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After my husband starting joking lately that my hobby is thinking about crafting, I figured it was about time that I got back to doing some actual crafting. And the time was right to get back to crafting- we had to buy a new computer (unfortunately our less than 3 yr old laptop screen died- must have been doing too much thinking about crafting while surfing online) we decided to move the computer out of the “office” so that now I have a room devoted entirely to sewing & crafting. My new craft room was in need of some decorations.

I bought some embroidery patterns and a hoop frame from Sublime Stitching. My husband spray-painted the frame black for me with some spray-paint made for plastic.

Here’s the finished product:

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I’ve been scoping out craft rooms and offices on flickr for inspiration. Here are my faves:

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1. Visual Artist, The Netherlands, 2. Yay new shelves!, 3. my desk-spot, 4. the office, 5. Wide Shot, 6. A Place to Sew, 7. joy_office5, 8. New Improved Studio 01, 9. New Improved Studio 03

I’m hoping to start posting more frequently. Next on the agenda is some posts on the many craft books I’ve acquired. Have a nice day!

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I used to have a trunk (or foot locker, if you prefer) where I planned to display all my travel stickers. However, I spent some time living in some tiny one bedroom apartments, so I ended up throwing it out to save room. I was avoiding the bigger evil of using the trunk as coffee table with a blanket over it for a few years until I had big enough closets to stash it in.

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I’ve always loved luggage stickers. If I had a foot locker today, It would have stickers on it.
Luggage stickers above from Dover Clip Art.

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Whenever friends and family travel, I always beg them to send me a postcard, or to bring back some coins. I love to have things from foreign places.

I used to have a “pocket” shower curtain that I bought at Urban Outfitters, and I filled the clear vinyl pockets with US postcards, arranged by geographic location (from Hawaii on the left to Maine on the upper right). However, after years of use, the curtain ring holes kept tearing and I couldn’t use it anymore. I keep looking for a replacement.

Until then, the only good uses I can find for my collection of postcards is:
1. Collages
2. A homemade wallpaper border
I’m almost positive I saw pictures of this on a blog recently, but now google is only finding me the SpongeBop SquarePants variety….here.
Ah ha, Decor8 posted here, although I can’t remember where I originally spotted this photo from the book Photocraft.

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3. A lampshade (instead of photos)here or here

4. Enlarged to create Giant Wall Art
Kind of like the blown-up antique letter from Blueprint
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Or there is always making your own postcards:
Printing your own at vistaprint
Sticking a postcard back on your photo
Martha’s postcard pdf download


As for coins, I don’t have much exciting to say. I guess I’m a coin-collecting geek. I was very sad when the Euro came along and replaced all those beautiful European coins….

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Probably won’t be posting too much lately since I’m frantically:
1. Getting rid of extra junk and prepping for yard sale
2. Painting the entire upstairs
3. Hiring roofer and carpeter
4. Putting house on market
5. Studying for final exams
6. Getting ready to move and start a new job.

I won’t have too many sewing projects up lately since I’ve got to figure out a place to stash it when showing the house. But maybe I will post pics of the new curtains I made once we get the upstairs painted and cleaned.

In the meantime, here’s a new post:

I love all Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. I especially love Ginger’s ostrich feather dress in Top Hat.

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I actually did this project a few years ago, but thought I’d use it as a post for a day I wasn’t feeling too creative and couldn’t come up with anything more current.

I got the idea for this in a coffee shop in Texas, whose tables were each decorated differently with bright magazine photos.

1. I collected black and white photos from: a photography magazine, a $5 bargain book on classic films, and greeting cards.
2. I Modge Podged them onto the top of a cheap desk (I might have bought it at W*****t back in my days of poverty, but since I don’t like the store, for many reasons, I won’t promote the store here)
3. I used “pour-on” varnish to finish the top (Using only Modge Podge on top would have left the top surface very textured, and emphasized the imperfections in my decoupage, as I quickly discovered, the pour-on is thicker and pours evenly to hide imperfections). I’ve seen the pour-on varnish at Michael’s, but don’t see it on their website.
4. Then I primed and painted the rest of the desk black, and changed the drawer pull to silver.
5. Then movers destroyed my cheap desk, leaving only the decoupaged top unharmed
6. I stuck the top on top of some black filing cabinets to create a new desk.
7. My final steps will be to either add a border to the top so that it fits over the filing cabinets better, or to build another desk base. But for now, it works.
8. Note: I haven’t used my laptop on it without a dishtowel protecting the desktop for fear of melting the varnish….

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(The office itself is nothing to look at right now because it needs to be overhauled before the move.)

I do plan on doing this again someday, just haven’t found the right project to decoupage yet. But I do have a friend that decoupaged a chest of drawers with Elvis photos which I thought was really awesome.

 I’m thinking of decoupaging the filing cabinets, too, because it looks really cool on Casapinka. Tutorial was posted here on Pink Mohair.

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Grace Kelly was in some of my favorite movies (the Alfred Hitchcock ones and High Society) and she always looked gorgeous.

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Just some photos that I like of Elizabeth Taylor.

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