (and second etching - NEW PICS) in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by smalleah on: May 29, 2008 08:28:20 PM
Last night I stayed up way too late browsing Crafster and I was inspired to try glass etching. I didn't know Armour Etch existed before yesterday. I have plans to etch a few bigger items so this was the trial run.

I used some round plastic stickers and stuck them all over on the glass vase. These worked perfectly on all but 2 dots. I guess there was an air bubble or it didn't adhere just right.

The bottle said 5 minutes - The first time I let it sit for about 7-8 minutes, then rinsed it off. It didn't do much at all so I coated it with Armour Etch again and let it sit for about 20 minutes.

If it wasn't streaky - I would absolutely love it.

And now I read "Not intended for large areas." Hmmm. I might try sand blasting for the larger stuff. I have the equipment already... I just thought this way might be easier.
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