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1  Re: RENT Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kmfishburn on: February 08, 2006 10:01:40 PM
I finally have photos of the stuff that DTCHICK sent me... It's so amazing!  I have a number of jealous co-workers now! Hahahaha!!!

Anyway, she sent me a bag and a wallet that she made out of duck tape.  I'm just astounded at how awesome these look!

Here is the front of the bag.

Here is the back of the bag.

The inside of the bag.

The Front of the wallet.

The back of the wallet.

Shot of the inside of the wallet.

She also sent me a t-shirt that she had stenciled the RENT logo onto.  I can't wait to wear it to the next auditions for the show that I'm going to stage manage.  YAY!  There are so many RENT-heads at this theatre that are going to go nuts over it.  And I'm having to beat my hubby back from trying to snag the shirt!  Wink

This is the front of the shirt.

Here's the front stenciling in a close up.  

The back of the shirt.

I am just so thrilled with what I received, I can't even tell ya DTCHICK!!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!   Grin
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2  Simple Hardware Menorah. OY VEY! (Image Heavy) in CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES by kmfishburn on: December 08, 2005 03:05:09 PM
I get my husband a new Menorah every year for Chanukkah and I knew that we didn't have the money for that this year. (They tend to get expensive...)  So, I decided that this challenge could be a good way to provide him with a new menorah.

OK. Here are the supplies that I bought at Ace Hardware.  I didn't end up using the washers (they were too wide in diameter), but I did use the following: 9 small hex nuts, 8 short lag shields, 1 long lag shield, 1 full thread bolt and 8 larger hex nuts (to fit the bolt).

I also used JB Weld (which my husband had laying around), a paper plate (to mix the JB Weld), and a cheap paint brush (to mix and apply the JB Weld using the non-brush end).

First I decided about where I wanted to place the large hex nuts.  I just eyeballed it, but if I had it to do over again, I would have (1) found a longer bolt and (2) measured and marked where I wanted to place the hex nuts.  Then I put some of the JB Weld on the thread of the bolt and screwed the bolt to where I wanted it, making sure that the flat surfaces of the nut and the top of the bolt were on the same plane.

Here is the base after I had welded it together.

I then put more JB Weld on the Lag shields.  I placed the longer lag shield in the center as the Shammash and the shorter ones on the other nuts.

(You can still sort of see the washer that I had originally put at the top of the Shammash, but I couldn't place them on all of the lag shields, so I took it off before it dried.  This is the reason that I wish I had a longer bolt.  I was going to use the washers as a wax catcher....)

Here is the finished Menorah.  Now I'm just waiting for the JB Weld to dry (8 hours) before I can move it and then a total of 24 hours before it can be used.

That's it.  My husband now unfortunately has seen it though, so the surprise is gone, but he says he really likes it.  I welcome any questions or comments....  Smiley
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3  Warning: *BRIGHT* Colors Ahead! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by kmfishburn on: November 20, 2005 08:32:05 PM
My baby has just moved from her crib to her "big girl bed" and we decided that we should redecorate her room to celebrate that milestone.  As we're renting an apartment right now, we couldn't just paint the walls and change the bedding. And we didn't want a bland, blah room for our little dynamo, so we decided on a BRIGHT color scheme of hot pink and purple (or "puh-po", as the munchkin says).  We're not finished yet, but I thought I'd post some of what we've got done so far...

I apologize in advanced for the poor lighting in the photos.  Our digital camera's flash isn't working.... *Sigh* Technology, eh?

This is a photo of the dresser that my husband painted.  It's a really well built dresser, but the wood was stained that almost greenish-blonde late 1960's stain and neither my husband or I could stand it.  We'd actually tried to sell this furniture a few times and couldn't find any takers. Yeah.  That ugly. So we painted.  Had to get the bright colors in somehow since the walls are white!


The next photo is of the matching nightstand. Same original yucky stain. Same colors of paint.


I couldn't find any lamps that were fun and young that matched the colors of the room, so I decided to make my own shades.  I found the lamp base at the local Meijer store for $14.99 (cheaper than if I would have made them myself and exactly what I wanted!) and then got a plane lamp shade at Michaels to decorate.  I found some bright pink tissue paper, some paper flower petals, some hanging beads and some ribbon and went to work with my trusty friend, Mod Podge.  For my first endeavor in the realm of making a lamp or decoupaging, I'm pretty proud of my handiwork...  Wink  Here's the lamp off:


and here's the lamp on:


I decided that the walls were a bit plain too and even though I'm not a very artistic person when it comes to painting or drawing, I thought I'd whip up some sort of wall art.  So I got some inexpensive foam board at Michael's, some bright tempera paints, pulled out some art sponges that we use for art projects and paint brushes and came up with this:


(Goodness, I need to take some better photos....)

The things that I'm still working on are the crazy bright bed quilt (just have to get the backing on, bind it and quilt it... once again, a first for me), crocheting an afghan for the foot of her bed, painting some bookshelves that are in the room and rearranging the furniture so it flows a bit better.  But I'm pretty proud of what we've accomplished so far and would love feedback or suggestions.  (This is my first posting to show what I have been crafting so I'm a little nervous about the first "unveiling", but I'm always trying to improve my crafting, so I think it's important to share.)  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

edited to figure out photo gliches....
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