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  • kathynv commented on Troubah's instructable Slats Toy Chest7 weeks ago
    Slats Toy Chest

    Beautifully done, and it doesn't scream "toy box," so your nephew can take it off to college to hold clothes or whatever. He can also use it in his own home someday as a blanket chest. I hope that you put a panel inside the cover (or on the bottom) with the date, the maker, the recipient and the occasion for which you made it. Such a treasure deserves no less. The fact that it was made with scrounged wood gathered by a loving uncle only makes it more precious. Well done

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  • kathynv commented on seanrubino's instructable Cherry Blossom Inlay Bed7 weeks ago
    Cherry Blossom Inlay Bed

    I so enjoyed watching you make an exquisite heirloom bed for your daughter, and her daughter, and so on. With your incredible craftsmanship, there is no reason that bed cannot last many generations. She's a very lucky young woman to have a Daddy hat loves her so much that he made her a bed that will be there when she tucks her grandchild into it and tells stories about her amazing Daddy, who made this beautiful bed. I can just see her tracing her fingers over each cherry blossom and thinking about all the work and love you put into a special bed, made just for her. How lucky you both are, to have one another.

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  • kathynv commented on dcolemans's instructable Pirate Ship Tree House3 months ago
    Pirate Ship Tree House

    I love this, and only wish that I'd had an adult to make one for me when I was a kid. The tree house we kids made ourselves was much less safe and looked not one bit as cool as your pirate ship. Did you run into any zoning problems? Here in MA, there have been some high profile news stories about neighbors being enraged at the sound of children laughing and siccing the city on the homeowners to remove the treehouses. (Bet you can't guess whose side I'm on) Nothing else to add, just a high five for your incredible creativity.

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  • Floating Wet Lounger Water Pad/raft for 6, Under $100

    How much the line stretches is entirely dependent on the line you use. I use Spectra line for beadweaving, which isn't one ofthe usual uses of fishing line. I get no stretch at all, even though much of the line is under tremendous tension. Spectra line (Power Pro, FireWire or SpiderLine - and many others, but these are the ones I have used) is not subject to UV breakdown, mildew or rot, and is very thin for its line strength, so you will need to use a very strong line for your project.Have you thought about wrapping the line around every noodle? If you do that on both ends and the middle, it would be unlikely that the float would come apart as people rest on it. Another thought would be weaving the pool noodles and the line together, with the noodles as the warps and the line as the w...

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    How much the line stretches is entirely dependent on the line you use. I use Spectra line for beadweaving, which isn't one ofthe usual uses of fishing line. I get no stretch at all, even though much of the line is under tremendous tension. Spectra line (Power Pro, FireWire or SpiderLine - and many others, but these are the ones I have used) is not subject to UV breakdown, mildew or rot, and is very thin for its line strength, so you will need to use a very strong line for your project.Have you thought about wrapping the line around every noodle? If you do that on both ends and the middle, it would be unlikely that the float would come apart as people rest on it. Another thought would be weaving the pool noodles and the line together, with the noodles as the warps and the line as the weft. Line is usually much less expensive than cord (per foot). I went to a sporting goods web site and searched on Spectra Line. I found a line meant for bowfishing that had 100 ft.spool of 600 lb test (very thick) line for about $25. I have no idea how that compares to your cord, but that line would outlast your pool noodles by eons.I love your float The idea is amazing, and you could do all sorts of customizing and still come out way, way ahead of $700. (I thought of weaving a seond layer at one end to use as a headrest)

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  • DIY Storage Daybed With Build-in Shelves

    I love your Instructable, and plan t do something similar in our future home.However, I am concerned that you did not attach your creation to the studs,dor safety. I live in New England which isn't exacty a center of earthquake activity, yet we have had three quakes in the past decade. One of those earthquakes was strong enough to cause a book or three to fall. Also, kids (I was one, once), love to climb things. The could cause a terrible accident.Those Billy bookshelves come with free kits to attach the bookcase to the studs. If you have lost those, it's an easy matter to get free replacement from IKEA. I strongly suggest making that change before letting your son to watch, I do love the Instructable, and wil post a picture (if the system allows me to do so). It's a creative masterpie...

