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1  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Craft/Fabric Shops - Everywhere Else! on: December 05, 2010 01:55:16 PM
Fun fact from another former Richmond Ben Franklin employee (and older sister of a current Richmond Ben Franklin employee): until very recently, the Richmond Ben Franklins WERE locally owned, by the Strang-Hatcher Corporation based in Mechanicsville.  The actual owner was a man named Mr. Tennant and he used to come visit each store every couple of days or so and stress everybody out.

He owned all of the 6 Richmond-area stores.  They just buy the use of the "Ben Franklin" name, and that is really the only way they are related to any other Ben Franklin store anywhere else.  Most of the Ben Franklin stores around the country are actually five and dimes, not even craft stores. 

The six Richmond stores were bought by Sbars, their primary supplier, within the past year or so (I want to say in 2009).  I am not entirely sure whether Sbars bought the stores directly or if they took over Strang-Hatcher.


(I worked at the Short Pump store beginning in 2005, in high school.  I worked there for 14 months straight, then started college.  I continued to work at BF when I was at home on school breaks until very early January, 2010.)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 101 Dalmatians dress on: February 17, 2009 02:54:21 PM
Thanks =D  It might be a while before I find more cool sheets... Farmville is a town as small as the name implies, so I have to be patient waiting for gems to pop up in our Goodwill, lol.

My boyfriend and I did find a Power Rangers sheet there the other day, though... he claimed it and would like me to make him something, but he hasn't made up his mind as to what.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 101 Dalmatians dress on: February 11, 2009 06:01:56 PM
OMG Care Bears =D  I watched my care bears videos over and over and over and over when I was little!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 101 Dalmatians dress on: February 10, 2009 08:28:14 PM
I can't really, either... it mimics very closely a dress I love that I got for $2.50 on clearance from some store at the mall... Body Central, I think.  I basically measured the different pattern pieces on that dress, then redrew them on newspaper with a ruler and a crayola marker... and a lot of patience.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 101 Dalmatians dress on: February 09, 2009 01:35:02 PM
My very first ever piece of clothing that I made without a pattern!  I'm so proud of it!  Excuse the horrible picture of my face, and the "grilled cheese" shirt I've got on under, lol.



I made it out of a really cool twin-size sheet I found at Goodwill.

I'm planning on using the newspaper pattern I made to make another, as soon as I can find another sheet of comparable awesomeness  Grin  I've found a couple things I'd like to tweak for the next go-round that would just be too much work to fix on this one (I should have gathered the bust pieces more where they meet the waist piece, but I would basically have to take the whole thing apart to change it now).  Because of this, I think it might fit a friend of mine better than it fits me, so after I've got a cool new one for myself, I may give her this one so she can stop wishing it was hers  Tongue

Aww, I'm kinda sad my Chi pass-down doesn't really show up in the picture... it's pretty cool lookin'.  It's been passed from each 3rd Floor Cox Hall RA to the next since 2003... (Chi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longwood_University#CHI )  It looks basically black in the pic, but it's actually royal blue.  I loves it  Cheesy   It hasn't escaped my excitement over my sewing machine either -- I hemmed it last week because it was getting really frayed and ratty around the edges... guess that's what happens when you just chop a piece of fabric into a square and turn it into an institutional heirloom, lol.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Newborn Eco-Friendly Diaper Tutorial (IMG HEAVY!) on: February 07, 2009 06:40:49 PM
gimmemoresalad - DivaCup is way more comfy than anything else. I love mine and have used disposable diapers for all 3 kids - nothing to feel stupid about - but now I'm on to potty training #3 and cloth works soooooo much better than disposables (pullups are just expensive diapers) so i'm trying to make some absorbent training pants. Those Gerber ones don't hold much and my older kids complained about the plastic pants so I'm researching cloth diapers 'cause they look cool even though I can't keep up with my laundry as it is. Plus, I think it's going to take longer since I had 2 girls who asked to go potty all the time and now I have a boy who likes to sit on the potty to see his private parts (the fascination starts early)

Haha, yeah, I agree on the comfort thing, but I also enjoy it for the environmental factor, and babies go through about as many diapers per day as I'd go through tampons, except they do it EVERY day, and diapers are way bigger than tampons.  That's why it would feel silly.

A little off topic, but that comment about your son reminded me... when I was 5 and had chicken pox, my mom was smearing me up with cream, and my younger brother comes in the room naked and holding himself, and he goes, "Mommy, I need a band-aid!  There's a hole!"  Mom was like, "Umm... no, that's supposed to be there."
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: February 07, 2009 09:39:28 AM
Chopsticks would only be useless if they were so pretty/fancy that people felt guilty eating with them.  I would LOVE them =P  But I guess it may depend on what percentage of the recipients you think know how to eat with them, because if they're not going to use them, they're just going to get put away somewhere and never thought of again, which would make giving them out a waste, right?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled baby jumper... (my first posted project...yeah!) on: February 05, 2009 03:27:12 PM
I LOVE the face your baby is making in the first pic!

This is the first "make your own onesie" post I've seen... I like the idea =D  I'll have to store this away for several years down the road...
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / Re: The Orange Calorie Monster on: February 05, 2009 12:21:16 PM
hahaha!  I was with my mom the first time we saw that commercial, and we were like, "What's so bad about the orange fuzzy guy?  He's cute, and he's got PIZZA!  Sounds like my kind of guy!"
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: No onion, no tomato recipes? on: January 14, 2009 09:20:23 PM
Leeks are SOOOO GOOOD!  My best friend's parents are Chinese, and her mom thinks no Americans like leeks... she was so surprised by me  Roll Eyes

Couldn't you just leave onions out of some recipes?  Like stir-fry or things like that, where you can mix and match without dire consequences?  Homemade fried rice is also pretty open-ended.

You could also find a sauce for your spaghetti that's not tomato based, like alfredo, if you can stomach that much cream at once Tongue
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