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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Machine Cover (w/ link to tut) 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

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bathroom Shelf from Martha Stewart inspiration!! 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.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Best place to sell a serger? on: August 16, 2012 07:08:33 PM
I have a Babylock Lauren Serger (http://www.babylock.com/a-line/lauren/) that I've had for a couple of years.  I used it a couple of times and lost interest (got frustrated) and put in the cabinet and never used it again.  Now I'm looking for a new home for it, and don't know where to start?  Is there a market for used machines like this?  The Craigslist in my area sucks, so I'm not even going to waste my time.  Any ideas?

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earring Display for my bathroom 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.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Industrial belting ... 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!!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Platform Bed! =) 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!!))

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Help! Desperate for Landscaping ideas! 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!!


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Suggestions on new chair backing? 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!) 

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need your help restoring my camper! on: June 15, 2009 06:27:17 PM
Inside pics added to page 5 + 9!  This camper has its own Progress Blog! http://popstarantics.blogspot.com/

Okay folks - my parents have this crazy cool camper that was built in 1962 that they are giving to my husband and I!  They bought it when I was like .. 9 (13 years ago) for the purpose of using it to move from our old house in FL to our now house in TN.  So, for the past 12 years, it has been a yard decoration and for 12 years I have totally despised it, begging them to sell it and get rid of it.  Well, my mom and dad know that my husband and I like camping every year, so they decided to give it to us.  At first I was hesitant, but then I came to the realization that I have NEVER seen another cool vintage camper like this at campgrounds or on the road!  So now I am totally psyched to get it cleaned up and restored to original glory.  Its going to require a decent amount of time and money - a couple of broken windows, trim replacement, mattress replacement on the inside (most likely going to be memory foam from JoAnns or something.) and of course paint, inside curtains and other things.  

*Today I took a pressure washer to it and really got it cleaned on the outside!  Will be ready to paint in a couple days!

I need your help deciding on colors!  I was thinking that shiny candy apple red with black or silver trim might be cool.  My husband suggested stenciling some sort of artwork on it, but we are totally clueless!  I would really appreciate your input of what you think and I would love to hear your ideas.  I would really like to post pictures as we go.  

I can't wait to hear what you think!!!!   Huh  Grin Cool

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / New Serger! Ideas, suggestions? on: November 16, 2008 08:39:18 AM
After three years, I have finally convinced my husband to buy me a serger for my birthday! Yayyy!  I am going to pick it up from a local sewing machine store here in Knoxville.  They will teach me the basics of using it, but I have no idea how to use a serger. 

Is there a resource on the web that gives simple projects to start out with or do any of you maybe have some suggestions or ideas of quick projects I can do for Christmas presents?  I am so excited to get it.  It is a Babylock 4-thread, the same brand as my sewing machine, which I absolutely LOVE.  I know its a good one. 

***My birthday was actually last week and my poor husband surprised me by buying me a vintage serger off Craigslist from a pattern maker downtown.  He showed it to my husband working and said that it was his first machine he started his business with.  I was totally psyched when he brought it home -- and got it for a great deal.  We took it have it cleaned and aparantly it's all jacked up.  The front door that houses all the hardware is bent and doesn't fit up flush against the needle and gets stuck.  The guy *if you don't know what you're doing* the fabric would sucked down into the housing and mess things all to heck.

Poor husband was disappointed, but he and my dad are going to try to fix it and maybe resell it with full disclosure.  Its made of metal so its really heavy duty! 

ANYWAY --- sorry to rag on!  I am just really super duper excited and cannot wait to hear from others on neat stuff I can do with it!!
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