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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cat tower idea on: July 25, 2008 11:50:26 PM
I have a new kitten, and a new town house. We have stairs that are carpeted that he loves to play on and climb up and under, but he needs some sort of lofty area to call his own. A cat condo or whatever you call it. I really don't want to spend more than $100 total on it. I also don't want to buy one of those horrible carpeted badly colored bulky monstrosities that are so expensive and ugly. I don't have wood cutting tools at my disposal, so making one out of plywood or something like that isnt really an option. I would also like it to be fairly easy to take it apart if we move or anything.
I've found some pics of carboard / duct tape towers. But that wouldnt be sturdy enough for the long term, since my kitten is likely to turn into a large tom cat. And then i found this :
It looks like its made out of PVC pipes and joints.
I'm thinking i could make it pretty easily. Probably wrap the bottom legs with jute or rope or whatever so its like a scratch post for him. and use fleece or some sort of sturdy cloth to make a hammock sort of thing on it. I would make it in a shape like this:
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with four feet. Do you guys think I should figure out how to attatch it to a piece of plywood as a base or would it be sturdy enough as it is? attatching it to our wall is also an option, since it will be up against the wall.
Have any of you tried to make a structure like this? I've never made any thing this big so any hints would be great!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Free business cards! on: May 10, 2008 08:23:05 PM
I have ordered from them, and they send you an email about they're 'special' sales like every three days. But, if you check the site kinda often for a couple weeks, you can usually catch a free 250 sale on their 'premium' cards that have NO logo on the back, aaaand you can personalise the colors and things like placement of lines of text more. So its a good deal, even with paying for shipment.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: jewelry card printing on: May 10, 2008 08:20:42 PM
Try vistaprint.com for business cards. They they aren't expensive to begin with, but they do sales all the time where you can get 250 free or like 75% off. And if you get the "premium' ones their vistaprint.com logo won't be on the back, and they look more professional.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: January 18, 2007 09:10:28 PM
My scariest, but not worst, craft related injury was when i was cutting out some pictures with an x-acto knife. i was sitting in an armchair at a low coffee table, and when i was done i went to pick up the mat id been working on and had put all my stuff onto it, including the x-acto knife (uncapped, as i always lose the cap promptly after buying one). It slipped out as i was standing up and lodged itself in my inner thigh clear up to the part of the handle that grips the blade. with out even thinking twice about it i pulled it right out. i didnt know til afterwards that there was a large artery there that it must've barely missed. it bled a little, but closed right up, i guess cuz it was such a clean cut. No scar, but stil a lesson learned. ( stick pen caps fit on xacto knifes, so never leave one uncapped.) ive stil got the pj pants i was wearing when it happened, with the 1'' slice in the leg.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Faux Fur Coat ? on: June 01, 2006 09:58:42 PM
I'm struggling to find any sort of pattern i could use to make a fur coat for my boyfriend and myself. He wants a full length wide collared one, and i want a wide collared double breasted hip length. Hes not exactly little either which once i find the right style, I'm pretty sure I'll have to make some adjustments. Hes 6'3 and a 50" chest.

 Does anyone know where i could find anything like these? I've done some searches and come up totally empty handed...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: any craftsters on my space? on: November 18, 2005 05:24:36 PM
Im on myspace too, I didnt realise there were so many craftster people there!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Herringbone Stitch on: November 16, 2005 09:04:25 PM
Try this,
 Row 1: K1, *sl 1, K1, psso but before dropping the slipped stitch from the left needle, knit into the back of it* repeat until there is one stitch left, K1

Row 2: *P2tog, do not slip stitches off the needle, purl the first stitch again, slip both stitches off needle*
Repeat rows 1 and 2
Its in multiples of 2. Good luck! 

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