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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wire Projects and Chain Maille earrings on: June 11, 2010 02:45:13 AM
I am really in love with those bottom ones! I bet they'd also work wearing in stretched ears, through a pair of eyelets or tunnels. 
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bridal Bling and charms for wedding favours on: June 11, 2010 02:32:47 AM
I love this idea - lilacs are my fav!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experiment with Shrinky Dinks: Part Deux on: June 11, 2010 12:26:46 AM
Very pretty!
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kanzashi from vintage silk! on: June 11, 2010 12:25:51 AM
Wow, I've never heard of/seen kanzashi before but those are really beautiful! That first one is crazy beautiful!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fun With String :) on: June 11, 2010 12:24:10 AM
These are really superb.  I have a pair of teardrop shaped ones I got at target and I've been trying to think of ways to reproduce them.  I would have never thought of using beads! Awesome!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a headwrap/hat pattern ? on: January 30, 2010 11:29:05 AM
Hi guys,

I've been on a bit of a craftster hiatus for a while but now I'm back and I need your help!  I am having brain surgery in March and I will have to shave my entire head for the surgery.  I am still very overwhelmed about needing the surgery and everything and I keep going back and forth between wanting a wig and not.  Wigs are expensive!  They look difficult and itchy!  I found an awesome seller on ebay who makes some beautiful head wraps for chemo patients and I will be ordering a few from her.  I'm wondering if anybody has ever made any of these hat/head wrap type things or has ever seen a pattern or has any tips on making them.  I am a VERY BEGINNER sewer but my mom is very good and she has offered to make me a few.  I'd like some different ones for wearing to work/sleep/grocery shopping/etc.  I've loved my long hair for so long and it might sound superficial but I've grown quite attached to it and I don't think I will look very cute with a bald head.  I don't crochet or knit so that's out of the question. 

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much in advance  Smiley
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Any tips for growing lilacs in TX? Anyone tried to grow Miss Kim Lilacs? on: June 09, 2009 02:49:32 AM
As a native New Englander transplanted in the Dallas, TX area I deeply miss my old lilac bushes.  After doing some research online, I was very sad to learn that most lilacs need a cold summer and acidic dirt to grow in and they might grow but will not bloom in warmer climates. 

THEN I found the Miss Kim Lilacs online which is supposed to do well in the southern states where other lilacs have difficulty.  They are supposed to be able to grow in zones 3-8 (I'm zone 8 ).  On an impulse, I bought 3 2-gallon plants online. 

But now I'm worried if I'll have trouble growing these.  I am by NO means an experienced gardener, I only have a sad little flower patch in my backyard with sunflowers and misc other wildflowers and such.  Has anybody has this type of lilacs?  Am I doomed to not having these beautiful fragrant flowers in the south?   Huh
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beer Garden? on: June 09, 2009 02:35:23 AM
This may be an old thread BUTTTTTTT... apartment therapy just featured something like this recently and I thought it looked awesome!  They use upside down bottles as a garden path border.  In the comments, some people suggest filling them with dirt or rocks so they stay put or don't break as easily.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/look/look-bottles-as-garden-path-border-086359

29  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing in a straight line - Using a magnet as a guide? on: May 28, 2009 02:35:36 AM
Oh you guys rock!  I didn't think about using a magnet so close to a computer!  It's a brother machine (not sure of the model offhand) and it's computerized.  Maybe I'll try masking tape instead.  I'm more worried about getting the seams all the same size for the quilt than I am about straight lines - I practiced and practiced on scraps and I think I am ok with that, ok enough to make myself a quilt anyway.  Maybe I will try painters tape since it's bright colored. 

I might have a quarter inch foot already, my machine came with a bunch of different feet but I haven't tried any of them out.  I lost the darn manual already and can't figure out how to change them!  I will have to look online and see.

Thanks guys!
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Sewing in a straight line - Using a magnet as a guide? on: May 27, 2009 03:53:37 AM
I have been collecting fabrics to start making a quilt and would like to start very soon.  I haven't done ANY quilting since middle school (gosh, 10 years ago!).  I didn't start sewing again until recently when my guy got me a new machine, so I am very much still learning.

I remember when I was in middle school and we were making quilts that our teacher gave us all these magnets to put on our machine to use as a guide.  Feed the fabric through, and you get the same size seam and a straight line every time if you run it along the side of the magnet.  I am wondering if this is a trick my teacher used or if they actually sell things like this and other people use them?  I remember the magnets were rectangular and stood up maybe a 1/2 inch.  I've tried to use refridgerator magnets with no luck.

Does anybody use anything like this?  Any suggestions?  Or should I just learn to sew straight  Grin
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