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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Snuggly Pillowcase, Crafting Novice on: January 20, 2009 04:49:11 PM
My guy & I are long distance while I'm at college, which also puts me on a tiny budget. He's always complaining that he has nothing to snuggle with, so I want to make him one of those pillows with pictures on it for V-day.

1. I've looked up the iron-on paper & will end up ordering it online if they don't have it at Walmart-- any brand/site recommendations?

2. I'm not positive I know anyone with an iron up here-- if I don't, do I have any other options?

3. Any recommendations for putting words on it? I'm not crafty enough to sew, but I feel like printing it out would be boring. Ideally I'd like to put "forever and ever and then some" on it, as it's our little phrase.

4. Is there a certain type of pillowcase I need to get to have this work?

I know this isn't the most interesting thread, so thanks in advance to anyone who can offer any advice!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Mesh earring holder on: July 08, 2005 11:30:30 AM
I need something to organize my earrings. I'm tired of just keeping them in a little container thing. Any easy DIY ideas? I was thinking something like this but I'm not sure where I'd get mesh..
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Woven baskets on: November 25, 2004 07:37:52 PM
Someone posted a thread a while ago that I can't find even after plenty of searching. It involved weaving strips of paper bags to look like baskets-does anyone have the link to that?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / pillowcases? on: November 08, 2004 01:45:15 PM
At the new consignment shop in a neigboring town, I bought three (new) pillow inserts for decorative pillows. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to by regular pillowcases and just resize them, which may be easier because two sides will already be sewn, or if I'm going to buy fabrics and start from scratch. Problem is, I've never done this sort of thing before-how many yards of fabric would I need for three 14 by 14 pillows, and any tips?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / lamp? on: November 08, 2004 01:42:46 PM
They recently opened a consignment shop in the neighboring town, and I dragged my father there this weekend. It has mostly wood furniture, which is beautiful but rather expensive for being secondhand. I did manage to find a lamp that I liked for a mere $5. It's a really pretty pink, but I think I'll be spray painting it when I figure out what color fabrics I'll be hanging on my walls. Anyways, I love the lamp but the lampshade is a bit dirty. You can't see it until you turn the light on, and then it looks kind of gross. I'd love to get a new lampshade, but its an old sort of lamp and the lampshade attaches strangely. I'm sure I could find a shade somewhere, but it'd be worthless to spend the money when the shade would probably cost more than the lamp itself.

I've seen some people attach artwork to their lampshades, which is really pretty but this shade isn't square-it's one of the ones that are round and wider at the bottom than at the top. Any clue as to what I could do with it?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / bedroom redo q's on: November 05, 2004 06:30:09 PM
So after days of pleading and acting like an angel, my parents have caved and told me that I can do whatever I want to my room (within reason) as long as I pay for it myself and don't do anything permanent that would lessen the value of the house. (Did I mention how unfair the pay for it myself thing is, considering they just bought my brother a brand-new electric guitar and all the stuff that comes it that I gurantee you will be gathering dust like his drumset within 2 weeks? Sigh. Anyways)

After searching the forums and things online, I've decided that instead of fabric for the wallpapered walls I'm not allowed to paint, sheets will be the most practical and cheap solution. After measuring my sheets and my walls, I've determined that I'll need several sheets, I haven't figured it out exactly but we're talking anywhere from 6 to 12 sheets. Several questions for you:
1. My sheets are twin (I think) and measure 59 inches wide and 90 or 91 (I forget, it's truly the perfect height for my walls though) inches lengthwise. If I was to go for a full, queen, or king size, how wide would they be, and how long? I figure I can use the 'scraps'/extra fabric that I have to cut off where some walls hit the heater to cover on top of and below windows and on top of my door and closet door, but it depends on the lengths/widths of the sheets.
2. Where would be the best place to by cheap sheets, and at what store? Also, is it in any way possible to just buy the sheet parts? Seeing as the pillowcases and fitted sheets would just be useless, but I'm doubting that this is possible.
3. How would I hang them? I've heard some people mention 3M adhesives, but I have no idea what that is or where I'd buy them. Any other ideas? I really don't think my parents want me stapling fabric to the walls.

That's it for the sheet questions, now on to the color scheme
My grandmother gave us a rocking chair of hers that I stole for my bedroom as a reading chair. The cushion on the chair is a deep red, my mother calls it maroon but I think its too red to be maroon. It has beautiful gold thread embroidered into it, and I'm thinking of making the chair the inspiration for the room because I love it so much. The thing is, although I love the color I'm not sure how it would look in the entire room because I'm afraid it'd make the room too dark, and I'm not one for dim lighting. Then I thought maybe I could put up an accent color on one of the walls to make the red less severe, or leave up my panelled wall (which I love). What would a good accent color against that be, or suggest another color scheme. I love pastelly blues but I'm afraid that'll detract from the sophisticated look I'm going for. I thought that maybe earthy greens would look elegant but sophisticated and allow me to keep my wood furniture (I'm not allowed to paint it) and also go along with the white 'trim' around the room, white windowsills, and white doorframes.

And one more thing-I'll need curtains to go along with the color scheme. I'm thinking shower curtains or sheets would be the best option, but what colors would go along with a color scheme?

sheesh. I ask a lot of questions. Sorry guys, I just want my room to be perfect.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / paint? on: October 27, 2004 01:41:07 PM
last weekend i was inspired by an abstract painting in a magazine. unfortunately, i dont have money for $50 canvases, so i created some cheapo thing of construction paper and posterboard. looks nifty, but i want something sophisticated. so i was thinking - would thick posterboard and paint create a similar effect? what kind of paint should i use?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / im sorry to waste space on: October 26, 2004 01:50:03 PM
im sorry to waste board space but i dont know where else to put this! for some reason my computer has deleted all of my favorites. im not too upset about it, except for the decor folder..could anyone give me the url to a certain site? its called digs or something similar to that, they have a lounge section?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / cheap mirror shelves on: October 24, 2004 01:26:54 PM
i know its not much, but this is for the girls like me who cant touch their walls with paints! you need to be able to put holes in the wall tho. i thought it was a nice way to brighten up my bare wall a bit, and it only cost me $4.20 for the entire thing. oh how i love the dollar store

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / curtains? on: October 23, 2004 09:04:17 PM
my mother hid my curtains from me during the summer because i had them tucked out of the way on the sides of the window so i could have my fan on, and now shes lost the curtains.

at target today, i saw some fabric shower curtains that were absolutely gorgeous, but at $30 each i cant afford them. ive heard some people say theyve used sheets as curtains. i want to hook them up with these wooden shower hooks i found, theyre circles. i dont know what type of sheet i would use, or how to put the hooks on the sheet to create the kind of droopy effect at the top. would i have to punch holes in the fabric?
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