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1  Re: How to Lock up a Backpack? in Discussion and Questions by homestar on: January 10, 2010 05:30:52 PM
Way cool.  I was thinking of doing something like that.  If I punch grommets side-by-side, though, how strong will that be?  I'm thinking if there's not enough fabric/ canvas in between the two, it would be too easy for the entire thing to rip out with repeated wear and tear.

Here's another question.  Even if I manage to padlock the zippers in the closed position, it's still easy to lift up the velcro and slide your hand in that way.  Any way I could keep the top flap closed?

I was thinking of doing something like this.

Lining up two grommets, one on the flap and one on the panel.  Putting a loop of cable through the two grommets, securing with a small padlock.  (Do this three times:  once on the left, once on the right, once in the middle.  Secure the zipper loops in the padlock, too. 

QUESTION:  How can I create a flat piece or something else to keep the cable loop from slipping through the grommets?
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2  How to Lock up a Backpack? in Discussion and Questions by homestar on: January 10, 2010 03:11:06 PM
Hi all!

Starting next month, I'm going to be traveling around the world for an indefinite period of time.  I am so excited!!! 

I'll be living out of a backpack.  I'd like to have the option to secure my backpack from "curious" people.  I know that it won't be completely secure--someone could always take a razor to the canvas--but I'm thinking more about hostel workers rifling through my stuff.

Here's how the front of my pack opens (it's a front loading panel):

There are two zippers that go up each side, and then a flap at the top that has velcro to attach it to the top of the panel.

I can't think of anywhere else to ask this question, so, I turn to the amazingly creative minds of Craftster:  how would you lock up or secure this opening to my pack?  I have at my disposal:  zippers, grommet punch, steel cable, small padlocks.  I'm totally willing to modify this pack as necessary.


Thanks so much in advance!!!
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3  Winged Foot - Runner's Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by homestar on: May 02, 2008 08:57:14 AM
I made this out of polymer clay for the guy I'm dating.  He's a runner, and he had a race coming up.  He liked it a lot.  Very simple design, it could make a great last-minute gift for any runner in your life...

Sorry for crappy camera phone pictures!

Contrary to unpopular belief, I'm not dating Jesus Christ.  I say unpopular belief because his initials never occurred to me until I looked down at the completed pendant and was like, "Huh.  How about that."
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4  Re: Viking v. Ninja in Valentine's Day by homestar on: February 13, 2008 10:09:15 PM
This is so simple, it doesn't really deserve its own Craftster post...  but since we've only gone on three (totally awesome) dates, I don't feel comfortable doing more than this.

So, that's how it turned out.  I wanted it to look like I didn't spend much time on it, since we're not a couple or anything.  I just wanted to let him know that I was thinking about him.  Hope it serves its purpose...
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5  Re: What to do when your fiance' leaves you in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by homestar on: October 21, 2007 07:22:00 AM
I actually found some photos of the old apartment!!!  Not too many, but it will give you an idea

The Living Room

Heres the corner where my rocking chair now sits.  Nothing special.  Looks like I had the blue circular chair out of the closet at the time.

Heres the side of the room with the big window.  Booooooooring.

And this is what the cabinet looked like before I painted it.  Actually, the green color in the after picture isnt nearly as bright and, um, toxic-looking in real life as in the picture.  This cabinet belonged to my great-grandmother.  My family members love it that Im actually getting a lot of good use out of these old, decrepit pieces of furniture that they dont want in their house any more!


I had a citrus theme going previously, which was actually pretty neat.  But Im really glad its gone!!

The plants look so much better all grouped together in one room, instead of spread out across the apartment

The Bathroom

No pictures.  It was boring.  Lots of nasty boy hairs on the sink.  You get the picture.

The Study

No pictures.  No boy hairs, but just boring.

The Bedroom

I had done the room in a burgundy/gold color combination, which was nice, but it definitely had to go.  It made the room feel pretty dark and small, and its already a dark and small apartment!

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6  What to do when your fiance' leaves you (pics on pgs. 1 & 4) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by homestar on: October 19, 2007 08:50:00 PM
In late August, my partner and fiance of seven years left me.  Actually, I ended up kicking him out after he broke up with me...  but that's another story.  Wink  The lesson:  never f*** with a girl from Jersey!

I ended up staying in our (now my) apartment, but I knew I couldn't stay put unless I did a major redecorating.  I needed to make the place feel like mine, so I could live there without constantly imagining him around.

Anyway, it's two months later, and I couldn't be doing better.  I've reconnected with old friends, renewed my interest in my career, started volunteering in my community, become closer with my family, and tons of other beautiful and wonderful things that wouldn't have happened if life hadn't grabbed me by the neck and b!tch slapped me.

And, of course, I love my old "new" apartment!!!!!  I really wish I had some "before" pictures, because these snaps totally don't do it justice...  it's the perfect blend of creative, funky, peaceful, and uplifting.  I finally feel like this is MY home; before, with my ex-partner here, I didn't have any real attachment to the place.  I can't wait to finally host a housewarming party!

Without further adieu...  on to the pictures!

The Living Room

When you first walk into the apartment, you're in the living room.  I chose the idea of a conservatory as my inspiration.  So, there are tons of plants, garden-type trinkets, wrought-iron, stuff like that.

My bookshelves:

Yes, I love to read, and I've read most of the books on my shelves!  I especially love the clock in the upper left.

Turning to the right:

More plants!  I made the curtain out of two types of fabric; the upper portion is sheer and lighter, while the lower part is brocade.  Somehow it worked perfectly.  The lights are little metal flower lights on clearance from Target.

