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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: plus sizes? on: June 14, 2004 09:02:49 AM
manu - even worse, here in the US, most plus sized stores have this theory that just because we're fat, we don't care what we look like... Try finding something stylish in a plussed size store or clothing section and it's like finding a needle in a haystack sometimes. 

I'm not an 80 year old lady.  I'm 21.  I want short skirts that show off my awesome legs and bras that don't have 3" wide straps so I can wear them with strappy little tank tops and have them look cute, and I want to go to WalMart and be able to buy cute underwear that aren't so high that they go up to my boobs.  I want to look stylish and cute and even a little sexy.  Throw away the mumu!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table Top on: June 09, 2004 11:25:16 AM


YOu know, I just noticed this, but shouldn't the Blue be *on* this table instead of on the chair in the corner? lol
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tissue Paper Windows (with tutorial!!!) on: June 08, 2004 03:19:11 PM
I've been told that you wet it and then scrape it off...   I'm sure it's messy and time consuming, but not permanant, which is all that matters.

Oh, and I checked on it just over an hour after I had finished and it was totally dry and it gets darker as it dries so I can see the colors from my patio now.. I've not yet been to the parking lot to see if I can see them from there.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rockabilly trinket box *now with more boxes* on: June 08, 2004 01:45:40 PM
Did you do all the painting yourself?  Cause if you did, you totally rock!

Your hand is a royal flush..  A full house would have two of one card and three of another (ie, KK333)...

*realizes I play way too much online poker and runs out the door*
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table Top on: June 08, 2004 01:41:26 PM
Well, I wrote to the companies, and I'm not very pleased. 
Out of three companies, I wrote explaining the table I wanted to make and that it would be my best friend's christmas gift and said I needed probably 100 caps but if they could spare even 10 that would be fine..

Out of three requests, One never responded, One sent me 160 or so caps, and One sent me an email saying they can't send caps, but would I like something else?

So the caps I really really really wanted I'm not going to get, but I did get her favorite beer, so it's all good.

Any more new tips we might have on this project?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: record wall art on: June 08, 2004 01:29:07 PM
And to not ruin the covers at all - POSTER PUTTY!
Then, no holes in the covers or your wall... and it's $1 a pack and a pack does quite a bit.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: How to get a man to put paper on the roll on: June 08, 2004 01:23:10 PM
hahaha Smiley  now how do you get them to put the toilet seat down?  i HATE that!!

My sister found a toilet seat alarm in some odd catalog once... It had a timer on it, so when the seat was up for more than like a minute or so, it started beeping....  Just enough time that if the person didn't put it back down, they'd be almost out the bathroom door when it went off...  The guys that frequented her dorm room learned very quickly to put the seat down when they had finished.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tissue Paper Windows (with tutorial!!!) on: June 08, 2004 01:19:39 PM
Two packages tissue paper ....  $1.50 at Fred's
One bottle of liquid starch ....   $1.79 at Fred's
One package foam brushes ....  $0.89 at Fred's

Davidson County, TN sales tax... $0.39

Finishing a craft project that gives a totally new look to a room in under 30 minutes.... PRICELESS

There are some things money CAN buy... For everything else, there's a CRAFTER....

Okay... So I don't have pics because I don't have a digital camera, but I'm trying to find a before picture from rent.com's site of the apts...

If you look at that pic (not of my building - my building is blue), you can see a patio like mine and if you look at the right side you can see on the window how the doors are sectioned off.  The next pic is a little better view of how it's sectioned off...


Step 1:
Buy Supplies... You'll need tissue paper and liquid starch and a good pair of scissors and a foam brush and a measuring something or other, so go out and buy anything you don't have, and find anything else you might need.

Step 2:
Measure and Cut tissue paper...
If you're doing it like I did, my doors (and windows for that matter) are marked off in grids, so I did a solid piece of tissue paper for every section, so I needed 20 13.5x15" squares. My tissue paper came in packs of five colors, so I did four pieces of each color.  It took me two packs of tissue... My windows were 1/2 an inch too large for me to get two squares on one piece...  Don't worry about the folds that are there from the packaging.  You'll not notice any of them when you are done.  NOTE: Make sure your scissors are SHARP or else they'll eat through the tissue paper instead of cutting it well

Step 3:
Get Messy.
Okay, well, not terribly messy, but watch out for drips!  I used a foam brush to brush on one square at a time and then stick the tissue paper on.  When You stick it on, DON'T PUSH IT DOWN.  It's likely to tear.  Place it up where you need it but don't really touch it to the window, then move it closer and press GENTLY in one or two spots... It's kinda like spilling water on paper, the paper will suck up the water.... Well, this does the same thing.  You'll get a few air bubbles but LEAVE THEM until the next step.  If you need to reposition any piece, do it quick.  Don't wait for more than a few seconds, or you'll start to rip it.  NOTE: Here's a part where you can really be lazy, and it's kinda bad if you are.  Because of the way my doors were, I wanted each verticle column to have one of each square and no color to touch itself in any way.  Draw a chart out on paper and plan where each color is going or else you'll have problems.  It's very hard to plan a scheme when you're doing it randomly on the glass already. 

Step 4:
The top coat goes on now.  When I did it, I did step 3 one square at a time and then did step 4 one column at a time.  Just like decoupage, you need to go over it.  Also, with this application, it gives a really cool effect..  Doing the top coat effectively presses down the tissue paper to the glass, and it helps coat it and protect it.  ALSO, any tissue paper creases that are in there will become more defined, and it creates a type of crackle glass effect., which gives the paper a little texture and makes it more visually appealing.

Anyway, I'm done.  I'm going to go back when it gets a little dryer and look for places that the tissue didn't get cut right and fill it in, but other than that, I'm finished.

Oh, also, I used pastels so it wouldn't be as "obnoxious" from outside (as my mother put it), but I went out my door and looked from my patio and it just kinda looked frosted.  You almost can't tell what color is what from outside.  Not sure if you could tell better if it were only one layer of glass (my doors have two because the dividers are in between them)... I would have liked it brighter from outside, but I like it soft from the inside.   Plus I looked in from outside when I had only done one door and you could only see shadows of stuff through the tissue, but you could totally see in through gaps in the slats of the blinds, which I think I'm totally removing because they don't work right and were broken when we moved in.

But, since my door is in line with the parking lot, I needed it to diffuse light and then to also give me privacy so I can change in my room. 

If anyone's curious, here's the floor plan of my apt... The patio is fenced in, but it's like 8' from the parking lot.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beer caps on: June 08, 2004 12:06:45 PM
Another thing, if you need caps and don't care what kind, ask a local bar to save them for you.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Starch and Tissue Paper -- WISH ME LUCK!!! on: June 08, 2004 12:06:10 PM
Okay.. Here I am, 2.05 Central time...
All ready to go out and start myself a tissue paper door...
Wish me luck and send LOTS of good karma onto Nashville for me!
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