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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: You used to change a diaper on THAT? on: March 06, 2012 04:37:16 AM
Oh my goodness!  I've been MIA for so long that I missed the honor of being chosen for top 2011 posts!  Sa-weet!  Thank you Craftster!!  You just made my morning  Cheesy

And to those that I have missed replies to....THANK YOU  Cheesy  I appreciate your kind and encouraging words!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My new sewing chair on: March 06, 2012 04:34:29 AM
I love this Smiley  The patchwork is so fun!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Meet Our 3Q2011 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - Chocolate_Jo! on: December 11, 2011 01:05:56 PM
How fun!  Thank you so much!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Painting around a toilet is tricky - but worth it :) on: September 15, 2011 07:05:00 AM
I'm so excited to start my project now! Its a pretty big one, I'm doing my living room and kitchen, yikes. I'm doing a lil more neutral colors there, tan and dark tan/brownish. But I do plan on doing my daughters bathroom with the same technique with pinks! Wish me luck!!  Wink

Yay!  Good luck!  You're going to love it!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Painting around a toilet is tricky - but worth it :) on: September 14, 2011 05:46:31 AM
This treatment is so easy!  Basically I picked two colors from the same chip strip.  One was lighter and one was two or three shades darker. 
I painted the lighter color first on the wall - I'm pretty sure it was eggshell finish.  I hate flat paint, so I refuse to use it, but it works best if the first coat is sort-of absorbent. 
So first coat painted... while that's drying mix your second coat in a bucket with some painting medium that is for faux finishing on walls - I think it thins it down without screwing with the drying time...ask the paint department peeps...it's clear, I don't remember what kind it was exactly...sorry. 
Anyhoo, mix that up in a small bucket and grab a bunch of plastic bags.  *word of warning* the ink on the bags could possibly come off on your wall - so make sure you use ones with little printing on it or use the inside of the bag.  I used a LOT of cvs bags. You may also want some gloves, it's not a tidy process!  I didn't, but had blue left on my hands for a couple of days.
Wad up your bag, dip it in, like you would a brush- not completely in, just a part of the bag.  Then, dab it, smash it, stipple it, pounce it, dot it on the wall in random ways in one little area - work your wall in sections.  Don't slide it or swipe it or anything like that!  It will smear the paint and you'll have to start over. The plastic is going to add and remove the second color of paint leaving a cool effect on the wall. 
You don't have to leave the bag balled up either.  I would start out tidy and then end up with it open, scrunched up small, then loosely wrapped around my hands while I'm patting the bag like I'm giving the wall a high-five, etc.  The more you don't do the same motion with the bag in the same position, the better the effect.  Work quickly, so you don't over work the paint.  It's fun and forgiving too! If you have someone helping you, don't start on opposite walls and meet in the middle.  It will look different-believe it or not!  Work side by side getting into each other's space so that you're work as one - trust me on this!  Your technique can even look different day to day. 
It's really really easy and not as intimidating as maybe I'm explaining it. Does that make any sense at all?  It's been a while since I've done it.  If you have any more questions, please please please ask!  Good luck!  You'll love it!!!  In my other house I did it with greens and it was awesome Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: You used to change a diaper on THAT? on: August 12, 2011 04:54:16 AM
Think this is beautiful and practical.    good work, well worth the effort.

Thanks!  I am loving the extra work-surface in my kitchen! 

That is amazing! Kudos!

Thank you! Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: I've got a tree growing in my foyer and it's UPDATED AGAIN! on: August 12, 2011 04:52:28 AM
When I buy a house someday I totally want to do this project. It is so blooming cool. How do you starch fabric to walls? Is there a tutorial you used? Can you re-use the leaves and balls from previous seasons? I have never heard of such a thing before but the possibilities are blossoming in my brain.

You should!  THanks Smiley  I have seen where people have used liquid starch - like for laundry - and it worked, but I haven't tried it on my walls.  I have tried it on something else and it didn't work.  So, I just boil a couple cups of water, I add it to a big bowl with  a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cornstarch (I'm an eyeballer, sorry...no exact measurements here), and make sure you whisk it in slowly and thoroughly to try to get all the lumps out.  Then I usually add another cup or two of cold water so that I don't have to wait forever to let that boiled water cool before I start sticking my hand and fabric in it.  I grab my cut out fabric, get it saturated, ring it out, slap it out on the wall.  Smooth it out or it will be bumpy - how it goes up is how it's going to stay until you rip it off.  Yes, you can totally re-use the fabric.  I plan on it.  It's just really stiff, but when it's wet again, it will be completely fine!  Yay!!  I'm actually thinking of putting giant panels of fabric on my walls this way, but haven't found a piece that I love enough to do it.  The possibilities really are endless with this technique!

Summer Tree is my new favorite.

Thanks Smiley  I like it too  Cheesy  And it will last me late into the season! Wohoo!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Joeli's Nursery Tree- lots of leafy pics on: August 12, 2011 04:45:49 AM
Lovely! I've started one in my girl''s room that I yet to finish. Yours gives me the incentive to. It turned out so beautiful. I also love that there will be shelves installed on the branches. What a clever idea.
If mommy wants to, she can stick silk or paper flowers to the wall on the tree ans switch it out for the seasons.

Aaaw Smiley  You should finish it!  It's hard finding the time, I know! You'll be glad you did Smiley 

It's amazing! Whenever I get my own apartment I'm going to make something just like this. The bookshelves on the branches are a brilliant idea.

Do it!  It's pretty calming actually - and will still have leaves in winter!  Hooray!

That is really pretty!


Wow!  I don't think a project of mine has been wisted before - cool!!  Thanks for the compliment Smiley

If I actually get off my butt and do it, I'll post it so you can see Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Joeli's Nursery Tree- lots of leafy pics on: August 11, 2011 05:38:43 AM
Thanks everyone for you lovely words!  Your encouragement means so much and has made me smile this morning  Cheesy  You rock  Cheesy

They'll need to put some birds on those bookshelves.  Good job!

I thought so too!  Or hang one of those cute handmade bird mobiles in the corner!  Something bird-y Smiley

That is SO gorgeous!!! I would love to have that tree in my bedroom! In fact.....*wisted*

Wow!  I don't think a project of mine has been wisted before - cool!!  Thanks for the compliment Smiley

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Joeli's Nursery Tree- lots of leafy pics on: August 09, 2011 04:24:53 AM
I'm not a one-trick-pony, I swear!  I really can paint other things besides trees! I just have always loved them so much and have such a connection to them (I have been known to hug a tree now and then), it's natural and easy for me.  I enjoy it very much.  
This particular tree was painted today in my nieces nursery.  She totally would have loved a blooming pink tree, but she is the first born and this nursery will be used again and a little brother may not appreciate it quite as much. Wink  So we decided that a simple leafy green tree would be just as lovely and sweet.

They are going to put shelves on three of the branches that I made extra level - well, as level as I could do free-handed!

Add in some pretty vinyl butterfly decals and you're all set!  

(Sorry, I wish this wasn't sideways)

Aunt Jessie loves you Joeli!  I hope you really enjoy your new tree!  You can tell me later...you can work on napping during the day and holding your head up on your own first Smiley

So what do you think? Please let me know!
  Enough with the trees already?  Cheesy
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