A little more to the right:

I love to sit in my rocking chair and crochet!  The lamp above the chair was my inspiration for the room.  My grandfather made it...  the colors are actually sage green and golden orange.  I made the curtains in the tall window...  they're simple tab-top curtains.  The curtain rod is just a dowel stained with diluted brown acrylic paint, and the finials are those weird straw/wicker woven balls you can find in Micheals.

More to the right...  view when you walk into the apartment:

More plants, of course!  Plus my old and dirty but super comfy loveseat.  I made the pillows and the artwork on the walls.

Here's a close-up of some of my babies...  err...  plants:

And here's a close-up of the artwork:

Turn more to the right to face the kitchen:

I was not really sure about the color of the cabinet...  it's half-way between asparagus and lime, but I love color, so I figured, "What the heck!"  I'm going to make another painting for the space to the left.  It's so nice to lounge around in my underwear on the couch, watching a movie that I want to see...

This is my little grasshopper friend:

He lives on my table and eats dinner with me.  :-)

The Bathroom

Before, the bathroom had no style whatsoever.  At all.  Now, it's got this yellow-and-wood/bamboo theme going on...

I adore having nice, fluffy, thick towels, without worrying about a stinky boy wiping his @$$ all over them!

The Kitchen

For the kitchen, I went with a brick red/ rooster/ Italy theme.  Roosters are for good luck.  Smiley

Here's my grandmother's hutch...  It used to be the sky blue of the inside, now it's brick red...  what color should I paint the inside?

In the hutch, there are my wine glasses and all of my kitchen trinkets from my grandparents...  their espresso maker, olive oil tin, old-fashioned egg beaters, etc.

The butcher's block:

With my spices, jars of pasta, a half-finished bottle of wine (that I'm finishing right now), you get the picture.  It's a functional kitchen!

The windows:

I made the cafe curtains...  love the fabric...  the bottles of pickled vegetables and the ceramic garlic cloves I found in a dollar store.  Score!!

Tomatoes, pasta, and wine... yes please!

The Study

Walk through the kitchen, and you're in the study.  Here's the practical part:

That part's boring, and hasn't changed since The Ex left.

Here's the fun part:  my reading corner!

I love to curl up in that circular chair.  I never used to use it--in fact, it was folded up and stored in a closet!  Now I sit in my reading corner and daydream about traveling.

The shadow boxes on the wall:

are a bunch of things I've collected in my travels over the years.  It's cool to see them all in one place--reminds me of where I've gone (and makes me think about where I'm going!)

The Bedroom

As you can imagine, the first things that HAD to go were the sheets and comforter that I shared with The Ex.  Too many memories there...  I decided on a brown and turquoise scheme:

I need to make some artwork to hang above the bed!

I made this headboard.

It took about $25 and an hour, and now I no longer have insulation from behind the top part of the wall falling on my head as I sleep. Yeah!

The other side of the bedroom...

I made the curtains.  The thing in the middle is actually a big plastic storage bin...  I need to find somewhere to store it, but until I do, I just draped it with a piece of cloth that was in my box of remnants.

And here is my penguin friend.

He lives on my dresser.

So, that's it!  Congrads if you made it all the way to the end.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I REALLY wish I had some "before" pictures to share; you would be SHOCKED at the improvement!
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7  Help me get *this* image onto cloth in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by homestar on: November 18, 2006 03:23:58 PM
I'm making my sister a wallet, and I'm using this image:

What is the best way to get that image onto cloth?  I was thinking of doing a stencil, but I think it would be difficult to cut out such a small and intricate image.  An iron-on transfer or something?  I don't know how to silk screen, and embroidering that image would take a long time, too (I love my sister, but love has its boundaries  Wink)

What do you think?

Thanks in advance for opinions!!
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8  Re: Changing jobs--thank you present for female co-workers? in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by homestar on: November 09, 2006 08:21:44 PM
The stationary idea is another good one...  in the end, I went with my original idea, not because it was that great, but because A.C. Moore had votive holders on sale for 44 cents and votives for 39 cents.  Score!

Here's how they came out...  clockwise, from left, they are:
  • Flower
  • Horse
  • Wind turbine (don't ask)
  • Cat
  • Another horse
  • Scooter
  • Dove
  • Happy face

Thanks again!
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9  Re: The Civil Liberties Gadget Challenge in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by homestar on: November 04, 2006 09:58:51 AM
Here's what I ended up doing...

This is the image that will go on a mousepad.  My dad is really into the Allman Brothers, and this is the cover of their album, "Eat a Peach."  Sadly, I'm not going to make the mousepad myself (boo!), but there are places that will do it for relatively cheap, and it will look more "professional" and will hold up better than if I make it myself.

Do you get it?  Read what the mousepad says...

"M" "Peach" "W"
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10  Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by homestar on: October 29, 2006 10:29:46 AM
One of the best gifts I ever made a partner was a Hunter S. Thompson "action figure" I made for an ex-boyf a few years ago.

I took a Ken doll and modified it to that it looked like Hunter from his Fear and Loathing days - complete with short-shorts, cigarette holder and "Welcome to Vegas" sign.  I wish I had taken a photo.

It was a great gift - homemade, inexpensive and with lots of though put into it.  He freaked out big time.

I was reading this thread for inspiration for my bf for Christmas, and...  HOLY CRAP!!!  Can I please date you?  Then maybe you'll make me an AWESOME Hunter S. Thompson (may his soul not rest in peace) figurine.

But since I think that's not going to happen, would you mind if I borrowed this idea for my bf?  Here he is at a party a few years ago:

Ah, I love that boy.
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