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11  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Carving, anyone? on: December 08, 2006 08:59:44 PM
I don't know if anyone else would be interested, but I'd love to see other people's carving projects. :-)
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitch marker diameter question + pic of WIP on: December 06, 2006 07:23:26 PM

Here are the silly stitch markers I am making for my sister for xmas -- one problem: I got the bottom parts done, but I'm unsure how big the top loop/hoop should be.  I've read various things on various sites including this one, but they all use different supplies.  As knitters (which unfortunately I am not), what would be a good size/variety of sizes for this part?
Thank you!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / NERDS Advent calendar on: November 29, 2006 06:36:27 PM

Sorry for the crappy pic.  I'd take more, but it HAD to be in the mail the morning after we made it. :-)
I just had to share:
Last night, the boy and I spent the evening making an advent calendar for his sis out of: A bag of mini Nerds boxes, a half-piece of poster board, some wrapping paper, packing tape and my trusty inkjet printer.  I'm working on posting pics, but the upload is really really slow tonight.  Anyway, it's easy enough to accomplish and turns out pretty darn cute.  First, empty out the Nerds (we left one box full, just for a "surprise"). Print out little labels, 4 x1.5" with numbers 1 through 24 on them, and wrap around the boxes, securing with tape.  Stuff the boxes with little toys, tiny scrolled messages, coins, chocolates, etc and tape the flaps shut. 

Now to make the holder: you can use pretty much any method you'd like, but basically wrap the cardstock around the boxes so that it covers 3 sides, leaving one edge facing out so you can see the number on the label and mark that measurement.  Cut a strip that width using the entire length of  your posterboard.  Using glue stick, cover the posterboard with wrapping paper and let dry. 
Use the same method you would use to wrap a present to create the bottom of the box and tape/hot glue into place. 
Place small boxes in holder and fold down the excess at top to mark then cut slits so the top can be folded over flat, with the excess covering most of the boxes on top to keep them in place.

At this point, I reinforced the whole thing with packing tape, which you really could do after letting the glue dry. 
Then, I used a needle to create an embroidery-floss loop for hanging at the top and I used the holiday embellishment from the treats we bought to fill the boxes to decorate the front.  Voila!   Total cost: about 5 bucks.  Time: about an hour, including coming up with all the cute little things to stuff the box with. Let me know if you want to make one of your own and need clarification! :-)
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Pop-Up CD Case instructions? on: November 08, 2006 05:47:42 PM
A few years ago, I found this awesome website that contained instructions on how to make a "pop-up" CD case -- and I made one - and it was awesome! Unfortunately, I then gave it away without printing the instructions (D'OH). 
It is made only of a long piece or maybe 2 pieces of cardstock and the CD "pops" up from a half-sleeve in the middle when you open the covers.  Does anyone know where I can find these instructions?  I've tried to dummy one out myself, but it never comes out just right.

And if not, does anyone know of any alternative cool homemade CD envelope ideas? Thanks!
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ducky Quilt on: October 25, 2006 06:06:20 PM
I made this for a friend's new baby in the spring -- my first non-crazy-or-plain-square quilt. :-)
Sorry it's a little blurry.
Anyway, I picked up the pattern for a song via web, but it's not too hard to figure out - just squares and triangles, then applique'd eyes (basically yo-yo's).  The ducks came together very quickly, but cutting everything out seemed to take forever!
There was a really nice yellow-striped border around the original, but I was running out of time and wanted to have it ready for the little one's arrival, so I just used yellow quilt binding. And, since I don't have a quilt rack, it is just hand-tied with some pretty yellow and white Cream and Sugar yarn. 
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wedding Gown from Vintage Dress on: August 02, 2006 06:49:40 PM
I'm about to explore a once-in-a-lifetime project, and I do not want to botch it!
I am engaged as of last Wednesday! Hooray! :-)
I have my mom's wedding dress from the early 60's -- now, my mom weighed 95 lb when she was married, not to mention it's not really "my style..."
But I really want to restyle this dress (which she never got to wear because my parents actually eloped) into a bodice, then craft a skirt or buy a skirt to match.
I need advice, Big Time in the ares of fitting, styling, and general tips.  I have sewn a lot of garments, including a Rennaissance-style dress, cycling jerseys, poplin shirts, Asian-inspired shirts, but I've never had so much at stake in terms of fabric and time.  Has anyone else done a simillar project, or can any very experienced seamstresses/tailors out there offer me some advice? I will post pics of everything as crafted for future brides. :-)
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need to Build a Press on: June 22, 2004 09:29:29 AM
I just took up linoleum carving, and I want to build a press -- but I need instructions! Does anyone know a good way to do this? Thanks!
18  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Crafty Seniors! on: March 27, 2004 03:13:12 PM
Just in case we have any craftsters in Minnesota, I wanted to let you know about a shop in New York Mills, west-central MN.  I believe it's called "over 55," and all the contributors are seniors. They make the most beautiful crafts of all kinds, and they are SO CHEAP for wonderful homemade things. I could not believe it. Anyway, if you're ever in the area looking to purchase some groovy stuff (seriously, not just the typical "grandma" swag) and supplement the income of some creative seniors, I highly reccomend it. I will post more when I can get my hands on a phone book. :-)
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Stationary set gift Idea on: February 17, 2004 05:23:29 PM
I recently acquired 5 beautiful wooden cigar boxes. ( I have a mild obsession with crafting small containers!)  The idea that I'm working on as part of my best friend's bday gift is this: A funky homemade stationary set.  I thought it might work for others who are searching for a unique gift.

First, i'll collage/paint/lacquer the outside and cover the inside with thin fabric.  I will make at least 2 dozen uniform envelopes out of cool magazine pages from my old New Yorkers and design some return address labels with my marvelous Mac. :-) Then the notepaper: I will hand-draw and color a quarter sheet of typing paper then copy the design 4x on one sheet for coloring copying, then I'll have the copy place cut it nicely for me. Finally, I'll top it off with a beautiful pen and a roll of stamps. :-)
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fortune cookie themes... on: February 08, 2004 08:29:42 AM
I've decided to try my hand at making fortune cookies for my bf of 5 years for Valentine's day. But, since I don't want to enclose boring old adages about love, I was wondering if anyone has any bright ideas about what kind of notes or other small things I could fold into these? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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