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3751  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recycling Bag for the Storage Challenged Kitchen on: June 22, 2010 09:24:20 AM
What a great idea. Our recycling usually hangs from door handles in plastic bags until it's ready to go into the bin. I hate the way it looks, but it's better than it being on the counter. But this is a nice, cleaver way to hide it. I may just have to give this a try.

Thanks! Isn't funny how in our efforts to keep our planet clean we make our houses messier?  Of course, it's totally worth it.
3752  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wearing your imagination: the cotton vest hand-painted with a Tyrannosaurus chil on: June 21, 2010 08:05:59 AM
Fantastic!  I bet this will be his favorite shirt all summer.  Good thinking, mama!
3753  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recycling Bag for the Storage Challenged Kitchen on: June 20, 2010 05:49:25 PM
What a great idea! I'm gonna make one for our kitchen as well (it's storage challenged as well.)

Thanks! Love to see what you come up with!

This is a great idea. The tub I use for recycling gets so sticky and messy and it is such a pain to clean out. If I had a fabric bag then I could just through it in the washer and that would make my life easier.

Exactly!  I wanted to be sure I could throw it in the washer and dryer.  I'm kind of anal about rinsing the recyclables, but our tub was out the back door and it got lots of rain, leaves, etc.  Blech.
3754  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Traditionally Tailored Jacket on: June 19, 2010 09:38:53 PM
Another kick-@ss project!  I can't believe I missed seeing your post until now.  Grrrrrr.  I'm enthralled by the details and the time and attention to detail, but my brain goes a bit squishy when I think about doing it myself.  I'm so glad that there are people like you in the world who do it!
3755  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recycling Bag for the Storage Challenged Kitchen on: June 19, 2010 09:12:02 PM
This looks so handy! Makes me feel inspired to do the same! You'll have to let us know if it continues to work well Smiley

Cool!  Be sure to share what you make.  So far (it's been in use about 2 weeks) it's very handy.
3756  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Recycling Bag for the Storage Challenged Kitchen on: June 19, 2010 08:55:43 PM
So, I'm shacking up with The ManFlesh and his house was built in 1911.  Needless to say the kitchen is missing some of the storage and counter space that citizens of the twenty-first century are used to.  I'm lucky enough to live in a city where we can recycle most things at the curbside and we don't have to do much sorting, so we need a receptacle for the recyclables and there's not room under the sink or on the floor or counters.  One day I spotted an wee nail in the back of the door that leads to the basement (there are four (4) doors in this kitchen for cryin' out loud) and realized I could hang some kind of bag on it for the recycling.  Whoo!

I'm still on my kick of using what materials I already have instead of buying them and this one worked well for that.  I was given most of a bolt of the hemp fabric I used for the body.

I had a small scrap of this striped fabric given to me by my aunt that I managed to get enough strips cut on the bias to make bias tape that totally matches what's going on in that old kitchen.  The buttons are vintage ones from the 4+ generation button tin.

Here you can see the back and the dry cleaner's wire hanger I built it on.  Of course, I bent it up a bit to make the mouth wide enough to receive a grapefruit juice bottle.

The bottom has grommets and a jute cord (the only thing I bought and it was a 3 yard package for 50 cents) so I can empty it into the recycling bin using the power of gravity.

See how it fits nicely even when the door is open, which is always is because it give the pets access to the pet door.

I'm not sure it's big enough, but so far it seems that I can fit just about 1 week's worth of recycling in there so maybe it'll be fine.
3757  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Helped by craftsters and giving it back: Floss bleeding. on: June 10, 2010 02:17:20 PM
I'm glad it was helpful. 
3758  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: new western shirt! on: May 27, 2010 05:07:04 PM
Such gorgeous work!  I knew it was yours just by the thumbnail.
3759  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Tinted lady with beads on: May 26, 2010 05:18:55 PM
This is lovely.  The tinting looks great, as well as your stitches!

When I tint, I use the iron in between layers of the crayon to set it into the fabric. Plus this helps the area to feel like regular fabric, not any waxy stuff.  I just put a white sheet of paper on top of it when I iron and it absorbs an extra crayon.  Try tinting, MistressT, you'll love it!!

This technique could revolutionize my vandalization of Beatrix Potter toile!
3760  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Tinted lady with beads on: May 26, 2010 08:09:30 AM
Thanks everybody!
Mistress T.-it is so easy! You just color in your pattern, lightly, with crayons. Don't press down too hard, you can always go back and darken it, then you stitch around the color. Easy Peasy! Crayon tinting our hair-I'm up for it!  Wink Cheesy

Really?  That's it?  Is it washable?  Would my hair get a waxy build-up?
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