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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: IKEA Fira, Painted Notions Box on: January 04, 2009 11:20:44 AM
The box's dimensions are 14" wide X 10 1/4" deep x 10" high. You can find the different drawer options here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/small_storage/10550/
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / IKEA Fira, Painted Notions Box on: January 02, 2009 09:17:21 AM
I started with a kit from IKEA. It came in many pieces. Here are the illustrations:

I love the bottom. If you get frustrated, call IKEA.

After assembling it the box looked like this:

I looked online at my favorite website http://www.colourlovers.com and found the perfect colors to work with.

I used acrylic paints and watered them down to a very thin consistency in order to create a wash. I started with the orange. After drying I covered it in the blue-green color and used a piece of styrofoam I cut with a decorative scissors to scrape some of the blue off to reveal the orange. I then used that same piece to create the red dot pattern. The drawers started out orange as well. I used a red wash over that and then the blue. I wanted the inside drawers to each be a different color.

I am very pleased with the outcome. I went into this without a real plan b/c thats not really how I work. For me, one step inspres the next.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cute squirrels on an acorn pot holder on: October 14, 2008 11:53:57 AM
I love the type of stitch you used for the tail. It makes it look bushy compared to the other stitches used.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: Kokopelli in the supermarket on: October 05, 2008 06:51:18 PM
That is so awesome! I love tin art. It reminds me of Spanish tin art, when they had to use old tin cans to decorate their home since that was all that was available to them at the time.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Metal Flowers on: September 27, 2008 03:56:41 PM
I really like those. I wish i was your recipient.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Evil eyed bird embroidery on: September 27, 2008 03:53:56 PM
I think a skirt with a bunch of eyes in some kind of pattern wouldn't make people think you are wearing a skirt with eyes. To the passing by viewer they would just see a pattern, but you would know they are eyes. I also love the lines in your embroidery. They are so thick and bold.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: brother sewing machine on: September 12, 2008 07:29:38 PM
I use a Brother serger and it works great. I think Brother is a pretty decent brand for the price. My grandma bought my regular sewing machine a few years ago at target. For being under $100 it works wonderfully for everything I need it for, and I use it every day. So don't be afraid of some generic brand. The important thing to look for is that it has all metal parts. That's how you'll know it will last.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about stitches on: September 12, 2008 07:23:56 PM
You might try tightening the tension a little more than the 4 or 5. Maybe even a little less. You don't have to keep it just between 4 and 5. Different fabrics require different tensions. Test your fabric first. If it skips, adjust the tension a little at a time. You can also look at your owners manual. The best explanation for your machine will be in there. There should be a section about thread tension. You can also look in the troubleshooting guide. You'd be amazed at how much you can learn about sewing just from the owners manual.

Hope that helps.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Bunny on: September 12, 2008 07:07:10 PM
That is very beautiful. It reminds me so much of those fur shawls they used to wear in the 30's that was an actual animal. (see photo below). I thought you had derived it from that before I read you made it based on your friends drawing. Great job!

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Mosaic: Practice Piece on: September 07, 2008 07:37:21 PM
I'm new to mosaics thanks to this really great book I got from Crafters Choice, "Mosaics, Ceramics and Glasswear". I took the first project from the book and made my first initial as a practice piece to learn the materials. It came out pretty good.

Anyone have any tips on grout? Such as what is the ratio of water and grout to mix? I use sanded grout and find after it dries a lot of sand comes off the piece. I wasn't sure if that was supposed to happen or if eventually that stops rubbing off.

Thanks for your input.
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