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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / backstitching while quilting on: March 31, 2009 10:25:56 AM
I'm making a baby quilt and just before I started quilting it I ran over one of my books just to refresh b/c it's been awhile. They said to start with really close stitches and that would be fine to secure the thread. I do this, but now I'm all done and I started clipping some ends. A couple pulled some, and now I'm freaking that the close thing wasn't enough. Do I have to go over and secure/backstitch all the ends of the whole dang thing? Her shower is Sunday and I was oh so close to finally being done (I've only had a month). Thanks!!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Starting seeds indoors? on: February 13, 2009 11:57:11 AM
I'd really like to start some seeds indoors this year, but I'm a little confused: Some sites say to put the seed tray in sunlight, others say to avoid direct light. The only parts of the house that get some decent sun are all the nice parts that I rather not have dirt all over courtesy of a curious cat. I could try the top of the fridge, but I'd really like to stick them in the basement with some flourescent lights (just regular lights, no special growing ones). Would that be OK? We do have an unheated sunroom, I wish I could put them in there, but it's probably still too cold. Thanks for any help, I'm completely new to gardening!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Baby quilt questions on: February 09, 2009 08:03:41 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm planning a baby quilt for a great friend of mine who's having her first baby. And who I'm admittedly living vicariously through since I would like to have kids soon.
Anyway, I'm planning a tulip block with three colors, I'm thinking the whole baby makes three thing. Is there a problem embroidering on a quilt? I really do want her to use it. For such a heavy use item would the colors fade or bleed, etc? I also usually quilt with the transparent nylon thread, is that good/bad for this case?
In the 3 theme, I was thinking of somehow incorporating the 3 is a magic number from School House Rock. Both of us liked that song. Any ideas beyond just saying it? Too many ideas. Thanks!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Shoop zippered pouch on: December 30, 2008 06:16:19 PM
I recently saw a friend from high school that I hadn't seen in a long, long time. We had a really silly, teenage girl fascination for Salt n Pepa's Shoop. A special dance was involved. I'm sure you all understand  Cheesy I made her this pouch just to be...well...silly. It's an odd size only b/c I was trying to frame the boys well.

the embroidery says, "mmm I wanna Shoop"


her name on the other side.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our bedroom [another pic added on pg 2] on: March 09, 2008 05:55:33 PM
We bought our first house last year and spent those first few months painting non-stop. This is the master bedroom, which I was so excited to do b/c I realized I'd never picked my own bedroom color before  Grin We're still working on some details (like a plant behind the chair), but I think it looks much nicer. It's a little washed out by the light, so the blue is richer in real life. The fabric at the top of the blinds is just covering one of those facing things that was all yellowed and dingy. And the World's Fair poster goes really well with a vase that was a gift from friends.

Before, a peachy pink:


After:


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Fireplace mantle--something's missing on: March 04, 2008 07:55:08 PM
This is my art deco girl. I love her. I painted the whole living room around her. We're trying to go for a 1930s feel in our (conveniently, 30s) house and this print of a 1928 painting was the first thing I picked out for the house. I found these great ceramic candle holders that match her too, and I had this orange bowl around that kinda sorta goes with her hair. The blue bowl will move. But it still needs something else. I had thought forever about some kind of red vase (I'm using red accents in the room to go with her lips) but I'm having the hardest time finding one that would work. They're all more Japanese style.
Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!

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