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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A "Just Because" Card on: October 31, 2007 07:28:33 AM
I sent my brother in NYC some chaulk and oil pastels, charcol and a sketch book to try and get his creative juices flowing once again.  He really is a phenominal artist...  I also decided to make a cute little card to include in the box as well.





I love finding crazy books from the 50's to use...

Thanks!
Happy Halloween  Smiley
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Help a Newbee! Flex Mold Issues on: January 22, 2007 08:22:02 PM
I REALLY hope my swap partner doesn't read this.







So, I'm making a beaded art doll and I want to give it a face (2 actually, one for each side).  I have a Sculpey Flex Mold thing and I used it once, perfect.  Went to switch colors and do the other one, not so good.  Tried again, still won't work.  Now it's all gummy and sticky and the features won't come out as crisp.  Not to mention that it just won't come out of the mold without serious manipulation that destroys the features.  I'm frustrated and pissed.  I've done google searches and searched here on Craftster but I can't find anyone who's had the same problem.  I went to Diane's site and learned about release agents and found that I should have used water or baby powder but how do I get it clean again to start over?  Water just smears it all around and doesn't help any.  Help Please? Cry
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A whole mess load of firsts! on: January 12, 2007 09:37:14 PM
Well, I did a lot of things I've never done before with this project.  It's not a complicated project but I'm still a novice knitter (though I think I'm learning at a good clip).

1. it was my first time knitting in the round

2. it was my first time changing colors

3. it was my first time using dpn's
and..
4. it was my first time picking up stitches.

I'm pretty damn proud of myself personally  Wink  It's a present for my friend who is a browncoat.  I've never seen the show or the movie personally but she's told me aaalllll about it  Roll Eyes  so I know she'll get a kick out of this.  And she's going to need a good hat since she's marrying a Brit and moving to England!

I had to use 3 different yarns to get the colors I wanted.  The orange is Lion Brand 100% wool, the yellow is crappy acrylic and the red is Red Heart Soft.  I DO NOT recommend Red Heart Soft.  It was HORRIBLE to knit with, splits-ville city I tell you.  But it is soft.

Sorry for the ramble, here's the pic.  My lovely and goofy-ass husband is modeling.  Even our cat thinks he's a doof  Grin  



 I used the tute from here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19076.0

Thanks for looking!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / New DIY shows on HGTV on: January 05, 2007 08:00:26 AM
So, I just saw a tiny bit of "Craft Lab" http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_dclb where a tattooed and rockabilly host was doing some "nontraditional" crafts.  This show seems to be part of their "Make Cool Stuff" series of shows which is starting now. 
And then there is "Knitty Gritty" http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_dkng which I have yet to see.

Am I just being a little too territorial?  I feel like by making a TV show they're desecrating some sort of unspoken craftster creed.  Books are one thing, but a TV show?  The mainstreaming of "nontraditional" makes me cringe...  Please tell me I'm over reacting... 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How to display Book Thongs!!! on: September 27, 2006 04:34:13 PM
I'm at a loss.  I will, hopefully, be participating in a craft market next summer and one of the things I will be selling are book thongs. 

I can't for the life of me figure out how I'm going to display these little buggers!  All of them are basically different and I want people to be able to go through and choose the one that speaks to them. 

Should I hang them some how? 

Lay them out flat?(that would take a lot of space)

I just don't know what to do... I don't have the digi camera here at school so here is a link to what mine look like, if that will help,
http://www.crochetme.com/Feb_Mar_2005/patt_book_thong.html

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me  Grin
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dyeing iron-ons on: April 19, 2006 12:29:37 PM
Has anyone ever tried dyeing the shirt (or whatnot) AFTER you've already done the iron-on?  Will it work or screw everything up?  Does the dye go through the iron-on or just kind of "around" it?  I'm new to the world of iron-ons but have recently become addicted and have some cool ideas that I'm just not sure if they'll work or not.  Unfortunately I don't have the money for trial and error so I figured there must be some craftster out there who has done this before.
TIA!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Very First Recon EVER!! on: January 21, 2006 04:19:19 PM
Alrightly then.  I know this is going to be tres amatuer to the rest of the people on this board but I'm pretty pleased with myself.  I did this project withOUT asking my husband for help on the sewing maching once!  You see, he's really the one that knows how to sew, not me.  BUT I'M LEARNING  Grin

Anyway, I bought these pants at a thrift store for $3.  Didn't try them on.  Got home and the were a little snug.  And I decided they were a little boring anyway and I needed to craftsterize them...



So I cut out the outside seam, (yeah, I didn't have the fricken patience for the seam ripper so I just cut it out) from waistband to hem.  Cut out two 3" strips of material I had left over from a baby quilt I made that was all stars and moons and shit (1/2" seam allowances = 2" strips once sewn in) and sewed them on in!  WOILA!  

This is a dark (sorry) close-up of the pattern on the material



These are the pants on my desk sans hemming. ('cuz i'm short)




Alright, I've tried several times to make the pics bigger but it won't go.  So if you want to see more detail (which I'm sure you don't) you can go here. http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=35662&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / X-Stitch goodie Bag!! on: January 02, 2006 10:09:26 AM
This is a padded goodie bag I made for my brother for christmas.  The kit is from PINN stitch, which is a company out of Thailand.  They have many wonderful big eyed cartoon characters and some really great designs.  The shipping wasn't bad, only $5 and it came in a reasonable amount of time.  The website is in english and the money is all done in US dollars with a conversion for other currency.  I highly recommend visiting them www.pinn-stitch.com

The bag is 14ct aida and it came pre-washed and the edges serged!  Such a nice touch.  We lined the bag with quilt batting and then a cool asian inpired fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics.  The drawstring cord that came with it was pink but I changed it to red to be more suitable for a boy.

Thanks for looking!







9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Post! WWII wristlets... on: October 30, 2005 12:08:29 PM
Hello All,
I finished my brother's christmas present last night and decided to share.  I did them on size 4's (the smallest i've ever used).  The pattern said one strand but when I started it just didn't seem right, too many holes, so I ripped it out and used two strands, much better.  I used (i think) Lion Brand Wool-Ease.  It was from my stash and the little lable thingys were gone so I'm not possitive on that one.

Anyway, here's the link for the vintage pattern:
 http://www.hjsstudio.com/rc2warm.html

And here's pics of my husband modeling them:











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