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81  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Shadowboxed Keys (Wall Art) on: January 23, 2005 12:28:38 AM
That is awesome.  It is so nice you have the tags still on them, it really makes it morespecial.  I  bet your mom loves it.

82  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purple glittery revamp for $2 school desk! on: January 21, 2005 03:37:37 AM
Thanks for the nice comments.  It was a fun project and has been used a lot since we moved it to her room.  Even if you don't have kids these kind of desks would make fun storage fo suplies like beads etc.

If I had another one I would paint the top with blackboard paint, I think that would be fun for little (and big) kids.

83  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Purple glittery revamp for $2 school desk! on: January 19, 2005 01:25:35 AM
I finished this desk set today for my 5 yr old.  

It was supposed to be for Xmas but the weather wasn't great for painting.  It will be good to store all her craft bits and pens etc that usually clutter up the kitchen.
The desk is an old school one and was $2. They gave me a matching chair for free  Grin  I needed to sand out all the scratches and graffitti. The legs were an icky chipped institutional grey originally.  I already had old test pots with paint and after much searching I found the perfect girly paper for decoupage at the supermarket (hearts, flowers, butterflies, ladybugs.....).  The whole lot has three layers of glitter polyurethane (Fairy Dust).  It does not show up in the photos at all but there is a beautiful subtle shimmer over every surface.
The two shades of purple don't really show up in the pics - there is really much more contrast.


I've blurred out her name on the chair back.  I used a Celtic type font as a stencil and highlighted the name with silver.  The crown is a stencil I made from Word clipart.  The finishing touch will be some jewels glued on the crown.  I have some tiny ones but now think we need to get some much bigger ones!

Little Bee the new owner is very happy.  She loves purple, and now has somewhere to deal with all her imporant correspondence  Grin

84  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Sex and the City Lovers click here! (image heavy) on: January 15, 2005 02:05:49 AM
I love all of it.  The shoe is the best though!!  I want one.  You did good.

85  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Simplicity #9004 - Cat Bed on: January 15, 2005 01:03:02 AM
That bed makes me laugh.  I should go look for the pattern, I'm sure my cat would use one.

86  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: cardboard chair on: January 14, 2005 01:57:45 AM
Awesome chair.  I also had to do a paper/card chair as part of Design course.  I never took it home afterwards but often wished I had.  Mine was a continuous spiral like a sea shell and curved up the back.  Not very practical but it was good to look at!

87  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old belts on: January 11, 2005 06:31:39 PM
Old belts.....  Bag handles??

CD Cases.....  Photo frames either for individual pictures OR cut a giant picture up into many CD sized squares then arrange on the wall as a whole again but broken up slightly.

Loo roll tubes.....  make some Christmas crackers for next year!!  you can buy the 'snap' parts and then fill with your own cool fun stuff.

OR ....  if you are into papier mache old toilet roll tubes are good for making animal legs like piggy bank legs and snout.  Good messy fun.

88  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Christchurch on: January 11, 2005 06:16:45 PM
Seeing as this thread is live again...

Hi, another recently joined Chch-er here.  I love the stuff on Craftster.  My second home is Spotlight Smiley  Head down, tail up in the remnant bin. 
I sew and do various other crafty things.  Currently very into applique, redwork, embroidery and quilting.  Not knitting yet, some of the stuff on here has me itching to re-learn.  I like to reuse things and love garage sales.  I get quite a few useful things that way as well as op-shopping.

89  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Do you or Dont you put raw meat in crock pots on: January 10, 2005 02:41:33 PM
I always put meat in raw unless it is a stew or something and I really want the meat seared for flavour.  I mostly use mine for chicken and just plonk a whole chicken in to cook.  I do not open the lid, just leave until the meat falls from the bone.

My SIL always dumps the cooking liquid which I think is crazy but her book says to do so, mine does not.  I use the chicken-y liquid for soup so it gets boiled up again anyway!

You do need to have the usual meat safety rules - chill quickly, don't leave the food in the crock cooling down for too long etc.  That is when problems with bacteria could happen.

90  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gingerbread pillow on: January 07, 2005 04:32:26 AM
So sweet....  I also like gingerbread things.  I like the colours you used.  I have a gingerbread wallhanging quilt half cut out right now.  I might work out a way to add your poem, if that is OK Smiley  It would be a cute addition.

How did you do the poem?  It looks like it is computer printed onto the felt rectangle? 

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