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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first finished crochet project- a rug on: December 27, 2017 10:17:25 AM

I recently learned to crochet and I didn't really have any projects in mind, but then I learned you can crochet a rug from cut up sheets, so I got out my rotary cutter and then this happened...
It's hexagonal, about 38" across from flat side to flat side, and 44" across point to point.
I gave it to my daughter for Christmas, because what every three year old wants is a throw rug, and she loves it.

I'm already planning my next rug...
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flat file on: June 18, 2011 10:52:00 AM
My house has an open floor plan, so there is no hiding the space under my drafting table.  It was filling up with paintings, paint, random supplies, bits of models, and huge dust bunnies.  I wanted somewhere to keep my larger watercolors, the ones that don't fit in the file cabinet, and my husband wanted me to clear out under the the drafting table.  Thus, the flat file was born.


I designed it to fit under the table, which has a support that goes across the bottom.  The cutout in the side is to let the support pass under the cabinet.  The handles are brass reproduction Victorian bin pulls I got online from Kennedy Hardware.  They're for typography cases.  I was worried they would be too tall (the drawers are quite shallow), but they worked perfectly.  They were a real pain to put in, though.  The screws were too long.  If I did it again, I'd get different screws for them.
It's built out of 1/2" maple/birch ply, with birch veneer edging, finished with 6 thin coats of oil-based poly.

Finished and in place under the drafting table, with cat:

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ottoman/bench from scratch on: January 25, 2011 08:21:23 AM
Fraugee, I used a table saw and a jig saw to cut the wood, a finish nail gun to attach the pieces, and a T-50 stapler to attach the upholstery fabric.  Oh, and a palm sander for finishing.
I'm planning on making a smaller one to use as an ottoman for a chair. 
Here's a link to the plans I used:
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ottoman/bench from scratch on: January 22, 2011 10:50:08 AM
Catango, I made the top as one piece, put on 2" upholstery foam, cut fabric to fit the top and sides, sewed it, hemed the bottom edge, and stapled it.

Thanks for the compliments everybody!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ottoman/bench from scratch on: January 22, 2011 08:55:07 AM
I've been admiring the furniture at ana-white.com for a while, and when we got a new couch and needed an ottoman, it seemed like the time to jump into furniture making.  I started with her plan for a storage bench, and made a few changes- maple boards instead of pine for the parts that show, 1/2" hardwood ply instead of the bottom 1x12, and instead of a hinged top, an upholstered removable top.  The finished product:

I got the fabric boxes at Lowe's.  The cats already love it...
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: DIY Craft Kit Rd 12 on: August 28, 2010 01:06:59 PM
I finally got my camera functioning, so here are the packages I recieved from Angelicus and Snapsanddrangons.
First, from Angelicus:

A basic crochet kit.  I asked her not to send yarn, as I already have a ton (I'm a knitter) and she was sending internationally.   Three hooks, an lots of instructions, including for lace and granny squares.
Thank you!  I finally feel like I have a shot at learning how to crochet!

And from SnapsandDrangons, I got an awesome bookbinding kit:

Instructions and tools.  She made a tiny little bound book of the instructions.  Way cool.

An example book she bound.

A TON of awesome papers!  My favorite part.    Pretty ones for covers and endpapers, and plain ones for signatures, some already cut and folded.

Thank you guys!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: DIY Craft Kit Rd 12 on: August 24, 2010 06:37:45 PM
I just got back from a trip to find two great packages waiting for me.  They are great, but my camera battery is dead, so pics will have to wait for tomorrow...
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: DIY Craft Kit Rd 12 on: August 13, 2010 07:48:59 PM
Just wanted to let people know I'm going out of town, so although I'll probably get my packages this coming week, I won't be here to take pictures of them!
I'll get those up as soon as I get back.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: DIY Craft Kit Rd 12 on: August 06, 2010 07:37:37 AM
I'm glad you like it!
I had a great time putting it together.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: DIY Craft Kit Rd 12 Send outs 08/6/2010) Date to send has changed!!! on: August 03, 2010 12:17:02 PM
I sent out my packages.
The post office thinks they'll be arriving Thursday and Friday.
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