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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reusable, double-sided fleece swiffer sweeper pads on: February 16, 2009 02:10:12 PM
Leftover scraps of fleece + unemployment + greenmindedness = 15 reusable and double sided swiffer sweeper pads!

I had some leftover fleece from making kennel blankets for the animal shelter I volunteer at (I've gotta keep myself busy in between sending out millions of resumes and my unpaid internship), and I have limited funds (ahem, still being supported by my parents, lots of savings bonds for my student loan payments, and random ebay sellings. I've got a Bachelors degree, a publication in a medical journal, and a few years of research experiance at one of the best hospitals in the country. Grr. Anyway.)

Fleece always attracts dust and pet hair, and since my cat sheds like it's his job, and my NYC pre-war apt is majorly dusty, it's perfect. Making them was really simple. I just cut rectangles of fleece the size of the swiffer, sewed 1 inch straps on both sides, repeat 15 times, and save money and waste!

Nothing too fancy, but very functional!

Note the Quality Control Cat in the background on the right. He's kind of afraid of the Swiffer.

I can turn them inside out and use both sides. When I'm done with one, I put them in a plastic bag in my linen closet, and when they're all dirty, I wash them all together in the washing machine (with cold water and Seventh Generation non-oil based detergent of course. Smiley )

Works wonderfully!

My spiffed-up Swiffer.

This is a really easy project! A great way to use felt scraps, and you can probably make these out of old ratty fleece scarves, jackets, or pants. Yay for reducing, reusing and recycling! Grin

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cozy baby blanket and booties on: February 16, 2009 01:49:18 PM
I made these for a friend who is expecting. I simply can't follow patterns very well, so I did a simple granny square. It came out really nice. I made up the pattern for the booties myself. The yarn is so nice and cozy!

The quality control team (AKA my kitty Cosmo) inspecting the blanket.

Seal of approval was given by Quality Control Cat.

See how cozy it looks?

The booties, they look a little wonky, but they're just soft and hard to keep in shape.

What do you all think? Grin
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hope bracelet to cheer someone up on: February 03, 2009 05:25:19 PM
I made this bracelet for a friend of my mom's who was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Purple is the color of Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society walk-a-thon that I've been volunteering for for 5 years, and chaired one in NYC last April. It's pretty simple, but I think it'll cheer her up.
Smiley Jaime
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Computer-challenged crafter destroys old laptop that gave her so much grief... on: December 18, 2008 11:22:51 PM

...and comes up with earrings for her computer-genious best friend!
I unscrewed, pried, and tore up my beyond-repair laptop from college, took a  moment to appreciate the amazingly confusing intricacy of the hardware, and proceded to hack it up into bits appropriate for jewelry. I used jewelry pliers to cut some hardware...stuff... into squares, only it was really tough to break apart, so I had to sand the sides to make them even and smooth. Then a quick coat of resin, some simply earring work, and viola! Awesome Christmas present! I'm so proud. Cheers!  Grin
PS: I took the rest of the computer bits and pieces to my local recycling center for proper disposal.
PS Again: Oh yeah... Happy Holidays!
5  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Where to find old/vintage ephemera in NYC? on: June 30, 2008 08:14:45 PM
Hello NYC crafters,
I'm looking for a store where I can find ephemera, such as vintage magazines, books, etc, to use in my visual/altered art. I already go to the Strand and look through their "art paper" section upstairs, but are there any other thrift or book stores anyone can reccomend in New York? Preferably Manhattan, but if there is anything worth mentioning, please let me know.
Thanks so much!
Jaime Grin
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My apartment in New York City! on: May 21, 2007 10:16:21 PM
 I decorated it myself on a small budget and a lot of creativity and bargian hunting!
Here is a before and after picture of my living room.

and after

Note the empty picture frames. Just moved in and didn't get to that yet, hehe. My foyer...

 The "bar" is actually two 12 dollars shelves from Ikea, and the mirrors were 4 for 10 dollars. I sanded and finished the serving cart myself!
(I scrapped the red throw rug, this is when we first moved in and things were still a mess and not finished.)

I love this apt. It's in a gorgeous pre-WWII building.
What do you think?

PS: After lurking for awhile, this is my first post!
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