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Are these old sewing patterns really trendy or am I losing it?

Having recently had my own child, I had expressed an interest in taking up sewing, to my mother. So she went away and came back with a huge pile of old sewing patterns. I mean some are so old, that th...
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Sewing Vintage Patterns Sewing Patterns Sewing
Are these old sewing patterns really trendy or am I losing it?
Asked by Deborah Issac
166 days ago
7 likes | 4 comments | 9 votes | 0 follows

How to make a clay face that scares people to death or makes them laugh

So my mum made this little face when she did a pottery evening class back in the 70s, when she was a bit of a hippy and a wild child. And it has now followed me around for over 40 years. She presented...
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Pottery Clay Pottery Sculpture Face
How to make a clay face that scares people to death or makes them laugh
Asked by Jane Herb
166 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What can I make with French wooden wine boxes?

A friend of my father actually owns a small vineyard in France. It's in the Loire valley and I have actually been to take a look. It is absolutely beautiful. There is definitely magic in the air. And ...
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Woodwork Wooden Box Wine Box France Upcycling
What can I make with French wooden wine boxes?
Asked by Natalie McCray
170 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What can I make with paint colour cards?

I have been given a huge selection of paint colour cards. They are really pretty, so it is a shame to throw them away. I was wondering if there is anything that I can make with them? I am open to s...
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Papercraft Papercraft
What can I make with paint colour cards?
Asked by Anna Jones
170 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What can you make with vintage suitcases?

We have just moved into an old house and after a week or two, we finally went into the loft. Here we found some old vintage suitcases. I really don't know anything about them or how long they have ...
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Upcycling Suitcases Vintage
What can you make with vintage suitcases?
Asked by Pam Hayes
170 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

My first attempt at ring making, what do you think? Be nice :)

Hello, I just wanted to show off my first attempt at ring making. Hopefully this will inspire others to have a go. There was a little learning curve, but it wasn't that bad. I guess I was lucky becaus...
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Jewellery Ring Ring Making
My first attempt at ring making, what do you think? Be nice :)
Asked by Judy Carter
170 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How to paint a doll's house? Or should I even paint it?

Hello, I have a doll's house my grandad made me when I was a kid. He really loved doing woodwork and made us lots of amazing wooden chests and furniture and draws and stools etc etc. He even made me a...
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Woodwork Dolls House Wooden Dolls House
How to paint a doll's house? Or should I even paint it?
Asked by Linda Chase
170 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How to decorate a home bar project?

Unfortunately my friend's shop has gone bust and she has quite a sturdy counter that she needs to get rid of. It was all covered in posters, but now it is just chipboard and lumber. It is very stur...
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Woodwork Counter Bar Home Bar Drinks Puns Crate Bar
How to decorate a home bar project?
Asked by Roy Deacon
170 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Beautiful Handmade Bird Cage Aviary

Hello, I just wanted to show off my beautiful bird cage aviary, that my husband made for me, when we were both young. I am an old lady now and I think it still looks wonderful. It has been repaired...
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Woodwork Bird Cage Aviary Pets
Beautiful Handmade Bird Cage Aviary
Asked by Jean Harland
170 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What can I make with wooden cable reels?

Hi, I have ended up with these cable reels from a project and I was wondering if anyone has ever made anything really interesting with them. I know the obvious thing is to just pop a piece of glass...
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Furniture Cable Reels Furniture Coffee Table Bar Table
What can I make with wooden cable reels?
Asked by Jeff Thorburn
171 days ago
2 likes | 2 comments | 3 votes | 0 follows

Are Gutterman threads really the best?

Hello, I have limited experience of sewing and before I started, I remember reading a bit about threads. And the consensus was that Gutterman threads really were the best. Well, at least on the couple...
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Sewing Sewing Thread Gutterman Kids Clothes
Are Gutterman threads really the best?
Asked by Susan Murphy
171 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

The Haunted Pot of Terror!

So my friend had just moved into this house and kept hearing this strange scratching noise come from the loft. And even though it was 3.33 in the morning, and the thunder was cracking outside and the ...
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Pottery Pot Plant Pot Pottery Face Pot
The Haunted Pot of Terror!
Asked by Jane Hiram
171 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How to make a coffee table top?

