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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a skirt tute/Pattern Rec on: November 27, 2005 05:12:52 PM
I've got a bunch of fabric that needs using up, and I can't find the pattern I'd had in mind for it.  I'm pretty sure I saw the post here.  But I just want to make a simple skirt, knee-length, with a waist band.  Maybe one of those 3-4 panel dealies?  Is there like a master list of all the skirt tutes on this site, because just scrolling through all of the posts isn't helping me!

Sorry to spam the board, but I'd appreciate a few pointers if any of you have favorites.
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Feed Dogs on Sewing machine? on: November 23, 2005 06:19:10 PM
Weel, I recently made some menstrual pads.  That topic aside, they were just like giant circles.  Unfortunately, I found this REALLY hard to do on my sewing machine.  Would it be easier with the feed dogs lowered?  Are there other reasons I'd need to lower the feed dogs?  Sorry for a silly question, but I wasn't sure how to search on it.

Thanks!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Tea Infuser/Strainer/Ball Dangley Charm? on: October 24, 2005 06:40:20 PM
Ok.  I'm into loose tea right now.  Unfortunately, I can't afford a teapot just yet, so I'm making due with a metal tea ball.  I'd like to snazz mine up a bit and personalize it with a 'tag' or dangle at the end, like the paper tags on teabags.  But I don't know what to do.  I could make a shrinky dink tag, or even cut microscope slides in half and make a small pendant.

Anyone have any good sources for interesting 'tea' type images?  Victorian, old ads, etc?  Maybe an interesting bead dangle or something?

(This might even be nice, now that I think of it, as a little stocking stuffer around christmas...)

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Kitty Crinkle Bag on: October 12, 2005 05:04:07 PM
Taking a hint from a poster somewhere who mentioned buying a simplicity pattern for these, only to find it was in essense a Jordy bag with batting and cellophane as a lining, I decided to make one myself.  My Taboo is very young yet, and doesn't seem affected in the slightest by catnip (I don't think kittens are).  So I've been struggling to find things to entertain her with.  (She does love fuzzy mice, but my dog keeps stealing them from her and chewing them apart.)

Anyhow, here it is.  It was actually quite difficult.  The outer material is a dark/black jean type material, and the inside is fun kitty face flannel.  (I found it at walmart, but I don't think they make it anymore.  Oh well.)  I ended up sewing the denim as a layer, then pinning the sheets of cellophane to it and stitching it on separately.  The lining doesn't quite stay in, because it's slippery, so I may add a few tacks in the corners to keep it inside.  Don't worry too much about the cellophane getting out of control - it's supposed to be crinkly, right?

Unfortunately, Boo isn't much interested in it - I had to stick a treat inside it for her to even get near enough for this picture.  Maybe another time.

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cat Tent Poles on: September 27, 2005 09:59:41 AM
I'm working on a tent from the simplicity 9004 pattern.  (Here's a link: http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?page=thumbnail.cfm&cat=3&type=0&sec=0&id=52&StartRow=11)  I'm doing the tent, not the house or the fish.

The pattern calls for basketry spline.  I don't think any local craft stores carry that, though I have found this site online that sells it:  http://www.basketweaving.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page14.html  Unfortunately, when I add their shipping to the cost, that's around $4 in just spline per tent!

So.  I've been looking for other things, and I'm not finding much.  Maybe you girls could help.  I've tried dowel rods.  For one that's flexible enough to bend to what I need, it's not supportive enough for me to be happy with it as a tent pole.  I also tried 1/2" PVC pipe, which is flexible, but not quite enough - it 'folds' or bends before I even get to the point where I need it.

For what it's worth, the dimensions of each side are around 17"  using my mad trigonometry skills, that means that the catecorner distance is roughly 24"  The pattern calls for 4' lengths of basket spline.  What can I get in 4' lengths that will bend this amount, but still stay supportive?

I found this awesome lady: http://www.karenskottage.org/Linkhome.html who sells them, but with 'fiberglass rods' as poles.  If you look at some of the pictures, there is 'printing' or writing on the underside of her poles, similar to the stuff on pvc piping.  Any idea where I could get something similar?  (Locally, preferably, as I'm sure I could order it with huge shipping expenses.)

