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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Painting a Planter AFTER planting something in it :( Help! on: March 21, 2011 07:02:54 AM
So, I have this planter:

And I planted a bunch of pansies in it yesterday and put it on my porch and then immediately after planting them decided that it needed to be painted green. Of course.

Is there a way I can paint it and make it waterproof without killing my pansies? And without having to uproot and replant them?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Question about Fabric - Max's wolf pajamas on: October 09, 2009 09:48:15 AM
This might be better suited to the Halloween board, but I have a fabric question so i figured you guys would know.

So, OpeningCeremony has released a supercute and awesome adult-sized set of Wolf Pajamas that are almost identical to the ones Max wore in Where the Wild Things Are.

Only thing is, they're $600 [!!!!!!!]. And even if I could afford such things, they're already sold out. So of course I'm going to attempt to make a set myself.

I was wondering if you guys could tell me what kind of fabric this is? It looks supersoft and I think I had a blanket made out of it once, but I'm at a loss as to what it's called.

Thanks! (Tips for sewing with said fabric would also be much appreciated as I've never sewed much of anything before).
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Polaroid Lightbox on: July 03, 2009 08:48:03 AM

Sneak Peek!

The lamp unlit.

The lamp when lit. Oooo.

This little project was thrown together in desperation for my Alternative Processes class. On the day that it was due, I somehow found myself with almost $200 worth of Polaroid stock both old and new and no working cameras to use. Fortunately, a friend brought by her relatively new camera and since I'd bought out the very last of Walmart's stock the day before, I was able to cobble this together in about an hour.

First, I took my polaroids and tossed them in the freezer while they were still developing and left them in for a few minutes. Then, out of the freezer and into a pan of almost-boiling water. Both of these processes cause a bit of color distortion, so timing is really up to you...when you've got the effect you want, take them out of the water and dry them off.

Detail to show the pretty color distortion. Blues are bluer and reds are redder thanks to cooling and heating the image while it's still developing.

Now, cut along the edges of the Polaroid so you get rid of all of the white border. You should be able to peel the layers of the Polaroid apart so you're left with the transparency, which is the top layer.

There should be a powder on the back of the transparency. I washed most of this off with hot water (using the same pot I'd boiled them in, which almost caused my BF to break up with me*). The more you wash off, the more light will shine through, but be gentle, too much will cause you to lose your image. I also gently scraped the back of the image with a scrubby sponge. Again, this is all based on your tastes, so feel free to experiment. Another guy in my class left the powdery film on and etched into it with a pin with amazing results. He etched halos around his subjects' heads that were only visible when he turned his light box on.

This one shows the scratches made by the sponge to the back of the polaroid.

Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the light box...it was a silly Target lamp I've had since high school. You were able to switch the transparencies out so it could say "Occupied," "Lounge" etc...I just glued the polaroid transparencies to the back piece. I used hot glue, which was a big fail, since they're starting to come loose.

*If you're going to boil Polaroids, I recommend not using the pot your BF uses to make his favorite food, Velveeta Shells and Cheese. If you go ahead and use said pot, I REALLY recommend washing it thoroughly afterward. If you DON'T wash it thoroughly afterward, I recommend warning BF not to use said pot, preferably sometime before a Shells-and-Cheese-loaded fork is heading toward his mouth. Extra rage may occur if you actually helped him make the Shells and Cheese without once mentioning that you'd poisoned his cookware.  Undecided
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Help for unruly roses! ETA: AND help for forgotten bulbs! on: March 18, 2009 03:20:35 PM
So, my parents planted some rose bushes in my front yard about three years ago when I first moved in and then neglected to tell me I need to annually prune them.  Undecided I've just now developed an interest in gardening so it's never bothered me before, but now I'm just embarrassed over how shitty my poor roses look. Plus, they literally attack me when I sit on my porch.

Every online guide I've read has been for annual prunings, not OMFG MY ROSES HAVE GONE APESHIT AFTER THREE YEARS OF NEGLECT prunings, so I wanted to ask just a few things before I dug right in there and started hacking stuff away.

My biggest question right now is when. Can I go ahead and fix them or do I need to wait? I've read that both mid-summer after the first bloom and fall after several frosts are the best times. I know that after three years, another several months of letting them go nuts isn't going to make much difference but lord, they're almost creepy looking.


