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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Still thinking and have a question.. on: September 29, 2006 09:15:46 AM
I've been thinking about opening a website to sell my crafts for a loooong time, but I just have never gotten around to it/am afraid to.  One of my biggest concerns is, I don't have a whole lot of money, so I can't buy really expensive things.  I crochet scarves a lot, but I mostly only use the red heart acrylic yarn, etc.  The cheap stuff, ya know?  I've read on here several ways to make it feel softer, but, from your experience, are people a lot less likely to buy them because it's the cheapy yarn, even if I say I've done such and such to make them feel soft, etc?  Your comments are greatly appriciated.  Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Croc pin in memory of Steve on: September 05, 2006 11:35:56 AM
I was inspired by my love for Steve Irwin and this post:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118847.0  by craftster_kitten2007 to make a pin in memory of my beloved Crocodile Hunter.  Here it is:
I made it from perler beads and hot glued it onto a heart pin that's from a pin making set my friend had.  I'm going to wear it everywhere. 

RIP Steve
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Plastic thingies from milk jugs... on: August 20, 2006 11:38:00 AM
I work in the dairy department in WalMart and I stock loads and loads of milk every day, as you can imagine.  Well about 1 in 6 jugs has this plastic piece stuck in where the handle hole is and they pop out realy easily (I'm sorry it's so hard to describe this  Embarrassed).  After a couple weeks working there I thought "I can't keep throwing these away.  There has to be something I can do with them!"  I have at least 200 I'd say.  Maybe more, I don't know.  But I could easily get more.  Anyways, I have no idea what to do with them.  Here's a pic of them.  There are two sizes.  I don't have many of the smaller ones but I have TONS of the big ones as they come in the regular one gallon jugs.  I put a nickle in there so you could relatively see how big they are.

Any suggestions you might have would be awesome as I really don't have any at all.  I kinda thought about coloring them with sharpies or painting them, poking holes in the ends, and stringing them like a beaded curtain.  That's the only real idea I have.
Anyways, thanks sooooo much in advance for your ideas!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Several things I've put together... on: June 02, 2006 08:13:18 PM
I didn't really know where to put these, so I figure this is as good a place as any.

Ok the first two projects might be kind of weird to you, but I'm kinda weird, so they fit.  Wink  The first one is a sign that you can see from the bottom of the steps that lead up to my room

Here's a pic of it head-on:

And this one is kinda off, but it doesn't have a glare:

It says Veronica's Room -->  The picture I had hanging in that same place.  Then I found the awesome glass gems at WalMart.  They're in all shapes and colors.  I originally bought them to make magnets out of them like the glass marble ones, but soon discovered that I could form letters with them.  Ta-da! haha

Then this is my Open/Closed sign that I made.  It's hanging right above the first sign.  I don't know why, but I've always wanted an Open/Closed sign.  Roll Eyes  I told you I was weird.  Cheesy
The Closed side:

The Open side:

I just used a record, took the label off, and hot-glued those gems on.  I was too impatient to buy goo-gone and take the residue off from the labels. haha.. I think it looks ok with the white there, anyways.

My last project I made awhile ago:

It's a bulletin board-type-thing.  The bulletin board part I bought at the dollar store.  The three colors came seprate.  I just combined the sets and made them into that shape.  Then I went into a glass-marble-push-pin craze and made all of those push pins.  I'm thinks of possibly selling the push-pins in sets along with one of the bulletin board sets from the dollar store whenever I put up a website and start selling stuff.  Roll Eyes

Well that's all I've got for right now.  I've been in one of those slumps that I go through where I just don't feel like crafting a whole lot.  Plus, I've been crocheting a blanket.  That's been taking up my time as well.  So yah... thanks in advance for comments and such.  Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 80's hair metal? on: April 06, 2006 02:10:43 PM
I've never participated in a swap before.  I've been thinking of swap themes that would make me want to participate.  I don't know about you guys, but I LOOOOOOOVE 80's hair metal.  Everyone could list their favorite groups and their partner could choose which ones to craft around, or we could leave it open so that the partner could craft over any hair metal group.  I think it sounds sooooo fun, and I would deffinitely participate if someone put one together.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Rolling Stones Tongue on: April 04, 2006 08:56:16 PM
A little while ago I was looking for patterns for my bead loom, but I didn't find very many good ones, so I lost interest pretty quickly.  I had found a pattern for the rolling stones tongue.  I thought it would be nice to make for whatever reason (maybe a belt?  I'll have to try that  Grin), but I never go around to it.  Then I taught myself how to cross stitch (nothing to brag about because it's so easy, but whatever.  Roll Eyes) and I wanted to do a small, quick project.  Well I wish someone would've told me that nothing about counted cross stitch is quick.  It took me 2.5 days to do this.  Probably because I'm just new to it and I don't quite have a good rhythm for it yet.  I changed the colors in the pattern a lot.  I thought it would be more interesting.  Sadly, though, I think I might've made it unrecognizable.  But, I still know what it is! so I thought I'd still show you all.  I might make several more all with different color schemes, then frame them, or something of that nature.  Anyways, after this long book I've written  Roll Eyes, here's the project:

