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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / In the spirit of EMS Week... on: May 15, 2010 07:28:55 PM
I posted this on my CLF Group on Ravelry, but I figured I'd give it a shot here also...

I figured if anyone, YOU ladies and gents who “garner the hook” could help me with this one…

I was perusing my pics of crochet eye candy--the fun stuff and maybe even just pics I saved that caught my eye. There was one I know is a few years old that is a pic only (no pattern) of a toy syringe and I decided to recreate it today. Almost done it, when it occured to me that an EMS themed bag of crocheted toys would be fun…stethoscope, BP cuff, cravats, etc. Nuts, am I? I think NOT! LOL

Somebody, somewhere--helo me think of and make some EMS themed toys just for the heck of it!

Oh yeah--I am in EMS Cheesy and this would SO rock at an open house for little kids...


So, uh...HELP!!! (pretty please)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / NASTY front porch into something out of 'Country Living' LOL! on: September 07, 2009 01:32:17 PM
I have been on Craftster since 2004 (I'm an old fart) but on lurking status...five kids, the animals and stuff will do that to a craftin' sorta girl!  Anywho...

We bought our first home here in Alabama; it's a nice little 2 bedroom single wide on about 2 acres.  Two owners ago, there was a front porch added.  It had some brown mottled indoor/outdoor carpet that got ruined, so I pulled it up and scrubbed the subfloor clean.  I debated over what to do with the floor and thought about just using the unopened can of Kilz paint on the floor. 

Here is what the floor looked like after I painted it with the Kilz...and trust me, you do NOT want to see how nasty the floor was before that!



Then my brain got to working...since we are "financially challenged", we really couldn't afford new carpet or anything of the sort.  The previous owner left behind about 15 HUGE bottles of those acrylic paints you get from AC Moore.   After thinking about something in the style of a floorcloth, I came up with a plan...

Here is a small version of what will be on the main floor.  I am putting one of these in front of each door, and the larger version will go in the middle.  The porch itself is 12 feet by 16 feet.



Detail of the Mariner's Compass drawn into the "rug"...



What do ya think?
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Cigarette cartons...what to do? on: May 15, 2008 07:31:11 AM
When we stock the cigarettes at work, we have those flimsy boxes that the 10 packs of cigarettes come in--any ideas on what to do with them?   I hate to see them go to waste and to take up unnecessary room in the trash can... Huh
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Cigarette cartons...what to do? on: May 15, 2008 06:44:42 AM
When we stock the cigarettes at work, we have those flimsy boxes that the 10 packs of cigarettes come in--any ideas on what to do with them?  Huh I hate to see them go to waste and to take up unnecessary room in the trash can...

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A plethora of quilting projects... on: March 05, 2008 04:47:50 AM
I have a horrible case of ADHD (no, really, I do!), so it is a damn miracle when I complete a project...here's some ALMOST completed and completed projects.  Tips, comments, criticisms very much appreciated!

This is a scrap quilt I made out of men's old plaid shirts...now, I just have to save my pennies for the batting and backing (yes, that really is my cabin in the background Smiley )


I have always wanted to try English paper piecing, and here's my first attempt with one inch hexagons--


The recipient of the wall hanging...


I absolutely LOVE to hand applique!  It's one of a collection of blocks for a swap...


A stained glass quilt wall hanging that I am NOT happy with...I think I used heavy iron on stuff to attach the large pieces to the base fabric, along with the iron on bias tape and now I can't stitch through it to reinforce the bias tape!  Anyone wanna give it a new home?



6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Food City and Ingles.... on: November 11, 2007 06:54:43 AM
I prefer those Ingles plastic bags because of the nachos  Grin but this is what boredom on a Saturday along with the gift of ADD will do to a girl and her "crap room"  Roll Eyes








7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bamboo placemat from Target... on: March 05, 2007 07:53:06 AM


The fact that I work at Target drives me nuts LOL!  Whenever stuff in domestics or seasonal goes on clearance, I find myself going thru the fabrics thinking "Oh my goodness, that's a beautiful piece of fabric...can a make a dress/purse/something out of it?"

So, here's a bamboo placemat that went on clearance last week for .97 cents.  Stay tuned for the construction of the purse...cause I wanna make something like this--

http://www.themandalayboxcompany.com/default.asp

http://www.imagineartisans.com/popup_image.php?pID=665&osCsid=6f1894f9...
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Shrinky dinks and deli container lids... on: January 31, 2007 08:41:12 PM
Shrinky dinks are fun, but the supplies do tend to get expensive.  Besides, with all of the extra plastic floating around this planet, I figured I could use some thing else.  Somewhere (and I can't reemember where), I read someone had used deli container lids as a substitute for the Shrinky Dink plastic...but I forget the grade of plastic!  Was it a '5'?  I know that 1 and 2 are recycleable here...

Anyone know what I am talking about?  Tongue
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Boy Scout fabric... on: May 23, 2006 05:00:07 PM
My MIL generously brought over FOUR large contractor size black trash bags full of fabric today.  Turns out my SIL's husband cleans out houses and was told  Roll Eyes that I love to sew.  None of the fabric is post 1960's but a lot of the corduroy was dry rotted.  Anyway, I was able to salvage about 2 bags total of fabric and trims.  The second load of fabric is in the washer as we speak--cotton blends, brocades, damask and swiss dot (?).  One of the more interesting finds was a handful of old Boy Scout scarves; I'm thinking they'll make cute little purses.  Any idea on what to do with the heavier fabric?  I really  find making the Jordy purse as the easiest, but might want to venture into more "involved" projects.  Got any ideas?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity "Easy" pattern....HELP! on: May 11, 2006 05:54:20 AM
I am working on this pattern for my daughter (scroll down to last pattern on page--#4262).

http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=5&type=0&sec=0&id=85&startrow=1



This is one of the fabrics I am using...

The other two fabrics are a red and cream Oriental fan cotton fabric and a black fabric with chili peppers on it (Wal-Mart!!!!)

It's a tank top/jumper dress and everything works out "okay".  Until I get to the damn zipper--HELP!  I want to either figure out how to do this neatly (by hand is fine) or reconfigure the dress to have no zipper or buttons...
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