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    I love your Instructable, and plan t do something similar in our future home.However, I am concerned that you did not attach your creation to the studs,dor safety. I live in New England which isn't exacty a center of earthquake activity, yet we have had three quakes in the past decade. One of those earthquakes was strong enough to cause a book or three to fall. Also, kids (I was one, once), love to climb things. The could cause a terrible accident.Those Billy bookshelves come with free kits to attach the bookcase to the studs. If you have lost those, it's an easy matter to get free replacement from IKEA. I strongly suggest making that change before letting your son to watch, I do love the Instructable, and wil post a picture (if the system allows me to do so). It's a creative masterpiece, and I thank you for sending your Instructable

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  • kathynv commented on nerdyKat's instructable Welding Plastics: LED Flower8 months ago
    Welding Plastics: LED Flower

    What neat roses! I can see making a bouquet of them and sing them as a nightlight to guide folks to the bathroom at night, or in a child's room to scare away monsters. Thank you for the idea and thank you for sharing!

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  • kathynv commented on VictorMNA's instructable Indirect Light Behind the Couch8 months ago
    Indirect Light Behind the Couch

    That looks terrific, and it's a lot easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for posting this Instructable, I appreciate your sharing.

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  • kathynv commented on Tye Rannosaurus's instructable Homemade Spinach Dog Biscuits8 months ago
    Homemade Spinach Dog Biscuits

    These look terrific, but my daughter, the purported "Dog Mama," believes that our dog won't eat anything that doesn't taste/smell of meat. To make these "meaty," I plan to use broth as the liquid, instead of the spinach juice. The spinach liquid won't go to waste, as I use vegetable broth in his homemade dog food. Iggy (the dog) is completely dairy intolerant, or I'd just grate a little cheese into the biscuits. Thanks for writing and posting this Instructable, and wish me luck!

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  • kathynv commented on ImpactDIY's instructable Easy Glow in the Dark Earrings 1 year ago
    Easy Glow in the Dark Earrings

    Thank you for sharing. I had never imagined using pill containers as a mold before. What a great idea!

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  • How Well Do Houseplants Really Clean the Air?

    I suspected that the "houseplants are miraculous air cleaners" line sounded a little too good to be true. Nevertheless, I'll keep my little succulent garden, and stop pretending it's magic. Thanks for your very informative instructable, I really appreciate it.

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  • kathynv commented on JoyUsGarden's instructable 10 Ways to Hang Your Succulents1 year ago
    10 Ways to Hang Your Succulents

    Here in Boston, the Museum of Science has a ginormous wall of plants. They use moisture loving plants and keep them wet by means of a recirculating pump behind it, but succulents would look better, IMO, and would do away with the recirculating pump and the associated mess. They use a solid backing and attach rock wool to it. They then wet the rock wool (so fibers don't get everywhere), and plant the plants with no real space between them.I would love to do this on a normal home sized scale, as the one at the museum is at least ten meters high and five meters wide. My thought was to use a sheet of plywood as the background, and staple a plastic moisture barrier to it. Then I'd use the rock wool in place of soil, and cover with a second sheet of plastic to hold everything in place. I woul...

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    Here in Boston, the Museum of Science has a ginormous wall of plants. They use moisture loving plants and keep them wet by means of a recirculating pump behind it, but succulents would look better, IMO, and would do away with the recirculating pump and the associated mess. They use a solid backing and attach rock wool to it. They then wet the rock wool (so fibers don't get everywhere), and plant the plants with no real space between them.I would love to do this on a normal home sized scale, as the one at the museum is at least ten meters high and five meters wide. My thought was to use a sheet of plywood as the background, and staple a plastic moisture barrier to it. Then I'd use the rock wool in place of soil, and cover with a second sheet of plastic to hold everything in place. I would wrap the plastic around the sides of the plywood and staple it in place, as staples hide a multitude of sins. Just cut a slot in the plastic and plant the succulent in the rock wool with little or no space between them.Anyway, thank you for your wonderful instructable and now I have even more ways to display my plants!

