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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Blythe Doll Clothes to Entice My Friend to Buy One... on: April 03, 2007 09:28:57 AM
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one was $70  is that the cheapest Im going to find her??

Possibly.  I'm not a collector, but I've looked at them on eBay and so forth, because I remember seeing ads for Blythe in the back of comic books when I was a kid in the early 70s, and I really wanted one then.  Now that I see how many different looks they have, and how people have made such interesting art and craft with them, they intrigue me even more.  But I'm cheap  Roll Eyes

If I remember correctly, there are some vintage ones and some that were made later in Japan.  I would imagine that the vintage ones are more expensive, but I think all of them are fairly pricey.  But there is something about them that invites a splurge...

Melinda
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Shrinky Dink Sealer? on: March 31, 2007 09:58:53 PM
Have any of you who work with shrinky dinks found a good way to seal the designs?  I made a bunch of pieces into jewelry a while back, and over time the sharpie on the glossy side wore off.  The pencil rough side is mostly intact, though maybe a tiny bit smeary.

I tried painting polyurethane sealer on the pieces after they were shrunk and cooled, and this seemed to work, but over time, this starts to flake and/or peel off, taking the design with it.

Has anyone tried spray-on sealer, like Krylon?  Or has anyone come up with a better idea?

Melinda
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Portable Gaming Set -- Easy, Cheap, and Fun on: December 12, 2005 08:21:45 AM
I almost don't want to re-post mine, because there are such cooler things... but hey, it's the first time I even tried the Challenge, and I think it came out great!  Grin

I always think it would be great to be able to whip a game out of  my purse when my friend/DH and I are sitting in a restaurant or coffee house or park or airport, but most "travel" games are either too complicated to work well in tiny form (like Scrabble), too bulky to carry around, or too simple to be any real diversion (like tic-tac-toe or something).  So, I made a travel game that *I* would actually want to play.

On the green side is an 8x8 grid, on which you can play Reversi (also known as Othello):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversi


And on the orange side are two rows of 6 boxes each, where you can play Mancala:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mancala


You could also, I suppose, play checkers on the green side, since it is an 8x8 grid (and surely everyone can remember to play on the diagonal without there being 2 colors of square), or simplified versions of Pente or Go.  The whole thing weighs less than a deck of cards, and can be thrown into a zipper baggie.  It's also very durable, being made of washers and duct tape.


I laid out overlapping strips of duct tape to make a sheet green on one side and orange on the other.  Then I measured and cut an 8-inch square, and drew the grids on with Sharpie.  I used 64 washers, painted black on the flatter side, so that they are black on one side and silver on the other.  I had bought a 99-cent can of spray paint, but the weather kept being cold, wet, and windy, so I ended up using no-prep brush-on metal paint, which was also very easy.

I'm already thinking of other games you could make this way!  It was even easier to make than I thought it would be  Cool

Melinda
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Re: copper plumbing curtain rods on: December 12, 2005 08:08:01 AM
Excellent idea!  I am right now trying to cover all the windows in our house.  We have one window that is over 10 feet wide, and finding a rod for it is difficult, and when you do find one it's REALLY expensive.  I'm sure the pipe is a lot stronger than the cheap rods, too, that tend to bow if you stretch them too wide.

A note about curtains that are sheer enough to let in sunlight but still hide from neighbors... I did this in our house, and I love the effect, but I'm now going to hang a second curtain to draw over the windows at night, because while in the daytime, light comes in, we can see out, no one can see in, I have found that at night, when it's dark outside and light inside, the reverse is true -- we can't see out, but anyone on the street can see in.

Melinda
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How-To for Teen Girl -- recommendations? on: December 06, 2005 07:14:24 AM
I'd like to get some kind of craft-learning book for a 13-year-old girl, preferably something that is not too childish, but has a "hip & cool" teen vibe.  I don't have a specific craft in mind, even, I'm sure this girl would enjoy just about anything.  Any suggestions?

Melinda
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Official Secret Craftster II Swap Gallery on: November 07, 2005 01:56:13 PM
Thank you to my SC, justimagine, for sending such a super-cool package.  She sent me a bunch of stuff she'd gathered throughout the swap as possible stuff to make.  Who doesn't love supplies?  There's a really pretty orange tote bag, some cool tinsel-y stuff, a TON of gorgeous paper that looks like vintage newspapers and stuff like that, and there was more, too, but at the moment I'm blanking because I don't have it right in front of me...

I'd also like to thank justimagine for being a swell partner for the whole year :-)

Melinda
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: "A Day In the Life Of" Swap (Sign up Closed; first mailing 11/10/04) on: October 24, 2005 08:05:31 AM
FYI -- more lame excuses from me...   Embarrassed

We've been in the process of completely having our kitchen rebuilt, so I've just not really had time for crafting.  Right now, though, I brought the last 2 journals I have with me to my mom's, where I will be living for the next 2 weeks, and without having to deal with my house for 2 weeks, I hope to have time to put into finishing these.  Really.  Seriously.

I am not dead, I just haven't been around Craftster.

Melinda
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: granny square pattern I made up -- opinions? on: October 24, 2005 07:59:33 AM
Honestly?? 1-  It would look a lot better if you used colors that matched.  2- used abbrev's that are actually used in tutorials for stitches. 
It keeps things less confusing.

The colors in the picture are actually not completely accurate to what the colors looked like "in person", but still, I like bright colors, contrast, and mixing brights with neutrals.  That's just my taste!

I'm not sure what abbreviations you mean for stitch patterns other than the ones I used.  I've been crocheting for about 20 years, and those are the abbreviations I've always seen in patterns (e.g. sc=single crochet, hdc=half double crochet, sk st=skip stitch, and so on).  Are there different abbreviations that are commonly used?

Thanks for the input Smiley

Melinda
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Official Secret Craftster II Swap Gallery on: October 05, 2005 07:32:22 PM
Secret Craftster, I have to tell you that I just finished reading a great book called "Finding Betty Crocker" and it's a whole history of Betty Crocker.  I swear, I finished the book and the very next thing I did was open the box from you, so I was really tickled and thrilled to see that totally cool pie kit!  It is so neat!  We are in the process of renovating our kitchen, so between that and the Betty book, I was sort of getting inspired to bake.  Since I don't have a camera anymore, I will just tell, it's a tiny little booklet with pie recipes, including how to make crust, and there is a ceramic pie bird (I've always wanted one, just because they're cool) and two tiny cookie cutters, a star and a leaf, that you can make pretty shapes of pie crust with!

My SC also sent a neat pin which is made of I think that moldable plastic?, and some swell Halloween stuff, a skull mug, skeleton pin, and awesome spider/web candles.  Also a gorgeous and really intricately-patterned bottle stopper made of fimo, which I would never have the patience to make Wink .  Thanks so much for the HUGE box, SC!

Melinda
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Official Secret Craftster II Swap Gallery on: September 22, 2005 02:20:27 PM
Hey, I didn't send that stuff, but it looks pretty cool!   Wink   BTW, I will e-mail you the tracklisting for the CDs, but I thought it might be fun to have it be a surprise for the first listen.

I have been lax in thanking my SC for this month, so I apologize!  I feel crummy that I seem to have lost access to a digital camera and cannot share pics of stuff.

Melinda
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