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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / house tour (heavy on the pics) on: October 07, 2005 06:14:23 PM
Of course, it is still very much a work in progress. It probably will be "in progress" for quite sometime, due to the very limited budgets and time constraints of students.

Here is the house from the outside (back in january, when the Camilla's were in bloom!)

And here is what you see when you walk inside and turn towards the dining room.

Hanging next to the door is a thing that my husband's grandpa made, that originally held the hymn numbers that would be sung that day, and as you can see it has found a new life as a picture frame.

Speaking of, here is the dining room.

And no, that poinsetta hasn't been alive since christmas, it is another old picture- though little has changed. This room hasn't really recieved much loving yet. It needs some art and the chandalier definately needs a revamp. And we could use a rug. Sorry, I didnt mean for this to turn into a to do list.

Now, back to the living room.

This is along the wall going towards the hallway. They are self portraits I did in an art class. It feels wierd to walk by them daily, but I would rather look at them than an empty wall.

And this is the living room. Those doors open onto a cute little patio, but unortunately that patio is overlooked by our neighbors ugly garage add on, which I couldn't look at for another second, so I covered the window panes in tissue paper. It blocks a little bit of the light, but the price was right so I am not complaining.  I know the single curtain looks ridiculous, but... work in progress, ok! I am just waiting for the perfect fabric to call out to me, before I can make some real curtains. oh, and of course the money to buy that fabric.

Here is a close up of the coffee table, which was a collaboration between my husband and I. It has castors on the bottom instead of legs for mobility (a 6 foot long coffee table made with studs is not light!).

Alright, here is the kitchen.

I made the curtains myself, they adjust somewhat to block the light by pulling on them (think those cloth loops in old bathrooms). Ignore the mangled curtain to the right, I need to make a bigger border so it actually fits. It isn't pictured, but the walls are actually chalkboard paint. The counters were in terrible disrepair, so we painted the tiles to spruce them up. This is of course a tempoaray fix, but has held up wonderfully  thus far, and we definately have abused them.

And here is the bathroom. We haven't done much to it besides paint. The tile is authentic to the house, but the grout looks terrible and a few are cracked. The tolet and sink SEEM original- meaning, they are past their prime... we aren't sure exactly what to do with the bathroom yet though. Hmmm, I guess time will tell. We did, however, add crown molding, which we painted black to go with whatever the themish thing we have going in there.

Alright, thanks for looking! I am open to any suggestions as to what could spruce the place up. Also, look for a post on the bedroom and craft room/ painting studio/ spare bedroom in the near future as we pull those together.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 1940's costume? on: October 04, 2005 06:46:58 PM
Hi guys, does anyone know of any good patterns for a 1940's costume? I am thinking specifically WW2 related.. I am trying to find something relatively authentic looking (I know it seems last minute, but I like to do big projects like this all in one big bang, so I will do the majority in a weekend or two).  I have searched high and low on the internet, and can't really find a picture of what I am looking for. I am thinking, basically: a khaki army uniform(as a dress, of course) with that cute wedge hat...  How would one make that wedge hat? ugh, I am lost. My first idea was a sailor suit, but my husband almost vomited (he is in they navy, and wants nothing to do with it at home).  So, any help is welcome! If you know of any pictures, patterns, websites with good pictures, please let me know!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Plant Cheatsheet on: May 27, 2005 02:05:58 AM
I am relatively new to gardening. My mom has laways had a huge garden, but of course gardening was of no interest to me until I was 2000 miles away. So now I have started a very small container garden,and am starting to plan for a larger raised bed garden. Does anyone know of a simple cheatsheet type list of plants (veggies, herbs and plants just for decoration) that has just the basic info, like how to water, how much sun, and all of that to save me from looking up each plant individually?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crayon Card on: May 20, 2005 11:15:31 PM
I made these card for mothers day. Sorry I didnt post pics in time to help anyone looking for a mother's day card idea, but  this card technique is very adaptable to any occasion. I wish I could remeber where I got the idea, sorry.
Anyhow, I just melted some crayon shavings in between wax paper, microwaved it, then sandwiched it between pretty papers. Pretty simple.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The best kitchen accessory is a cute apron! on: May 18, 2005 01:57:47 AM
This particular apron was made out of a thrifted (and washed, of course) sheet- so I have plenty of fabric to make many more. The blue trim was a taffetta-ish material from someone else's prom dress, and the pockets are humungous eyelet, which was a bit too much as trim for me. On some future aprons I might use some smaller eyelet to trim out the bottom, but for now i used what i had. The stitching is a bit wonky and the pockets are lopsided, but it is fun and functional, so I am calling it a success.

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