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1  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!
2  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.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Kitten in a beaker and others on: October 13, 2005 01:22:21 PM
This is my first post here, but I've been impressed by the projects on this board for months.  I do all my printing using the pseudo-silk screen method seen here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/3674467.html (It really is wonderfully cheap, easy and addicting!)
My cousin recently gave me all his "real" silk screening supplies so I'm hoping to try that soon.  Anyway, on to the photos!

Kitten in a beaker:

Seahorse skeleton:

Totoro for my little sister:

Tennis shirt for my aunt (and a matching one for her partner):

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mosaiced Table on: August 22, 2005 07:07:07 PM
Hi folks!
Long time lurker, first time poster.  (Hopefully I'm posting this in the right location).
I just finished mosaicing a cheap Ikea end-table (I settled on an Ikea table after searching thrift shops for months and not finding a suitable table.  It's really nice to have non-beveled edges so you can easily mosaic over them).  It was a lot of fun, not terribly hard (but time consuming), and I already have ideas for at least 4 more tables! 
I used home depot bathroom tiles and a hammer and tile nipper to break them up.  I secured the tiles using liquid nails (clear small projects) and finished up with grey non-sanded grout.
I'm pretty proud of it, hopefully it'll inspire somebody out there to give mosaicing a shot!

Sorry about the image quality (bad lighting).  The vines are actually forest green, not black.
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