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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Craft box/purse...[blue, bblack, white w/ pretty skulls...) on: December 11, 2007 07:51:17 PM
So cute! Great job on the decor - the skulls look really good.

I love these smooth blanks, though I've never seen one with a hinge and handle. Now I'll be looking for one...maybe several!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Decoupaged tea lights on: December 10, 2007 09:09:25 PM
Ah! That would stand to reason, then. Smiley I do quite seriously dream of a hand-tiled mosaic backsplash in cobalt blue...lovely!

Also, given your proximity to the subject, you might love: http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/. The editor takes submissions from people who have done creative and/or useful things with IKEA products, and I think she would like this one!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Decoupaged tea lights on: December 09, 2007 09:40:42 PM
Fabulous! I love the style and the idea is so adaptable. Have you thought about submitting this to the IKEA Hacker blog?

But what I really want to know is...what's the story with that gorgeous cobalt mosaic backsplash? It's the stuff of my kitchen dreams!  Wink
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: the tried and true scrabble board reconstruct on: December 09, 2007 09:34:36 PM
Loving this...the spine is an especially nice touch! I've been planning some game reconstructs too (what with a multi-gamer husband and a Scrabble-loving stepdad), and have actually been scouting for inspiration. Thanks!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: kissing ball made with old holiday cards? Anyone know how? on: December 06, 2007 08:26:37 PM
I saw these on Carol Duvall the other day & love the idea. Would love to see pictures if anyone makes some!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: need gift ideas for oddball friend on: December 17, 2006 07:01:50 PM
How much time do you have - i.e. a couple of days or the rest of the week? Maybe you have time to put together a blank journal/sketchpad, or an album for photos (which everybody can use). There's a tutorial for sewing one here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10347.0, or you could simply wrap and glue...pick a funky fabric she'd like and/or dig around the journal and book making forums for ideas.

Or, if you can sew well enough to do a bag, you might be able to manage making a painting smock/apron, if you think she'd use it. Again, funky fabric and a simple cut, a little stitching...

Don't know if this helps, but maybe it's a start. Good luck!
7  Texas / Texas: Coastal / Re: Houston on: April 09, 2006 08:33:29 PM
Hey C-girl -

There are a bunch of SnB-type things around, but Houston is so big there's always room for more! Yahoo forced Stitch n Bitch Houston to change its name (more than once), so it's now Hip Knit Houston, with listings of 8-10 groups all over. I'm in with the "Central" group; we hook up at Cafe Express on West Gray, Thursdays from about 7 to 10:30.

I'd be interested in finding out more - usually have other things going on Tuesdays, but I'll take any excuse to knit! I'll message you soon.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong on: February 06, 2006 12:59:15 PM
Steph's interview was on The World (www.theworld.org) as the GeoQuiz, apparently. You can listen to it at the Web site - she just *sounds* awesome!

Hi, chiming in from the barely-established Team Texas here. I'll be doing the Kimono Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls...if I can find a synthetic lace weight yarn in time! (I'm allergic to animal fibers and to spending over $100 on a project.)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I just need to get this out. on: January 04, 2006 02:38:51 PM
This whole thing drives me crazy too, as I use circs for almost everything (and mostly do blankets and afghans). I live in Houston, where there are no fewer than six Michaels and three Hobby Lobby stores close to home, work, or my folks. Plus I spend a great deal of time in Dallas/Fort Worth and the JoAnn Superstores up there. (We don't have AC Moore in Texas, but I have friends in the regions that do too, mandy.) My experience:

- For the longest time, the only circs I could ever find at any of these stores were 29".
- Eventually I started seeing Boye 35" at Hobby Lobby, but only for large needle sizes.
- Michaels and Hobby Lobby now stock Clover bamboo, but I never pay any attention to them because I don't like bamboo.  Sad

We have more in the way of LYSs than a lot of cities do, so I only occasionally have a problem (being an Addi addict), but if I were in a smaller town I'd probably have to go to the Internet. I think that sucks, that we can't just walk in and get what we need at stores with such buying power and a wide span of other products.

I remember someone else - not sure who - mentioning further up the thread that when her Michaels expanded its yarn, it decreased its knitting notions. I've noticed this too - they will often stock a new yarn but discontinue others they've been carrying to "make room" for it. My best guess is that knitting/crochet/yarn has been allotted *indicates box shape* "this prescribed amount" of space, so adding without taking away doesn't fit into the "plan-o-gram."

One last thing: I need to see if I can get my Stitch 'n' Bitch friends to post a tutorial. They were recently doing a service project with kids and made custom circs out of dowels and weed-whacker cording...may not be for everyone, but it might provide an option!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Home Decor/Housewares Craftalong on: January 01, 2006 05:02:13 PM
Inspiring, your box is AWESOME! I'm a big fan of decorative boxes in general, but you are especially talented. Smiley

And spitbubble, those glasses rule. I like glass painting too, and I need to invest in some Pebeo Vitrea.

Sorry I've been gone so long! Folks got fired at work, the holidays started, and we're moving in two weeks. But! Oh, the excitement! I will now have an entire room dedicated to crafty pursuits, including storage, organization, a sewing machine and a place to put it...plus, I can close it off to my cats (that's Pandora in my icon!), so now I'll be able to do etching, mosaic, and polymer clay.

All that to say - I'll be jumping back in with lots of decorating to do! I never forgot but I've been so behind.

Emcmillan - are you still around? I never received any reminders and was wondering if any ever went out.

See y'all soon!
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