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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "1000 Journals" swap...ongoing??? on: November 21, 2009 06:02:47 PM
I'm watching the documentary "1000 Journals" ... if you aren't familiar go here http://www.1000journals.com

Basically 1000 journals unleashed into the world for people to add their portion to and then pass it on.

I remember back in high school I tried soooo hard to get one of these journals and it never happened.

So, watching this I was thinking, why not start one? I was thinking I would pass one among my roomies and I (there are 6 of us) but then I thought about all you lovelies here.

I'm thinking something like an ongoing swap. We would start with a set basic list of people (whoever joins by such and such date) and in order to join you must have a blank journal ready to send.

Once sign ups are closed you are given an address where to send YOUR journal. Add the first entry and send away. Your address is also on that list, expect one soon.

I don't know exactly the flow of how it would work from there, but the idea is that you would get one of the journals, add some, send it along to some one else interested.

Also, people can join after the fact, they just have to throw a journal into the mix.

The idea is that when the journal you first sent out is full, it is returned to you. You get to keep it.

Besides the fuzzy logistics, what do you think?
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / KISS!!! on: November 03, 2009 09:14:09 PM
Ok, although not terribly original, I think we did pretty good.



Everything but my boots (I'm the space man) Paul's jacket (Star child...his name is Paul in real life too  Grin ) and everyone's pants were made by hand. The pant's were all thrift stored.



We made their boots out of dollar store platform foam flip flops that we super glued together, and then screwed real shoes on top of (donated by each of them).

I just spray painted mine. PS...if you ever have to spray paint leather...use the good stuff or else it's sticky forever (learned the hard way...thank God my boots were done with Krilon!)



Gotta love the bottle cap studs!



See all that shiny stuff...yeah, that's dollar store car shade....




Makeup shots



Curious where we got all the leather?



The infamous dumpster couch found in our back alley that's where. I snuck out in the dead of night and gutted it. They all laughed at the time...who's laughing now

Mwahahahahah!

Sandee (The cat) did most of the sewing, with some help from me. I did most of the scavenging and found the awesome dollar store that had ever thing we needed, as well as some of the minor sewing. I also did a LOT of hot gluing (just ask the blisters on my fingers).  The boys worked with the power tools and spray paint.

They also were great about not whining too much as they played dress form.

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! I cant find it! 3 tiered skirt tute on: July 13, 2009 10:19:23 PM
Ok, I was looking for the tutorial I saw on here a few months back...it was a 3 tiered skirt that had either an anchor or chandelier embroidery on it...I have been seriously searching for hours. The skirt in the pictures was light blue or gray, and the girl had a black shirt on.

I know...I could just look at any tute...but I really liked that one and apparently forgot to bookmark.

Thanks soooo much for any help

ES
4  California / California: South / Sewing Machine Trade In??? on: May 04, 2009 10:01:39 PM
Hello All.

So, it's official, after only having my serger for a week I managed to break it. Don't worry, that's kind of my style. Also, I bought it off craigslist for way too little so...you get what you pay for.

Anyway, I took it to a shop today and they told me that it would be so much to fix, or I could use it as a trade in and buy one of their viking machines for like 200 bucks less.

Well...I don't want a way expensive viking, although they were kind o sexy.

So I'm just wondering, have any of you heard about any other shop taking a trade in? I plan on calling a few places tomorrow but narrowing down the options wouldn't suck.

Thanks all!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Did I break my new Serger?!?!?! on: May 02, 2009 07:15:21 PM
I have a Yamata serger...it's pretty much a carbon copy of the Singer 14SH654. So I was sewing along on one of my very first projects, and some of the tail threads get caught in what was being sewn at the time. All of sudden I hear a machine "tink" sound and the machine stops. The threads were in a big knot. So I cut them all away and re thread the machine ...yes in the correct way per the instructions...and the machine runs but it wont make the loops...the threads just run straight and all not locked together.

I have re threaded my machine 3 times now I think. I have also changed the needles and even tried the other plate thing I have. Still nothing.

Nothing inside the machine looks broken or off, but for the life of me I can't get it to work.

What the hell did I do??? Does any one know anything about this. Google doesn't seem to...
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Crafter's Trash...swap??? on: November 04, 2008 02:01:42 PM
Just a thought. Putting it out there.

Back in the day the thing that brought me to craftster was searching and finding one of these swap forums. It was for a swap where the participants buy a thrift store purse and then mail it to their partner. Their partner then fancies it up to something awesome and sends it back.

I have also seen this done with thrift store art.

But what if we did this as some kind of stash busting exercise. I know we all have things we have carried with us through the crafting years that we know has potential, but we just haven't found that potential yet.

Something alone the lines of filling up a us priority box or something, and sending it, and your partner must create awesomeness from what is inside, and then send it back to their partner

Other rules or things might apply...for example maybe your partner can request at least one item (for example a knitter can ask that her package receives yarn to work with).

I was also part of those scavenger hunt swaps from a while back...we could introduce some scavenger hunt elements to it if we wanted.

What do you guys think?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Which Hook Would They Have to Pry From Your Cold Dead Hands---Just For Fun on: October 28, 2008 12:48:24 PM
So, I was crocheting along today starting what I'm sure will become yet another WIP hangin out in my closet when I realized that I ALWAYS use the G hook...

So I was just wondering...

Which hook would they have to pry from YOUR cold dead hands?

Discuss
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Botch? Other uses for needle nose pliers on: October 14, 2008 08:00:29 PM
So...I lost my tweezers and the eyebrows were running amuck....

so...

I used my needle nose pliers.

The sick thing is...I might prefer them...more grabbie...

Smiley
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Leafy Leaf Plant Planter on: October 08, 2008 09:49:13 PM








This started off as a small project. I just wanted to decorate a terra cotta pot a little bit and give away one of a few of these spider plants I seem to have blooming everywhere...

But...well...my life isn't ever that simple now is it.

Armed with my shoebox of polymer clay, a weekend at home without the inlaws, a few leaf tutorials in my brain (I can dig them up if anyone would like) (here's the one I followed the most, but I looked at a bunch a while ago and then just did it, so my technique was probably a mishmash of everything...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86w8CRBQUdA) and a really big razor blade that would later cut me a good one, I get to work making some leaf canes.



Apparently I didn't upload any of my progress shot...so right onto the action shots, aye?

In that last one the glaze was still gooping up the crevises a little bit...but it's gone now.

It took two canes made like the one shown above. That cane was probably the size of the palm of my hand wide...and maybe an inch or two long when I started. Next time I will make a little more, as I almost ran out at the end and had to really place my leaves carefully. In the very near future I want to make one with fall color leaves, and possibly one that looks a little more like feathers.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jobs that give t-shirts away rock some times on: October 06, 2008 11:44:27 AM


So, I got both of these shirts from jobs. One was from a restaurant and the other my internship and underground inc. I personally do not wear cigarette or alcohol logos (or any other logos if I can help it really) and the pigface (good "band" check it out) one was a youth size medium. I don't know what in me thought it would fit. It kind of did, but the head and arm holes were a bit much. So I cut them up




Before...




I cut the smirnoff shirt into strips and made it into "yarn" then crocheted around the edge of the "tube top" I made by cutting off the top of the pigface shirt. I think I kind of went around the sleeves too, making it a little rounded under the arm holes...I don't remember. Then I made the straps by braiding some thicker strips together.

I got the idea from threadbanger I think...there was some one on there that did crochet into shirts ( more lace like though) on an interview on one of their videos.

Well...work breaks over...no time to spell check so no laughing...gotta run...let me know what you think.

~ES
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