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1  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.

2  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!

3  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
4  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!


5  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!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly built in bookshelf into swanky little bar on: January 20, 2009 03:09:23 PM
I absolutely HATE this built in. Unfortunately it's a rental so I can't nix the thing all together. BUT.. I decided I could make it more functional and .. well... cool.

Bookshelf before:

New Bar area after!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Swirly Tree Wall Hangings on: January 20, 2009 02:58:41 PM
I changed my living room colors (again) and needed a lime green color on one of the walls to make the room flow a bit. Since I couldn't find the right color I decided to do up something on my own.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bamboo'd Bathroom! on: January 20, 2009 02:55:59 PM
I really love the look of wall decals, but since I'm currently "Funemployed" the cost is simply something that is "needed".

SO.. out came my scissors and a roll of Contact paper:

I'm planning on making some smaller ones to go between the two white mirrors I have over the vanity... I'll add those pics later Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cool old book/painting wall hanging on: September 08, 2008 08:10:09 AM
I took an old encyclopedia, painted on it with acrylic paint and used black ink to outline the painting... and hung up!

Not only fun, but I always get a lot of compliments Smiley

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pretty Little Wall Decals on: September 08, 2008 08:05:20 AM
I've been playing with Contact paper and scissors Smiley It's actually a lot of fun! I'd love to know how people make huge/complex wall decals.... but for now I like what I've done.




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