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Budget Solutions

Wheat Paste #wheatpaste #craftycrap #problemsolvingonabudget

Finished!  I covered the bottoms of the patio windows with tissue paper adhered with wheat paste. This will block the dog from seeing and reacting to everything that walks by, which will hopefully help her rest her injured psoas.   Total cost of six sheet

With Frances injured again (AGAIN!), it’s clear that some things need to permanently change. One of the things that has to change is that she can no longer have any access to getting on the furniture. She hasn’t got any sense, and she’ll see or hear things that require her attention RIGHTTHISMINUTE, and launch herself off the couch like a little black torpedo. Not good for a dog with bad joints. So no couch.

I also needed to find a way to block her line of sight to the back field, so she doesn’t react to every thing that moves out there. I priced static cling window film, but it was going to be around US$50 to cover just the lower portion. That’s ridiculous. I have tissue paper on hand, though, and wheat paste is cheap and easy to make, so that’s what I used. It worked great! If I do it again, though, I would use much less wheat flour. The paste was awfully thick, and it doesn’t need to be, for my purposes. I also wouldn’t add the flour to already boiling water. That creates an unholy mess of lumps that then need to be strained out. Instead, I’d mix the flour and water, whisk it until it’s smooth, and then cook it.

I’m happy with the finished product, though. It looks decent, it was easy to do, and the total cost was about 10 cents.

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Charging Station

Polly, bless her heart, has a lifelong issue with chewing on cables. Her favorite are headphone and gadget charging cables. That means that I can’t leave them sitting out, so cable management is important. What to do? I had this cheap-ass wooden box.

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It really is cheap. So cheap that I was afraid to remove the hardware before painting it, because it might not survive the trauma.

Charging Station

The first step was to use my Dremel to make a hole in the back, for the cords to pass through. I am not a woodworker. I did not do a very tidy job of it. The wood split. I used a grinder attachment to even it out as well as I could, but I am also not the princess of patience. A lick of paint will hide a multitude of sins, right?

Charging Station

So I sanded the whole thing, mixed up some teal paint, and went to work.

Charging Station

It took a couple of coats of paint. After it had dried, I cut some scrapbooking paper to size, to line the drawers and the top.

Charging Station

Et voila. The finished product has room to charge a Kindle, phone, and an iPod. It also has two shallow drawers to hold all the small junk that accumulates on the table inside my front drawer, keeping the cats out of it.

Altogether, the whole project took me about three hours, and that included the time it took me to figure out where in the hell I’d hidden my Dremel.

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Finished!

I finally finished the basket I was making for Franny’s toys, and it’s not even June. I used the tutorial here as a jumping off point, but I changed several things.

1. I pulled the strips of T-shirt, to make them curl into yarn-like tubes. I think they’re easier to work with that way, and the edges are rolled to the inside, so they aren’t likely to fray.

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Flat

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Curled

2. I used a no-sew method to join the ends of the pieces together.

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Stack the ends on top of each other, fold over, and cut a small slit in the center of the folded edge.

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Unfold, then pull the opposite end of the new piece through both slits.

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Pull the end of the “parent” piece through the slit of the “child.”

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Pull taught.

3. I aligned the braids so that the stitches are invisible. I’m right handed and worked from left to right. If you look closely at the direction of the strands in the braid, you can see that they mirror the direction of the thread. That makes it easy to hide the stitches under each section of braid.

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4. To start and finish, I tucked the ends of the three strands under sections of braid on the back side. The original tutorial showed tapering the braid to finish, but I didn’t like the way that looked.

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Finished start.

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Finished end.

And…

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The End.

ETA: I opted to omit the handles. I’m using this as a dog toy basket, so I didn’t want to encourage Franny to drag it around the house. I also changed the way I started and finished. I didn’t like the way the gradual step-down looked, so I wove the strands from the ends of the braid back into the braid on the coil below, then stitched them into place. Like so.

Braided T-shirt Basket

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Progress

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The bottom of the basket is made from t-shirt hems.  If you sew each stitch from back to front, the stitches are invisible on both sides.

If you sew each stitch from back to front, the stitches are invisible on both sides.

I could stop right here and call it a cat bed.

I could stop right now and call it a cat bed.

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Upcycling

Braided T-shirt Basket

I’m in the process of turning a stack of old T-shirts into a braided basket for Franny’s toys. I should be finished sometime in June.

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Quilt

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I’ve got a bed-length strip done that’s four squares wide. (The color is a little off on the photo, because I took it under fluorescent light, but I don’t have time to fix it.)

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Quilting Report

I managed to get my sewing machine set up, which was an adventure, and I even got a few squares sewn. I also managed, somehow, to slice my thumb open. It’s not deep, but it’s on the inside of the joint, so it hurts every time I bend it.

I also now know why people buy pre-cut quilting squares. Cutting brazillions of squares of fabric is a ginormous pain in the ass.

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In Progress

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I’ve got a bed-length strip done that’s four squares wide. (The color is a little off on the photo, because I took it under fluorescent light, but I don’t have time to fix it.)

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Quilting

I managed to get my sewing machine set up, which was an adventure, and I even got a few squares sewn. I also managed, somehow, to slice my thumb open. It’s not deep, but it’s on the inside of the joint, so it hurts every time I bend it.

I also now know why people buy pre-cut quilting squares. Cutting brazillions of squares of fabric is a ginormous pain in the ass.

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Quilting

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I’ve been saying for years that I wanted to try quilting. Nothing fancy, just four or nine patch quilts made mostly of old clothes. I finally got bitten by the obsession bug today, badly, so I went over to the crafty crap store to get thread and pins. While I was there, I looked in their scrap bin and found a few ends of cotton that I liked.

I also bought an ironing board. Please feel free to laugh. I’ll be 40 next month, and somehow, I’ve managed to get along without ever owning an ironing board.

Anyway, if I can figure out how to use my sewing machine (again, feel free to laugh), I’m going to actually start sewing tomorrow. I’m excited!

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