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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Picket fence flower box on: November 15, 2007 08:35:26 PM
Just to prove to everyone that I do have a kinder, not so twisted side (tell anyone and I'll kill you), I decided to post one of my earlier projects. Most of my posts are not so ......... soft or traditional. Anyway, I made a set of these boxes from scratch for our laundry room (one for the top of each cabinet). Made from scrap wood, time (the pickets took forever), Styrofoam, and fake flowers and moss. I think they turned out pretty good (in a totally masculine, deep voice kind of way) lol. Enjoy

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cigarette Warnings on: November 15, 2007 08:28:59 PM
My wife currently smokes. I used to, but have been clean for over a year now. Yay me. Anyway, I decided to put custom warning labels on my wife's cigarette packs and nicely put them back into the carton. I don't remember where I first saw this idea, but it cracked me up and I just had to do it. She wasn't as amused as I was, but it was worth it. Hopefully the pic shows up close enough to read the warnings. If not, let me know and I will type them out for everyone. Enjoy

Some people have not been able to read the warnings, so I figured I better type them out.

Warning: When being chased by the military, you can use a cigarette to perform a maneuver called "A Panama" to elude capture.  Such as in the movie "Sahara".

Warning: Cigarettes can help you find laser beams

Warning: When having that "Victory Smoke" after killing your spouse with months of planning, don't leave a lipstick stained cigarette at the crime scene. It's a dead giveaway.

Warning: When trying to hide your smoking from Superman, don't turn your back to him. He can see right through you.

Warning: You can use a cigarette attached to a mere can of gasoline to create a time bomb capable of destroying a entire building and all the bad guys.

Warning: Cigarettes can be used as ice breakers at the local bar. "Do you have a light?" is a classic opening line when looking for Mr. Right ......... or Mr. Right Now.

Warning: When being hunted through the woods, you can use a cigarette, wedged in a tree, as a decoy. Luring your predator into your well made trap.

Most of these I got from various movies. Enjoy
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Industrial Coaster on: October 17, 2007 06:07:32 PM
Yes, I said it. ANOTHER coaster. What makes this one so unique? Well, it weighs about 10 - 15 pounds, the material came from work (it was all trash.....I promise. But if you hear the sirens alerting the general public of a meltdown, DON'T LOOK AT ME), and it lights up. Woohoo to me. This is the perfect coaster for the gamer in me. I like it dark when I game, but I want to be able to find my drink easily too. Problems solved. Now, all my drinks glow (different colors depending on the liquid and its' vessel). This thing rocks. Plus, I can always use it as a weapon if I need too. Can you say "Blunt Trauma"?
The metal is part of an old bearing housing off an industrial pump. I glued plexiglass to the top. The diameter of the inside was exactly the right size to install a 3 LED push light from Lowes. I added some padding on the bottom to keep from scratching my desktop, and done.
Enjoy and as usual, check out my other posts.

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tiki Time on: October 12, 2007 03:58:12 PM
After a recent cruise to Nassau, I decided I wanted a small collection of Tiki masks. I bought one in Nassau to start us off, then decided to make some of our own. I ordered to molds, got some plaster of paris, and cleared the dining room table. I brought in the naked masks and a bunch of paint. I figured it would be nice to have the other half join me in my craft madness for a change. I'm not sure how much fun she had, but I had a blast. I think they turned out pretty good. I can't wait to get some more to fill in the gaps. Enjoy

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Freecycle Ottoman Refurb on: August 18, 2007 04:02:36 PM
For those who don't know, I joined up with our local Freecycle group and keep up with many of the items people are giving away (FREE). Well, I came upon a pair of ottomans and figured I could do something with them. Our living room is lacking seating and I thought this would be an easy fix to that. This is my first real furniture refurb, but I think it turned out OK.  I do like the fabric. It looks like it was peeled off a cave wall somewhere, complete with the little finger painted cave art. lol. The material (almost a burlap type) should hold up to our animals fairly well. I painted the bases in a rust / leather style. The ottomans are surprisingly comfy and soft (even springy).  Now, on to my next project. (marks ottomans off never ending list). Enjoy



16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Captain America Mailbox on: August 12, 2007 03:07:29 PM
My latest project is now complete. My beloved in-laws asked me to decorate their new mailbox. They are in the process of moving (across the street from me) and now need a new mailbox. Well, knowing how crafty and talented I am, they brought this BIG new mailbox to me to paint. I did ask what guide lines I had to work with and all they requested was to "make it patriotic". Since both are ex-military, patriotic is the way to go and what could be more patriotic than Captain America. Thanks to some art I found on Deviantart.com and some spare time, I have created a one-of-a-kind mailbox. Besides, knowing how much of a comics fan I am, I had to make something I would enjoy seeing every day, since it will be within eye shot for me. The only shame is that the whole internet world will see this thing before the new owners do. lol I only hope they like it as much as I do. Enjoy

17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Physics of Superheroes on: May 19, 2007 07:24:27 PM
Yeah, I'm not afraid to be the first to post my entry. It was hard to choose a book to base the shirt on, for there are so many. But I love this book. I actually had to make 4 stencils, each with different areas cut out in order to achieve the desired effect. It doesn't look like there is too much detail in it, but if you look closely, there is quite a bit of it. But for the most part, I left some of the detail out on purpose, in an attempt to make it look more generic. Enjoy and keep for fingers crossed. I am already looking forward to the next challenge, whatever it may be.

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spare Parts Coasters on: May 19, 2007 07:12:11 PM
Yeah, I know, just another coaster right? Well, yes, they are, but it was my first attempt at working with clear acrylic and I love the way they turned out as well as the endless possibilities. The parts used were all left over from circuit boards, computers, and one with nails (I'm well rounded). Enjoy

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / USB Flash Drive Mods on: May 19, 2007 07:05:08 PM
I know these are not original ideas, but they are still cool as hell. I carry my flash drive everywhere with me just to show off pics of all my twisted creations. These are no different. USB flash drives can be purchased for next to nothing these days so it doesn't cost much to make one unique. I got these (1 Gig a piece) for about $15 a piece. And the toys were only a few bucks a piece. Together, they make one bad ass flash drive that everyone would love. Enjoy

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / USB Geek on: May 15, 2007 08:01:21 PM
Show the world your inner GEEK. I got this idea from a car ad in Maxim. I drew out a USB port and symbol in MS Paint, printed them out on sticker paper, stuck them to magnet sheets (not the thin stuff but some vehicle sign grade magnet sheets I had ordered for some previous projects), cut them out, then ran the pieces through a laminator and cut those out too. I now have a large (and removeable) USB port on my truck to show my Geekyness. As if the Spiderman attached to my license plate wasn't enough. lol. Enjoy

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