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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / waterproofing boots? on: November 22, 2008 11:28:34 AM
So maybe its not really a craft, but I need to know how to waterproof boots.  I need a pair for in snow and slush, and can't decide on going with big, ugly already waterproof boots, or with sleek, leather, waterproofable boots.  Can waterproofed leather be as effective?  Is there a crafty way to waterproof boots (especially without changing color or texture)? 

ps.  There isn't a non-craft related section to this board is there?  I can't find one.  If there isn't one, there should be.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Mod Baby Room (long) on: October 12, 2008 08:52:50 PM
I swear to god this message looks a lot more complicated then it is!  I guess I cant really expect anyone to respond to anything this big, but I wanted to try.  For those with little time, try reading the short version.  For those who are bored stiff, read the long version (Im a talker).  There arent as many links as it looks like they aretheyre just really long links.

Short Version: Creating a modern baby room, want opinions and suggestions on these themes (ie.  What fabrics you like, ideas for accessories, which theme you like best, what color youd paint the walls)

Long Version: Alright, so Im going to be an aunt for the very first time in April!  Im extremely excited about it.  I guess Ill give you a backround story cause I feel like telling it.  My brother is 24, his wife is 22.  They just got married august before last, then my SIL graduated college, then they bought a fixer-upper house, then adopted 3 cats, then the SIL started training to go into her career, then they decided to get pregnant.   This has all happened in a little more than two years.  My brother is graduating with his bachelors this December, and is currently jobless.  The SIL just quit her job this week because she hated it and has been really depressed lately, and is apparently much happier this week.  I guess to put this lightlyits a pretty intense (edging on insane) situation, and were all trying to stay positive. 

My mom and I are still really excited about the baby, and have decided to turn my moms office into a baby room.  Im pretty stoked, since Im much more likely to visit my moms house than travel to my brothers (neither is more than an hour away, but Im a lazy driver).  We also are excited about this room because we are obsessed with interior design, and basically arent getting any say in the babys main room (ughhhhhlack of taste overload).

Me and my mom are NOT normal people, so this will , by no means, be a typical baby room.  No baby prints, no Winnie-the-pooh (although we are trying to make that the theme of the main room), noboring.  My moms house is all DOTD and Mexican stuff.  My apartment is filled with Indian tapestries, cowboy stuff, and a random nautical bedroom.  Both of us are insane animal print fans (she does leapord,  I do zebra).  Needless to say, we dance to our own tune. 

Sorry, that was long but I always like having back stories.  On to the room.

The Theme?: Looking for opinions, thats why Im here.  Just going to start with the idea for a girl (they dont know the gender yet). 
   -ALL these themes are centered around having white furniture.  The accessories are basically examples of what Id use, and I will make them myself if I can. All non-fabric accessories would be white in all themes. 
    -The Crib:
         ^This actually looks a lot cuter in person, its adorable.
     -The Toddler bed- http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_9990000006826511P?vName=Baby&cName=Nursery&sName=Furniture

    -Theme 1: The Mod Mermaid
          -Somewhat of an ocean theme based on this awesome fabric -         
          -I like this theme because of the bright colors and the whimsy, but I think this is still something a little girl would love.  Who DOESNT love mermaids? 
          -Accessories-   http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=10&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=15084783&parentid=A_FURN_LIGHTING&sortProperties=&navCount=9&navAction=poppushpush&color=

     -Theme 2: Pop Floral and Wallpaper
          -Pop Flower inspired by these fabrics-   
                     http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabric-shop-by-category-retro-mod-quilting-fabric-bell-bottom-bell-bottom-casey-scroll-lime.aspx ,
            -Wallpaper theme based on these:

          -Love this theme because its very girly, but has great colors on classic prints. 


     -Theme 3: Adorable Pop Asian
             - Fabrics:

        -Theme 4- Mod Prints
                 -Accessories: Can go with any, I think.

Opinions please?  I can't, for the life of me, decide!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Eskimo dress (pic obese) on: March 05, 2008 01:08:06 AM
This dress is kind of a halloween costume, as I made it for halloween, but its too warm and cozy to not wear more often.  I drafted the pattern myself, basing it off of the "sexy" halloween costumes that sell for WAY too much money.  I wanted something quality and cheap.  It cost maybe $20 to make, and that's only because I bought way too much material.  Its made of polar fleece and faux fur.  The hood edging is stuffed with stuffing tob make it look fluffier.  I accidentally sewed the zipper on inside out, and didn't feel like seam ripping all of it, so its now just a pain to get on and off.  It was so warm...I was probably the only warm girl on halloween.  I didn't feel like leaving the hood up, so I brought out my horns from another halloween and said I was the wampa from star wars.  Unfortunately I didn't actually take any pics on halloween, so my makeup and everything isn't done or anything.  These pics are months later.

