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1  Re: Book Rest, Reading Pillow - Anyone seen a tut for this? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: April 28, 2008 06:13:51 AM
It looks really simple to make... sew a pyramid but leave a lot of overhang to the bottom, and create the "ravioli effect" from that

hope this explains what i'm thinking
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2  Re: I'm finally going to do something! kitchen suggestions wanted! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: August 22, 2007 02:56:49 AM
HERE ARE SOME PICS ...  you can see the scratches and the home made handles well in the first one, as well as the white appliances in the 2nd and 3rd pics (hood vent and range/oven) the color didn't show up well though, sorry
(they also made me realize that i have to CLEAN... oops  Cry  Undecided  Shocked  Sad )

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3  Need ideas for random Wooden Boxes in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Graceful on: February 01, 2007 08:04:19 PM
Today at work i was doing some things and i came upon about 800 of these wooden boxes. I asked about them and was told that they were junk, they were made to hold some parts that are ordered from a different company that we use for our machines, but then were stored there and used for odds and ends.

However, there are so many of them  , and the company doesn't have a way to use them, so they are free to take for employees, and of course, i couldn't resist, i took four home today.

I stripped the inside foam, which was hideous, removed the metal tag on the top (you can still see the nails), and took out the two inside wooden fittings and what you see below remains.

the dimensions are
H 6.5 cm
W 20cm
D 11.5 cm

What can i do with these?
It appears to be balsa wood, some of it is coated/lacquered, some of it isn't. keep in mind the construction is chinese, so the quality isn't that great. (so there goes my jewelery box idea)

EDIT: i forgot to ask, i also have this ikea box, i figured i would paint ior stain it, but honest to goodness, i can't figure out what to use it for? Its too short to use for pens/pencis, inconvenient for jewellery, the wrong size to hold my computer accessories (digi cam, cords, cell phones etc).


H 29.5cm
W 28.5

H8 W13 D 20

(Edit again! forgot to post the pic!)
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4  how do i make this pillow? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: February 01, 2007 07:44:41 PM
I was browsing target.com and came across this pillow. I love the "cummerbund effect" (is just pleats?) but hate the sage colour (it would not match my decor).

Since its the colour offered, i was wondering if it were possible to make this myself, and if so how? (i've not sewed in years and even then, the most i could do was make sew straight lines and make a button hole, so ii'd need idiot proof explanations please, my grandmother's vintage singer thanks you!)

Thanks for any suggestions.
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5  What material should i get for a couch cover? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: January 07, 2006 09:36:50 AM
since i have a pretty good idea how to make the pattern (thanks to the amazing Fembot  Cheesy ), now all i need to know is what type of fabric should i buy to make a couch cover cover.


i have this Ikea couch with the Ransta natural (ie natural off white cotton color, showed the grey because its easier to see) cover, but i hate that it gets so dirty so often, and i have to bring it to a laundromat to wash it b/c i have a mini 1 person machine.

I could just buy a new cover, but the color opions are limited/boring, or dye it (but as we all know you can't guarantee a good dye job), so i thought a good solution might be to sew a cover for it... but HOW? i doubt i could get a large enough piece to of fabric to cover the entire couch, so my guess is i'd have to make a quilt or "stripes" of fabric... i have an idea of how to make the top/front of the couch, but am not sure how to make the sides. Also, how would i sew the "angle" into the fabric.

Last but not least, what do you think the best material to use would be? Its going to go over the couch's original cover so it doesn't have to be too thick but it shouldn't be sheer and it should have some weight to it.
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6  Re: how would i craft sock/lingere organizers? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: January 06, 2006 04:03:59 PM
what is this plastic canvas you speak of? does it end up looking like this one?
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7  how would i craft sock/lingere organizers? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: January 06, 2006 09:33:52 AM
i've seen these everwhere but in stores (and can't order them online; thats what i get for living int hte third world, no one ships here  Angry Roll Eyes Undecided )... any idea how i can make my own and have them turn out semi decent??

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8  any help with how to make these scarves in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: December 11, 2005 05:42:53 AM
I love the pattern/idea of this scarf(comes from J.Crew in case you're wondering) and would like to make one but in different colors... would it be possible to do by hand or is it a machine-only type of scarf?

also, same q for theise types of scarf:

(this should measure 75"L x 4"W)

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9  Re: changing closet door colors? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by Graceful on: November 21, 2005 05:23:54 PM
hmmm, louvred doors seem to be something different; the ones i was according to are called Accordian Folding Doors

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10  Re: grad cap box: NOW COMPLETED AND WITH PICS! in Completed Projects by Graceful on: November 16, 2005 07:45:21 PM
okay, i kept it really simple; here are the pics. THe tassel didn't come out as well as I would have liked, but i used wrapping/gift ribbon, which wasn't exactly the best choice  Tongue Roll Eyes. I stuck with Gold because its important color, and it goes well with black. I also stuck with the square shape because it would just be more obvious

Top & side view:


Inside Top: making the cylinders was the hardest part... it took me several tries to get the hang of it, and still its not perfect, but its good enough.

The gifts wrapped up in a wad of tissue paper

and subsequently placed inside the bottom half

when he takes the wad of tissue paper out, he'll see this; its the same as the top except it has a black circle lining with a message inside in lieu of a card. I only uploaded the thumbnail because its a personal message inside written. There's a famous author's quote in it, and in the wad containing the pennies there's a little piece of cardstock saying wishing him good luck
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