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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Feathery Barn Owl Felt Ornament on: December 02, 2012 07:58:12 PM
What a fantastic little creature.

I will probably make a few in felt... but I've got a polymer clay ornament swap coming up... I wonder how well he'll translate?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas on hiding ugly plastic bins on: December 15, 2011 12:49:10 PM
The link didn't work for me, so I'm not quite sure what size bin you are using.  I'm going to guess they are probably similar to the ones I have, though.

I have several that have been stacked, either two or four high (the short bins are about 5.5" tall), draped with fabric, and used as end tables in my living room for years.  They are disguised and functional... if you aren't getting into them often. (I would not recommend this for frequent use items, like craft supplies... at least, in my case.)

If you are hardware handy, and/or the bins are a bit smaller, you could do a variation of Ikea's Trofast system.  My skill level falls closer to beginner, so rather than routing runners, I'd screw in 1x2s.  If you do the measurements beforehand, you can get everything cut at the lumber store.  Partially disguised, and more readily accessible. 
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Me Take My Bedroom from Meh to Wow on: December 15, 2011 12:14:39 PM
Me, I'd go bold.  Beach cottage does not have to be "New England".  Wink

A quick google image search of Costa Rica shows lush rain forest right up to the beaches, waters in every shade of blue, and brightly colored flora and fauna (loved the golden tree frogs!).  Bring this in.

Use an aqua placemat as a runner for the nightstands. If the bulb temperature is right (more white than yellow) you could get a waterfall effect with the crystal bases.

Not all wall art needs to be heavy.  A poster, or patterned fabric on a thin rod would do the trick.  Pick pillow and throw colors from either to tie them together. 

I'd had the brief thought of literally bringing the outdoors in... banana leaves or palm fronds, carefully done, could be great decor without going to far... but I'm not sure how well they hold out.

Flowers, particularly local varieties, would bring in an enormous "pop" to the room.  =glances at the images page again= Can one dry Birds of Paradise? 

One a side note, for a rustic knitted pillow, try a basic basket weave (alternating squares of stockinet and reverse St) with a garter border.  Easy to adapt to size and yarn. 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: hat, scarf, glittens(?), calorimetry on: November 11, 2011 09:51:05 AM
cankle, unfortunately i have no idea how to check my gauge. is it when i knit a swatch?

Yep, that's the reason for knitting the swatch.  Checking your guage is done by counting the number of rows and stitches you have per inch, and most patterns will give you a guage... say 6 rows and 8 stitches per inch.  If your guage doesn't match, you adjust by changing needle sizes.  With the hats coming out too big, I'd suggest trying the next smaller size needle, and see how that works out.

They all look great though.  Even being too big, the Starcrossed has a sort of retro-bohemian vibe to it.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Milk Crate Boxspring on: June 07, 2011 08:16:30 PM
I take it she's not using it now that she's home, but if the crates are actual cubes, she could use them for storage as well.  Maybe the top two opening down, the middle six facing out, and the bottom two with the openings to the end.  Lots of storage from three sides.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Harold and the Purple Crayon! on: April 12, 2011 02:42:21 PM
I love it!  Harold and the Purple Crayon was the first book I learned to read, so it's always had a special place in my heart.  =l= And last Christmas, my mother found a new copy to give to me.

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: here be dragons on: May 08, 2010 11:56:45 AM
John Ritter was the voice of the hero... whose name, sadly, I can't bring to mind at the moment.  The story was (very) loosely based on the book "The George and the Dragon".

I love the dragons!  I like Christy's style concepts.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: "The Luggage" from Discworld on: May 01, 2010 04:23:42 PM
Sapient Pearwood!   I love it!

I started making a Luggage once, entirely out of Sculpey.  It didn't work out too well. =l= I do have a bunch of leftover feet again.

Later I had the idea to trying a version from... I forget which book... where the luggage winds up in high heels.  Thankfully, sanity reasserted itself before I got started. =l=
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Belle on: April 21, 2010 01:50:44 PM
I'll dig out the camera and get some shots of my more recent dragons... and the fairy that I made wings using TLS... they were my first attempt, so I could probably get better now.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Belle on: April 11, 2010 10:15:31 AM
She is adorable!

=chuckles= The only clay wings I ever make are for my dragons... and they're so small they don't weigh much.  I like the beaded "proto-wings".

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