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1  looking for vintage style leisure bra pattern in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: January 17, 2016 07:02:00 AM
Looking for a leisure/lounge/sleep bra with a front closure.  Not exactly what I want, but it's close. I thought they were longline bras.  Maybe it had a side closure. 

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2  inspiration needed for an index befitting a scrapbook album in Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: December 28, 2015 05:37:18 PM
I have three old family photo albums I would love to index.
If you have created a table of content or index, please share your insights. 
I found this beautiful graphic online for the word index.

I just don't know where to go next.

The rest just seems very disappointing.

Johnson family picnic page 9
Johnson, George and Martha page 11
Smith, John page 3
Smith, William page 7,
White Brown wedding photo page 12

Still looking for a table of contents graphic suitable for old family photos. 

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3  Re: How to make a mummy's head with mini tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by money2burn on: October 04, 2015 06:45:45 PM
The strips were approx. 1.5" wide by 40" long.
Each strip wrapped around the head about 3 times.

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4  How to make a mummy's head with mini tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by money2burn on: September 20, 2015 01:51:36 PM

I had a glass head I wanted to update.
Next I tea dyed muslin fabric. (I had tea and muslin in the house).
Tore the muslin into strips approx 1.5 inches wide and the length of the fabric.
I also had matte finish mod podge (it's non toxic) in my stash.
I applied mod podge to the glass and started wrapping my mummy.
The glue takes a long time to dry.
After each half was dry, I flipped in over to do the other half.
Pictured is layer three and I have at least one more layer to add on to the top of head, neck and across the nose.
The more layers I add, the better it looks.
Once done, I will seal the whole thing with mod podge.
It will be the centerpiece on my table with snacks around it.
After Halloween it will be a vintage hat display.
I am very happy with aged look of the fabric.

*mod podge is very sticky and must be cleaned up while wet.  
*I have already used 1 yard of fabric to wrap it, so make sure you have lots of gauze on hand.

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5  Mystery item - how would you use it? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: July 17, 2015 07:06:29 AM
This was found in a box of polymer clay supplies, but I'm not sure what it is. 
There's nothing written on it and it might not be a craft item at all.
I've enhanced the color to make it more visible in the photo.
It's white plastic with four different shapes, one on each side (square, circle, oval and triangle).
Each design is about 1.25" across.
They are too large to make clay buttons, but that's the only idea I have.

If this item was in your craft stash, how would you use it?

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6  Waves of Fun - my new summer purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by money2burn on: July 10, 2015 11:12:57 AM
I saw a Michael Kors purse I wanted and JoAnns carried a similar fabric.
Somewhere in the process,  I decided their purse was too formal for me.  

The blue cord was a leftover drawstring than I randomly sewed to the fabric.

The blue lining  used to be a nurse's smock.
I carefully lined in up, so the smock pockets worked with my purse.

I had planned to make straight sides, but it didn't suit the fabric.
The outside of the purse was sewn like a bubble skirt, gathered at the top and bottom.
The lining was sewn with straight edges.
Lining up the top gathers with the straight edge was very tricky.
I can't remember when I used so many straight pins.

The straps and oval base are black denim that I had leftover.

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7  Krazy Kooling Ties - great scrap busting project in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by money2burn on: July 08, 2015 09:49:14 AM
They use less than 1/4 yard of fabric.  
I've made 20 so far, and still digging through my leftover fabric.  
Everyone was chosen to fit the personality of the wearer.  

I did not use any pattern, but you don't need one.  
Basically it's a 4" x 42" rectangle of cotton/cotton blend fabric.
1 tsp of Miracle Gro Water Absorbing Crystals in each tie.
I only used my sewing machine and each took about 30 minutes to make.

My favorite is the purple batik.
left to right: Marvel comics, Dr. Who, marbled black and gold, patriotic flags, galaxy fabric, and turquoise print.  
I made others, but neglected to take photos.  

I carried the finished ties in my purse in a ziploc bag.  
When people asked where to purchase one, I gave them one for free.  

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8  MiracleGro versus Ashland Water Gems: water absorbing crystals. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: June 21, 2015 05:39:13 AM
I was asked to find some cooling ties formy co-workers, but couldn't find a local source.
I only had a few days, so I opted to make some.

I purchased Ashland Water Gems from Michaels.  
They started out the size of microbeads.
After absorbing the water, it looks like I put peas inside of the cooling ties.
I used less than 1 tsp per tie.
I know it looks like I overfilled it, but it's an illusion from the round crystals.
On the plus side, they work really well.

I've read online about re-purposing disposable diapers for their water absorbing properties.
It's also sounds very messy to me.

I was finally able to get MiracleGro Water Storing Crystals.
They are exactly the same size as the Ashland Water Gems.
The main difference between the two is the shape.
MiracleGro Crystals have jagged edges giving a more natural appearance.
Ashland Water Gems are round.

I couldn't get the Miracle crystals in time, but the cooling ties work great anyway.

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9  what type of loom is this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: May 15, 2015 03:42:25 PM
I came across this gadget mixed in a bag of dolls. Loom is a pale lavender plastic with retractable pins. About 3" square. I am guessing it's similar to spool knitting, but square.

Would love to know the correct name and see if there are any patterns online.  I can't even locate a finished project for inspiration.

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10  photo placement to resemble a classic photo album - how do I avoid gridlock in Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions by money2burn on: May 14, 2013 11:12:08 AM

The goal is to save my travel photos from future damage and label them.

I have several albums to do, and wanted to keep the classic album look.

Q:  I have four 3.5" x 5" photos that are all horizontal.   
     I want at least three different layouts that will fit with my style in this album.
     Do you have a clever layout, so I can keep the classic album look?

I have no problem putting photographs at an angle, but can't seem to get a decent layout with four identical rectangles.

Let me show you the simple style that works for me-most of the time.

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