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161  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Might not count as a craft - but please don't all attack me!! on: May 14, 2005 02:29:20 PM
I used to have penpals way back in Jr. High.  Actually had a penpal from Australia for close to 10 years!  We all signed up through school (so no weirdos back then) with other schools.  It was all for fun and I had such a great time learning about people, regions, coutries, etc.  My cousin's West Point roommate and I were penpals for the 4 years he was in Germany.  We sent all kinds of funny things back and forth - quizzes we found in magazines, tapes of favorite music, and much more!  I miss those days!  Ok, I guess I've talked myself into it.

Here's my info:

I am 35 years old in the middle of nowhere Ohio.  I used to live in Myrtle Beach, SC and hope to get back there soon (I do miss the ocean!).  I am currently unemployed due to my suffering of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  I used to be one of those people that thought CFIDS was "all in their heads".  Not so anymore!  Long story, but thanks to a terrific doctor, family and friends....I am doing much better these days.  I love everything crafty and wish I had the energy to do more.  Luckily, most of it doesn't require a lot of standing or walking.  I love movies, books, magazines, all kinds of crafts.  I also sell Avon to make a little bit of extra cash (and to get my stuff at a discount).  I am currently staying with my parents while renting out my condo in MB.  My 15 - almost 16 - year old niece lives here as well.  We have 3 dogs (mine, my parents' and my niece's) and lots of family that comes to visit.  Guess that's why I function better in chaos!  I have braces for the 2nd time in my life and just a few days ago got my nose pierced.  I'd love to get into henna, but my hands are just a bit too shakey anymore.  My main love is beads, 2nd is fabric, 3rd is clay and then everything else!  If it's a craft - I love it!

Guess that's about all I can think of - any other questions, just ask!

Mary
162  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: May 14, 2005 02:17:08 PM
mine is kind of boring, but it works.  I used to use my first initial and last name and then that started getting used all the time so it was never available.  Now I use my first initial "M", my middle name "Irene" and my last initial "H" = MIreneH.

it's easier for me to remember if I have the same name on all the forums as I am memory-impaired these days!
163  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Might not count as a craft - but please don't all attack me!! on: May 14, 2005 02:14:32 PM
I'm trying to get the children in my life started young.  I get the books of blank postcards that they can do art on; I pre-address them to me, and stamp them as well -- that way they do not have to depend on parents 'getting around' to mailing them.  The wee children can just draw pictures and throw them into the post box; as they get older they write words too. 

Of course the key to making this work is that you MUST reply in kind, and promptly!

It's a blast!!   Cheesy

Love that idea!  Just in time for summer vacations and all that....I'll have to do something fun for my nieces and nephews!  Thanks!
164  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: mispronunciations! 'fess up! on: May 14, 2005 02:11:03 PM
Can't say I've embarrassingly said anything, but most of my friends are of the "less-crafty" variety and they want me to show them how to do things (or just make items for them).  I'm sure there is probably something out there I've screwed up (most likely bead-related).   I grew up in the midwest and moved to the southeast (even though I have southern parents) and i've noticed there are a lot of things pronounced differently.  The one that drives me crazy is birthday - most of my SC friends call it "birFday".  Just bugs me.  Plus they mash buttons on the phone instead of potatoes!  I know those aren't the same, but grrrr - some things just make me want to tear my ears off!

Thanks for the giggles, by the way!
165  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: wall hanging for my sister on: May 14, 2005 01:49:28 PM
love it!  and just another thing to add to my mile-long "want to do" list.  Thanks for sharing!
166  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My Cramp Bag! on: May 14, 2005 01:46:44 PM
I have one I bought (yeah, bought out of desperation!) due to headaches.  I have headaches caused by strain from my jaw, neck and shoulders and the heat combined with the weight (just right) do wonders!  Mine has an outer cover and the inside pouch is made of cotton or something similar.  It's so easy to take off the cover, pop it in the micro and 2 minutes later lie down on the couch and relax my headache away!  I found one with lavender inside so it's doubly relaxing.  My mom has one that is unscented and it makes my headaches worse.  My migraines start with an exxagerated sense of smell and sound.  Anyway, I've thought of making some for friends and family but forgot about them.  Maybe I'll have to start working on them for birthdays, etc.  Thanks for the reminder!!
167  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 1" button swap on: May 14, 2005 01:25:37 PM
Just a thought, but I've seen button blanks at JoAnn's recently.  Granted, they aren't the same as made by the machines, but they are plastic with a pin back and you can insert pictures, etc. in them.  I'm sure there is somewhere that you can buy them in bulk.  Maybe have eveyone that wants to participate pay the what one would cost (cheaper at wholesale prices) and then send the button blank to them so everyone starts with the same thing.  I've seen those on other forums - the participants pay for their materials and shipping and the "host" of the swap/challenge/whatever gets the materials and sends them out as well as checking progress and swap information.  Hope it helps!
168  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: vinyl record purse on: May 14, 2005 01:10:03 PM
I saw something similar on HGTV's Carol Duvall show.  Not sure which episode, but you can go to the website and search her shows for the bag.  It also had clear tubing with beads strung through.  Cute idea!
169  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Extra Durable Bag on: May 14, 2005 01:06:08 PM
I'm thinking along the exact same lines - except backwards!  I tend to buy my fabric and embellishments first and figure out a project later.  I bought some really cool fabric at Joann's (thanks to my brother's thoughtfulness at giving me a gift card for my birthday!!!).  It is actually a home decor fabric but seems pretty sturdy.  There are some others I was looking at that were in the outdoor fabric (awnings, sun umbrellas, etc.) section.  They all seem pretty sturdy without being extra thick or heavy.  I'm still looking for the perfect type of bag, but hope this helps!
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