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  • kathynv commented on jonnyd55's instructable Slate Plant Pots1 year ago
    Slate Plant Pots

    Beautiful! I'll have to buy my slates, but I plan to ask for damaged off cuts at the home improvement store (or the stone countertop place, whichever is closer when I remember!) I was thinking about using silicone caulking to put the slates/supports together, and clamping it together until the goo cures. That way, I can avoid the stone dust thing alogether. I so appreciate your idea and instructable and hope that my patio will look much nicer Real Soon Now. (I hate the plastic containers, too!) One more little thing: when I have to use something to put around plant pots so they fit in the overly large planter boxes or window boxes, I use packing peanuts, the gross plastic kind. My community does not allow us to recycle them, and I hate throwing them in the trash. Once again, thanks!...

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    Beautiful! I'll have to buy my slates, but I plan to ask for damaged off cuts at the home improvement store (or the stone countertop place, whichever is closer when I remember!) I was thinking about using silicone caulking to put the slates/supports together, and clamping it together until the goo cures. That way, I can avoid the stone dust thing alogether. I so appreciate your idea and instructable and hope that my patio will look much nicer Real Soon Now. (I hate the plastic containers, too!) One more little thing: when I have to use something to put around plant pots so they fit in the overly large planter boxes or window boxes, I use packing peanuts, the gross plastic kind. My community does not allow us to recycle them, and I hate throwing them in the trash. Once again, thanks! Your instructable is priceless.

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  • kathynv commented on Bruceaulrich's instructable How to Make a Kitchen Island1 year ago
    How to Make a Kitchen Island

    Gorgeous! I really like the island, and think it is much nicer than the ones available premade. I don't have the equipment (or the expertise, to be honest) to make one of these, but I love it and will save your idea for our upcoming kitchen remodel. Thank you for sharing your wonderful instructable.

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  • kathynv commented on MausumiM's instructable Radha Krishna in Madhubani Art Form1 year ago
    Radha Krishna in Madhubani Art Form

    Beautiful. When I first saw the picture, I thought the instructable was for a machine embroidery, but I am amazed to think that this was done by hand. I work fairly quickly, but this would take me quite a while. Still, it's lovely, and thank you so much for sharing.

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  • kathynv commented on Parlanaich's instructable EASIEST WOODEN FLOWER PRESS EVER!1 year ago
    EASIEST WOODEN FLOWER PRESS EVER!

    Lovely! what a great idea for those of us with arthritic hands. Thank you so much for sharing, and as soon as we get a garden again, (tough to have one on the 7th floor!) I will utilize your terrific idea.

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  • kathynv commented on seamster's instructable Spray Paint Secret Safe1 year ago
    Spray Paint Secret Safe

    One suggestion: I would add plaster of paris or some such, so that the can is roughly the same weight as its friends on your hobby shelf, plus a marble to make that clacking noise when the can is shaken. even if the noise isn't perfect, a clacking noise should be enough for a thief who doesn't know you have something precious hidden in the house. Still, it's a great instructable. Thank you!

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  • Illuminated Waterways of the United States Map

    That is absolutely amazing. I am especially impressed with the way that the map looks three dimensional from the front, but is obviously flat when looked at from the side. Very, very impressive job, and it's hard to believethat this was your first time making something like this. Thank you for sharing your wonderful instructable!

