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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Kitty litter cabinet on: December 12, 2010 03:34:33 PM
I actually posted this somewhere else and then realized this is probably a more appropriate place for it.  Sorry!

Anyway, here is the cabinet we built for my cat...

Inspired by various other hacks that I've seen on the internet, my very own kitty litter cabinet.

Here is the before:

And inside:

Now there's just her litter box and scoop inside:

We no longer have all the stuff on top, so I think it looks a little nicer.  Smiley

This cupboard was once part of a set that I had worked on earlier.  I redid the bookshelf and posted about it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274263.msg3100134#msg3100134
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Calvin & Hobbes recipe book on: December 10, 2010 12:11:49 PM
After seeing this Calvin & Hobbes book (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356922.0;all), I wanted to make one for my sister for Christmas.  But, I couldn't bear cutting up any of my Calvin & Hobbes books.  I like digital scrapbooking, so I figured I'd do it that way.  There are remarkably few Calvin & Hobbes pictures online (good quality pictures, anyway), so I ended up taking pictures of the comic strips that I wanted.  Tongue

I did all the work in Photoshop and ordered a photobook with these images.  I haven't got the book yet, I hope it all comes out ok!

She likes to cook, so they are real recipes. 

Anyway, here they are:

Front cover

Inside pictures




It took a lot of time to complete, but I hope she likes it!  Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Photoshop fridge magnets on: November 21, 2010 08:19:27 AM
And made in Photoshop.  Tongue

The whole set:

(click here for bigger version: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y240/rebecca404/craftster/photoshopmagnetscopy-2.jpg )
It has 2 of each, since I also made my younger sister a set last Christmas.

Totally based off of Photojojo's magnets:
They just had some sections that I never use on Photoshop, I have an older version, and were made with a mac, so I wanted some to make my fridge look like how I have Photoshop set up.  Plus they were really easy to make.  Tongue
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Vintage baby shower theme (lots of pics, many from the shower) on: November 21, 2010 07:52:11 AM
My sister had her baby shower quite awhile ago (my niece is now 3 months old!  Cheesy ), but here are some pictures from it.

We put a lot of diy time into it.  I think it turned out more "her" than the shower thrown by her new grandmother-in-law, but I'm a bit biased.  Wink

We went for a vintage baby theme, which worked out well since both my mom and I like to shop at garage sales and second hand stores.  The location we used was perfect as far as general location, room size, attached kitchen, etc. but...it's not real pretty.  I don't have a good "before" pic, but it's a church social room with lots of ugly tables, outdated decor, etc.  

I used inspiration and images from all over the place, but have since switched computers so I'm not 100% sure on the links.  I can try yo look them up if anyone's interested.

To start, here are the invitations that I made with Photoshop and just printed on cardstock:

They have an inside joke regarding pigs, so decided to use that as a starting point for decorating the nursery.  I made the "registered at" cards with Photoshop as well and just printed them much smaller on regular paper to go inside the invites:
For their wedding shower, lots of people who couldn't make it sent packages ahead of time.  Only problem is, they live in VT and the shower was in PA and they had to ship things back to VT.  Same thing for this shower, so we decided to put their address on the card, even if it is a bit tacky.

I also made a "family tree" picture for guests to sign.  I saw these for wedding showers or wedding guest books, but their wedding's over, so why not for a baby shower?  Tongue   (it's my niece's first and middle name).  And with some of the "leaf prints":

I highly encouraged people to practice ahead of time on the spare paper.  Tongue
And despite giving our other sister a hard time about being careful, she still wrote "Ant Ellie" by accident.  Tongue

When you first walked in, there was a small easel (found it at the church! Tongue ) with old family photographs on it:


There was a random toy table with vintage toys on it:

We strung up lots and lots of onesies (mostly found at thrift stores, but we figured they were cute and reusable):

The food table, before food:

We used vintage tableclothes, mostly found in the church's collection of tableclothes.  My mom and I found vintage handkerchiefs (some actually vintage, some reproductions) and used them as "placemats" and decoration.  I had also found a .pdf with old Golden Books images on it, so I printed and cut them out to make "confetti" for the tables.

My mom and younger sister made almost all of the food and drink:

We decided on finger foods and salad since it was a 1:00.

One of the great things about having it at our church was that we had tons of dishes and a huge kitchen at our disposal.  Plus they looked rather vintage.  Wink  We found cute little ice cream cups and gave everyone a chocolate covered strawberry, which also added to the decor quite nicely!  We had the plates out at the tables since it was buffet style food.  The huge kitchen dish washer at the end was nice, too!

Behind the food tables was a terribly ugly sound-silencing curtain.  I couldn't do much about it, so I just hung vintage cards from it:

They're just images found from all over the internet that I printed on copy paper.  I strung them up and hung them as banners throughout the room:

I loved the centerpieces we used.  Totally my mom's idea:

They're just teacups filled with plants.  Some I can tell are from her collection, but she bought the rest secondhand and filled with her own plants.  Smiley

It also worked out well since we used them as the give away gifts at the end.  

In the background, you can sort of make out a baby's face on the projector.  Given that my sister got married in CT, a lot of the PA family and friends couldn't make it.  So we showed a video slideshow with pictures from the wedding.  Since we had the thing hooked up, my younger sister made a slideshow of babies making funny faces.  We just played it on a loop while everyone was arriving.  Smiley  Later we also played a loop of pictures of my sister when she was a baby/growing up.  My mom also found an old recording of an "interview" with her that she'd done when my sister was 13 describing what her future husband, kids, and life would be.  We all had a lot of fun watching that and comparing her current life to what she was imagining!  Cheesy

Here is the gift table, my parents bought her the rocking chair so it looked nice next to the gifts and she was able to use it.  Smiley

They have a similar one that she had always admired.

