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1621  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Revamp the chair, or not? on: January 09, 2006 03:03:53 AM
It's hard garbage day here in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. For those not in the know, hard garbage day is when householders put all the large items they want to throw away out on the nature strip for the council to come and collect. There are  fridges, chairs, old lamps, couches, mattresses, desks, computers.... almost anything you can think of.

For a week or so now, the house around the corner from my apartment has had a pair of white vinyl armchairs out front.

I think I want one. But I'd want to revamp it. I imagine it made more mushy with more padding, and covered in a brown/orange soft-to-touch sort of fabric. And I'd be reupholstering it myself.

Should I do this, do you think? I've never reupholstered anything before - but it doesn't look hard on those home renovation programs.  Anyone got an idea of the cost in $AUD? Or of how I should go about doing this? I have to decide before morning, because I think the garbage collectors are coming tomorrow..... I need to be encouraged - it's such a big project!
1622  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Plastic Grocerybag Purse on: January 07, 2006 11:19:51 PM
That is incredible. Utterly awesome. Tutorial, maybe, pretty please?
1623  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: I know this is a little gross but... ratty old underpants? on: December 28, 2005 10:35:06 AM
I have 2 pairs of underpants at the moment which have a gorgeous cherry print. They are getting to the ratty end of their life-cycle, so I'm gonna very very carefully slice them up on a 45 degree angle, and create some bias binding, to use on the hems of something (probably a t-shirt). As I have a somewhat expansive butt, I'm hoping that there will be enough fabric there. Wink
1624  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: It's a bag... wait no... it's a hat! on: December 28, 2005 10:03:46 AM
The bag-hat... it's so cute and funky and brilliant. And now I'm dying to try and make one for myself....
1625  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: December 28, 2005 07:59:36 AM
oh my giddy aunt.

I feel compelled to post here - instead of lurking like I usually do.

My dial-up and I have just spent hours going through this post, and the mild yearning I had to get another tattoo, has just exploded into full-blown desire. At the moment I just have the Japanese kanji for 'rabbit' on my waist, above my right hip. And it's not because I do it like a bunny, nor is it my chinese birth year - Usagi (that is, rabbit) is the first name of Sailormoon, my all time favourite cartoon character.

I've had plans for ages - either one around my forearm, or one on the inside of my wrists. Nothing large, I like them little, black, and symbolic.

Earlier tonight, I was reading a book on Maori culture, and saw a most incredible photo of traditional Maori tattoo work - I wish I could post an image but 1) copyright laws, and 2) I'm sans scanner. Basically the tattoo emanated from the belly button, flowed down over the mons, and up around the hips.

It did stir a question though, and one that I don't think has been tackled yet in this thread - is it right to appropriate cultural designs? I've had an idea for years and years and years to get a tattoo written in hanacaraka (and for all of you going 'huh?', here's an example - http://www.christusrex.org/www1/pater/JPN-javanese-huruf.html )

I just worry a little about appropriating someone else's culture - the country and the people mean a great deal to me, and I wouldn't want to permanently offend them. Plus as it's such an unfamiliar script, I doubt that I'd ever find a tattoo artist who could do it properly - any suggestions about good tattoo places in Melbourne, Victoria??
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