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  • kathynv commented on Devoid Art's instructable Mana Earrings1 year ago
    Mana Earrings

    Very nice. I make these earrings often, and have found that the colored water fades after a time. Keeping the earrings out of sunlight when not being worn helps. Using a pre colored liquid works even better. For earring like you made, window cleaner would be a close match, and those products are designed not to fade.For a two colored effect, use a water based liquid and an oil based one. An eyedropper is helpful for this, and because some of these materials can have dangerous reactions, I use a water/food color mixture for one of the liquids, even though it will fade eventually. I then use an air freshener that comes in oil form to be used in a plug in receptacle. A refill bottle of the oil is pretty easy to find and the very light scent coming through the cork is nice. Did I mention th...

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    Very nice. I make these earrings often, and have found that the colored water fades after a time. Keeping the earrings out of sunlight when not being worn helps. Using a pre colored liquid works even better. For earring like you made, window cleaner would be a close match, and those products are designed not to fade.For a two colored effect, use a water based liquid and an oil based one. An eyedropper is helpful for this, and because some of these materials can have dangerous reactions, I use a water/food color mixture for one of the liquids, even though it will fade eventually. I then use an air freshener that comes in oil form to be used in a plug in receptacle. A refill bottle of the oil is pretty easy to find and the very light scent coming through the cork is nice. Did I mention that I always glue the cork in place with a jewelry adhesive? I had an earring fall apart on someone, leaving them with a piece of cork hanging from her ear and some nasty stains on her shirt. I'd feel even worse if it was air freshener oil that had spilled.Anyway, thank you again for the terrific instructable. Your earrings are lovely.

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  • kathynv commented on emilygraceking's instructable Wood Shed Into Epic Art Studio1 year ago
    Wood Shed Into Epic Art Studio

    Another studio which has me green with envy. Great job. Did you get permits for the job, and if so, was that part a real headache?

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  • kathynv commented on Kscraftshack's instructable Garden Shed to Craft Studio1 year ago
    Garden Shed to Craft Studio

    I am green with envy after seeing your craft shack, which is much too cool to be called a shack. How about "Hobby Palace?" We are planning on moving from our current tiny apartment to a spacious house and I will have to do something similar. Unfortunately, our climate isn't as cooperative as yours, so I will have to use a concrete foundation and insulate the place so I can get it fully permitted. My biggest concern is for my card catalog. It is an early twentieth century piece, and I don't want moisture spoiling it. But if it doesn't live in my (future) craft shed, I will lose a whole lot of my bead storage space. Anyone have any ideas about keeping nice furniture in good shape in a coastal climate?

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  • kathynv followed Crafts with Ellen1 year ago
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  • kathynv commented on Crafts with Ellen's instructable Engraving Glass With a Dremel1 year ago
    Engraving Glass With a Dremel

    Very cool, and a way to make an expensive looking personalized gift for a wedding or anniversary party. Heck, it would have worked well at my daughter's Princess Party for her eighth birthday. I bought el cheapo water goblets and tied ribbons around the stem, leaving a 6" to 8" dangle. I then tied beads and tiny silk flowers on the ends of the ribbons. Now I would add some engraving, just like you showed, to personalize the goblets. As an aside, I LOVE the shirt you're wearing in the Instructable. I've been to Koln many times, but have never seen a shirt like that. Thank you for sharing this wonderful instructable!

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  • Wooden Timber Frame Look- a -like Playhouse

    That is incredible. Great job and thank you for sharing.

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  • kathynv commented on CraftersAndMothers's instructable Polygonal Necklace1 year ago
    Polygonal Necklace

    What size tubes are you using? They look to be about 6mm long x 1.5mm. I could be mistaken, especially judging from a photo. Also, thanks for posting your wonderful instructable. I know a mathematician who would love it.

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  • kathynv commented on smileydude3's instructable Easy 3 Minute Jewelry Hanger1 year ago
    Easy 3 Minute Jewelry Hanger

    I love this little seat-of-the-pants jewelry holder. Great job, and I know what I'll be doing this morning! Thank You!

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  • kathynv commented on CliftonSears's instructable Ceramic Sculpt: Nesting Plover1 year ago
    Ceramic Sculpt: Nesting Plover

    Very nice as I have a special place in my heart for piping plovers. Thank you for sharing this instructable with us.

