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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC on 12 x 12 paper? on: February 26, 2007 09:10:00 AM
Ah-ha!! With the search down and my puter acting like a dinasour it's hard to find things around here. And I apoligise if someone has asked this (seach is down...)

I've seen the template to use to get the maximum number of ATC's out of one 8 1/2x11 sheet of paper. Has anyone done that for a 12x12 peice of paper? I got a whole boat loat of 12x12 paper for my bday 8-) and I scrapbook with 8 1/2x11. I was thinking I could make some ATC's. If only I had a guideline on how to cut them.....
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ATC on 12 x 12 paper? on: February 26, 2007 08:53:20 AM
I assumed there would be a whole atc board but I can'f find one. Search is also down and puter is acting slow right now so that doesn't help- so if this is in the wrong place lemme know and I will re locate!!

I've seen the template to use to get the maximum number of ATC's out of one 8 1/2x11 sheet of paper. Has anyone done that for a 12x12 peice of paper? I got a whole boat loat of 12x12 paper for my bday 8-) and I scrapbook with 8 1/2x11. I was thinking I could make some ATC's. If only I had a guideline on how to cut them.....
33  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Kitties and Wallace and Grommit on: November 08, 2006 03:41:49 PM
I am finaly getting around to posting some pictures from halloween...
This year, reality set in. I knew I couldn't make anything elaborate, espacally if I wanted to make costumes for the three of us (myself, my husband, and our offspring, refered to as 'tiny'). So I went the simple route. Kittie ears on hoodies.

This worked well for all sorts of reasons. I got three costumes done BEFORE halloween.  Tongue We were warm. And, well, it reflected us well. My husband and daughter ARE cats. (Why a skull hoodie for the tiny? that was the ONLY black hoodie we could find that would fit her!)
And since it came up in another conversation, here are last years costumes:

Me and my husband as Wallace and Lady Tottington from Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I was 8 mos pregnant. Made my dress. And the hair. (and the hat which has tipped off my head...) My husbands costume was pulled from his and my father's closet. And yes. My husband shaved his head for halloween. What a man.
I love halloween!!
34  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Emilie Autumn Swap? on: October 10, 2006 05:12:41 PM
Swaps seem to bring all sorts of people together... you find stuff in common you never new you had..... and while thinking of that, I wondered if there were any other Emilie Autumn fans around. I love her old stuff more than her new stuff (Opheliac has great sounds and music, the lyrics are just a bit ''rough" for me.)
There are tons and tons of things we could make up for a swap. Anything tea related. 8-) Fake hair. Bloomer. Neck ruffs. Fairy wings. Bones. Violins. Recon clothes. Personlized aslyum papers. And more, I'm sure!!
Anyone else a fan and intrested?
if you've never heard, take a lookie.....
http://www.emilieautumn.com/
35  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Stupid cat! on: September 17, 2006 01:55:55 PM
My cat's are stressed out. The baby has learned to crawl and is now chasing them. They've decided to set up landmines all over the house (read= they are pooping everywhere but the litter box). And one has decided to attack my crafting suplies. See, normally, Phoenix likes to chew on things. And he's been good for a while, he hasn't chewed up anything important. Until about 2 weeks ago....

You are viewing the top of my niddy noddy.

as you can see, the right side has been CHEWED UP.
*shakes fists at cat* stupid head. My niddy noddy has been rendered completely unusable. And I have like 4 bobbins of yarn to unwind. What did I do before my niddy noddy? Chairs, here I come!
I'm not sure how to repair this. or if it can be.
And of course my husband said something like I should have known. Yah, I should have known the cat would chew on WOOD that was barely sticking out of my spinning basket!! I'm having a hard enough time trying to figure out how to child proof the house, now I have to CAT PROOF IT?!?!?!?
*whew* I feel better now that I got that off my chest.
36  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Pinewood Derby (no really, it belongs in felting!!) on: September 17, 2006 01:47:43 PM
After I got clover's needle felting tool http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121249.0 I wanted to give it a go on something to see how it worked. See post for what I thought.
I decided to make up a little fairy. BTW, I had never done any sculptures with multiple needles. Boy howdy did this go FAST.
Meanwhile I was trying to decide what to do with my pinewood derby. See, our church was doing a pinewood derby for the grownups. Rules were optional. Looking good was a plus. I originally had the idea to make a blinged out high heeled shoe, but I couldn't find a shoe that would fit and still be light, didn't have enough bling, and totally didn't have enough time to sculpt a shoe.
Enter my needle felted fairy.
I painted a car 'blank', glued the fairy on top, and away we went!!

