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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Leather boot tops! These boots were made for...? on: January 04, 2014 08:59:26 AM
So, I wore the heck out of my favorite boots. They can't be re-soled. I can't bear to part with them because the shafts are in great shape--nice, soft leather with a kind of insulated lining. There are some small buckles at the cuff which might be incorporated into this upcycle.

Some ideas:
-Boot purse (I've seen ones made from cowboy boot tops)
-Boot toppers (not crazy about this--they always look like, well, re-used boot tops)
-Bracelets, etc made from the leather

Thank you in advance for any and all ideas, you creative folks! I am stuck so I figured I'd throw it out here (NOT into the landfill!) and see what other ideas are out there!

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Dangly earrings remade into...? on: April 24, 2013 10:41:23 AM
Hey hey fellow Craftsters!

I scored these great earrings for only 4 bucks and bought them even though they are waaay too large and heavy for me to actually wear as earrings. I love the colors & dangly style. They're about 3 inches long from the bottoms up to the horizontal posts.

Only thing I can think of is to create 2 necklace pendants, but there must be more ideas out there. Thoughts, anybody? they're just too cool!

Thanks much!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Zen Room--straw mats as wallcovering on: April 27, 2007 11:56:13 AM
Soory, peeps. Zoto (where my photos were stored) has changed into a paid site, so I'll re-post the pics when I get a chance. I'm so glad I shared this. It's nice to know I've inspired so many others out there in decorating land! <dabbing eyes, ha ha>
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 3/14/06 - Smited Again! on: March 15, 2006 07:20:28 AM
Thanks for getting the site back up even when you were feeling so horrid!!!!! Kiss Kiss Kiss
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Zen Room--straw mats as wallcovering on: March 15, 2006 07:16:43 AM
Thanks so much for all the feedback!!

To answer some questions:

It took about 3 days of a few hours a day to complete this project. This is a dry room, and I imagine this would work way better in a dry room than a damp one. I wouldn't do this in a bathroom. I think the mats would sag and smell in a damp room. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did do a "burn test" in the sink with a match before I launched into this project--the stuff did not burn!

About leaving the blue edging on the mats...yeah, I guess I really could have left the edging on, in retrospect, though it might have made the edges lumpy once you put the ribbon over it. I originally hadn't planned to cover the edges, thinking they'd look fine raw, but I kind of made it up as I went along.

It's been over a year, and the first week or so it smelled like a petting zoo--you know, that hay smell. Smiley But the smell has gone away. The mats did fade a tad in the light and in a few places they did get a little "bubbly" but when I see one, I just stick a few more staples in and it's fine.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Zen Room--straw mats as wallcovering on: March 08, 2006 07:54:39 PM
Naked Ninja, I guess I'm not the only wacko who sees a straw mat and says, "What can I cover with that??!!"

Sounds like a great thing you did with your fishtank stand. Create a post for it!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Zen Room--straw mats as wallcovering on: March 08, 2006 10:38:38 AM
I found a cheap way to totally redo my formerly ugly side room!




So here's the scoop...I had this side room in my new house which had that FUGLY '70s fake-wood paneling...EEEeeewww! But what to do on a small budget? I considered painting, wallpapering (ick), just about everything. Then I went to a yoga retreat place (Omega Institute). There, the inside of the sanctuary temple was covered totally in grasscloth--ah, the solution!! But wait...once home, I started pricing grasscloth--almost 100 dollars a roll! NOT!! I looked a little further (and meditated on it, heh)...

I found straw mats (like those you take to the beach) from www.orientaltrading.com for under 3 dollars apiece. I ordered twenty of them. I covered the walls with them by staple-gunning them right onto the paneling. I then looked at my local craft store for ribbon to cover where the edges met. It was wicked expensive for the amount I needed, so I found the same stuff online and ordered Khaki grosgrain ribbon from www.jkmribbon.com in 1 and widths. (1" for where the mats met, 1/2" for edging around the windows, doors, and baseboard heaters.) This I applied from top to bottom with a hot glue gun.

I finished the look with rice paper shades from pearlriver.com and a bamboo bead curtain from Bed, Bath & Beyond. All the other stuff I already had.

I'm so sorry I don't have any "before" or "during' pics to convey just how gross the room was before, but I didn't know I'd be actually posting this.

Some tips: The mats (shown below as they come) are edged with a blue ribbon. You must gently rip this off before you can start stapling the mat to the wall. (Update: see posts below for alternatives.) Also, after a couple of false starts, I realized you really must hang the mats vertically, not horizontally. And it takes some playing, but at the tops & bottoms, you kind of have to roll the mat under a bit, or else it frays like fricking crazy!!! This is the only tricky part of all this, and in retrospect, maybe I would have gotten some cheap sheets and attached the mats to the sheets with spray adhesive to make a backing. The backing would have kept the mats together better as I worked. I touched up the staples--which were shiny--with a bit of paint I mixed to match the walls (tedious, as there were HUNDREDS of staples).


Also I'd recommend buying a few more mats than you need as extra, and also because there are shade variations in the different mats, and you want to try and match up similar shades at the "join" edges.

I protected the door edge with one of those plastic edges made for protecting wallpaper (stolen from another done-over room in my house and attached with thumbtacks). I protected the area around the doorknob by taking one of those clear protective "CDs" that come in the package of recordable CDs for your computer. I drilled a larger hole in it with a large-hole drill bit.

This was very cost-effective:
Mats: $60.
Ribbon: $25. (for more than I will ever use!!)
Blinds: $40.
Bead Curtain: $20.
Staples: $5.

Total: $150. and lots of sweat!

Downside: This is not an option for you if you have young kids, or cats that like to scratch the walls. It is a delicate wallcovering.

Please hit me up with any questions if I left anything out. Everyone who sees this is totally blown away and can't believe I did it myself!!!







This is roughly a 10' x 10' room, and I only had to cover 2 of the walls fully. The mats are 29 x 72. So factor this in if you are looking to duplicate this look.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: enormous piece of pink leather on: November 13, 2005 06:29:09 PM
Cut out 2 triangles and put grommets at the corners...connect with black leather cord and you have a hot bikini triangle top!  Wink Cut a 3rd triangle for a G-string!

Or, be more modest and make a vest-type top with grommets and leather lacing on the sides/front. Would look hot over a black mesh shirt.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: wine glass overload on: November 13, 2005 06:23:14 PM
This is a cool dilemma...

-make gel candles in the glasses & give as gifts

-use as organizers for jewelry, etc.

-make a most unusual peg rack for necklaces, etc: use glass glue to adhere their rims to a pane of glass or mirror (you must do this while the pane/mirror is laying flat on a table or the floor). When dry, hang the pane/mirror. Then hang belts, scarves, necklaces, and other delicate/light things from the "pegs" the stems make from protruding from the glass/mirror. Go a step further and paint or etch the glasses/stems, or even seal little objects or scenes inside each glass before you glue to the pane/mirror.

-make funky snowglobes by gluing small figures/scenes inside the glass, fill with water and some glitter, set rim-side up and glue a plate or tile to the rim as above. Let dry and shake!

-make a musical instrument. If the glasses are crystal, they will "sing" if you rub your wet fingers in a circular motion around the rim. Glue a few in a line on a board or, again, more glass or a mirror...wet them, play tunes and amuse your guests!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: September 29, 2005 06:13:21 AM
Thanks for the advice, guys. (I just saw the tattoo IDEAS thread and realized I should've posted there, but, oh well...)

I will consider moving it down. I like the idea of it peeking over the top of my pants. that's why I have it high. But you guys have a good point.

and thanks for not laughing at my buttcrack!  Shocked
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