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11  recycled washcloths from dirty old socks :) (w/ photo) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: March 21, 2008 07:41:02 PM
Hey! I made some washcloths out of old socks, and thought it would be fun to share. I took old holey boys-played-basketball-with-no-shoes (!#$!#@@@!) socks, and outgrown little girl t shirts. I just cut the biggest square I could get from the foot part (and saved the elastic part for arm sweat-bands! Smiley then I took a shirt, and cut it about an inch and a half wider than the sock. Folded over the edges twice and stitched it down. I also stiched and X across the centers because I thought it might get wonky if I didn't.. Anyway, they work. I am sure they could be much prettier, but hey... They are dirty old socks. Smiley

I wasn't sure about posting this under the recycled crafts, I didn't see a completed projects place there...   Undecided
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12  Patchwork skirt with mountain scene in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by funkensteins on: February 25, 2008 03:42:53 PM
I made this skirt. I would normally applique the front panel with the scene, but I wanted to challenge myself and do it all in patchwork. I used corduroy for the sides, and I was trying to upload more photos, but it would not let me. Sad Oh well, at least I got this one loaded!! And now my scrap bin is a little thinner on blue! Smiley  Cheesy I made the dress on the little girl too, but that was a long time ago!

I had to cut my head out of the photo, because I was shocked to see how old I am! Sad I am also a little shy to wear this out! Smiley I am thinking it would be fun to wear to the farmers market though! I was originally intending to make it for the hometown represent challenge, but we have only lived here for such a short time, and I don't quite feel "at home" yet! Smiley

I got another picture to upload:

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13  Mud room redo 11/15/07 in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by funkensteins on: November 15, 2007 04:50:56 PM
Ok, We bought a house, and it has been lots of boring not crafty plumbing and electric and "OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT WALL!?!?" and " What is that stuff on the roof?!" and "Why is there water on the floor in the garage!?!?!"

so, I was happy to finally have a creative project.... although I chose bland and boring, I figured I will do the whole house plain, and then decide how I want it. The previous owners were VERY liberal with color (Which I normally embrace, but *I* want a blank canvas!!!) OK, so on to the photos:

as you can see, it was kinda cool, but you can't smell it from where you are.... EEWWWW

Plus, My name isn't Betty...and either is my husbands...

So, I bought this cool horse bell at the thrift store, and it kinda became the launching point. We still need to paint the doors behind the screens, and we would like different furniture, but  right now, it is a welcoming room to come home to, and it smells like paint and new carpet!!!

I ripped up the old smelly dog breeding carpets, and took out the built in benches, and then I primed the walls like 4 times, and we painted off white about 3 times... Then we painted the trim and the doors "range brown" and hung up the horse and some curtains and put existing furniture... I also layed carpet for the first time, and it is ok, I learned alot, and was happy I only bought a remnant. total cost: about $120 including the horse!! all the furniture was already ours, so I am not counting that, but I bet it would still be under $200 I am pretty thrifty... Smiley
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14  Re: cereal boxes? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by funkensteins on: September 21, 2007 12:56:53 PM
Make gift bags!

I made these today from cracker boxes and magazine pages! I punched holes at the top and added ribbon for handles. I thought of this post the whole time, and was so excited to come report back on what to do with cereal boxes!! Smiley
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15  Recycling brings music to my ears!! (Pic heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by funkensteins on: September 10, 2007 10:13:22 AM
Looks like my pictures are tempermental, if they aren't showing up on the page, you might find them here:


My 3rd grader was told he needs to have a recorder for school (Its an instrument like a flute or something) We are trying to avoid buying anything from China, so the cheap plastic ones were out of the question. Too bad because they are only $1. After 3 hours of calling music shops, and finally finding one for $30!!!!!!! I realized that we could not afford to break this as I saw happen with his older brother (we were still in mass consumer mode back than, and would just replace the $1 broken ones Who cares right?)

OK..... So I was afraid of it breaking. It needed a case. Where can I get a case for free? I have no money left after that!! Maybe I can make one!!!

So I started out with 2 cigar boxes:

And an old bulliten board I once tried to throw away but hubby stopped me!:

Here is what I did:

I broke the ends off of the cigar boxes and butted them up together:

I broke the bulletin board and sawed it up to use in the bottom. I glued it in and held it down with the mallet. I couldn't find anything to use to hold the sides together, but my family was all standing around eating ices creams while I worked, so I got the sticks!! I glued those, and screwed them too. Then I had big gaps where I had butted the two boxes up, so I filled the gaps with this putty kind of stuff for wood.

Next, I stained the box but not the lids, and then varnished it, and realized the lids looked awesome and the stained part was ugly.

Next, I let it dry, and then sanded it all down, and then varnished it again. The sanding did not remove all the stain, but now it looks kind of piratey and my son loves it!!!
OK now It must be lined so the recorder will be safe!

Last I added a handle I found at a yard sale for 50 cents

I also lined the underside of one lid, so it will not move all around in there. I glued that lid down, and I made a little pillow to put in before it is closed for the other side

And here it is holding the goods:

On its way to school!:

We are moving.... please excuse my mess!
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16  8 yr old makes his own backpack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by funkensteins on: January 17, 2006 02:13:37 PM
My sons backpack fell apart. so did his pants. He wanted a sewing lesson, so we took the pants, a zipper, and the straps from the backpack and made a whole new backpak! He did all the sewing that was just straight lines, and he got to show off at school. Very cool. He wanted to post and show off. Smiley
  Now he wants to make a quilt! :0 he already started on it, and even did a rustic applique!!
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17  Re: Alice in Craftland :D in Craftalongs by funkensteins on: September 19, 2005 11:23:15 AM
Because I just can't wait to share..... It is still no where near finished, and this is just a tiny portion....

I can't wait til I am done and I can show the whole thing!! Smiley

Sorry the picture is so blurry. I will take better ones when I am all done
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18  Re: Alice in Craftland :D in Craftalongs by funkensteins on: September 08, 2005 08:19:37 PM
I craft when I should be sleeping, is that the same as I sleep when I should be crafting?  Tongue

OK, I got all the stuff together, I am going to really get started soon! I did a little bit today, and I have a few sketches to work out still to figure out what I am going to do exactly, but I think I am going to be able to use an idea I have had for years just waiting for the perfect project! Hooray!

Here is my before picture:

I can't wait til I can post the after picture!!!!!! WOOHOO! I am going all out on this one! Smiley
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