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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Crafty Vinyl Knife Roll on: October 13, 2005 01:21:43 PM
ok i'll try to deconstruct what i did this weekend and take pics... or draw pics...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Crafty Vinyl Knife Roll on: October 11, 2005 12:02:24 PM
thanks!
heh the flaws are on the inside... i think with more sewing experience i could have done a better job... i hand stiched the monkey which was a bit of a pain... the rest was fairly simple... oh and the snaps... jeeebus! who knew that snaps would be such a pain?!?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crafty Vinyl Knife Roll on: October 11, 2005 11:50:46 AM
So I finally finished this project that I've been working on for what seems like forever... It's not beautiful by any means because I have literally have NO sewing experience.. However... I made this super cute kniferoll for my gf who is a pastry chef at two local restaurants. Basically I searched the net for examples of various kniferolls, spoke with the gf about what she needs and voila... the monkey roll! If anyone is interested, I can post how I made it and perhaps you can improve on my design... There are definite flaws, but since this is one of two completed sewing projects I think it came out pretty ok!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b5ce22b3127cce943814381e2400000015108AauGrZy1aNO

*just a side note... I used my brand new to me kenmore mini sewing machine... the thing effin RAWKS! I did break a couple of needles sewing over seems, but all in all it's been a handy dandy little machine... I can't recommend it enough!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Domino Magazine? on: July 25, 2005 05:13:41 PM
i bought it off the newstand... their first issue i think... i wasn't all that impressed... i'll have to go out and buy another issue to make a more informed opinion... i'd love to know what others think too!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where is ReadyMade? on: July 25, 2005 05:10:58 PM
i got mine over the weekend... great issue... i think maybe their best yet!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Books on the Science of and behind Cooking on: July 25, 2005 04:28:16 PM
 What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

my gf is a cook and a HUGE alton Brown fan... she made me read that book and i seriously couldn't put it down
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Todd Oldham's "HAND MADE MODERN". Any reviews? on: July 25, 2005 04:11:46 PM
i bought this over the weekend... i'm a HUGE fan of mid century modern furniture... his plans are easy to follow and PLUS PLUS PLUS easy to modify... some of the colors he puts together make my eyes water, but that, of course, is an easy fix...
i think my fave... part of this book is that he gives a quick intro to the designers who inspired these time tested designs and gives a reading list in the back... a perfect book for a newbie to mid century modern!

i just wish there were more books like this out there, so i don't have to hunt for the origionals on ebay and amazon...
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for Furniture Making Book on: July 23, 2005 12:33:59 PM
look for sunset books... i vaguely remember seeing one of their books on furniture making... the sunset guides start in the 60's through the 90s so there are a lot of "retro" sunset guides... they are easy easy to follow... i have a couple on storage furniture and they are just fabulous!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Resin? Help? resin jewelry... casting... need suggestions... on: January 27, 2005 08:27:34 AM
I've been browsing many of the threads concerning resin and I'm not sure if my particular situation applies.. I'm not even sure if resin is what I should be working with...
Here's the situation...
My s/o made me a ring this past weekend... A very important engagement type (but not really because we're both horribly poor) ring. It's a ricola wrapper taped together to make a ring. What I would like to do is dip it in plastic (or something else?) and make it permanent, yet still be able to tell what it is/was.
Firstly... if I'm going to use a resin... should I make a mold? How would I do that if I'm going to be making a functional piece of jewelry? Another thing I was thinking was just "dipping" it into resin, but since I've never used it, I'm not quite sure how that would work. How would I dry it? If I dipped it would whatever I used to dip it in leave a mark? Is resin something I can smooth and polish with my trusty dremel attachments? Can I paint on the resin?
Any and ALL suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Book bookcase on: June 23, 2004 10:14:19 AM
i just happened to have the bookshelves and the bookcase printed out and sitting here in front of me... i thought i would make it my mission to find out to make these...

on a side note...
i was at the decordova museum shop (in lincoln, MA) and this artist had made AWESOME birdhouses out of books...
the houses were standard looking houses... a box and a book used for the roof...
for example...
one of the books was like a popular science type book... he had decoupaged the "house" part of the structure with pages of the book... and as a "landing" for the birds he used a sparkplug... it was pretty cool... (i hope this entry made sense)
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