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5961  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: "only a sewing machine" on: November 17, 2005 11:33:37 AM
I could not believe that some people lived without sewing machines! I grew up taking sewing lessons and we ALWAYS had the machine out and my grandma's would make us stuff. I didnt know that not everyone had a sewing machine until I was in grade nine and was making all my clothes. Everyone seemed impressed and I was confused!.

just the other day the boyfriend said "I can't beleive you asked for a sewing machine for christmas"
(he was refering to the price)
I, of course, freaked out and ranted on and on and on about how it will last me for far more years than anything else I was going to ask for and explained all of it's usefulness.
(I know he will just have to see it in action making him comfy pj's before he understands this)

That's funny. I have a lot of artists in the family, so we always had mostly family-made paintings and stuff. I clearly rmember being in KMart or somewhere with my mom at about age 9 and seeing the section with wall decor and saying "People BUY paintings?? Why don't they just ask their Grandma to make one?"
5962  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING WISH SWAP ROUND THREE- sign ups indefinate // SWAPPING STARTS NOW! on: November 16, 2005 04:32:17 PM
Yay! Thanks for picking me! It's 5 degrees F tonight (count em...5 measly degrees!) so I am all about hats!!!

Sewlikewhoa -- No meat, no problem! I PM'ed you, but it seemed like maybe it didn't go through.  Angry I am excited about your recipe book!
5963  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING WISH SWAP ROUND THREE- sign ups indefinate // SWAPPING STARTS NOW! on: November 16, 2005 01:20:12 PM
I claim Sewlikewhoa for a recipe book!

Here are my wishes:

I am desperate for Arm warmers/fingerless gloves, any kind (my first winter in Minnesota and I am already freezing!)

A Hat: I love this one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57584.0

             Or a Chicken Viking hat  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21342.0

             Or a Panta

             Or a Hallowig from Knitty (!)

             Or a baby Yoda hat for my nephew (who isn't quite born yet but I already want to spoil like mad!)

             Or one with skulls, stripes or something like that

                                      -  I have a pretty big head (and cold ears!)

A kimono fabric hobo bag like this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56519.0 (I am in LOVE with the indigo/orange one!)

Or the necktie schoolbag (I love the burgundy/black/grey/paisley colored one but any colors will work) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45985.0;topicseen

Vintagey/kitschy embroidered or appliqued kitchen towels (fawns, mermaids, pinups, swallows, mexicana, cowgirls, pretty much anything from sublime stitching, my kitchen is green with accents in pink, orange,red, so anything will do!)

Decor items for my bedroom, which is pink and gold; something sexy, maybe 1920's, art nouveau, vintage nude, Japanese cherry blossom, something pretty and glam (I saw a gorgeous Louise Brooks embroidery on craftster http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=59537.0 ) or this Anthropologie frame: http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=8543&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=451&iMainCat=381

Some kind of cute embroidery or other wall art for my bathroom, which is kind of a modern take on shabby chic, in light blue and white: a mermaid or nude maybe?

Anthropologie inspired items for bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or accessories!

Porn by numbers

Something Omiyage

Something Day of the Dead or Loteria inspired

A stuffed black squirrel, either in the style of those felt monster/kitty type toys or amigurumi. I never saw a black squirrel till I moved here, but there's one on my street. His name is Jimmy. He refuses to be photographed.

a knitted uterus (cause...why not...) (especially one that could contain a heatable bag of seeds & lavender for crampish times)

the infamous lipstick girl cozy http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39172.0

monster slippers (size 8-9)

A cool microscope slide necklace (I'm learning to make these but haven't got it yet)

Something Bollywood related

A Gromit (knit, felt, anything) (Sean the sheep or Feathers McGraw would be fun too)

A bowl's worth of funny fruit/veggies or eggs (knit, crochet, felt, as long as it's kitschy)

