Ack! Thank you so much for this topic! We go through at least one of those a week, and I just can't bring myself to throw them away, so they're just gathering in a huge pile in my craft room. We've got about a dozen in use around the house:
One keeps hair doolies and bobby pins One keeps my husband's paint brushes, and another for his pencils and pens Three in a deep kitchen drawer to hold twist ties and plastic bag closures, little packets of salt and pepper and ketchup from fast food places, and other smaller containers I want to reuse (like baby food jars) One keeps my fifty or so pre-wound bobbin spools (I can't seem to stop buying those when I see them)
Uh...I can't think of what else I'm using them for, but there are a bunch! I LOVE these ideas, and I want to try all of them!
BUT. They are dangerous. The little metal lip along the top is SHARP underneath, so be careful while you're cleaning them out.
Wow, this is my daughter's favorite book. It is because of this book (and I'm convinced ONLY this book) that my daughter gives a crap (ha!) about the potty at all. Everytime she has to go, she grabs this book and sits down and looks at it.
Hehe, I had no idea that comment would make such a splash! It's strange, but it was actually kind of annoying. He gets on these organizational kicks, and nothing is safe. The problem is, sometimes he organizes things in ways that make no sense (for instance, we actually have a box in our attic labeled "Things We Don't Use Very Often"). But this time he actually did quite a good job. He separated out all of my half-finished knitting projects from the rest of the yarn, put all the bulk fabric in under-the-bed boxes, and put the clothes and scraps in big moving boxes - organized by color! All my beads and threads are in one place...it's beautiful.
Of course, now I'm afraid to go in there and touch anything, because I'm going to screw it all up.
I'm going to start working on something tonight. Hopefully I'll be able to post it here by Saturday.
Wow, this doesn't sound perfect or anything! DH just completely reorganized my craft room for me (a project I gave him leave to do), and came out looking haggard, saying that I'm not allowed to buy any more yarn or fat quarters until I've made him a blanket. So perhaps I'll take a look at what I've got and actually do something with it all. Maybe I'll even go sweat-shop style and finally have something to put in my etsy store!
What a great idea. I live in Texas too, and even though I'm freezing my butt off right now, I know I'm going to wish I had more cute summer clothes when the time comes. Plus, sewing takes my mind off the freezing rain...
I'm going to give this a little thought first, but I'll probably be signing up soon!
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Well, it's actually a bit more complicated than that. I'll try to explain what the lady said.
You take nine popsicle sticks or so, and drill a little hole into the center of seven of them. Then, you glue each of those seven by the ends along the other two popsicle sticks so that you have a little frame, like a wooden fence, with little spaces between the slats. Then you take fifteen lengths of warp fiber and thread one through a hole, then one through a space, then a hole, then a space, and so on. You tie off the far end of the warp to a doorknob or something and tie off the near end to your belt, or wrap it around your hips. Then, when you lift the popsicle sticks, the warp threaded through the holes goes up and the warp in the spaces stays where it is, and you run the shuttle through and tamp. Then, when you pull the loom down, the holes go down and you can run it back through.
It obviously wouldn't make anything much bigger than a belt or a little napkin or something, but it seems like it would work.
PS: This was a terrible explanation. I hope it made any sense at all. I think I'll just go ahead and try it (I mean, it's popsicle sticks. It's not like it'd take a whole ton of money or time to make) and see what happens.
EDIT: Okay, so I actually just did some real research on this, and from what I can tell, it sort of does operate like a heddle womb, because it creates two sheds as you work it.
I was at an art festival yesterday, and a woman with some gorgeous woven items gave me some advice when I told her that the reason I don't weave is because I can't afford a loom. She briefly described a "popsicle stick loom," and it seems simple enough...but a little TOO simple, if you know what I mean.
Has anybody tried this? Is it worth the time and effort, or does it suck? Does anyone even know what this is?