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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? on: November 05, 2011 01:13:57 PM
So Chris decided to whip this awesomeness together for a work costume contest.  As it turns out, whimsy is not appreciated there (we thought he'd be a shoo-in considering he works with engineers  Wink ), but he didn't even place in the top 5.  Boo!  He was so upset that I told him I'd enter his creation here so at least he can get some kudos. 

He created a wire frame around which he wrapped a rainbow sheet.  The basket is made from a plastic hoop with yellow streamers woven onto it. 

"Onward, into the sunset!"

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Monarch Butterfly Dress on: June 24, 2011 07:04:31 AM
Quinndustrious P. suggested I post this on the general clothing board, and I liked that suggestion Smiley  So, I hope I don't get in trouble having this double-posted.  In the mean time, I'll try to figure out how to get it removed from the "Designer Homage" board.  Sorry for any inconvenience, dear moderators  Wink
Ultraquick backstory:  I stumbled across Luly Yang's Monarch Gown a while back.  Seriously, her dress is the most gorgeous dress you will EVER see, guaranteed (okay, maybe not guaranteed, but you'd be lying to yourself if you said it wasn't breath-taking).  Google it; you'll see what I mean.  The multi-thousand dollar price tag made me gasp, so I had to resort to making it instead of buying.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / I read too many mysteries =D (more pics) on: June 29, 2009 08:13:55 PM
A lifelong dream of mine finally came to fruition!  I've got a hidden doorway thanks to my AMAZING bro-in-law!  
I knew I wanted a wall of books, but I'm kind of strange (saving up to become eccentric) and was totally jonesing for something utterly unique in our house.  The BIL was even game for adding in a book latch, which I thought was truly only in the movies.
Yep, I'm in love with this project and it completely rocks my ever-lovin' world.  Admit it, you want one!

Here's a shot of the hubby next to our 10' tall x 17' long built-in bookcases.  Love them!

What have we here?  Boom!  A Secret Doorway!

And, finally, the book latch (pull the book and the door opens).  Gee, I wonder which book it could be =D

Numero uno:  You guys are totally awesome for the amazing comments!  Seriously!  

Secondly, oops, I totally forgot to mention what's behind the secret door ('cause I'm a tool like that).  It leads to our bedroom, which IS accessible through another door down the hall, but only if you double back.  Fun times, hey?  *Wiggles eyebrows suggestively* Grin  

Third, the book latch is a wooden block of wood that my amazing husband dremmelled (sp?) to look a bit more like a book.  Then I painted it and the BIL added a cable and hinge, so, when the book is tilted forward, the cable pulls up on a simple gate latch mounted on the back of the bookcase.  

As far as a tutorial, BIL did this all on educated guesswork.  They are plywood shelves with simple moulding to cover the edges.  The "door" has a caster mounted on the edge that holds 800 pounds (another one will be placed on next week) and the hinge is actually 2 piano hinges 90% covered by the decorative moulding between each case (obviously it couldn't be 100% covered or the door wouldn't open...but it's barely visible and will be even less apparent when I paint it white).  The decorative moulding between each case hides the small gaps that were used to ensure that everything fit properly or it case anything needed to be adjusted (ie. the door didn't quite fit...1/4 inch off...so the adjoining bookcase was moved over 1/4 inch to accommodate.  You can't tell because the moulding hides it...BRILLIANT!)

New Pics:

Sorry for how blurry it is.  Camera was on the wrong setting Smiley

Looking from our bedroom at the back of the bookcases/hidden door.

Just for fun.

This photo is a bit better than the other.  The book is modeled after an actual book of the same title by Frank L. Packard.  The front picture is the same one that is on the front cover of his book.

Picture of the garden gate latch that holds the case to the wall.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain on: April 10, 2009 11:28:34 AM
Dining room makeover.  Not completely finished, but I was so pleased that I jumped the gun to post it.  The biggest challenge (and, really, the only one with which we were concerned) was hiding the exercise equipment while still being able to access it daily. 

Hope I posted these links correctly Smiley
Before photos:

(You can see my dog's bootie...scandalous!  Haha!)

(Lovely exercise equipment...NOT!)


The best part is that, for whatever reason, you don't look behind the curtains when you're standing in the room.  Even though they're parted and sheer, it's like a solid wall.  Smiley  Loves it.  And, it's really more stunning in person...if I do say so myself. 

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Seashell Conundrum! on: February 27, 2009 07:39:46 AM
HELP!  My decorating views are sooooooo not aligning with my seashell obsession! 
Here's the dealio:  I absolutely adore shells.  It's probably borderline obsessive...okay, okay, all out obsessive, happy?  Anyway, I am sick and tired of storing them in boxes where they can't be seen.  Only problem:  I'm a minimalist when it comes to the design of my rooms.  I cannot stand clutter/trinkets/knick-knacks.  So, I'm totally torn.  Can anyone think of a completely non-tacky way to show off my collection? 

Some ideas that have been running through my head (though I don't know how to go from thoughts to reality):
Make large seashell tiles (1' x 1') to surround my fireplace
Make countertops for my kitchen with inlaid shells
Make large tiles for my bathroom floor
Make a seashell backsplash for the kitchen

What kind of materials would work best?  Resin?  Polyurethane? Please Help!!!   
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Paisley Dress on: January 01, 2007 08:14:23 PM
This is my first successful solo attempt at a pattern.  I used Simplicity 4072 (which most people are using for the Duro dress style).  It only took about 5 hours (cutting of the pattern pieces included) and I'm a serious beginner!  I had no problems with it, in case anyone is interested in using the same pattern.  Hope you guys like it.

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