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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting swap proposal for Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati OH on: November 22, 2011 08:33:06 AM
Hi All!

I work at the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati OH on their Power Pack program.  It provides a bag of 9-12 shelf stable food items to kids in schools that are at the most risk of weekend hunger due to the lack of free and reduced meals over the weekend and holidays.  These bags contain items to cover breakfast and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday for 10% of the kids who are on the free and reduced lunch program at schools that have 60% or over of their population in the free and reduced lunch program.  The Power Packs are provided to the students and schools at no cost to them. 

We are currently having the issue of negative stigma being attached to the bags by older students in need due to a number of reasons however the most prominent being that the bags are packaged by the Freestore in clear plastic bags.  This means that it is easily known what the recipients are getting and why whenever they get the packs.

I was wanting to get feedback from you guys on the possibility of doing a craft donation of simple fabric bags or envelopes that could cover the Power Packs and help to make it easier for students in need to accept the packs.  These could be in any fabric of choice as long as it was sturdy enough to hold about 4 pounds and opaque.

Does this sound doable? If so, this is the first time I've done any swaps or things like this, how do they usually go? 

Also I'd be wanting to get almost 4,000 bags... so not sure about that possibility.

Thanks guys!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Chevron skirt from thrifted tunic on: October 29, 2011 04:04:20 PM
Cute! Nice simple alteration of something you wouldn't wear into something you would.
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Van Gogh Pumpkin on: October 29, 2011 02:27:07 PM
Van Gogh's "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette"  in pumpkin form!


Carved with just an X-acto knife.
First time attempting something like this.


Original Painting
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dance Bags on: July 18, 2011 04:20:59 PM
These are really cute!

As for the curling, I would suggest trying a number of different stiches on the edges of some scrap to see if one will stop it from curling.  I'm thinking either a zig-zag or a type of hem stitch depending on your machine. Also a serger should work if you have access to one.  Then just stitch with the best stitch around each pattern piece before you put it together. 

Hope that helps! Also it might just be a tension or stitch length issue...

Anyways good luck with the continuation!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted zipper bracelet on: April 11, 2011 09:43:01 AM
First off, I love this! Super cool attitude!

Secondly I am not very well versed in crochet, I've only ever started and promptly forgotten 2 projects before, but I had been toying with a necklace design where I wanted a cord very similar to the one you've used here.  If you wouldn't mind elaborating on how you managed to get the thick texture and the nice detail to the cord that would be most appreciated!!

Thanks for posting this great piece!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: QR Code Sampler on: March 20, 2011 11:11:34 PM
This is so amazing, and so nerdy. I love it!

Great Job. Really good combo of all the themes together. Especially the "contemporary" message Grin
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Introducing....BirdSkull on: March 18, 2011 02:45:05 PM
Here's a good tute for hoop framing

http://maximumrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-frame-your-embroidery-in-hoop.html

very nice black-work design
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: How about some more polymer clay? on: February 19, 2011 03:03:21 PM
These are really fabulous pieces.  I love that your inspiration seems to be more a mixture of architectural forms and construction processes with an affinity for organic shapes.  Its a really unique look at least from the steampunk themed polymer clay pieces I have seen on here in the past. 

Great Work!

It would be really cool to see some of these transformed into larger pieces like furniture or something, where the original construction elements (like the cylinder bead in the 3rd picture) could then perform some sort of function as well as ornamentation. 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Maybe the doofiest earrings ever on: December 19, 2010 10:47:21 PM
FAT PONY!!!! <3!

Now I am craving a Bleach Pen Fat Pony T-shirt...
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Christmas purse! on: December 19, 2010 07:22:16 PM
Nice rivet work! Glad to see someone putting all those unused belts to work!
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