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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: March 20, 2015 10:46:04 PM

This is a great, simple project to help our fine feathered friends build their new nests this spring. And use up some yarn scraps in the process. Well, not a lot of scraps, but maybe if you did a project with kids at school?

Here is a tutorial complete with cute little 4 year old {?} boy helping. And an additional bird seed project.


What I learned elsewhere is to use yarn less than 6" long..not up to the 8" she mentions. The little birdies can strangle on the strings while flying. You can also add dried grasses and straw in the bags. That way they can get those without being in danger near the ground {cats}. I use mesh onion bags like from the grocery store for mine. But most any kind of course netting will do. She mentions hers were from her crocus bulbs.

Does anyone else see the face in the image I shared? and her video that zooms in on it?

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2  Re: Stretch horizontal or vertical in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: March 08, 2015 10:57:36 AM
I found this in a Google search {I was curious, too  Grin}


There are other sites which talk about it, too. Give it a Google. I used the keyword: modal and spandex fabric

Hope this helps.


This might also interest readers. There is a picture of the pattern on this site, as well as a review, some tips, and modeling photos from another seamstress who has made them. But I will post one here of the pattern.

I have not found the answer to your question. There are generally arrows on the pattern itself. I would follow them, if it is up and down.

Whoops..forgot the link  Roll Eyes http://thanksimadethem.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-new-go-to-dress-is-simplicity-2054.html
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3  Ahoy Mate in Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. by stillatthetop on: March 08, 2015 06:39:48 AM
This thread seems to have died. The last post was from July 2005. But I will resurrect it, perhaps.

I came across a neat saying in a magazine - an old issue of Better Homes and Garden's.


I thought it might be neat to have journal, ATC, misc. art prompts, and see what everyone's take is on additional "catch" phrases. Maybe changing the phrase weekly or monthly?

What do you think?

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4  Medical Gauze in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: March 06, 2015 11:59:13 PM
I have a full case of medical gauze {white}. I have no clue how many packages are in there, but let's just call it a S**T ton.

They are 6 ply, and measure 4 1/2 inch x 4 1/8 yards. Opened up, they are 25 1/2 inches wide, though they will stretch farther, but I assume that will change the length in the yardage to do that.

Some of it I can use in the kitchen like cheese cloth. It is not labeled food use, but it is not medicated, and it is sterile. I better get cooking  Cheesy

Seriously...any ideas for what to do with it? Anyone want to be a mummy next Halloween?

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5  An amazing quillt I just happened upon in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: March 06, 2015 08:26:01 PM
This quilt was made by Julie Hirota and displayed in San Rafael, California at the Marin Civic Center. I wasn't sure where else to put this. The only discussion by me is: WOW. It definitely sparks some ideas for a lot of different projects.


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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap discussion thread 2015 in New Swap Theme Ideas by stillatthetop on: March 06, 2015 10:37:16 AM
My cards are coming along nicely, and will send early. One is finished, one in the works. They both go to blupaisan, so I will mail them together. Screws the post office  Grin Serves them right for munching our mail all the time, and forcing us to make it bulletproof.

Sounds like we all are having fun with these. It has been a while since I did ATC.
Here is a little eyecandy for you, because I love you all  Shocked Sappy, I know. This is "Broken Heart in the key of 'G'"

Happy Crafting on these little boogers.

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7  Re: Ultimate Recycled Idea site! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: March 02, 2015 11:13:10 AM
I happened to think of this last night. There are other sites with tutoials that make their's a bit different. I don't know if this link is where I originally saw it, but I love Chica and Joe.


Enjoy  Grin

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8  I am on pins and needles in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by stillatthetop on: February 23, 2015 12:34:53 PM

I hate the stinking tomato/strawberry pincushions.

I have an old one that belonged to my mother when I was young. I am 47. It has somehow lost it's strawberry along the way. It wants to eat my pins and needles. They just won't stay firmly in place.

I have a newer larger one with strawberry. It has the same issue. Is this one just a cheepie model. I don't remember where I got it or how much I paid for it.

I am dying to cut open the old one and find out how many needles it has eaten over the years  Grin I try to keep thread in my needles, so I can yank them back out..but the thread is messy and gets tangled into everything.

What do other members use, and do your pins stay put and not get swallowed to the tops of them? Thanks. I need some new suggestions.

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9  Re: 3D bug swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by stillatthetop on: September 03, 2014 11:26:47 AM
Not in this swap, but one back at you...this would make a great broach, or embroidery?

Snagged off of here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae

I love bugs, too  Grin

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10  Re: Ideas to save money at the holidays in Winter Holidays by stillatthetop on: August 31, 2014 10:00:04 AM
I think I should be allowed to double post here  Grin

This is a neat snag off the internet {sorry, but the sources do not always accompany the ideas, if I could give credit I would, but these are out from the depths of my computer, and long since fell off the history}

M & M's puts out holiday colors in the red, green, white variety. Those are Twix cookie bars around the outside.
M & M Mars company will also sell you specific colors to match a wedding party or other prom event, etc. I am sure they have a website for that. Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness events?

We are celebrating all holidays here, so don't feel that this is just Christmas.

I will add some Halloween here soon, too. That is my favorite holiday. I make some "wicked" finger sandwiches and Witch finger cheese straws. I have to "dig" up the recipes  Grin

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