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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: New bathroom! on: August 25, 2009 01:26:00 PM
i love your new bathroom!  i especially love the shower curtain!

i love the tile on the door, and i recently adhered mirror to a table top (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313708.msg3608256#msg3608256).  i believe i used this adhesive: http://www.stickwithpl.com/Products.aspx?ID=fef65cc9-47bf-4802-aaa9-a343f2ef9458 and it is GOOD stuff!  i only put a tiny bit on each piece of glass and once it set up (~1/2 hour), i had to saw the pieces off if i wanted to rearrange them.  when i went to the hardware store, i told them i needed adhesive that would never come off, and he showed me the heavy-duty construction adhesive, and it was perfect.  i definitely think this adhesive will work for you too, so don't give up!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Mirror Mosaic Coffee Table on: August 14, 2009 06:37:18 PM
How long did it take to do the mosaic?

My best guess is that it was at least ~30 hours just sitting finding pieces and gluing them on.  I'm not entirely sure, but it took forever and ever and ever--it felt like it would never end, especially when I got to the smaller end and I'd work for an hour and only cover a couple square inches!
23  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Rainbow cupcakes (slightly pic chunky) on: August 09, 2009 08:18:40 PM
This is a great idea!  and they turned out well, even if the purple is a little off.

does adding so much color gel alter the flavor of the cake at all?
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: One womans trash -long post- on: July 29, 2009 11:24:04 PM
i would be equally torn in your situation.

but, as an opinionated outsider, i think you should spruce it up with some fresh stitches.  thinking of this as if my grandmother made it, she would prefer it get used and enjoyed as much as possible.  and that just can't happen if you're worried the stitches are unraveling.  so.  i propose restitching the worn-out parts, but making sure that the threads you use are colorfast and won't bleed into this beautiful blanket.  therefore, the blanket can continue being used as intended, and you can keep the original stitches that haven't crumbled through the years.  then, i would handwash it with some really gentle detergent, like woolite, or one of those specialty solutions--i'd ask someone that knows antiques.

i guess i'll have to note:  this blanket looks very similar to one my great aunt made for me--minus the embroidery, hers was printed and hand quilted around the pattern, then tied with the yarn--so i may be really, really biased.  i can't fathom giving my blanket to goodwill!
25  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: 12 beer glasses with glass etching of animal skeletons on: July 29, 2009 11:19:12 AM
i freaking love these!  amazing work!
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Mirror Mosaic Coffee Table on: July 20, 2009 07:41:32 PM
Thank you all so much for your great comments!  And i'm glad a lot of people like the big to small!

that looks like so much work, but the end result is great.
reminds me of like, art nouveau for some reason Cheesy

Art nouveau--that is so cool!  When I look at it now, I kind of see it!  It somehow makes me like it even more?!

I have always wanted to do a mosaic mirror project, but never wanted to take the time to do it.

DO IT!  It is soooo pretty, even in my little picture frames, which would be a much easier (read: much less time consuming) project.  PM me if you have any questions along the way!

That's amazing! It would keep my attention for so long... I'd feel like Narcissus.

They're all so small you can't really use them for looking at yourself.  BUT they do cast really cool glowy spots on the wall/ceiling in the light, and I find myself staring at the soft glow all the time.

(Oh, and I love the third pic with the cat butt sticking out!  Cheesy Cheesy
And I love the cat butt pic lol.

Toph has a happee that you think his little cat butt is cute!

This is amazing! It looks like something anthropologie would carry.

I have never been to Anthropologie (even we just got the first one in Madison), so I checked out their website--wow their stuff is really cool!  That is a huge compliment!  And HOLY MOLY is that stuff expensive!

You break a mirror, you get 7 years bad luck.  You repurpose a mirror, you get a lifetime of good karma?

Here's hoping!  Smiley

Thanks again for all your comments!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mirror Mosaic Coffee Table on: July 19, 2009 11:10:11 AM
     This starts back almost 2 years ago.  Living with my boyfriend, he had to put up with my in-progress craft projects all over the coffee table in the living room.  I moved in with my mom for a year because we couldn't find a place we could afford that would allow a cat, but now he bought a house so we can have cats, and I moved in.  To prevent the same issue, a coffee table with drawers was in order!  I'm still a student, so it would have to be CHEAP!  Around my birthday last fall, someone got me some picture frames I LOVE, which are black with cracked mirror and black grout, and one day in the 'free section' of craigslist i stumbled upon a mirror with a crack, and I decided it would be great for said table and picked it up!  After a few more months of careful scouring, there was a listing for just the coffee table I was looking for.....for $40.  It looked terrible in their pictures, so I offered them $10, and they accepted!

