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1  Bicycle basket liner in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by puppybreath on: January 12, 2014 08:06:14 PM
My mom got me this cool wicker basket for my bike for Christmas. It had a lot of pokey pieces inside so I made a liner.

The yellow ribbon goes all the way through and cinched it up and by taking it to the inside of the liner, the back lays flatter. This also let me try out the buttonhole feature on my sewing machine. I should have done some practice ones first, but I'm impatient and they came out ok.

It needs a little pizzaz. Here's my first two options.

Flowers are a bit to femme for this bike, and me, so I tried this:

But I'm not crazy about it either... Too cold to ride my bike right now anyway!
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2  Lavender chicken coop in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: April 20, 2013 10:34:33 PM

Spent the last month working on this chicken coop. We built most of it in my grandpa's garage. Over a month, spent about 24 hours, getting it all fixed up.

After the first couple days, we had this:

After most of the woodwork was done and we had painted it, we hauled it to my house and my husband, friend, and I put on the wire and metal roof.

There is also a wire 'apron' under all the mulch to discourage critters from digging in. Here's the back side

And the end that's the best place to sit to watch 'chicken tv'.

The inside of the coop has a couple roosts, access to the nest boxes, and currently a heat lamp as they are still acclimating to being outside and it's been in the 40's at night this week.

The nest box roof hinges up to reveal three compartments, one of which is a toolbox area.

All in all it's an upgrade from their brooder in my spare room.

Oh the dust.... avoid having chickens in your house....

This project was pretty affordable as ALL the wood was 'leftovers' from my grandpa. THANK YOU GRANDPA! That saved a bundle. I had to buy the wire, roof, paint, hinges. Less than $200. The 'poulet chalet' is home to 3 Americaunas, 1 Rhode Island Red, and 1 California White.

This is Queso. She's the HBIC.

I took all my coop inspiration from backyardchickens.com. I learned so much from their forum. I knew nothing about chickens when I started this two months ago and there hasn't been a single question I've had that they hadn't already answered.

I'm going to trim it in some white paint and decorate the doors in some way. Then I just have to sit and wait for a few months for the eggs to start arriving.
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3  Que Sera cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: September 18, 2012 04:02:24 PM

I recently finished the Que Sera from Knitty. It took a while because it was a little repetitive and even though the pattern isn't too complex, I couldn't commit it to memory and so I was always working from the instructions. It took a while, but I'm happy I stuck with it. This is one of my first knit (non-hat, non-scarf) garments I'm excited to wear. It fits. It looks good.

Any pattern I do, ends up with changes, usually unintentional. See where the sleeve joins the body and it's a little full on top?

That's ok, a little...ruffling is all that is. No bigs. I'm not sure what happened. I cropped the sleeves because they would be pushed up 98% of the time anyway. Also, I left out the button holes and attached no buttons. I don't need no stinkin' buttons.

Here's a closer look at the pattern.

Now, I'm working on an Ivywild in smurf turquoise that's been going much, much faster. Coming soon.

Happy Knitting!

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4  outdoor water fountain made of planters in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: June 26, 2012 08:07:11 AM
I had been wanting a fountain near my patio for a long time, so after shopping around and reading about several others who DIY'd, I decided I could do it myself too.

Here's the finished product:

The whole project cost $60. Here's what I used:
Big base planter from wal-mart $25.
Three topper planters from Gordmans $22.
Water pump $7
2' vinyl hose $1
Plumber's putty $5
I also used but already had a cinder block and drill.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the base planter to run the water pump power cord out. Otherwise, you have to run it up and over the top. I sealed the hole around the cord with plumber's putty.

The cinder block is up on it's end and the pump sits in the first "shelf" of the block. The pump was small enough, that if it sat on the very bottom, as pictured, it couldn't pump the water to the top. When shopping for a pump, check out the "lift", that's how much distance it can push the water up. Up off the bottom, it's also less likely to get clogged up with leaves or dirt.

I drilled through the top of the cinder block and ran the vinyl hose from the pump, through the block, through all three top planters. I used the plumber's putty again in each of these planters to force the water over the edge of each one and keep it from going back down the center.

