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1  Re: Color help? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by tabbathehutt on: December 03, 2008 01:38:54 PM
Okay guys, after your suggestions I fiddled around in Photoshop. I can't paint my walls like the pictures but this seemed like a quick & easy way to see how the colors would work in the room. Any opinions?


Light Green

Dark Green



Dark Blue (Might look too much like primary colors)

(This is the blue I originally wanted to use)
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2  Color help? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by tabbathehutt on: December 03, 2008 11:14:12 AM
Hey guys! I'm looking for some help with the colors of my apartment. I LOVE bright, vibrant colors, but I live in an apartment so I can't really paint the walls here. I feel like I've done an okay job incorporating color so far, but it's a little monochromatic for me. So I recently decided that in addition to all of the red in my living room I'd start introducing some teal artwork. I started painting some foam panels to get up on my walls when suddenly my mother went and repainted her whole living room red and teal. Weird, right? So now I feel like the fun of my red/teal room is sort of spoiled and I'm looking for a fun alternative to accent all of my red.

Here's my living room as it is right now (Sorry, I was lazy with the blinds this morning- only two are open):

And when I decide on a new color I have this cool vaulted ceiling at the other end of the living room for some nice big artwork (Please ignore the clutter):

SO- who has some fun color suggestions for me?! Smiley
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3  Entertainment Center in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by tabbathehutt on: April 12, 2008 02:37:27 PM
Hi Guys!
So I nearly posted this in "Reconstructed" because I didn't build the thing, but it was built brand new for me, so I put it in here.
I am very fortunate to have a step-father who likes to build things and who recently offered to build me a new entertainment center. Since I'm still using the $20 tv stand I bought when I moved to college 8 years ago (wow, I feel old), I was super excited to accept his offer. The furniture in my house is a dark espresso color (almost black) and since he built the center with maple, all of his stain soaked in to the wood and it looked AWFUL. SO my wonderful brother & brother-in-law offered to sand it down for me so I could restain it with a gel stain.
Here are some before & during sanding shots:

During (the one standing is my bro, the other is his wife's bro):

And a nice plumber shot:

You can see the other half waiting to be worked on in the background:

It took them an entire afternoon to finish sanding everything, then my sister-in-law & I re-stained and varnished the thing. SO this ended up being a big family effort, but I think it is lovely now. There are a few finishing touches left to do, but here are a few action shots right now. I think Star Wars: A New Hope is a fitting way to break in the new EC, don't you?

It looks almost black in these photos, but in person it matches my other espresso furniture perfectly. I hope you guys like it as much as I do! Smiley
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4  Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tabbathehutt on: July 05, 2007 05:14:07 PM
HAHA! Smiley okay okay okay. I found the camera. I was terribly worried that I had a "my mother moment" and stuffed it in to that box with everything else. Smiley Fortunately, it remains in Iowa! Smiley

SO- here's my haul!

This is everything. There are BUMPER STICKERS and a cool Kaylee sign and a completely awesome Fruity Oaty Bar squid and my favorite- Kaylee's Interengine Fermentation Recipes: Warning: Do Not Attempt Fermenting Near a Capissen 38 Engine as it Will Cause the Ship to Fall Right Out Of the Sky! Seriously. BYA's the coolest. Smiley

Here's a better view of the stickers. I think "My other car was destroyed by reavers" is my favorite. Smiley

Here's the Kaylee sign. It says "to hell with this. I'm going to live" HAHA!

I had fun photographic the squid. I think he wants to come live on my desk at work:

And here is the title of the book.

I wanted to take more pictures of it, but the shine on the pages made it REALLY hard to get a good pictures. Anyway, I can't wait to go try it out! There are pictures from firefly, GREAT recipes, and blank pages for me to add some of my own! It's on really nice paper too. The page with Badger's Cockney Cream even has a bottle of bailey's that reads "Badger's Cockney Cream"!! It's AWESOME!!! I wanted to post right away so I haven't looked through the whole book yet, but HOW FUN!!

This was a really fun swap. Thank you so much BYA! And thanks for organizing Sharre! Smiley
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5  Re: Doctor Who Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tabbathehutt on: March 14, 2007 07:32:33 PM
OHMYGOODNESS, my package from Shazrasha arrived today and it is WONDERFUL!!!!!

Here is a picture of everything before I really opened it all. It's a Tardis-shaped fall open box, an audio book read by David Tennant (yippee!), and a wrapped craft, containing my very own psychic paper!

This wrapping job was so fun I almost didn't want to open it -almost. Smiley

Here is the inside of the Tardis fall open box, along with my psychic paper.

I don't even remember mentioning my love of firefly, but I think that this is an iron-on transfer with the firefly logo! How awesome is that?

And finally, I feel kinda bad, but I'm not sure what this is. My guess is a book mark? It's SUPER cool either way and I think I might put it on my wall. I LOVE the shot that she used for Christopher Eccleston.

