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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Face Scrubbies on: June 16, 2010 12:43:04 PM
What a neat idea. I used to buy those loofah disks but I keep losing them, so I'm using a washcloth right now.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Homemade Deodorant on: June 16, 2010 12:36:52 PM
Can I use a starch other than corn, like tapioca?

I have such an allergy to corn that even the starch gives me a bad reaction.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: cloth pads=happy period on: June 16, 2010 12:29:08 PM
I'm a little late to this discussion, but I wanted to chime in about cloth pads because I love them so much.

I've seen a couple questions in this thread about "do they move", "do they feel like diapers" and I have to say no to both. I haven't yet made my own, but it's on my ever-growing project list, so I just bought a set about a year, maybe 2 years ago. I had heard of them before but thought "that's gross!" like so many here. Once I finally got started (and I had two to start, lol. One to wear while the other washed), my biggest regret was not starting sooner. They stay put even when I'm running, biking, walking or sitting around. And I do a lot of walking/biking as well, to the order of several miles a day. They also last a long time before they bleed through, even on my heaviest flow days, I was away from home for 8 hours before I could change and I still only spotted my undies a dot.

Do they feel like a diaper? No. Absolutely not. This is what sold me on the pads. I had always stuck to the ultra-thin plastic kind because I absolutely HATED wearing a pad and even ultra-thin felt like a diaper, moved like a diaper and shifted all around. Leaks were common. Anyway, cloth pads (forgive the obvious) feel like cloth. It just feels like wearing a normal set of underwear, even with a three layer thick pad. You just don't feel it, even with the thickness. That alone is why I'll never go back.

Still trying to convert many of the ladyfolk I know, whose criticisms fall between "It's dirty" and "I don't want to handle the laundering". Kinda ironic since my friends are all the no-shaving, hippie types.

Perhaps if I made them some, I could get them to go for it, since the startup cost is high. (I don't exactly remember, it's been a while since I bought pads, but I think it was around one pad = $12-15, and most women will need anywhere from 6-15.) It's hard to justify sewing more things when you already have more than you need and you're not sure if you could give them away.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: June 16, 2010 11:08:01 AM
I don't know if I've been sewing long enough to have many bad habits or what qualifies as a bad habit...

Though I do have a stack of fabric, almost as tall as I am that I've acquired. Yet, I still feel like I don't have enough fabric. Just recently I made a green/navy blue tote and had to go without a liner because I couldn't find the perfect matching fabric.

Not basting or pinning, because I want to sew.

Sewing crookedly or making my seam allowances huge, thus, making my project smaller than I intended with hard to sew through seams cause they're so thick.

Working with bad lighting, since I'm a night owl and stay up late to work.

Starting a project when I'm too tired to work on it and then be unable to sleep cause I'm too excited to work on it, but not untired enough to actually get up and do it.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Guitar strap Cover w/Pocket on: June 16, 2010 12:40:14 AM
WHat a great idea!

I love coming to craftster to see all the ideas that people come up with that I never think of on my own. I'm so making a strap for my own guitar now.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pretty Skirt to Pretty Purse on: June 16, 2010 12:34:44 AM
I simply love the fabric on this one.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first knitting bag. on: June 16, 2010 12:32:36 AM
I really like the design of this bag. It has a colour that's very soothing too.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: trout purse on: June 16, 2010 12:25:24 AM
Ahahaha I'm such a dork I was more happy to see someone make a Farscape reference than a purse.

Though the purse is ... shall we say farbot? Oh I slay myself. It's pretty cool, actually. Neat idea for those fabric panels. My mom gave me one with an ugly snowman on it and I didn't know what to do with it.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Preppy pink plaid messenger from reclaimed fabrics on: June 16, 2010 12:17:26 AM
This is a really great design. I would never have guessed at all what you made it out of. I've never repurposed thrift clothes into bags, only tableclothes and things. Excellent work, and your seams are well hidden and crisp.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Me new laptop bag on: June 16, 2010 12:12:05 AM
Does your laptop have some kind of ... collage on it?? I'd love to see  apic  of that, if so.
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