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171  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: a rag doll me i made my boyfriend! on: November 02, 2005 04:21:21 AM
Oh my god!  I'm laughing my ass off right now - that's the greatest thing I've ever seen!  And you are soooo beautiful.  I love pierced people.  Smiley
172  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: 6 necklaces on: November 02, 2005 03:09:20 AM
I have to agree - they're all beautiful, but that green and copper one is just amazing.  Bravo!
173  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Art Book: Project: Camera Release on: November 02, 2005 03:01:13 AM
That's lovely!  It looks like you did a great job on the binding.  And such a great project - some of those photos are just...wow.  Smiley
174  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anyone interested in doing a fair? on: November 02, 2005 02:06:07 AM
Wow.  I just popped onto this topic to see if there were any fairs going on in my area soon, and I find this!  I'm so excited!  I'm new to Craftster, and also new to the UK.  I'm an American living in Bicester, just on the border of Oxforshire and Northamptonshire.  I don't know the geography or how to get anywhere (yet), but I'm so very willing to help out and join in on any plans being made. 

The first idea that pops to mind is to have a website promoting the event hosted by http://www.electricembers.net.  They provide service at a very inexpensive rate.

I do crocheting and paper arts, some sewing and textile arts, and I'm starting to get into glass painting and embroidery.  But I also used to own a small business selling handmade jewelry (made by me) and all-natural bath and body items.  I know a bit about business (well, I know about how to run one in the US, anyway) and I'm more than happy to lend my knowledge.  I'd also be happy to just follow along and show up at the fair to sell things.  If you can put up with the stupid American who needs detailed directions just to get out of her driveway.  Smiley  I'm also a stay-at-home mum so I have some free time.  I've been thinking about setting up an Ebay or Etsy store, but I like this idea much, much better! 

I also think it's a great idea to set up a Livejournal or Myspace group for discussion.
175  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fabric covered journal with Friendly Plastic sculpture on: November 02, 2005 01:05:43 AM
This is a journal I just made for my neighbor's sixth birthday.  I wanted to make something simple and pretty since she's a very girly little girl.   I learned book binding a few weeks ago and this was my first successful journal.  It's covered in a blue floral fabric with Friendly Plastic hearts on the front.  As an aside, Friendly Plastic is the coolest material to work with, and I think everyone should experiment with it.  So so so fun!

176  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Makeshift Embroidery Hoop for Instant Embroidering Gratification on: November 01, 2005 11:51:16 PM
Since I've  been lurking here for quite some time, I figured it was time to jump in and post something for the good of humankind.  Or crafterkind, anyway.  And who among us hasn't been somewhere totally boring with nothing to do?  If you find yourself stuck at a family gathering with nothing to do, and you search your purse and find needles and embroidery thread (come on, admit it - you carry this stuff in your purse, too) but no embroidery hoop, what do you do?  Do you venture to embroider little skulls on Grandma's good tea towels without a stabilizer like a hoop?  Or can you improvise and come up with something useful just by maiming a few common items in Grandma's kitchen?

Why, you do the DIY thing, of course.  You come up with something usefeul.  By maiming.

Here's what you need:

-A Cool Whip tub (or other similar flimsy plastic tub with a suitable sized lid)
-A kitchen knife (don't hurt yourself here)
-A pair of scissors (but not Grandma's good fabric scissors - spare her some grief)
-A few large clothespins

Start by assembling your materials.  I used a 12 oz. Cool Whip tub (EXTRA creamy, of course).  Make sure the lid you have is the correct lid for that bowl.  If it doesn't fit firmly, this whole scheme won't work.



Carefully cut out the inside of the lid with the knife, so that all you're left with is the rim.  Cut just inside the lip.



Then (again, carefully) cut just below the lip of the tub part, so that again what you're left with is just a ring of plastic.  Refer to the picture for the correct placement of the cut.



Then - ta-da! - you have two rings that look like this.  Now would be a good time to trim them with the scissors a little to get rid of all of those jagged edges so they don't poke ya in the fingers.  I only bug you about safety because I care.



Now, fit your piece of fabric between the two rings and push them together.  They should fit together firmly like they did before you sliced them up.  You'll have to fiddle with the fabric to get it taut, but don't get lazy.  If it's not taut, it'll be much harder to work with.  Come on, we're almost done!



Now get those ginormous clothes pins that all grandmas seem to have for some reason, and attach them at intervals all around the hoop.  Since the Cool Whip tub wasn't made to be an embroidery hoop, it will have a tendency to seperate if you don't lay down the law and make it stay together.



Et voila!  You have your very own plastic embroidery hoop!  It's not a permanent solution, but it'll get you through those long, boring family visits.  Have fun!
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