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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / paint/finish advice for ugly wood desk on: February 07, 2007 09:43:26 PM
I bought a desk thing for my sewing machine. It's old and beat up & icky...but solid, cheap & the perfect size. So last weekend I sanded it down to the bare wood. This weekend I will prime & put on the base coat. Then in a couple of weeks I'll have a chance to add my star decorations. I've never bought paint like this before and I'm nervous. I guess I'm basically wondering about....well, I guess I'll just have to find a person there & say "help, I need primer" and then "help, I need paint" for the first 2 steps. But when I go to add my star pretties (decoration/details), should I just use acrylic craft paint? If yes, is there a particular brand you prefer or does any old cheap stuff work fine? Or should I use paint paint. Like I'll use for the main color. And....once I pick a color...how do I get it? And when I'm done, how should I finish? I want to put something on it so it will be protected, less likely to chip or whatever. Please help...I hate looking like a silly dumb girl at the hardware store. Thank you.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Want to make cosmetic bag, wanting advice for materials. on: November 09, 2006 04:24:09 PM
You know how cosmetic bags always get funky inside because make-up refuses to be tidy? So when you buy a make up bag, it's not just cotton or any old thing like that. Well, I'd like to make a cosmetic bag for a coworker and I'd like to make it out of something...like that. I want to be able to use something like that on the inside and some cute fabric on the outside. I went to the craft store last night & just sort of wandered around and didn't find much except vinyl & ugly tablecloth-type stuff. I hate this time of year because there are so many holiday hires and so few know anything about where stuff is or what should be used or anything helpful. And I need that kind of help. I mostly making clothing and therefore don't find myself looking for these types of materials, ya know? So, does anyone out there have any suggestions for a good material for lining a cosmetic bag that would be a little more...useful than basic cotton type fabrics? Thanks.
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / cards- trying new things..... (5 pics) on: October 15, 2006 06:33:57 PM
I've been making cards all afternoon, I finished 3. Only 3 cards in that many hours? Yup. I've been trying new things & it was great.

I always make standard 4.25X5.5 cards. Always, so today I made some larger, different shape/size cards.


This first one is pretty simple. I took some slide mounts & made them less....white. Basically, I very lightly dabbed at the slide mount with various color inkpads & smeared the colors a bit. Stamped a butterfly on some white mulberry paper, piece of vellum over that. Strip of ribbon, all glued down & voila!

I've seen some great cards that incorporate fabric & sewing so I tried some of that on this one. That's white w/tan roses fabric, glued to cardstock. Two colors of mulberry paper "sew" (glued, really, the sticthing is detail) on another slide mount w/butterfly.

This one, I covered a white rectangle or cardstock w/ mulberry paper. The slide mount in the center is another of the butterfly ones but I didn't like it as much, hence the "wish" embelishment. Those are bits of peacock feathers poking out behind the slide mount. Also added some embrodery floss detail for extra texture & such.

A few observations, tis & what not.
-slide mounts are fun.
-I love mulberry paper.
-tip for tearing mulberry paper (or any paper), wet the paper where you want to tear, tear while wet. I used a paint brush to wet the paper.
-sometimes smudges are okay (that's how the slide mounts came to look like they do)
-when glueing, sometimes paper will start to curl/wrinkle. Place a heavy book on it while it dries.

Thanks for looking.

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shiny....wrapping paper....stars.........pretty........... on: June 07, 2006 01:42:23 PM
I always see these super awesome rolls of wrapping paper that are way too cool to wrap presents with. I used to use it to cover my closet doors & bedroom door when I was still living the parental units. It was cheap and not permnant, which they loved. But that's not what this is about. I bought this pretty shiny wrapping paper after Christmas when it was super discounted. Hell yeah, 75% off, baby. Anyway, then I bought this small set of drawers from Ikea. Plain unfinished wood. So happy. I painted the outside black with keep craft paint. Then I painted the drawers white. i was going to paint them with a funky design or something but that proved to frustrate me. So, I grabbed the scissors, a paint brush, some modge podge, and the pretty wrapping paper. I popped in movie and VIOLA! Pretty. The box needs a clear glossy coat, though. Okay, enough excessive typing...


Isn't it happy?
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I make a reversable bodice? It's for Ren Faire. on: May 18, 2006 07:21:31 PM
I've made a few bodices for Ren Faires in the past. They've always been fully lined but the lining never looks very good. Any tips for making a reversable bodice?
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / I want to make a bracelet but don't know how. can you help? on: March 30, 2006 07:47:12 PM
Specifically, I want to make one that will look like a whole bunch of strands of seed beads & such wrapped around my wrist. Not really in one big cluster around my wrist, more like 2 or 3 inches up my arm. I suppose making a whole bunch of bracelets with elastic that get larger to fit around as the arm gets thicker would sorta ive the same look but it's not what I want. Does that make any sense? I hope so &  i hope some oen can give me some advice on how to make that work.
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / I have a dumb question about paint.... on: January 12, 2006 12:19:58 PM
I've got some wood drawers I'd like to paint. I've already paint the base black and that's all good and well. But I want to be able to paint swirly designs and such. I bought some cheap acrylic paint in bottles and most of them are too runny for what I want to do. Are arylic paints in the tube thicker? Or should I be looking for another type of paint?
28  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Soldiers @ Walter Reed are naked! Help them be less naked! on: December 07, 2005 04:09:45 PM

Okay, so they aren't realy naked but they are running around in flimsy hospital gowns. Many soldiers @ Walter Reed Medical Center are there because they have recieved extensive damage to some limb or another. Regular clothes do not fit comfortably, or at all, over external fixators and what not. This website is asking for donations of fabric, money, & clothes. They have instructions for altering regular pants patterns to fit over pins and stuff. It's one small way we can give them back a bit of their dignity.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / how do I adjust block patterns on: November 04, 2005 10:18:38 AM
I'm looking for 8" blocks but I can't find any patterns for 8" I like. I'm wondering if anyone has any handy tricks for scaling a pattern up or down to be what you want it to be.

The only thing I can think of is using templates which I've never done. I've always just found the block I want w/ measurements for rotary cutting and done it that way.......I don't really know how to go about using a template. Would that be my best options and if so, how hard would it be?
30  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / Redneck Woman meets Punk Rock! on: June 26, 2005 12:56:40 PM
Not at all my style but it was fun to make! I felt sorta punk meets Redneck woman in this outfit.

Shirt>>>>(sorry the pics are sideways) (those are my bra straps, not part of the shirt)

Started out as plain button up shirt. Some one here did a button up halter awhile back. I combined that with a tut from ohmystars to be my inspiration for this. It was already fitted but I did have to add some more darts around the boobage. Folded plain black satin ribbon over the edge and stitched.

started out as plain denim skirt. Boring. Added lots of detail work.

used buttons, lace, small bolts, ribbon, fabric pens, ect.

I didn't do anything to these but they completed the outfit (even though you can't really see them).


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