5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / fairy flowers [toying with photoshop] on: August 12, 2008 06:01:01 PM
So, on my last day off I played around with some different photoshop tutorials and came up with these. The photos were taken by me in my cousin Jean's [car fans might know her as Mean Jean Jennings of Automobile Magazine] gorgeous garden at her cabin in Michigan.

Please let me know what you think!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twinkle Twinkle [holiday jewelry set] on: December 06, 2007 06:37:25 PM
I forget what I originally went to Walmart for but I know that my attention deficit disorder dragged me into the Christmas section, where it caught sight of some shiny and colorful miniature Christmas light charms that it absolutely demanded I buy.

Since I work with kids [portrait photographer] I wanted some cute little holiday jewelry to wear to work but didn't want to get too MawMaw/Elementary School Teacher with it. So I made these, which I think are both cute and festive yet still manage not to look frumpy.

And here's an action shot [i.e. me covering up my sweaty post-work face]

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to get rid of my texturized walls on: May 31, 2007 04:08:28 PM
So, the old owners of my house decided to add some texture to my bedroom walls:

No, that's not the ceiling. Here's the ceiling, also texturized, in a different color than the walls. That's lovely, right?

So, I was ok with it at first. Then I noticed that it was starting to peel.

But what finally broke me was during a moment of *cough* intimacy with the bf when he decided it would be romantic to try and ravish me up against the bedroom wall a la Joy Luck Club.


Needless to say, I am thoroughly done with having bedroom walls that can flay the skin off my back. However, the stupid peeling ugly crap has decided, now that I want it to come off, that it would much rather stay and hang out for a while. Here is the result of ten minutes with the putty knife and the big linoleum scraper-upper I stole from my contractor buddy [who is conveniently out of town for the next two weeks]:

There HAS to be an easier way. Craftsters, have any of you had any success getting this stuff off your walls?

I'm thinking it might be time to rent a sander, but if there's an easier way, please let me know.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft My Pet swap? on: May 24, 2007 09:22:53 AM
Dunno if anything like this has been done before or not  Smiley

How about a Craft My Pet swap? The goal is to create a craft incorporating images of your swap partner's beloved pet or pets. This can be done by painting or drawing, sculpting, stencil, crochet, knitting, felt, embroidery [sends Badbird puppy eyes] or any other thing your crafty mind can think of. Iron on image transfers can work too, as long as it's obvious a significant bit of work has been put into the rest of the craft.

As I've never even participated in a swap before, I'm gladly handing this over to anyone who would like to organize it so they can come up with more guidelines at their discretion.  Just pm me and give me a heads up if you decide to do it, so that I can join in on the fun Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Pirates of the Caribbean Guest Bedroom! on: June 06, 2006 03:31:31 PM
So. I finally have a guest bedroom and I plan to make it fabulous. I have in my possession a Cpt Jack comforter and pillows, too many PotC action figures and posters and a big old gaudy black bed canopy.

Also in this room is a door with stairs leading to an attic cubby; provided all the crap I have in storage doesn't take up too much room [and provided that said attic cubby isn't a lair for all things creepy and eight-legged] I'd like to make this into a little Pirates Cove of sorts, with pillows and hangy lights and other neatness. Yes, I am 23 years old and still like to make little secret hide-aways in my house. Oh well.

Things to consider: curtains, wallpaper, rugs, hanging decor, any other ideas you might have. Currently the room has no electrical outlets [yeah, isn't that delightful?] but I might be able to get some put in. I don't want to make it TOO cheesy, so apart from the obvious Cpt Jack shrine of a bed and the action figures, it'd be need to have the rest of the stuff just be piratey in general.

OH, and from having an aunt in New Orleans, I have a CRAP-TON of mardi gras beads. Any ideas involving those are welcome!

And yes, I'm totally amused at the fact that when the parents come to visit, they have to stay in this bedroom.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Betsey Johnson Hotness on: April 14, 2005 03:00:07 PM
I am a knitter. I can crochet a big long chain until the cows come home but feck me if I can make it into anything resembling, well, anything other than a big long chain.

Well, now I've seen this and I want it minus the $200 price tag: http://www.betseyjohnson.com/graphics/products/details/5674_111.jpg

Figured I'd show it to you crafty ladies in case any of you want to make your own knockoff. And, of course, share the pattern with me...I plan to tackle crochet once Miss Deb's new book comes out  Grin.
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