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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Slightly Saucy on: February 10, 2007 01:33:25 AM
I love it
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felted Pincushion Tutorial/Instructions? on: February 10, 2007 01:31:28 AM
OMG! javascript:void(0); Grin Betz White was JUST on Martha Stewart today doing a tutorial on her latte cup pin cushions. I am really glad she was on because I just posted on a thread asking about where to find her stuff. They are really expensive on her website- about $25- but they are a lot less tough to make than you'd think. I can't believe she shared how to make them! If I came up with an idea that cool I would keep it a closely-guarded secret. She must know that lots of crafters are poor  Cheesy.

The latte cup and the cupcake cushions are both essentially made the same way but the latte cup has a couple more complex pieces to it (handle of the cup, the whipped cream on the coffee, the saucer). I wish she had done a tute on the cupcakes because I can't figure out how she makes the bottom so flat (with the latte cup she makes a flat surface by making a saucer out of felt), or how she makes the cherry for the top of the cupcake. If anyone has any ideas or has made one, please post them or PM me- I would really appreciate it.
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Can I ask... on: February 10, 2007 01:19:43 AM
Thanks LuLu.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Knitter! WOO! I need some help though.... on: February 09, 2007 02:35:12 AM
Wow, I can't believe I am actually knitting now. Debbie Stoller really is a genius at making diagrams and writing instructions.

It looked so hard but now that I have it down its really fun. I can't wait to learn to do more than really long rectangles.

Anyhoo, I had a few questions for the experienced knitters... please feel free to answer any combo of these. It would be a big help!

1. Is it normal to have a numb left hand (from holding the stick thing) after knitting a while?

2. Even though my needles aren't sharp I feel like I am getting callouses on my left and right index finger and my thumb from poking myself. Is there anything I can do about this?

3. In the future, when I start a project, how do I keep the first few rows from being shorter than the rest? Commercially made scarves and stuff are really square and pretty at the ends but mine looks kinda curled up and a bit smaller than the rest of the scarf.

Thank you!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Knitter! WOO! I need some help though.... on: February 09, 2007 02:34:04 AM
Wow, I can't believe I am actually knitting now. Debbie Stoller really is a genius at making diagrams and writing instructions.

It looked so hard but now that I have it down its really fun. I can't wait to learn to do more than really long rectangles.

Anyhoo, I had a few questions for the experienced knitters... please feel free to answer any combo of these. It would be a big help!

1. Is it normal to have a numb left hand (from holding the stick thing) after knitting a while?

2. Even though my needles aren't sharp I feel like I am getting callouses on my left and right index finger and my thumb. Is there anything I can do about this?

3. In the future, when I start a project, how do I keep the first few rows from being shorter than the rest? Commercially made scarves and stuff are really square and pretty at the ends but mine looks kinda curled up and a bit smaller than the rest of the scarf.

Thank you!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Grommets and rivets and eyelets on: February 05, 2007 04:49:17 AM
I was JUST gonna post something about this but I am glad I looked before I posted.

I am making some wrist cuffs and need a tool or gun to put in snaps! I will have to look up the Vario.

Thanks!
17  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Can I ask... on: February 03, 2007 10:32:04 PM
Thanks for your replies everyone.

I guess I should have been more specific about the fact that I wanted information about creative ideas and projects to help my son. Still, I don't think my topic warranted deletion. Even if it did, I got a PM from a moderator talking about her own experience with delayed speech (after of course, she mentioned that she was deleting my post)!

Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to give me suggestions on how I could get help via Craftster by re-posting my topic and using different wording?

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Married Crafsters Please Help! Wedding Photographers are #@$%^ Expensive! on: February 03, 2007 05:47:29 AM
That dress is sweet, and you look great in it!  How long did it take you to make?

Glad you found someone to do your photos - you've got some great ones (going by what you posted) and they didn't cost an arm and a leg.  Seems like as soon as you say the W-word to a potential vendor (for anything... photos, limos, anything) the price doubles...   Roll Eyes

The dress took about 20 hours to make. AND, my friend and I used a crinoline as a base to build off of! It was all the gathering, and the cutting out of the flames and sewing them on. Also, we had lots of heart-to-heart talks, ate lots of Reese's PB Cups, and drank buttloads of soda, which added to the construction time!

Think I should post the dress as a clothing craft? I am not sure. I sort of lumped it into the wedding post I did.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: junior maternity sewing patterns? on: February 03, 2007 05:35:46 AM
Its pretty easy to modfy any pattern.  Take a pattern that fits a size up from your pre-preggers size. The your going to slash the front of your pattern.  You need a piece of paper, news paper is fine, just something that is big enough to fit your origional pattern. If you doing a top start about 3 inches from the bottom draw a straight line from the middle to the outside edge. Make these lines every two inches 5 times. Your going to do the same thing in the back but your only going to draw 2 lines. On your front cut your first and second line and drop it 2 inches (this will add a little needed length) So now you will have 2 inches between each fabric chunk on the bottom, tape those down to your newspaper as you go so you don't loose them.  Next on your front your going to cut from the center to the outside edge but don't cut all the way through (we're making a hinge) Spread each cut so it measures 2 inches at the  middle. Tape all this down and Viola! Maternity pattern.  I'' try to post a picture tute tommorrow if you need it.

WOW! You are a Goddess Mama! I wish I had known this 7 months ago...
20  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Can I ask... on: February 03, 2007 05:34:36 AM
What constitutes deleting a poster's topic?

I posted a topic about creative ways to help kids (specifically, my son) learn to talk (this could have meant making books, flashcards, reading, whatever) and I asked if whether any other members of Craftster had kids with autism, hearing impairment or learning disabilities, and what kind of things they had made or games they had come up with to play with their kids and encourage learning.

My topic was deleted.

I know this isn't a post about a knitted hat or something, but I was someone who genuinely needed help and asked a question that I felt had merit on this board.

After all, there are plenty of posts on Craftster that have little or nothing to do with crafting (i.e.; "show pictures of your boyfriend/girlfriend," "my job sucks," "where can I buy comfortable t-shirts"), and none of them have been deleted. In fact, I am sure if I go back and look at some of my own posts, some of them can be viewed as not "keeping on the subject of crafting."

I am pretty upset and confused as to why this was considered SO off the subject that it had to be deleted and I had to get a "friendly reminder" to stay on-topic.
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