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31  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:cinder blocks on: February 15, 2004 08:45:55 PM
I think for the kind of glass that you would need for a table, yes, it is a little expensive ... my m-i-l got a round piece made to cover the top of a wicker table, and it was almost $100 - and I think even that would not be strong enough to be a tabletop on its' own! But call up your local glass place and ask - maybe someone ordered a piece and changed their mind and you could get it cheap.

I would suggest plexiglas, but I think it might flex too much. I say get an old piece of wood, either sponge or crackle paint it, or even decoupage it, or trim it with some cool fabric or other trim, and make a coffee table out of them!

This is a hard one .... let us know how you make out!
32  California / California: Central / Re:wanna have a craft fair, dunno how... on: February 15, 2004 06:42:26 PM
My advice is participate in a few craft fairs before you try to do your own - just keep your eye out, lots of places advertise in local papers that they need crafters for their fair - check church bazaars, etc. - it'll also give you a chance to find out what to charge people to have a table there, how much advertising is necessary, and talk to some of the other vendors there. Find out where they show, what they do and don't like about certain shows, and which ones are good - is it because they are in certain neighborhoods, certain times of year, or because certain vendors bring in good crowds? My m-i-l spent years selling tole art and other types of painted art at craft fairs, and as she became well known, she had a following of people who would come to wherever she was exhibiting - and the craft fair organizers recognized that, gave her great spots at the exhibits, etc. Insurance is also a big issue and cost - that may be hard info to get from an organizer, but anyplace you use will probably require you to have some sort of insurance, as well as some sort of permit from the city or town. My m-i-l always said she would never organize one on her own, as it would take too much time away from her painting - but I bet if you did it w/a friend or two, it could probably be fun. Good luck!
33  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re:Sewing machine tool on: February 15, 2004 06:29:00 PM
Lothruin, do you have a pic of it? My mother used to have an old Kenmore - I'd be curious to see if it looks like some of the parts from her old machine.
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:refinishing cedar chest on: February 12, 2004 06:09:44 PM
If you have or can borrow a heat gun (around here, you can rent one for about $7 for 2 days or so) that might help you - even if your blow dryer gets really hot, that might help loosen the glue.
35  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:i am ESTATIC! on: February 12, 2004 06:06:43 PM
If you have access to a scanner, scan them first, so you'll always have them for future projects as well!

Have fun!
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Where can I get... on: February 12, 2004 05:58:09 PM
I've seen kraft paper in rolls at least 3' wide, www.officemax.com shows rolls that are 4 feet wide, also in many colors - would you need it wider than that?

http://www.officemax.com/max/solutions/search/search.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&isFinder=0&searchString=kraft+paper&searchType=product&catScope=MAILROOM_%26_SHIPPING_SUPPLIES.ROOT


They also have it in lots of cool colors!


This place sells them as rolls or sheets - http://www.uline.com/Group_40.asp?pricode=wf826
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Colored Duct Tape??? on: February 12, 2004 02:24:43 PM
Our Home Depot has a few colors, but just the basics - same with Sears Hardware. Try your local plumbing/heating supply places, and esp. your local auto parts store - duct tape's nickname is "200 m.p.h. tape", so they will be a good source for you! And do what I do - make lots of phone calls before heading out!!!

Good luck, and post some pics for us when you are done!
38  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Old Children's Cooks / Hardcover Books on: February 12, 2004 02:21:10 PM
Lothruin, that's a great link - good resource to have, thanks!

I would also do some sort of decoupage - recently, I made a memory box for a friend who was having a baby. I used a really sturdy box that had a fitted lid, and I painted the box part, then I decoupaged gift wrap onto the lid, and inside the box, that matched the baby's room. I think it would be very cool to do that with the book pages@
39  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: February 12, 2004 02:17:03 PM
For your glass jars - (mayo jars work really well for this) -  make a cool hostess gift with them. Paint the lids, or cover them w/fabric, etc. - then fill them with the dry ingredients for a recipe (I do an Apple Crisp one - see below) - make a hang tag w/the recipe, and give it to your hostess with a small bushel basket or decorated small brown handled bag filled w/enough apples to make the recipe. All they will need to supply is one stick of butter or margarine.

Apple Crisp

4 cups sliced apples (6-8 apples)
cup brown sugar
cup flour
cup oatmeal
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg
1 stick butter or margarine, softened


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 or 9x9 glass pan w/butter or non-stick cooking spray. Peel and slice apples. Put in pan. Mix together all ingredients until butter or margarine pieces are no bigger than peas. Spread evenly on top of apples. Bake 50-60 minutes until topping is melted.

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:drills? on: February 12, 2004 10:27:33 AM
I don't know how this works, but I just saw it in Family Fun magazine review of 20 New Amazing Craft Supplies  - it's by Forster - (the link shown in the mag was this -www.diamondbrands.com/crafts but it didn't show me the product) at any rate, here's a link to a pic -

http://www.grandmothersattic.net/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=tooldrill - and I haven't ordered from this place, but there was no pic at the Family Fun site.

for $4 or so, worth a try, I would think!
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