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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cotton Flannel Menstrual Pads on: January 05, 2010 11:53:15 AM
I decided to make my own menstrual pads as I was not liking the design of the store-bought cloth menstrual pads that I owned. They were the kind where you put a pad in the back of a holder type thing and then snap the whole thing around the crotch of the panties.  It seemed too labor-intensive (I'm  loathe to do much when I'm in the "monthly way.") Plus it was hard to tell when things might have leaked, until they already had. 

So, I designed my own. Looking at other tutes, I noticed that most used cotton flannel and old washclothes or towels for material. I got on etsy and ordered some fun cotton flannel (2 half yards for under $13 total.)  Then I sketched out a design on a piece of printer paper folded in half. I then added 5/8" around that for seam allowance, and cut the design out. From there i kinda winged it. I used old buttons (as flat as I could find) for fasteners, because that's all I had. I made two designs (as far as how the pads are held in the holders-one has little straps at the top and bottom, underwhich you just slide in a pad, and one has a piece of flannel that holds the pads.) I'll see which works best. I made one holder with towel between the flannel layers, and one without (for each color) making the one with towel for "heavy" days.  All the pads have one layer of towel in between the flannel. I also made everything with finished edges, because the store-bought ones just serged the edges, but after many washings they were falling apart.

With the fabric I had left I made a little travel pouch for holding used pads.

All in all, I think they're pretty cute.
I'm planning to design some less bulky ones that are more streamlined for "lighter" days.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / John Cusack on: December 13, 2009 11:38:37 AM
Hi, this is a pencil drawing I did of John Cusack. It's based on a photograph of him that was in an issue of JANE magazine, I believe. It was part of a project in my studio art class, where you take a black and white picture and divide it into a grid. Then you take a blank sheet of paper and divide it into an identical grid. Then you turn the original picture upside down, and you draw it square by square on the larger blank sheet of paper. The end product makes you look like an artistic genius. Grin This technique is pretty standard to all art classes.

Sorry the pics aren't that great, it was hard to get good ones because the graphite on the jacket area kept reflecting light.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded keychain on: December 05, 2009 11:24:30 AM
Hi. This is a keychain I made with my dog's initial ("B" short for "Bela.) I didn't really know what I was doing and just kind of made it up as I went along. I love glass seed beads and wanted a small project.

I used cotton canvas and made a sort of square pouch, and sewed a ribbon loop in for the keychain to go on.  I don't recommend canvas as the fibers have a tendancy to separate (and skew the image.) I'm working on another one now and I used a tight weave fabric with interfacing on the back (big improvement.) I used size 11 seed beads and nymo thread (I think it was D thread.)

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Painted Guitar on: December 05, 2009 10:37:08 AM
Hi. This is a guitar I painted. It started out as a kind of crappy classical guitar, owned by this guy who scratched all sorts of mean/weird/gnarly things on the front/sides/back.  He gave it to someone, who gave it to my friend, who put stickers all over the satanic messages, and then gave it to me.  The original owner ended up in prison for murder. YIKES! So when I got this guitar it was a mess (and scary!) and didn't last long as an instrument.

I decided to sand and prime it, and make it into a piece of art. I used a few coats of gesso to prime it and painted it with artist's acrylics.

On the back it's rigged so that it can be hung on the wall.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Let's Play "What's Under This Hideous Tile?" (Updated!) on: September 15, 2009 11:42:19 AM
I decided to pull up the carpet in the landing of my apartment this weekend. It was stinky and I was going to air it out, but then I saw this hideous tile in the closet area of the landing:

Is this not ugly? And it was held down with tacks! It looks positively ancient.
I was naturally inclined to pull up this offensiveness (only needed my bare hands)
and lo and behold, gorgeous woodwork underneath.

I was so inspired by this that I spent the rest of the evening prying up the chipped linoleum on the landing.  The wood underneath that is covered in stickiness from the linoleum backing (since it's a different kind than in the closet) but still, it is a vast improvement. I'll have to sand it down and figure out what to do with it.

Here's a pic of the entire landing with all the tiles removed:

You can see the finish got worn away where the tiles were chipped.