The front:

The Back:

The Boots (not DIY...happened to have some):

The Dog not being thrilled with posing with me:

And, of course, the wampa (I promise next year it'll be more convincing):

I know its really late, didn't feel like putting it in the costumes section because I doubt many people check that this time of year.  Move it if you'd like! But anywho, figure its better to put it up late than never!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First forged metal project (pic heavy) on: March 05, 2008 12:38:13 AM
This is my first forged metal project.  I'm taking a class on it, but it turns out I'm not very good, haha.  I spent 14 hours sanding/buffing this thing to make it shiny, but ran out of time and had to revert to filing and oxidizing it.  I think it looks pretty neat, but I wish I could have finished it the way it was intended to be finished.  It is entirely made of copper (the thin parts aren't leather, even though they look it).  It was a complete pain in the rear.  I couldn't get any good pics of the finish on it, definitely more copper stands out beyond the oxidation in person. 

In its full glory:

Action Shot (excuse my boobs, this necklace requires a low neckline):

Close up of front (best I can get of the finish, excuse the soder, it was my first try at it):

Clasp action, and flat (very comfortable and works well, I was pleasantly suprised):

Even though I'm not horribly happy with it, it wasted so many hours of my life that I had to show it off Wink
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Folding closet door help? on: January 14, 2008 03:54:53 PM
I have the ugliest bi-fold doors to my closet.  They're off white with big, round, retro handles.  They come off of their track constantly, and are just hanging in by a thread.  They're made of metal, and are bi fold.  These look a lot like them- http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/images/uploads/9.13closetdoor.jpg except of course the ones pictures are MUCH classier looking.  They're such an eyesore and I can't stand them.

I have a kind of...exotic...room.  Its filled with tapestries, hindu art, and new guinean masks.  The color scheme is red/black/gold/white.  My first thought would be to replace my doors with a tapestry, but alas my dog loves to eat the shoes and dirty laundry that are kept in my closet, so I need impenetrable doors.  Also, I rent and the landlords do not allow me to paint anything. 

Some ideas I had were to line the hole in the wall that they stay in with ribbon, or put molding around them (sure the landlords wouldn't mind), but that would only take them so far.  They're still hideous, slatted, metal, off white, retro doors.  And that just will not do.

I would love to see pics of what other people might have done to their doors, and hear ideas on what I could possibly do to them.  If you need pics of the actual doors, I can provide them, but it'll be a pain in my bum.  The doors I provided the picture of are VERY similar, except for color and material. 

Thank you!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Psychobilly/red vinyl chair on: November 05, 2006 07:47:28 PM
I collect vinyl chairs, don't know why.  guess I just like them a lot.  This one I loved the moment I saw, but felt it needed a little makeover.  It was only $15, so happy.  I don't think I've bought a chair for over $15, come to think of it...But anyways I'm OBSESSED with zebra print, so it became zebra printed.  Took hours and hours to paint all these tiny stripes on.  My brother's fiance made me the matching pillow and I made the day of the dead skull pillow.
My chair was becoming so attractive even flies started mating on it:



Tell me what you think!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A few things I've made (pic heavy) on: November 05, 2006 07:23:22 PM
Sorry, I was a lurker for so long without posting anything that now I don't have enough posts to put pics up Sad  sorry!
I made all thse over the summer.  I've made more stuff recently, but don't feel like downloading pictures right now.
#1- Deftones tube top, was originally a medium guys deftones shirt and a large girls ugly yellow sorority shirt.  It's a halter now, but looked better as just the tube top.  Sorry I don't have before pictures.

#2- I made this huge ugly dress into a much cuter ruffled dress, based loosely on audrey hepburn.  I'll never wear it...but I like it anyways.

  Middle (the best phase):


#3- Big old mens wool jacket into cute little 80s puffy sleeve cropped blazer.  I like it.  Too warm to wear tho...
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger bags! (pic heavy) on: October 19, 2006 02:17:55 PM
Hey, this is my first real post!  I've been a lurker for quite some time though.  I really like to make bags...I don't have much free time anymore though...So here's a couple of my bags.  The skull one is the first one I ever made and the red one is MUCH more recent and much more well done.  Also my first attempt ever on pleats.  Tell me what you think! (sorry I look so creepy in that pic...)

Ps.  I don't use patterns. Or really measure even...I'm that lazy.

Bag #1:


Bag #2:


Closeup of fabric and pleats:

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