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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 06, 2012 12:27:10 PM
~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option: Charms: Charm Reparo
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Treadle on restoration
Brief Description: I picked up a wonderful still working Singer treadle sewing machine from 1910. (It's amazing what those muggles did for mundane chores without magic or modern electricity.) However, while the machine it self works (minus the stinking belt O broke while trying to clean it.) The cabinet is in dire need of repair and the machine is grimy and rusty. As far as I can tell the machine is going to need to be completely disassembled, cleaned, put back together. The cabinet needs serious veneer repair, a type of project I've never done before. Then I need to make it pretty after I make it whole.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 04, 2012 12:27:04 PM
I've just read over the letter and am ready to join up for my first year at Hogwarts.

I think I've already got a few ideas simmering for Flying, muggle studies and arithmancy.
Off to diagon alley to get my books!


13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Miniaturists/Shrine makers: How do you organize tiny things? on: July 24, 2012 11:30:26 AM
little bags, boxes, and jars are your friend.
First I keep all my papers together, all my yarn together, all my clay together and such.

For little pieces I do tend to throw them into boxes marked "found items" "trash to treasure" or "whimsies" I do a couple other things too you might be able to use:

I found a pill dispenser with 56 compartments in it. I use it to put my smaller finished minis in before I'm ready to use them in a project. That way I can make a few dozen candle sticks, potion bottles, or loaves of bread and still find them later.

I have a set of jars that used to hold spices that can hold things like old bottle caps, small dominoes, little shells, watch parts and other goodies.

I have a large mason jar I keep all my buttons in. If I have a matching set of buttons I string them onto a large safety pin first so I can find them if I need things to match. The mason jar was painted a translucent purple to match my sewing room and the top is decorated as a fairy habitat.

I have decorated boxes for my lace, ribbon and paper embellishments.

I'm also in the process of decorating one of those little display cabinets shaped like a little house to show off the minis I've done but not used yet.

Hope that helps. Happy crafting!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Reducing one's fabric stash when one doesn't want to on: June 04, 2012 06:51:29 AM
First, go through and sort all the tubs of fabric. If you realize you have a whole bunch of colors you hate or fabric that you don't like sewing with or wearing etc., be ruthless with that and pitch it. The gross fabric you bought ages ago and still haven't found what to do with (not be cause it's too pretty, but because it's too slick, or too ugly) only hinders your ability to find great stuff to sew with.

Then take a look at everything that's left. Clip the seams off the clothes so you have fabric. (If you know what you want to do with something, just cut it out roughly now. you can save alot of space just by getting rid of the seams and such. like if you want to do a quilt with jeans fabric. Cut out as many of the squares now.)

Donate the scrappy, little pieces to an elementary school or day care. (Or someone who does stuff with small bits). With everything that's left, either roll them or fold them (With the assist of a wide ruler or notebook or something so they are a consistent width) and put the back in the bins. (Preferably with like fabrics together, so when you need a knit you know where to go as opposed to when you need felted wool or denim.)

Hopefully now you'll have a couple of tubs of fabric you LOVE, and will be inspired to craft with it instead of just collect it.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Take That E-bay ! Madeline doll case img heavy on: May 28, 2012 08:29:38 AM
Wow. awesome job.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for sister who has NOTHING? on: May 15, 2012 10:57:53 AM
When you look at what she has, what would you want to have for yourself if that's all you had? If she has her own place, what is she missing? curtains, a cozy rug by her bed?

New moms spend all available time and money on the baby, so if you do bath stuff, maybe make her a bath salts, bath pillow, face scrub set?

Does she have a hobby or want to learn a crafty skill? You could help get her started there.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for a friend who's going away to Thailand with the Peace Corps on: May 15, 2012 10:50:45 AM
A cooling neck scarf: sew a tube of fabric and put in silica gel (called moisture plus in the gardening section). When you soak it in water the gel expands and stays cool as the water evaporates. When you wear it around your neck you stay cooler longer. works better in dry climates. not sure what the average humidity is where she is going.

A sun hat, something that can protect her face and be smooshed into a bag.

An altoid tin filled with random stuff you need every day. could go either toward a survival kit mentality with practical useful things or a keep my sanity type of thing, maybe with pictures of her family and friends, her favorite places...kind of tiny portable scrapbook.

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gardening bandana/scarf gift help? on: May 15, 2012 10:45:27 AM
perhaps you could research some old timey crafts and make her something from that, maybe supplies so she can learn a new homesteading skill.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "survival packs" for little campers on: May 15, 2012 10:36:37 AM
don't forget a whistle and maybe a signal mirror, an emergency poncho or a bandana. Depending on their age a pocket knife or fire starter kit might be appropriate. If they fish while they camp give them some fishing supplies. a bag of marshmallows (cause every campout should have those)
20  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Faux Crow Taxidermy on: September 29, 2011 05:26:13 PM
I love this. The back end makes me laugh. I was planning on doing something similar. (I was inspired by the same post)
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