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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Random Shit That May or May Not Suck

So, I found a bunch of pictures from projects I never posted about.  I promised to document my journey, so here you go:

1.) Dom's acoustic guitar.  He wanted something dark and brutal on the front.  Like a cemetery.

"Wouldn't it be awesome if you painted something ridiculous on the back? So that at the end of a hardcore song, I could flip my guitar up and you'd see, like, a Lisa Frank picture?"


 2.) Paper Stars.  I found a template online, and figured I'd give it a shot.  It was easy, for the most part, but getting that last cone attached with no space between the points....that will require a lot more attention if I ever make these again.  I didn't bother punching holes in them for lights or anything.  I just wanted to see if I could make the actual body.


3.)  Attic.  It's gone through several transformations now.  But the entire thing is covered in Tyvek, and I've painted and built several shelving units. 
This is me painting like the BILLIONTH shelf.
This is how I felt about it.
Building shelves for my art supplies.

4.)  The sunporch.  No longer slated as a child's bedroom, I figured I'd paint it anyway as planned. 
Before, the terrible "pank" (some weird combination of pink and salmon) that is actually called "Beautiful Apricot".  Yeah right.

Now a beautiful grey.  But I still hate painting.

 Okay I think that's all for now.  Coming up: I just fixed my closet problem, and have completed my first round of soap experiments.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Man Cave Saga

Dom's birthday was on April 6th, and I decided that since I utterly failed Christmas, I should make up for it with an epic birthday present.  Recalling a long ago comment he made about how awesome it would be to have a table with a Ouija board top.... I set to work.  Eventually he's going to redo his man cave (with my decorating expertise assisting him, of course).  I figured this might be a welcome addition.

After searching several second-hand stores for a coffee table I could sand, I was starting to get a little hopeless.  They were all too big or too expensive.  I finally went to that woodcraft store where you can get unfinished furniture.  They had coffee tables, but they weren't cheap.  The place is also an antique store, and I just happened to notice an antique black trunk tucked under a table.  I dragged it out and got away with paying $62 bucks for a $98 trunk.  WOOT!!!!!!

Getting up into the attic where I have all my supplies was proving impossible.  I finally had to take the top off, using a butterknife to unscrew the ancient screws.  (A flathead screwdriver was too thick.) I felt like I was desecrating some sacred object, but I pressed on.  With my amazonian strength, I heaved the two pieces up the ladder into the attic, and set to work sanding the black paint off the top.  (Note: Do not power sand in an attic if you can help it.  Clean-up is a bitch.)

When it looked good and old, I gathered up my supplies.  Picture of a Ouija board surface, pencil, Sharpie, wood burner, measuring tape, and calculator.

I had to put to use all kinds of math that I didn't know I remembered.  It was like when you're in high school and think "when the hell am I ever going to need to know this?!?"  Well.  You'll need it when you make a Ouija board coffee table.  It's such a big surface with so many details that I had to measure the piece of paper with the picture on it first.  I had to figure out how big the space and letters were, and how far apart they are, and then calculate what that would equal on the trunk.  Woof.

So I finally figured it out, and penciled out the whole drawing.  Once that was done, I filled in everything with a Sharpie so I could see it.

When it was complete, I set about the tedious task of woodburning every....single.....detail.  It was hard, it was sweaty, I broke my burning tips several times... but in the end it made it very authentic and awesome.



And his reaction made all the hard work totally worth it.  "Best. Present. Ever."


Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Adventure!

Alright, the time has come to stop being LAME!!!!  I am taking on a new, epic adventure.  I'm going to attempt to make soap! "That's random", you might say.  And you would be right.  I was up in my craftypants lair (a.ka. The Attic), being bored and frustrated that I wasn't inspired to make anything.  I started browsing through one of my books, and stumbled across a chapter on how to make soap.  I thought, "hey, I could do that.  I already have most of the stuff, all I would need to get started is a bar of natural soap and some essential oils."  Because really, who wants to put all that chemical crap on their skin? I know a bit about the properties of different essential oils and herbs, why not add it to natural, chemical-free soap and make my OWN good-for-me skin products?

So, I went and bought some oils and some soap to start with (I'm not quite ready to make it from scratch.  Handling lye is a dangerous process.)  Tonight is the trial run! I have two experiments going right now, and my counter is covered with crap.  I'll keep you updated on the mess I'm making, and whether it worked enough to clean my hands at least.

I have a bunch of ideas to add to my still-lingering greeting card ideas... they include soaps and lotions and massage oils and such..... maybe one day, when I finally get all this right, I will have a booming, money-making Etsy store and home shop.  I will be the cliche story of cute, craftsy girl that says "I don't want all that lame, chemical-loaded crap from the drug store! I want something that I can feel good about putting on my body!", and, through trial and error, makes her own FABULOUS beauty product line, starting out of her attic and growing to HER OWN SHOP! IN A CUTE, FARM-Y COTTAGE!!!! WHICH MAKES A BAGAZILLION DOLLARS EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned, I'll let you know how that's workin' out.