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  • How I Made Money While I Worked on My Front Yard

    Congratulations! You are doing something wonderful, and no just because you live in California. A lawn wastes a tremendous amount of water, and even though it looks nice, your garden looks better. do you get credit for a vegetable garden? In Mass. we have few real water problems, but I think that dumping drinking water in the dirt is borderline obscene. I'd love to see our water utility offer something like this, or at least fine those fools who run their sprinklers in the rain. Thank you for sharing.

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  • kathynv commented on tonicoset's instructable Easy Handrail With Steel Cable1 year ago
    Easy Handrail With Steel Cable

    Thank you for your terrific instructable. You didn't show how to install the wires, and if you had to double them back through the eye bolts and crimp them with crimp tubes. If not, how did you attach the wires to the eye bolts? I love the way these look and how unobtrusive the wires are, so your view is preserved as much as is possible. Thanks again for sharing your information and your project.

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  • kathynv commented on InstructorK's instructable Bioswale AKA Zen Storm Water Garden1 year ago
    Bioswale AKA Zen Storm Water Garden

    That's amazing and wonderful! I live on the other side of the country, and excessive water flow and erosion are constant problems. I no longer have a yard, but will share your instructable with a relative who is losing half her backyard in rainstorms. It is upsetting to her to see all her carefully nurtured topsoil disappear into a storm sewer, and this is a perfect solution. Thank you for sharing your instructable.

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  • kathynv commented on mactothefuture's instructable Upgrade a Dog Collar1 year ago
    Upgrade a Dog Collar

    Awesome! Our new dog, Iggy, arrived yesterday and the dog rescue gave him a cheap collar. (twin to the one in your Instructable). I know what I'll be doing this afternoon, because losing this little guy would be unthinkable. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  • kathynv commented on guunhan's instructable Sapele Wood Makeup Box1 year ago
    Sapele Wood Makeup Box

    That's beautiful, and I'm sure the recipient lovedit. I know I'd be delighted to receive such a beautiful cosmetic box, although I'd use it for jewelry. Why did you use lacquer instead of polyurethane? I recently sanded the lacquer off of some end tables and replaced it with poly because it is water resistant and seems to just stand up better than lacquer. Not that it matters - I'm certain that treasure will never see water and will be kept in perfect condition.

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  • Wire Wrapped Jewelry – How to Make a Seed Beaded Wire Wrapped Bangle Bracelet

    Very nice. After I get this one perfect, I think I'll make one of silver wire and beads. Thank you for sharing this instructable with us.

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  • kathynv commented on barefootbohemian's instructable Drilling Glass1 year ago
    Drilling Glass

    Wonderful! Is the hole neat and clean on the back of the glass? Many of my drilled pieces look great on the front, but the back side of the piece has a chipped and gnarly hole. Would love to know. Thanks!

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  • kathynv commented on Waldemar Sha's instructable Animal Bones As Fuel and Fertilizer1 year ago
    Animal Bones As Fuel and Fertilizer

    Thank you! I suggest that you burn the bones only if you live in the country. My city neighbors are not likely to understand the smell of burning bones and will probably call the police. The police will have a lot of questions because it is much easier to buy bone meal than make it. But if you live far from your neighbors, this is a very cool way to recycle the rest of your food waste. PS: Your English is beautiful, and is probably better than mine.

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  • kathynv commented on dohoss's instructable How to Ranger Roll a T-Shirt1 year ago
    How to Ranger Roll a T-Shirt

    Thank you! This will make my overcrowded dresser a lot more usable. It should make picking clothes for the day much easier, and packing will be a breeze. I suspect that one gets very fast rolling these after a while, but it should be fairly quick even during the learning stage. Once again, many thanks!