My camera's flash messed up the colors, but you get the idea.  Thanks in advance for any comments!  Grin
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Tropical Rainbow in the Sky on: April 04, 2006 08:48:41 PM
I had this pair of backless converse-lookin' shoes hangin' around for awhile.  I got them last year, but I didn't really wear them much because they were kind of annoying.  I saw this challenge and, even though I've never done one of these, I thought I would give it a try.  It gave me the incentive to actually do something with a pair of my shoes (I have SOOOOOOOOOOOO many pairs of shoes!!!)  I was really revved up about this challenge, but then, before I really started planning out my shoes, my grandpa passed away.  So the challenge totally went on hold.  I've been quite busy lately and all, and to my dismay, I looked at the calendar a few days ago and  Shocked it was time to turn in challenge entries!  So I had to hurry and throw this shoe together.  I'm still very happy about it.  Though, I could only finish one shoe in time, I plan on revamping the other one.  In my rush, though, I forgot to take a picture of the shoes before I started messing with them  Embarrassed.  Once you see the pictures, you'll probably understand how they looked before I revamped them.

This is the top of my shoe.  As you can see, I took out the plain shoe laces and also cut out the tongue.  I embroidered a polka-dot-type-thingy at the top, as you can see, which represents the sun.  The "laces" are just an EXTREMELY long "friendship bracelet".  That was the most time consuming part of the whole thing.

This is the inside of the shoe.  Those are star beads that I've attached to the shoe through the holes that were on the side.  Also, the "lace" also acts as a strap to keep the shop on my foot.  I had a problem with these shoes sliding partly off when I walked.  It's a little hard to get off over my heel (oh the joys of having really big feet  Roll Eyes Tongue), but it's worth the short struggle, because I think it looks really nice.

this is the outside of the shoe.  There are three butterfly beads sewn onto the shoe.

Voila!  That's my shoe!  I wish I could've/would've spent more time on it, but I still love the results!  I can't wait to finish the other shoe so I can actually wear them in public!  Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Mod Podge question!!! on: March 03, 2006 12:46:11 PM
Please forgive me if this has already been asked.  I searched some and didn't really find anything of the same questions, but don't hate me if it has already been asked. Embarrassed
Anyways, I want to make coasters and hotpads out of paper products and then seal them with layers of modpodge.  If I use these things with just the mod podge, is it going to get really sticky if it gets wet or really hot?  If so, how do I prevent this.  With another type of sealer?  AND if I need another sealer, could you please recommend something to use?  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! :-D
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Cow Skull- real on: February 15, 2006 10:25:31 AM
Ok before I say what I found, please don't think I'm an animal hater, or that I'm gross, or anything like that.  I went on a walk today through our field, and I found a cow skull.  I thought "holy wow!  I have to get that!"  So after I climbed through TONS of dead twigs and plants and trees (It was like a jungle!) I finally got to it.  Now it's sitting on our picnic table outside.  I haven't told my mom that I found it yet.. ha.. that'll be funny.  Anyways, I was thinking maybe I could spray it out with the hose and let it dry outside, then possibly seal the whole thing with mod podge?  Do you think that would work?  But after that, I don't know what I'm going to do with it.  I CAN'T get rid of it!  I've always wanted something like that for my room.  It's so.. eerie!  Cheesy  I thought about hanging it on my wall and putting fake flowers in it.  I found two golf balls while I was out there, too (weird, yah) so I thought maybe I could paint those for eyes and put them in the sockets?  Anyways, lemme know what you think.  Again, please don't think wrongly of me.  Sad
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Question about selling something!!!! on: February 14, 2006 08:35:47 PM
I don't know if anyone else has asked this question, so please don't hate me if they have.  I make lots of different things out of the pages from magazines.  Is it ethical/legal to sell these things?  I'm not advertising any specific magazine/product/celebrity.  I just use the pages.  Thanks for the help!
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