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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dollar tree bath decor on: May 18, 2019 08:37:22 PM
We recently bought a 1978 doublewide mobile home.  It's on a really beautiful property, which makes up for the funkiness of the house.

The wall between the master bedroom and bath has these odd niches.  I suspect there used to be super classy amber colored pebble plastic panels separating the rooms.  (Which would match the window on the front door.)

I got kind of excited when I saw them, thinking what I would do with them. 
First thing involved a floral tablecloth from the dollar store, but it was much too garish.  I flipped the panels over to reveal the more softly colored back.  Still pretty bright, but better than the original white on white on white.

The other day, I found a prettier tablecloth and installed it today...

And both versions got matching trash can makeovers
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Model magic Air dry clay? on: April 28, 2019 12:52:03 AM
I had some Model Magic 15 years ago or so and really liked it.  It dried durable and waterproof, and felt like Styrofoam.  It stayed pliable in its original packaging even after opening.

Did they change it?  One website says it can be reused by adding water.   Another says it dries out even before the package is opened. Crayola's website doesn't say either.

Has anyone used it recently?

Or can you recommend an air dry clay that dries durable and fairly waterproof?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Studio decor on: February 27, 2019 11:18:57 AM
After a major move and nearly a year of wandering, I have a new house, new studio, and new decor!

Since the move included a near-total destash, my new workspace is really easy to keep clean. 

The wicker dresser got a sexy new color.
Plain white curtains got flirty blue tassels.
The sewing machine, chair, and switchplate got covers in matching fabric.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Curtains from vintage handcrafts on: January 28, 2019 03:54:02 PM
We just moved into a new house, and everything is painted flat white.
Even so, this bathroom needed white curtains.
The lower parts are made from a cutwork  tablecloth hand embroidered in gray.  There's enough left for the kitchen window if we want curtains there.
The valences are crocheted dresser scarves.  I bleached them and threaded them onto a skinny rod.  Oooh, super crafty!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Bleaching on: January 27, 2019 11:34:18 AM
I have a handful of vintage crocheted doilies.  Most are off white, but some include hideous bright colors.

I've got a couple done in variegated hot pink that would be usable if they were a softer pink.  So they've been in a bleach bath for about three hours this morning.  Almost no change.   They feel like cotton, might be part or all rayon, but that should bleach.

I added a couple of the off white ones that were stained; after an hour, the stains were gone and doilies are white.  Tossed in a teal hand towel, it's now soft green Smiley .  So I know the bleach is good.  Pink doilies are still vibrant.

Any suggestions or explanations of this phenomenon?
1960s nuclear super pigment, maybe?  I know the process for dayglo colors was invented in the '60s...



Just messing with you.  Those are both the same picture, taken after bleaching and drying, but I enhanced the color on the faked "before" to show it did lighten up a little.
6  Arizona / Arizona: Central / New to Tucson on: December 26, 2018 10:46:54 AM
Moving to Tucson in January 2019, would love to find crafty folks to hang with.

Suggestions for shopping, crafting, and sightseeing welcome!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Rapunzel pincushion on: December 21, 2018 11:51:43 AM
One more felt abode.
I fell in love with similar pincushions on pinterest, so made my own.  This is about 3" tall.  I think I overdid the roses...
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt abodes on: December 18, 2018 01:18:38 PM
These have been percolating in my mind for a while.  I finally finished my holiday crafting so I have time to work on stuff just for me.  These are hand stitched felt.

We're considering buying an RV and I kept lusting after cute little camper ornaments, so...

And the back

We're wandering the Southwest and love the architecture...

...and the saguaro cacti

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Last trees of Christmas, #18-32 on: December 17, 2018 10:46:54 AM
I exceeded my goal of 24 trees!
These all turned into ornaments, which will mostly be given as gifts.
Some I LOVE, but I've selected the gray horse to keep, and my husband chose the nice kokopelli.  We also get any that nobody else wants...I hope nobody likes owls.

Sometimes I cut two felt bodies at the same time, that's why there are two of some creatures.  I usually like one of them a lot more than the other...

Oooh, and we made an offer on a house in Tucson, should hear today.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holiday cards part 2, vegetables and minerals on: December 10, 2018 07:19:51 PM
More cards!

These desert sunsets were created with sheer rainbow fabric bunched and folded:
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