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711  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - (CLOSED - Send by 8/25) on: July 28, 2008 04:59:59 AM
Thank you, Elvissatx!

I think my partner will be quite fun to do for!
712  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ethical quandry: vintage pattern, to cut or not to cut? on: July 27, 2008 07:36:04 PM
Wow - this discussion is all over the place.

Personally, I have dozens of vintage patterns. For me, it's not about the monetary value (I got most of them for $1.00 each at an antique shop) - it's about having something I love. I own nothing I don't love, and I own nothing that I don't use. Otherwise, what's the point? You become a slave to your possessions.

That being said, if my vintage patterns have already been cut, I use them as is. If they have not, I trace them. I also have vintage embroidery transfers. Again, I trace them (with a heat transfer pencil) to preserve the original sheets, many of which are so fragile they would fall apart if I even tried to use them. I hope someday my  girls will love these patterns as much as I do, and then I will be able to pass them along to them.

Enjoy the patterns, whether you cut or not. =)
713  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 05:43:41 PM
You'd only have to make one apron every 1.53 days - that's totally doable. I mean... work would totally understand you taking a leave of absence over APRONS, right?! =)

And I'm sure we'll all be happy with our partners - I've been checking out everyone who is signed up and they are all incredibly talented. I feel lucky that this is my first swap!
714  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 05:22:32 PM
Hah! I actually thought, "Huh. 12:01 isn't so late. I get to sleep in tomorrow. I should stay up to check." And then I envisioned myself sitting at the computer clicking the refresh button repetitively until something changed...

And THEN I envisioned myself with red-rimmed eyes trying to get the right breakfast to the right kiddo in the morning, swishing with facial toner, and putting salt in my coffee. Because I just don't do mornings. Ever.
715  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first apron. on: July 27, 2008 02:34:22 PM
That's so cheerful looking! Your sewing looks great, especially for a first attempt!
716  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 02:05:33 PM
85%~ That is a wonderful website you gave for the fabric store. Do you know anyone who has used their online shopping feature?

Sorry, no. My mom has called them looking for things, and said they were huge helps on the phone, but she never actually made a purchase. One of the employees was telling me that lots of clothing stylists and interior designers use it, though. She was mentioning some celebrity names, which was interesting. The place is clean, and has phenomenal fabric, but it looks kinda junky with handwritten signs everywhere and old fixtures. Not upscale at all, but I guess that's how they keep the prices so low.
717  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 04:48:32 AM
Tomorrow ~ tomorrow...

I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that work doesn't drive elvissatx batty, so she can assign us earlier rather than later. Well, I guess I hope work isn't bad for her in any event... But I do have ulterior motives as well.

=) My husband has the day off on Monday, so he can watch the kids while I wander alone through the fabric store, soaking up ideas.
718  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/25) on: July 25, 2008 12:10:40 PM
(Sorry - my first swap so I am being nosy about all this...)

A swap virgin! Woo-hoo! I'm fairly new to swaps myself and just want to warn you, SWAPPING IS ADDICTIVE!   Cheesy



Yeah - I've totally got the "first date" jitters. Or maybe it's blind date jitters? Who will my partner be? Will they like what I make? etc.

It IS addictive, already, and I haven't even started. I keep checking the thread for  posts to respond to, and counting down the days. =)
719  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/25) on: July 25, 2008 09:52:13 AM
I can't wait to start deciding who to pair with who.

Just for curiosity's sake... What do you consider when deciding whom to pair with whom? Is it completely random, or do you use info from our questionnaires? (Sorry - my first swap so I am being nosy about all this...)
720  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Embroidered Suede Wallet (AKA: Mini-skirt Part Duex) on: July 24, 2008 04:23:48 AM
Is that hand or machine embroidery? It looks so well done... I'm not sure my machine would embroider through suede, but then, I'm not too sure my fingers would either.

=)
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