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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Wandering Coffee Table on: August 28, 2010 08:21:44 AM
Also, the top doesn't quite go but it's a lovely pre 1950's map of my home county that I didn't want to cut up, and thought it was a nice centre piece.

Oh, no, indeed! On the contrary, it goes quite nicely, that beautiful bit of lovely green against the soft blue of the other maps. Just like an inset of different coloured wood on a traditional table. The colour choices, whether accidentally or by design, are perfect.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I am a Dork. My Mirror of Erised. (lotsa pictures) on: August 28, 2010 05:37:42 AM
Thanks, everybody! I love hearing about what everyone sees in the mirror. Smiley I particularly love the idea of seeing alpacas in it. They are SO CUTE!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 70s Goodwill Find to Wonderland Beauty on: August 27, 2010 12:02:36 AM
You can always display a candle in the sconce, without ever lighting it. If you don't like the never been lit wick look (some consider it to be bad luck even... who knew?) you can always light a taper away from the sconce and then put it in.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reupholstered Chair (my first upholstery project) on: August 26, 2010 11:58:08 PM
Damn, that's a good chair! I love it! As soon as I saw the thumbnail I thought, "That's IKEA fabric." Smiley I was just looking at the pattern the other day. Makes the chair look like a modern art piece. Kudos!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I am a Dork. My Mirror of Erised. (lotsa pictures) on: August 26, 2010 11:37:11 PM
Yep. I am a giant geek lord. Lesser geeks bow before me. I am posting here, because my base was an IKEA mirror that is so plain it isn't really "reconstructing" anything. I knew I was going to do something with my RAM mirror, just wasn't sure what. As I lay staring at it one night, it hit me...the ultimate dork bedroom status piece: my own Mirror of Erised, from the first Harry Potter book/movie.

The design was not the same as the original in the book or film. Call this MoE Lite if you will. This was the cheap knockoff you can buy at the discount store.

I started with an IKEA mirror:

Then I grabbed a random board and placed my large cardboard letters (scrapbooking and paper craft embellishment). The second "E" is actually an F with a tacked on L leg. Glued them on:

Then I mixed up some plaster of paris and built it up around the letters with a paintbrush, giving it a bit of a bevelled edge:

Added some corner moulding to the bottom corners:

For a little textural interest, I placed some washers along the frame of the mirror. The whole thing was then painted a base coat of non-metallic bronze, covered in a drybrushing of two shades of metallic gold. Here are the washers:

I painted the topper plaque the same way, and put both drybrushed black and a stronger amount of the light yellow gold to make the letters stand out more:

The finished topper, which also features a scrollwood piece, braced from behind with an old rubber stamp block:

And the finished mirror. Woohoo! Yay me!:

When I look in it, I see myself in a vat of nacho cheese. My heart's desires are simple.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: December 30, 2009 12:22:38 PM
I know I am just saying what I ton of other people have said, but I had to add my voice to theirs. I have a hugely ambitious idea for a wedding dress involving patchwork (though more random, and crazy quilt-y than your beautifully meticulous rows) and a gypsy type skirt (though pulled up into gathers, but still requiring the initial length and fullness) I have been searching all over and couldn't find anything that incorporated both concepts until I saw yours. I literally caught my breath and simply devoured the pictures with my eyes; it's not quite the same concept, but LOOK! Here! This is what I am going for! Hooray! Someone did this and maybe I can too! God, how beautiful and breathtaking the work is. Then I saw that people had ridiculed it. Again, I had a visceral reaction. I kid you not, I felt punched in the tummy for you. My hands clenched. Not to threaten physical violence against your loved ones, but god help me, I wanted to smack someone. I can't believe when faced with five months of such astonishingly lovely work, someone would DARE react that way. Even if the style wasn't their cup of tea, respect the work. I hope that even though you still felt stung, that at least the validation of your fellow crafter's helps a bit. You deserve to be proud of this project.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: *UPDATE!!!! Did more stuff;More pics*Dirty, nasty Lampshade to bordello chic! on: December 06, 2009 09:02:01 AM
How cool! Now I want to make one! I must say, though, that the fringe on the bottom really finishes off the whole design.

I just found the fringe by chance in my stuff and when I put it on, I thought the same thing. It looked cute before, it looks polished now.

This is the easiest re-do ever. Anyone who hasn't tried making a new lampshade because they aren't so much with creating a new cover out of a pattern from the old (like me!) will find this a really easy project to do. It's almost impossible to screw up.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dirty, nasty Lampshade to bordello chic! on: November 12, 2009 08:11:38 PM
Bordella Chic is beautiful.  Love your shade.  But have to tell that I laughed so hard that almost choked on the cookie I was snarfing down when I read your comment in response to "any pics with it on".

I laughed at least that hard when I realised how very very stupid I was. Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: New scarf as part of a series on: October 26, 2009 06:36:30 PM
Thank you! The colours were very autumn, although the primary goal was to be reminiscent of tobacco leaves being processed-which is oddly beautiful, and a friend also told me how much she loved the retro 70s look of it! So I completely accidentally scored on three counts! LOL
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Lacing on French beaded flowers on: October 25, 2009 11:05:38 PM
I have just started this craft (grr, like I needed another one) and have had pretty good results with my first project, a full blooming rose. My question has to do with "lacing". I have seen this mentioned online when I search for techniques to make my flower less "wobbly", but no one actually explains what it is. Can someone help?Huh
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