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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Biodegradable seed starters made from newspaper on: January 22, 2013 11:54:06 PM
I came across these biodegradable newspaper seed starters on Reuseit.com and thought it was a clever idea. Theres a wooden tool with instructions on how to make these cute seed starter pots for the price of $18; however, Id rather make the starters for free.

Step-by-step directions with images: http://jinnyly.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/reuse-biodegradable-newspaper-seed-starters/

Let me know if you have any questions Smiley

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Inconspicuous Fuse Box on: January 13, 2013 11:03:14 PM
I have fuse box that's very visible in my hallway. Instead of covering it with a picture, which I considered doing, I just placed a frame on top of the fuse box.

Frame was $1. I then painted it to match the hallway color which is snowflake white. Hung it with wires and voila~ modern art.

I'm not sure if this belongs here in the reconstructed section but I wanted to share the idea.

Since framing the fuse box, I've began to use the cover of the fuse box to post event and movie tickets so we don't misplace them. Tickets are held up with magnets.

Hallway decor summary:
- Frame ($1) from thrift store
- 3 pack of Umbra mirrors ($5) from thrift store
- Texas license plate ($10) from Uncommon Objects in Austin, Texas

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Woodland Pincushion on: January 07, 2013 01:06:20 AM
Finished my woodland pincushion tonight. Just thought I'd share it Smiley.

Materials: wool, cotton, buffalo, organic cotton string, rayon ribbon, felting needle

Might consider writing a tutorial if there's demand for it. I'll take better pics and post them on my blog soon Smiley


4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / 1-ply, 90% Japanese Spitz (dog) down, 10% silk on: January 06, 2013 02:27:57 AM
Japanese Spitz dogs have an undercoat and a top coat and are related to Samoyed and American Husky. Undercoat consists of a super soft down whilst the top coat has a teflon-like feature that keeps them very clean. Dirt falls right off his coat when combed.

I adopted Tofu, the 6-year old pure breed Japanese Spitz, from a rescue family in the summer of 2012. During his shedding period, I discovered how soft the down was whilst grooming him. It's cashmere soft. Very fine, very soft. Being that he's a cold climate dog, and we live in California, a lot of grooming was needed. I saved a sandwich-sized ziploc worth of gorgeous white fiber.

Spun a sample, using my drop spindle, with just the dog down and found the fibers were too short to be spun alone so I reinforced the down with some longer stranded silk. Carded the two together at 90% Japanese Spitz down, 10% silk. Managed to get about 10 yards of slightly thicker lace-weight yarn.

I'll be saving more Tofu down this spring Smiley.

Final Product


small skein of Tofu yarn on Tofu's head Smiley

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Repurposing: Grill rack into shabby chic memo rack on: January 04, 2013 12:54:06 AM
I was shopping at an antique store today and came across a cute, aged grill rack (or cooling rack) and decided to turn it into a memo rack for pictures and magnets.

I'm new to the community (hence why I can't have images in my post) ^^; so I hope this is posted in the right place.


Before photo:

- Item: grill rack
- Price: $6
- Materials: rack, lace, thread, sewing needle
- Time invested: 30 minutes
- Scope of project: quick and easy

I've posted more info and pics about this little project on my blog: http://jinnyly.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/repurposing-conventional-rack-to-magnetic-memo-boardrack/

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