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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Re: Harry Potter inspired "The Burrows" or the Weasley Home on: January 04, 2011 03:33:27 AM
Fantastic! This looks so great that when I showed my hubby the photos, at first he thought someone had built a life-size house!! 
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Yes, another diaper cake! on: November 15, 2010 02:24:29 AM
Cute Smiley  I love the flowers!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Leafy baby mobile - anyone want to have a go? Free template! on: November 14, 2010 10:44:57 PM
Firstly, I hope this is the right spot for this post!!

I had an idea the other day, but I don't have time to make it up, so I thought I would put it up here, and see if anyone would like to have a try at it.

I am planning a nature-y / flowery / butterfly type of theme for my daughter's nursery, and I thought a mobile that looks like falling leaves might be cute, maybe even with a butterfly or 2 perched in there somewhere? Who knows.  I originally thought of making it from felt, but maybe paper, or fabric sandwiched over stiff interfacing might be better?? I planned for some of the leaves to curve gently, so the mobile would have a more 'realistic' feel.

I am really committed to decluttering and organising my whole house and life right now, so I don't want to get sidetracked by this.  However, I would love to see it made up, so if there is anyone out there who could find a use for a similar mobile, feel free to have a try!! 

I drew my basic leaf, scanned it and resized it a few times, but that is as far as I want to go!  I *must* get on with sorting out my junk!!  Feel free to use this for personal projects, and if you do please, please, please post a photo!!

(Also, if anyone has any ideas on how to make better templates, message me!! Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Got some ideas for a strange bedroom? At wit's end! *lots of pics* on: November 14, 2010 09:18:27 PM
Firstly, my sympathies!

As someone else suggested, those CDs really would work so much better as mp3s, and then you could get rid of the stereo too - just use your computer to play music.  Or replace it with an Ipod and get one of those tiny speaker sets to go with it.  I am all for scanning papers too - I used to be a teacher, and I have boxes of resources that I can't get rid of - a future project for me is to scan everything  and make several backup copies.   It would be a great habit to get into now, at the beginning of your career - I have so many boxes to get though -- it would be so much easier if I had done it along the way!!

A few ideas:

The shame corner might work as a bookshelf or closet?

Could you rearrange the furniture in the room?  Shifting things around might give you a little more space.

I would definately paint those walls a solid, cool colour, to make the space look bigger.  A similar idea to make the space look less cluttered, but without really changing much would be to put doors on your shelving.  All the different book spines and photos etc are too close to appreciate in such a small space, and just contribute to the closed in feel.  

 If you really love those pictures you have up there, maybe you could use scans of them as your backgrounds on your computer desktop, or get a plain photo frame and change the picture every month?  Just get it big enough to fit the largest one, and make the others fit by placing sheets of card or paper behind them.  

Also, how about changing your computer to a lap top? Then you could store it in a hanging messenger bag, and maybe get a smaller desk, or at least have more room on your current desk.  Maybe then you could get some document trays or the hutch someone already mentioned.  

Under-bed storage would be great for you.  If your dad is handy, maybe he could make you a new bed or desk.  This desk would be fantastic for a small space:

The free plans are here: http://ana-white.com/2010/02/plans-bedford-secretary-top-insipred-by.html
There are great bed ideas there too: http://ana-white.com/category/plans/plancollections/storage-bed-collection

How about some hanging shelving - like those old fashioned kitchen pot hangers that are on a pulley?  If you had a rectangular one you could screw heavy duty cardboard boxes to the top of the rack and store stuff you don't use too often up there.  A round one could be used to hang things from.  

Do you have access to the attic?  I think your real problem here is that you are trying to fit an adult life into one small room.  We have so much more in our lives when we are adults - your Mum really should recognise this, and be less greedy with 'her' space.  Could you negotiate to take over part of the attic?

I am currently going through a de-cluttering process myself, and it is *so* hard at the beginning, but once you get into it, it really does get easier. I have a hard time throwing anything out, so I donate everything I can.   I would start by getting rid of everything you don't currently use or need - think how much fun another kid could have with that jigsaw you love?  

Best of luck!  Tell us how it turns out!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby Girl Nursery on: November 14, 2010 06:57:45 PM
Another couple of thoughts:

 - big sheets of that foam stuff people make Halloween gravestones out of... I don't know what it's called, or how expensive it is, though (I'm an aussie, and we don't have foam sheets or Halloween here!). 

- A really, really big canvas painting type thing?  It might work if you made the frame out of non-structural pine (that sells for about $3 for 2.4 metre lengths here), and make the 'canvas' out of calico or even bedsheets? You could applique on a mural maybe? If you installed a hinge in the middle at the back you could make it outside and still get it into the room.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby Girl Nursery on: November 14, 2010 06:35:40 PM
Those panels would like great painted in alternating pastels, something soft like mint, lemon, and powder blue, with the largest ones pink.  Are you sure you can't paint them?  If the landlord is willing to let you paint the door, it might be worth asking about the walls also.  I know someone who was renting and even though she was sure the landlord would say no, she asked about painting one room, and the landlord was really supportive - turns out the landlord detested the old paint just as much as she did, but his budget wouldn't stretch to new paint.

If you can't paint though, how about installing some heavy duty hooks, and hooking your own panels over the yukky walls? Get the lightest craft wood you can (maybe something like that awful veneer that's already there) and paint it whatever you like, then hang it up like a huge picture?

A large rug would brighten up the room, and take attention away from the walls.

Something else you could try is rearranging the furniture - putting the cot at the end opposite the door would focus attention on the cot, and the walls would be less noticeable. You might then have room for a closet or bookshelf  to cover up the big wall, if you could afford it (try thrift stores and garage sales?).
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Apology cookies and response NSFW!! on: November 14, 2010 05:49:18 PM
Hah!!  Such a sweet way to make up (literally!!) Smiley  Love it!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with lanyards on: September 04, 2010 04:19:02 AM
How about weaving them together to make a mat, or using them for binding on sewing projects?
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty tp rolls. on: September 03, 2010 08:25:07 PM
Every time I have an empty roll I have to fight the urge to keep it, so I can sympathise with you!!  I all could think of was chinese lanterns and those bon-bon cracker things you see at Christmas, and dinky kiddy stuff...so I googled!! Here are a couple of things that I found interesting:

Creepy faces  : http://www.geekologie.com/2009/08/paper_art_toilet_paper_roll_fa.php

Tiny little diorama thingies:  http://blog.makezine.com/archive/paper_crafts/

Flowers and wreaths: http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2010/06/recycled-toilet-paper-roll-wall-decor.html#tp

..and I saw a fantastic light at Ikea yesterday (oooh, I so want this!!) - made out of paper.  It might be possible to do something similar out of tp tubes??  http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/40147463

I intended to post photos, but it won't work for me today Sad Ahah! got it now...i think!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's pumpkin time!!!!!!! on: September 01, 2010 12:52:16 AM
Creepy! This is going on my to-do list!!
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