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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Old-school school desk on: May 30, 2008 03:45:24 PM
No WAY! I live right behind the Kane county fairgrounds and I've never checked out the market. I'll have to start going.

Before we went, I always heard that you get the best deals at the end of the day when sellers are just trying to get rid of stuff.  I didn't really believe it, but we'd seen a lot of venders with these desks asking upwards of $100, we snagged this one as we were walking out. 

Happy hunting!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Old-school school desk on: May 29, 2008 06:00:52 PM
First of all, I'm so glad you all like it.  This the first post I've made that's picked this many comments so fast.  Cheesy

I love old furniture. It looks great in black. How about some distressed edges?
We're actually gonna move this summer, so I figured it'd get a little natural distressing during that process, and I'd take it from there.   Wink

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Old-school school desk on: May 29, 2008 04:13:56 PM
That looks awesome.  And scorch marks?  Wonder if someone studied by candle light.  How old do you think it is?
Thanks.  As for the scorch marks, I think it's from the 40's-60's and was in a warehouse fire.  Or maybe a fire in a school basement storage room or something like that.  It doesn't have the built-in ink well, so it can't be too old.  Maybe the candle wax suggests that it's older than I think. 

I love it! Now.. how hard was it to do? Was it a lot of work or TONS of work? I'm wondering cause I'd love to do that with a couple of old things Smiley
It was a lot less work than I expected.  I started monday evening, sanding off where the two boards had broken apart.  Then Tuesday I repaired the join and it was soooo painful waiting 24 hours for the glue to dry.  I spent a lot of elbow grease on Wednesday sanding, but it wasn't too bad.  Today I have a desk.  Repairing the join was tricky, but not a lot of work.  Really the hardest part of the whole thing was waiting for the glue to dry so I could get on with it.  Patience is not my strong point. 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old-school school desk on: May 29, 2008 02:56:45 PM
No.  That's not a typo.  This is literally about as old-school as you can get. 

I forgot to take a picture with the top open, but this is the real deal. 

Here's the before picture:
We got it for $10 or $15 at the Kane county flea market near chicago.   http://www.kanecountyfleamarket.com  I thought for sure we'd paid too much when the top broke in half putting the desk into the car. 

Using a natural stain really wasn't an option since the top was covered in scorch marks, candle wax, and water damage.  I thought about doing something all fancy and modern, but I love how the straight black keeps the feel of the original desk. 

Let me know what you think.  I can post more in progress pics if anyone cares. 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old jeans transformed by Jujitsu embroidery on: May 17, 2008 09:08:57 AM
Love these! I have never ever heard of jujitsu embroidery? It is gorgeous though. Gotta find out more about this!

that makes 2 of us !  Smiley

It's really called "Sashiko"  but I call it jujitsu embroidery, because that's what my friend called it when she couldn't remember the name. 

Sorry I didn't make that clear enough in the original post. Wink
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old jeans transformed by Jujitsu embroidery on: April 02, 2008 04:41:08 PM
Was it difficult to embroider the jeans material? It seems like it might be kinda hard to work with.

Yeah, jeans aren't the easiest to embroider.  I used a quilter's between needle, rather than an embroidery needle, and a good thimble.  Sashiko stitches are supposed to be really tiny.  Mine are about twice the traditional size, because of the denim material. 

All in all though, it wasn't too bad. 
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Mini Scraps of Fleece--what to make? on: March 30, 2008 09:46:17 AM
I don't know how well fleece will work for this, but this book:http://www.amazon.com/Omiyage-Handmade-Fabric-Japanese-Tradition/dp/0809229099/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206895212&sr=1-2
has lots of ideas for making stuff out of tiny remnants of fabric.  Though I'm usually using leftover bits of cotton quilting fabric. 

Fleece is also pretty good for applique, because it doesn't fray.  You could try doing some sort of mosaic or something. 

You might get a better response if you posted question this on one of the sewing boards.  People who know more about fabric are more likely to hang out there.   Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old jeans transformed by Jujitsu embroidery on: March 30, 2008 06:20:15 AM
How long did they take you to complete?

Let's go with about 1 TV show per patchwork piece for the embroidery.  Then another evening to assemble everything.  I can't stand having empty hands when watching TV, it just seems wrong.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old jeans transformed by Jujitsu embroidery on: March 29, 2008 05:47:50 PM
old jeans + ultimate sashiko sourcebook + a little crafster ingenuity = the coolest placemats ever. 


The "jujitsu embroidery" comes from a friend.  She'd seen the book one day and asked about it, but the next time she came over she couldn't remember what it was called.  That's the name she came up with, and really, that's just so much more fun to say than sashiko. 

Now for a couple of close-ups, cause I'm just so damned proud:

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Creative Crafts and Stitchery (1976) - Book Review on: March 03, 2008 09:53:09 AM
The book:  Creative Crafts & Stitchery, published by Better Homes & Gardens in 1976

How it came into my possession:  Dad's got a thing for auctions.  He acquired 4 boxes of cookbooks for about $15 recently.  There were some real treasures in there, including one by the Junior League of Baton Rouge; that one had lots of tasty gumbos and things.  Mom and I went through all those dusty books, and argued a bit about who got to keep each book.  The ones neither of us wanted were donated to the library.  Buried in with all those cookbooks was this little relic.  

General Review:  The book's got an identity crisis.  Half the projects in there are trying to be trendy (read "trippy").  The other half are distinctly for little old ladies.  There are enough neat ideas in here that I kept the book, but some of the projects will definitely make you wince.  

A choice selection of projects:
The perfect decor for you next stoner party

Or if you prefer a more "in touch with nature" groove

Stare at this too long and you're guaranteed to go blind

[insert joke here]

I didn't think that even in the 70's people would wear this in public

This is one of the neater ideas in the book, these are mandalas made out of feathers.

An early version of alternative/recycling.  Those "mirrors" are soda cans.  Blue=pepsi, green=7-up,...

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