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41  Re: eco-craftalong in Craftalongs by rubytue on: September 27, 2007 03:01:12 PM
This project isn't the most beautiful, but its practical.  The attic stairs in our house do not make a tight seal with the ceiling, plus, there is no insulation above them.  We looked at some products you could buy to help (e.g. http://www.draftcap.com/, http://www.batticdoor.com/atticstairinsulator.html).  Mr. Ruby took one look and said "We could build that."  So, we built one this weekend.  Of course, I'm looking at it wanting to make it "pretty." Cheesy

From underneath:

From the attic, with it closed:

Its hinged so it swings open, and the box is built out of plywood and lined with R-4 rigid insulation on the underside and R-12 batting wrapping the top.

Here are the basic plans he found and followed: http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11410
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42  Fun for cats and dogs in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by rubytue on: September 15, 2007 05:43:41 PM
My sewing machine is finally set up in our new house (its been packed up since January).  Plus, we got a new puppy about 2 weeks ago, so I decided to break in my sewing room with some cool dog stuff.  Nothing too original, but I made her some bandannas that attach to the collar (rather than tie - that was too simple for breaking in a sewing room  Cheesy)

Here is the basic bandanna (in festive Halloween fabric):

Here is Zoe modeling the slightly more seasonally appropriate football bandanna:

And least the cat feel left out, she got some halloween mice made with scraps, and stuffed with scrap fabric and dried catnip from our garden:

(credit for the mouse pattern goes to: http://sewing.about.com/od/freeprojects/ss/catmousetoy.htm
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