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1  Sewing Machine Cover (w/ link to tut) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by urban_albino on: September 30, 2012 06:28:14 AM
I recently found a link on Pinterest on preventive sewing machine maintenance ( http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4731/preventive-sewing-machine-maintenance )and I realized that there are several things I haven't been doing.  One being covering up my machine when not in use so that dust, critter hair and other floaties don't end up gumming up my working parts.  So I found a bangin' tutorial on YouTube from the Crafty Gemeni channel that was so easy to follow.  My end result isn't perfect, but I love it dearly and it of course serves its purpose. 

It was my first time using fusible fleece, and making a quilt binding -- which turned out to be quite simple and easier than I had always imagined.  Would love your feedback! =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ALwwH_F1FU -- Link to this tutorial

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2  Bathroom Shelf from Martha Stewart inspiration!! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by urban_albino on: August 22, 2012 08:20:22 PM
Quick back story:  Hubbers and I are preggo with our first baby.  We decided to finish our basement so he can move his man crap out of the second bedroom so we can have a nursery.  The first stage of finishing down there was hooking up ducting for the A/C - in order to do this, we had to sacrifice our hall/linen closet.  (I didn't know this was happening until I came home from work. Sad sad day.  So, for the past several weeks, all my stuff has been accumulating in our bedroom and bathroom and finally, I'd had enough of the clutter.  I found this inspiration on Martha Stewart's website via Pintrest for a shelf over the bathroom door to store stuff.  I loved it, so I made it happen!  =)

1. - Martha's version
2. - My version before/ after
3. - My ugly cluttered bathroom before
4. - My super cute bathroom after

The screws on my shelf aren't perfect, one because I'm extremely impatient and two because I didn't have a level I ruined all my anchors trying to find the right spot and ended up having to use like, 3" drywall screws.  One isn't in all the way because my drill bit was too short.  But anywho, I don't care.  I'm proud that I made this shelf and I have my bathroom back!  I ordered this cool hotel style towel shelf/rack off eBay and my super awesome dad helped me install it. (I NEVER would have gotten that one on my own. It would have ended up in the garbage.)  I hated that toilet organizer.  Makes everything looks way more cluttery.  =)  Let me know what you think!  Next step is finding some cute artwork to put over the towels.

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3  Earring Display for my bathroom in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by urban_albino on: March 06, 2012 09:07:53 AM
Hi everyone!  Within the past year or so, I have gotten addicted to earrings.  Don't know why, but now I have a lot of them.  Anyway, I hate putting them in a jewelry box because they get jumbled around with everything else and stuff gets lost and so on and so forth.  So, I had the idea to create this to display my ear jewels:

I took a small canvas for painting, put 2 layers of craft batting on top, and then stapled black fabric over it.  I nailed a sawtooth hanger on the back for easy hanging.  I love it!  It serves its purpose well.  The only problem is that the earring hooks are a little too blunt to pierce the fabric, so before I put a new set in, I punch a hole with a thumbtack and then they slide right in!

=)  Yay for solutions to life's little irritations.
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4  Industrial belting ... in What the heck can I do with THIS? by urban_albino on: August 10, 2011 09:00:49 PM
My dad brought this home from work at the Post Office and figured I could do something with it.  There is about 5 yards altogether.  One piece is about the right size for me to make a snazzy belt, but no clue what to do with the rest of it?  The material is like a thick ... vinyl and webbing?  Who knows, but its real tough.  Purse maybe?  Don't think my sewing machine would go through it though.  Ideas?  Thanks!!

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5  DIY Platform Bed! =) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by urban_albino on: August 03, 2011 03:02:46 PM
Last year, my husband and I bought our first house.  Unfortunately, the two bedrooms it has are the same size and are pretty small.  With all these new bills we haven't really been able to afford any sort of fancy organization so things get a little (okay, a lot) cluttered very easily.  Finally, last week, fed up with the clutteriness I decided we needed a platform bed instead of our bulky sleigh bed.  It is really beautiful and modern (or contemporary? idk, anyway..) but it takes up a  huge amount of space in our bedroom. 

I couldn't find any platform beds locally (unless I went to big box furniture store and spent $$$$$) so I decided to see what I could find on instructables.  I found this plan to make my own platform bed.  Materials cost $71.50 at home depot for screws and wood and there was very little waste involved.  Mom and dad had all the tools I needed and they taught me how to use Skil saw, carpenter's square and a drill.  I am so proud of myself!  It was easyish with my dad's help and explanations.  The resulting bed is a little high (about 20" or so off the ground +  6-7" thick mattress.  I may choose to cut down the legs a bit so its not quite so high, but the benefit to this is that I can fit those plastic rubbermaid tubs underneath. 

Here is the instructable :


Regarding the pictures --- please excuse my messy messy room!  I told you, we're not too good right now at organization... I know that doesn't excuse the dirty clothes.... but oh well!  Helps to prove my point.  Now we have so much more room for activities! [Step Brothers ref .. not dirty!LOL]

((please let me know what you think!!))

