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1  Crossword Puzzle Table! (with tutorial) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wordie on: June 15, 2004 07:14:52 PM
Huzzah and I recently revamped a dingy old plywood table: now it's a fabulous
crossword table that you can fill in and erase again and again! This project is super cheap
and super easy.

ugly-ass table
glue or rubber cement
crossword puzzle book (or any assortment of crosswords)
clear contact paper
dry erase markers

I had inherited the table in question from a friend, who had covered its nastiness in a
not-quite-so-ugly cloth. Once we removed the cloth, we had to figure out the logistics: how
many crosswords would fit? For our table, 12 pages from the book would fit but leave a gap
around the edges.


The solution to our problem was the solution to the puzzles. [/rimshot] The small, dense
solutions in the back of the book made an excellent contrast to the open spaces in the
puzzles. If you are making a border, figure out how wide it needs to be, and then lay that
down first as a foundation. We cut our solution pages into thirds and glued them around the
edge of the table.


Gluing is easiest with two people, as one person can position the paper while the other smooths it
out. Be careful not to rip the gluey paper.
Then we started laying out the puzzles themselves--carefully, in a grid. We just glued them
down and tried not to wrinkle them too much. If the glue isn't sticking to every single
piece of the paper, don't worry: you'll be covering them with contact paper anyway.


Once you're done gluing, step back and admire how cool your table will be.


Now comes the trickiest part: laying contact paper over the table. Anyone who's worked with
contact paper knows how annoying it can be: wrinkling, sticking to itself. We managed by
very carefully peeling the backing, and then sort of suspending the contact paper over the table (like
laying a fresh sheet on a bed), and then pressing it down very carefully. Cover the entire
table with contact paper, preferably two layers. We did it width-wise first and then ran
out, but I plan to get more contact paper and put on another layer length-wise to smooth out
the few inevitable wrinkles we got.

And that's it! You've got yourself a killer table.


Hours of amusement are ahead of you! Perfect for parties--and the contact paper means
spilled drinks will clean up in a snap!


Dry erase markers work beautifully, especially if you get ones with fine tips.
Enjoy your new table! If you use hard puzzles, you can work on it forever!

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2  anniversary gift (aka my weird relationship) in Completed Projects by wordie on: February 15, 2004 05:29:24 PM
my boyfriend and i had our first anniversary this weekend, so i made him a little gift. (nb: when we met, we were so compatible/alike that people joked they couldn't tell us apart. hence the cupcakes.)

the setup, complete with stuffed friends:


that bottom picture is from halloween; he was lolita, i was humbert humbert.


no love without irony!
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3  shrunken sweater --> fabulous sweater! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wordie on: February 10, 2004 06:35:25 PM
i had a basic black sweater that shrunk in the wash. it didn't shrink so much that i couldn't wear it, but it was a little snug, and the sleeves were too short.  i had some cheetah print fabric lying around, so....voila! a sexy little sweater with cheetah cuffs.

i just cut two cheetah rectangles to the size i wanted, hemmed the ends, turned the sweater inside out, and sewed the rectangles to the (shrunken) wrists of the sweater. i only sewed about a third of the way up the new cuffs, so they would flare out at the hands.

though i'm sure it would have been easier (and neater) with a sewing machine instead of my rather ragged hand-stitching, i'm still quite pleased with the result.

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4  Re:socks > wristbands in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wordie on: February 05, 2004 10:16:45 AM
ohmystars, i couldn't see your photos, but i thought this was a great idea. somehow i have acquired a number of bizarre socks that i couldn't properly showcase:

but now i can! sorry it's so blurry:

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5  voodoo wristwarmers from knitty in Knitting: Completed Projects by wordie on: February 04, 2004 07:54:56 PM
My take on the voodoo wristwarmers from knitty:

These are mine. We call these the Planet of the Apes hands.

They're a little sparkly, too, but all you can see in this pic is how hairy they are!

And these are the versions I just made for huzzah, who will not look like a gorilla:

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6  comic book jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wordie on: January 21, 2004 08:47:50 PM
huzzah and i recently made all kinds of jewelry out of old spiderman comics. i only have pictures of the final results, but the process is pretty straightforward.

first we made earrings by cutting out text balloons, laminating them with contact paper, inserting eyelets (the kind that are marketed for use on paper), and threading them through french hooks.  on a few pairs, we also did decorative stitching around the edges. the end results (plus a pair of ancient canadian postage stamps that we found in an old tin):

the earrings as they are meant to be seen:

we also made cuffs out of scrap fabric and isolated panels from the comic books. the first part of the process (laminating) was the same. we sewed the fabric into rectangles of the appropriate size and then sewed the panels onto them. then we used the same eyelets to create corset-style lacing on the backs.  we used ribbons and cords for the laces.

huzzah modeling:

finally, we used the basically the same process to make a necklace from america's finest news source, weekly world news:

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