Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Daleks are Invading



I was driving through Virginia Beach the other day and got the surprise of my life. A giant Master Delek at the corner of Providence Road and Kempsville Road.


I can't be the only nerd to look at this and NOT think Dalek, right? (Look at the knobby-looking things on top and the vents on the water tower and then at this Dalek.)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Recycling Old Computer Parts

For a little while now, I have been wanting a bed for my cat, Dixie. I am under no illusion that she would use a new bed, because she prefers to sleep with us or steal my German Shepherd's bed and banish him to sleep elsewhere. She also has a carpeted cat stand that she naps on, a carpeted box my husband made for and a small tent on top of the box. You'd think that would be enough.

Hell no.

But it wasn't just any old bed. It was a bed made from an old CRT monitor and I didn't want to buy one for her. I actually came across the directions for such a bed from an Etsy seller on Instructables.com. Shane said I could have our old, unused, long since unplugged CRT monitor from the garage (said monitor was purchased in October 1998 from Gateway) and he even muscled it into the dining room for me. But one wasn't enough for me, so I bought a second Dell monitor, slightly smaller, for $10 from a local guy I came across on Craigslist. That one is for Odin, who belongs to Nicole the knitter.

My motivation for doing this was the $20 shipping for a finished bed on Etsy. I don't know how much the creator charges to sell these because she's on vacation right now and her online shop is closed. Other than the $10 for the second monitor, I didn't have to spend any other money. Everything else I already had, including the stuff to make two cushions.

By the way, SUPER EASY to do this! I can't believe I didn't do this sooner! And later this week, I'll be recycling the guts to both monitors. I think with taking my time, it may have taken me about 2 hours for the deconstruction and clean up of both monitors. I didn't want to do a decorative paint job on these monitors because I liked the regular old monitor look of them.

Two empty monitor cases. Our original case is the one on the right. I had to scrub that one down on the insides before going any further with it. It actually had what looked to be soot all over the inside of it!
I sewed catnip filled cushions for both monitors and left them slightly understuffed so the kittehs could get comfy on them. This funky blue one is for Odin.

This is Dixie's ferny printed cushion, also catnip stuffed.

Dixie being comfy in her bed.
Odin had an upset tummy the day I dropped his bed off. He likes the cushion so far but that's as far as he's taken to it.

This was definitely an interesting project and I was so glad to have finally gotten around to it. I think my husband got a kick out of watching me tear into these.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

When the Luster Wears Off

Well, I hate to admit it but I'm back to purchasing store bought dishwasher detergent and fabric softener sheets.

The decision to go back to bought detergent was mine. I realized the homemade stuff was leaving a film on my dishes. I added more and more of that blue drying agent that's supposed to get rid of water spots and it didn't do anything for me. The film remained.

The decision on the dryer sheets was actually more of a request from my husband. He said he missed the fabric softener smell that the homemade stuff didn't have. I have to admit, that smell is pretty damn good. :) Nothing like fresh sheets with that fabric softener smell when you go to bed at night.

So I guess I'm back to purchasing my cleansers, but at least I gave it the ole college try!