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6  Help! Desperate for Landscaping ideas! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: January 03, 2011 07:35:25 AM
Hello!  My husband and I bought our first home May 2010. Yay for us!  It was a foreclosure in dire need of some TLC.  We fell in love and gave it a complete remodel on the inside and its very cozy and wonderful!  However, the outside is needed some things!  I don't have an eye or an inkling for anything to do with landscaping, so I need your ideas please!  The house is situated at the corner of my street and a fairly busy highway, so it needs to have some good curb appeal. I took these pictures just this morning, so everything is frosty and the grass is dead (when the grass is alive, it looks pretty decent.)  If the first panorama picture doesn't look right on here, please let me know and I can upload another one of the side of the house.  Here are some of my concerns that I would like to have feedback on:

1. The lower driveway (where I am standing, and closest to the highway) is brand new.  It is wide and white.  Should I mulch and put a hedgerow of somesort, or instead add color and plant a flower bed alongside it?  It is full sun all day long.

2. I HATE lattice!!!  Is there ANYTHING I can replace that with?  Or if not, a way to make it look nicer?

3.  The front of the house, where the lattice is, should I put a hedgerow or a flower bed?  It only gets sun about half of the day.  As soon as the sun crosses over, it stays shadowy the rest of the day.  I think when I took the first picture, the sun was directly behind me at 9 am. 

4. What should I do with the porch area, where the upper driveway is?  I want it to look beautiful, and would love to have flowers here, but have no clue as to know which kinds ... would prefer the kinds that come back every year so I don't have to keep going to purchase flowers every spring.  The porch is going to be stained hopefully this spring, so that will be one improvement.  The rose bush that is there will be taken out.  Its beautiful when it blooms, but I am just not a rose person.  I don't like vine plants for some reason. 

I appreciate any and all input you might have for me!!


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7  Suggestions on new chair backing? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by urban_albino on: April 27, 2010 06:59:34 PM
I rescued these chairs from an abusive owner (my mother).  They are these neat, kind of 70's outdoor chairs, and they had these rubbery strips that you sit on and rest your back on.  Well, I decided that they were lame and had to go. So I took them off.  Well, so far, I've spray painted them new colors (there is third one that is candy apple green) and my mom taught me how to use a circular saw and I made new seats. 

The only thing I am having trouble with is designing something for the back.  All suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  =) 

(BTW - I AM CLOSING ON MY FIRST HOME FRIDAY!  These will be proudly displayed on my new screened in porch!) 

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8  One for me and the hubs in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by urban_albino on: July 11, 2009 07:35:14 PM
I saw this thread a very long time ago and KNEW I would have to make this one day!  I started taking sewing lessons from a seamstress and decided these would be my first project!  The camo print one is for my husband, and the first one I made.  The blue one was my second try and is 1000% percent better!  I added cool patches, and on my blue one, I added this really pretty lace ribbon I found at Joann's in the clearance bin.  I kept both of them square because I like it better.  We are going to Transformus this week (spin-off of burning man for the east coast) and we are taking these to hold our cell phones, and other things we don't want to carry!!  I thank the original poster for making such great instructions. 

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9  Hardcore Demo Time! :D in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 25, 2009 04:27:53 AM
Here is one of the pictures from yesterday's demolition stint.  We took out the center console (which surprisingly we found used to house a sink and a stove until someone took them out), and we also removed the benches on the side where the banquette is (was.)  Its really quite roomy in there now!  Haha!  

Now that you can really see what the inside looks like, how do you think I should decorate it?

I really your help on this one!  I am 100% positive I don't want to keep it the brown paneling color because there are still some spots that look like water damage, but I'm not completely sure they are that we aren't planning on replacing.  We are only replacing the paneling that goes across the ceiling and the front/back.  The two sides will stay in tact.... Maybe white wash it?  Here is where I really some of your creative gals to help me out.  I appreciate it!

(PLANS FOR THE REPLACEMENT CABINET THAT WAS TORN OUT ... My original plan was to just replace it with a counter top, but I would really hate to see the water line go to waste..  Think I should put another sink back in there?  I'd like to tile and put a neat backsplash behind the camper (where that white spot in the picture is, on the left.)

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10  Started demo today .... in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 21, 2009 07:30:24 PM
I started demo today.  Sadly, all by myself - DH has sinus issues and convinced me he couldn't help.  Its okay though, because it would have gotten really crowded with two peeps in there moving around  alot.  Here are a few pictures, but try out the new camper blog to see all of the day's events!  www.popstarantics.blogspot.com

There is fiberglass insulation between the paneling and aluminum.  The aluminum underneath looks like brand new!  I was very impressed!  And it was so hot in there.  I had sweat pouring off my face.  I hope to be done with that in a couple days!  Then my dad and I will start putting in new paneling inside!!  Cheesy

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