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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My room + craftspace [V 2.0] REALLY VERY EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY on: July 16, 2008 04:32:16 AM
Wow, super-great room! I love the color of your walls and that you get a lot of sunlight. Very nice balance between living and crafting Smiley

i have a question thought was ia magnetic paint

Well, the paint is not actually magnetic. There are tiny iron particles mixed into the paint, which doesn't have a very exciting color by itself. You paint your wall with a few coats of this iron-particle-paint and when that's dry you put your desired color over it to make it blend in with the rest of the room (or stand out or whatever). I've seen the 'magnetic paint' topped with chalkboard-paint, which is also a super idea (if you happen to like black walls you can write on *and* stick magnets onto).

The good thing about this 'magnetic paint' not being magnetic is that you can put computers/harddrives and stuff right next to it and it won't hurt them. The bad thing is of course that you can't just stick any old pieces of metal on there, but only magnets. Like a giant fridge door Smiley
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: toothpick and string god's eye mobile (image heavy!) on: July 07, 2008 10:46:55 AM
Incredible, looks really cool and dreamy sort of.

Are those hard to make?
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hawaiian Shirt Day into cute summer pants! on: July 05, 2008 12:19:44 PM
Fleamarket-time is glorious time, I tell you. I found this huge "Casual Friday" thing that was given me for almost nothing. Since I shrunk one of the kid's pants in the wash today  Roll Eyes , he had to have another one.

The project went from an L-sized Hawaiian shirt:

to very easy (thanks again Petchy for the wonderful ten-minute-pants-tutorial!), very nice summer pants for my little boy:

The buttons still open!  Grin I love the thing, it's cotton and very cool on the skin. Perfect for summer. I know it's a bit wonky in places, but I'm still a sewing beginner...
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Aviator Hat and Goggles (loads of pictures) on: June 28, 2008 10:33:06 PM
I love how you adapted the tutorial you used - your aviator cap looks like a crossbreed between a flapper hat from the roaring twenties and an actual pilot's cap from that era, which is absolutely awesome!  Grin

Keep up the good work.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / the 10-minute-pants for boys (first garment sewing project) on: June 28, 2008 12:36:49 PM
I used the fabulous tutorial I found on this board by Petchy: http://madebypetchy.blogspot.com/2008/06/tutorial-10-minute-trousers.html and made my son some easy drawstring pants. Please bear in mind that this is my very first attempt at garment sewing. I like the bias tape on the pant legs, it moves the eye away from the crooked seams *g*

I block printed the cotton fabric before I used it for the pants. I'll leave the alignment of the pattern to more experienced sewing people Smiley


The lighting is rather horrible, I'll probably replace the pic with a better one once it's light again. The fabric color is grey, actually.

If you have suggestions for improvements, I'm always happy to listen Smiley

edit: action shot! Smiley

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: pudding lamp on: May 15, 2008 05:14:47 AM
Thanks for the nice comments  Grin Originally I wanted to string some beads underneath the last row of containers to give it a more kitschy look, but my boyfriend vetoed this idea - too girly. But it really does give a nice light, especially since the inside of the things is white.

Here's a picture of it lit up:

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pudding lamp on: May 15, 2008 04:01:14 AM
I saw this idea somewhere online and thought "I can do this!". It's made out of the little plastic containers of a fruit yoghurt brand named "Fruchtzwerge" (the Germans on here will know...). The eating was the hardest part, the stuff is sickly sweet and especially the banana-flavored kind is making me ill. But I made my way through all 70 pieces (!).

After that it was a piece of cake (or yoghurt, in this case Smiley). I just stringed the containers together with little metal rings, put them on a lampshade ring and ... done! (The plastic won't melt because we're using it with a low-heat, energy-saving bulb and the radius of the thing is wide enough)

On to the pictures:

The whole thing:

Close-Up of the little containers:

Hope you enjoy!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: upside down milk jug tomato planter on: May 05, 2008 02:01:11 AM
Will you have to prune and cut back the leaves and stems in order for the plant to continue growing downwards? Or will you allow them to grow up? Keep us posted about the project, I'd like to hear how this continues Smiley
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: handcarved eraser stamps on: March 16, 2008 11:38:24 AM
If you use lino-tools instead of an x-acto knife you'll have much better control of curves - I find the carving with the lino tools very comfortable, there's a tip for chopping off wide slices and a tip for doing very small ridges. And they're really affordable (I paid about five euros for mine).

Love your stamps, though; the ballet dancer is really great!
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / rubber stamps on clothing - looks terrible! on: March 10, 2008 05:37:06 AM
I've recently started making my own rubber stamps. When stamped on paper, they look fine. When I try stamping them on fabric, they look horrible: the ink is irregular and the areas not belonging to the stamp (the 'negative areas' so to speak) are getting stamped, too. Sad I use pasty fabric paint and a paintbrush to apply the paint to the stamp.

Should I carve the not-to-be-stamped areas even deeper? The lino tools I use to carve make ridges that don't appear on paper, but on fabric Sad What can I do to make the paint on the stamp more regular?
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