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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: ire (Ireland)? on: June 04, 2008 05:00:55 AM
I'm a crocheter too mainly Smiley

So you and I can form a posse there.. a posse of... two? Is that possible?

Anyway! The flyer says it is "not knitting exclusive"... but really, the name is kinda misleading.

I suppose World Wide Making Things with Pokey Sticks and Yarn Day isn't as catchy, no?

What will you be working on? I think I'll be making something ridiculously tiny so I can finish it in one day. I'm thinking - a bear.
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: ire (Ireland)? on: May 25, 2008 02:27:57 PM
is anyone else going to the Dublin Knitting in Public Day?


It is organised by http://knittingneels.com/

Last year looks like it was alot of fun. I saw some photos around. Not sure if I can make it to Dublin though.

Anyone around Sligo want to do something on that day?

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for site with photo-enlargement software to print big on: July 26, 2006 04:39:17 AM
i thought of this, since you asked about enlarging or large-format printing.

had you seen the issue of blueprint with projects with enlarged pictures?


also has info on how-to!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / betsy johnson on hgtv website on: July 25, 2006 06:32:52 PM
i didn't see it, but ages ago saw an article about her house (and her daughter) in vogue (or other fashion mag) maybe in 90's or late 80's. a trip to the library might help there!

also, i saw this on the HGTV website, scrolll down and see the pictures of her house...


"Floral prints, an old-fashionied iron bed and vintage lingerie hung as drapes give Betsey Johnson's bedroom a country-in-the-city feel.
Johnson's decorating philosophy is this: "If you love it and it's beautiful, it goes with anything else that you love and is beautiful." "

"Betsey Johnson is a maverick in the fashion world. She's the woman who turned vinyl into a miniskirt in the 1960s and continues to challenge the minds of industry insiders today. Walking into her New York apartment is like walking into one of her fashion shows . The colors are vibrant, the patterns are mixed, the mood is easy and fun.

The crowning achievement in the one-bedroom penthouse apartment in downtown Manhattan is a room that was once used for storage by a former owner. Today it is Johnson's bedroom . With its floral prints, old-fashioned iron bed and feminine touches, the bedroom has a look only Johnson could pull together. Who else would use vintage lingerie as drapes?"

wow, i wanted to add this link to her fashion show inside a house, reminds me of her own decorating style a bit.

best of luck!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for site with photo-enlargement software to print big on: July 25, 2006 05:32:09 PM
bunny of DOOM! - thanks for the link! isn't craftster just a wonder? (i spent about an hour trying to search for it myself!)

tymichelle-   so, are you looking for simply large-print poster-sized printing? 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / looking for site with photo-enlargement software to print big on: July 23, 2006 08:30:38 PM

i think i saw this site in the context of funky interior design trick. it was a site with software which would
- enlarge your image
- divide it into 4x6 print-sized files to be printed...

... so you could get a large image without paying for large format.

has anyone else seen this? i'm trying to retrace my steps but it was a couple of weeks ago.

any help appreciated!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / the mini machines are actually good! on: June 23, 2006 06:19:44 AM
I just want to chime in... I bought a really cheap little machine. It was not a hand-held one. But it was about 30 USD, it was a mini-model. It only did a straight stitch. And I was so excited about it, and I sewed together two lovely cloth dolls. BUT BUT... it suddenly stopped working... could not keep tension, and was having weird back-looping problems.

Turns out I had inserted the wrong bobbin. And in the meantime, I went and bought a brand new (but floor model) sewing machine. Now I have two perfectly working machines. Whoops! Anyway, you might be able to get a good deal on mini-sewing machines, and as with any other, check the size of the bobbin, and use metal ones!

This is what the mini sewing machine is like:

It's great if you can get a gift of one, or afford a fulll-size machine. But my little mini machine is GREAT. and it takes batteries! (I imagine hand ones do too?)

gratuitous picture of Nina the doll sewn on a mini-machine: Smiley

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! on: June 07, 2006 06:59:46 AM
this is not the best photo, but in the center/left part of the screen you can see what my friend made to hold cuffs.

she used thin peices of driftwood and tied them together, so they hung like a rack. the top one was a bit thicker, and she wrote the price in white paint. the cuffs, which closed with velcro were easy for people to take on and off, and it also made a kind of 'wall' around the space.

i think it could be adopted for other things, like maybe scarves. it was easy to transport/move, because she literally just rolled the thing up. voila!

i sold a whopping three things last weekend (my first time) but i think i simply had the wrong stuff for the audience, at a concert... or that's what i keep telling myself... Wink

best of luck to you, you'll do much better at an actual craft fair!

please post photos or sketches if you see other cool ideas.  Grin
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: paper mache questions on: June 05, 2006 06:53:23 PM
PVA (white white) is great for paper mache. it dries hard. you can dilute it a little bit to make it easier to spread.

you can mix it with methyl-cellulose (like wallpaper paste) and PVA glue in equal parts. this makes it easier to spread/paste... without diluting with just water.

it's very strong this way!

i found some links here:


10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / what ever happened to... sewwrong? on: June 05, 2006 06:18:16 PM
that was the first craft blog i ever saw in 2002, but it seems to be down...

does anybody know is it permanantly gone?

thanks goodness for the wayback machine  http://web.archive.org/  Smiley
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