Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We won!

Our Firepit won a prize at the IIDA competition! Yay! And it was auctioned off for $130. So more money for scholarships. Double Yay!

On another note- I am making June welding month. I am finally going to use my welder. And I finally decided what to use it on. Can't wait!

Friday, May 21, 2010

IIDA Competition

This was not a project I did on my own but it required me to get creative! Every year our local IIDA ( http://www.iida-tx-ok.org/ ) hosts a competition called Imagine That! for the Design Firms here in town to raise money for scholarships. Each year there is a different theme and each team must create something based on that theme. This year the theme is Fire & H2O- we were encouraged to make a water or fire themed sculpture. Our team decided on Fire and made a fire pit.

We used the drum from an old washing machine as the pit. Luckily we found one that was already out of the washer, I wasn't sure how to take it out otherwise.

We thought it would be a cool idea to use old feet from a claw foot tub as the legs. We scored these from an antique shop- $10 for all three since they were mismatched. Otherwise they would have been much more!

Since we were lacking heavy duty tools we had to enlist the help of one of the architects to help us put the whole thing together. He cut a grill to size and fit it inside the tub.

Then he had to cut metal "leg extenders" to make the claw feet all the same height.

Then using a heavy duty drill, he drilled holes in the feet and in the bottom of the tub. Then secured them on the bottom. A piece of sheet metal was added for extra stability.

All the feet screwed on together.

We used Fire Resistant Paint, otherwise I think it would burn off the first time someone used it.
There's not a lot of color choices with that type of paint (mainly used for BBQ pits and car parts) but the red really makes it pop!

Here's a picture of it all lit up!
The competition is tomorrow where it will be auctioned off and hopefully will win a prize!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Coming through in a Clutch

I was planning on using my new welder but some other projects took precedence. First, my sister's wedding was this past weekend! I was the Matron of Honor so I naturally had to get a bridesmaid dress. We had to have the dress hemmed and at the suggestion of my mom I asked them to save the leftover fabric for me; thinking I could turn it into a purse to match the dress. I thought this would be a quick project to get my creative juices flowing.

There was quite a bit of leftover grey silk fabric but not quite enough for the type of purse I had in mind. I remembered some leftover fabric I had from some chairs I had reupholstered and thought I could use that as the lining. So my purse could be sophisticated on the outside and funky on the inside. ;) Once I had gathered all my fabric I measured my wallet to get an approximate size for the purse. It was about 4" x 7" so I needed my fabric to be 5" x 8" wide for the seams and for any little mistakes I might make along the way.

Since the leftover fabric was odd cut out shapes (long thin strips about 5" tall) I had to cut and sew 3 together to get the size I needed for the outer portion. The above picture is after I has sewn the 3 together.

For the lining I cut one solid piece from my leftover upholstery fabric. I added a credit card pocket for convenience. I simply traced one of my credit cards, cut the fabric piece out, and centered it on the lining.

Then I sewed the silk and lining pieces together. It was looking a bit flimsy so I slipped some lightweight cardboard from the back of a spiral notebook in between them before I sewed it closed. I had to cut 3 pieces to size- one for the front, one for the back, and one for the flap.

Before I put the cardboard in the purse I had glued some magnets to the cardboard to act as a closer.

To finish it off I used a pin I had for decoration. It fit perfectly with the theme of the wedding which was in New Orleans. The purse matched my dress perfectly and I think I will use it again! It only took 2 nights after work to finish it up (most of that time was spent trying to remember how to use my sewing machine!). Now I'm tempted to hit up thrift stores and Marshalls to get old dresses and cut them up for this purpose!

It matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly!

You could even do this with an old bridesmaid or prom dress you have laying around. Maybe you could use the fabric to make pillow covers or a clutch like this.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

New Toy

So I bought a welder. I'm not sure what's more dangerous, me with this welder or me searching craigslist finding this stuff. Can't wait to use it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Doggie Bookcase

So I was thinking more about that scroll saw wasting away in the shed and thought I should do something with it. But what?? Well after some research I saw this super cute Elephant Bookcase on Design Public. I wondered if I could make something like it with the scroll saw for Con-Man.
I don't know if Con-Man likes Elephants or not, but I know he loves Gracie, she's a dog, so maybe he likes dogs? After some thought I though a wiener dog might make cute bookcase.

If you think you'd like to make one of your own you'll need:

1 piece of Pine Board 7" tall (Try to look at a few and find one that is not warped and has few knots)
A scroll saw or jig saw with a fine blade
Wood Glue
Sand Paper
Paint and Pencil

 I sketched an image of a wiener dog to the size I needed- approximately 7" tall by 12" long. Then I traced out the shape on a piece of wood. (Download the Dog Templates to trace here: Dog Bookcase Templates )

My saw can't handle wood much larger than 1" so I traced the dog template 3 times then cut each out with the saw.

Once I had my 3 shaped cut out I glued them together with the wood glue and set it under some heavy books overnight to dry.

Ta da! I then sanded it down with the attachment on the saw to smooth out the edges. (It didn't dry perfectly straight and since its my first time using a scroll saw I had some jaggedy edges..) If you don't have a power sander sanding by hand will work just fine but may take a little longer.

Using some leftover paint I painted and sealed the bookcase. Check out the finished product in Con-Man's room:

The wood was only $5 and this didn't take a incredibly long time, I just had to spread it out over a couple of days because of work and taking care of Con-Man. And getting the hang of the scroll saw wasn't that bad either. You can tell which was my first and last cut out. It might be fun to try some other shapes- a dinosaur, snail, strawberry. I'd love to see what other people come up with!