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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mugs rugs on: November 23, 2014 09:09:57 PM
Hi all,

I got my craft on recently thinking I could make some much needed $$ for Christmas. 

So I made some mug rugs.  There are two more space girls to come.  Then I'll do some male firefighter pin ups (don't want to be sexist after all...). 

I hate selling things.  I'm one of those who give things away.  I priced them at $15 CDN (this is a private sale, no one here can be involved).  Considering I had to butcher the fabric to get the girls, etc, I thought that was fair.  They are 10x7". I will do plain ones for $10 CDN.  Does that sound fair?


22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / My adventure in refinishing... just starting out on: July 19, 2014 09:20:43 PM
Thought I would share my travels in learning about refinishing a cedar chest.  May be someone else will learn something faster! Wink

First, I know nothing to very little about wood finishes.  I know paint, primer, stain and varnish.  I do not know what other finishes are called or I would look them up!

I rescued a Lane cedar chest from the garbage last year.  It was full of white mold.  I bleached it and will bleach it again before refinishing...

Its been sitting in the hall begging my attention.  I keep wavering on what to do.  Paint? Full paint?  Stain?  Stain/paint to match the dining room set? Go funky?  Stay conventional? Crackle?

Finally decided to put one foot in front of the other and head to the home improvement store in hopes of enlightenment.

So I went to Lowes.  I happen to ask about crackle to see a sample so I would know if its something that I like.  They sent me to Home Depot.

I went to Home Depot and asked if they had crackle paint.  They sent me to Randall's.

I went to Randall's and asked if they had crackle or specialty paint, they sent me to Wallacks.  

A very cool guy at Wallacks gave me my first lesson in specialty painting. He talked about acrylics and gel stuff... I really didn't know what look I was going for and mentioned possibly layering paints and having the other show from below.  He mentions milk paint, instructs me to watch a lot of youtube videos for General Finishes milk paint (no actual milk products in this one!), and then sends me to Lee Valley.

I have yet to make it to Lee Valley.

But, I have spent the better part of the night watching videos, trolling Google images and expanding my new found lust for milk paint to other potential victims in my house like the kitchen cabinets and coffee table.   Cool

So far I have learned that:
  • milk paint doesn't require sanding.  can go over existing finish
  • I do not like the distressed look nearly as much as I thought
  • People really overdo the distressed look
  • I do like pinstriping on cabinets
  • I think the cedar chest is a little too flat for the double layer paint effect
  • May have to consider putting moulding on the chest to do the double layer paint effect...
  • Some people really overdo the glazing
  • I like the glazed look... just not to the point where it looks dirty
  • Its hard to find a site with a solid set of samples for milk paint combiniations.
  • Oh the colour combos to choose from. https://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/water-base-milk-paints-glazes
  • I need money
  • I fear of hoarding old furniture to feed my new obession

That's it for one night's work. I will update as things progress.  

23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / HP emblems on: July 19, 2014 08:53:52 PM
Hi all,

I'm on a quest to figure out the perfect upcycle finish of a Lane cedar chest I rescue from the garbage last year. 

One option I have in mind (truly the most epic) is to make a Harry Potter chest.  I would like to put the Hogwarts emblem and each of the houses in full colour on the sides (maybe the top).  That would mean the chest would be stained first, then the emblems put on (they won't be painstakingly painted for sure!) then some sort of resilient top coat.

Any recommendations on how to do the image on the chest?  I would like the gold to be gold... and the rest to be full colour.

24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ottawa senators quilt on: March 29, 2014 04:39:17 PM
go sens go! 

Wonder how many people know what its supposed to be since its sideways Wink

Looks awesome.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Camp Out Fingerless Mitts! on: January 10, 2014 01:14:21 PM
I really like these.  I need something like this for using the computer.  My hands are always cold.

I have a question though - I have big arms, how tight are they?  Should I adjust the pattern?

Ok two questions... at the top on the arm, does it roll down?  I'm wondering about finishing it like the finger area. 

I sound like I know what Im' doing but it will be a total novice adventure.
26   / KNITTING / Re: Meet Our Featured Member, mandyandbingley on: December 28, 2013 03:20:05 PM
Your cable sweater is amazing.  The way the cables flow really flatter the female figure.

I love the hat too,
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about adhering a poster on: October 26, 2013 12:53:23 PM
Hi all,

hope this is in the right place.

I bought a big wolverine poster (4x6') and thought it was going to be adhesive.  Its not.  Its a picture quality paper (nice and thick) and comes with 3M strips to hang it.  I was going to use it as a headboard and using the strips just won't work for that.

I would rather adhere it to the wall.  i was wondering if someone can recommend the right product and method. Obviously I don't want it to fall and dont want it super permanent either!

28  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Your favourite (or your toddler's favourite) vegan recipes on: July 20, 2013 06:04:56 PM
Thanks so much for the suggestions.  Defintely going to try some of those reciipes.  escpecially the vegan pancakes!!
29  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Your favourite (or your toddler's favourite) vegan recipes on: July 02, 2013 10:37:09 PM
Hi all,

My son just turned 1.  he's going through the 'i dont' want it' phase even for stuff he used to love.  I'm a vegetarian and he is too but he has a milk allergy.  So I'm raising him vegan.

I'm an amateur cook at best (but rock at baking!) and could really use some advice on meals for him.  I need to get some beans, nut butters (little nervous about the possibility of a reaction), grains, etc. in his diet daily.  Now he still relies on soy formula (since he won't eat right) and a few staples like cereal.

I would love to hear your recommendations for toddler meals!

Thanks in advance!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Nosferatu the vampyre" tote bag on: March 28, 2013 11:22:29 AM
Love it!

Must buy fabric!!! 
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