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1  Re: Why I Recommend Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine and What to Look for if you do in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by JS on: January 23, 2016 05:08:15 PM
Thank you for the kind remarks Smiley  Yes I have searched ISMACS and other places for a Viscount manual.  Unfortunately the Viscount was not a popular brand.  There are manuals for other clones that are similar though, and hopefully I can figure out the basics.

Here is her mugshot:

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2  Re: DIY Bath Bombs in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by JS on: December 22, 2015 04:36:42 PM
This was such fun to make!  I have been planning for months to make these for MIL for Christmas.  I love the idea of giving something that is homemade, from the heart.

However, my batches have turned a brownish color while drying.  Would anyone happen to know why?  I used ingredients fresh from the store, and blue food coloring.  I made 2 different batches.  The only difference was 2 different brands of food coloring, thinking perhaps the coloring had been old in the first batch.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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3  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by JS on: November 05, 2015 03:47:29 AM
Wow, loads of awesomeness in here!  Not just the craftables, but the awesome caring hearts as well.  Sending prayers for those who are injured, unwell, or overwhelmed.  Congratulations for all the good things that have been happening!  (Too many to list individually and I'd hate to inadvertently leave someone out, so I hope that ^ blanket covers everyone.)

My "partner" sent some goodies for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap.  Without further ado, here they are!

I tend to make quite the mess when in the kitchen, so aprons get lots of use.  These are lined with a different fabric from their fronts, and are therefore reversible.  (One day I hope to be brave enough to make a fancy apron, like the gorgeous one I received in a previous swap!)  Some will be given as gifts.

For my hair, these wire headbands:

My (partner's) own design - a throw with pockets to hold that pesky remote, glasses, a small book, etc.  When folded in half, it makes a toasty wheelchair blanket.  This will be given to a nursing home resident.  Also, a stocking made in a nontraditional paisley print, with a black cuff made from a window topper curtain.    

Stockings depicting the wise men bearing 3 gifts (my personal favorite holiday symbol):

This tree skirt is from prequilted panels and has adorable angel bears.  It is lined with a subtle cottage print, making it reversible.

Check out this bagpipe pin cushion!  It was discovered at a thrift store and my partner snatched it up for me.  I'm not sure what the original intended use was for this.  I plan to use it for pins.  Somewhere in the cobwebs of my memory, it looks vaguely familiar... as if someone from here may have posted the same item a long time ago.  Does anyone remember this?

Thanks for looking.  Happy crafting/swapping to everyone! Smiley

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4  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by JS on: September 14, 2015 01:54:31 PM
**Posted late due to camera/internet upload not cooperating**
For my Fake Halloween Swap, my imaginary swap partner made a witch centerpiece with some creative twists.  The base is a cookie jar, with an "outfit" that can be removed and replaced for another holiday.  I love it!  The concept is darling, although the execution is far from professional - but it wasn't meant to be perfect Smiley

A closer look at the hat:  

The hair is cut in a wavy design
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5  My Challenge109 Entry in Completed Projects by JS on: August 10, 2015 05:49:00 PM
For this challenge, I'm submitting the package  that was sent out for my very first swap. 
It was in the Ongoing Wish Swap Round 115, which can be found here:

I claimed Grab a coffee for a recipe binder and some Christmas gift bags.  (I made 2 binders, about a dozen gift bags, and sent a few extra items as well.)  For the recipe binders, I started with two 3-ring binders and made reversible covers for them.  The wider binder has a fabric pocket on the outside front, for quick access to notes or things being worked on.  It also has pocket on the inside, and a cord to use as a bookmark.  The fabrics are: a brown to match her kitchen, and a floral-on-cream with gold glitter (she mentioned liking cream with glitter).

The smaller recipe binder (for desserts and special occasions) is covered in a cream fabric that has very small gold glittery speckles all over, and a touch of wide cream lace on the corner.  I added gathered lace and a button that looks like a wood circle (she is collecting wood circles for a project).  The binder has the floral-on-cream fabric on the inside, plus reverses to the floral-on-cream outer covering for a different look.

