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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / bike tires and inner tubes on: January 16, 2004 10:30:37 AM
i broke my bike innertube at the valve, and its sadly unreparable with any sort of patch kit...

so what can i do with a bike tube?
 
i cut one up once into long strips and tried to make a sort of basket by wrapping it around a wireframe...  they are *really* stretchy.

any other ideas?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / grimmace lamp! on: January 15, 2004 07:28:21 PM
grimmace piggy bank (from mcdonalds in 1984) + dremel + lamp kit = grimmace lamp!  (and it's still useable as a piggy bank, too!)

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-1/599215/grimmace.jpg

i just drilled a little hole in top, and one sort of out of his butt (i'd have more pictures but i'm using some kind of weird ebay image hosting thing..)  and i got the socket and lamp cord from the hardware store down the street for $6!

took no time at all...  i still need to glue the socket down though.. it is just sitting on top.

i can't wait to find a lampshade for it.  i love this piggy bank... his blank expression and sort of welcoming arms crack me up everytime...
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / drilling into ceramic? on: January 15, 2004 03:45:28 PM
i got a dremel for christmas, and am dying to use it...

i also recently got a tungsten carbide cutter (which it says can be used to cutting ceramic tile, among other things.)  and i picked up a lamp socket and cord today.

my plan is to turn my much loved grimmace piggy bank into a lamp.  i got him at a thrift store for a couple bucks, straight out of 1984.

i'm nervous about messing him up though.  does anyone have any advice about cutting into ceramic?  anyone done anything like this before?

thanks muchly Smiley  i promise i will post pictures as soon as it's done
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / location, location, location on: January 07, 2004 08:10:59 AM
hey Smiley  i've been lurking for awhile.  i had two thoughts...

1)  a lot of people have been talking about what they need to do exactly to set up their own business (something which i've been trying to figure out myself).  but requirements and procedure differ from state to state...  if there is anyone out there from PA who has a business already, i'd love to hear from you.  there are probably other people who would appreciate a "small business buddy" from their homestate as well..

2)  what about college?  i live in pennsylvania but go to school in maryland.  which would mean, if i started a business, it would operate most of the year out of maryland.  but since my legal permanent residence is in PA...  do i register here or there?  anyone have any ideas?

thanks Smiley

-lacey
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