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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Re: The "Diet" Tote *Image Heavy* on: February 02, 2010 05:46:30 PM
Having trouble typing because my jaw has dropped to the keyboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutely fantastic. ROCKS!!!  Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: These Ain's Yo Grandma's Doilies! on: February 02, 2010 05:42:48 PM
Oh this is a-doily-able!!!!

So sorry, I couldn't resist.  Cheesy

But seriously, how adorable you look in this top. And so much patience you have to put this together! Wow!

 Smiley Smiley Smiley
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: New acrylic and resin paintings! on: February 02, 2010 05:35:11 PM
Oh these are wonderful. I know I like something when I want to touch it (I am a bad girl when it comes to visiting galleries and museums!). But the goldfish begs to be touched!!!

However, my favorite for it's quiet simplicity and subtle sweetness is the owl and bunny.

Thank you for not only making these, but sharing them!  Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Love Nest: Thinking outside the Box *mature* on: January 30, 2010 06:52:31 AM
Your attention to detail...!!!! This is beyond words. I, Miss Fumblethumbs, can not even fathom how you were able to make something so small and intricate without squashing it to pieces. Gobsmacked, that's what I am. Now I'm babbling. You've numbed my brain.... Cheesy   Cheesy   Cheesy
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Self-sorting (sorta) bin on: January 30, 2010 06:41:22 AM
...I hadn't thought about its resemblance to a preschool shape-matching toy, but I'm sure our long-forgotten memories of childhood playtime are what makes us put everything in the right slots!...I'm quite content to let someone copy the design and manufacture them in China so I can buy a couple more for my own home.
Wulf

I'd hate to see this great idea head off to a sweat shop in China. I'm not sure where you are Wulf, but this would make a great job opportunity for the mentally/physically challenged community. There are several organizations near where I live that provide light manufacturing/industrial jobs for this community of people who genuinely want to contribute and be productive (the days of sorting wooden sticks and mending brooms in an institutional warehouse are long over, thank heavens!).

You could approach your local agencies with your idea to look into setting up a small scale operation for production and distribution. You don't seem so concerned with a profit, as you stated you'd be happy to buy some for yourself! So proceeds could go back into the community.

It is agreed by all that you have an excellent idea- and an obviously generous heart!

Every large tree started as a small seed. Even the place you work now had once been a small seed!  Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 60 degree "Stack & Whack" quilt for my sister on: January 29, 2010 02:13:16 PM
I bow to you!!! This is wonderful! I love the kaleidoscope western motif. It makes my eyes all swirlly Woo Hoo!!!, like a six shooter spinning on my index finger! You should be absolutely proud of this! I can't even get 45 angles to come out lined up and straight! Thanks for sharing this. Rocks!  Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Self-sorting (sorta) bin on: January 29, 2010 02:04:27 PM
This is really cool.  I wondered about the drawers getting jammed too.  What about changing the design just a bit so that the drawers were all next to each other instead of stacked. 

Hey ChrisSews, your idea beat mine by a mile! Vertical drawers! Yes!

See what a bunch of great minds can come up with?! Now if we could get all the world leaders to work on a craft project together all the world's problems would be solved with just some glue sticks, glitter, and fabric scraps!  Wink
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Table Cloth on: January 28, 2010 10:40:41 PM
TOTALLY ROCKS!!!

And I am totally jealous! Can I come over and play in that house? PLEEEAAASSEEE!!!

Seriously, I am now going to attempt, with my really bad sewing skills, to make something like this for my grandson.

Your Sis is amazing! ("No big deal" ? LOL!!!)   Smiley   Smiley   Smiley

By the way, I, too, love the cat on the roof and would like to see a tute on how to make one!!!!  Cheesy
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini Zippies! They like to eat your change! on: January 28, 2010 10:31:58 PM
LOVE THESE!!! OOOHHHH SPARKLY SHINY!!!!

I want the red one and I want it with a key chain attachment (hint hint for future ones!!!) so I can attach it to the outside of my bag, or key chain, for quick & easy access when I need change.

You did a great job! I love that you call your craft room "The Sweat Shop"! But with these little coin purse babies you should consider calling it "The SWEET Shop"!!!  Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Self-sorting (sorta) bin on: January 28, 2010 10:18:54 PM
This is a Totally Rocks It craft in my book!!!!

I have one serious logistics question, however. What keeps the drawers from getting jammed when the items land in a deep pile at the back of the drawer? Do the long items, like the screws, get tangled up with each other in a pile, thereby preventing the drawer from being pulled out? It seems like the hex nuts & washers wouldn't get tangled since they are round & have smoother surfaces. Even the category called "Hardware", the Allen wrench shapes, seem like they'd get tangled up, jamming the drawer.

Do the drawers not get jammed only because perhaps it is utilized more often during the day? As you said, "So if you happen to need a washer and don't want to go get one from the bin...you can just pull open the appropriate drawer and see if one has been collected..."

My other concern would be that after you pull out a drawer, for lets say the hardware, what prevents the ones that may have "piled up" (and not laying flat in the drawer) from falling to the drawer below? Not only would that mean the items are now mixed in with others, but they would be in the way of being able to fully shut that drawer again.

If this is happening, perhaps having the drawers set in on an angle (downwards, towards the front), with a stopper back to keep the drawer from coming out all the way, would help? That way the pieces could be dropped in the slots & they would land in the drawer and slide forward rather than pile up in the back.
 
This project intrigues me because my husband & I have a construction framing company & something like this could really help out when we sweep up the dropped nails, & screws at the end of the day. We tend to do the same thing- dump everything into a bucket & sort through the hardware, sawdust, gum wrappers, pencil butts, etc. at a later time (it's a good project to give the workers while we're all sitting around waiting for a late roof truss or lumber delivery!).

Please let me know what you are thinking about my comment/suggestion. I may be way off base- because with out seeing it in "action" it is hard to really predict.

I am loving and ROCKING this project and I agree that it would really help in a craft room for ribbon bits, pins, beads, etc!!!  Smiley
 
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