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91  Re: Refinishing Cheap Bookcases in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by balkandina on: May 14, 2007 11:22:52 AM
I have painted those very successfully-use a primer first. I prefer to decoupage them-I have one covered in old New Yorker covers

 and several in torn maps.

I'm still working on this one. After you glue the maps on you can polyurethane it.

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92  Pillowcase+old trousers=new bookbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by balkandina on: May 03, 2007 05:01:54 PM
So my daughter needed a new book bag and she doesn't like carrying ordinary type backpacks. We got a set of cool cowboy sheets for free at the end of a friend's yard sale. I took the pillow case for the outside of the bag and made a lining out of a pair of fake moleskin-suede trousers that I didn't like anymore and then sewed a strap out of the pillowcase fabric and suede fabric. I know this isn't quite as classy or well done as most of the bags you all post, but I'm happy with it-it took about 2 hours to make, including the sewing machine messing up and my daughter likes it!!

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93  Braveheart Bairn-Wee Baby Onesie Kilt-IMAGE HEAVY in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by balkandina on: April 26, 2007 12:21:54 PM
I have been trying to think of something I could make and possibly sell and I love all of the wonderful outfits everyone has posted sooo I decided to make a prototype onesie kilt for my friend's 3 month old, Lincoln. My friend is more into cool than cutesy, so this seemed to work out! (Although it is cute!!) He's a bit of a chub right now, so he looks better in overalls and kilts than stretchy pants!!! I sewed the back pleats and the front skirt to the onesie and then the front apron part Velcro attaches.The buckles don't really buckle-they're sewn onto velvet ribbon fabric. Of course, my sewing machine decided to act up in the middle of sewing, so the tension was %#@*! But I'm starting on another one in green and saffron for my new little Irish nephew. I'll use more seam binding,etc... for the next, but my friend-and Lincoln -love this one. Please excuse the cheap camera pictures, but I really wanted to post  Grin

I spent a lot of time researching kilts-there are some incredible sites-men in kilts are sooooo hot!!(fans herself). There's even a site for G.I. Joe doll kilts!!!!
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94  Drawer+table+faux painting=cool record holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by balkandina on: April 19, 2007 04:31:40 PM
I really like to find new ways to use old drawers...I know, weird habit. I also needed a place to hold some of the gazillion vinyl records my family still has.
So I had an old table that I found in an alley,,,yes, I am a trash picker, and an old drawer. I cleaned them and sanded them first, then I painted them all black. I then sponged on two shades of green and a little more black. You can then screw the drawer to the table, or just leave it sitting on top.
I've thought of making one to use as a memory table by making a plexiglass top and putting little arts and photos, etc... in it.
I'm sorry that the photos are a little hazy.

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95  Another no glue collage and way to store stash!!!! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by balkandina on: April 12, 2007 01:21:41 PM
I have so much ephemera that I have collected that sometimes I don't remember what I have and there is some that I want to just look at before I use it. SOoooo. I took a bunch of old  pages from a retro Mexico calender and some little Mexican themed pictures and put them between a piece of cardboard and a piece of plexi. I use those little clampy clip thingies to hold it together. Voila-instant picture above my craft table. I can take it apart to use the bits when I need them, but also get to enjoy looking at them 'til I do.]
By the way, a great place to get cool images is to buy calenders after the holiday sales in January.
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96  Eastern European costume hang-up in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by balkandina on: April 12, 2007 01:03:36 PM
I have travelled a bit and I love to get traditional clothing from places my family has lived or visited. When we lived in Bulgaria my daughters took folk classes at their school and they got really lovely costumes for Christmas. I display them now on the wall. I turned it into a kind of non-permanent collage. There is a bamboo pole holding the sleeves out and I pinned cardboard inside to make it stiff. I then clipped postcards, handwoven bags, martenitzas(a traditional Balkan yarn craft) and a picture of my daughters in the outfits when they were small enough to wear the dress. I think that it is easier (and cheaper) then putting it all in a shadow box. You could do the same for any favourite clothing.

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97  Re: Fresh vase of twigs? in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by balkandina on: April 12, 2007 12:48:29 PM
I guess mine is more like a bucket of branches, but I keep this in the corner of the living room.
Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy. I found two little birds at Target's dollar section that I put on it. We're having a really windy Spring, so maybe I'll do a painted one next.
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98  Re: Garden thru the season shots?? in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by balkandina on: March 31, 2007 08:03:42 PM
You go squirrel, I mean girl!!!!Your gardens look great for this time of year-I know-cuz I live in C/S.
So here's what the back 40 look like at my place
This is the "herb garden" and in the back there I put out leeks(sets) and cold weather lettuce ,spinach and radishes (seed)

This is where I put in corn and cukes and basil-I extended it by a few feet this year. You can see "the straw bale hacienda" behind it which I have on another thread. I have some warm weather flower tubers and squash and pumpkin seeds growing in there.

Here I just put in a 6 inch raised bed-terrible exposure-shade all morning then hot afternoon sun. Any suggestions?

This is my "new " rock garden in the "hell strip" at front-under an elm tree, but dry and hot!! I put in a rock garden on the other side last year which is going great!!!
This is the front flower bed-this was taken last week , but all of the daffs have come up and it's looking better-it has an Austin ROse, echinacea,asters,lavender and mini roses.
his is my "new " rock garden in the "hell strip" at front-under an elm tree, but dry and hot!! I put in a rock garden on the other side last year which is going great!!!

Looking at the pictures I realize we got a little junk problem going at happy acres here....
I have also planted 3 types of peas-sugar, snap and regular and some bok choy-I think that to be a gardener you have to be optimistic and be willing to reseed again and again Grin
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99  Picket Garden Markers in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by balkandina on: March 30, 2007 01:27:00 PM
I just finished making some markers for my vegetable garden and thought I'd share them. A neighbor took out an old picket fence and gave it to me. It was so old that it fell apart, so I am recycling it.

My kids think it looks like a garden graveyard right now!!
I just use Sharpies. I probably won't polyurethane ithem because I like a  weathered look.
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100  Collage without glue in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by balkandina on: March 23, 2007 01:36:44 PM
I really like to use original ephemera in my collages instead of copies, because I like the "feel" of them, but I really hate to permanently put some of my "good stuff" away...so I made this collage in a plexiglass box frame. That way if I want to I can take a photo of it, but then I can reuse pieces. I got all of these pieces at a super cool farmer's permanent yard sale in southern Ohio-which I think is the mecca for good junk buying.(All of it was about a quarter!) It's a photo paper doll, a pattern for a "chubby girl" dress, a receipt and some old snaps on a card. Then I hung a crooked empty frame around it.
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