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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: i live inside a TANGERINE. on: July 26, 2005 03:29:38 PM
my friend and her bf have an orange room, and my college's "mascot" was an orange tree. very cool.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: tour of my colorful apartment on: July 26, 2005 03:25:03 PM
ttchica, pick something colorful that you like and then use those colors to choose paint. Also, go to the hardware store and get a bunch of paint chips and put them together in interesting combinations. I taped mine to the walls until i decided what i wanted, plus it is also motivation to actually do it!

thanks to all for your kind comments!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: dance wear on: July 23, 2005 06:19:43 AM
I work for a professional ballet company, and none of the dancers ever wear anything indicating they are a dancer outside of the studio. The students, however, you can spot a mile away. They also have a strict dress code for class, and about the only thing they can deviate on is the color of the little scrunchie that holds their bun...

For ballet, part of the trademark look is the open back, and now lots of leotards are being made with interesting criss-cross strap thingies on the back. I'm sure some craftster could do something kick-ass with those designs.

Modern dancers, on the other hand, usually have a lot of cross-over between studio and street. Usually my old faded clothes become dance clothes. T-shirts get chopped up and they are best when they are super soft and pretty tight. I love loose pants that are a bit stretchy and not very thick. I often layer pants in the winter. Personally, i hate the feeling of things on my ankles so i never wear legwarmers. My british friend used to always wear the wrap skirts over her pants. while in ballet class the dress is often about conformity, in modern it is usually about being comfortable.

I would definitely second the idea of using old costume pieces. I was in a "dolly dinkle" studio for years growing up and amassed quite a collection of cheap seqined hideousness. Several of those came in handy for halloween, etc, though i never braved creating them into street clothes. Also, grab brochures from dance companies in your area and check out the photographs, there are kick-ass costume designers out there who do amazing things for dance. (and if you are handy with tulle and have ever thought of costume design, tutus are VERY expensive - the materials are cheap  - relatively - but the labor costs make these very pricey. so making your own would be awesome!)

Oh and if you are interested in dance, seriously, go take a class or become a subscriber to your local ballet company! Or volunteer to help with fundraising! We always want to bring new people into the fold! you are never "too old" to start taking class. there are awesome teachers who will welcome you and help you where you are at!

yay for dance!

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Very, very, very fancy Barbiebed out of a simple shoebox on: July 05, 2005 06:30:37 PM
when i was a kid i only had barbies and an old house my grandfather had made for my aunt. My parents drew the line at the accessories -car, bed, etc. (although somehow i ended up with a pink toilet that - i kid you not - flushed.

anyway, i remember sewing little cushions for their balsa-wood beds, and building a drive-thru (they drove in my roller skates) McDonalds out of cardboard and tinfoil. Oh and building a swingset for the barbie babies out of tinkertoys.

this bed is WAY fancier than anything i ever dreamed up - cool!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Furniture on: June 29, 2005 02:59:37 PM
Thank you! Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Furniture on: June 26, 2005 08:52:57 AM
thanks, artymoi!
yeah, it took quite awhile. but, painting sometimes soothes me, although i do get impatient with all the taping and lines...
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / butt-pocket welcome sign planter on: June 26, 2005 07:14:29 AM
I cut the pocket off of an old pair of jeans, added a ribbon, and, in my kindergarten style embriodery, wrote "welcome." it hangs on the front door filled with impatiens.

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Furniture on: June 26, 2005 06:52:51 AM
Here is the latest piece - a desk chair for my boyfriend. i got it for $5 at the flea mkt, and then sanded it down (it was pretty beat up) and painted it. Enjoy!

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: The "Nice to Grow You" Upside down planter...Tutorial Added Below on: June 26, 2005 06:45:22 AM
here is the one i made out of a jeans leg. This was taken a few weeks ago, and they have grown considerably since. thanks for the idea!

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Furniture on: June 12, 2005 10:28:31 AM
Here's some updates:
I have finished a nightstand and dresser in the bedroom - pics to come! Also finished is a b/w checkerboard desk chair for my boyfriend, as he kept stealing mine!

Also, i got this email regarding the issue of primer, so here are some thoughts on that:

 I was wondering if you had to prime the furniture first or if you just painted it.  My girlfriend and I are thinking of doing a while you were out for her preteen daughter.  She wants a cool bedroom because she is NOT a baby anymore.   The furniture is functional just not cool.  My husband says that you can't paint furniture because it is laminated or something...but I think you have a different opinion on that.   Thanks for taking the time to help us.  Everything you posted on crafster.org is truly inspirational.  Thanks...Jess

Hi Jessica,

Well my experience with laminated furniture is limited and I have heard different things from different people. By far your best bet is wood that is bare that you prime. For that any water-based primer will work. It isnt absolutely necessary, but, primer is generally cheaper than paint and priming will make everything even and save you a coat of paint. However, not everything comes bare and ready to go. If you are painting over existing paint, scuff it up with sandpaper to dull the finish and then prime.

I have painted some laminated shelves that I used KILZ oil-based primer on under regular water-based latex. If it is not subject to much wear and tear thats ok, but in the places where you use it a lot or it gets touched or bumped, the paint can scratch and peel.

Probably your best option for laminate is to use a primer for plastic. Rust-oleum makes one that you can buy at Home Depot. It is more expensive than regular primer, about $10-12 a quart I think. But, worth it if your project will last! Warning it STINKS! work outside since if possible or in a really well-ventilated room. It is oil based so you will have to use paint thinner to clean up. I highly recommend cheap disposable latex gloves. Also, you should consider using a cheap foam paintbrush they are about 50 cents at michaels and just throw it away when you are done, rather than trying to clean a good one. The rust-oleum plastic primer takes about 24 hours to dry (they arent kidding on the label) so be sure you plan for that in your project.

As for your top coat, latex paint from home dept will work, or if you want something with a lot of different colors it makes more sense to buy tubes of Folk Art acrylic paint at michaels (about 85cents to $1 each).

I hope this is helpful, feel free to email me or post a message on craftster if you have other questions. Good luck on your project, and be sure to post pics when you are done!

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