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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone tried SoftMetal? on: October 29, 2005 11:08:22 PM
I have had plywood kitchen counters for about two years. I  originally planned to tile on top of that but changed my mind. Now, the price quotes I get for all other kinds of surfaces -- including laminate, concrete, corian, zinc, fireslate, and more -- start at $2K and go way up from there. And this is a TINY kitchen, people!

I just heard about SoftMetal, a metallic adhesive film that I think is made out of PVC. It's scratch-resistant and can stand temps up to 130Fahrenheit. I can get a roll that's 26 inches wide x 7 feet long for $50, so I could cover all countertops for $150 and have stuff left over.

It sounds too good to be true. Has anyone used SoftMetal?

Thanks for your help.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / New kitchen countertops -- for cheap? on: May 27, 2005 01:17:25 PM
Hi Kids!

My girlfriend and I are slowly renovating our 1920s cabin. And I do mean slowly, cause the kicthen countertops have been plywood for almost two years. Although it's a teeny-tiny kitchen, we live in a high-priced area, so we're getting quotes of $4,000 to $10,000 (!) for materials like concrete and firestone. Even cheaper materials like laminate climb to $2,000 once we get quotes that include fabrication and installation.

To save $, we've decided to install SOMEthing ourselves. It may be tile, it may be sheet metal, it may be laminate, it may be something we haven't thought of yet. But I'd feel better doing so if I heard first from people who've already done it successfully.

So if you've installed your own countertops, can you tell me what you used, how you did it, and maybe some potential pitfalls, too?

Thanks so much!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My silk scarf--printed on an inkjet, but NOT an iron-on transfer on: April 15, 2005 05:11:40 PM
Hey all - Here's a scarf with a design I made in a software program called Illustrator (from Adobe), then printed on a mongo Epson 10600.


I'm not saying it's a great design, but I'm excited because I hadn't known mere mortals could get a design from software to silk until I did it a conference in early April. At the same conference, we made kites on Tyvek, a material I'd never considered. Could be great for printing larger banners. If you want to know more about the conference, see www.adimconference.com.

The conference bought the silk from Color Plus Fabrics (www.colortextiles.com). The company also sells cotton, linen, and denim that goes through inkjet printers. I'm gonna buy me a bundle!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Commitment ceremony questions on: April 09, 2005 03:57:21 PM
Hi Craft Mavens - My girlfriend and I are having a commitment ceremony September 24, 2005. Although we're on the West Coast, the ceremony will be in my sister's backyard in Maryland. Only our immediate family members--10 people, plus us--will attend. Because it's an untraditional situation, we have no traditional expectations to deal with. That freedom is exciting and a little confusing. I'd appreciate your ideas for the day, from decoration to food to... stuff I haven't consiedered yet!

Here are my plans so far: The ceremony will be either late morning or late afternoon. Unless the weather is really bad, it will be outside. In case of rain showers, we'll rent a tent big enough for 12 chairs in a circle and for a table to hold 12 pillar candles. We may not have an officiant--instead, we may ask for our families to "marry" us. We'd like each adult to say something about us or love in general, then light a candle.

After the ceremony, we'll have a champagne toast on the back deck or in the house, depending on weather. After that, we'll either bring in a caterer to cook and serve in the dining room (I *hope* it can fit 11 adults and one baby!!), or we can go to a private room in a Baltimore restaurant. There will *definitely* be wedding cake at some point. To end the evening, I, my girlfriend, our sisters, and our brothers-in-law will go out dancing.

My sister's house is a typical East Coast 19th-century home. The inside is beautifully restored and has a certain ethno-country-chic style, but the outside of the house is not in great shape, nor is her property--about 2 acres. And that's OK, but it would be nice to decorate it in a style that works with the shabbiness yet adds a celebratory prettiness.

Here's a picture of the kind of dress I'm considering. In case I don't embed in this post correctly, it's a tea-length coral chiffon tank dress. (You can also see it online at http://www.vintagestyleclothing.com/10701newfallline.html. It's third from the left on the top row.)

Everything else regarding color and style are up for grabs! A big thanks for any help you can give.
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