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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / halter-style yoga tops for busty girls? on: September 29, 2006 09:47:31 AM
I'm looking for a pattern for a halter-style top that will hold the girls firmly. We're working on a new costume for our dance troupe, and we'd like to use a halter-style top, but I've been unsuccessful in finding one. Any pattern ideas?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / thermal shirt fabric resources? on: August 06, 2006 05:08:36 PM
Anyone know where I can get some cool printed thermal fabric? I sort of like the look of the long-sleeve printed thermal shirts like Primp makes, and I want to try making them at home. I've tried looking online but haven't had much success.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / goody barrettes for grown-ups? on: June 30, 2006 02:11:52 PM
Anyone know where I can find or how to make some Goody barrettes for grown-ups? I love those little plastic barrettes for kids with the two birds or bunny or what have you, but they can only hold a very small section of my hair. I'd like something larger to hold back the sides of my hair as I grow it out.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / How I made my new eyeglasses cooler on: February 09, 2006 11:18:10 AM
Shamelessly lifted from my blog. Post title: Ethel or how I learned to stop worrying and love rhinestones.

The best part of getting health insurance, besides the dental work, was getting new glasses. For me, glasses are a fashion statement. As I browsed the selection at Fred Meyer, I came across a pair that had great potential.

Funky shape? Check.
Unusual color? Check.
But they were still missing that special something. That glitz, that glamour, that je ne sais quoi.... However, I'm a creative person, so a trip to Michael's was in order. After the shopping was done, I gathered my supplies and got ready to turn my ordinary frames into Ethels.

2 mm rhinestones, superglue and tweezers. I was good to go!
I tested out a pattern before committing myself.

I ran into one small problem - Superglue doesn't dry well. It creates a pretty quick bond between surfaces (thus leading me to my first hint: Don't get it on your lenses.) but doesn't dry quickly when exposed to air. The drops of glue were bigger than the rhinestones, so I had to wait for the residual glue to dry.

That leads me to my second hint: Don't touch the glue. If you do touch the glue, don't touch anything else. On the bright side, I did glue my finger to my thumb in a very pretty, mudra-esque manner. After separating my thumb and finger, I was able to work on the other side of the frames.

And voila! The frames I have christened Ethel. Gretta tells me she had the same frames 50 years ago. Either she was a pioneer, or I am spearheading a whole new segment of the retro craze.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sushi curtains on: November 25, 2005 12:21:08 PM
I couldn't resist making curtains out of this fabric for our new cabin.

And here's a close-up.

My boyfriend and I both love them - even more than the atomic retro curtains for the rest of the cabin.

If you're curious about what a cabin with no running water in Alaska looks like, I posted a photo tour on my blog, http://maryhaley.blogspot.com
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Linoleum floor tiles? on: October 28, 2005 10:42:15 AM
We have a bunch of 1.5'x2' linoleum floor tiles. No two colors are alike. When we're done redoing our kitchen and entryway in a patchwork design, what can I do with the leftover tiles?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 'vintage' types fabrics on the web? on: July 26, 2005 03:34:09 PM
Anyone have any links to funky, mod, vintage-esque fabric for sale on the web?

I already know and love www.reprodepot.com, but I'm looking for others to compare cost and patterns.

8  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Pant pattern recommendations for hourglass figure? on: July 20, 2005 12:38:32 PM
Does anyone know of any good pant patterns for someone with a big waist/hip difference? I'm getting tired of trying to alter patterns drastically to fit me. The Vogue 'body type' system is crap when it comes to pants IMO, and I don't want to have to wear something with pleats in the front!

I have more than 14" difference between my waist and hips. Anything that fits around my hips is huge on my waist. Anything that might fit my wasi won't go over my big hips. Any tips? Please help!!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painting living room floor -- color advice needed on: July 16, 2005 01:55:54 PM
OK, long story short, I live in a commune and the commune is building a new cabin for me, but there won't be enough money for carpeting. We've been advised to paint the floor.

Any ideas on colors for the floor? The cabin will be 16x20, with a bedroom upstairs. The outside will be dark green with brown trim. I think I want to paint the inside walls a soft gold color - white will be too boring.

We'll need to paint the floor of the living room/kitchen and the bedroom (no bathroom, because it's a dry cabin Wink )
10  UNITED STATES / Alaska / Starting a craft nite in Fairbanks!! on: July 15, 2005 11:28:51 AM
Another crafty friend and I are hoping to start up a craft nite in Fairbanks. Maybe once a week, maybe less often.

Anyone interested in joining us, send me an e-mail at mh_ccl@yahoo.com



Mary
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