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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wall decals for kitties :) on: December 03, 2008 07:22:00 PM
So adorable!  (Both the decals and the live kitties).

I love cats. *sigh* Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Picnic in the Park necktie dress on: November 21, 2008 01:55:31 AM
What a great use of ties!  I'll admit, I'm usually not a big fan of stuff made from ties because... well... they just scream "I used to be a tie!"  But this is very clever and beautifully made.  So much so, I may just be forced to copy the idea.  Tongue
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Success at last: it's a tree wall decal! on: November 20, 2008 03:06:39 PM

The 3D quality is mainly because I got lazy with the adhesive stuffs and didn't put as much of it up as I should have, so some of it is a little loose.  It is made out of fabric though, I just cut it into branch-like strips and arranged them on the wall.  Well, actually, I arranged them on the floor first to have a picture of what I was going for, and then transferred that onto the wall.

Those butterflies were actually a bridesmaid gift from my friend when I was in her wedding this summer!  They're some kind of aluminum...  I already had them hung there, so it was really just serendipitous that they wound up in my tree.  Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Success at last: it's a tree wall decal! on: November 19, 2008 11:33:22 PM
I have finally succeeded (and gotten around to posting pictures)! 

This is the project I posted a while back in the discussion section, because I just couldn't make the darn thing stick to my wall!  I first tried using starch to adhere my fabric wall decal, but the fact that my "wall" was a slanted ceiling and the fabric was rather heavy made that plan fail.  Then it was on to staples, but apparently my wall is pretty darn indestructible.  Thankfully, I chickened out of using an actual glue (or something even more permanent like Mod Podge) at the last minute and instead used a combo of 3M poster hangers and good ol' scotch tape to get it up there.  The tape is at the tips and some of the edges to help hold them flat, and the 3M wall hangers do the bulk of the sticking work. 

It doesn't have quite the same finesse it did when I used the starch (before it all fell down), because I had a lot more control then in shaping the branches.  I think it's still pretty darn good, though.

I also cut out stars and diamonds from old magazines and stuck those on the wall around the tree to add some colour.  I'm so glad to finally have something filling that huge empty space.  Now for the rest of the room...

Thoughts/feelings/suggestions/questions?  Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric wall decal + gravity = problem on: November 14, 2008 07:26:05 PM
The fabric is a knit, so it gets fairly heavy when wet.  I actually made my own starch at home as well, using a recipe I found at How About Orange.  In hindsight, both these factors may have contributed to my downfall.  Oops!  But it's okay because I now have my tree successfully on the wall now though!  I chickened out on the glue, and ended up using a combo of good ol' scotch tape (to keep the tips of the branches down) and 3M poster hangers (thanks for the suggestion).

I still need to prove to myself that this is possible, so I'm going to try again with lighter weight fabric on a vertical wall with a different pattern.

I'll post a picture in the completed projects section soon.  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Aubergine-hued Cocktail Dress with Pleated Bodice on: November 09, 2008 09:48:39 PM
What a great party dress!  So cute, I love it.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old tent-like boy turtleneck into cute cardigan! on: November 06, 2008 08:19:25 PM
I just left it- the weave is tight enough that I think it'll be okay. I hand-stitched around the button holes to keep those secure though (I don't know how to do those fancy things on my sewing machine).
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Too many for my own good on: November 06, 2008 07:10:54 PM
You could always just cover the side with the contact info with a picture of some kind and use them as mini greeting cards or gift tags.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric wall decal + gravity = problem on: November 06, 2008 06:58:17 PM
Thanks for all your advice!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old tent-like boy turtleneck into cute cardigan! on: November 06, 2008 02:09:02 PM
I don't have a before picture, but my roomie/cousin was emptying his closet and had an oversized, ribbed turtleneck he was getting rid of.  It was seriously unflattering, but had good warmth potential, so I snagged it out of the pile and came up with this:

I cut off the turtle neck (I can't stand wearing turtle necks) took in the sides and the arms, and then cut the front open and added the buttons and ... well, whatever you'd call the strips of fabric that the buttons attach to.

Maybe the gaping opening in front destroys some of the warmth potential, but I like still like it.
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