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  • kathynv commented on groovymama's instructable How To Get "Free" Eggs1 year ago
    How To Get "Free" Eggs

    You love(d) those chooks, eh? After reading your thoroughly entertaining instructable, we decided that you are suffering from Stockholm syndrome.The first sign was the photo of the lovely young woman playing the guitar while in the chicken poop, sorry, I meant coop. I wonder if you ever got any eggs and/or do you still have any chickens. (Thanks for the big grin!)

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  • kathynv commented on buck2217's instructable La-z-boy Reclaimed1 year ago
    La-z-boy Reclaimed

    This is awesome, and I think I'll show it to the Mr., in case he feels motivated some weekend. We already have the bedbug free recliner sitting in our garage, as I bought a new one a week ago. I'll even pull all those wretched staples if he'll do the rest. Thank you so much for the wonderful instructable, it's a truly amazing example of making junk into something very cool and valuable.

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  • kathynv commented on Adi_Gery's instructable Parasol Hat1 year ago
    Parasol Hat

    Such a beautiful hat! It's so flattering and looks so nice on you. Thank you for sharing this instructable with us!

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  • kathynv commented on liquid_fire243's instructable Homemade Pop Tarts1 year ago
    Homemade Pop Tarts

    Those look amazing, and I am sure that they are better than the ones I just devoured straight from the box. I think I have a project to do tomorrow morning, right after I make an apple pie or two. If I made the Pop Tarts first, there would be a family member or two demanding my head on a pike. Thank you for sharing your wonderful instructable.

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  • Mastering the 2016 Published Original KFC Recipe copycat

    Thank you. Your chicken looks nothing like the greasy, overcooked and "left in a steam tray" chicken available at the K-whatever restaurant near me. I think I know what to make for dinner tomorrow, minus the msg,as several of us are very sensitive to it. Again, thank you for all your effort in perfecting this recipe and sharing the instructable with us!

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  • Repairing Environmental Damage to Glass Solar Cells

    Although my apartment building does not have solar cells, I read your Instructable with great interest. One source for conductive glue is American Science and Surplus (sciplus.com) as of Q1, 2017. I have used it to repair my broken remote control. Best of luck with recycling these solar panels, and thnak you for your very interesting instructable.

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  • kathynv commented on anknee's instructable Colorful, Cheap Lampshade1 year ago
    Colorful, Cheap Lampshade

    I have a generic polypropylene spray that I got for a couple of dollars at a discount store. The main reason I wanted it was to protect the colored paper from UV rays, i.e., light. In a matter of months, the shade will bleach out to a gross yellowish grey color. Making sure the shade is protected inside and out is important.One suggestion: if you want to save money on your project, why not use $1.00 packets of white tissue paper for the foundation? The tracing paper in the pictures is way too expensive for a tightwad like me. The dollar store also has colored paper, but it's only one color to a packet, and that adds up fast.Finally, you might be able to source lamp frames by trash picking. The apartment building where I live has a high turnover, so when I need something like that, I jus...

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    I have a generic polypropylene spray that I got for a couple of dollars at a discount store. The main reason I wanted it was to protect the colored paper from UV rays, i.e., light. In a matter of months, the shade will bleach out to a gross yellowish grey color. Making sure the shade is protected inside and out is important.One suggestion: if you want to save money on your project, why not use $1.00 packets of white tissue paper for the foundation? The tracing paper in the pictures is way too expensive for a tightwad like me. The dollar store also has colored paper, but it's only one color to a packet, and that adds up fast.Finally, you might be able to source lamp frames by trash picking. The apartment building where I live has a high turnover, so when I need something like that, I just ask the guy in charge of maintenance. Voila' I soon have all I want, at no cost. Thanks for your wonderful instructable. I really appreciate your sharing it with us!

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  • kathynv commented on Loblaw's instructable Velum Map Lampshade1 year ago
    Velum Map Lampshade

    I really, really like your lampshade, and will consider using something similar for an old lampshade that has seen better days. I think that the size of my lampshade, a very large, short drum style on a floor lamp that already has a glass shade will protect the paper maps I plan to use. Although my lampshade maps are yellowed like yours, I plan to use dark grosgrain ribbon to cover the edges of each panel. If I don't make a total embarrassment of myself, I'll post a picture. Thank you for your wonderful instructable.

