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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Various wall art on: July 30, 2008 01:22:22 PM
My landlords are super uptight and actually specified in my contract that I could only make two nail holes per room.  I cheated and put three in the living because I figure if I average two per room, I'm still safe.  And I count the stair landing as a room.  As a result, I've worked up a couple of very large projects. 

The first (and my favorite) is a triptych of the London Eye.  I have a slight obsession with things British.  They're each 36x36 inches and painted with black acrylic.  I used Rasterbator to help get the scale right.


My office / craft disaster room has two things.  The first is just a huge collection of photos, postcards, and ticket stubs I've come across in my travels.  They're masking-taped to the wall.

The second is a huge U.S. map I bought from a school supply store.  I put it in a frame I already had and I use it to track my Etsy sales.  It got accidentally steamed one day and the paper rippled, but it still works for its purpose.

In my bedroom are two huge prints of some photos my dad took at Pike Street Market.  They're in some cheap frames from Ikea.

Thanks for looking!
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keep alive the beehive on: July 29, 2008 07:23:25 PM
I LOVE a beehive, if only because one of my greatest goals is to become Patsy Stone.  When I do a hive, I usually keep it small.  Backcombing is murder on my fine hair, so I got a large kitchen sponge and cut a hive-y shape out of it.  I build my hair around that, which takes a lot less backcombing and a lot less time.  I usually keep it pretty small, sort of like Rose Tyler in Doctor Who / Idiot's Lantern.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/gallery/s2_07gallery/800/rose_doc.jpg). 

Here's a pic, though it's one of my first and was done without the sponge, so it's not as smooth.

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Deliver me from pink tile on: June 05, 2008 08:15:23 PM
I'm almost done decorating my apartment and there is one room left that is a thorn in my side.  This is, of course, the bathroom.  The whole house is done in neutrals, but for some reason, the landlords decided to do the bathroom in all this neat cream old-fashioned tile and then top it all off with a pink border.  I am, to put it mildly, less than a fan of pink.

I've been considering covering the tiles with black contact paper (if the tile were black, it would look like one of those old-school hotel bathrooms),  but I'm afraid the paper would peel from all the steam.  My landlords are super uptight, so whatever I do has to be totally reversable.  Ideas?
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plant waterers on: April 22, 2008 09:27:26 PM
Just another update:  The plants are doing quite well (better, even, than before, probably due to the fact that I NEVER watered them) and the bottles have been slowly draining like they're supposed to.  I do think this one is a success.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plant waterers on: April 10, 2008 05:51:54 PM
Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout.

Could you clarify what the equalization straw is?

There' s a little straw that runs through both sides of the pourer.  Just stop up one end of the straw.  If you don't, the bottle will keep pouring even if the plant is sufficiently watered.

I also forgot to mention - I heated one end of the pvc and pinched it closed.  It isn't sealed up or anything, just narrower. I don't know if it actually makes a difference.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Plant waterers on: April 07, 2008 07:36:55 PM
I was watching TV and saw an ad for these:

The principle seemed like it would be simple to duplicate, so I bought some bottle pourers and a piece of narrow PVC pipe.  I have a collection of cool bottles that I thought I could use

I cut off two lengths of pipe and drilled holes up and down the length.  Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout. 

Then stab the stake down into the plant pot until all the holes are covered, fill the bottle, and stick it on.  Done!  None of my plants have died yet, so I'm tentatively calling this one a success. 


17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First t-shirt resize on: April 07, 2008 07:20:38 PM
Hellos.  This is my first t-shirt resize, so all things considered, I think it turned out pretty well.  I'm pretty boring, so I just trimmed it down, brought in the shoulder, and cut a V-neck.



Now I can no longer blame my hips on the t-shirt.  Blame now falls to the pants.
18  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Homestar Runner Cake (1st time w/fondant) on: April 04, 2008 04:24:17 PM
This.  Is.  Awesome.

My heart stopped for just a second when I saw it had tiers.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Retro-style flower hat (photo heavy) on: April 02, 2008 08:07:46 PM
Per request, here are some photos of the underside, which isn't as pretty as the top.  This is what makes it worthy of the name Frankenhat.

Here's the cut end

Bobby pins go through the little green rings (which were the store hangers for the garlands).  It's tricky to pin on, so I've added a comb that you can see in the picture, but isn't part of the actual submission.
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Re: Retro-style flower hat (photo heavy) on: April 02, 2008 03:12:56 PM
That's Amazing! I love it...Did you paint that big ferris wheel on the wall? That's Sweet Smiley
Yep.  It's a triptych I'm doing of the London Eye.  I still have one more to go, but I'll post them all when I'm done.
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