Jonathan Adler for...Barbie?

by Chris Gardner

One of the U.S.'s top celebrity designs has teamed up with, well, Mattel, to create a line for another U.S. fashion icon, Barbara Millicent Roberts.

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"Jonathan Adler's fresh, modern ideas about interior design have established him as a true design visionary. Introducing the Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie Doll, a modern doll embodying the Adler lifestyle brand. Stylish, adorable, and oh-so-chic, Barbie comes with miniature accessories inspired by real...

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Papercraft Owls to Download.

by Chris Gardner

Ho. Ly. Cow.

Papercraft Owls to Download.

I have no idea what the going rate for actual tiny, adorable owls are, but at MidoStudio, the going rate is four for a mere £1.00. "At just £1.00 this downloadable/print-at-home-able kit means that before long you will be cutting and pasting your way to avian bliss. Simply make your purchase with paypal and you will be automatically sent the .pdf file with all 4 owl templates and instructions. The kit will be sent to your email...

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Wednesday Night Upholstery: New Girls in Town

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Wednesday Night Upholstery: New Girls in Town

There are three new girls in Upholsteryville and they mean business.  Janet (another Janet) learned how to make welt cord in about 5 minutes and is already putting together two boxed and corded cushion covers to be stuffed fluffily and placed on her cane back chairs. She has two more staple laden chairs so she wisely purchased weight lifting gloves to protect her hands while tearing down. 

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Tracey found a tufted cane back chair with nice little brass wheels to reupholster. Where did she find it? Out in the furniture stack in my garage. She even found a large remnant of fabric in my stash to cover it. Right here she's marking where the buttons will be attached in the diamond tufting.

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Mother-to-be Anne is working diligently on a tufted back, fully upholstered rocker she is covering in white matlasse' (I know) for her nursery. She and Janet found the chair at Goodwill. It's a La-Z-boy brand but doesn't have a flip up leg rest. The nifty thing about La-Z-boys is that they come apart in upholstered component parts.

Anne was eyeing the very same type of chair at Pottery Barn Kids for over $800.00. She's going to love the fact that she reupholstered this herself and saved a bundle while having a great time doing it.  BTW-She said she had never sewn before. She said she gets her creativity from her crafty mom. Aren't moms grand?!

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Watch out Monday Night Upholstery!

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Wednesday Night Upholstery: Before and After

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Wednesday Night Upholstery: Before and After

Classes are filling and expanding. I wish everyone could come to my home studio (basement) and learn fast and easy techniques to transform your Goodwill trashy furniture into upcycled beauties.  The new class started last night and each one brought a simple piece and a difficult piece. We got started on the easy ones first to get the feel of the tools, staple gun, and to fully understand why upholsterers charge the prices they do. Here's a perfect example of Beginner's Instant Gratification.

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Clothes Pin Lamp

by Lilybee

Over a Readymade they have instructions for this interesting lamp. It might be equally at home over at weebabystuff as it's creator was inspired by the idea of diapers hanging out to dry. He says that it casts baby-soothing shadows in his little girl's nursery.

created on: 09/28/08

To make it you'll need:

  • Medium-size wire tomato cage
  • Small roll of 16-gauge wire
  • Ceramic socket
  • Hose clamp
  • 3 3/4” zinc plated D-rings
  • Electrical cord (preferably clear) with...

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How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

by Chris Gardner

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?

How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

Materials

  • food colouring
  • dried pasta of any shape
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ...

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Softie Book Ends

by Lilybee

This weekend in Toronto was genuinely rubbish, wet and windy and yuck. The sort of weather that kicks good intentions in the pants. I had meant to Clear, Organize and generally Improve my closet spaces this weekend. (18 months is more than enough time to acquire a bunch of stuff). Instead I curled up reading, which lead me to make these fellows.

created on: 08/11/08

They are Harald and Alec, Heraldic Lions and book ends for my baby's room.

Here's what I...

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