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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / kitchen cabinet to CD hutch on: August 19, 2005 12:06:59 PM
Well, i do some part time work for a friend who does home renovations.  They had just finished ripping out a kitchen and the scrapped cabinets were just calling to me!

this is what I started with...
I stripped the icky laminate off of it, then painted the cabinet red and the door black.  Added some flames on the side, and decoupaged a cool roman cross on the front (cut from old book pages).  I decided it looked too plain, so I added some detail with silver paint.  Et voila!  I know it's highly cliche, but it's cute and funky, and perfectly suited for my needs.



closeup of the silver paint.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Nightmare Before Christmas on: August 16, 2005 12:21:30 PM
My husband and I had just moved into our new house on Thanksgiving of last year, and were still unpacking when the whole christmas decorations around the neighborhood went up.  We were the only house that didn't have any decorations, which made us feel like complete losers.
Since I am a ridiculously festive kinda gal, and a Nightmare Before Christmas fanatic, I want to make it up to the neighborhood this year and trick out our house NBC style for Halloween!
So far, I've got a giant Oogie Boogie Sillouhette for the front window, gravestone replicas from the movie for the yard, and a set of mache skeletons to hang from our front maple tree.  But after this, I am stuck!  We'll be popping open our garage to do something in there (the back of it is walled off, so there's about a 5 x 5 portion that will be open).  I figure that's where I'll hand out candy.  I'm dressing as Sally, and I have a 6' tall Jack figure that I'll have out there with me.  So what should I do to the garage?  I am think about recreating the town square in there, like using sillouhettes on the walls of the funky buildings.  Should I do the fountain?  If so, how?  I know I could use foam bricks for the sides, and perhaps paper mache the freaky snake head thing, but the water is what's tricky, since I don't want to use actual liquid. 
Or should I go another direction entirely? HELP!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Asian painting inspired chair recon on: August 16, 2005 12:04:01 PM
I found this desperately ugly old chair sitting by the side of the road, and rescued it from the dump.

I had seen a delightful asian painting a while back that I always wanted to do something with, so here was my chance!  I won't bore ya with the details, but lets just say it was a lot of decoupage + handpainting + stencil.  All the fun things a craftster can enjoy!  It took eons to finish, especially cutting out the individual fern leaves (since it was a whole asian theme, I was able to snag a Korean printed newspaper for the leaves and the flower thingies).  The silver stencil is the chinese character for 'spirit'.
It doesn't show up too well in these pictures, but the base of it is actually red paint underneith black, so it peaks through in a crackle texture.  Totally unintentional, but turned out to be a delightful mistake.

full chair

closer shot of the seat

A more complete description of the project, plus a shot of the original painting that inspired it is on my artsy fartsy blog, www.hoodlumart.blogspot.com
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Make a lamp shade? on: August 14, 2005 05:58:55 PM
I've got an interesting standing lamp that I have refurbished, but it's missing a shade.  Since I would customize one anyways, just wondering if anyone has actually attempted to make one from scratch?  If so, what guage wire should I use for the framework?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dragon Dresser- revamp! (img heavy) on: July 20, 2005 01:50:24 PM
I saw this worn out old dresser at a garage sale, and it was calling to me to revamp.  I mean, except for the crusty paint job and missing hardware, the dresser itself was beautiful.
Here's what she started as...

I stripped her down (which took for friggin EVER), and painted everything a high gloss black, except for the top which I did in a matte.  I did that so I could decoupage a cool tribal-esque dragon motif on it.

After sealing the top with a few coats of polyurethane, I then created a few stencils for the drawers, and did a painfully detailed job tracing those out and painting them in a gorgeous china red gloss.  Finished off with some cheapo yet tres cool hammered black metal hardware, and VOILA!  I think it looks absolutely fabu in the living room, although my pictures are sucky.
Oh, and just to show what a cheapskate I am?
Dresser - $5
delivery - $2
Stripper - $8
Paint - $18
Hardware - $8
How friggin cool is that?!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bed sheet shower curtain - lotsa fabric marker! on: May 16, 2005 12:36:25 PM
Okay, this took me longer than i thought it would to complete, but only because my design was really complex.  You can't tell in the picture, but there's lots of light detail to it.
Basically, I took an old twin bed sheet, sketched a design based off of a wrought iron fence I saw, and carefully drew it out in fabric marker (I killed four of the poor things doing this!).  Once I was done drawing, I simply measured my plastic inner shower curtain for how to space the ties.  I put small grommets where the holes should go, then attached to each shower ring with some pretty satin ribbon bows.  Voila!  My own custom shower curtain.  Yes, you have to keep your plastic one as an inner lining, though.

Oh yeah, there's a more detailed tut on my website, motherhoodlum.com, just in the crafting section.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 4 panel corset-style top pattern? on: April 27, 2005 02:00:24 PM
CRAP, I put this in the wrong forum....this is where I think it's supposed to go....anyways.
I know a particular member is infamous for these (hello, petrifiera!), and I am desperately wanting a basic pattern for one.  Anyone know where to snag the pattern/instructions?  Even a handdrawn scrap will do, just need to know how to cut out the panels...
Thanks a bunch in advance!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tied, pinned, and beaded, oh my! on: April 23, 2005 01:08:14 AM
I actually got a before pic on this one, just to show off how plain this top started life out...

Sitting in my closet, begging to be tormented with my newfound clothing reconstruction know-how...mwaahahahaha
Snipped it into a tank top, and because I can't do just a snip n sew recon, I had to get all beady with my bad self.  Yes, still handsewing. Yes, handsewing on that many little friggin' seed beads sucked.  Yes, it was worth it.
I kept the neckline all jaggedy, I kinda like it that way.  Wanted to do somethin' funky with the shoulders, so I snipped down a bit and tied these together with seven little knots.  Then since that would've been awkward for the sideds, I went old school and safety pinned the heck out of it.  Whatcha think?

et voila

a close up of my beady swirls

my shoulder knots

sorry, I think I sneezed when I took this.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1st recon- purple laced-up top on: April 21, 2005 01:36:05 PM
Well, ya'll gave me waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many ideas when I clicked over to this part of the forums.  Damn you all!!!  I've been happily destroying my clothes, and this is the first product of my snipping/stitching glory.

(sorry about the gigantoid picture of my chest)
I don't own a sewing machine, so all of this is hand-sewn, but I kida like the look, personally.
This was one of those slightly fitted shell type tops, uber plain.  I snipped a V into the neck, then cut straight down to the bottom.  I carefully folded out the fabric into a V shape, and sewed in a panel of leftover pinstripe fabric.  Then I threaded black satin ribbon through the stitching to give it a quasi-corset look.  Et, voila! summer top for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painted Canvas rugs...advise? on: March 23, 2005 10:29:32 AM
Well, i think I have settled on a solution for my bathroom, I had seen a few of these handmade 'rugs' made out of thick painters canvas that you simply paint your own design on.  Question, though, have any of you ever done this?  I understand what paints and sealants to use, but I would be worried about it curling on the edges, and not being able to really keep it on the ground.  Is there anything I can put on the bottom of it to keep it in place?
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