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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn Tree Mural V2 on: March 01, 2011 03:16:38 PM
I just came across this somewhere on the internet the other day and I had to check Craftster to see if any other folks out there had tried it.  I think yours looks really neat, and the idea to mix in lights with the thread is bitchin'.  Cheesy 
Can't wait to try it this weekend, hopefully my kitten doesn't try to climb this tree and end up halfway up the wall!  Good job!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My first Sock animals..... on: January 23, 2011 04:36:14 PM
I am going to a Chinese New Year party and I think I will try to make some little sock bunnies, what a cute idea!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Upcycled Magazine Pages turn into a Pretty Picture on: January 23, 2011 11:56:35 AM
this is a beautiful project, you are so clever!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafty Assignment Books, or "Totalling The Text Of Tots For Trade: A How To" on: January 23, 2011 11:54:17 AM
I know these sorts of projects have been done to death, yet I can't help but be proud of these little puppies.

There are numerous tutes out there teaching all sorts of complicated bookbinding techniques, but if you're looking for an easy project that you can do in an evening while it snows outside, give these tiny tomes a try.

Little Golden Books work great to start out with, because they're just two pieces of cardboard stapled together, holding the pages in between.

Pry out the staples (carefully) by making little slices in the gold paper and bending the staples with a pair of pliers.  Once you've done that, the book will fall apart easily.

Cut several sheets of paper to size, I just used the cardboard book itself as a pattern.

Stack all the pages together, and clamp them with a couple of those butterfly clips you can easily steal from work or 'borrow' from someone's desk.

I used a trim nail punch to hammer three holes through the stacks of paper, and threaded thin ribbon through the holes.

These are so easy, I made them for everyone in my family for Christmas and they loved them!

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: I ripped up my prom dress....FOR THE HONOR OF GREYSKULL!!! on: October 10, 2010 09:18:16 PM
okay, so I just saw this while post-hopping, but OH MY GOD girl you're awesome.  I, like, wanna be you.
Awesome post title, awesome recon, and adorable pictures! 
Seriously, I'm going to show this to everyone I know.  Its a great idea!  Good job, I hope you get a few years wear out of that piece of win.
Happy Halloween!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Carpet square rug...the poor girl's floor covering! on: October 09, 2010 06:29:47 PM
Wow, so many nice responses!  Thanks guys!   Roll Eyes

The total cost:
$23 for the carpet squares ($1 each, he threw in a few for free)
$12 for the tape that went on the back--I know they sell this sort of stuff at HD and Lowes, but I bought it on sale at the same carpet store

I only used one roll of the fancy binding tape that is supposed to go around the edge.  One roll of 6 feet was something like $5, it just didn't really matter too much to me since the edges were shaggy and the raw edges have never been a problem.  You could use hot glue or even packing tape.

Since this picture, I've actually cut the rug into two pieces!  One large rug into two small ones looks a lot better in my small studio apartment.

Best of luck, I'd love to see pictures of other crafter's improvements!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Goodwill chair makeover, or "From Basement to Butt-Worthy" on: August 17, 2010 05:33:08 AM
It was a little bit of both, actually.  I had seen the duct tape thing in the Big Ass Book of Crafts, and wanted an excuse to try it on something, and the backs of the chairs were being really stubborn.  Plus, I honestly had nothing else for people to sit on, and time was of the essence. 
I ended up making cute covers for the backs of them, and they're working quite well!  Thanks for the kudos!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paint sample curtain, or "What to do with 600 paint squares" on: August 17, 2010 05:28:06 AM
thanks!  yeah, its a time drain.  its one of those projects that lives on the kitchen table for a long time, waiting to be complete.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paint sample curtain, or "What to do with 600 paint squares" on: August 14, 2010 12:56:10 PM
What does one do with a hot stack of paint samples and a bare window?  Merge!

Supplies needed:
  • Lots and lots of paint samples.  The author of this post does not condone the theft of massive amounts of paint samples from one store.*
  • String
  • Glue
  • Paint brush that is near death

A very easy project, but one that is quite a time-sucker if you're covering a large window.  I cut the tops and bottoms off of each sample so that the black text wouldn't show, and sandwiched a piece of string between two glued pieces. 

Since this picture was taken, I've trimmed along the bottom samples so that they don't hang down unevenly over the window ledge.

Enjoy your modern window covering!

*Go to a couple, space it out a bit.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Goodwill chair makeover, or "From Basement to Butt-Worthy" on: August 14, 2010 12:33:55 PM
You need chairs?  I needed chairs, too.  Too bad nice new chairs cost so much money.
Thats why, with a workin' girl's budget (which we really know means "why couldn't I have just found something on bulky trash day?") I headed to my local thrift store.

Found these beauties for $1 apiece, who had the gall to get rid of these?!:

We've all seen these chairs, they're usually stacked in the corner of some church basement. 

Take off the cushions with a screwdriver...

Sand, prime (its worth it) and spraypaint.

Some old curtains made great slipcovers.  Don't worry about getting carried away with fancy pinning and stressful seams.  They're your damn chairs, right?  Staple gun time!

No offense intended toward those who are big fans of fancy pinning and stressful seams.

The roll of white duct tape I bought at Home Depot cost more than all 4 chairs!

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