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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: Seriously....I have a problem...YARN!!! Major pic obese!!! You are warned! on: February 16, 2008 08:34:28 AM
Ten years ago I made a new rule for myself--no purchases of yarn or fabric until the previous yarn or fabric was used up. I gotta admit, it hasn't been an easy resolution to keep, but I've got my yarn down to one big clear plastic bin now and fabric down to just two shelves of storage. You have some beautiful yarn there, I can see how you got seduced by it into purchasing! Good luck!
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: drink more water bracelet on: February 16, 2008 08:28:58 AM
Good idea. Could be used for other things you want to track, like taking vitamins, etc. I could see a whole armful of bracelets given all the things I promise myself to do every day--exercise, floss, stretch, ...
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: makeup stash...HELP! on: February 16, 2008 08:19:24 AM
Hanging fruit baskets from the ceiling and colorful plastic containers to hold the make-up?

Over the toilet cupboard? (That's what I did, I had the same problem.)
24  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Commissioned work? on: February 16, 2008 08:14:32 AM
OK, thanks, I'll try that!
25  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Commissioned work? on: February 15, 2008 12:23:14 PM
Anyone have an idea of how I could find a weaver to do a commissioned work? Or a ball park figure of what one would cost? I don't weave, I do lots of other kinds of art, including crochet, knit, quilt, batik, ceramics, water color and murals. Perhaps someone would want to do a trade for some commissioned work I create? I have an idea I want to try out, creating a work that spans a long wall with a variety of the same theme carried out in different media. It's a forest, meadow and mountain scape, so far I've got the fabric and layout for a quilted section, a batik section, and a water color painting section, but I may just stick with fabric crafts and not use any other forms, I'm not sure how they will look together. Plus I want something soft to help absorb sound in the room it is going into.
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Mural art--paint questions on: February 15, 2008 12:11:33 PM
Has anyone painted a mural in acrylics and want to share with me their secrets? I am starting a really, really large mural. It is of sea life. The panels are made with polystyrene foam and I'm doing bass relief to make the images dimensional. I want to paint with acrylic and then seal the whole thing with a clear coat so that it is durable. Any idea of the best brand of paint and sealant so that it doesn't fade and doesn't crack or peel?
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you paint or glaze bathroom tile? on: February 15, 2008 12:05:31 PM
I've done a lot of tile work and love it--in fact, I bought a kiln and handmade tile for my bathroom! But in cases where I wanted to cover up existing tile, but not re-tile, I used a concrete coating over the tile, embossed the patterns I wanted into the concrete, and then stained using acid stain over the concrete. The whole thing then gets coated with waterproof clear coating. I'm new so I can't post pictures yet, but will do it later if you're interested. I know it sounds complicated but it really isn't. The mix for the cement was fairly inexpensive, the stains were inexpensive, too. The most time consuming part was taping off the tub so I wouldn't drip into it. I made a template for embossed areas for my bathroom out of a thin layer of flexible foam (cut it with Hot Wire Foam Factory tools--my husband makes them!  Kiss) I did sand castles in my bathroom and sea shells in his. The staining in these didn't come out exactly like I wanted, but I could always do it over again if I want. Anyway, it's an idea for covering old tile that you don't want any longer, and I like it that I can create curved corners so there isn't any place for mold to collect, making it easier to clean.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Multiples Help Please on: February 15, 2008 11:54:58 AM
I always find it depends on the yarn I'm using and the hook I've chosen, so I start a swatch and make a few rows then do the math to figure out how many I need in my initial chain. I don't care how good the pattern is, the variables are going to be the yarn, the hook and your style.
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie and Pucca on: February 15, 2008 11:46:58 AM
Very cute! I think you are less of a newbie than you might think!
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