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161  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anyone interested in doing a fair? on: November 03, 2005 09:50:34 AM
I've joined the group, but MySpace won't let new members post until they've been a MySpace member for at least 7 days.  Sad  So I'm there, but not quite visible as yet.
162  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Your favorite kitsch site ! on: November 03, 2005 03:59:30 AM
I...I have no words.  When I started poring through the pages of SkyBluePink, my eyes rolled back in my head and I started drooling like Homer with a donut.  Now I'm playing on Sacred Kitsch Studio and my husband is going to freak out when he sees me spending so much money.
163  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Shrinky Dinks - Alternatives? on: November 03, 2005 03:21:46 AM
Welcome, Mickeymoo!

I've often wondered about Shrinky Dinks myself.  I used to love those things.

I Googled "make your own shrinky dinks" and found this link:

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/tf/r/reducereuserecycle/reducereuserecycle.html

Are you able to get shipments from Amazon.com there?  If so, they sell blank Shrinky Dink sheets.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570545855/leanneeldridge/103-2695977-1235055

I hope those help!
164  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty purse on: November 02, 2005 03:00:12 PM
I screwed this up sooooo badly, but I really wanted my son's little friend to have a Hello Kitty purse for her birthday, because she loves HK and so do I.  I couldn't find a free pattern, and I'm the cheapest crafter ever, so I tried to freehand it, which was stupid since I'd never done that before.  It took me about two weeks to figure out how to crochet a proper oval (and even then it was more like guess-work than actual pattern-designing).  So I did two ovals, then I did four ears and attached two to each oval, then I whip-stitched around the outside to attach the front and back.  I stitched the handle to the body of the purse while I was sewing the two pieces together.  The purse isn't lopsided like the picture makes it look, but the back oval is very oddly shaped.  It sort of makes a half-cone in the middle.  Anyway, if there are any experienced crocheters out there who can enlighten me on the oval problem, I'd love to hear it!

165  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My huge crocheted plastic bag tote bag on: November 02, 2005 02:53:58 PM
I know this isn't new, and everyone and their dog knows how to crochet with plastic bags, but I'm darned proud of this one.  I made it as big as a beach/laundry tote.  I used some ridiculously large crochet hook that didn't have a size printed on it and was just handed to me by another mommy at the bus stop one day.  The bag was big enough to fit my two girls, as you can see below, and I picked them up in it without hurting the bag (or the girls).  That was about a 45 pound load.  These bags are strong!  Sadly, I wasn't able to keep this one because I was making it as a gift.  But someday I shall have one of my very own...





166  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: iMonkeys tutorial on: November 02, 2005 02:29:24 PM
Won't fit my iPod Shuffle.  Poo.  BUUUUUT...they are very cute anyway.  I love monkeys!  Maybe I can make a weird cyclops monkey cozy for my Shuffle.  Smiley
167  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Boy Hat on: November 02, 2005 02:24:50 PM
That looks great!  You'll have to update after you show it to your boss, and let us know what he thought!
168  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: A cool place for embroidery "patterns" on: November 02, 2005 08:00:25 AM
Thanks so much!  I never would have thought of that!  I got some wicked Futurama dingbats for my hubby - he's a Zoidberg freak.

How do you get the images into the fabric?  Iron-on transfer paper?  (I'm new!!)

I use Japanese rice paper, which is like really thin art paper.  I trace the design onto it, then pin it onto the fabric and stitch right through the paper.  When you're done, the paper is so full of holes that it pretty much just slides out from under the stitches when you tug on it a bit.  And it leaves no marks on the fabric, which I like because I'm too lazy to wash the marks off.
169  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cross stitch Garbage Pail Kids on: November 02, 2005 07:54:49 AM
I'm giggling so hard right now.  I'm picturing all of those stupid "God bless this mess" samplers on all of my old relatives' walls being replaced with Garbage Pail Kids.  Sadly, I don't cross stitch, but I'm learning embroidery and I'm thinking of tracking down some GPK pics just to try them out...
170  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Makeshift Embroidery Hoop for Instant Embroidering Gratification on: November 02, 2005 07:50:19 AM
Why, thank you all.  I've actually been using this today without the clothes pins, and it seems that as long as you aren't jostling it about it'll hold without them.  Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.  Smiley
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