     Unfortunately, I started documenting the process too late to get a real feel for how awful it really looked, but suffice it to say, it probably would have ended up in the free bin if I hadn't put in my offer!  The piece of wood that held the drawer fronts was cracked all the way across, and there were deep scratches all over it!  There had been a shelf underneath at some point, but for me there were holes and gouges on the legs showing where it had been.  It's not really a negative, but it was a very 'country' table in color and had single thick wooden knobs on each drawer--not my taste at all.  The pluses were that the drawers worked well, it was sturdy, and it's also really spacious, with a giant top.

     So, I dismantled the entire thing, sanded it, glued, clamped, and screwed the cracked frame, wood puttied all the dents, sanded more, sanded again, then primed it twice.  I didn't resand or prime the top, and instead used 100grit (so the glue and grout would have the best chance of sticking).  I broke the mirror (which was huge) under pieces of blanket, sorted the pieces by size, and then I used an all-purpose construction adhesive to meticulously apply all the pieces to get a semi-uniform gap around the pieces.  It sounds so easy, but consisted of finding the next piece that would fit, applying adhesive to that individual piece, and sticking it down--around 30 hours just to get the mirror on the table!

On to the photos!

Here's a close-up of the finished mosaic...I have no idea why there is a big white rectangle attached to it, but my mspaint skillz are sub par, so it stays!

About halfway finished.

All the pieces glued down without grout.  It goes from big to small intentionally.  Some people love it, some people think it was a mistake--but it was entirely premeditated!  In retrospect, I wish I had done it random, but I think it looks great anyway!

I carried it out on the front lawn (amazingly light) for the grouting.  And after it solidified, it started to rain so I brought it back in to clean off the haze.

Toph loves!  The color inside the coffee table was the color the entire thing had been.

Finally finished.  I painted it a dark brown that is very similar to my Expedit black/brown bookcase (in the top left corner) but you can't see the true color because of the flash  Undecided.  I hated the knobs it had, so I found new, more modern ones.  I put on another coat of poly after this, because I bumped it bringing it back inside, and haven't taken updated pictures since!  It's on plastic bags while the poly finishes hardening, to avoid it sticking to my mom's fancy rug!

Now that the boy and I are living together again, I have to say, the table is still covered with craft stuff!  My drawer theory was an epic fail, but it looks pretty good once I clean it off!  I was worried about sharp edges, but the grout comes up just enough that you can rub the table without getting cut.  In the future (when I've got money!)  I'll end up applying epoxy over top, but not any time soon!  If anyone is inspired by this, it is a NO KIDS project, and the epoxy is going to have to be required.  And the mosaic mirror works on all applications--I'd post the picture frames, which are not nearly as gaudy as a huge table, but I'm sure it would be some sort of legal infringement...

Also, if you've got a Wii, you have to cover the table up or move it while you play!  Something about the mirror interferes with it!

I hope you all like it!  Tell me what you think!  
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / tie-dye wristlet w/pleats on: July 14, 2009 11:11:29 PM
this is my first wristlet, and my first project with pleats.  i got the fabric a few years ago with the intent to make a memory board (which is still only 75% complete), but i love it and wanted something i could take out of the house with me.

it was pretty easy, but very time consuming, making all the parallel folds.  i used a zipper that was too short, so i ended up hand sewing the entire border on by hand, which i think adds some character (but really it was because i was too lazy/poor to drive all the way to the store to get a longer one).  i sewed the pleats down on the bottom, so they wouldn't unfold with use.  i went a little overboard to make it durable--both the exterior and the lining have french seams.

i've been using it for about 2 weeks, and i really love the freedom from carrying around a big purse.

without further ado....
the bag, outside:

from the side:

and the inside, with my favorite lip moisturizer as a size comparison (same size as a chap stick):

let me know what you think!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Seuss nursery *img heavy* on: July 14, 2009 09:57:40 PM
i think that given my avatar, you can tell that i LOVE LOVE LOVE this room!   sooooooooo awesome!
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: I read too many mysteries =D on: June 30, 2009 02:52:41 PM
this is the coolest thing i have ever seen!  this rocks!
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