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31  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 48 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: July 21, 2009 04:41:41 AM
I received my package stuffed full of felting fibres from Velvet Rose.  Whoa....she's not shy about destashing her stash.  Thanks a ton Velvet Rose, these will all be put to good use.

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32  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 47 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: July 16, 2009 12:22:22 AM
Hey, check it out!  Last November I had a hysterectomy and now I've got my uterus back!  Well not exactly, this new one is way more friendly.  Isn't she cute?  Geckochan made her for me:

She also sent me some craft felt, which I have great plans for as well as some cool beads and some bookmark samples of her digital art.  Geckochan, you are one clever girl!
Here is a pic showing all the loot and showing that my little utie's fallopian tubes are......ta da.....poseable!

Thanks Geckochan, see you on the flipside.
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33  Re: New bedroom for my daughter's birthday. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by spectrumsparksie on: July 04, 2009 04:01:06 PM
Okay, here is a pseudo tute to explain some of the steps I took in building this thing.  Feel free to PM me with specific questions.
BTW the whole family (mum, dad, 2 kids have all been on top of it at once, that little baby is not going anywhere!)
Step One
I was lucky that Emily had an existing wooden slatted bed. But that would be easy enough to construct I think. I just had to take the legs off hers.

Step Two
I used some heavy duty stud screws that were 125mm hex screws and screwed pieces of  2 x 4 pine into the wall studs at the height I wanted.  (pre drilled all my spots and it was still absolute all the force I could use to drive those suckers home)
I made sure that the head end of the bed screwed into the corner and then the next two studs as well.  As you can see from this pic, that meant it extended past the bed frame, but I covered that up later. I had the same problem with the piece that went the length of the bed as well. Although I used that to my advantage as you will see later.

Step 3
This was the maddest bit coz I got that bed base up onto the wall all by myself coz my hubby wasn't home and I was on a mission.   I then screwed down through the frame of the base into my 2 x 4s.  Can't remember what length screw, maybe 70mm?  Phillips head screws made for pine anyway.

Step 4
I added the leg at the foot of the bed, I screwed through the frame in every direction I could and I used angle brackets as well.  It was a piece of 4 x 4 that I got the timber yard to cut to length for me.

Step 4.5
I used a piece of pre-cut melamine to stop her rolling out of bed,  I used liquid nails and screwed it from the inside of the bed frame. 

I built the stair unit separately. I used 19mm mdf for this, except for the step supports which were pine.  Iworked out how many steps I wanted and then worked out how far apart they had to be.  It is basically a book shelf in its construction if you know what I mean.

Here is a drawing from the foot end of the bed to show what I did.

Step 6
For the desk underneath I basically did the same thing as for the mattress (screwing pine supports into the stud wall)  The top was pre cut melamine.

Step 7
I used thin mdf for the false ceiling above the desk and used a set of lights I got from Ikea which are powered from a power point.

Step 8
I bought pre fab drawers and runners and drawer faces and put them in as per instructions they came with.  I decided on no handles as they would be a tripping hazard, that is why there is a gap at the top of the drawer so you just reach your fingers in to open them.

Step 9
I covered up any mistakes with lots and lots of paint.

I  wonder if this makes any sense?  Feel free to ask specific questions and I will do my best to help.

This link was useful and they have larger bed examples too.

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34  New bedroom for my daughter's birthday. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by spectrumsparksie on: July 03, 2009 05:11:44 AM
My dd is turning 9 on Tuesday.  And I have been working myself into the ground over the past 6 or so weeks to get her bedroom finished.
She is crafty, just like her mum, and had very little space to work, and even less place to keep her stuff.  so the main goal of this redesigned bedroom?  STORAGE.STORAGE.STORAGE.
I had seen loft beds in the stores,very flimsy, and online, very expensive, and I decided I could do it myself. So I did! I didn't want a ladder, I wanted stairs with drawers, safer and more practical!

and just to prove I did it myself, the work in progress pictures.  You can see that I used the base slats from her old bed.

And here she is, hard at work at her new desk, complete with a false ceiling so I could put the lights in.

