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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: What to do with all those plastic bags you have lying around the house. on: March 17, 2006 10:21:39 PM
I know this isn't really crafty, crafty, but I use them to line my small trashcans.  And I stuff them in empty tissue boxes for easy storage and access.  My roomie likes to use them for his lunches, too.  Haha. 

But I also did what apparently a lot of people do.  I crochet with the pretty ones.  There used to be a department store that had purple bags (alas they are closed), and I made a few purple and grey striped rugs for pretty decoration.  I also made some rugs from a variety of plastic bags and they made awesome doggie rugs.  In his last few years, my dog was very clumsy and wouldn't realize he stepped in his business or other dirty things, so we had them at the door for him to wipe his feet.  We also put a few of them in his crate so that he had something squishy to sleep on.  They could get as messy as they wanted and I could hose them down or throw them away.  Crochet a replacement in a day or two and have another happy rug.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: cigarette STENCH on my bags..HELPPP!! on: March 15, 2006 08:43:22 PM
A cheap one to use is baking soda!  You could probably put it in a small cup or something inside the bag if you don't want to worry about getting all that powder up.  And I will swear up and down by Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer (citrus sunburst is my flavor of choice). I used this when I alllowed people to smoke in my car and it got rid of the smell I had on ANYTHING.  Everything smelled like oranges after that, but that's a whole lot better than smoke.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: $40 hand-made Sewing Table on: March 10, 2006 10:56:52 PM
I really like it!  Nice shelving dimensions...makes me wanna fix up my old "kitchen countertop and removable legs desk" into something nice like this.  Looks worth more than $40, too!

Also ladies, I know it can cost a bit extra, but Home Depot can cut most of the wood if you give them your dimensions and map out how to cut the pieces from the wood (mapping out is an added bonus to make their life easier and make them like you more and MAYBE not charge for cutting).  If I recall correctly, they have a 4 cuts free and then the rest are $.25/.50 after that.  Might be different somewhere else, though.  I had a big construction project one time, and it saved my sanity and saw blades!   Cheesy
14  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: I know this is a little gross but... ratty old underpants? on: December 30, 2005 09:43:02 PM
I have been wondering this myself, and I came up with an idea that I haven't tried yet.  I also have new undies that never fit, so what I was going to do was find some various flesh colored liniing material and make zippered pouches.  My justification is that the lining will make people not so squeamish.  And I mean, really, they're washed and all.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: When did you learn to crochet? on: December 21, 2005 05:53:45 PM
I learned to crochet when I was about eight from my grandmother when we made tons of plastic bag rugs for our house. This store called Uptons (now very long gone) had purple shopping bags, so we cut all the bags we had into the strips and made an awesome plastic rug.  I totally forgot after that summer and didn't touch anything until I was turning 20 this summer, and becoming wayyy bored at my library job.  The other people there were knitting and lamenting about not being able to crochet. So, deciding that I needed to show off, I went home and asked my mom for some refresher points and I began churning out a hat a day.  Grin
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: reading crochet patterns on: December 21, 2005 05:47:10 PM
Here's a site where they show a video of that stitch:

I love stitchguide.com for their videos!
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Any tips on shipping costs to non-US destinations? on: October 28, 2005 11:36:02 PM
What do you send to NZ? Smiley

I got a friend in Christchurch and I send her goodies all the time hehe ^_^ Mainly she'll buy stuff on amazon.com and ship it to my house and then I ship it to her.  It comes out wayyy cheaper than straight through amazon.  Sucks for all you oversea-ers Sad
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Any tips on shipping costs to non-US destinations? on: October 27, 2005 08:19:10 AM
I learned this mistake the hard way, but for overseas mail at the post office, you have a choice of ground (which is the cheapest) and then air parcel in a few different prices.  Never never never never NEVER select the cheapest at ground rate. It might seem like a no-brainer to not go ground for something overseas, but I saw the difference in prices and picked the cheapest (I think it was around $8 over $18).  This was my first time sending a package and it was headed for New Zealand.  This "ground shipping" method took four months to reach its destination, and it was only a small poster tube sized package.  Don't even try UPS, because they charge about three times the amount as the post office and asks for sendee phone numbers and all kinds of extra stuff.  Only ship UPS if it's something uber important and you're willing to spend $100+ on shipping. 

Regular parcel post (as long as it's air) is very good and if you need extra security of where it is, I think Delivery Confirmation is about all you need (the gigantic neon green barcode).  It is pricey for overseas, but the cheapest around.  Also pretty reliable; haven't had a package lost in my years of sending packages to New Zealand (*knocks on wood*).
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your Chicken Soup Recipe on: October 25, 2005 07:34:25 PM
There was this way I was taught by my mama about making chicken soup;

Take leftover chicken (fried or roasted) and take most of it off the bones and let it simmer and soak in some water to make the soup base.  Add salt, pepper, and a few other spices to your taste.  When you're ready to cook, get the water to boil and add in rice, let it cook like rice is supposed to (lol I'm awesome at instructions).  Best ingredient comes after the rice is cooked, and that is adding in garbanzo beans (chick peas).  The key with them, though, is that you have to peel them before putting them in the soup.  The easiest way to peel them is to pinch it off.  I love soup with garbanzo beans.  mmmmmmmm...

Sorry there was no real instruction to all that.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Starry Nightstand on: August 03, 2005 02:02:27 PM
So this is my first project post on craftster.  Love this site!  Heh.  My mother bought a nightstand at a garage sale and it sat in the garage forever not being used because it was ugly and stinky.  So finally I decided to fix it up.

 As you can see by the drawers, there was a lot of weird paint on it. i first guessed that there were three layers of paint (yellow on the wood, ugly teal blue, and the final dark brown "wood" colored paint")  but when I began to strip it using paint stripper, there was a layer of green between the yellow and teal.  I found that the chemical stripper was very very very VERY useful.  The wood was pretty tough to begin with, so I wasn't worried about damaging it.  Also thought that since it's only a small storage nightstand, it wouldn't be doing anything heavy duty anyways.  

More of it being stripped...

A few minor chemical burns later, I finally have an unfinished nightstand!!  This photo was taken with a flash, so it might be a little bit too washed out. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/Starrynight_stripped.jpg

I primed it up and noticed the stink was gone (another plus) and began to paint. The main dresser I began to paint as white, thinking i'd do inverted stencils (have the star shapes over the white and paint the rest blue), but it didn't work according to plan.  The blue is from the Disney line at Home Depot under the name "Galactic Sky".  Really really pretty.  I also added a little bit of black colorwash over the blue to give it more definition.  Then I stenclied the stars over the blue/black.  


For a while I was thinking of a design for the stars, but I ended up just making it as I went along.  I like it, though.  I replaced the drawer handles because of all the paint layers on the old ones.  

detail of the top

I normally wouldn't paint the inside of the nightstand, but I think that the smoothness of the semigloss paint helps out for storing and opening/closing drawers.  

The only drawback is that after it was finished and I brought it inside, the stink came back.  I got some helpful suggestionshttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46041.0 and so hopefully it can go back into my room.  Smiley

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