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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Garbage to Gorgeous again: Map Drawers from $6 Cabinet on: February 21, 2019 01:46:43 PM
Hi Craftsters, it's been a minute!

I wanted to share this furniture makeover I did last weekend, I'm excited about it!

Back when we moved into our first apartment together in college, my then-boyfriend (now husband) got a TV cabinet for $6 at the thrift store. It was ugly, but fine, and was never in bad enough shape to get rid of. So from 2005-2019 it moved from home to home with us and mostly has lived in closets and stayed out of sight.

I saw this blog post by The Painted Hive and fell in love: http://thepaintedhive.net/2014/07/re-love-project-before-after/
My skills aren't nearly to her level, but I've ALWAYS wanted map drawers but don't typically have a spare $3k lying around to buy some broken furniture and felt inspired. Instead of real wood, I went with vinyl wood floor planks which were wonderful to cut to the sizes I need and already had adhesive on them. Anyway, here are some rough photos of the process (that involved only a little bit of toddler-labor, promise Smiley) Thank you for looking!!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair for $22 on: September 29, 2013 03:55:25 PM
Hi Craftster!

Here is my first big reupholstering project. We have a a very limited budget for any of our home decor and I have been dying to try reupholstering something more complicated than a diningroom chair. So when I saw this promising piece of garbage on the side of the road one day on my way home from work, it was love at first sight. I got to try my hand at upholstery without gambling much money at all in the materials.

The fabric I used was actually canvas drop cloths from the DIY store, so that I could get a ton of fabric for cheap in case I fatally ruined it. I washed it with fabric softener before I used it so its soft and smells fantastic. And the damask fabric on the arms of the chair was a little bit of cotton duck fabric from the odds & ends bin at Hobby Lobby that was in my fabric stash already, I love the look of a pretty print with a masculine utility fabric like canvas. My upholstery tacks were also from Hobby Lobby, and honestly, getting those things to hammer into where I wanted them to go was the hardest part of this project.

Mostly I just tried to figure it out as I went along and for the most part it went smoothly with just a little bit of frustration here and there. I think maybe I should have tried a chair that wasn't a recliner for my first project, but you can't be super choosy when picking up trash on the side of the road. It's not perfect but the fact that I figured it out anyway makes me feel even more accomplished.

Anyway, this is my pride and joy of the livingroom now:

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Baseball Bachelorette Tees on: July 07, 2013 01:17:19 PM
One of my best friends got married a few weeks ago and since she's a huge baseball fan, wanted to have her bachelorette party at a game. I freezer-papered us in the bridal party up some cute "Team Emily" shirts to wear (THE NIGHT BEFORE OMGOMGOMG Roll Eyes).
Our names and roles are on the backs of the shirts, along with numbers to spell out her wedding date.

Sorry for the low quality pictures (:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I, um, think I'm going to paint my couch today. on: September 11, 2012 08:45:59 AM
Has anyone painted upholstered furniture before? Did it turn out well?

I've stenciled several articles of clothing with acrylic paint with fabric medium and loved the results (especially after washing several times, just as soft as originally.) I'm thinking of trying this on my big nasty ugly couch I hate.

So if you've tried this, any tips or suggestions?
Or, warnings against doing this?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Alternative Bouquet on: September 13, 2011 07:59:34 AM
Fresh flowers are nice, but I feel no real emotional connection to them. My great-grandmothers jewelry and curtains from my fiance and I's first apartment though, those are special. So I figured hey, why not bring them to the wedding in bouquet form?

Along with some cruelty-free feathers from etsy and lots of hot glue I present to you my alternative bridal bouquet:

(ps- I plan to cover that plastic handle, I just haven't decided how to yet...)
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Alternative Bridal Bouquets.... Feathers?? on: December 21, 2010 01:03:54 PM
In researching alternative bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids, I came across the idea of making the bouquets entirely out of feathers and instantly fell in love with the idea. There are SO many gorgeous examples on google images:


A wave of horror came over me a moment ago though when I realized that while these pictures might look awesome, there's a chance that I might be caught up in the thought of how original this is, and in real life it might end up looking like we're all holding a bunch of feather dusters!
Have any of you ladies used alternative bouquets? How did it turn out??
Thank you and happy holidays!!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / PostSecret Round 12 Gallery! on: June 15, 2010 07:23:23 AM
First has been received! Post what you got Smiley
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / PostSecret Swap Round 12! (send outs 6/29/2010) on: May 25, 2010 04:18:35 PM

Swap name: PostSecret Swap Round 12
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: catsprefermarlie
Sign-up date range: 5/25/2010 6/8/2010
Date to send item by: 6/29/2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: Yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
- Is at least 18 years old: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: Yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: not required for this swap, but a photo of stamped envelopes/post cards OR a certificate of mailing is required
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: Yes

Details of swap
Inspired by the amazing website: http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com
In a PostSecret swap, swapper are creating a decided number of individual post cards, each illustrating a secret they keep that they would like to share with the world (anonymously!)

Post cards are then sent to other swappers, who in turn post what they've received in the gallery, where everyone ooh's and ahh's at how creative you are, and sends you virtual hugs and warm fuzzies. And you feel very satisfied having been able to get your secret off your chest and share it with your craftster family anonymously.

You will be put into a group of 6 people which means that you will be crafting 5 secrets to send out and receiving 5 secrets in return!  (Or you will be put in 2 groups, if you choose to make 10 secrets!!)

For more of an idea of what I'm talking about, check out round 11:
Discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338707.0
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340112.0

Specifics (read carefully! There will be a quiz!)