Before the button was added:

Inside shot, special occasions recipe binder:

Since Grab a coffee had mentioned holiday gift bags,  I made some in various sizes and with various fabrics and trims.  Some have drawstring closures, and others have velcro. 

I tucked a few magazines (on her wish list) into a gift bag, added some Starbucks coffee (on her list), some local chocolate and postcards, and a circle of wood for her project (on her list).
** See her pics in the gallery here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438694.440

It was a wonderful experience and I hope Grab a coffee liked the items as much as I enjoyed making them for her. Smiley

Thank you for reading! Smiley
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6  Re: OWS Gallery and Discussion Rounds 116, 117, 118 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by JS on: August 10, 2015 04:14:01 PM
I received an amazing package from rscowtown!  Look at the goodies!  She sent lovely threads and pre-wound bobbins in a donut bobbin carousel.  Also there are long straight pins with easy grip balls on the heads (great for those days when arthritis is rampant).

In the package, there was an assortment of paints to make any artist jealous.  To top things off, she included some brushes for fine detailing and for one stroke painting.   I can't wait to start painting!

Thank you so much, rscowtown!  I really appreciate these supplies Smiley  Hugs
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7  Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes) in What the heck can I do with THIS? by JS on: August 02, 2015 08:20:27 AM
Nice ideas.  For a swap, I made a fairy door out of a cassette case.  The case itself is the frame and the door swings open.  I made insertable "door panels" by coloring index cards.  They are interchangeable.   I glued a picture of a fairy on the inside, peeking from real moss.  This project took me quite a while to complete (arthritis) but I was tickled with the results.

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8  Re: Stash swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by JS on: July 29, 2015 12:09:44 PM
Today I received a fabulous box filled with all sorts of wonderfulness from kbrison!  A lovely card topped a stack of gorgeous fabrics, and supplies nested at the bottom.  I had no idea a box could hold so much!

Floral prints and pretty solids ... yards and yards for projects that are sure to keep me busy for quite some time

Here is a closer peek at the border print, which I intend to make into a summery maxi dress.  The actual color is a navy, like the pic above.  I don't know why my phone camera discolored this shot.  

She also sent these: a much needed seam ripper; hot glue sticks; bobbins that already have different colored threads on them; straight pins that have colorful balls on the heads for easy gripping; and a charming stuffed flower pin cushion.

And some beautiful garden flags, which we have hanging from our deck:


Thank you so much, kbrison!  You are an absolute angel and I appreciate everything that you sent!  Smiley 
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9  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along! in Craftalongs by JS on: July 27, 2015 05:04:18 AM
My recycled band geek tee tote bag with wipeoffable laminate:

I like that I can set this bag down and not worry about mud getting on it.

A peek at the inside zipper pocket (sorry for the bad pic, I can't hold, aim, and click at the same time lol):

I used part of an old towel for the handle.
It is far from perfect but was a great learning experience and I'm tickled with the result Smiley
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10  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along! in Craftalongs by JS on: July 26, 2015 08:09:19 PM
I made a tote bag for myself!  As soon as my phone charges up, I'll get some photos.  I'm uber excited about it because it is from my band geek son's band tee shirt from last year (point for recycling), plus I laminated it with iron-on waterproof Heat-n-Bond (point for trying something new).  It also has a zipper pocket that was violated out of an old purse.

I also made a bingo game for the upcoming family reunion.  Instead of the usual numbers on the game boards, there are things associated with the family and with reunions.  DH's father was one of 12 kids.  Each of those names, plus their parents' names, are on the cards... along with other relatives, picnic foods, activities, and locations of some of the families.  It's a blast to play and we look forward to it.  During our move I lost the other set and had to make this new one.
Tip: jigsaw puzzle pieces work well for bingo markers!  Not hard to find a 1500 piece puzzle at a yard sale, and it doesn't matter if there are pieces missing.

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