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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mystery item - how would you use it? 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?







2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Waves of Fun - my new summer purse 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.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Krazy Kooling Ties - great scrap busting project 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.  








4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / MiracleGro versus Ashland Water Gems: water absorbing crystals. 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.


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what type of loom is this? 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.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / sepia photos need historic looking labels - ideas? on: August 18, 2013 08:58:45 AM
I have looked at dozens of heritage albums.
They are beautiful, but way too busy for me.
I want something clean and classic.  

I have a lot of very old family photos I need to preserve.  
They have been stored in acid free envelopes, but nothing else has been done.
I have wanted to put them in scrapbooks for over ten years.  
The photos are both sepia tones and black and white.

Update: 
I finally realized why I had so much problem choosing scrapbook paper for my old photos.
Anything other than the classic black, looked wrong to me.
I gave in and purchased one package of mat black card stock.
95% of the photos look great with the black background.
I have also purchased several muted papers to try out a few ideas.
They all have a Victorian look with old keys, stamps, postcards, etc.
I really wanted the look of old newspaper, but there was none at the craft store.
I still have a few details to work out, but I am finally on track.

thanks.


















7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / photo placement to resemble a classic photo album - how do I avoid gridlock 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.







8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / wanting to add short sleeves to my tank tops. on: April 12, 2013 07:48:42 AM
I have lots of beaded and fancy tank tops, but I am unable to wear these right now.  
I would love to add short or 3/4 sleeves to the tops.  
I am open to various sleeve patterns and long as they are shorter sleeves.
Not sure how to go about this.  
Do I crochet the sleeves and then sew them to the top?
I don't know how to compensate for the curved armholes.
I have also considered cutting the shoulder seam and removing part of the "strap".
Maybe a handkerchief sleeve would be easier.  
I have some experience with both knitting and crochet, but just the basics.

Rina's yoke might solve the problem on a few shirts.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157176.0#axzz2QG9SiFyy



9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "No SWEAT" double-sided coasters with variegated yarn on: January 21, 2013 09:57:26 AM
These are so simple to make and so very thick.  Perfect for those oversized drinks that "sweat" all over your tables.


Front side made with basic continental stitch using variegated yarn.
I used two pieces of 4" canvas for each coaster.
Worked side to side on one design and from the outside spiraling inward on the other.



Back side made with simple straight stitch.


Wrong sides together and use the loop edge stitch to join.
It didn't even make a dent in my skeins of yarn.

Color choices went with my denim blue sofa I recovered and the khaki table topper and throw pillows I made.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / seeking basic instructions for a double-sided mug rug on: November 10, 2012 07:23:09 AM
I was at the thrift store and found a plastic canvas "mug rug" for just $.05. It looks like many of the yarn mug rugs with the coffee cup, except it does not have fringe. I can tell it's two pieces of square canvas.  The front has the vintage mug rug design (gray and white) and the back is a solid (gray) color.  It looks like they did the front and back separately then bound the two together.  It's nice, thick and very absorbent.


How do you estimate how much yarn is needed to complete one solid coaster?

ANSWER:  approx 7 yds per side without the edge.

just wondering if I have enough yarn for a set of coasters.
The plastic canvas looks to be about 4" square.
If I understand it correctly, it has 7 stitches to the inch.

I thought for sure I would find this pattern on the net, but no luck.
In fact, I haven't found any coasters that are double-sided on the web.
Every design I found is felt backed, but this coaster looks a lot better.

I would appreciate some info on double-sided coasters.  


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