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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / new knitter too ambitious? on: October 14, 2007 01:08:03 PM
I've decided after seeing all these really cool knitted items that I just have to learn how. I did knit a hat and booties about 5 years ago but all that required was making rectangles and sewing them together. I bought a teach yourself knitting thing last night to aid in learning but my question is this:  are socks too difficult for a beginner? I really want to try a project that would give me a cool end result (not that scarves and dishcloths aren't cool) I just really want some knitted socks. Is this too ambitious to start with? Does anyone have any easy/cute sock patterns? advice?  Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / suitcase table on: September 12, 2007 10:10:47 AM

Technically this isn't done yet. I still have to screw the suitcase to the base and do something with the inside but it's sat this way for months and months so I figured I'd brag about it. I'd seen people make cool tables out of suitcases so I wanted to try one too. I've also wanted to try mosiacing. And then I also wanted to get in on making something out of paint chip samples so I decided to combine all of that together. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.

totally awesome! never thought to do a mosaic with paint chips! did you use the same grout then that you would for tiles? what did you use to put the suitcase on? just 4 legs or did you use a small table underneath?

What I did was take a ugly suitcase from the thrift store and painted it all black. Then I decided on a design for the top and went and collected paint chips in those colors. Then I cut off the names and numbers from the chips and then cut lots and lots of squares and triangles. I drew the design on top with a white pencil and then started to glue down pieces to fill in the top. I just used regular old elmers glue for this. This part took a loooooong time. When I was finally finished I coated the top a few times with mod podge. Because the paint chips were just paper no grout needed! The base for the table is just a scrap piece of wood also painted black and then I got the legs and the leg hardware at home depot or lowes I can't remember now. I put the legs on the scrap wood. I still have to screw the suitcase onto the wood, right now it's just sitting on top. Pretty easy really just a little time consuming.
And thanks everyone for the nice comments!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / side table on: June 13, 2007 01:44:28 PM
I needed a little table so I was lucky enough to find an unfinished one at michaels for 5 bucks. Then I needed to decorate it somehow so I got a pack of scrapbook paper. Then I brought it all home, assembled the table and painted it black. After looking through all the pretty papers I finally decided on this one with dragons so I cut out what I wanted and mod podged it on. When that was all done the table still needed a little something so I painted some pink around the table and on the legs to finish it off. The pictures don't do it justice.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / new chair cushion on: June 13, 2007 12:45:32 PM
I've had this glider/rocker for a while and the cushion it had on it was, well, gross. We got the chair at the thrift store and the cushion it had wasn't even meant for the chair, it was for lawn furniture. Anyway I finally got some fabric and made myself a pattern out of newspaper and viola! A new cushion! And even though the cat's didn't mind the nasty old one they do seem to like this one better too. So without further ado this is Punkin and the new chair.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / does anyone know... on: October 20, 2006 12:49:02 PM
Ok this is really random but I just know someone on here will know what I'm talking about. 
I can remember in a typing class a long long time ago making pictures with the typewriter. We would have the instructions that would say things like, space 15 times, type a 3 times, and so on and when you were finished you would have a picture of something. Did that make sense? Does this art have a name? I don't even know what I would google...
anyway I bought a cool pink royale typewriter at the thrift store a while back and was looking at it yesterday thinking hey, i could make one of those...um....things...Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cigar box makeover on: April 17, 2006 12:12:03 PM
My dad gave me a bunch of cigar boxes a while ago so I'm slowly trying to do something with them. I started by taking all the cheap cruddy hardware off. Then this one used to have some woodburning on the sides so I sanded that all down. After about a million years of sanding (it was burned pretty deep) I put a coat of polyurethane on it. Then I took this cat cross stitch I made in 7th grade and never did anything with (I'm almost 30 now...sheesh) and glued it to some cardboard with some batting to make it poofy. Then I glued that into the recessed top of the box and put some better hinges and latch on. It turned out nice I think. I haven't done anything to the inside yet though. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. Right now it holds a few spools of thread and some bobbins.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / prettied lamps on: April 17, 2006 11:49:39 AM
I had these two ugly lamps that needed help. The tall floor lamps shade used to be a tan blah color and the way it sits you can see the inside of the lamp wherever you are in the room. So I saw an idea somewhere to cover the inside of the lampshade with some pretty fabric or something. The outside needed something too so I spray painted it black. It's a pleated fabric on the outside so the paint doesn't look that great close up. I found some scrapbook paper with a swirly design and  modpodged it on the inside. Then I took and crocheted a long black chain and glued that along the bottom to hide the rough edge. That made the lamp look a lot better but then the pretty lamp shade didn't look very good with the dirty brassy lamp so I spray painted it silver.

Here's a closeup of the paper design

This little lamp I found on the street. I painted it silver then the shade was broken so I found one at the thrift store and spray painted it black and turned it into a lite brite shade. I saw that idea here on the wonderful crafster Smiley

please pay no attention to the mess in the background...I really need to clean Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / prettied windows on: April 17, 2006 11:27:34 AM
I don't post much of what I make so here are a few things.  
I went around the house one day and took down all the nasty curtains. Then I needed something for the windows so I painted them. Here's the front door window:
Here's the side door window:
Here's the kitchen windows. They don't actually look outside they look into a back room full of junk so they really needed help. Unfortunately they didn't turn out exactly how I wanted but it's better than it was.
sorry for the picture quality. It isn't easy to get a good picture of a window. Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / its a girls world crewel kit on: January 30, 2006 11:22:39 AM
This was a crewel (I think?) kit I found at the thrift store for 75 cents. It was unopened even. I'd never done anything like this before but for .75 I had to try. So I finished last night and except for a few weird places I'm pretty pleased with them! Now I just have to find a nice place to hang them. What do you think?

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / olde time radio on: October 17, 2005 03:11:24 PM
This is kinda random.... My sister told me about this site and I thought it was pretty cool so I'm sharing. Now when you work on your vintagy crafts you can listen to old radio shows. And they are totally free!  http://www.radiolovers.com/
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