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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: What to do with all those plastic bags you have lying around the house. on: March 17, 2006 10:21:39 PM
I know this isn't really crafty, crafty, but I use them to line my small trashcans.  And I stuff them in empty tissue boxes for easy storage and access.  My roomie likes to use them for his lunches, too.  Haha. 

But I also did what apparently a lot of people do.  I crochet with the pretty ones.  There used to be a department store that had purple bags (alas they are closed), and I made a few purple and grey striped rugs for pretty decoration.  I also made some rugs from a variety of plastic bags and they made awesome doggie rugs.  In his last few years, my dog was very clumsy and wouldn't realize he stepped in his business or other dirty things, so we had them at the door for him to wipe his feet.  We also put a few of them in his crate so that he had something squishy to sleep on.  They could get as messy as they wanted and I could hose them down or throw them away.  Crochet a replacement in a day or two and have another happy rug.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: cigarette STENCH on my bags..HELPPP!! on: March 15, 2006 08:43:22 PM
A cheap one to use is baking soda!  You could probably put it in a small cup or something inside the bag if you don't want to worry about getting all that powder up.  And I will swear up and down by Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer (citrus sunburst is my flavor of choice). I used this when I alllowed people to smoke in my car and it got rid of the smell I had on ANYTHING.  Everything smelled like oranges after that, but that's a whole lot better than smoke.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: $40 hand-made Sewing Table on: March 10, 2006 10:56:52 PM
I really like it!  Nice shelving dimensions...makes me wanna fix up my old "kitchen countertop and removable legs desk" into something nice like this.  Looks worth more than $40, too!

Also ladies, I know it can cost a bit extra, but Home Depot can cut most of the wood if you give them your dimensions and map out how to cut the pieces from the wood (mapping out is an added bonus to make their life easier and make them like you more and MAYBE not charge for cutting).  If I recall correctly, they have a 4 cuts free and then the rest are $.25/.50 after that.  Might be different somewhere else, though.  I had a big construction project one time, and it saved my sanity and saw blades!   Cheesy
14  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Re: Fabric World Store Closing! on: February 22, 2006 09:03:15 PM
I overheard someone asking them, and they said they have no idea when they're closing, but they're "preparing" for it.  Might be a ruse to get rid of their stock, but it's totally working.  Heh.
15  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Fabric World Store Closing! on: February 05, 2006 02:16:53 PM
The discount fabric store in Stone Mountain at the intersection of East Park Place and Hwy 78 (next to the K&G Store) is closing!  Sad  I'm really sad about this.  Buuut they've opened up the entire place to sell all their inventory.  Nothing (including the upholstry fabric) is over $3/yard.  This is a magnificent deal.  I haven't asked them if they're relocating or just going out of business, but maybe someone else has?

And if you're gonna go there, I recommend getting there a few minutes before they open (10 on weekdays, noon on sunday), because the line to get fabric cut is pretty ridiculous.  Heh. 

16  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: I know this is a little gross but... ratty old underpants? on: December 30, 2005 09:43:02 PM
I have been wondering this myself, and I came up with an idea that I haven't tried yet.  I also have new undies that never fit, so what I was going to do was find some various flesh colored liniing material and make zippered pouches.  My justification is that the lining will make people not so squeamish.  And I mean, really, they're washed and all.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: When did you learn to crochet? on: December 21, 2005 05:53:45 PM
I learned to crochet when I was about eight from my grandmother when we made tons of plastic bag rugs for our house. This store called Uptons (now very long gone) had purple shopping bags, so we cut all the bags we had into the strips and made an awesome plastic rug.  I totally forgot after that summer and didn't touch anything until I was turning 20 this summer, and becoming wayyy bored at my library job.  The other people there were knitting and lamenting about not being able to crochet. So, deciding that I needed to show off, I went home and asked my mom for some refresher points and I began churning out a hat a day.  Grin
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: reading crochet patterns on: December 21, 2005 05:47:10 PM
Here's a site where they show a video of that stitch:

I love stitchguide.com for their videos!
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Any tips on shipping costs to non-US destinations? on: October 28, 2005 11:36:02 PM
What do you send to NZ? Smiley

I got a friend in Christchurch and I send her goodies all the time hehe ^_^ Mainly she'll buy stuff on amazon.com and ship it to my house and then I ship it to her.  It comes out wayyy cheaper than straight through amazon.  Sucks for all you oversea-ers Sad
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Any tips on shipping costs to non-US destinations? on: October 27, 2005 08:19:10 AM
I learned this mistake the hard way, but for overseas mail at the post office, you have a choice of ground (which is the cheapest) and then air parcel in a few different prices.  Never never never never NEVER select the cheapest at ground rate. It might seem like a no-brainer to not go ground for something overseas, but I saw the difference in prices and picked the cheapest (I think it was around $8 over $18).  This was my first time sending a package and it was headed for New Zealand.  This "ground shipping" method took four months to reach its destination, and it was only a small poster tube sized package.  Don't even try UPS, because they charge about three times the amount as the post office and asks for sendee phone numbers and all kinds of extra stuff.  Only ship UPS if it's something uber important and you're willing to spend $100+ on shipping. 

Regular parcel post (as long as it's air) is very good and if you need extra security of where it is, I think Delivery Confirmation is about all you need (the gigantic neon green barcode).  It is pricey for overseas, but the cheapest around.  Also pretty reliable; haven't had a package lost in my years of sending packages to New Zealand (*knocks on wood*).
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