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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Toybox Tuesday - 10/26/10 on: October 27, 2010 07:31:18 AM
I finished these guys recently.  A friend asked me to knit something she could give her nephew for his 1st B-day next month.  I was pretty happy with them, but she was absolutely THRILLED, which makes me like them even more  Smiley
This was my second time making these little guys (first set here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338880.msg3922709#msg3922709).
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Our Midcentury Inspired Livingroom on: August 23, 2010 07:27:47 AM
I love the lamp coming out into the middle of the room---where did you get it?
I also love the bent leg table---looks very professional!

If you like making your own housewares, you should definitely check out the book "Handmade Modern"--
http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Modern-Mid-Century-Inspired-Projects/dp/0060591250

The lamp is from Ikea!  Ideally, I'd love to have the Arco floor lamp from Design Within Reach, but I don't have $2,600 to spend on a light (and even if I did I can think of a million and one other things that money would be better spent on).  I love looking at Design Within Reach and then trying to think of ways to make or thrift a similar item.  I really like the bow-style floor lamp though and Ikea's version is nice.

I've looked through that Todd Oldham book before!  I can't remember why I didn't buy it at the time - thanks for reminding me about it!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Our Midcentury Inspired Livingroom on: August 22, 2010 09:01:49 PM
The bookshelf is made from threaded rods, bolts, washers and plywood.  The BF cut two sizes of boards (using a jigsaw - the edges are pretty wiggly, a table saw or circular saw would do a much better job) then made templates out of cardboard to mark where to drill holes (the template really helps make sure everything is squared).  The vertical supports are .5" diameter (I think) threaded rods from Home Depot in 6' and 3' lengths.  Here is a crummy MSPaint diagram of how it's assembled:

Of course, the washers and nuts should be tightened down so they're snug (not the way they are shown in the diagram).

It takes a long time to take apart and put together because you have to spin the nuts around the almost 6' of threaded rod for parts of it.  It also takes A LOT of leveling of the shelves during assembly.  We tried to put it together around 1am and I believe I stormed off and went to bed because I thought it looked fine but the BF kept wanting to level and adjust things microscopically for another hour.  It's pretty straight forward... just really time consuming!

Thanks everybody for the nice comments!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our Midcentury Inspired Livingroom on: August 22, 2010 07:26:19 PM
My boyfriend and I moved into our apartment about a year ago (up til then we'd been sharing a house with 3-5 friends).  We discovered when we moved that between the two of us we owned most of the large furniture items in the house, and we were (of course) moving from a VERY large house to a fairly small apartment.  Some frenzied culling ensued.  While it may have seemed like a giant headache at the time (trying to find people to buy/take items and countless drives to drop off things at Goodwill) I'm sooo happy with the result.  Our apartment is now a collection of our favorite things that we've made and acquired over the years.  My favorite room is our living room because it's the best showcase of things we've made. 
You'll notice that while we got rid of a lot of furniture, we did not get rid of any of our books Grin


The BF designed and built the bookshelf - it's customizeable!  It was in a totally different configuration at our old house.  The cream leather chair and coffee table are both hand-me-downs from friends.  The pillow on the chair was one of my very first sewing projects.  Melted record catch-all bowl on the coffee table is from a Craftster tute.  Some of the doodads on the mantel I made in a ceramics course.


The painting over the sofa is by a friend.  I made the "crazy-leg" table in a woods course back in college (one of my favorite things I've ever made).  The pillow wedged behind it was also an early sewing project.  The concrete rectangular planter was made by the BF at an old job of his.  (The dog is Helmet, our Hairless Chinese Crested/Carin Terrier mix.)


The "log" in the fireplace is an old unfinished plaster carving project.  I made the ceramic sculpture on the end of the mantel.

       
These two pics are older, but they give a better idea of the room as a whole.

Thanks for looking!  Comments, critiques, criticisms are welcome!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Toys on: March 02, 2010 09:31:51 AM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments!  My boyfriend didn't quite appreciate their "unique" cuteness.  I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks they're adorable!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Toys on: February 20, 2010 03:17:43 PM
One of my friends is pregnant which is a perfect excuse to finally make some toys from Jess Hutch's booklet!  I've wanted to make them for ages, but just couldn't justify making them for myself.  I modified the patterns a little - mostly by adding ears and changing the size (I used DK weight yarn and size 3 DPNs).

I don't know the baby's gender yet, but I think these guys are appropriate for a boy or girl.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: November 08, 2009 08:06:23 AM
Thanks for such a great project and tutorial!  Here's my first attempt (me and my sister):

I think it'll be a Christmas gift for my mom.  I do wish I'd used a smaller brush to block out our hair.  Peeling off the masking fluid is FUN though!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Cloche on: November 26, 2005 06:06:00 PM
Haha, I wish I were a talented enough knitter to have come up with that flower design!  I found it linked in another thread on this board, you can find the pattern at http://www.eoinadesigns.com/knitflower.html
It's a great little pattern, but it took me longer to make the flower than the hat  Tongue
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Cloche on: November 24, 2005 11:07:46 PM
I think I'm going to be making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts.  I love how quickly it knits up.  Thanks for linking the pattern!
My version:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Elongated Stitch Scarf (with link to pattern) on: November 18, 2005 01:30:05 PM
Thank you sooo much for the link to that knitting tutorial video page!  I have such a hard time understanding diagrams in knitting books but the second somebody shows me how to do a new stitch I'm fine.
I'm going to go try knitting up a scarf like yours to wear tonight!
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