I am interested in making some vermeer/girl with a pearl earring/flemish -- inspired blouses/tops, but need patterns! Can anyone suggest some Vogue/Simplicity/Burda/Butterick/McCalls/Kwik Sew/Folkwear/ etc etc patterns that might do the job?
I have a book called Dollar Store Decor, with lots of ideas for revamping stuff you can purchase in any dollar store. You can probably find it in your local public library by now, as the book came out a couple of months ago I think. Lots of neat ideas you can also use for your recycled treasures.
Additionally, my local Dollar Tree store carries lots of little craft kits in the girlie toy section, most similar to many of the themes of the craft books put out by the Klutz company. I saw paper quilling kits, spool knitting jewelry kits, shrinky dink hair barette kits, a knifyknitter-type of knitting kit (with very cheap-o yarn, but for only $1 what the hey...), a painted rock kit (with rub-on transfers), a greeting card maker that is sort of a splatter-paint thingy that runs on batteries, and more. They were sold out of a lot of that type of stuff last night when I went, but people were buying last minute Christmas gifts there, and they were running out of all sorts of toys they normally have plenty of.
Oh, and they also have dominoes in the toy and game section, lots of them, if you are into making domino pins/pendants/jewelry etc....
If you have a Dollar Tree dollar store in your area, check it out. They have been stocking these craft kits in the girls' toys section for over 6 months now, so it appears to be a staple item they will continue to carry (that, or just no one else noticed them until right before Christmas...)
(also, if you are looking for those little flat-back glass bubble gems, Dollar Tree has plenty, both large and small, in the floral/craft aisle, across from school supplies...)
I am on another mailing list, from a lady who sells reprints of vintage knitting and crochet patterns. The email newsletters she sends out periodically always have some neat sample projects. This month, there is a really cute, vintage pattern for garter stitch ear muffs, would make a neat gift for a man (something I'm always on the lookout for - I have 3 brothers to make gifts for at Christmas and no sisters, argh!)
Here's the link to her latest newsletter, with the earmuffs pattern, as well as a few crochet patterns from the 40's or 50's. It is a PDF download, so you need Adobe Acrobat:
I saw this on the smallbiz page of Business Week, in a slideshow feature called "entrepreneurs' wish list". I would love to know how to make my own knockoff solar-powered laptop bag. Anyone with solar techology smarts who might suggest a how-to?
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