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  • kathynv commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable Ribbon Wrapped Lampshade1 year ago
    Ribbon Wrapped Lampshade

    Lovely! I am looking for a nice way to cover some old lampshade frames which, coincidentally, are same as the lamp you did. Because this is for a bedroom lamp and I am no kid, I think I will use slightly wider ribbons in shades of cream/taupe/off white. I think it will look nice. If it looks halfway decent, I'll take a picture and post it. Thanks for the great idea and especially the great instructions on wrapping the frame in white ribbon beforehand!

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  • kathynv commented on knopfling's instructable Mini Keyring Safe1 year ago
  • kathynv commented on Monisha Dhanaraj's instructable Painting With Duct Tape1 year ago
    Painting With Duct Tape

    Very creative. I never thought about using duct tape as a painting canvas before. Great job!

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  • kathynv commented on SnazzyBot's instructable Ironic Tote Bag1 year ago
    Ironic Tote Bag

    I love this. It makes a real statement about commercialism and looks really terrific, too. You did a beautiful job making the cover out labels. Now to start collecting labels!

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  • kathynv commented on WoodPlusMore's instructable Silly Symphony Sign Re-creation1 year ago
    Silly Symphony Sign Re-creation

    Love this. I'm going to have to save your instructable for our next home, where I hope to have enough space to put one up. Then, i'll try my hand at making one. Thank you!

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  • kathynv commented on CraftAndu's instructable Sewer Pipe/scrap Wood Planters1 year ago
    Sewer Pipe/scrap Wood Planters

    I love this. As I do not have a lathe, I cannot make it myself. Perhaps you could sell these on Etsy. Thank you for sharing this instructable.

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  • kathynv commented on 윤호이's instructable Let's grow up and make own succulent!1 year ago
    Let's grow up and make own succulent!

    These are lovely. Where did you get those decorative rocks? They look like amethysts.Also, for the lady having problems with the cuttings: I use rooting hormone, which is available in any big box store with a garden section. A small jar costs about $5, and should last forever. Dip the root end of the cutting in the hormone, the smush into damp soil that drains well. I usually use Miracle Gro Potting Mix that feeds for six months. I only water my succulents once a month, but we live in New England with its moist air. I do make sure the soil is rather dry before giving it a drink. I fertilize once a year at half the strength mentioned on the fertilizer bottle. I hope these hints work for you, as they work for me. My succulents keep outgrowing their pots.Also, thank you to the original wri...

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    These are lovely. Where did you get those decorative rocks? They look like amethysts.Also, for the lady having problems with the cuttings: I use rooting hormone, which is available in any big box store with a garden section. A small jar costs about $5, and should last forever. Dip the root end of the cutting in the hormone, the smush into damp soil that drains well. I usually use Miracle Gro Potting Mix that feeds for six months. I only water my succulents once a month, but we live in New England with its moist air. I do make sure the soil is rather dry before giving it a drink. I fertilize once a year at half the strength mentioned on the fertilizer bottle. I hope these hints work for you, as they work for me. My succulents keep outgrowing their pots.Also, thank you to the original writer for sharing this instructable on succulents.

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  • Christmas Tree Princess Castle - DIY 3D Puzzle

    That is utterly amazing! I never thought of having anything under the tree except a train set. I will definitely try this when we get a full sized Christmas tree again. Thank you for sharing this wonderful instructable with us.

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  • kathynv commented on Meglymoo87's instructable Trash to Treasure Barbie Dream House1 year ago
    Trash to Treasure Barbie Dream House

    I LOVE this! When I was a kid, I made a Barbie house for my younger sister. I got a big kick making the furniture, and my sister and her friends loved the great big house. I found that the caps to aerosol cans, like for hairspray, were really useful for lampshades, occasonal tables, etc. Scraps of velvet (Mom sewed, giving me a wealth of fabric scraps for such things) made awesome carpeting. I used an old scrap of lace for curtains,and glued a picture of a landscape covered with clear plastic from a package as a window. If you don't have a source of fabric, a thrift store can provide all you need. Anyway, have a great time making the vacation home!

