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351  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Re-doing a reclaimed desk/vanity on: February 18, 2009 06:45:04 AM
Did you know you have your photos set to private?

I can't think of anything I have seen recently that might work, but I like looking at scrapbooking paper for inspiration. It often has simple and striking patterns.

good luck
352  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vinyl Tile vs Real Tile for a bathroom on: February 18, 2009 06:33:36 AM
If you can afford it, I would definitely go with the real tile.  It may be a little more hassle to install, but it looks better and lasts better.  We put down vinyl tile in our main bathroom because we wanted a quick fix from the old yellow linoleum.  Granted, it has lasted awhile, but it is starting to come up and I recently discovered where water from the shower had made its way under one(we have ant problems and they had discovered the resulting mold and thought it a tasty treat).

If you just want easy, go with the vinyl--it is easy and looks decent--but you may have to replace it in 5 yrs.  Most of the big home improvement stores offer free classes in tiling and may even help out with the cutting.  My husband has tiled two of our bathrooms with the most basic tools--I just had to get the store to help out with cutting 2 tiles.  And ask around with all your friends to see if anyone has a tile cutter that you could borrow or even tiling skills you can borrow. 

I'm taking cold medication and feeling a little woozy, so I hope this makes sense.  Good luck whatever you choose!

You may also want to look into some of the laminate flooring that is tile like.  My dad installed some in my Grandmother's kitchen and bathroom and it is holding up well and was fairly easy to install.  I think it was the kind that snaps together.
353  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bookcover! on: January 30, 2009 07:30:26 PM
Nice job.  This would be a great cover for a food journal.  Smiley
354  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: "FLY" little blue bird on: January 29, 2009 11:45:31 AM
He's so very cute!
355  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chinese new year on: January 29, 2009 04:24:49 AM
What a pretty and unusual decoration.  I like that the color scheme is simple; it lends a certain elegance to it. 
356  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Disc bin... saved from the recycling bin... (image heavy) on: January 26, 2009 09:13:35 PM
Very cool idea.  I like the size, it looks like it would fit easily on a shelf.  I always have space issues because I have too much stuff so I've been trying to figure out a way to make some boxes to hold stuff.  I may give this a try, I like how the paper bag really looks like a basket. 
357  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Found Objects "reminiscing travel" book! on: January 26, 2009 09:08:05 PM

I really like your cover.  The colors are very nice.  It looks like it feels good to hold in your hands(if that makes any sense--i am a very tactile person).  Good work!
358  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My completely redecorated first home on: January 26, 2009 04:17:24 PM
Very Cheery color choices.  I especially love the kitchen cabinets. 
359  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand made book Hope and Inspiration (Img Heavy) on: January 26, 2009 11:37:59 AM
I've been lurking on the papercrafts board admiring everyone's beautiful work, and this challenge inspired me to give it a whirl.  I love paper.  A lot. But for various reasons I usually keep my paper crafting to smallish things, like quilling.  But I am hooked on this whole bookmaking thing now.  It is very satisfying.

For my book I used from Column A:  a newspaper/junk mailer.  The Atlanta paper sends a small ad paper filled with store flyers every week, so it is a newspaper that comes in the mail. 

From Column B: I used the Stumps Prom and Party Catalog--a surprisingly good source, and I recalled some vintage sheet music in my basement and managed to locate it and scan it so I could reduce the size.

If you are interested in the binding technique, I used the tutorial http://users.stargate.net/~dearsam/bookarts/.  It was a bit easier than I expected it to be, and I absolutely love the way the spine looks.  You will probably be seeing more of these books from me   Smiley

I've been thinking alot about hope vs despair and inspiration and creativity, so this is sort of an idea book about those things.  The first part is a reminder to hope, the second part is just sort of inspirational to me.  I purposefully made it very simple, since it is my tendency to overdo and I didn't want to overwhelm myself but to just start learning about collaging and book making.

This is the very first book I have ever made.  I hope you like it.

  I got the board from a thrift store folder that I ripped apart and the paper is from a scrapbooking paper stack I bought for another project. 

  The little lace piece was tatted by me. Because I love thread almost as much as I love paper.  And I did not break the mirror.  It was a toy that accidentally made it into the washer and dryer.  I left it on the top of the dryer just in case I ever needed it.


  My four children--they inspire me to be a better person. 

There are a couple more pages in my member gallery if you want to see the whole book.  These are my favorite pages.  Thank you so much for looking.   
360  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: My beautifull Alice in Wonderland shoes.. soo cute!! on: September 02, 2008 12:22:37 PM
Those turned out cute! 
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