Hey, I used blackboard paint for the first time making a scrabble chalk board as a gift for a scrabble fan. The paint was inexpensive and available at a local hardware shop. I used two coats. It works pretty well as far as I can tell, I wrote on it in chalk and erased it fine. All I did was use masking tape to edge off a square (I'm a messy painter) and put a square of tape in the middle to keep the star. I painted it, and then glued on some letters and the letter holders which make a convenient chalk holder. I drilled a couple holes at the sides and top so it can be nailed into the wall, and attached some nails with tape on the board. I Included "chalk" in English and French, because the girl I'm giving it to is French.
My sun roof is right above my computer, and I wanted to find a way to dim the light a bit without completely blocking it out. Then I found a bunch of old slides in a forgotten corner of my house, and my problem was solved. I attached them using Lexel Clear, a transparent adhesive that sticks to wet surfaces after drying, and sticks to pretty much anything.
I made this board for my g-f who is a big fan of cribbage. It's made to hang up, and the clothes pegs are so she can put cards/notes/etc. up on display. It's not actually for playing crib, obviosuly, since some holes are covered. All I did was glue on the smaller clothes pegs, spray paint the whole thing silver (but first I covered the few areas I wanted to keep with tape), wait for it to dry, take off the tape and glue on this humungous black clothes pin I found at the dollar store. Then I just drilled a couple holes at the top and put hooks in. Note that I left a few pegs in, and titled it "crib notes". yeah for puns.
I made an oreo pillow for my brother who is a huge oreo fan. It was pretty simple because I am a pretty basic sew-er. Black velour, white cotton and felt letters (brown on one side, white on the other because I didn't have enough of either colour felt to do both.
Here are a set of sushi pillows I made for a holiday present for my father (a sushi aficionado). This was my first time trying tassels, but they were pretty easy to figure out (though difficult to see in this pic, unfortunately). The backs of them are a sort of white textured fancy material. I wanted to make them look formal, because my paretns have a lot of old, ornate furniture, and I thought it would be funny for them to have these fancy pillows, which match the room, but have big pictures of sushi on them. The one on the left has a phototransfer of a Japanese chart over top of the heat transfer, which came from a book on sushi.
OK, everyone including the school librarian at the junior high near my house has made the glass bead magnets, but I made 110 of them for my chemistry-loving brother, and I decided I had to post it here.
I am going to give them to him on a magnetic board made from a sheet of metal from a hardware store.
Hey, I am just new to embroidery and want to try out a program that can turn photos into patterns but don't want to forl over $40 for PCStitch right away. Does anyone know any freeware that converts photos to patterns *and* lets you print them out? Thanks, Reece
Hey, I am doing a website/paper for my library school at the U of British Columbia, Canada which is about the effects of technology on crafting. I need some pictures of crafts, particularly ones that are traditional (like knitting, embroidery, sewing, etc) but are being used in a somewhat non-traditional way. So... what I am asking is if anyone has pictures up here I can use on my website. It will be online, but mostly viewed by my classmates and profs, since it's just linked to from the school site. Anyone who lets me use a picture of theirs will of course get full credit, as will craftster and also my undying thanks. Thanks, Reece
So, as part of my library school, I am making a website that is also an academic paper. I am discussing crafting and the effect of the internet on crafters, including the hipness of crafts, etc. I've found some good sources, but I wouldl love more academic (or reallly great non-academic) articles on crafting, especially those pertaining to craftiing getting trendy or whatever... so... if you know of anything, or have written anything, let me know, I would appreciate it so much. Reece