CrazySexyCrafty: Mounting with Felt Foam

I wanted to mount my power strip above my work table for easy access. I didn’t want it on the floor anymore because I wanted to store things under the table, and I didn’t want to move everything from under there just to plug something in.  That meant that I would have to mount it on screws. Not too bad.

Except,  how was I going to mark the screw placement accurately?

This is the hardest part for me, because I want to guesstimate, but that doesn’t make for great installation, but does make some great headaches. So I went through a few ideas I had and finally found something that works too well!

Craft Foam! The kind with the adhesive on the back!

I punched holes with leather punches and stuck them where the screws were suppose to go. Then I dabbed some ink from a bingo marker (you can get them at the dollar store), and placed the power strip where I wanted it.

Voila! Perfectly placed marks!

You could also use those felt pads and cut them to the size needed.

If you don’t want to use ink on your white walls (totally understand!), then you can use toothpaste instead.  Just wipe away when done!

I use these now to mark where I want to hang just about anything.

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Ever heard of cull lumber?

It’s basically the scrap wood bin at the hardware store. This is where you can get some good wood for really cheap! I got four really big pieces of wood, (big enough to make my own large wall hanging) for only $2! They will even cut it for you! Of course I’ll be going back regularly to check out what’s there! It’s almost like treasure hunting! So fun!


So many wine bottles, so many uses!

See this?

This is my ever growing collection of wine bottles. What can I say? I have a family member whose all about the vino. Funny thing is, he’s healthier than all his brothers and friends his age! He’s doing something right!

When I see the glass bottles in the recycling bin, I have to save them! I actually rescue any unbroken glass. It’s just too nice of a material to let go of.

So I have a couple of ideas of what I’m going to do with the bottles and the corks, but it’s always cool to find a few more. I’m not the only one that’s putting wine bottles to good use.

There are five awesome projects at dornob.com

Drinknectar.com has a few more!

How about wine bottle plant nannies! I bought those plastic flower holders for grave sights at the dollar store to use! Just snip a small piece off the long stake and invert your wine bottle!
Salvagedgrace.com lists some really great ideas for using all those wine corks!


MacGyver Guys are Sexy!

Have you heard about Mechanical Mashup?

They have this great project on making your own photo softbox that has inspired me to create my own. I just had to see what else they could do! Turns out, these guys could make a guitar out of a cigar box, pumpkins that flame, and disposable cups into iPhone holders! Sa-weet!

You know who else I like? The guys on the TV show Food Jammers! When I saw them make their own ice cream with a coffee can and a marble, I was hooked! Any guy that can do that has my attention!

It’s just a LITTLE disturbing that all these guys happen to be Canadian! Where are all my crafty American dudes! MacGyver can’t be the only one!


Follow the Bull!

If you’re coming to the All Arts Market this weekend, I’ll be at booth 309. I’m a basement dweller. Just look for the bull and you’ll be in the right place.

So what’s with the ‘Nandi’ name? Some of you already know that I use that name on stage when belly dancing.  There’s always more to the story!


I’ll be here this weekend!

This will be my first fair! I figured it’s time to use my skills and make things not just for myself. This is scary, since I’ve never done this before, but can’t let fear stop me or I won’t do anything! If you’ll be in Charlotte, stop by! There will be other great artisans there whose stuff I love!

Just a peek at what will be there:

I’ll also be adding new stuff to my Etsy shop after this weekend.

Gotta go back to sewing!


Nighty Nights!

I did a little search on what men like to see women wear to bed and what women themselves like to wear if there’s a man in a bed. The findings were interesting to say the least! Men prefer women to wear nothing (big surprise!), but if a woman isn’t that comfortable with being in the buff just yet, they like women’s sleepwear to be sexy, but without trying too hard. Think white tank tops and some cute cotton underwear, his t-shirt or his favorite team jersey! I don’t know why the jersey surprised me, but it did!

Of course, women prefer comfort. It seems that the only reason we buy fancy lingerie for a special occasion (I’m not talking about buying fancy lingerie for ourselves!) is that we think that’s what men want to see. But it looks like men could care less about lace, garters and underwire. If I’m wrong, please let me know!

I feel like the pressure is off, and I don’t need to bother with the underwear theatrics. Oh, who am I kidding?! I’m not interested in buying that stuff! I do, however, want to wear something cute and comfy when heading to bed. A plain t-shirt is not going to cut it. Refashioning some t-shirts into a cute nighty is right up my ally!

I used:
An extra large t-shirt. I actually had extra large t-shirts scraps, so I used those.
elastic
thread
something to decorate-I used Simply Spray, but you can use markers, appliques, etc.

I cut a band from one of the t-shirts big enough to cover the chest area.

I went over one end of the raw edge with an overcast stitch on my sewing machine. I sometimes prefer overcasting to serging. See if your machine has an overcast stitch. You can use a blanket stitch if you want to do it by hand.

Then, I cut the bottom from another t-shirt the length I wanted.

I did some scrunch and spray effects with the spray paint. I let it dry for at least 30 mins.

I then sewed my top piece to my bottom piece.

I measured two pieces of elastic for the top egde and for the under bust area.

Using a zig-zag stitch, I attached the elastic, pulling taught while sewing so the fabric gathers.

I cut an inch-thick strip from the leftover t-shirt and pulled it so that it rolls. I gave it some spray paint treatment.

I pinned and adjusted the straps to my liking, then sewed them to the elastic.

With the leftover pieces from the strap, I made bows and attached them in front where the straps are. I sewed them on like I would a button.

I love the results! Cute, but really easy to sleep in!

Need some other ideas?

Pillowcase nighty at Burda Style
Pillowcase nighty at Threadbanger (video)
It’s not a nighty, but everyone loves the underwear made from a men’s top that Clare Bare showed at Threadbanger (video)