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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A flock of paper cranes on: May 04, 2010 04:11:50 AM
I'm glad you like it Smiley

I had the branch in the house already. It had been hanging on my wall with a bunch of vinyl wall birds around it.. but I decided to re-purpose our friend the branch.

I used clear vinyl thread to attach the birds to the branch... I sewed through a piece of the paper, then made a loop at the other end of the thread to hang on the branch at various places. (I had to mess about with this a bit to make sure that the birds were well distributed... too OCD to leave that to chance!)

I then used the same vinyl thread (which is a major PITA to work with, btw) and some white tacks to attach the branch to the ceiling.

I'm also going to make a glittery black crane to hang on the branch as well. Gotta love diversity Smiley

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Klippan footstool re-style on: May 04, 2010 04:03:41 AM
Gorgeous! Love it lots!!   Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: "The Luggage" from Discworld on: May 04, 2010 04:02:31 AM
Thanks for the praise! I wasn't sure how many people would recognize it! The inside of the box is empty. I keep trying to figure out a clever way to put a spinny piece inside, one side with gold, one side with laundry... but have yet to get a brainstorm on that one.

Eleka: I just bought the movie when I found out they made one. I was very pleasantly surprised! I had been worried they would mess it up! heh.

rrat:  I think you should definitely do a version of Luggage wearing heals! I know I'd love to see it!

We should have a Discworld swap.. now that would be fun!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Prosthetic Ears for Pot Hanger on: April 29, 2010 01:14:04 PM
This little bunny was bought with broken ears (we hate seeing a wee little broken toy with no hope of finding a home). Because I felt he deserved to have a chance at living out his initial purpose, I brought him home and made him felt prosthetic ears.

They have little bits of wire in them so he can move them around and place them at a jaunty angle... and they tie on to his little head in case he wants to change them out at some point. Now he hangs in my office looking very pleased with himself.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A flock of paper cranes on: April 29, 2010 01:09:56 PM
I wanted something pretty to look at while I'm laying on my couch... I decided a flock of paper cranes on an old branch was a good idea!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / "The Luggage" from Discworld on: April 29, 2010 01:07:26 PM
I'm a geek. My family, all geeks. We adored the Sci-fi series from Terry Pratchett Diskworld. And in Discworld, there is this amazing magic luggage that follows it's owner around (no matter what) and eats people that try and mess with it. The "character" of the luggage is written so perfectly that we found ourselves loving the luggage (even though it liked to eat people). Since the chances of me getting my hands on actual enchanted luggage, I felt the need to make it.

This was pretty easy.

I started out with a small unfinished box from Michaels ($1.29) and stained it with a nice walnut stain.  Then aged it a bit using a bit of the stain with black paint in it, as well as sanding the edges to make it look well worn.

I made several little Sculpey feet (The luggage had 100's of feet... but that was a bit too much for me. Mine has like 25 or something) and stuck the feet to a sheet of Sculpey. The whole thing was baked.

I glued the feet to the chest and "POOF" The Luggage.

We love him Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / NOT a $128.00 Lampshade! on: July 23, 2009 01:11:34 PM
Awhile back I was doing some online shopping (aka. drooling over things I can't currently afford) and found this fab lampshade from Anthropologie:


Appliqued organza flowers of pink and citrine ricochet across hardbacked cotton. * Hardbacked * Cotton, styrene, metal * 10"H, 16" diameter * Imported style #960002 $128.00

$128.00 for a lampshade?? Umm.. nope. Can't quite swing that.

Instead I went to a thrift store, bought a decent enough looking lampshade for $3.00, some fabric paint at the craft store, and a nice bunch of Sharpie pens. This is my take on the Anthropologie.com lampshade:

Not too bad! For a mere $9.00 I have almost the same look!


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cheap Flea-Market Table Makeover! on: February 20, 2009 04:06:59 AM
Wow. I am physically attracted to this table  Cheesy

This remark made me spew coffee... on the coffee table! Too funny!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cheap Flea-Market Table Makeover! on: February 18, 2009 06:46:28 AM
Since I've been redoing my living room I found I needed a really large, low, square coffee table. I had planned on spending about 80 bucks at Ikea for the one I wanted, but found a $7.00 UGLY one instead...

I believe it had been used in a child's playroom. There was old paint and sticky substances of unknown origin all over it. A bit of elbow grease and a Magic Eraser took most of the gunk off.

I then took Contact paper and drew a swirly tree design on the back. Spent about an hour cutting it out and then stuck it to the poor ugly table.

I coated the entire table with high-gloss black paint, waited for it to dry, peeled off the contact paper, added some lacquer and POOF... not so ugly any longer Smiley

Now it looks pretty in the living room, and as a bonus, gives us a great place to play drunken Uno or scrabble!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Swirly Tree Wall Hangings on: January 20, 2009 03:21:24 PM
These are great!!! I love everything, the color, the image!  Did you use acrylics on canvas for these?

Yup! I actually had found some premade canvas panels at a discount store near by, ended up paying $1.99 each. I stopped at Michaels and bought a few different paint colors;  lime like greens, some yellow and a matte black. Lastly, I used a good amount of Gesso, simply because untreated cheap canvas would bubble and drive me nutty.

The green was pretty easy. I circled darkest green from edges to lightest green to the center, watered down some yellow and circled that over top the green, then just made a swirly tree on each. It was a pretty quick project. Fun though!
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