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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with three plywood tea chests? on: January 13, 2012 02:16:45 AM
A couple of years ago I got my hands on three great plywood tea chests. They look a lot like this one: http://maaidesign.blogspot.com/2009/09/tea-chest-ottoman.html and are also in similar condition.

In my previous places I used them as bed-/couch side tables but we've moved now and the new place doesn't really need any such things. Now I am pondering what to do with them and thinking I might somehow reuse them in a more clever way than turning them upside-down and putting stuff on them. I've searched the net for ideas but haven't come up with a lot except the above linked ottoman and disassembling them in order to use the printed sides as fronts for something (though I have no idea for what  Undecided)

Do you have any ideas, links, pictures of finished projects ...?

Edit: Oh, and yea, I know about tea chest basses, but I am not the musical type.
Also, do these things go by any other name? When searching for tea chest ideas most stuff I get are those tiny tea bag storage things.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Different techniques for "writing" on fabric on: May 25, 2011 03:32:20 AM
Hi all,

(I am not sure if this is the proper board for this question. If not please tell me so or move this thread where it rightfully belongs.)

I am trying to spice up a rather boring shirt of mine and want to put a word on it using different "fabric decoration" techniques for every letter. The problem with this is that I just cannot come up with enough techniques for all the letters. So far I have embroidery (usual and cross stitch), appliqu (usual and reverse), beads, sequins, and textile markers/stencilling. I am sure there are many more, but somehow my mind refuses to cough up the respective memories. I also vaguely remember seeing lots of craft blog headers using the same idea but I cannot for the life of me remember any of the URLs either.

This is clearly my slow week :-/

Can anyone help me?
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Suggestions for the new bookmark feature on: May 01, 2011 04:44:18 AM
First off, let me say I love CRAFTSTER!  You admin ladies (& gents if there are any) ROCK!

I would love to see a way to:

1. Sort your Bookmarked items by Category
2. Add the name of person who started the topic
3. View thumbnails on your Bookmarked items

These are a few things circulating in my head along with other random thoughts of nothingness.... Roll Eyes

+1 on the "drowning in bookmarks" front!

As far as I can see there hasn't been any action on this, so I'd like to bump that issue again.

 I think Wendellina's ideas are quite suitable i.e. that they're not overly complicated/require lots of implementation effort but would make bookmark life sooo much easier!

alphascorpii (who just returned from a longish "copy all bookmarks in a text file, beat it around with regex and turn it into a csv"-foray she really doesn't want to repeat.)

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Yarn Bombing - ducks in the river on: March 15, 2011 12:36:28 AM
I think I'll have to agree with enchantedwhimsies, the duckies are very cute indeed but there's already so much plastic trash in the rivers, I really don't think one should add to that.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for "manly" crafting projects on: January 26, 2011 12:29:33 PM
Hmm, that's harder.  What about stenciling t-shirts?  Instant gratification and pretty cheap.  Or um, whittling Smiley  Sorry, that's all I could think of off the top of my head, but I'll keep you in mind!

I'm sure we can come up with something  Wink

Oooooh! Stencilling is a great idea!! I'll definitely add that to the list. Great! Hm, maybe he'd also like making stamps. He could use his dremel - which is always a pro Wink - and I am pretty sure we'd find some motives that he likes.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for "manly" crafting projects on: January 26, 2011 11:41:24 AM

Why can't sewing/knitting/crocheting be manly?  Beading I get, but he could sew himself a tie, a bag to put manly things in, or a manly pillowcase Smiley  He could learn to knit/crochet and make himself a hat or a scarf.  Or learn any craft and make gifts for other people!

Even embroidery and cross stitch can be very manly if you do it right- see craftster's own Mr X Stitch:

A romantic or nostalgic fella could make a scrapbook of his relationship or kids or pets...

Hope that helps!  I like the idea of putting together a craft book for him Smiley  Let us know how it goes!

I know there are men who are in all kinds of crafts, usually considered "womanly", I am also on ravelry, and there are quite some guys there who do really great stuff! Jared Flood comes to mind, Patrick Hassel-Zein, MMario ... I also really dig Kurt A. Bernecker and of course the ever-inspiring Kaffe Fassett, but unfortunately my own man is rather into typical "manly" stuff. That's what my problem is all about! Believe me, if showed any inclination towards anything yarn-based I'd happily shower him with yarns, needles, stitch-markers, patterns and whatnot!

Unfortunately he doesn't and so I am left having to come up with "The illustrated guide to 100 things to do with a two-by-four".  Undecided
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Looking for "manly" crafting projects on: January 26, 2011 10:24:48 AM
Hey fellow Craftsters, I need you help. Badly!  Undecided

So, here's the thing: the husbands birthday's coming up. He's a crafty guy but sometimes at a loss when trying to think of actual projects to do, so I thought I'd give him a craft book, full of great crafting ideas. HOWEVER, the (German) craft book market doesn't seem to be prepared for such an outlandish topic as crafting men. All there is to find is beads, sewing, knitting, interior decorating, scrapbooking and tilda, tilda tilda ... It seems when men want to get crafty they basically have the choice between model making (think aircraft carriers and double deckers), carpenty and general home improvement (insulating roofs and changing flow heaters), none of which is especially appealing to my dear man.

So, being a crafter myself I thought "Well if such a book can't be bought, I'll make him one myself!" ... and now I realise why such books are so hard to come by: It's really hard to think of manly crafting projects!

So, as usual, I turn to you, fellow craftsters  Smiley

Help me out of my misery! I am looking for crafting ideas that mainly suit the following requirements:

  • Apartment-compatible: birdhouse not rowboat
  • Low tool usage: dremel not buzz saw
  • Manly: ... I don't know, what's manly anyway? Useful not decorative?  Elegant not cute? Wood not beads? Oh I don't know ...

I'd be most grateful for any ideas you can contribute! I promise that, in return, all projects will find their way to craftster  Wink

Here are, for illustration, a few of the things I got so far: the inevitable spice rack  Wink, a bird bath for our balcony, a storm lamp made from a terracotta flower pot, wooden buttons, picture frames, little signs to put into our herb garden, a key holder, a mini greenhouse and a vase made from a light bulb.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: December was my busy sewing month IMG HVY on: January 21, 2011 03:50:29 AM

Snow white lace legging(im not sure yet of whats the design on the fabric..but its awesome)

Hmmm. From what I can see it looks like scorpions.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Prison style festive season on: January 14, 2011 01:58:59 AM
Sadly, we dont really have shrinkey dinks here in NZ (Ive been trying to get my hands on heaps for me!!) so thats not something shed have easy access to.

It's a bit late for Christmas stuff obviously, but I wanted to mention this nevertheless. You don't need to buy the original Shrinky Dinks, they are basically only simple Polystyrene, like it is also used for making plastic salad cups and the like. When you look at plastic packaging you'll almost always find a triangular sign indicating what sort of plastic it is, look for plastic marked with the number 6 like here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/ps.gif. You can use them like regular Shriny Dinks.

Here are some longer tutorials on that:

Maybe your sister could get some of that plastic? If she's allowed to buy foods, the transparent lids over the aluminium lids on cream cheese and such stuff are also often made of No 6 Plastic.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate knit kit on: January 14, 2011 01:07:36 AM
Hey Bongirl

alpha: they're little stitch markers that say "k2tog, psso, yo" etc... they're super handy for keeping track of what you're supposed to do at a particular stitch.  My sister LOVED them.

Aaah, I see. Never heard of them, but I also haven found the courage to tackle socks yet.Thanks for enlightening me Smiley
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