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{Vintage} Metal Stencils. Last month when I did a post called, "Think Big", I showed you a terrific industrial-looking display of metal stencils from Restoration Hardware that I love.

{Vintage} Metal Stencils

At $16 per letter, I didn't love the price. Getting the whole alphabet would have cost $416 + tax and shipping! I don't think so. {did anyone else notice that the the "K" appears to be upside down?} Leather Nailhead Letter. Modular Cat Ladder (or shelves) My cats are bored.

Modular Cat Ladder (or shelves)

If you're honest with yourself, yours probably are, too--let's face it, the average urban dwelling doesn't offer much in the way of excitement for felines genetically predispositioned to hunting in the jungle. So, in order to give them some exploration options (and because I thought it would be adorable), I decided to give them access to the top of my entertainment center from the back of one of my couches via a series of shelves spaced on the wall at with cat-navigatable spacing, aka a Cat Ladder. (couch on the left, entertainment center on the right) DIY Beach Glass Jars & Bottles. Foreclosure Bowl. Pushed by unfolding events, a crop of "For Sale" signs has been popping up all over the country this summer; selling houses, boats, cars, motorcycles, RVs, and many other things.

Foreclosure Bowl

A lot of these signs are made from thin sheet steel or aluminum. One might inquire on Craigslist about possible used signs, or perhaps harvest directly from the sale or purchase of something. At the end of the last step, there are some other bowls I have made with this method, out of license plates and a stop sign. Pretty much any thin sheet metal will work. The idea is to stress the metal up into a bowl shape without having to use any welding or complicated tools. Assuming the sign is free, only a couple bucks' worth of fasteners are needed. Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array. The goal of this project was to be as cheap as possible.

Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array

You'll want eight (8) loudspeakers. I would have used these speakers: $5.50 speaker. Weaving a Complex Ojo de Dios. Maybe you’ve made a god’s eye with a couple popsicle sticks at camp one summer in the hazy past, but have you considered the beautifully vast possibilities of this art form?

Weaving a Complex Ojo de Dios

South Carolina-based Etsy artist Jay Mohler has found a calling making Ojos de Dios (a.k.a. god’s eyes) with up to six sticks, twelve sides, and undulating intricate woven patterns. His creations are constructed from the very same humble materials that many of us associate with a camp craft — colorful yarn and sticks — plus, a healthy dose of ingenuity and a deep interest in Tibetan and Huichol artifacts and mandalas. For this week’s How-Tuesday, Jay has teamed up with local Etsy photographer Emily Munn to create a how-to designed to coach you through the process of crafting your own singular Ojo de Dios, transforming raw materials into a harmonious artwork. Ojos de Dios, which is Spanish for “Eyes of God,” are made from yarn and sticks by native peoples of Mexico and South America.

Keyboard Cat. Have you looked at your desk latley and said.... this clearly doesn't accuratley reflect my sheer nerddom?

Keyboard Cat

Well, let your desk reach new nerd heights. Presenting... the unholy fusion of longcat and keyboard cat, with a little extra nerd thrown in for good measure. And it keeps your wrists comfy! Hand embroidered and made out of a tea towel. Longkeyboardcat is loooooooooonnnnggg. Mercury Glass. Chalkboard Wall Map. A few months ago we painted our bedroom to cover up a bright orange accent wall.

Chalkboard Wall Map

I mean, I love orange, but maybe not looming overhead in our already bright bedroom. We used black chalkboard paint because I wanted to draw something graphic and awesome on the walls, maybe inspired by Dana Tanamachi: But I had other ideas floating around too, and I couldn’t make up my mind. It’s completely ridiculous – the whole thing is going to be chalked and couldn’t be easier to change. Finally I settled on a map of Chicago for a few reasons: 1. Supplies required: chalk, computer, projector, darkness, endless patience, and a crazy person.

Fancy setup, right? Here I’m lining up the image with the work I’d done the previous night. Pipe curtain rods. Hey everyone!

pipe curtain rods

Remember my photo studio in part 1? Here’s the promised tutorial for the pipe curtain rods and sheet curtains. The rods Cutting your pipe. Burlap coffee bean sack window shades. I love coffee bean sacks!

burlap coffee bean sack window shades

Not only is the burlap perfectly rustic, the added stamped graphics give them the ability to turn something ho hum into art. Ruler Drop Cloth Table Runner. Typographic Wooden Box. I recently went on a Christmas crafting frenzy so I could stock my space at the shop with some cheerful goodies for those early-bird holiday shoppers.

Typographic Wooden Box

Wood & Rope Doormat. The Concrete Cottage: How to Make a Faux Cork. World Piece. Whenever I ask my husband “What do you want for xxxx holiday?” (Christmas, Birthday, Valentine’s Day) I get the same response. “World Peace.” Said, of course, tongue in cheek. Washer Panache. Clothespin Candle Holder/Planter. Water Balloon Luminaries. A fun and easy project with a beautiful payoff.

Learn how to make these Balloon Luminaries. You will need: High-Melt Paraffin Wax (IGI 1260)Party BalloonsDouble BoilerCookie Sheet Instructions: 1. 2. Tree Trunk Planters. Hanging Planter.