Thanks in advance, folks, hope you can help!
~Bubbles
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Geocaching swag on: June 22, 2005 02:18:22 PM
Heyo.  I have no idea where to post this, and this seemed like the most reasonable forum.

I'm terribly obsessed with geocaching, and I've noticed that some cachers have a 'signature item' that they leave in every cache.  Well, I can't afford to buy 250 squished pennies or printed wooden nickels at a time, and I don't get out enough that I'd really use them all.  So I've gone to the idea of shrinky dinks.  Or maybe just something else.  Really, they're just cheap tokens like someone else mentioned people exchange at renfaires or girl scout camp.

I've carved stamps for all of us that we use to stamp the log book with.  Aside from that, here are a few of my ideas.  If you were hiking in the woods, and picked up an ammo can full of junk, what of the following would you most like?  Hee.

Shrinky dink Tangram set with printed puzzles
Marble Magnets
Folded fabric flower pins/hair pins
Shrinky dink token/keychain with stamped 'signature'
Shrinky dink token printed with a picture and stamped on the back (But what kind of images?  My dog?!  Hee)
Microscope slide ornaments
Etched shot glasses (I can do this pretty cheaply)
((Something else?!))


Anything else?
As far as regular trade items goes, I've got a random assortment of stuff: collapsible dog bowls and tennis balls, ponchos, super glue, batteries, LAF bracelets, cards, bubbles, mini travel games, yadda yadda.
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Last minute emergency gifts on: December 19, 2004 08:30:38 PM
I asked about this over at getcrafty and haven't received much answer, yet.  My fiance asked for a very specific thing this year, and due to a few problems, I just found out my plans to get it fell through.  Long story short, he understands, and we're working on a plan to get it for him, just a little late.  But I still want something for him to open on christmas morning.  For the record, he's a geek, I'm a geek.  That's the kind of thing he likes.  But I need some more ideas.  Please please help me.

1.)  Poly clay Link (Zelda) figure:  He asked for me to make him one a while ago, and I never got around to it.  I'm considering making several in a sort of series - Like one attached to a coaster, or a pencil holder for his desk, etc.  Any ideas on 'useful' things I could incorporate this little Link into?  Maybe a picture frame.
2.)  Embroider some nintendo/gaming/dorky picture onto a heat bag cover - I'm thinking bubble bobble, since he uses the green one as an avatar on his counterstrike boards.  But I need help - I've never done that, and I need info quick on how to transfer images, and how to 'fill in' an embroider image.  (I've been skimming the boards, but haven't found links or anything to instructions."
3.)  Carve a stamp with "PWND" and a red ink pad.  Dorky inside joke, like a "Denied" stamp.

Please, folks, I need a few more ideas, because this is all I got. 

Thanks in advance,
Bubbles
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Wow, there's an alternative craft fair in my area! on: September 15, 2004 12:14:54 PM
I just found a flier for it today - and the fair is in Mid-november.  Last registration date is Oct 23rd.  I'm thinking about entering - table cost is only $15, so I think I could make it back fairly easily.

But I don't have anything on hand to sell, so I need quick, cheap things to work on.  If I've got a decent amount by mid-october, I'm definately going to do this (For the price of seeing two movies, I could do a fun little craft fair?  Heck yeah!)

So, here are a few things I'm bouncing around, and I know they're overdone, but they're easy
Record Bowls/candy dishes (I've found the smaller ones are great for change trays if you fill in the hole)
Knitting needles (Mostly size 8's and 10's because those are what I can find in dowel rods - with neat caps on the ends)
Lucky Star Jewelry (Pendants, earrings, bracelets)
Microwave Corn Bags (Maybe make some sort of neat cover for them? - Ideas?)
Tshirt pillows (Scour Goodwill here, and maybe a few of those "Lonely night" pillows that are half of a man's button down shirt?)
Marble Magnets (Yep, overdone, but cute, and besides, I can hang the jewelry over them and use 'em like hooks)
Hair trinkets?

Oh, and if any of you ladies are in the Pittsburgh area, here's the link - join up, or come over for it!
http://www.handmadearcade.com

~bubbles
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