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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Making a Tiara on: May 30, 2006 07:37:14 AM
Found some more tutorials that might be a better match for your vision:

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_jewelry/article/0,2025,DIY_13762_2838472,00.html
http://www.lainesworld.co.uk/project/wedding/tiara/projtiara.htm
http://www.craftybrides.co.uk/craftypages/tiarasandjewellery/makeyourownbridaltiara.htm
http://discuss.gromco.com/snl/tz10946.html

enjoy!



2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Making a Tiara on: May 26, 2006 03:15:05 PM
Hi there,
If you use the technique for the headband she makes with more "stuff" on it, you can just make those little branches and use a bit thicker wire so they stand up.  I just saw some tiara blanks at the local Joann on clearance, so you could build over that.  When I made mine I bought 2 blanks and a bunch of beads and started trying different patterns and ideas out. 

I am trying to figure out how to explain how to make those branches...

take your wire
string on a bead
fold the wire back on itself, like a u shape with the bead on the end
twist the wire by twirling the bead, this makes the branch
make sense?  likely not Smiley  i'm sorry...i will try to find a better explanation Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Making a Tiara on: May 25, 2006 09:09:09 AM
Check out the tutorials she lists:

http://www.io-mareas.com/nova.htm

She does beautiful work!  The technique is similar for the ones you were looking at.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Yea Baby! Austin Powers baby dress on: March 30, 2006 04:07:03 PM
Very pretty!  May I ask if you use a commerical pattern or you own?  I am trying to sew up some baby dresses myself and trying to find a simpler pattern.  I love the fabric you used!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Honeymoon tote ideas? on: March 26, 2006 10:39:41 PM
In regards to the honeymoon, what about sunscreen, swimming goggles, a photo album, fluffy beach towels?  In the wedding planning people tend to forget to prepare for the honeymoon trip Smiley
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Comments on name, please! on: March 26, 2006 03:30:54 PM
See, I disagree with the previous poster.  I think it sounds really glamorous and sophisticated.  Mademoiselle = the vintage part and J = the trendy part.  I like it very much.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / where do you find vintage findings/parts for jewelry? on: March 16, 2006 03:37:02 PM
Hi everyone,
I just got back from the Salvation army, dissapointed  Sad  I was hoping for some good bargains to take apart and use to create some new jewelry, all they had in the way of jewelry was about 3 pins under a glass case.  I looked for games too, for the pieces, and all they had were 2 puzzles.  I am so excited about recycling and reusing, but seriously, I couldn't find anything!  Do you guys have any suggestions of better places to find vintagey/old stuff?  Is the Goodwill usually better?  Any other options? I am getting desperate to be creative here!  Cheesy
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: bead ejimication. on: March 14, 2006 07:50:57 PM
Swarovski is known as the best because of its really good craftsmanship.  Check out this info page about it:

http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_information/beading_resources.asp?docid=SWRVSKHWTNSRYRG&sact=search

I've bought Chinese made crystal and it's nice but doesn't have the sparkle that Swarovski does because the faceting isn't as good.  Swarovski is sparkly like crazy, not much else can compete with it in terms of impact in designs.  It's more expensive, but to me it's worth it to search and find deals on it and maybe use a bit less of it to save $ in order to get that quality. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: has anyone seen this site? on: March 10, 2006 06:38:12 AM
Cheesy Cheesy I am still laughing about "Big Al's Lingerie" (picturing a guy in fishnets and overalls - "

thank goodness!  i had worried that i came across as a jerk by saying that  Cheesy  it still makes me giggle

Am I the only person who has noticed that for every 20 shirts these places only have they only have one pair of pants?

i have had the same problem...if I get a gift card I have to bargain with myself that I will use it for pants first and then the leftover goes for a new top.  Pants just don't fit right and it's so frustrating to try on so many pairs.  I'd rather just buy a t-shirt that stretches everywhere it should and be done with it.  I just bought some knit dress pants from Lane Bryant....stretchy waistband and fabric but not the paper bag type waist, it's a smooth covered waistband and they look pretty nice.  Are you looking for dressier pants or jeans/khakis?  I've had luck at JC Penney for jeans and khakis, they tend to be a little higher in the rise and they have some with bootcut or flare legs.  They still have the tapered ones...it is Penney's after all Smiley  But they are getting a little more fashionable stuff.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: has anyone seen this site? on: March 03, 2006 02:36:29 PM
oh yes, JJ the site owner is a good friend, she also has an amazing lingerie site too http://www.biggalslingerie.com/

At first glance it looks like big al's lingerie . com  which made me giggle Smiley  The clothing website is great though, lots of nice things.
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