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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: OK resin experts what did I do wrong? And how do I fix it on: November 12, 2010 01:36:28 PM
ok! i can help lol

ideally, resin needs to cure at about 70 degrees (but really, not more than about 85)

i highly suggest trying to put your house up to that temp for about 24 hours

the humidity cant be helped, but the increase in temp might help enough to get it set up

another option is to wait till the weather is not humid and letting it set then, but that could be weeks

now, to clean your molds, this will cost a little bit of money (maybe 15 dollars)

pour all excess goo out
fill a plastic box that will easily fit the molds in one layer (or do one at a time, but the cost will add up)
fill the box with acetone nail polish remover till the molds are completely submersed by like 1/2 an inch
put on your gloves, now take a towel you can throw away and wipe each cavity out repeatedly
now grab another towel and put more remover on that, and clean it one more time

now let them dry, and clean them with some rubbing alcohol and then they should sit for about a day before you add resin to them

its messy, and not cheap, but its worth it if the mold is special or expensive

hope i helped!

Oh Thank You! I did a cast a week ago and I think I didn't put enough hardener in and I've got the same problem--goo stuck in my cool star molds. I was about to chunk them until I read this post. YOU ROCK!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Actvities for christmas day? on: November 25, 2009 06:32:32 AM
If you're close to a beach, why not make a picnic and enjoy? You could make sand men instead of snow men, or make a sand Christmas tree complete with starfish and shell decorations. Take pictures and make a scrapbook for friends/family.

You could also pick up shells for the Christmas tree and decorate them. One year my family had everything in storage and we basically had no money for presents. We got a cheap tree and decorated it with wrapping paper ornaments and it is one of my favorite Christmas memories.

Since you guys are newlyweds, maybe try something new together, like learn to make sushi, get a wine tasting kit, or something fun like that.

Or if you cook, why not make a special brunch for you too, spend the day in your PJs and rent a bunch of movies in one genre like kung fu, or one director, ect. Make it special to both of you!

Good luck and happy holidays!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: *MATURE* Monsieur Winky on: July 28, 2009 07:35:14 AM
He's a dandy!  Grin
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tattoo Quilt Embroidery Patches on: July 21, 2009 08:01:23 AM
I'm in awe of your work. Gorgeous! I'm a beginner at embroidery. I hope you post a pic of the quilt once it's done. I peeked at your blog and your Bento box and snow baby cracked me up!!!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Recon,Reuse,Revamp Disneyland to Steampunk on: July 21, 2009 07:42:30 AM
I love what you did with it! I remember sitting there for silhouettes at Disneyland and thinking it took an ETERNITY! I also thought that all the noses looked the same on every silhouette.

We don't live anywhere close to Disneyland and my girls are 2 so sitting still isn't an artform we've mastered yet. However, I do know that you can turn a profile into a silhouette very easily in Photoshop. I was thinking about doing this, and now I've got some serious inspiration from yours to get it done!

Thanks, your piece is gorgeous!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: I read too many mysteries =D (more pics) on: July 21, 2009 07:31:51 AM
That's the coolest mod EVER!!! I'm so jealous and elated for you. What a cool BIL!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Non-painting solutions on: July 21, 2009 07:08:06 AM
I'm in love with vinyl for the walls. You can buy it pretty cheap online and it makes a room. If you don't have a Cricut Expression, you can go to many scrapbook stores and uses their machine and cartridges for a very low cost. I have a retro square art pieces in my living room on a giant wall and I redid our tiny bath as a "bird" bath as we have a pedestal sink in there. Too much fun! Get creative and go for it!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cricut Reviews....? on: July 16, 2009 01:55:03 PM
I love my Cricut Expression. It's so easy to use. I've done two rooms  with vinyl wall art using it. I've got SCAL, which I'm okay with. I suck at Inkscape. I wish it was Photoshop compatible. SCAL crashes every now and then. It's like it gets hung up and I have to close everything and restart it.

Other than the huge learning curve for Inkscape, I'm really in love with all the possibilities!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Updated kitchen - inspired by Italian pottery (pic hvy!) on: July 16, 2009 01:41:56 PM
I love your kitchen. Your painstakingly beautiful tile and cabinet work are GORGEOUS! I love the Mediterranean palette and I think you've got a great talent. Those rate my space people are dolts and wouldn't give them a second thought. The kitchen is the heart of the home and I applaud you for making it your own!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Clean-Along Its time for a major cleanup and redo- Post Your Own Pics on: July 15, 2009 11:41:07 AM
Hi all! I just finished re-organizing my craft room this week. I wish I had "before" photos, alas I do not. Needless to say everything was piled up on the floor so you couldn't even walk into the room. I was also sewing on a cheap plastic table that felt like sewing in an earthquake! My fabric was stuffed into the wire crate rack willy-nilly.

My inspiration for getting this done was a Craigslist sewing desk score for $40. Let me tell you, when I got that thing in my car, I thought the seller got the better end of the deal. Their many cats were living with it in their garage for several years. It stank of cat urine and cats in general. I'm not a cat hater, just allergic! Needless to say I drove with the windows down and wiped it with vinegar several times.

After a week of sanding, priming, painting, and drilling I got it looking pretty cute. I decided to redo my craft room in black, white, with a dash of hot pink thrown in there for spice. My goal was to use what I had, and keep my budget under $100, which included the paint, knobs, etc. for the desk plus a few more containers.

As the desk is pretty much open all the time, I had to brace one side. I swiped a filing cabinet drawer from my hubby's office. It's that particle slick wood covering on the drawers, so I covered the drawer fronts with Cricut Vinyl to match the room. I didn't think it would work to prime and paint them. I stacked some heavy Gnome and Fairy books on top of the filing cabinet as a brace, and wah-lah, no more tilted work surface.

The hard part about this room is there's a huge attic access in the corner, so I can't have any shelves of depth on that wall. I put my Wall 'O' Containers under the attic door which all can be moved easily or rolled out of the way.

To finish this room my to do list is:

1) make a black and white curtain for the window using fabric I already have
2) hang globe light in the corner for some extra work lighting

There's probably more, but I haven't come to it yet.

My next big project is making over a huge secretary desk for our living room. It's been sitting in our garage for a year.

sewing stash

over the door

vintage purse collection decorating the wall that's attic access

theifed filing drawers, upcycled with Cricut vinyl to match room

Wall 'O' Containers part 1

Wall 'O' Containers part 2 with closed cabinet

Crafty bookshelf with stamps and ink storage

Inside the cabinet is bead storage, photos, and small crafts like embroidery

BEFORE sewing desk - still smellin' pretty foul

AFTER sewing desk - sweet and clean!

Lamp needs to be hung and I need to figure out a desk chair other than the one from my kitchen!

I can tell you I went in my room many times and sat for an hour feeling overwhelmed on where to start. It shuts you down, the clutter. Be brave, work in small installments, one thing at a time. For me it was putting embellishments in containers like baby food jars. Then I could move onto other things. Keep it going! You can do it!
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