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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Flowers with hidden pens on: January 12, 2007 01:32:39 PM
I made spring bouquets much like these for coworkers in my office, just to lighten things up post-Xmas. They turned out so beautiful! Instead of foam, I filled the pots with river rocks (bought by the bag at Michael's) and just stuck the pens down inside. I can arrange and rearrange and the weight of the rocks keeps the pot from tipping if I get a little overzealous with the flowers.

Oddly enough, I got the idea for the rocks when I was picking up Chinese food and noticed they had pencils at the counter stuck in a container of rice to keep them upright.

Inspiration does come from the darnedest places, doesn't it?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Acres of pale pearlescent pink pleather on: November 17, 2006 06:58:05 AM
Thanks for the great ideas! I work in a fabric store and we're about to do inventory. This pink pleather's been darkening the clearance rack forever, and it's being marked down to not more than 25 or 50 cents a yard. With my discount, it's practically nothing. The whole bolt has been bought and brought back several times. It's destined for the trash this year, since it's easier to get rid of it than to roll it out, measure it, document it, roll it up again, and then do the same thing next year.

Apparently the pleather has been through several inventories and several employees, as well. It's one of those things that's changed hands a number of times and no one's done anything with it. So now it's my turn. I don't want to just pass it on. I kind of feel as though I'd be cheating the fabric - does that make sense?

I think I'm going to do some pillows (pleather pillows + warm weather + air conditioning = niiiice). Maybe it would make an interesting doll skin, or stuffed animal. I like the bag idea, but I'd definitely have to blend it with some different fabrics. All the pink can be overwhelming. Looking at it closer now, I do think it would look pretty good with some dark corduroy. Patchwork. Appliques. Rhinestones.

This is how ideas evolve.  Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Acres of pale pearlescent pink pleather on: November 16, 2006 02:01:25 PM
I'm soon going to be the proud owner of 11+ yards of the stuff (54" wide). It's stretchy and not too thick, and more or less apparel weight.

Pink is not my color. At all. Does anyone have any ideas? I saw a really cute pattern for a tank top, but like I said, pink - and pleather, for that matter - just aren't me.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: I want a gown like this, now how do i do it?? on: November 13, 2006 01:35:26 PM
I like costume patterns, and when I saw your dress it reminded me of two in particular. Here's the first, and my favorite of the two:

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B4212=x&TI=10013&page=6

The other one is this:

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=5457

Granted, the second one has a lot of unnecessary froufrou, but the lines feel similar to me.

That really is a gorgeous gown, and the green satiny leaves and little fabric roses don't look like they'd be too difficult to make. I'd be inclined to go for a pretty green lace underneath the leaves and flowers, and across the back.

Do you sew? These are fairly advanced patterns (according to their descriptions), but I've found a novice can tackle them by working slowly and carefully. It doesn't hurt to have a good sewing reference next to you, either.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: November 03, 2006 09:41:10 AM
When your friends clean out their attic/garage/house and call you to unload their stuff on before they call anyone else.

When your trash cans never have normal trash in them - mostly just bits of paper, scraps of fabric, and tangles of thread.

You work one job to pay your bills and another to support your crafting habit.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Desperately seeking fabric - please help a newbie :) on: November 02, 2006 07:35:10 AM
What kind of fabric is it? It *looks* like a mudcloth pattern, but looks can be deceiving.
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Moo Moo shoes :) on: November 02, 2006 07:24:00 AM
I am madly in love with those shoes. The colors and the moomoo are so whimsical they make me smile. Plus, I love saying 'moomoo.'

Thanks for the inspiration!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: November 01, 2006 07:37:19 AM
My post Halloween YKYACW list:

- You never sew a garment or costume exactly as the pattern tells you. In fact, you stop reading the instructions right after you unfold them.  Instructions are just suggestions, really.

- Along the same lines, you always "improve" the pattern itself. Sweetheart neckline from a square neck? Flowing sleeves instead of tapered ones? That bodice show just a little too much skin for your 14-year-old niece? NO PROBLEM!

- Your housemate complains that the crafty mess in your room is snaking its tentacles out to the rest of the house.

- Your cats always have thread or sequins in their whiskers or stuck to their fur. One of them has a blue mouth from chewing on the blue fabric.

- The carpet literally sparkles with glitter. (Turn off your lights and use a flashlight - very pretty!)

-  Halloween Adventure crappy sorceress costume: $49.99 (with no accessories). Sturdy homemade sorceress costume made of red and blue stretch velvet; skull staff, and silver skull-and-barbed wire necklace: $26.50. You feel all fuzzy inside.

- You sort through your kid(s) candy and find a whole mess of things that would look nice as jewelry. I thought the gummy eyeballs would look great as pendants.

- You discover that different colored gummy worms melted down in the microwave often make very pretty marbled designs on the plate. More pretty pendants!

Anyway, that's my list. Happy November 1st, everyone.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Reasons why crafting is better than dating (PG-13ish) on: August 29, 2006 09:19:16 AM
On the "You Know You're a Craftster When..." thread the other day, I said "...you'd rather craft than date."

Someone threw out the comment that this would be another terrific thread. I agree!

The first reasons given (not by me!) were:

-a project never stands you up

-if something goes wrong you can cuss all you like

-you don't have to be awkwardly polite to an unsuccessful crafting attempt at a party later on - you can just throw it out

-after successful crafting, you have something useful and/or decorative. After successful dating you have an expensive, high maintenance pet (spouse)

Here are MY reasons why crafting is better than dating:

- You don't have to explain to your craft that you "Just don't feel like it."

- Your projects are always there to welcome you home.

- You can sell or give away your crafts. Dates occasionally have to be forcibly ejected.

- No need to worry about finding your sewing machine in bed with your knitting needles.

- One craft will never get jealous of another.

- Crafts will never criticize, judge you, steal your clothes (!), or hit on your friends.

- If a craft disappoints you, you can always tear it apart and re-make it exactly as you want it.

- Crafts don't care if you snore.

- It's much easier to juggle multiple crafts than multiple partners.

- Crafts don't take you out to dinner then complain that you're gaining weight.

- If you get sick of a craft, you can put it in a box and forget about it.

- It's virtually impossible to get pregnant while cross-stitching.

- There's a LOT more variety in your selection of crafts.

- It's perfectly legal to put hot glue on it, stab it with an awl, pierce it repeatedly with a needle, and sew its ends together.

And my favorite reason why I'd rather craft than date:

- A thimble goes on more easily than a condom, and offers better protection against pricks.


Meta "Bitter much?" Murph
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: August 23, 2006 01:48:22 PM
I should be ashamed of myself. I only just found this thread on page 223.

But I can SO relate. Here's my guilty list:

- You have gotten rid of furniture to make room for your stash.

- You have gotten rid of a man who complained about your stash.

- Your favorite phrase is "Just give me what's left on the bolt."

- You throw absolutely nothing away because you 'Can Do Something With That.'

- Your pets have become lost or stuck in the stash.

- You have become lost or stuck in the stash.

- You have more UFOs than you have finished projects - and you just started another.

- Your family decides it's time for an intervention.

- You dream of fabric / yarn / crafts.

- You've juggled grocery money so that you can afford yarn or fabric.

- You have scars from past crafting attempts. You wear them proudly.

- You have pondered alternative uses for heat guns, dremel tools, and soldering irons.

- Fabric / craft store employees look at you with pity (or avoid eye contact) whenever you walk in.

- You ARE a fabric / craft store employee.

- No 99 cent pattern sale ever goes unattended.

- You would rather craft than date.

I know there are some repeats. I was so excited to see this thread that I just went ahead and posted after reading only five pages back.

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