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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / what to do with a billion credit card stickers? on: February 05, 2011 03:04:33 PM
You know how when a credit card company sends you mail trying to get you to sign up, there are a bunch of stickers in there with little pictures of credit cards on them?  I think they're trying to show the variety of pictures you could get on your card (like palm trees, american flags, etc).  Well, when I shredded a whole bunch of these offers, I kept out the stickers and I've kept them ever since.  A whole bunch of sheets of stickers of credit cards. 

It's so random, I know!  I don't know what I thought I would do with them.  But I have a hard time throwing things out.  So I need someone to tell me they're useless, throw them away.  Or to give me another idea, like put them on ebay or something.  I don't know why anyone would want them, but people want weird things.  What should I do?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / where to find a 3/8" gunmetal tone grommet? on: November 06, 2010 06:19:59 PM
I found a purse that I love and bought it even though it is missing a decorative grommet (or eyelet?).  I didn't think it would be so hard to find, but I've checked all the craft stores and searched online and apparently gunmetal toned grommets are not all that common, especially in the size I need to replace the missing one.  The inner diameter is 3/8", outer 5/8".  I only need one, but I'd be willing to buy a pack since that's how they're usually sold.  Would anyone happen to know where I could find one?



If this is an impossible task, does anyone have any suggestions for what I could do to cover the hole that won't look silly? 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / dyeing faded black Dickies 5-pocket work pants on: July 07, 2010 02:27:12 PM
I have to wear black pants for work and I have a pair of Dickies 5-pocket pants ( http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?DeptID=50459&CatID=50459&Grptyp=PRD&ItemId=168ef21&cm_mmc=ShoppingFeed-_-Google-_-Juniors-_-Dickies%205%20Pocket%20Pant%20%20Black%20Khaki%20Stone ) that I have worn and washed a lot over the past few months.  I tried washing them inside out and adding vinegar to the wash to prevent fading, but they still look pretty faded.  They are cotton (w/ a bit of lycra).  Could I Rit dye them back to black?  I know the inside white pockets would probably be black too, but I don't mind.  I'm just not sure this is a good idea. 
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / making a necklace out of this pendant on: June 21, 2010 08:56:17 AM
My grandma gave me this little coral pendant (about an inch long).  I said I would get a chain for it so I could wear it, but the bail is rather tarnished and I don't think it would look good.  It's not even a bail really, it's just a simple loop that's either screwed into the coral, or just glued.  The glue is visible and the loop is a tarnished brass color.  I'd like to wear it with a silver chain.  What could I do to make it look like a finished necklace?  Should I risk trying to remove the metal loop or could I cover it up somehow?  All ideas are welcome.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / turning a unisex t-shirt into a girl's t-shirt? on: March 16, 2010 08:36:22 PM
I have some men's/unisex band t-shirts that don't really look good on me with the bulky collar and sleeves that stick out and general bagginess.  Even a men's small looks bad.  Is there anything i can do to make these shirts more flattering?  I'm not looking for anything crazy like turning it into a halter top.  I just want it to fit a little better.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / simple stretch bracelets on: December 20, 2009 10:28:13 AM
I'm making some simple stretch bracelets for Christmas presents and was just wondering the best way to do the knot.  I'm using .5mm stretch magic, mostly wooden beads, one turquoise bead.  I made a surgeon's knot, then used the long tails to go through each bead again to double the strength (theoretically) and made another surgeon's knot.  I know glue is supposed to help keep the knot secure, but my E6000 is all dried up.  Would a dot of Liquid Stitch fabric glue or nail polish work?  I've also heard of using crimp beads, but I imagine the crimp bead would just cut right through the elastic eventually.  Any thoughts?  I'd rather the bracelets not break after a few uses (or ever really).
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / getting rid of puffy sleeves? on: July 30, 2009 06:14:33 PM
I bought a shirt, similar to this (http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/juniors/brands/so/tops/PRD~452597/SO+Checkered+Camp+Shirt.jsp#) or this (http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/juniors/brands/so/tops/PRD~452595/SO+Ruffled+Camp+Shirt.jsp?crosssell=true#), with short sleeves that I'd like to make less puffy.  They don't look especially puffy on the hanger but when I wear it, it's more noticeable.  Is there a simple way to make them lay flatter without completely ruining the shirt?   The fabric is on the sheer side, 100% cotton.  I can probably live with it the way it is, but I thought I'd ask anyway. 
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / how to sew a zipper into a crocheted change-purse? on: July 11, 2009 07:20:33 PM
I crocheted a change-purse, very simple, it's just a rectangle.  I want to add a zipper to the top and line it, but I want to do it properly instead of just winging it.  I have a zipper that's at least twice as long as it needs to be, so I'll need to shorten it somehow... then what?  I found this tutorial ( http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/how-to-sew-a-zipper-into-a-knitting-project ), but I don't really understand it.  Pictures would be really helpful!  Thanks.

Oh, I'll be doing everything by hand, not with a sewing machine.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / odd number peyote stitch skewing to the left on: May 23, 2009 11:48:25 AM
I'm making a bracelet using size 6/0 E beads and monofilament.  I'm following the instructions for odd-numbered peyote stitch (bead and button magazine pdf).  It's 7 beads wide and after only a few rows, it was visibly skewing to the left, toward the side you have to do the little figure 8 thing.  Is this normal?  It looks nice, but I'm afraid it won't sit on my wrist properly.  Is there a way to make it straight? 
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / issue with jump rings on a simple beaded bracelet on: April 02, 2009 08:22:08 PM
I made a bracelet today but it broke.  The monofilament slipped through the slit in the jump ring, even though it was closed tightly. I guess there's always that possibility of the string slipping through.  What can I do to avoid this?  I thought of soldering it shut, but I don't have a soldering iron.  I also thought of using crimp beads to somehow make the jump ring one solid circle.  It works in theory but not in practice.   What should I do?
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