And lastly, a view of the whole room with some guests:
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring entertainment center to PERFECT wardrobe on: November 20, 2010 07:13:17 PM
At my last apartment, I had a huuuge closet to store my clothes.  Lots and lots of shelves inside.  But when I moved...this apartment's closet was amazingly small and in an inconvenient location.  I had previously been using my dresser to store craft supplies and was a bit annoyed with having to actually use it for clothes again.

So, after shopping around some (mostly on craigslist Tongue ), I decided the best bet would be to make my own (ie, my boyfriend Kenny  would make it and I wold give ideas and paint it).  I knew I mostly wanted shelf space, as I don't like using drawers.  

This is what we ended up with:

Some pictures and history of the work in progress.....

I don't have a true "before" picture, since the stupid thing fell apart as we tried to get it into the apartment.  I would not recommend redoing a piece of furniture that is particle board.  Ick.

Here is a picture I found of it on the web:  It's an entertainment unit by Sauder.

It was extremely heavy.  Really super-duper heavy.  The guy who sold it to me on craigslist had to help us get it into the truck, which was not a good sign.  Before attempting to get it off the truck, we took it apart as much as we thought was possible.  It was still too heavy.   Sad  We took it apart more.  It broke in a bunch of places trying to get it up the stairs and into the apartment.   Angry

The rest of the work took a long time.  The tenants downstairs complained that we were sawing upstairs (this was last winter, so, yes, we did use the chopsaw inside.  Sheesh what a mess).  I was "fired" from painting (the primer and base coat) because I am too messy...both with the application and the potential to get paint on the carpet.  Tongue  Numerous trips back and forth to Home Depot trying to find the right materials.  It took about three months total to complete.

Kenny made doors to cover the shelving inside:  We were originally going to keep the glass door on the far right, but when it was shut it didn't line up with the new doors and just didn't match closely enough.  So we took it off and made a new one ("we" = Kenny Tongue ).  Finding good hinges was a pain, too.  None at Home Depot were able to screw onto such a thin piece of wood.  We also decided to make the shelf that would hold the tv up a bit higher, so we redid that as well.  I changed my mind and decided I wanted a few drawers, so we put some in on the top shelf.  

We gave the whole thing a good coat of primer.

Here's a shot of the inside drawer:

Everything was painted brown:
(Same brown I've used on almost all of my furniture.  Tongue  I originally purchased it for this shelf and have since used it on most of my projects: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274263.msg3100134#msg3100134 )

The back was painted green:

It took me ages to decide how to decorate it.  I changed my mind about a million times, before settling on Kenny's original idea of birch trees:
(sorry for some of the pictures' quality, they were taken with a cell phone camera).

An action shot:

It's unfortunately less sturdy than we would like.  Mostly due to the stupid particle board.  It got all out of whack when we moved it into the bedroom.  One of the doors still doesn't always shut right.  Tongue  The stupid thing is so heavy!  We had a hard time moving it at all.  

And now for some more pictures:


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kitty litter cabinet on: November 20, 2010 06:38:43 PM
Inspired by various other hacks that I've seen on the internet, my very own kitty litter cabinet.

Here is the before:

And inside:

Now there's just her litter box and scoop inside:

We no longer have all the stuff on top, so I think it looks a little nicer.  Smiley

This cupboard was once part of a set that I had worked on earlier.  I redid the bookshelf and posted about it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274263.msg3100134#msg3100134
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / More paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:20:26 PM
Some more ornaments that I made last Christmas.  Smiley


These were made with strips of old sheet music or a destroyed book.  Just cut to different lengths, add ribbon, and staple.  I also made some with thicker paper, but I thought these turned out the best.

I made a ton of cut out snowflakes last year, too, so I used the smallest ones on the tree as well.  I added a glitter sheen paint to make it sturdier and give it some shine:
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:16:50 PM
For these ornaments, I just cut up strips of paper.  I tried photographs, card stock, scrapbook paper, old Christmas cards, etc.

They tended to be tricky to make.  The thinner strips lined up more easily, but were harder to keep in place.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wood and paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:12:17 PM
Here are some more ornaments that I made last Christmas.

They're just the wood shapes from a craft store (I bought these at Michaels) with a hook screwed in to the top.

I just glued paper on, accented with paint, glitter, stickers, ribbon, etc.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Painted glass ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:09:30 PM
Here are some glass ornaments that I made last Christmas.  Smiley

They're just the empty glass balls sold at craft stores (I bought these at Michaels).

(Wooden ornament is in this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365190.0)

My biggest difficulty with these was waiting for the paint to dry!  I was so impatient and would add in new colors/way too much paint too early in the process.  So then I had all this paint that needed to dry.  I ended up having to drain them of the paint and wait for them to dry that way, which is why most of them are rather streaky.  But anyway, on to more pictures!

Using acrylic paints:



For this one I tried using a squeeze tube of watercolor paints:
It worked ok, but there are big globs of paint in some places.

This one is spray paint:

It did dry much faster.  I only currently have the silver spray paint, so I didn't try mixing or adding other colors.

I also tried putting in strips of paper from a destroyed book:

It was much faster to make Wink  but I don't think I like it quite as much/
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