A vintagey rectangular tablecloth (pm me for dimensions) I love all the  ones on Anthropologie, or a cowgirl print, or anything fun, really. My DR is grey & mocha with red chairs but any colors will work.
5964  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Waaaaaaaaaaaaay creepy crafts on: November 16, 2005 12:48:58 PM
Quote from: michaelasmom on Today at 02:09:20 PM
My husband's college roomate dabbled in taxidermy, and to pass the time one winter he gathered squirrel carcasses and designed an entire scene of squirrels in a bar -- playing pool, sitting around drinking beer, shooting foosball -- he made the little pool table with balls, cues, everything.  It was hysterical in a 'I can't believe you did that with dead squirrels' kind of way.

Okay that's pretty damn funny.

I agree........maniac ally laughing.

The best part?  he actually sold it to one of those generic chain steakhouse places that you see everywhere (Logans, Texas Roadhouse, Laredo) for a couple thousand dollars.

Is this guy your husband?HuhCheesy  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/WIMADdead.html

I also once saw a woman on hgtv or something who made victorian dolls out of dead kittens (natural causes...but still...ick...)

I have  a VERY low threshold for dead animals, artistic or not. Yet they are weirdly fascinating, I must admit. As kids we had an elderly relative who was an avid hunter. My cousins and I would double-dog-dare each other to PEEK into his taxidermy room. They had lots of weird stuff like lamps made out of deer legs. It was kinda disturbing.
5965  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: "only a sewing machine" on: November 16, 2005 12:28:26 PM
My Grandma just gave me her ancient Singer. It's at least as old as me and I am THRILLED. I brought it home on the plane as carefully as if it was golden goose eggs. I can't wait to break it out this weekend! I am about to teach myself to sew so I am totally new, but I've seen what my grandma could do with that old machine!
5966  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ADORO MEXICANA Swap Gallery on: November 16, 2005 11:10:49 AM
I think this is the best swap I've seen! WOW! You guys are all amazing!
5967  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Tell me about your Christmas Trees! on: November 16, 2005 11:09:08 AM
I love the smell of real Christmas trees.  Sometimes we use the fake one we have, sometimes a real one.  Have you guys ever heard of those upside down trees??  I heard on npr they were the latest trend. They are so hilarious!!!


Those would be another solution to the tree vs cat dilema!  Grin
5968  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hands Across the Water: UK to US Swap on: November 16, 2005 06:26:25 AM
Oh boots stuff is very nice ...

What else would people like from England , I cant really think of any food items i would like from america as im not big on sweets .

It got me thinking , what does America have that England dosnt and vice versa .. id love to join as I could send alot of london things and such just not entirely sure what to ask for  Undecided

I'd LOVE ephemera like old photos, seaside postcards, anything like that, especially from Kent as I lived in Canterbury, or kitchy stuff from Margate, Blackpool, Skegness...or touristy stuff from Wales. Hmmm..I'd  enjoy British TV stuff like Bagpuss and Magic Roundabout, that we don't get here, as well as London Transport type stuff...as for what we have that you don't...I'd have to think about it. I used to take peanut butter candies like reeses over cause we couldn't get them when I lived there (word spread fast among US students if someone got a PB related package from home!) Not sure what else offhand...maybe other pop culture type stuff? Or regional stuff, souvenier type items?
5969  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading is Sexy/ Librarian Love Swap?? on: November 15, 2005 03:02:38 PM
I'm totally in for round 2! Awesome! I'm an art librarian (academic). I esp love vintage "librariana", since I don't work in a traditional library.
5970  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hands Across the Water: UK to US Swap on: November 15, 2005 02:52:30 PM
I'd totally do this after the hols. I lived in England for several years during the 1990's and miss it still! Note for any US anglophiles: the Target store in downtown Minneapolis (the Mother Ship, LOL) has an entire aisle of beauty stuff from Boots (The "British Aisle" yuk yuk) so non-Twin Cities folk, watch for the Boots range coming eventually to a Target near you!
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