Thursday, August 17, 2017

Up Next...

Or perhaps I should say "down next"... flooring! I came home this evening with a car full of new flooring. :D

After I pull up the old flooring, I will fix the INCREDIBLY ANNOYING creaking subfloor. If I can't fix it, I will have it replaced. One way or another, I will have a silent floor!

Then I can install the new, dark brown/black flooring. It will replace a light oak color flooring and is going to completely change the look of the rooms! :)

I will also be getting a new washer and dryer, though that was not a planned purchase. A week ago, I smelled something burning. After sniffing all around the house, I found the smell was coming from the washer. The motor had burned out. I had actually been expecting the dryer to die because it's been making squeaking noises for a while... but the washer went first.

They're both pretty old. I got them free in 2009 from a coworker who was getting new machines. I paid $0 and got eight years of use... can't complain about that!

The new ones are certainly not free, but I got lucky on the timing. I had received my annual bonus just two days before the washer's final spin cycle.

Somewhere in the midst of installing flooring and catching up on laundry, I need to work on my craft-along project! As a reminder, the theme for August is Food and Beverage. Details HERE.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cabinet Project in Progress 3

Plywood wrapped with ironing board cover.

Legs added to support slide-out ironing board.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bats in the Belfry Shirt

Just a quick post to share my awesome new t-shirt. The color appears washed out from the fluorescent lighting, but look at that fabulous bat design! :D


It's a Bats in the Belfry graphic t-shirt from Redbubble. I was hesitant to order it because the front panel is polyester, and I'm a cotton gal. But the back and sleeves are cotton, so I took a chance.

I'm glad I did because I love the shirt! The front panel is very soft; none of the stiffness that you sometimes get with printed t-shirts. The shirt is a typical men's/unisex straight shape, but the slim fit keeps it from looking horribly boxy.

Ordering from Redbubble was easy, and shipping was pretty fast. They have a plethora of different bat designs, and I'm sure I will order from them again.

This is not a sponsored post. I just really love my new shirt.. :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hair Project Completed

I wanted to show the final result of dyeing my regrowth, but I cannot get a picture to accurately depict the color. No matter what I try, no matter which settings I use, my camera INSISTS on making my hair look blue.

This one is more accurate:

The true color is close to this:


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hair Project in Progress

Some in-progress pictures are more ridiculous than others. XD

Tonight's project is dyeing my regrowth, and the post-bleach result is pastel silliness.

I've been successful at dyeing my bangs purple. :) Though my natural color is a medium/dark brown, it bleaches out easily. Bleach with 20 volume developer takes it to yellow in 15-20 minutes. And I'm closing in on a dye that produces the shade of purple I want. Arctic Fox Purple Rain is just about the right color.

Most of my hair is still black. After the series of salon disasters, I have given up on changing it to purple. I think I'm going to wait until the regrowth is a few inches, and then try for a purple/black ombre.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cabinet Project in Progress

Thanks for the comments on my last post. In-progress posts it is! I'll start by posting here on the blog. I typically take project photos with my camera, not phone, and getting them on Instagram is a cumbersome process.

Toe kicks added to bottom of cabinets
Cabinets connected
Supports added to top of cabinets

Supports for what? That will be the ambitious part of this project. More to come!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

A New Project Begins!

I am getting started on an ambitious new project! I'm excited! :D


And on the topic of new projects, I've been pondering...
I usually wait until a project is finished before posting about it. That means more substantive posts, but fewer of them. Would you be interested in in-progress posts? Would you want to see them here on the blog, or on Instagram with the finished project on the blog?


Friday, August 4, 2017

Disguising the Electronics

Electronics are useful but typically not very decorative. My speakers, modem, and router are black and thus not overly conspicuous on my black furniture. Nonetheless, I decided to make disguises for them. Even electronics like to play dress-up, right? ;)

To dress the subwoofer (Can I just say... I love that word! My dorky brain can't help but think of a subwoofer as a less dominant dog. In my house, Indigo is the woofer and Nook is the subwoofer. WOW, I am corny!)

Anyway, to make a disguise for the subwoofer, I used a black cardboard box...

And a photo frame from the dollar store.

I removed the back and the glass from the photo frame. Using acrylic craft paint, I painted the frame black and set it aside to dry. I centered the back on top of the box lid and traced around it with a pencil.

Following the pencil lines, I cut out the rectangle from the box lid.

I turned the lid over bottom side up. To cover the hole, I used a piece of black lace. I duct taped it into place. Duct tape isn't very classy, but it's MUCH easier than trying to glue lace.

I turned the lid back over so the top side was up.

I added the frame. It has little metal tabs which one would normally bend inward to hold the back in the frame. I bent them outward instead, and they worked perfectly to hold the frame in the opening.

Then I turned my attention to the box itself. The box was shallower than the subwoofer. This wasn't really a problem, though, as I didn't need to enclose the entire subwoofer. I simply cut a hole in the bottom of the box large enough for it fit through.

I slid the box over the subwoofer with the box's bottom toward the back and the top toward the front.

And placed the lid on the box.

The router generates some heat, so I did not want to enclose it in a cardboard box. Instead, I placed it in a magazine holder made of filigree metal.

I turned the holder backward so the tall "front" hides the router while the much shorter "back" allows the cords to exit. I used a second magazine holder for the modem.

For the speakers, I made covers that double as candle holders (details HERE). The disguises were complete!

After looking at the pictures... I think I'll shift things so the box is in the center with a magazine holder on either side. I like symmetry.

EDIT:
I made the change. Symmetry!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Crow Two

I couldn't resist stopping by Michael's for another model crow.

I also got a little spooky house. With a glittery roof. So much of the Halloween stuff at Michael's is covered in glitter!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lucky Find at Michael's

I've been looking for a (relatively) realistic model crow or raven for ages. What I found were lightweight (foam?) bird-like shapes with glued-on feathers... and glue on the feathers. Big globs of glue. I wasn't expecting heirloom quality, but these looked super cheap.

My luck finally changed! I was thrilled to find decent model crows at Michael's. They are approximately life size, and there are two poses - one with wings folded, one with wings extended. I bought the latter and I think I'll go back for the other.

I don't see them on Michael's website, so they may be in-store only. The cost was $14, I think; I paid half thanks to a 50% off coupon.

Also... I've had several people ask me where I got my spooky tree with purple LEDs.


Michael's currently has a nearly identical tree in store now. It's actually even better because it has bats! :D It's $90, but you can get a 50% off coupon from Michael's website.

Craft Along with GIY: August 2017



During August, I will work on a craft project for the monthly theme. Around August 29, I will post my completed project. You can share a link to your project on that post or at any time during the month on this post. On August 31, I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

To participate:
1.  If you're a blogger, add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your post. Link the icon to this page:
http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/p/craft-along-with-giy.html

2.  On either this theme announcement post or my completed project post, leave a comment with a link to your project. You can link to your blog, webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it.

Your project can be big or small. It can be in any style, goth or otherwise. The fun is in the crafting! :)

The theme for August is Food and Beverage. As always, you can interpret this broadly:

  • paint a bistro table for your patio
  • make a coffee-themed brooch or earrings
  • sew a dress from cherry print fabric
  • paint a still life of fruit
  • DIY a cookbook holder
  • make a centerpiece for your dining table
  • decorate mugs or plates
  • or literally craft food and share the recipe 

Or anything else related to food or beverage. Creativity is encouraged!