Thank you Shazrasha! I LOVE it!!! The Tardis seriously had to have taken FOREVER! The detail work is ridiculously awesome! And the central console can be removed (it's attached with velcro) so I think I can use it for a pin cushion if I so choose. What a fun thing to come home to today!!
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6  Re: Geisha Swap Round Two in The Swap Gallery by tabbathehutt on: January 29, 2007 02:32:23 PM
I got my package from cravingkiwi today! It's FANTASTIC! Here's everything she sent.

I think that my VERY favorite thing was the reversible obi-inspired belt. I wore it pretty high in the pictures, but when I have the right outfit on I'll probably wear it a lot lower like a real belt.

She also made these FANTASTIC kimono ornaments/wall hangings... Here's a close-up of one of them:

She also sent these three awesome hand-embroidered lavender sachets for my drawers. I think one might go in my car though so that it can smell all pretty.

She also made a pillow out of the greatest fabric in the world!

Then she sent this adorable little fan that I think might be a donation from her mom's collection of Japanese things- Is that right craving kiwi? Anyway, it's so cute and tiny, here's a picture

She also sent a 5 yen necklace for good luck and a great bookmark with a geisha on it. You can see both of those things in the larger photo but for the life of me I can't get my camera to take a crisp enough photo of those two items. It hasn't been working properly ever since I took it to Disneyworld. Anyway I'm wearing the necklace right now and I think it's fantastic! Thank you cravingkiwi!
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7  Re: How did it go? in Winter Holidays by tabbathehutt on: December 27, 2006 08:45:25 AM
This was the first year I made gifts for my family, but every gift I gave was homemade. I was SUPER nervous about the giving and really wasn't sure how receptive my relatives would be. Fortunately, they all SEEMED to really like them, so that was exciting. In fact, halfway through gift opening my big brother said "I LIKE homemade Christmas!" - he had gotten a pencil holder made out of the old 3.5" floppy disks. My 11 year old sister saw it and actually asked "what are THOSE? Is there a CD inside those things?" I'm only 25, but boy did that make me feel old. Smiley

I had made homemade coasters, magnets, soaps, fudge, record bowls, and the pen holders, and everyone seemed really excited about them. My 4 siblings passed around their tins of magnets and oohed and aahed over them all, but almost everyone seemed to think theirs were the best of the lot. So that was really neat. Oh, I also made framed 8x10" drawings of my sisters as Hogwarts students. I thought I did a really good job capturing their likenesses in the drawing and they both liked the pictures, but they thought the picture was of Hermione and Ginny. I pointed out that their names are on the picture and then they got it, but I don't know how successful that gift was. At least Ali said "cool, you gave me a wrist cuff!" Anyway, here's the picture (the image is a lot sharper in the version I had printed for them):

We're doing our third and final Christmas gift exchange tonight. I have homemade cloth napkins, etched beer mugs, more magnets and coasters, and infused vodka to pass out tonight. So I hope everyone is as receptive to "homemade Christmas" as they were before.
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8  Re: Let's Share Our Christmas Gift Ideas! in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by tabbathehutt on: December 06, 2006 07:58:04 AM
Okay, so Gerrijo mentioned some interest in the record bowls, and I just did a ton of them this morning so I'm going to share what I learned.

I started with a guide I found here: http://www.readymademag.com/feature_1_newspin.php but I tweaked it a little bit and I'll explain why.

What we noticed with that recipe is that the ridges melted off the records and the sides ended up totally smooth. We figured that was either due to the heat or the oil. So to preserve the ridges we greased the cookie sheet ever so slightly, not the record itself. Then I turned the heat down to 300 degrees. That produced a cute ripple effect along the edges of the reocrd as you can see here:

(we're thinking about turning this one into a picture frame)
But at that heat the records didn't mold very well, so I ended up leaving the records in for an extra 15 seconds (that's 1 minute 45 seconds total) and it was PERFECT! Also, instead of doing all of the molding freehand, I used a bowl and molded the record upside down as you can see here:

It took quite a bit of guess work to find the bowl that suited my purposes. It's also REALLY easy to overwork the records and get wobbly sides. I found that just pinching the ripples into it once or twice did the trick. I'm also a big fan of the six-ripple effect. I tried a bunch with four and five, but there's something about the bowls with six ripples. They just look perfect to me.

And finally, if you're wondering what would happen if you left a record in the oven for WAY too long....

I wore old leather gloves because I'm a major wimp about hot things, and they worked like a charm. Here are some of my bowls drying...

A lot of them aren't keepers, but I learned a lot and I think my mom wants one of the junky ones to remember how much fun we had today. (I even started a fire once!) Plus records are ridiculously cheap at Goodwill, so I'm going to get a few more and try again.
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