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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: strongbad!!! on: December 01, 2004 10:17:25 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now I know what to make for my two unbelievably-hard-to-shop-for, Strongbad-lovin' guy friends! You rock!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with "tim burton" bathroom on: December 01, 2004 09:55:37 PM
Don't forget to use black and white stripes. Tim Burton has something bw striped in everything he does. Perhaps the shower curtain or curtains for a window (if your bathroom has one). Also, if you have time and lots of skill, you could make towel racks, hangers, and drawer or cabinet pulls that look kinda like the medical implements Ichabod made for himself in "Sleepy Hollow". It could also be cool to use that same idea as inspiration for a mobile or light fixture (I have a thing for hanging mobiles over the tub). If you have a standing sink, you could make a sink skirt like Sally's clothes, with different fabrics and handstitched with twine or thick yarn. For wall art, make color copies of Tim Burton's illustrations and find suitable frames to match. I could really go wild with this...
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Click Lights Wall Art on: November 17, 2004 10:05:06 PM
Cool project, and I love your flamenco dancer print next to it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:flamenco skirt on: May 02, 2004 10:29:11 AM
BTW, just a tip for getting through hemming those ruffles. The first skirt I made nearly kicked my butt with the ruffle because I hemmed it and it took me altogether about 7 hours. Then I got smart and bought a mini serger. Now I serge the edge of the ruffle. It saves A LOT of time.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:flamenco skirt on: May 02, 2004 10:26:11 AM
Very nice. I make my own flamenco skirts, too. I really like the inner ruffle peeking out a little. Good job.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: PORN on: March 07, 2004 10:55:41 PM
The guy who wrote that book, PAD, about swanking up your living space, covered a lampshade with porno pics and faux fur. It's fabulous! I like the idea of decoupaging the inside of drawers with the pics, too.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:What to do w/old keys on: March 07, 2004 10:52:41 PM
One of my friends made a windchime out of all her old keys. It came out looking really cool.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re:Room Before and Afters on: November 20, 2003 06:22:32 PM
I've used the Wal-Mart brand of paint before, in my first college apartment. We lived there three years and the paint never looked bad. I think it does just as well as the more expensive brand name paints. The only difference is if you're using a bright or dark color (we used a blood red) in that you have to paint three or four coats on to get it nice and opaque. However, this was a crappy college kid apartment with about six or seven layers of paint already on the wall.

Great kitchen and bathroom makeovers, btw!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:mardi gras beads on: November 19, 2003 11:17:00 AM
I've made a bead curtain using silver globe/skull mardi gras beads. You cut the strands in half (I cut them in different places so the skulls would hang at different levels to each other) so you can get a good length. I then basted each strand onto a length of purple ribbon, then finished with another bit of ribbon so the top was edged off nicely. The only bad thing about this project was that the bead curtain turned out to be REALLY heavy, and I had to use A LOT of tacks to keep it in the doorway.

Also, if the beads you have are the transparent cheapy plastic ones, you can melt them on a non-stick cookie sheet in the oven into interesting shapes (of course, you can't ever use that cookie sheet for baking again). Once the piece is cooled, use a dremel tool or heavy duty tack to punch a hole in it and voila! you have a cool hangie thingie. I've got several of these hanging in my windows, and they always get lots of comments. Everybody who comes in the house likes them.

If you have the metallic beads, they will age and fade nicely if you hang them up outside for a week or so. Just an idea.
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