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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Captain Nemo's Organ Room - 1:12 (++ Pics) on: July 13, 2016 11:21:28 AM
Very cool!
I've been thinking about bendy-straw pipes; and I'm going to steal the rivet details for the steampunk dollhouse I'm working on.

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: A new house means a new garden. on: July 10, 2016 12:20:45 PM
We don't have cement, but we do have lava with only 2-3" of dirt on top, so raised beds are a must.  Here are a few cheapskate planter ideas:

cardboard boxes:  perfect for annuals and root crops like potatoes.  They dissolve in a season, and we can put a new box on top; the plants can reach down into the older soil.  For longer-lived plants, we can add more dirt around the sides as the box disintegrates. 

Washer and dryer tubs:  good for shrubs and small trees, these take a LOT of soil.  Some dryer tubs have no back (bottom in our use); others have a more or less solid back.  Get them at appliance repair/recycle places.  They're $5 each where I live.  There's also some choice in size; apartment and stackable appliances have cute, smaller tubs.

commercial planting bags:  made of synthetic fabric, they unfold to hold quite a bit of soil ready for planting.  Come in lots of sizes.

We also built a greenhouse; we joke about $500 tomatoes.  But it lets us grow away from the fruit flies that spoil so much fruit here.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help with sewing measurements ASAP! on: July 09, 2016 01:33:04 PM
If I understand what you're saying, the doll dress has a front and a back, and you need to know how adjust the pattern?

You should add a little bit to the doll's measurements for "ease" so the dress isn't skin tight.  I would add maybe an inch to each measurement.  Also, round your measurements to easy-to-use numbers.  7 7/8" is incredibly close to 8"; just use 8".  Try not to make yourself crazy, this isn't rocket science.

If the dress is made up of 2 pieces, you could divide by 2 and use half for the front and half for the back.  But if the doll has a big bust or caboose, you should allow more fabric in those areas.

It might be better to measure the front of the doll and the back separately, add the ease (1/2" front, 1/2" back) and adjust your pattern to those measurements.  No math needed.  Well, just a little.

Here's how to figure your measurements:
.Around the waist= 9 3/8 inches + 1" = 10 3/8; round to 10 1/2" divided by 2 = 5 1/4"
.Around the chest=7 7/8 inches + 1" = 8 7/8; round to 9" divided by 2 = 4 1/2"
.Around the arm= 2 7/8 inches + 1" = 3 7/8; round to 4" divided by 2 = 2"

24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would you use these types of blades? on: July 05, 2016 03:56:17 PM
I like the idea of reusing the blades longer, to reduce the number I have to purchase.
Even better, not having to store a ton of sharp blades that seem to stick into my fingers every time I deal with them, no matter how careful I am...
AND not having to find a way to protect the used blades when I throw them away so they don't slash through the trash bag.

But I'd want  to be convinced that I'm also saving money.  I don't know if I would pay 20 times as much for a blade *I've never tried* in the hopes that it will last as long as 20 regular blades.  I use the blades for a variety of materials--paper, wood, plastic--and some of them are hard on blades. 

And the tips of regular blades are fragile, and the blade is useless once they break; will the tip of your blade last 20 times as long, or are you just talking about the sharp edge? 

So I think this is a great idea, but you'll need good marketing and customer reviews.
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recipe glitter glue? on: July 05, 2016 03:45:43 PM
I don't use much glitter glue, but seem to have acquired quite a selection. 

Some have only a little glitter, some have lots.
Some seem to keep their dimensional shape when dry, others collapse or run.

Soooo.  If I wanted to write letters, I'd want one that keeps its shape well, and would start with tacky glue and add lots of glitter.

If I wanted to give a "wash" of glittery surface, I'd use a thin medium like Mod Podge and add just a little glitter.

You can tint Mod Podge and white glues with a little water-based stained glass paint or ordinary craft paint.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: WEDDING DIY HELP! Best way to curl cardstock paper into mini scrolls? on: July 05, 2016 03:36:00 PM
We all have different favorite techniques, which color how we do our work...

I would use MS Word (or another word processing program) to automatically generate a "label" sheet, with cells the size of the scrolls.  

Then I would use the same program to create the decorative pattern in each cell, leaving space in the center to add a name. 
Next, still in the WP program, add the names (could probably do this with a merge function, that would save time if you're already entering hundreds of names for a mailing list.  Otherwise, just type directly into the cells.)

Print on lightweight cardstock.  You could print on the plain side of patterned cardstock, or you could print the back of each sheet yourself.

Tyrosinase and Onyxnox had good advice on cutting and scrolling the papers.
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Radical feminists are too conservative for her tastes on: July 03, 2016 01:00:58 AM
I was most amazed with the last picture, when I saw how small she is!

I like that she looks like a native of the Amazon, too.

But my favorite part was the pony funnies.
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby doll or nightmare? on: July 03, 2016 12:48:49 AM
I love her feet.  Her hands are nice, too, but the realistic extremities don't really go with the oversized, stylized head with the '70s-awful eyes and unbalanced pink splotches.  I'd find her a new head and use this ugly one for...target practice? 
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first ever sewn garment - dolphin skirt on: July 03, 2016 12:35:05 AM
Great skirt.  So...a spandex skirt with pink dolphins is workwear for you???  (Do I sound like I'm peering over the top of my reading glasses and saying tsk tsk?)  Must be a fun place to work!

My mom taught me to sew because it used to be cheaper to make your own clothes than to buy ready made.  THAT has sure changed!  I wanted a summer dress but couldn't find one I liked, so I spent $27 on fabric for one dress.  Then I stopped by Ross and bought THREE finished dresses for $26.

I tell myself that the fabric I bought is better quality and will long outlast the cheaper ready made dresses.  I'm sure it will, because it will probably be years before I get around to stitching it up!

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help to find rivets on: July 03, 2016 12:19:28 AM
you can get pop rivets at the hardware store.  You also need a pop rivet gun to apply them, but once you have it, you'll find lots of uses.

You can make your own rivets with soft wire that just fits the hole.  Cut it a bit longer than the thickness you're joining.  Use an awl to make a hole and put the wire in.  Place on a solid hard surface and tap with a hammer so the end mushrooms bigger than the hole.  Flip it over and hammer again.

or do it the easy way Grin and get 2-part rivets.  
The post should about the same length as the thickness you're joining, and the head larger than the diameter of the hole in the finding.  
for example, see http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-Pack-of-Brass-Plate-MEDIUM-DOUBLE-CAP-RIVETS-1373-11-Tandy-Leather-Rivet-/231972472072?hash=item3602a30508:g:01cAAOSwnLdWqjBW
I haven't ordered from this seller, I'm just using this as an example.
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