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1  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / paper stores on: January 18, 2006 11:48:15 AM
Hi -

Was wondering if anyone knew of any good paper stores in Northern NJ. Not your regulation paper store (like Michaels, Rag Shop, etc.) - but someplace with cards and paper you can touch and feel - unusual, different stuff. Pearl Paint in Paramus has a few nice things, but I was looking for someplace new. I know of a few in the city, but was hoping to find some closer.

Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Spray Adhesives and Solvy on: January 17, 2006 12:30:57 PM
Hi -

I'm making fiber lace squares using Solvy, the water based stabilizer. In order to get the fibers to stick to the Solvy so that I can sew it in the sewing machine, I am using a very light coat of spray adhesive on one piece of Solvy. For the life of me, I can't get all of the Solvy off because of the adhesive, but I can't put it together w/o a little bit of adhesive. I'm using Elmers Craft Bond, which has directions for temporary adhesive - which I followed. It makes my final product look like it has dandruff!!!

This picture isn't great, but I think it's focused enough for you to see what I'm talking about


For kicks, here's the finished product -


Anyone have any thoughts on either a)a better, water soluble adhesive or b) a better water based stabilizer than Solvy? When I use light colored fibers, it's not such an issue of course - just like when you wear black and have dandruff, right???  Grin

Thanks!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Email newsletter experience, anyone? on: July 11, 2005 04:33:35 PM
Hi all -

Does anyone have any experience using any software package or online service to do mass email newsletters? Something that is not ad supported, incredibly simple to use, has multiple user options, ability to customize (at least a bit), and of course, not too expensive. I work for someone who does craft fairs, etc. and she wants to do something a little nicer than your basic email to her mailing list.

Thanks!!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Email newsletters experience? on: July 11, 2005 04:30:40 PM
Hi all -

Does anyone have any experience using any software package or online service to do mass email newsletters? Something that is not ad supported, incredibly simple to use, has multiple user options, ability to customize (at least a bit), and of course, not too expensive. I work for someone who does craft fairs, etc. and she wants to do something a little nicer than your basic email to her mailing list.

Thanks!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / crafty coupons! on: March 19, 2004 06:16:17 AM
OK, this is not really for a site, but you have to go to their website to get the coupon ... if you sign up at the Joann website to receive a sales flyer, they will send you a coupon for 40% off any one non-sale item.
6  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Knitting at Borders on: February 11, 2004 06:38:13 PM
I think they do this at some of the other stores as well, but the Borders in Ramsey has a sort of S-n-B on Monday nights - I don't knit, so I've never been, but they advertise it a bit, so it might be worth checking out -

http://www.bordersstores.com/events/event_detail.jsp?SEID=15224084

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Valentine's crayons on: February 05, 2004 01:53:07 PM
OK, I know there was a thread a few weeks ago about the crayon shavings heart suncatchers - I mentioned that I was going to do a variation on that. So here it is - Valentine's crayons. I used plastic heart shaped candy molds (from any craft store - I used the little ones). I made crayon shavings of various colors - I didn't really mix them together tho. I filled each heart to overflowing with the shavings - I tried to layer the colors a bit, so they wouldn't mix too much and turn to a muddy brown. I only did about 4-6 at a time - the ones closest to the middle of the sheet of heart molds. (more on that below).

The tricky part is in the microwaving - it has to be done very slowly, and at low power - depending on your microwave 20-40%. I did it at a 2 minute interval at first, then 1 minute after that until the melting really started, then 30 second intervals. If you fill all 12-15 hearts, what will happen is that some will be completely soup and others will not be melted at all - and the ones that are soup will eventually melt/mishap your mold. I think I'm going to try a waterbath tonight - it will be tough because the molds are very shallow.

Here's some bad pics -

http://img15.photobucket.com/albums/v46/miss_mom/group_1-a.jpg

http://img15.photobucket.com/albums/v46/miss_mom/pair.jpg

http://img15.photobucket.com/albums/v46/miss_mom/single.jpg

My kids have been helping - they are going to be their Valentine's day favors for school - I just have to put a note in with them telling everyone that they are a crayon, not candy!  
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / ModPodge and inkjet prints on: January 22, 2004 06:14:34 PM
Has anyone tried to modpodge things that were printed on an inkjet printer? Was wondering how the ink stood up - any smearing or running?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Kid or family craft website suggestions on: January 17, 2004 06:13:02 PM
Anyone have any favorite kid/family craft websites they use that they really like? I have a bunch of kids, and I belong to a babysitting co-op, so I am always looking for cheap, fun ideas for the kiddies. I have lots of books, and I adapt lots of adult crafts for kids, but sometimes, I just need a little help/inspiration/kick-in-the-pants.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / reversed patchwork denim pillow on: January 15, 2004 07:33:29 PM
So, somewhere I saw a picture/pattern for patchwork denim pillows. One was in small squares, with the seams to the outside, so they got all frayed looking. Has anyone tried this? Does the denim fray too much? I have tons of denim jeans that my husband and kids have worn out - even after making them into shorts, I still have lots of denim left.

I've seen the thing on denim bleaching w/stencils, etc. - that does look cool too, but I would definitely like to try the reverse patchwork idea.
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