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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Home Sweet Home Challenge: Dumpster Dive on: May 18, 2011 08:05:52 PM
Yay!  This is perfect timing for me.  My mom just gave me two of her oldest, wornout, but most treasured pieces of furniture.  So, now I have to decide between revamping a tea table or a sewing cabinet.  Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Red Balloon Cabinet (Pic Heavy) on: May 15, 2011 07:12:43 PM
Thanks for the nice comments!  Glad you like it. Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mario Potted Plants! on: May 12, 2011 12:09:20 PM
These are awesome!  Perfect for nerds who can't keep a real houseplant alive. Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Red Balloon Cabinet (Pic Heavy) on: May 12, 2011 12:02:07 PM
This is my first big decoupage project, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Here are some pics of the base materials, which were a children's book I picked up at the thriftstore, and a small, unfinished cabinet purchased at Michael's.

And the fun begins!  I painted the inside of the cabinet, its hinges, and the doorknob with red, oil-based paint.

Then it was onto the exterior.  All I used for this part were the pages from the book, some scissors, and lots of Mod Podge. 

Here's my favorite part, the top of the cabinet. 

Hope y'all like it.  Any comments welcome!
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Deep South Tornado Victims on: April 29, 2011 06:57:36 AM
Hello everyone. I'm a resident of the state of Alabama, where just 48 hours ago a terrible line of tornados destroyed thousands of homes and cost almost 200 people their lives.  Right now, people are working around the clock to get food, water, and shelter to those in need.  Some major cities and countless small communities are predicted to go without electrical service and water for weeks.  The rebuilding effort is going to take years.

I really want to do something for the victims of these storms.  Anyone out there have any ideas?  I have never done any non-profit organizing in my life, but I think those of us on Craftster can make a positive impact somehow.  Most people's immediate needs are being met, but I have feeling that as the weeks continue this mess will gradually disappear from people's thoughts.  All the small towns affected will probably be forgotten even sooner.  This makes me especially sad, because I grew up in just such a community named Cordova.   It was virtually destroyed Wednesday, leaving six people dead.  Thankfully my family was spared. 

I'm pretty sure ya'll feel the same way as I do about crafty, homemade things.  They make us feel better, and can make an ordinary and/or temporary place feel like home.  Something which these displaced folks could appreciate.  I am asking for help for these people.  I just don't know how to get things started.  Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions Welcome ~ Photo Engorged! 11 new pieces!! on: March 19, 2011 08:14:43 AM
I love the idea for a seat made from wine corks!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: First House!!! on: March 19, 2011 08:08:04 AM
I just moved into a new place as well, and was about to leave a post similar to yours. My plan is to be as thrifty and green as possible in my new habitat. Reusing, recycling, and revamping as much as possible. I don't have any links for you, but one of the easiest crafts to start with are curtains. Basic panel-type ones are super easy to sew, and depending on the fabric, they can transform a room.
Keep posting about your decorative adventures!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Owl be Green! - Upcycled owl purse on: December 27, 2010 10:07:37 AM
I love upcycling, and thrift stores, and owls!  This is awesome.  I've often thought about buying old jackets and blazers, but the material intimidates me as a relative sewing novice. Thanks for explaining the way you handled the curves of the bag.   
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Something Fishy - IMAGE HEAVY on: September 13, 2010 09:49:28 PM
Wow.  This is amazing.  What lucky kids!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Adult t-shirts to toddler dresses on: September 12, 2010 07:21:44 PM
These are too cute.  I would love to know how you made them.
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