The Anatomy of a Postcard

Your postcard should include at least one image and your secret, which should be written/typed out on the front of the card.  Make your cards however you like-- photographs, collage, drawing, painting--or buy postcards and embellish them with your secrets.

You can write a note to the recipient on the back of the card, but that's optional.

Your postcards can all be based around the same secret, or all different.  If you use the same secret for multiple cards, the visual part of the card must be different and you must phrase your secret differently. Ideally, you should really use 5 different secrets.

Questionable Content?

Some secrets are not G-rated.  I don't want to restrict anyone's freedom of expression, but please realize some people may not want to be exposed to content they may find offensive.

SENDING ANY KIND OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  This is a rule set for all swaps on Craftster.  Basically, if you would need ID to buy it, don't put it on your postcard.

This swap is anonymous; you won't know which postcard is coming from which Craftster member.  However, the system isn't perfect. In this swap you will receive a code (like G6, for example and it may be different once your code is assigned) and you will put that assigned code on the bottom left-hand corner of the backside of your postcard (where you would put the address). Please put this on the back of your card, even if it's in an envelope.

If it would ruin your life (or someone else's life) if a fellow Craftster did some Internet detective work and figured out which secret was yours, you probably shouldn't be putting it on a postcard for the world to see.  This isn't the place to admit you committed a felony or anything.

And if you are one of those people who can't possibly live without doing the detective work, please keep that information to yourself and don't ruin a fun swap for the rest of us.

If you're really worried about someone matching up the postmark on the card with your name, you could send your postcards from a town near yours, from your work, etc.

Or if you feel like being super-sneaky, you can have your cards postmarked at the North Pole:

There are no DC numbers for this swap, since they cannot be put on a postcard.

There is what is called a Certificate of Mailing. This costs $1, it is proof that you sent something.
Here is the link: http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendmail/extraservices/certificateofmailingservice.htm If you want certainty of mailing, this is the way to go

I will also accept a photo of the receipt for stamps or of the enveloped secrets.

You must be willing to ship internationally. If you really don't want to, let me know and I'll try to get around it, but you might have to. It's just a letter.

You may mail your cards in envelopes if you want them to be a little more protected.

Absolutely do not forget your code!

Half of the fun of this swap is looking over the gallery daily to see all the secrets that have been sent. Please make sure that you have access to a scanner or camera so that you can share the postcards with the rest of us. Pictures absolutely must be posted. We need to be able to see postcards that have been received.

Okay, here is the FEEDBACK criteria
1. PMed proof of sending
2. Received all five (or ten) cards and posted them in the gallery
3. All five (or ten) cards you sent have been received.

There will be a cut off date where, if lost in the mail, I'll use the proof of sending for the feedback.

Sending Late

If something happens that prevents you from sending your cards on time, that's OK--life happens!  Just PM me before the deadline, and e-mail your receipt when you send.  If you don't ship by the deadline and I haven't heard from you, I will be forced to assume you're not sending and will have to leave negative feedback until you've sent (and can prove it).

Of course I don't want flakers! I can (and will!) be keeping track of all secrets sent by the codes you will be putting on them. If you forget a code, we cannot just accept your word for it. You absolutely must remember to put your code on it or have a picture of your secret before you sent so I can match to the rec'd secret... not the ideal way to make sure you sent, but in a crisis it'll work!

Taking a photo of your secret before sending is a great way to make sure your secret is still shared with the world in the event of a flaker not posting your card in the gallery, or it being lost in the mail. If you find your secret has not been posted, you may send the photo to me, and I can post it anonymously in the gallery for you.

When posting your received secrets in photos, you must photograph each one individually - so that means no "group shots." A group shot has 2 or more cards in the photo. Because trying to fit 2+ cards into the picture is hard, it makes it near impossible to get a good representation of the cards. Remember, this is first and foremost a craft forum and a craft based swap. Your cards should be 100% crafty with effort noticeable and the pictures should show the hard work the secret-sender put into it (as well as their secret) since they are not able to post their pictures themselves.

Comments in the Gallery
Comments will be allowed.
However, when posting the pictures of the secrets you receive you have to hold your comments for a separate post. So that means: No comments in any posts with pictures. This is to make it easier for members not wishing to read any comments to search with the "View Images Only" option. Yes, you can post your pictures and immediately post again with your comments to your own post.

*Note: You will not receive Negative feedback for not following the above rules, however it will be reflected in the comments of your feedback that you did not follow the directions of the swap when asked.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: PostSecret Swap Round 12
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval: Yes/No
Smoker?: Yes/No
Pets owned:
Do you understand that you need to PM proof of sending (a photo of the stamped envelopes/postcards or certificate of mailing)?
Would you prefer sending 5 or 10 secrets?
Would you rather not receive secrets involving (please X):
( ) Drugs
( ) Alcohol
( ) Swear words
( ) Religious Themes
( ) Political Issues
( ) Violence
( ) Sexual Themes
( ) Nudity (Remember, nothing pornographic is allowed!)
( ) Other (please explain)
Is there anything else you would prefer not to receive?
Do you need your secrets sent in an envelope?
Quiz question Multiple post cards in one photo in the gallery is okay, true or false?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap!! Smiley

9  New York / New York: Central / Finger Lakes Area? on: July 09, 2009 10:11:30 AM
Anyone? Anyone?
I've just moved here for the summer, I know absolutely nothing about the area other than both Rochester and Syracuse are about an hour away and that it's very pretty   Cheesy

Anyone else around?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for Post Secret Round 8?? on: March 02, 2009 09:36:56 AM
I feel like it's been enough time since the last round for us to get into enough trouble to confess more, anyone interested?
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