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1  Old Navy Crewneck Sweater felted into SUPER CUTE Sweater! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by courtlet on: October 18, 2007 09:53:43 AM
My first (successful) felting project:

I should have taken a before picture but it was a basic charcoal grey crewneck sweater from Old Navy. The thing was shapeless and made me look like a boy (well, with the obvious female parts). So I felted it and made a cute girly sweater that makes me look like a girl. Imagine that!

Right now it is fastened with 3 safety pins embellished with little black bows. I didn't want to make any rash decisions and end up with snaps or buttonholes I abhor so I figured this would buy me some time and creative energy. 

One problem (which I hope you all can help to solve!): I shortened the sleeves but it seems they did not felt as solidly and I am afraid they might unravel more when washed. Any ideas? A simple hem? Blanket stitching? Can you felt just one area of a peice? Or am I just plain screwed and will never be able to wash it? Smiley
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2  Alternative picture "frame" in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by courtlet on: December 19, 2006 08:11:09 AM
Perhaps this isn't as creative as I thought--my roommate came home and said she saw this idea at a friend's wedding. Oh well. I like it.  

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3  My new shelf unit...idea from "crazy red room" thread in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by courtlet on: December 19, 2006 08:08:07 AM
Thanks to SolaceInSleep and his super cool room post, I have my own fabulous shelf unit!

(Ok, I guess I better also thank my dad who whipped this up while I was home over Thanksgiving!)

I'm not too excited about some of the items but I needed to put something in it for the time being.  I really like the old cameras, vases, and black and white photos though...

Any ideas for other interesting/unique objects that might fit a photography theme???
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4  A new bag....finally! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by courtlet on: December 18, 2006 08:11:44 AM
My sewing machine was getting a bit dusty...and my friend wanted to give her friend a purse for Christmas so this was my project last weekend.  

So here it is...any thoughts? Suggestions?

The details:

And the inside:

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5  Boy beanie--for a girl! in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by courtlet on: December 08, 2006 12:07:44 PM
I've been a knitter for several years but haven't really ventured too far into the realm of crotcheting...BUT...my friend got me The Happy Hooker for my birthday so what did I do? I took up crotcheting! Here is my first project:

It's the boy beanie pattern minus the strips and plus a cute ribbon. I would like to say that the ribbon is just for show but really it's there to keep the hat secure on my head. The beanie fits perfectly but it isn't quite snug enough so I weaved a ribbon through the edge so I can tighten it.

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6  GI Joe...A Real American Hero (4 pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by courtlet on: August 15, 2006 07:00:02 AM
My younger brother and I were going through some of our old stuff at our parent's house and we came across this case from 1984.  My brother put it in the garbage pile...I saved it and put it in my craft pile.

I took it home and attached a snap and shoulder strap (both of which I already had in my supplies)...and viola!

A new purse/briefcase for me!

All for the low Kmart price of 4.97!



Snap (to keep it closed):


I would love to hear your feedback!
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7  New fabric shop = New bag for ME! (3 pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by courtlet on: July 12, 2006 08:52:41 AM
I'm generally a Joann's and Hancocks fabric shopper (they are both REALLY close to home and work) but I wanted to find some of the fabulous Amy Butler prints I have seen people use on here.  In my search for a new store, I stumbled across a really cute quilting shop not too far from me.  This particular bag is not Amy Butler (that one's still in the works) but I really liked the print and I needed a something a bit more summery.

It's a basic jordy bag, slightly narrowed at the top, with an added flap. My phone and wallet fit perfectly into the two pockets and then I have plenty of room for my digital camera, lipgloss, keys, etc.  The magnetic snap keeps the bag closed and maintains the shape despite the load. Smiley The clasp is really just for looks...

Thanks for looking!
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8  to paint or not to paint? that is the question... in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by courtlet on: June 19, 2006 01:50:39 PM
I am in need of some advice...

I have this desk:

It was my great-grandpas desk, handed down to my parents (who allowed my brother to destroy, oh, I mean, "use" it as a child), and then handed down to me.  I use it as a dining room table.  I have started the process of stripping the desk but have found that it is 1: very difficult and 2: quite possibly not worth the time to completely refinish it as there are so many blemishes.

The desk itself is still quite solid and I will most definitely keep it but I question whether or not it will really look that great if I restain it.  It's been veiled by tablecloths for the last few months while I have procrastinated finishing it. I'm ready for CUTE furniture not half-done furniture!  Smiley

So my question: Should I paint it instead? And if so, what color? The chairs (you can see the frame minus the seat) are a very dark brown color and the wooden seats will be padded and covered. 

Any ideas? A distressed brown? Cream?

Should I go for a shabby chic type o' look?

Does anyone have any pictures of things you have painted that might work for this?

Or should I suck it up and continue the complete stripping/refinishing process?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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9  Reupholstering 2 chairs--color suggestions? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by courtlet on: April 17, 2006 09:41:16 AM
Here is my living room color scheme:

And here are my two ugly chairs:

I really like their design and they are very comfortable.  However, they are also very worn.  I would like to try my hand at reupholstering but I'm not sure what color to do.  Do you guys have any ideas? Should I do solid or patterned? Brown or khaki?  
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10  Ice cream chairs...finished! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by courtlet on: April 17, 2006 09:19:08 AM
This was my original post (probably posted in the wrong section...oops!)

After SEVERAL hours of stripping the paint, I repainted them using a dark brown spray paint.  They were done just in time for my Easter brunch yesterday! Smiley

I'm not sure if I will cover the seats or not.  I still have to strip and restain the table so when I figure out that color, i will decide on the seats. Any ideas for them?
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