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1  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.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Starch and Tissue Paper -- WISH ME LUCK!!! on: June 07, 2004 03:56:01 PM
Okay, someone told me that I could use starch and put tissue paper up on my sliding doors and it won't ruin them?

Well, I've discovered that even with there being shades that the headlights still come in off the street so I'm going to do this anyway and then it'll look really cool when I'm outside on my patio.
So, if y'all have more info on how I do that or where I get starch or whatever, I'd love ya for sharing with me!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / When Crafting Gets You Free Stuff on: May 30, 2004 08:39:33 AM
So I have this little stand in my room that I was going to repaint and tile so it looked all cool and stuff.  Right now I've repainted it so that it's five different neon colors.

So mom thinks it's ugly. 
So my revamp efforts have landed me a brand spanking new TV stand when I get to the new apartment if I promise not to take that with me.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / not really craft related, but this is our only MISC forum..... on: May 30, 2004 08:33:21 AM

Just wanted you to know that I might not be on for about a week..
The couple of you that I've promised things to, if they're not already out in the mail, they will be by Tuesday. 
I'm moving to Nashville, and I'm sure the computer will get packed up tonight or tomorrow morning.  SO, y'all just won't get to talk to me. 
If you have my new address, you don't need it, but if you think you need it for some reason, PM me.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Quickest Purse Convert Ever! on: May 20, 2004 09:55:51 PM
Yeah, Yeah, This should probably go in the other forum, but since there's no starburst involved, I'm putting it here.

So I got this litte pouch today - you know, the makeup bag type thing that's just a rectangle with a zipper?   Thought it'd make a way cool purse, but I didn't want a clutch, cause I figured I'd be too likely to leave it somewhere if it wasn't hanging off me, and I figured a purse would be safer if I went to a bar.

So I went in my room, and got this twisted rope stuff I bought on clearance at WalMart for 30 cents a yard.  Between the zipper and the end of the purse is a little gap, so I shoved the rope through those holes and tied knots in the ends to keep the rope in.

Now I have a purse, and the best thing is, it's the quickest conversion ever.  No tools needed, and it literally took me three minutes - COUNTING the time it took me to find the rope in my room.

Thought I'd share the tip in case any of you'd like to do the same things!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Curtainy-Things, but for a sliding door. on: May 11, 2004 10:22:21 AM
Okay, I don't know if there are blinds on the door or not (Mom looked at the apt.  I wasn't invited)  But if there aren't, I need some sort of idea as to what I can use to cover the sliding doors, but not block a lot of light, since there are NO WINDOWS in the bedroom because of the door.  (RIIIIGHT.  That makes sense, doesn't it?)

Brainstorm now...
Oh yea, before you get too many ideas.... 
We're talking a $20 budget here... 
Brainstorm now....
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Making a Box (part I) & Decorating a Box (part II) on: May 09, 2004 03:25:39 AM

Okay, so along with the headboard for my mother came this "beautiful" piece of particle board that I just had to do something with.  Not sure why, but it became an obsession... So, I decided to make a box.

Step 1.  Find a board. 


Step 2.  Measure your board.  Both lenght, width, and depth.  Then sit and do math.  Figure out what size you want to make the box that is plausable with the material you have to work with.  For this project, the width of the board x2 became my base.  The width (4 3/8) was added twice, because I used two pieces on the bottom, this became the lenght for two of the side pieces - 8 3/4.  Then I decided that this was also a good lenght for the other side, so I cut four total pieces that size, the two for the bottom and the two for the short sides.  (The box was square, but this will make sense later.)  Then I decided that I wanted to just tack the sides so that two of them were one solid piece without ends or breaks showing, so I added the length of the bottom piece to the depth of the two short sides to come up with the long side length of 9 1/2.  I cut two to that size. 


Step 3.  The actual cutting.  While looking at your board, measure down both sides of the board and make marks.  Draw lines across the board connecting those marks to use as guidelines when cutting.  (Measuring along both sides helps you get your lines across to be straight and not angled).   You will have six pieces when you're done that you're using, plus any additional that you're not.


Step 4.  If anything comes out uneven (with particle board you get a little bump at the end of each cut) sand/saw/cut it off.  We ran that part across the saw blade to get it off. With particle board, sanding is kind of a mute point, so I didn't bother to smoothe anything.

Step 5.  Nail the pieces together.  Take the long ends and put two nails in each of the short sides.  (Eight nails total up to this point).  You'll need help to hold it in place, but you'll have a very wobbly box when you're done.  Next, Slide the bottom pieces in the box so that they end up flush with the bottom of the sides (doing it this way makes the box slightly less deep).  Put two nails in the end of each board through the short side pieces, and also put three down each long board.  Your box is now complete.


Step 6.  Admire your Handiwork!
Final cost - $0.00 - everything I used I already had or I got for free.

So mom saw her headboard and cried because she was so happy to get it.  And I finished by box.
To decorate it like I did:

Step 1:  If you don't have/aren't using supplies on hand, hop in your car (or someone else's if you don't drive) and go to a store...  To finish it like I did, you need a piece of scrapbook paper (12x12 probably, unless your box is really small), a piece of felt, two colors of acrylic paint, and one of those stampers you use for paint.  Get everything to coordinate all in one trip. 

Step 2: Paint your box the base color, inside and out.  In my case, this was green.  The bottom of the inside doesn't really need paint, but you might want to go about an inch in from each side, just in case you don't cut the paper quite right.  Paint will blend in, the natural wood will be quite obvious - especially if you're using dark colors. No need to paint the bottom of the box, no one will see it, and you'll cover it up anyway.

