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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Decoupage windows on: June 26, 2005 08:20:40 PM
Okay, this idea came from the fact that I love to decoupage, I am always keeping magazine clippings, etc to decoupage or frame, and I am in need of a simple and inexpensive, yet intriguing, solution to covering my window.  I live with a roommate, so basically my bedroom/bath/closet is my own mini studio. Right now my large window is covered with hideous blinds, and I'd like to use the ledge as a shelf without losing the use of opening and closing my window.  I've thought of contact and rice paper, but so far I've not found anything in my price range for the large window I have.  The only worry about decoupage is that I won't be able to scrape it off well from glass.  Any advice?
22  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / CO2 cartridges and bebes on: April 30, 2005 11:06:44 PM
  My boyfriend is into airsofting and paintball guns, most of which work with a small co2 cartridge that you can only use once.  I'll try to find a picture if nobody knows what I'm talking about.  I'm trying to think of a way to save these from the landfill but the only idea anyone has given me was to make a bong...um, not for me thanks.  I thought that a few would make very cool and industrial vases, but I'm not sure if that would be for fake or real flowers.  After that, I'm kinda stumped.  Also, I know that the bebes can be glued onto things or used as seed beads, but any other ideas?  Right now my brain is just sorta dead. 
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / making a bookshelf? on: April 28, 2005 10:14:23 PM
  I found four perfectly good shelves from a discarded bookshelf.  I would have taken the frame as well, but unfortunately I have no vehicle and it's much to unwieldly to carry.  I'd prefer to make something freestanding rather than attach it to the wall, but I'm slightly stumped as to what to use as the "connector" or well, the sides.  I don't know that I want to do the cinderblock as that often just screams college dorm, lol, but I may use bricks or another recycled item.  I'm coming up with ideas but I just thought maybe someone has some tips from doing this themselves.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Painted teabags/ on: April 17, 2005 10:49:09 PM
  On one of those pay too much for recycled items site, lol, I saw an idea for painting teabags.  Has anyone done this?  I'm supposing you would just dry them out and paint them?  I'm now thinking about painting the sleeves they come in.  I thought about whether to put this in the what the heck to do with this, but the teabags were used as ornaments so I thought that would be best here.  Hmmm....
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / lift that bed! on: April 12, 2005 07:23:08 PM
  A little back story: Recently I moved into a two bedroom apartment with a roomate.  The boy and I have our own bedroom, bathroom and walk in closet we've turned into an office/arts and crafts area.  We are allowed to put things in the common area and for the most part storage and such isn't so bad.  However, we would like to utilize the space under the bed, and also lift it off the floor so that it would be more couch/company like when we had people in our space.  The problem:  it's an air mattress, so I have to be careful not to pop it.  I'm looking into getting a real mattress soon, but in the meantime, any ideas?  So far I have come up with buying two tall bookshelves and lying those down, making a space for storage and organization.  Any more?
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift in a jar...good for any occasion on: April 01, 2005 09:48:59 PM
   i was in one of those situations when you need a gift in a hurry and have NO money.  So, I ran around my apartment filling a glass canning jar with various odds and ends I thought my friend's girl would enjoy:  a nice stone pendant, a few cute patches, some tealights, etc.  All of it was unused and in good condition, lol.  Then I took the jar and decorated it with melted crayons.  I personally tried to choose all the items in a light pastel color since she is having a spring birthday, and she's more of a girly girl.  It was a good way of giving some of my clutter a good home and giving someone something personal at the same time, and I thought that personalization and recycling combined was a great solution.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pom juice picture holder on: December 07, 2004 05:31:15 PM
  I don't have a picture, but anyone that has ever drank or seen POM fruit juice would know what kind of bottle I'm referring to.  My boyfriend bought some the other day and I loved the design, something about the circles.  I wanted to make something other than a vase or a pencil holder, since I have a billion of those, so at first I was going to make a lamp...then I realized it was plastic and would most likely melt.  What I eventually did was fill it with some left over flat marbles, slide drinking straws, the kind that bend, inside the bottle at various odd angles, and paper clipped a few small photos and stickers I had nowhere to go yet.  It looks rather whimsical, but you could paint the bottle and put in different things to hold the pictures for a more whimsical look.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / bulletin board mirror on: July 20, 2004 05:08:30 PM
    I'm not sure what else to call it, so that's what it is!  It all started when I found a large mirror in the dumpster of my apartment complex.  I mulled over taking it for a bit because it had some large cracks and some stains I later found out were water damage, so I knew I didn't want to just hang it up in its current state.  I had my friend help me drag it to my home, and we cleaned it up the best we could and scraped some glue type stuff from it as well.  When my boyfriend came home from work he became involved as well, and he spray painted a section purple (we later decided that would be used for for post its or photos, etc) and we duct taped (for that extra punk feel) some alice and wonderland cards on it as well as some stickers we had laying around.  I haven't hung it up yet, and for now it is sitting on the dining room table nobody ever uses with some action figures.  The reason it makes a great message board?  Dry erase markers can be used and wiped off of it.  YAY!  Anywho, I'm not sure where its permanent home will be, but I love it.  I'll post pics as soon as I figure out my wooky digital camera.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Looking for the links to... on: June 03, 2004 04:34:25 PM
I'm hoping the people that created these websites are still lurking here, or that someone that has visited them quite often knows what I'm talking about.  I would like the instructions to making aluminum (soda) can flowers and how to convert a hardback book to a photo frame.  I was trying to find the links but had no luck.  Of course my computer has been taking forever to download links so that didn't help, lol.  Anywho, anyone remember these projects.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Room Dividers on: May 24, 2004 09:59:59 PM
    I'm sharing a cramped space with multiple people right now and I could use a wall/room divider for some added privacy.  I would like to do something a bit creative, and defenitely inexpensive.  It doesn't have to last forever or anything, so give me any  out there ideas you may have.  I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to hang curtains or fabric from the ceiling, though I'm looking at that as an option as well.
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