I'm going to add aquarium/river rocks to the very top planter 1. to hide the hose end and 2. to make it gurgle over more evenly. I think I will also put aquatic plants to the base planter. It makes a nice splish-splashy noise. Thanks for checking it out  Smiley
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5  Roman shades from mini blinds in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: July 31, 2011 07:47:35 PM

I made these roman shades myself from some fabric and some $6 mini blinds using this tutorial http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html

It was very easy and took about 2 1/2 hours with a friend to get two done. That is, the curtain you see and another one just like it down the hall. There was no sewing, just scissors and glue. The only thing I would do different, would be to consider lining the fabric so you can't see the blind slats so much during the day. But I probably wouldn't do it. That sounds like to much work.

This was a very satisfying and simple project I'd recommend to anyone. With the leftover fabric, I made a little ruffle-y cafe curtain above the sink window, and a little square for the center of the table. I wanted to make a table cloth but thought it would have been to matchy-matchy.

Thank you for looking. Don't be intimidated to try it yourself!
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6  Serenity, hot air balloon, and white squirrels in Needlework: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: October 18, 2010 07:57:21 PM

Here are my first attempts at embroidery. The first was the Serenity patch... as in Firefly... are ya with me?  Smiley It's two layers of felt and I did a horrible rendition of satin stitch on it.

Moving on, I made this pillow. I found the picture online, but after 10 minutes of googling I can't find it again. I wasn't happy after I sewed the orange stripe in, but it was too small otherwise. Whatcha gonna do? Undecided

My favorite has been this squirrel one. I pattern is from here http://zuill.us/andreablog/2009/12/29/january-2010s-embroidery-pattern/. There's a lot of cute pattern there. It's on a light denim material, had to be dark because I wanted the squirrels to be white. It's a christmas gift for my grandma, there's albino squirrels where we live.

All in all, i'm really liking embroidery. It's more instant gratification that knitting, and it's a bit like drawing on fabric. But you all already knew that didn't you. Wink
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7  Re: Ridin' Nerdy in Completed Projects by puppybreath on: August 06, 2010 01:55:32 PM

I was ready for a change from the argyle. If you don't count design time this changeout took me about three hours, which includes peeling off the old and making the new stickers. The sun/cloud design is my own. I went through many variations, but this one made me smile everytime.  

The shooting star is from a vector catalog we own. This side makes me think of a My Little Pony. It's a whole different look from the argyle. Thanks for checking it out. Oh, by the way, it's name is Winnie Cooper.
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8  Re: mini wedding cake in Dessert by puppybreath on: April 26, 2010 04:48:11 PM
I wanted you to know you inspired me to give fondant a go.

Last night I made the cakes and the marshmallow fondant. Tonight I put it all together and am surprised by how simple everything was. Sticky, but simple. And it tastes good.

Do you know why I got those strange bubble looking things that show in the picture of the cake as a whole? They weren't there as I was rolling, They showed up several minutes after I put them on the cake. It's not condensation.

Anyway, thanks for posting your lovely cake and finally convincing me to give it a try. Smiley
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9  Ridin' Nerdy *NEW DESIGN PAGE 2* in Completed Projects by puppybreath on: April 23, 2010 01:33:04 PM

This is my new 2009 Honda Metropolian scooter. I just got it this week and I love it. The material is cut vinyl that I designed and cut with a vinyl graphics program. The white/gray is reflective and shines very brightly in the right light.

After much deliberation, this is the design I settled on. But if I get bored with it, I'll pull it off in a few months and try a new look.

Knitwit, holla!  Do you like the one on the mirror? I've been asked many times what it's name is, I didn't know it needed a name. Maude? Winnie Cooper? Fembot?new
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10  Octopus, Whale, Mask and More in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by puppybreath on: December 11, 2009 09:57:42 AM
I took a pottery and ceramics class this semester. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

I didn't know if the octopus would make it with it's spindly arms and big heavy head. But there she is. I'm going to put in the 50 gallon fish tank at work. The little green container in the above picture is my very favorite project.

The whale is a teapot. And those are it's matching teacups. The bowl is version 2.0. An earlier one was picked up by a fellow student and dropped. *oops*

This mask freaks out my husband. He held it at arms length for a while.... so I hung it on the wall by the front door. The coil pot is 12" tall. Both of these have stain under the glaze.

RAKU!! Whoa, that was so much fun. The middle one turned out the best. The gray parts are unglazed, the gray is from the smoke getting into the clay.

I think I'm going to take this class again in January. I'm not a student anymore, this is just for fun nowadays. I hope you enjoyed seeing them.  Smiley
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