Step 3: After the paint has dried, do your touchup coat.  Then get out your second paint color and the stamp(s) you're using and do the stamping. 

Step 4: Look at your box.  Do you like the result?  Does it need something more?  In my case, I decided to paint the top edge of the box in the purple color I was using for the stamping.  I think it gives that color a little more presence - like it belongs there - if you don't see the inside to know why I used it.

Step 5: Cut & Glue stuff.  Cut your paper just a hair smaller than your inside dementions to fit inside your box.  For some reason, cutting it exact doesn't work quite as well.  (Use the dimentions that the inside pieces of wood were cut to - since they're entirely inside, no need to remeasure anything!)  Squeeze glue all around the inside of your box, then smoothe it/spread it with a q-tip.  (If you leave lines of glue, you'll get bumps)  Oh, and one thing I noticed - the paper bubbles because of the moisture, so be prepared for a few bumps.. They kinda go away somewhat on their own.  Then, as long as the top edge of your box isn't still so wet that paint comes off when you touch it, flip the box over.  You'll need a piece of felt you've cut just slightly smaller than your box, then just glue it on.  You can use the felt feet, but if you don't have them and want to save money, a piece of felt or felt scraps you might have are way cheaper (feet, $2, piece of felt $0.20)

Step 6: Figure out what to use your box for! 

Final Cost Breakdown: 2 tubes paint @ $0.44 each = $0.88; 1 piece scrapbook paper $0.33; 1 piece felt $0.20; 1 set paint stamps, on clearance, $0.70; plus tax (7%/$0.15) = $2.26

If the pics don't work (it's a bandwidth issue) go to http://photos.yahoo.com/youropinion and click on the craftster folder.  And no, those aren't my manly hands in the picture.  I asked my father for a saw and he came out and did all the cutting for me.  I'll post a pic of the finished box later, right now I don't have a camera.

Edited a million times because I hate using this code!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Why offering a range of sizes is important! on: May 07, 2004 03:21:58 AM
Note to readers:  this is just a thought and my opinion, so play nice when you read and reply.   Wink

So here I am, looking at your sites, going through the products, not buying anything. 

Why, you ask? For lack of money?  No.  For lack of interest?  Not really, although I must admit that I am just not into handbags.  So what's the problem?


Somehow when we craft, no matter the purpose of the gift, we do it for ourselves.  For all of us, this is a hobby.  For some of us, this is therapy.  The one thing that keeps us somewhat sane.  So when we make an item, whether it's a cross stitch for grandma's bathroom or an ashtray for Dad or a sweater for our online stores, we think of ourselves. 

The designs and/or projects may have been influenced with a certain person in mind, but ultimately, color choices, detail work, etc, is based on us.  On our preferences and our talents and what we see when we look at an object.

Fortunately, this is wonderful when we are crafting an item.  It keeps things unique, makes us look for other people's craftiness, even when we craft ourselves. 

Unfortunately, it also limits in some items.  Mainly jewelry and clothing.  Necklace people, sit down, handbag people, go away.  I'm talking about something that needs sized. 

Those of you who fit that criteria, think about the following statement for a minute.  When you craft clothing, what size is it?  It fits you, right?  So if you're a size 5, you make clothes that are a size 5.  Then you make a bunch, then you think it could be a cool business venture, so then you make a store, and all the things you sell are a size 5. 

If you're a size 4 or a size 6, you can buy from such a site, but if you're a size 24, you sit there looking at the site going "okay, I could buy that skirt, but which leg would I wear it on, cause it's only going to pull up to mid thigh".

Granted, you can't carry designs in 30 different sizes, but it might be something to think about the next time you wander around in goodwill.  Maybe there is a kickass shirt in 2x that could be revamped into something cool that someone could wear, even if that someone isn't you.

The same goes with jewelry.  I don't know how many sites I've gone to where the stuff they sell is 6" bracelets.  I wear 8" and one of my best friends wears an even bigger size.  Whoever makes those record cuffs, for instance.  Very cool design, but a small/medium is 6.25" and a medium/large is 7". 

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, there are a lot of people in this world that aren't skinny.  We have larger bone structures and humans as a whole are getting larger all the time.  (Look at how small people were 100 years ago compared to now). 

It's no longer realistic to look at "normal" or "mainstream" sizes when we size items. 

Perhaps it's time to add a variety of sizes to your offerings?
9  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Craft Shows? on: April 26, 2004 04:36:23 PM
Anyone know of any craft shows coming up east of cleveland?  I've not heard of any and I really need one to go to.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / When crafty ventures go bad! on: April 23, 2004 04:34:45 PM

Hey guys!  So today I was at an 'antique' shop.  I say it like that because at least half of what it had in there wasn't more than 20 years old.  

But anyway.... the store was so expensive!  They rent out booths to people, and I figured that if they weren't too much money, I could set up there with some of my crafted items, since I make stuff with records (which are all at least 20 years old) and I'm going to start making jewelry, and my designs aren't too contemporary...

A showcase, 5 feet wide and 6 feet high is $50 PER MONTH.  A booth is almost 3x as much.  

Now, granted, my prices aren't horrible, so I'd not have to sell too much, but I'd still have to sell stuff, and since I have such unique stuff and no other income, it's hard to justify something like that.

Oh well, back to the drawing board...

And, I have other items that just aren't selling...  It seems counter productive to raise my prices, but I guess I'm going to have to.  (Other people on here have suggested it)

How bout we use this to post about problems so that we can troubleshoot out of each other and share our problems.
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