It was a hard slog but I am absolutely stoked that i could do it, and she loves it.
The biggest hassle?  That she had to share a room with her 5yo brother for all the time I was working.  I never let her see it until it was complete.
I would love to answer any questions if you are thinking of having a go at it yourself.
UPDATE.    PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.     UPDATE.          PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.       UPDATE. PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.         UPDATE.          PSEUDO TUTE ADDED.See page 5 of this topic
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35  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 47 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: July 02, 2009 02:56:40 AM
I just got home, 7.30pm on a cold winter's evening, raining and blowing a gale.  And my package from A2K was here to greet me.
Check it out:

my biggest wisted item, Bella's mittens!  Thank you so much A2K!
And then........
as if that wasn't enough.  My most wisted book:
I can't wait to sit down and look it over carefully, but I was so excited to show it off.  Hee hee.
What a great package.  Thanks Tonya!

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36  Re: Geek Chic gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: June 29, 2009 01:06:51 AM
Ok my fellow geeks, dweebs, dorks and nerds.  Prepare your wisting fingers.  I am about to make you jealous.  I received this wonderful pile of geekery goodness from nostrum on Friday.  Boy oh boy am I one lucky geek or what?
First of, straight from my wist, and the chic for every computer girl geek, a lap top bag:

and the best part about it?  She made it with this cool padded insert, so if I want to use it as just a bag I can! Clever huh?

This cute little wave clutch, which I think I will keep with my laptop bag, maybe for the power cord.

I am a science teacher and look what she made me!  Totally awesome:

and coz her stencil was so good, she printed it again, on my fave colour, I am going to use this to make a pencil case.

Still going.....can you believe it? Nyah nyah. Tongue
A tiny Einy ami.  With formal clothes and lab clothes and accessories.  This little dude is the prize of all the package.

And because one ami aparently is just not enough, the whale from hitchhiker's, complete with his thoughts as he plummets to earth.

You want more?   Well yep, there is still more.......
This colourful yet nerdy science artwork canvas

and then.......
a size matters t shirt, in all its wisty goodness.

I met him in swap (sic) down in Dagobar....Yoda  Y-O-D-A Yoda Yo Yo yo yo Yoda....

Nostrum, you made my day, week, year, millenium with your craftster goodness.  Thanks again!

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37  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: June 18, 2009 02:45:06 AM

See I told you the maryjane slippers weren't even the coolest thing zombiecazz made me.  This cool r2 ami is what she actually claimed me for.....how geekaliciously awesome is he?  I love him.  We are having wars (not clone wars) in our family over where he gets to sleep.  I am currently winning.  w00t!

and not only but also:

she hand dyed and spun this wool for me.  I am anxious to use it for something worthy.  Any suggestions?

And because she is a deadset legend, there was also this:

a beautiful scarf from my wist.  Which I have worn every day since I rec'd, it is cold here, by Aussie standards anyway, not anything you northern hemisphere people would call cold I'm sure. Lolz.

Our daughters have also become penpals which I think is super cool so there was also some great butterfly colouring in and stickers for Emily.

Thanks zombiecazz, you delivered in spades. (and you are a hot chick to boot)
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38  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: June 16, 2009 04:13:27 AM
Hey! Check out the cool maryjane slippers zombiecazz sent me!

wanna know the coolest part?  That wasn't all that was in my package.  But I stuffed around with this picture and forgot to take photos of everything else.  So stay tuned..
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39  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 46 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: June 06, 2009 08:49:17 PM
I got my awesomely geeky t-shirt from ehinders.  I am a chemistry teacher so she made a great choice. 
Tried to get photos earlier but something always went wrong.  This is not a great photo, only partly coz it includes me, lol. If you have a better photo ehinders please post it.

The picture shows the back of the t-shirt with an inset of me wearing it showing the front...I love the little beaker. and the sleeves are different to any t-shirt I have and I love them.  It is softer fabric than I am used to in my tshirts.  Everything about it rox.
Thank you ehinders.
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40  Re: Craft My Theme 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by spectrumsparksie on: May 21, 2009 12:08:51 AM
Well sadly my partner flaked on me, and I am super bummed coz I sent her some good stuff that I would have liked to keep for myself.
But happily the lovely and kind crazyda stepped in to angel for me, and she captured me perfectly. 
She selected from a range of my themes:
A gorgeous tote with a puppy that looks just like my Nazzy. (sweet dreams theme)
Some hand painted slippers which I already put on my cold tootsies this morning.  They say "warm up to a good book. (multi themed, good call crazyda sweet dreams theme, reading theme, brrr its cold theme)
A gorgeous embroidered scarf (brrrr its cold)
Some lovely lavender lotion (my favourite scent, mmmm you smell good theme)
And a cute book light which will be perfect when I am re-reading the twilight series (again!) so I don't bug my hubby too much (reading theme)
Heres a pic of the booty;

thanks again crazyda
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