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51  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Avatar: Talk about craftiness! on: February 11, 2005 12:03:04 PM
At first my avatar was a picture of my hand holding a fish ornament (you could see the top of my head and the messy dining room in the background as well).  I decided it was too plain and agonized for days to come up with a new subject for my avatar.  My cat Maximus fell asleep in a cute curled up position on my heating pad one day and I snapped pictures of him to use.  Then because I'm a huge Photoshop nerd Grin I had to do special effects and crazy colors, and his name is on the side of the icon.  It took a while to get the colors just right but I love my avatar and I don't plan on changing it anytime soon.
52  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 4 Yarn Finger-Knitted Scarf... on: January 31, 2005 10:41:46 AM
You should put up a tutorial on how to finger knit.  I looked at several pages on finger knitting but none of them have good pictures to make you want to finger knit and the instructions are really unclear.  Most pictures have the knitting looking like a jumble of yarn which doesn't make people want to learn if it's not going to look pretty.  Yours turned out so well done that it doesn't look finger knit to me. 
Could you also explain how to combine the yarns together?  Do you braid them together and use them as one strand or keep them seperate?  Or did you twist them around as you were knitting?
Sorry for attacking you with so many questions Tongue.  I don't have time to study my Learn To Knit kit that I got for Christmas and finger knitting seems easy and quick.
53  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cosmetics hanger on: January 24, 2005 12:53:12 PM
That cosmetics hanger is pure genius Smiley.  My sister has the largest collection of make-up in the world.  She has a tiered fruit hanger, one of those small plastic organizers with three drawers, a drawer in the bathroom counter, and small random boxes all full of make-up.  She's always buying new make-up because she can't sort through all of the make-up she already has.  I'll have to show her this because the cosmetics are slowly taking over my side of the countertop.
54  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Skirt with no elastic, no zipper? on: January 14, 2005 06:30:21 AM

I really like that skirt Smiley.  It looks very well made.  Did you make the pattern yourself?
55  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: CAT SWEATER!- Rectangle Knitting Tutorial, super easy for beginners!! on: January 06, 2005 03:38:46 PM
That is so adorable!  How on earth did you manage to get the sweaters on your cats?  My cat would kill me if I tried to put a sweater on him.  I put a bandana around his neck once and he went insane trying to get it off afterwards (he tried walking backwards, heh).  Anyhoo, I think it's good idea for people who have hairless cats.  They get cold really easily, of course, and cats deserve their own clothing instead of dog clothing.  I'm sort of rambling now, so awesome work with those sweaters Smiley.
56  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger: What to Make? on: January 06, 2005 09:55:35 AM
I've only used a serger once in my life, and that was for a fashion design class at high school.  We made pajama pants  Tongue.  It was really nice using the serger for that though because it seemed like it was less work than having to sew them on a normal sewing machine.  No need to cut off excess fabric and such.
Have you ever used a serger before?  It takes a bit of practice to keep the pants perfectly straight while your using the serger because if you don't then the stitching hangs off of the end of the fabric when it's supposed to hug the edge of the fabric, know what I mean?  Anyhoo, I don't have much else to offer besides pajama pants.  Have fun with your serger.
57  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make belts? on: January 05, 2005 03:02:45 PM
Alright, I seem to think of weird things to make but here goes: I want to make belts.  There's a specific one I have in mind right now but I also just want to know how to make belts in general.  I know about ribbon belts and all that but how do you make, uhm, real belts that are big and sturdy like leather belts are?  I don't want to use leather though (I love animals Smiley). 

The belt I want to make -^.  I like almost everything about it except for the initials. So I guess the belt is made out of elastic because there's no way to make adjustments to the size.  I could use webbing but I'd have to attach three colors together and that would probably be too thick for a belt loop.  How would I put color on the elastic, dye or paint?  I want to make sure the colors won't run if I get wet (it's been raining a lot here in Texas).  I need suggestions for what to replace the CD with?  Maybe I could just use red, green, and yellow fabric in the yellow loops and make it a tie belt.  That sounds cool... hmm.  Anyhoo, offer any tips you might have for this belt or just belt-making in general.

(I hope this is in the right spot, I figured belts are accessories for clothing so... heh? Move it if it shouldn't be here.)
58  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrinkie Dink Creations! on: December 31, 2004 12:46:39 PM
Those are absolutely adorable!  What are you planning to do with them?  I definitely need to try some of that shrinky-dink stuff.  Can you get it at any craft store like Michael's?
59  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: how about a pet related botch? on: December 29, 2004 08:13:48 AM
I have a cat, Maximus. He loves to help out when I'm working on a project.  I've learned not to leave out my pin dish because he'll eat them!  I walked away from my sewing project for a few seconds and when I came back he was gnawing away on several pins.  It scared me half to death, I've no idea why a cat would try to eat something like a pin.  He loves to bat around fabric while I'm working on it and walk/sit right on top of the projects I'm trying to work on.  I just got a Learn to Knit kit for Christmas and as soon as I tried to work on it he came over and started playing with the yarn.  I told myself that I should've known better than to get involved in a craft like that with Max around Tongue.
Same thing goes for schoolwork.  Max loves to lay right on top of the books while I'm trying to read them or he'll bat at the paper I'm trying to write on.  He drives me crazy sometimes but he amuses me most of all.
60  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Embellishing an iPod? on: December 28, 2004 02:43:12 PM
Thanks so much for that link, candysniper.  It's awesome and affordable as well!  I'm so glad you gave me the link to that website because I was about give up and make my own cover which would've been too much hassle.  Your iPod cover looks so cool and I absolutely love the crystals you attached to the earbuds Smiley.
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