Hi, please take a look at my pictures. I have this really cool table frame that I want to do something with. I want to try and make an interesting coffee table top. I was interesting in getting some o...
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Furniture Coffee Table Top Wood Metal Resin
How to make a coffee table top?
Asked by Harry Teddie
171 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How to paint a wicker chair?

Hi, thanks for reading. Just appreciate any advice you might be able to offer. We have some older wicker cane chairs that we are really getting bored of. And we were wondering what we would need to...
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Painting Paint Wicker Chair Cane Chair Painting
How to paint a wicker chair?
Asked by Barry Stevens
172 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Can you actually make candles from Crayons?

My friend has an absolute load of old Crayons. Two big plastic boxes full and a couple of extra plastic bags full. There are hundreds of them. I think they came from a nursery that closed down, but ca...
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Crayons Crayons Candles Melting Wax
Can you actually make candles from Crayons?
Asked by Grace Darby
172 days ago
4 likes | 1 comments | 2 votes | 0 follows

Simple, beautiful wooden table design to inspire others

I really hope to inspire others to create something beautiful. Even if you don't have a lot of power tools or knowledge or time even. This project really didn't take that long and I wouldn't say I par...
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Woodwork Table Cedar Wood Wooden Table Family Build Simple Project
Simple, beautiful wooden table design to inspire others
Asked by Mark Addison
172 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Is it bad that I want to paint this dresser?

Hello, please can you settle an argument I am having with my friend. I have a very small, French holiday chalet, that we use for holidays and to get away from London life. And I am not an interior des...
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Painting Dresser Painting Paint
Is it bad that I want to paint this dresser?
Asked by Jackie Altham
172 days ago
2 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What can I do with Ginny the mannequin?

Ok, she's been christened Ginny because she is always legless, get it, lol? So my mother actually bought her and gave her to me. It was a unusual present I have to admit, but that is my mother. I m...
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Mannequin Mannequin Painting Decorating Ginny The Mannequin
What can I do with Ginny the mannequin?
Asked by Cheryl Brooks
172 days ago
1 likes | 1 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Amazing workbench and counter built by my husband.

Hello, I just wanted to show off this amazing workbench, built by my husband for my new shop. I spent ages looking around for something that was going to be heavy duty and good quality and last a whi...
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Workbench Workbench Woodwork Metalwork Shop Counter
Amazing workbench and counter built by my husband.
Asked by Lauren Trey
172 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Can you sand off rust?

Hello, I think my head is slightly hurting, so sorry if this is a silly question. I have an old light fitting that I would like to hang in my house. But the problem is, is that it is really quite r...
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Rust Cleaning Rust Lamp Light Fitting Painting
Can you sand off rust?
Asked by Joyce Grover
172 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How to stop metal going rusty in the garden?

Sorry for the terrible pictures, I'm not much of a photographer. I just wanted to share a tip to stop metal going rusty in the garden. And I have say that this trick has been really quite successful. ...
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Metalwork Vaseline Metal Outside Swing Chair
How to stop metal going rusty in the garden?
Asked by Linda Headley
172 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Can I use a domestic oven for powder coating?

Really sorry if this is a stupid question, but does anyone know if you can use a domestic oven to cure (or whatever it's called), maybe bake, something you have powder coated? I know you need the s...
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Paint Powder Coating Powder Coating Oven Restoration
Can I use a domestic oven for powder coating?
Asked by Kevin Karney
172 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How do I test if paint is lead based?

Hello, does anyone know how to test if paint is lead based or safe? I have this vintage egg weighing machine and I would really like to clean it up and use it. I thought it would be fun to let the kid...
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Paint Lead Based Paint Egg Weigher Kitchen
How do I test if paint is lead based?
Asked by Jerry Pace
172 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What can I make with these fabric books?

My best friend is an interior designer and she has given me a load of fabric books that are out of date. I love crafting and sewing, and I would really like to use them as the fabrics are all so beaut...
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Sewing Sewing Fabric
What can I make with these fabric books?
Asked by Christina Linslade
173 days ago
6 likes | 1 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows
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