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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Really Special Fabric Shops across Australia? on: February 02, 2008 09:30:29 AM
Hey Australian Crafters!

I'm from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  I'm going to be taking an across-Australia trip very soon, and as I go I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to stop into some extra special fabric /craft shops and pick up a *restrained* amount of goodies to take home (backpack permitting..)

I've got access to run-of-the-mill fabric stores here at home, so what I'm looking for is more like boutiques that carry cute / designer textiles and possibly other goodies?

Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance!


2  CANADA / Quebec / Re: Cool shops in Montreal? on: December 01, 2007 01:00:34 PM
thoughts I'd post a Omer Desseres Update;  it's not on st catheirne up by atwater anymore, that one closed and moved to Place Montreal Trust - still on st catherines, but further east, right by Ave.Mgcill College .

3  CANADA / Quebec / Japanese Fabrics in montreal? on: December 01, 2007 12:49:38 PM
Anyone know if/where you can buy Japanese fabrics in montreal? I'm getting sick of the same old fabrics they always have at fabricville (and it seems St Hubert just has more of the same...)

suggestions, peeps?



4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: eco-friendly Decoration ideas! on: November 30, 2007 07:30:51 AM
omygosh, these are GREAT ideas everyone! 

I LOVE the soda can wreath,  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=135262.0 
I would love to do the ice luminaries, but our weather is iffy right now, for sure theyd melt in a day  Sad
And the Christmas balls made from old clothes are so simple, and brilliant!

keep 'em coming!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Need idea for Baby's 1st Christmas ornament on: November 28, 2007 12:48:08 PM
I'm planning the same thing this xmas, and I'm hoping to do a little, round disc that is baby's hand/footprint in some kind of air-dry clay material, hung up by a red/green ribbon. 

You might have to rope one of the parents into the plan, though, in order to steal baby and his/her appendages to make the impression in the clay.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Help! Creative ideas for re-gifting an ugly doll on: November 28, 2007 09:36:53 AM
this is hilarious, and they are truly atrocious!

but you can't destroy them!!  Then he'll be off the hook and wont have to figure something out NEXT year !   Grin

What if you use thread and yarn and make them into a big christmas wreath?  then he can disassemble it for the following year.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / eco-friendly Decoration ideas! on: November 28, 2007 09:24:57 AM
Hi Crafters!

 I live in a city neighborhood that, ever year, has a decorate-your-building-exterior contest. This year the theme is "A Green Christmas", as in, environmental decoration ideas.  I'm determined to participate!  And I know I can rely on you creative lot to help me come up with fabulous ideas.

Plus, it's just a plain old good idea.

I want to focus on the three R's, of course:  reduce  (don't buy new stuff to make the decorations) Reuse  (reuse what I have, and make things that can be reused in following years, or other applications) and Recycle  (anything to be trashed should be recyclable!)

So far, these are my ideas:

  • Reduce my use of lights, and put a timer on the lights so they only operate about 3 hours a day
  • Use lots and lots of ribbon!  (reusable, and best of all - compact storage!)
  • Use evergreen boughs (can be collected by the City along with trees after christmas,  and made into garden mulch)
  • Punctuated with real Ivy, and cranberries  (would bird eat these?)(compostable!)
  • Craft idea:  A recycled paper wreath - made from color pages of newspaper, or magazine pages, or even last year's torn up wrapping paper,  crumpled up and stuffed in a wire wreath frame
  • Use natural items, like pine cones, hung in bunches with ribbons
  • I was even thinking of making hanging balls of jingle-bells that ring when the wind blows (sounds like Christmas to me!)
  • Popcorn balls is a neat idea INSIDE, but outside would result in a pigeon-feeding-frenzy  Cheesy
  • Some kind of decoration made of empty green wine bottles + red ribbon  (hmmmmm, this needs some though...)

Craft community, I challenge you to suggest lots of ideas, and show Craftster's green side by making this a big topic!

8  CANADA / Quebec / Knitting Lessons? on: April 03, 2007 10:16:47 AM
Does anyone know where I can take fun knitting or crochet lessons in Montreal, Preferably 'downtown' somewhere?  I have basic knowledge...  Something young & urban, true to Craftster, would be perfect...
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Great, Quick (but possibly messy), last minute Chocolate Cherry Gift Mice on: December 23, 2006 09:27:38 PM
whoa, this thread is getting loong!  Forgive me if Im repeating ideas; 

I made these the other day, and for the eyes, I melted some white chocolate and applied it with blunted toothpicks.  They were A-DOR-A-BLE!!  The almond-kiss ones even got 'lil white noses.

A big hit, and so easy to make.  Tho, unwrapping the kisses and drying the cherries took a while! 

Another idea:  To get rid of some off the scratch marks and 'damage' on the de-wrapped kisses, I ran them under cool water and dried them.  Not sure why, but it did the trick.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink - it's my new obsession on: March 11, 2006 07:05:16 AM
such beautiful fabric put to use in the PERFECT way; The shape of the bag and the fabric are accented wonderfully by the lovely ribbon-esque strap.  I LOVE reusing old clothes made of lovely fabrics to make great crafts.  its a great source of leather actually; plus-sized aline leather skirts are the BEST!

you MUST carry around the book in the bag, just so you can whip it out and the perfect moment to show off your uncanny ability to match!! Cheesy

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