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61  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts / Has anyone made the Flower Power earrings? on: January 02, 2007 05:51:00 AM
I'm dying to make these (well, actually, make a pin like these) to accessorize a scarf I just made, and I'm having fits trying to get all of the adhesive from the label off of my plastic bottles.

Does anyone have any neato tricks for that?  I've tried much soaking and scrubbing and still have nasty adhesive residue.  Rubber cement pick up?  Nail polish remover?  If you know a good way to do it, I'd be your best friend forever.   Wink
62  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Funky window blinds on: December 28, 2006 06:02:09 PM
My latest project, inspired by my groovy chair reupholstering from the fall (you can see it in the picture)-- voila, blinds.

As with everything I do, they're far from perfect, but I still think they're fun.  I was too lazy to go for the full-out roman blind.  And was able to justify that decision since my bedroom looks out onto the street.  For privacy's sake, I never open the blinds.  With them being mounted about a foot below the top of the window, I still get natural light in the room.

Slowly but surely, my bedroom is getting closer and closer to finished.  Hooray!
63  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first reupholstery project on: November 09, 2006 09:21:49 PM
Inspired by Justforme's sofa project, I tore into a chair I've been meaning to tackle for a long time. 

First, the before.  I'm sorry it's a little blurry.  Unfortunately, it's the only picture I have that fully captures the rattiness I started with.  I love the shape, but by the time this picture was taken, the chair was frightening.

And now, for the afters.

There are lots of problems with it, and things that I'll do differently on my next upholstery project, but I have to say that for a first try, I'm pretty darn delighted.  I love the fabric, and I'm pretty tickled by the big lime green buttons.  The back of the chair was harder than I expected it would be, what with all of the cording and it turned out much better than I could have hoped for. 

I can't wait to tackle my next project-- the sofas are sitting in my living room just waiting for me to pick out fabric and get started.  Wheee, this is fun!

And justforme, thanks for posting your sofa.  If you hadn't, I may well have spent my whole life looking at that chair and being too afraid to work on it.

Updated to add:

Thanks for all of the nice comments.  Y'all make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

And here are a couple more pictures, as requested:

The back of the chair:

A close up of the buttons and piping:

And an extreme close up of the buttons and piping:

64  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The latest iteration of my Giant Wall of Elvis on: October 29, 2006 09:45:29 AM
I've had this wall for several years, in many variations, and add to it periodically (or have people add to it for me, more likely).

I've always wanted to have a way to display my Elvis dolls as part of the collage, and today finally built myself a few little shelves from scratch, all by myself.  It's my first solo project involving power tools.

Here are link to a couple of images--- and it's the images that are crooked, not the collage itself.:

The wall itself


A detail, showing one of the shelves a little closer up.


The shelves are made out of two different kinds of molding screwed and glued together.  The corners were cut on my miter saw.  I countersunk all the screws so they could be hidden with spackle paint.

The wall isn't going to stay this ugly beige, and the shelves will eventually be painted to match whatever color the wall becomes.  I can't do that part of the project, though, until my two 1950s divans arrive (they're in transit right now) and I reupholster them.  Then, I'll choose paint based off the sofa fabric.  Give me a couple of months.

It's not a fancy project, but man, I'm proud of myself and feeling mighty macho this morning!
65  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to make a shirt out of crocheted doilies? on: October 24, 2006 05:05:55 PM
I've been doing a lot of crocheting  of vintage doilies with bedspread weight thread.  My sister has said many times that she'd like a shirt made out of them, so I'd like to try to surprise her with one for Christmas. 

I'm at a loss for how to turn these round things into a shirt without cutting them up (which pretty clearly won't work), and I can't seem to find any patterns. 

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks a gazillion
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