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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Antique chair: Reupholstered! on: July 05, 2011 04:57:57 PM
My mom has had this chair for YEARS and I have been dying to get my hands on it! I knew I could really dress it up... and finally she gave it to me and I gave it a go!

Basically just ripped it down to the base and built it back up again!

Here is the before:

And here it is after!!

I am in LOVE with this chair! It was worth all the pain in my hands from ripping the hundreds of nails out! Wink
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Kitchen: From bland and boring to bright and cheery! on: May 12, 2011 11:38:05 AM
So I moved in with my wonderful boyfriend in October last year... he's a great guy, but his entire house was a sea of tan. So bland and so... boring!

He's on deployment right now and to pass the time I decided I'd do the projects him and I had planned.

Before kitchen: Tan walls, brown valance, and "lovely" FAKE autumn foliage on top of the counters. You could even see the Michaels price tag still attached to them!

View from the living room:

Close up of stove area, we were photoshopping tiles onto the backsplash:

And here's the after (so far!):

Close up of same spot

I took down the hideous garland and bought cheap vases from the thrift store (YAY FOR UPCYCLING!), and painted them white. I wanted them to look like milk glass. I got all kinds of shapes and sizes, and they look great! I didn't get a picture of the left wall but there are 3 more on the other side as well.
The valance got bumped to a new home in the bathroom, and I made a new one from clearance material. The knick knacks were all cheap too: there's a bird in a birdcage candle holder you can't see too well. I got it from Michaels and sprayed it white to match. The creamer and sugar containers on the stove were 60 cents each at Michaels! The star came from JoAnn's for less than $10.

Super cheap re-do but made a world of difference! We are still going to replace the counter top and tile the back but that'll wait for awhile!

3  COOKING / Dessert / Baby Shower Cake on: October 13, 2009 05:52:50 PM
My "cousin" had her baby shower this past Saturday and my sister was supposed to make the cake but ended up getting a cold right before so my mom asked me if I could do it.

I was going to try fondant, but decided that it was probably too big of a task for me to learn the day before I needed to have it done!

So here's what I came up with:

3 layers, chocolate-vanilla-chocolate
In between it is filled with yummy raspberry preserves
I dyed the frosting and vanilla cake a light blue

I used candy chocolate to draw the circles and pregnant momma, then covered the top edges and sides with chocolate sprinkles.

On the very bottom, I used a cute ribbon in blues and brown Smiley

What do you think Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Monogram Pincushion on: October 01, 2008 04:32:36 PM
So this was my first real experiment with felt... I'm in LOOOVE Cheesy It was a lot of fun, and I've never HANDsewn something before- but my machine is @ my sisters at the moment Sad

I made this for my sister, Erin, because she's just started sewing and I'm happy to have another person to share my addiction with! Smiley

ETA: Okay it's not exactly a monogram Wink It sounds better than Initial though Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A new thread holder for moi! on: September 02, 2008 04:44:35 AM
My husband has a job where he comes across a lot of abandoned furniture, most of which we fix up and keep. Well a few weeks ago he actually came across a wooden handmade thread holder! I was so proud of him for even thinking of it Smiley

Last night I finally decided to paint it Smiley I did the whole thing white with little black designs, flowers, and words. The black/white flower ribbon is from Michaels.

I think I am going to do a black/white/baby blue theme in the room Smiley

Closeups of words:

The whole thing:

I will get some better pictures when the sun's out (it's rainy here this morning)
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A bracelet meant to inspire... on: August 29, 2008 04:47:26 PM
Smiley I found this "charm" (I'm not sure if thats what it is) and really wanted to use it for a bracelet- this is one of the ideas I came up with! I'm pretty proud because jewelry isn't really my "thing" lol

..and action shot, of course!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Converse All Star trinket box on: August 29, 2008 04:45:31 PM
My swap partner likes Converse, so I thought it would be cool to make her a big box (it's fairly large, maybe 10x10?) and paint it w/ her name and a sneaker Smiley
The inside is lined- it was a ton of fun to do!

Everything is hand painted Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My most recent attempt at stationary (pic chunky!) on: August 29, 2008 04:43:13 PM
My partner for my last swap wanted some stationary because she'll be going away to school soon.
I've made stationary in the past, but honestly I usually just buy the premade stuff and decorate it Wink
This time I wanted to really make it my own- so I designed a few different kinds for her, right down to making the envelopes.
The envelopes don't seal (not sure how to do that?), but can be taped or what have you Smiley

Close up of envelope

This one is a pre-made that's decorated, the real art of it is that I actually carved my own stamp! Smiley I sent her the stamp as part of her package so she could reuse it

These are more pre-made, just decorated:

Thanks for looking! Cool
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink and brown baby quilt on: August 29, 2008 04:29:50 AM
Smiley I made this quilt for my new baby cousin, Sophie... they live in California, so I didn't want it to be heavy so it's just the quilted front and a baby flannel back, quilted together.

I used variations of pink and brown, and kept the theme kind of cute but modern and not too babyish. I cut an "S" out of my favorite of all the materials and stitched it on Smiley

I love making baby quilts! Smiley

Laid out on the floor:

Trying to get a close up on the stitching:

The "S":

All wrapped up and ready to travel!:

Opinions appreciated! Smiley
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My first lasagna... I am no longer a shame of my Italian family! on: August 25, 2008 06:40:56 PM
Wink Sooo I come from an Italian family, and the fact that I buy pasta sauce is blasphemy to my mother... so I surprised us all and made a lasagna from scratch! Not only did I make that, I made my own SAUCE. It was a very proud day in the jMi household. Smiley

I would change some things next time, but overall I am pleased!

Forgot to take a pic after I cut it Sad
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