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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Obnoxious fun for Hallowe'en? on: July 21, 2004 07:56:18 AM
Eeewwww, those really are pretty disgusting.  But a great idea, LOL.

Somewhere around here, I think, is the same idea only using a dismembered Barbie doll.  That one wasn't quite so gross.  I'd probably go that route, although your pics have a much more authentic look to them.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: kid safe building blocks on: July 09, 2004 01:26:30 PM
Some general mommy-guidelines-

If the blocks are going to a younger child- under 3- make sure they are big enough to not be a choking hazard.  The easy way to test this is to see if they fit in a toilet-paper tube or a paper towel tube.  If they do, they're too small for toddlers.

Secondly, I'm not sure about Mod Podge, but Elmer's is safe to eat (so to speak), you could dilute that and use it.  I'm a little worried about the ink on the paper, hmm, not sure, most stuff is soy-based now so I think it would be okay if it was like pics cut out from magazines or something... if you are painting on them, you'd want to be careful what kind of paint you use. 
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thread crochet on: July 09, 2004 08:22:57 AM
I have a copy of this book http://www.karpstyles.com/catalog.html?item=91&catid=Clothing%20Hats%20Bags&ret=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.karpstyles.com%2Fcatalog.html%3Fpage%3D3%26category%3DClothing%2520Hats%2520Bags for little crocheted amulet bags. 

They are really quick to make up and cute, and there is a variety of different stitches on all the different bags.  Maybe something like this would work for you?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone ever dyed stockings? on: July 08, 2004 06:29:55 PM
Rit won't dye poly-snester, but if you can find a pair of tights that are mostly cotton or nylon, it will work.  You're probably not going to get a really really vibrant color though, as most tights are going to be a blend.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Piecework on: July 07, 2004 05:50:15 PM
Just wondering if anyone subscribed to Piecework.

I had a subscription many years ago (like '96- '97 when it first came out) and loved it.  I found some old issues when I was cleaning a couple weeks ago, and then went to their website and requested a free issue.  Which I got today.

It doesn't seem nearly as good as my old issues- I don't know what it is, but something just isn't the same- plus it's alot thinner and more ads, and it's always been expensive.  The issue I got today was the July/August.  Is this pretty typical of the magazine now?  Frankly, I don't want to fork over $24 for six of what I got today, but I'm wondering if this was just an "off" month for them. 
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: HELP!! nanna who has everything! on: July 02, 2004 09:22:31 AM
One year I threw my g-gma a "surprise" open house for her birthday, it was the coolest thing and she loved it.

I sent out invites to a whole bunch of people (mom helped with names), just saying it's her birthday and stop by anytime between 1 and 5, no gifts.  The day before, and that morning, I cleaned her house for her, she thought that was her gift, I made a cake, and then I just hung out for the afternoon.  A whole lot of people stopped by.  It took her a couple hours to figure out that it just wasn't coincidence that everyone was stopping to say hi!  Very cute, and she enjoyed that much more than "stuff" (she already had plenty of stuff).
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Birth control pill wallet on: July 01, 2004 01:09:10 PM
Could you do something like these? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6883.0 The cassette single journals?  I think you could adapt the idea, they would make pretty funny gifts... I have visions of a small journal made out of the bc pack, with some sort of embroidery on the cover?  Maybe one of those 50's style cartoons with a sexual reference? 
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Copyright Info / Using Other Peoples' Images / Etc on: June 28, 2004 07:24:13 PM
If you buy an old record and turn it into a bowl, or buy an old kid's book and turn it into a blank journal, etc., you aren't copying the copyrighted material, you're making something new out of recycled materials.

Gosh, I just posted at Glitter asking for this very information- so this is okay to do?  Okay to sell?  Is this some wierd gray-area issue or a definate thing? 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemming Jeans Preserving Original Hem? on: June 25, 2004 06:59:54 AM
I don't think you could do it without the seam showing... a seam is a seam, and especially denim being so thick.  Covering it with trim is the only thing I can think of.  Putting it really close to the original stitching would help, but it would still be noticable.  I don't know why anyone would have their face that close to your jeans hem, though. Huh 

Sometimes the reason the new hem looks dumb is cause the thread isn't the same-- you can buy special thread that looks like jeans thread though, a couple of colors, like that Levi's gold-ish color, you really have to take the jeans to the store and match the thread and not just use whatever you have laying around.  It's when they hem them up trying to match the denim that the hem looks so dorky.   

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: OTTOBRE DESIGN --- for sewing mommies with stylish kids on: June 22, 2004 05:55:48 AM
Wow, what cool patterns!  I have such a hard time finding neat stuff for the boys.  If anybody spots this mag in a chain bookstore in the US, please post!
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