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  • kathynv commented on KarenCookie's instructable Clay Cottage's1 year ago
    Clay Cottage's

    That's amazing! I cannot imagine how many years it took for you to become so talented. Thank you for sharing this wonderful instructable with us.

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  • kathynv commented on StephanP1's instructable Wooden Cheese Knives1 year ago
    Wooden Cheese Knives

    What a beautiful knife! I know I would be thrilled to have such a knife, and if we had woodworking equipment at all, I'd follow your instructable. Thank you for sharing this with us, and you have my vote.

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  • kathynv commented on varmitwife's instructable Baby Changing Table1 year ago
    Baby Changing Table

    Beautiful. I am sure that your grandbaby's parents will treasure your thoughtful creation. However, I hope that they are more selfish than I was with my daughter's baby furniture. Her grandparents gave her beautiful things, including a gorgeous carved oak cradle. After she was born, we knew she was going to be an only child. So did everyone who knew us, and they asked to borrow the furniture. Things were passed from our friends to their friends to a whole group of people we never met. After all, our daughter was an only child, so "she didn't need it."Needless to say, the items never came back. I regret the loss of the things my in laws and parents gave to my daughter, especially now that she is grown and might want kids of her own someday. Perhaps you could share my story with...

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    Beautiful. I am sure that your grandbaby's parents will treasure your thoughtful creation. However, I hope that they are more selfish than I was with my daughter's baby furniture. Her grandparents gave her beautiful things, including a gorgeous carved oak cradle. After she was born, we knew she was going to be an only child. So did everyone who knew us, and they asked to borrow the furniture. Things were passed from our friends to their friends to a whole group of people we never met. After all, our daughter was an only child, so "she didn't need it."Needless to say, the items never came back. I regret the loss of the things my in laws and parents gave to my daughter, especially now that she is grown and might want kids of her own someday. Perhaps you could share my story with your child so that your great grandchildren might use the changing table someday. And thank you for sharing your instructable, I really appreciate it.

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  • kathynv commented on randyrtx's instructable Loft Bed - DIY1 year ago
    Loft Bed - DIY

    I assembled a bed for my daughter from Ikea, and had to add loads of additional hardware and glue before I thought it was sturdy and safe for her. I wish I had seen your instructable first. I could have made her bed with less aggrivation and for (probably) less money. Thank you for sharing this instructable, it was very educational.

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  • kathynv commented on DonM51's instructable Built-in bookcases1 year ago
    Built-in bookcases

    Your work is amazing. I've always wanted to have a library with shelves like the ones in your instructable. Once the kiddo moves to her own place, I will try to make her room into that library, presuming I am not in a nursing home by then. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • kathynv commented on Maanav.'s instructable Bag-cum-Table1 year ago
    Bag-cum-Table

    I am having a good bit of trouble understanding your instructable. A drawing showing the measurements of your table would help a great deal. Thank you.

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  • Large desk of all end grain pine, cedar, walnut, & hickory

    Gorgeous! What a way of making lemonade when life hands you a lemon.

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  • kathynv commented on Oconeepond's instructable Weatherproof Patio Railing1 year ago
    Weatherproof Patio Railing

    That looks wonderful, but will it be sturdy enough to stand up to adults leaning on it, or kids being silly? You said the material is weak -- is it really strong enough to be a railing? If so, it's a heck of an idea. Thanks for sharing and writing this instructable.

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  • kathynv commented on amyspants's instructable Cactus Pin Cushion1 year ago
    Cactus Pin Cushion

    I Love this! It's far nicer than any tomato pincushion I've ever seen. Thank you for posting this instructable.

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