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71  COOKING / Dessert / Re: daughters first birthday cake. on: January 13, 2010 05:41:08 PM
Major Lol re: the fire barrel.  Penguin bums!  Love this cake.
72  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Van Gogh Compromise, or, I needed a nice lampshade on: January 13, 2010 05:39:21 PM

It's actually yarn that I just glued on in spirals using Aleene's Tacky glue.  It is very tactile and everyone who sees it pets it a couple times!
73  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Fast, No-paint Fence for a Farm Bedroom, or, I Have Toddlers. on: January 13, 2010 12:34:28 PM
My mom and I collaborate on a lot of interior decorating.  She painted murals in the kids' rooms, but I asked her to keep my son's fairly simple as he's too young to care overly much.  Love the feel of being outdoors, but later decided the wide open spaces were a little too sparse.  I wanted to slap something cute up, but had little time to work with and four busy, grabby hands to work around.  So I grabbed:

two lengths of fake barbed wire i bought at the Dollar Tree
a cardboard box
a sharpie
a staplegun

I cut little fence posts out of the box and woodgrained them with the sharpie.  Then I stapled the fake barbed wire along the wall where the top of the fence would be, next added the posts, and finally drew on two more barbed wire "runners" with sharpie.  Ta-da! 

It only took 45 MINUTES start to finish!!

Starts by the bed . . .

Detail shot:

Rounding a corner:

View from the crib:

74  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Van Gogh Compromise, or, I needed a nice lampshade on: January 13, 2010 12:06:24 PM
So I found this gorgeous lamp at a thrift store for $8, but no lampshade.  I'm fairy cheap and can't bring myself to spend $20 or more on just a shade.  However, I had this ugly old accordion shade that I found on the side of the road--I love that place--so I decided to use the bones of it.  I dithered for a while between mediums: paint? paper? fabric?  Then, one fortuitous afternoon, I found several skeins of art yarn at Hobby Lobby in perfect colors for my bedroom--for $1.83 each.  Score!  

Now for scandalous confession time: I don't care for Van Gogh.  Aack! some of you sputter, he's a genius! impressionist master! color palette! brush strokes!  blah blah blah.  I know all that stuff.  Still don't like him.  His works make me depressed.  I don't like tiramisu, either, so something's clearly wrong with my brain.

All that aside, Hubby looooooves Van Gogh.  So I decided to work the yarn across the lampshade in swirls a la Starry Night.  And behold:

The whole shebang

The "before" shot

Getting started

Ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille . . .

Let there be light!
75  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: HUG cross-stitch cushion on: December 17, 2009 12:20:10 PM
I don't normally care for cross-stitch; however . . .

I ADORE this.  What a lucky mum you have!
76  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Decorating a scraggly tree? on: December 17, 2009 12:14:21 PM
This actually looks very much like a traditional German feather tree, which is then laden with German glass ornaments.  It's a chance to showcase ornaments that would otherwise get lost in the branches. (I also think that long glass or acrylic icicles would look lovely.  I've also seen them hung with vintage black-and-white photos--awesome!)  Here's some examples:


Good luck and happy decorating!

77  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Boyfriend on: November 22, 2009 08:55:08 PM
That. is. so. Henry! 
78  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Re-Tree? ... how to make a christmas tree out of other things? on: November 22, 2009 08:50:20 PM
I saw somebody--I think it might have been on craftster!--make a christmas tree out of concentric hula hoops, hung from each other by wire and then finally from the ceiling.  They decorated it like normal.  Very cool.  You could also use embroidery hoops or bicycle tires--really anything ring-shaped.
79  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Octopus Costume! on: November 05, 2009 06:20:52 AM
Omg!  Hot!
80  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Crime Fighting Carrot on: November 05, 2009 06:13:49 AM
That is hilarious, and really well-executed!  Who knew a carrot could be so sexy?
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