Update #2:
I was curious to see what was under the peel n' stick tile in my bathroom.
Here's a pic

I took off the metal cover plate between the tile and the carpet, and here's what I found:

Can you believe there is FIVE layers of flooring on top of the hardwood? Yikes! Seems every one who has lived here has laid down their own preferred flooring. The number 5 linoleum in the picture above is the same as the tiles that were formerly on the landing. I am SOOOOO tempted to tear up all this stuff, but sadly my budget for any such project right now is $0.  It seems the entire apartment has hardwood floors. I'm thinking my landlord is not going to spring for materials and I can't handle fumes in any form so darn. Still, it's fun to see what's under everything.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Crazy little drawings on: August 30, 2009 11:03:25 AM
Here are two drawings I made with Prismacolor colored pencils, on some pastel paper I had. I think the paper was green in the first one, and navy blue in the second one, but it doesn't really matter because the colored pencil is so opaque. Just thought I'd share 'em:

Thanks for looking! Grin
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Cute keeper on: August 27, 2009 04:36:01 PM
I was invited to my friend's baby shower but had no idea what to get her, and I was broke too!  I remembered that my mom still saved some of her handmade baby shower gifts from when I was a baby, and decided that a homemade gift was likely to be appreciated and remembered. I like the idea of very simple, very homemade-looking (since I'm not the best at sewing!) I made this bunny out of fabric scraps. The body was handsewn with very soft stretchy cotton and stuffed with the same. For the pattern I just winged it. I made a VERY simple dress for the bunny and embroidered a nose, eyes, mouth, whiskers on the face, and the baby's name on the butt (Sort of Xavier Roberts style? Grin) There is a heart embroidered on the dress. It turned out to be the only handmade gift my friend received, and she did love it AND kept it even though her baby is no longer a baby!  I made her promise to let her daughter play with it and not keep it put away (as my mom did. Really, what's the use of toys, handmade or otherwise, if you can't play with 'em?)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Punk Bathroom on: August 27, 2009 03:26:02 PM
Years ago I lived in this teeny tiny standalone house/apartment that was probably less than half as big as a trailer. The bathroom was tiny and needed some sparkle, so I decided to redo it into a PUNK BATHROOM! I was careful to make sure I could change it back to boring when I moved out (to get my security deposit back) so some of the stuff I did was temporary. Sorry I don't have "before" pictures, this transformation took place before I knew there was a craftster and before I had a digital camera Grin

I took my inspiration from a b&w photo of Debbie Harry from an old Rolling Stone Magazine. She was standing in a kitchen that had a zebra floor, and I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Anyway, first, the door:

I went to Home Depot and bought a small quart of latex paint in a hot pink/magenta color that I liked. I used flat black enamel on the door frame, and used silver upholstery tacks as "studs."  (Note: when I moved out, I removed the tacks, filled the holes with spackle, and painted over the black with white enamel.)

Mock Up- Just found it! (sorry it's a little battered, I'm surprised I still have it!)

I made this before I did any of the renovation, so I could put all of my ideas on one sheet of paper. Looking at it now I see that I didn't go through with some of my ideas, but oh well. You can see part of the original Debbie Harry picture on the mock-up, and right below the toilet are her feet Grin

On the walls I used big sheets of black vinyl that I bought at JoAnn's in the section with the home-decor fabric.  It was pretty cheap, and I was able to use a 50% off coupon on it too.  The original walls were tileboard (fake tile) so to affix the vinyl I used clear bathroom silicone sealer (from the bathroom section at Home Depot.)  It peels right off the tile so it won't damage anything, and by golly it held that vinyl like a charm.

The Floor:

Okay, this was more permanent, but the crummy linoleum that was there could only be improved upon, so the plan was to paint the floor and then when I moved out just lay down peel 'n' stick tile.  First I cleaned the floor well, and then used a heavy duty white bathroom-safe paint to paint the whole floor. Then, using a pencil, I sketched out the zebra stripes, using the Debbie Harry picture as a reference.  Fortunately, I'm a bit of an artist so for me, this was not difficult.  Then I used a small paintbrush and black enamel paint to fill in the zebra stripes.  I gotta say it was a lot of fun using this bathroom, I felt like a rockstar.

Other touches:

I painted some exposed pipes with the black enamel paint. (Note: when painting over enamel paint, like I had to do when I moved out, use another enamel paint, NOT latex, or it will not adhere to the previous paint.) I used the magenta paint to paint the toilet lid, and in a tribute to my inspiration, painted a portrait of Debbie Harry on it too! It's hard to see it in the picture (I'll try to find a better photo) but it says "Very Debbie Harry."  This was so cool that I took it with me when I moved, so I went to Wal-Mart and bought a cheap toilet lid to replace the one I took with me. I was able to buy one for under $10.

For the window covering I used black sequined fabric from JoAnn's.  It's hard to see it well in the pic.

Even though you can't see it, I bought a cheap chrome toiletpaper holder and chrome towel bar to go with the whole punk theme.

Hope this inspires all of you to rock out your bathroom!
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