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21  Texas / Texas: Central / I have a ton of Beautiful antique books in excellent condition -willing to share on: January 24, 2009 05:49:55 PM
My grandfather just moved out of his home, and had hundreds of antique books that he was giving to good will.  I went over and snatched up a huge tote full of reader's digest condensed books. They have beautiful covers in different colors, some even have the original jackets.  I can't possibly use all of them, so if you live in the Austin area and are willing to drive up to my place in Round Rock, I'd be happy to share these books with you.  I hate to see them go to waste with so many crafting possibilities.  Send me a private message if you are interested. Smiley
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ScrappySue's clever pleat purse - featuring Wal-mart $1 fabric on: November 19, 2008 08:51:31 PM
I loved ScrappySue's clever little pleat purse (complete with tutorial!)  The instructions were great on making the pattern too http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241248.0

I found this pretty fabric at Wal-Mart for really cheap.  I thought it was really pretty, but my mom saw it and says "oh look at the hippie bag!"  What do you think?  Hippie or not?  I made 4 purses, two from this fabric and the other two got gifted before I could take pics.  I included some pics of my Palm treo so you can see size reference.

If I had to do it again, I think I would shorten the handles a bit, or maybe use bamboo handles instead. It really is a fun purse to make.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Need measurement help for curvy friend on: October 21, 2008 09:04:42 PM
I'd like to make an apron out of this really awesome Alexander Henry fabric for one of my really good friends.  She's beautifully curvy and I don't want to ask her what size she is, but I'm thinking she's about 250 pounds 5'5".  How long should the apron front and tie strings be?  I'm just going to do one of those quick half-aprons.. and of course, matching accessories Smiley
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need ideas for infant clown wig on: October 20, 2008 05:28:53 PM
I am dressing my daughter up as a clown and need to make a wig, she is only 7 months old.  I am thinking yarn would be good, but I don't know how to knit and haven't crocheted in probably 8-9 years.  So here's what I have come up with, but I thought I'd ask my fellow crafters out here if you have better ideas.

I was going to make a bunch of yarn (or store bought) pom-poms and sew them on to....
- existing infant cap
- panty hose cut to fit top of her head
- pom-poms sewn together and tie under chin?
- mesh, and use yarn latch-hook style method to attach individual strands of yarn for a shaggy look (remember latch hook? lol)
- ditch the whole wig idea and make a big floppy hat!

Please let me know what your ideas are, I'd love to hear them!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Need cheap fabric, should I dye fabric? any ideas? on: October 15, 2008 09:51:14 PM
My son wants to dress up as Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars Episode 3, where I swear the guy must be wearing 3 outfits.  I am really broke right now and need to find some cheap fabric. The stuff I liked at JoAnn's was $14.99 a yard!  Obviously thrifty-me cannot pay $14.99/yd, so I thought sheets would be a good alternative.  So I visited our local thrift shop, all they have are white sheets, which I thought about dying brown and black, whatever shades I need.  I checked big lots, but their sheets were pretty high compared to the thrift store.  Any ideas?   Have any of you had any luck with dying sheets? Is there a specific blend of fabric that works best? 
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Great stuff to make patterns out of.. on: October 15, 2008 09:47:24 PM
I was making a pattern this weekend (which I normally never do!) and found this huge box full of packing paper. It makes great patterns!  Strong enough to write on and pin over and over.  It comes in a 8 pound box, and its used for shipping packages, really large sheets. I've seen this stuff used at stores when you buy breakables, they wrap it up for you.  You can get it at most packing /moving / storage places.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Aquarium purse (made from stuff from an old aquarium) on: September 21, 2008 02:36:16 PM
My son's fish tank pump died and we decided to get rid of the aquarium... However, as my husband was taking it out to the trash, I rescued some "craftables"...  We had a perfectly good scene setter (that is the plastic photo-realistic piece that people put at the back of the aquarium to look like the ocean..) and some tubing.  The only thing that didn't come from the aquarium is the grommets and thread for sewing.

By the way, the scene-setter and tubing can all be had at your local pet shop.  They had the scene setters $1.99 a foot on giant rolls. The piece I used was about 28" long.

Let me know what you think!  Smiley









By the way, if you decide to make one of these... the straight stitch will just perforate the plastic and cause it to tear apart.  There's a setting on my machine that looks like a zig zag, that does two stitches diagonally in one direction, then two in the opposite direction. This worked great. I am not sure what the stitch is called, but I think its used for elastic.  Anyhow, it was a fun project.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic flowers from old plastic lids on: September 21, 2008 02:21:32 PM
I made these with my nieces a couple weekends ago.  They made picture frames and attached them, but would look cute as a magnet or gift embelishment, scrapbooks, whatever..



So easy to do.  You find some old lids to containers that don't have matches anymore. 
Take a dry erase marker and draw your flower shapes on them.
Cut them out, and rub off any of the dry erase marker still left.
use a hole puncher to punch a hole in them..
Fasten them together with a brad.

Hope you like them.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What do you think about using this as a purse handle? on: September 18, 2008 04:27:17 PM
I am looking for purse handles on the cheap...  I saw these at hancock fabrics on display and was wondering if it might work. 



The free instructions are here:
http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/FabricNecklace.pdf

thoughts please!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re-con from Dowdy to Diva on: September 15, 2008 09:50:15 AM
Here's a non-fru-fru outfit for a baby girl.  I had some fun with this one.  We had a stained tank top that my daughter only wore one time.  So I covered it with a t-shirt tatoo (iron on) and some rhinestones.  Next up, we needed a matching bottom, so I cut up an old pair of cords that were really dumpy looking.  I had thought they were ladies, but they have a men's size.  Anyhow, really ugly pants, great fabric.  So we wound up with this:

Before (DOWDY!!)  Angry :


After (DIVA!!)  Grin :




I included the last photo on the right so you can see the inside of the waist band. I didn't want a bulky waist, so I took a piece of wide bias tape (that I made from some scraps), and did a hong kong seam over the edge with some elastic wedged in.  Makes a nice non-bulky waist.

Tell me what you think
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