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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Light Living Room Makeover on: February 22, 2010 07:11:27 PM
So this makeover isn't 100% done, but I suspect finished is a myth…

The Hubs and I moved into our house about 2 years ago and I went a little crazy with blue paint. Made all the walls Tiffany box blue prior to the before pic - it really was too much.  The unique Southwest architecture was a challenge to work with, as seen in these lovely before photos.  Please note the Hubs and his man-hockey-den in the background.  He only needed to paint once.  

So that's the before.   Nothing like guests coming into your freshly decorated house and talking about the “potential.” In truth, the color was okay, but never felt right.  Then after a year of not being able to figure out what could be better, I was inspired to go black.  Fortunately the darkest color I could get was Baer’s French Roast and have to admit, it feels pretty awesome. 

Summary of Changes:
•Used Gimp, a free photoshop program to test the colors before painting, which I definitely recommend.   Once happy, painted.
•Flipped  the reversible curtains around to the darker side.
•Added two of the Boy's large paintings to the television wall.  Think they help detract from the television.
•Inspired by the blogosphere’s love for wooden letters and labels like “family” and “home,” bought some 3-D cardboard letters from the Hobby Lobby and painted them.  Like three times.
•Decoupaged some elephants for the TV cabinet and reinstalled a missing  door onto the cabinet. 

The changes weren't no budget- but definitely under $100 for a much happier space.

Thanks for reading!  And thanks to everyone that posts such wonderful comments and inspiring pictures!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little Red Riding Hood Matryoshka Felt Ornaments on: January 20, 2010 03:38:05 PM
I did these beauties for the altered fairy tale craft swap.  They range from about 3" to 5".  They're all hand designed, hand stitched with french knots, running stichtes, outlines stitches and the like.  It was my first time working with felt as an adult.  LOL.

Sorry the pics are a little dark.

Thanks for looking!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 2 Decoupaged Elephants on: January 14, 2010 08:34:12 PM
I made decoupaged elephants!  They feel Anthropology-esque.  But I haven't been to their store in a LONG time. They are made of ceramic and each one used three sheets of scrapbook paper.  And mod podge of course.  They're sweet and happy and about half the size of a fat large cat.  Oh!  And the elephants were 12.99 each at Marshalls.

Here they are completed:

And before (they were already pretty cute)

Comments and critiques welcome!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for Mail Organization? on: January 10, 2010 02:25:08 PM
Could anyone share an idea for mail organization/something that works for you? Ideally the Hubs and I would go through everything once it came into the house, but realistically its just not going to happen...  And stacks of paper in 3-4 locations just isn't working as well as we had initially planned.  LOL.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mature- Buzzworthy Learn to Stitch Cards on: September 16, 2009 10:45:09 PM
I just started stitching (as an adult) a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking about these learn to stitch cards that I had as a kid- with farm animals.  Here's the adult versions that I made into notecards!

Let's begin with learning the running stitch.  On a classic vibe.
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Up next we actually have the first project, learning the stem stitch/outline stitch (I don't know the difference yet).  On a remote controlled egg vibrator.  Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy.
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Next we have my favorite- learn to cross stitch.  On a rabbit vibrator.
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And finally- something for the boys.  Learning to chain stitch and french knot.  On the double vibrating cock ring.
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6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hockey Fight Embroidery on: September 13, 2009 12:28:32 PM
Yay hockey!  This was originally going to be for my husband, but I love it so much I'm having a hard time parting with it.  Somethin about the sporty action shot and embroidery that leaves me feeling tingly.

This piece is based on an actual photo.  Its on a six inch hoop and was mostly done on 2 cross county plane trips.  I came a little close to accidently stabbing my neighbor with my needle at one point.   Undecided Anyhow- I used the full six threads because I didn't want to mess with seperating threads on the plane.  And later did some one and two thread detail.

Close up below.  The LA Kings Jersey was super fun to create details for.  For reference- the crown fits entirely under a penny.  And I'm proud of the tiny silver french knot clasp on the fight strap from the guy on the right.  Fight strap-white tab that connects shorts to jersey-in case of a fight.
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