Front view of the car and fairy.


Side views.
And how'd we do? I came in dead last. But that's OK!! Someone complimented me and said I had the most creative car there. I did win the award for most Original car. and that's more important than crossing the finish line.
(I also had a blast because the people in charge had a full multimedia view- there was a camera on the finish line that was projected on to a screen, next to it was the display of all the car's times- my husband has written that software, not to mention that we had the computerised race track!!)
37  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / clover's Needle felting tool on: September 17, 2006 01:30:23 PM
I've been kind of hinky (worried) about needle felting around my baby. She's not big enough that she'll sit on the floor and play for the most part, so I no longer worry about how to felt with her on my lap. Now I have to worry about what to do with those needles when I go chasing after her (boy can she MOVE!).
GraceO suggested clover's needle felting tool. I looked around a bit and discovered that you can pick it up at the local Hobby Lobby (for us in the states) and last week it was ON SALE. So I got one. I played around with it (look for my pinewood derby car). And I LOVE it. Let me show you why.

You can see the needles are in a plastic cover. You can also see (erm, maybe) the green band says 'lock/unlock'. When unlocked, the clear plastic slides up and down, exposing the needles when you punch, covering them when you don't. When you lock it, the clear plastic STAYS IN PLACE. So you can leave it sitting for a second as you run after babies that chase kitties.

I've got my fingernail on the plastic and I'm holding it about half way down.
The handle holds 5 needles (and I think they come with medium needles?) and you can easily replace or take them out.
There are a few drawbacks. The plastic does give kind of a funky 'bounce' to your felting rhythm. It may throw some people off. I didn't let it throw me off, I have my baby's safety to think about.  Cheesy You also can't use the tips of the needles to move fiber around unless you pull the clear plastic up a little.
It for sure is a great investment and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone with small children, pets, or paranoia.  Grin
Now on to my HAT!!
38  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / another dumb question- what IS an Etsy? on: August 24, 2006 01:24:42 PM
So now that we know how to say Etsy (like Betsy)
What IS an Etsy?

Ebay was based on e for electronic and bay for something to do with auctions (specificlay what escapes me at the moment) so if that follows we have and electronic tsy? Oh my......
39  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Swap fibre, handspun and knitted soaker, and my baby is cute (IMG OVERLOAD) on: July 20, 2006 07:35:18 PM
Whew, what a great project!
It started as a pile of roving from midnightsky1686 from the 'stash' trade.

I spun it up during the baby's naps. The baby usualy sleeps on my lap. It got frustrating for a while, until I discovered that I can read, knit, and spin during her naps while she's on my lap. Now I look forward to nap time. 8-)

The second pict is a close up. What a fun colorful nubby yarn!!
Then dug up a soaker pattern http://community.livejournal.com/punk_knitters/110889.html and started knitting-

In the first pict you can see how much yarn I had left to do the ribbing around the legs. I was worried I wouldn't have enough so I spun up a bit of roving from another project and alternated rows. I may have had enough to finish- but I wasn't going to push it.
The finished project:

And in action! on my cute almost 7 month old!

Whew! What a blast!

some facts:
A wool soaker goes over a cloth diaper to absorb leaks and what not. It's held up pretty well. I wait for a pooty to give it a run for it's money.
The roving was 5 os and it spun up to about 150 yards and I used every little bit. I made the medium sized soaker and it's a bit big, bit big is GOOD, she doesn't get smaller.  Grin

Now I think I need to make another one... or two.......
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's Knucks on: July 08, 2006 04:02:15 PM
Ok, if you haven't seen the new knitty yet go there.
I am just ga ga over the Knucks. http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html I am a big fan of finger-tip-less gloves and have wanted to make some. And then along comes this great idea to put words on them... Oh my I'm in trouble. I think eveyone I know will be getting a pair for christmas.
I started brainstorming some ideas- how about you?

My mom lost her right brest to cancer and was just recently reconstructed. So I want to make her a pair that say REAL FAKE corrisponding to her boobs.  Grin
My dad, bro, and maybe even me will get ones that say DUCT TAPE.
My herbalist sister gets HERB HEAD.
If only my baby were big enough, her's would read TINY BABY (because that's what I call her)
The brother's wife gets PUN KIN with pumpkins to fill the space
The husband gets CODE THIS.

and then I start to think of thinks like
YO MAMA
NITE NITE

but first I must finish my current project!!!
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