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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: DIY neck/shoulder heat pillow on: October 29, 2014 07:50:06 AM
I recently did some studies on these. Rice burns in the microwave. Deer feed does not. Well, it eventually would if you truly overheat it...but it takes the heat better. And is cheaper for anyone wishing to make these to sell. WalMart sells it in their gun aisle. or if you are rural..co-ops offer it, too.

A nurse on one website also said that the deer feed is more sanitary, as she wished to use these with her patients, but had to get hospital approval. The rice failed approvals. The corn did not. And she studied it way further than me..with lab tests and all.

I used to go to a spa {back when I could afford it  Grin} They also had the hand mitts with the rice/corn in between the layers. Think of an oven mitt that is stuffed, like a mitten stuffy. And warms the hands and fingers. Just trace an outline of your hand for the original pattern...add a few inches for the puffy part. It is OK if it is a bit too big. Then you can still wiggle your fingers  Cheesy. Not a glove, but a mitten. Big fingers together and rounded like Frostie the Snowman.

Just some ideas. I like the way you designed yours with the "channels" to control the stuffing stuff. It seems like that would be much easier to control and balance on your neck. You can also make these larger like a cape. Where it drapes longer over your shoulders. And adds warmth to that area, too. Kind of like the beauty parlor capes, but not as long.

Great project! I love it  Grin

~T
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: October 21, 2014 08:39:14 AM
I can't stop touching them, FunThreads  Shocked And I can't wait to see how I decide to sash them. I am thinking the black. That will pop all the colors without any clash. I love the star shape for my quilt design. The triangle sash.

Hexies can also be done just side by side. With no sashing. Just depends on how you wish to "roll"  Grin

But I thank you so much  Kiss I love looking at all the pretty things you shared, FT. And I continue to study the patterns that I find for the quilts. I might change a few things up. I still did not finish all my homework. Trying to decide on the actual finished pattern.

~T
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: October 20, 2014 04:55:50 PM
I just got my bounty of wonderful fabrics from FunThreads. And wow! did she spoil me. I don't know how she collected such a wonderful selection of things. i thought my fabric collection was vast. She must own a warehouse for this stuff  Grin Thank you so much FT. It was nice to trade with you.

~T
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Burlesque Zombie Pinup Girl Cross Stitch on: October 18, 2014 01:10:14 PM
Loretta. The Whore from Hell.  Grin

~T
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Newsie Outfit for Baby on: October 18, 2014 05:08:46 AM
I rocked you. I love how you included all of the text so other members can find the patterns/links etc.

Very cute outfit. Your color pallet is perfect for a growing boy. {Now make him a red bowtie  Cheesy

I hope you do have a chance to make more of these.

They remind me of Scotland...or maybe Brittan. They could work for a neat Halloween costume. Just swap out the buttons, add a sheep stuffy??? Just ideas.

Wonderful project. I am sure new Mom will love to display her prize dressed in this!  Grin

~T
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OOWYHS 2014 Discussion Thread on: October 16, 2014 06:03:54 PM
I use hooks like that for the afghan stitch. It is a fun tight crochet. Don't know if it is tunsian, or not. But you can do panel bricks like you would for granny squares, then just stitch them together to make your project.

~T

Oh, and for the stitch I refer to...you only need one.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: October 12, 2014 08:12:30 AM
Reminds me of Lite Bright! Very unique. I like your idea of mix up and mix out for your frame. Can't quite see this one, but I am sure in real time it looks good.

Ever think of using a small drill bit? Wax it first {the drill bit} and it will screw through the paper fine. An old candle works good to wax it. Just wind it in, and wind it out of the candle. Waxed and ready to roll.  Cheesy Then hit the paper with it.

~T
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Peter Criss Garden Gnome on: October 12, 2014 03:20:41 AM
Wow. You are really good at these!

I powder my tacky paints before I acrylic spray over them. Just regular baby powder {NOT TALC}. Just dust it on lightly, then brush/blow/shake it off. I have a spray paint copper enamel that does not seem to dry, either. That one is Krylon brand. But the clear sealant covers the powder residue, and seems to work that way. It brightens up the colors again. I use Formby's for my sealants. I don't care much for 3-M.

These little garden gnomes look so cute. Hopefully come spring/summer you will show us your finished garden?  Grin

~T

Hey...idea. 'Plant' an electric guitar {something crappy from a thrift store} and grow a vine or beans on it. As the centerpiece to your little village of KISS guys. Just a thought.  Grin
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Gene Simmons Garden Gnome on: October 12, 2014 02:51:34 AM
Wow! Quite a transformation!!! Very interesting.

I disagree about the Testors paint, though. For the right projects it is wonderful. And usually works well on vinyl and plastics. I am surprised you had a problem with it.

I think you did a magnificent job with this project. He looks totally cool. So, here is your KISS  Kiss

~T
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: 3D Bug Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 11/17/14) on: October 11, 2014 02:39:27 AM
La Chapa, I also had a pet tarantula. Mine was a 6" Mexican Red Leg, named Spydy. Yours appears to be in the rose family of arachnids. Tree dwellers, that are a bit more difficult to handle. Like a "spider" on speed. {they are not one...they are closer to rodents in classification..not an actual insect Grin}

I used to wear mine out in public like a broach. I had many comments about it. Please, never let someone handle it that will become "squeemish". If they drop it, it will explode. They can jump on their own, but unsuspecting...they don't put the right juices in place. They are usually low blood pressure. Mine died of cancer. With no vet I could find to cure it.

I love bugs  Grin If I can square away my life, I will be jumping in here. I think I can find the time. I just want to make sure before I commit to things.  Grin

~T
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