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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you use gift paper as wallpaper? on: February 14, 2006 07:42:29 PM
I actually did this when I was in college, and again in various apartments.  Instead of pasting or gluing the paper down, use staples.  Start at the top of the wall, and put staples every few inches.  Smooth out the paper with your hand as you move down towards the floor, and tack the paper to the wall with a staple every now and then.  Don't make the paper too tight as you smooth it, or it will tear.  It goes faster if you have a friend with a ladder help you, but I was able to do it by myself.

Very easy, very rental-deposit friendly, and when you get sick of it, you can rip it down and put something else up.  It won't last forever, and I wouldn't recommend it for a bathroom or kitchen, but as long as you are somewhat mindful of the paper, it will last at least a year (I'm fickle and changed mine once a year).

-liz 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: FYI - Tetanus booster! on: December 22, 2004 04:06:15 AM
I think the availability of tetanus shots depends on where you live.  Tetanus lives in soil, so if you are in an area where it's plentiful in the soil, you should probably get a booster every 10 years.  I think C. tetani is pretty common in Texas.  Not so common in Alaska. 

It can be passed on in animal poop, but unless you work with animals, you probably won't get it that way.  I work with animals, so I have to stay current, but if your only animal exposure is your family pet, it's really, really, really, really unlikely you'd get it from them. 

I'm surprised food workers would have to get a tetanus shot.  Tetanus isn't contagious.  I'm not 100% sure on this, but I think you'd basically have to inject it into someone's veins for them to get it from you.  It's not passed on by sneezing or coughing.  Hmm. Weird.   

And yeah, the tetanus shot hurts like mad.  Hurts way worse than the rabies series, but that one ain't much fun either. 
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Just some shirts I've made. on: November 24, 2004 02:37:36 AM
Thanks for the info about the iron-on transfer pens.  I've been wanting to make a shirt with a certain pattern, but didn't want to shell out the money for silk screening.  I think the pen might give me the result I want!  I'll post pictures if my shirt comes out ok!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Pottery Schmottery on: November 11, 2004 05:19:35 AM
Hey, wow, I didn't realize this thread was still kicking, or I would have responded sooner!

It probably took 5 hours to make.  Not sure, as it was a few years ago.  I just kept the clay moist with wet newspaper and then wrapped it up in a plastic bag from the dry cleaners.  For some reason, that thin plastic works really well to keep moisture in clay, better than thicker plastic. 

Thanks for the compliments. Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: glamorous crochet ring - now with uber glamorous tutorial on: July 17, 2004 03:10:32 AM
Here's my attempt at the crochet ring.  I need to re-do it, because it's too tight to wear on my ring finger.  I also don't like the combo of white elastic and red beads.  Maybe I'll be able to find some red elastic for a re-do.  Pretty cool, in a 1960's cocktail party sort of way.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Walker bag on: July 16, 2004 07:31:05 AM
My step-mom broke her hip, and has to use a walker for several weeks, while she heals.  She asked if I could make a bag to attach to her walker, and this is what I came up with.  I don't live near her, so I couldn't take a photo of it *on* the walker, so my towel bar will have to do!

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/DSCN2559.jpg

The top straps fasten with magnetic snaps.  The ribbons are to tie to the side legs of the walker, so the bag won't swing back and forth, and whack her in the legs.  There are 4 pockets on the bag, 2 on each side, for holding various things you need/use in a day (cell phone, newspaper, mail, pens, wallet, etc.).  It measures 16 inches by 12 inches, (measurement is not including the top straps)

Here's a closer view of the pockets on one side of the bag.

http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/arizabif/DSCN2560.jpg

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crafting with Change on: June 27, 2004 12:33:42 PM
I left England with a pocket full of coins, and no one at customs stopped me.  I know you can't exchange foreign coins for American currency, but that is because of bank policies, and not any law, (a bag of coins is very heavy, so it's not cost effective to be shipping them around the world).  You also cannot bring large sums of cash out of a country, but you'd have to be bringing tens of thousands of pounds to be busted for that. Wink 


Cool bracelet, btw.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Taking checks at craft fairs on: June 25, 2004 06:37:21 PM
Well, the whole issue is moot, since I got rained out for that fair. 

I'm a pretty small scale operation.  There's no way I can compete with the people that are set up for credit cards.  I suppose if craft shows are your primary business and you are making several thousand dollars a season, you can afford to take a bum check every now and then.  I can't afford that.  I'm not looking to make a million via crafting.  I just want to make enough cash to get my butt to Europe next summer. 

Thanks for the info, folks. 

 
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: converse shoes on: June 22, 2004 09:04:19 AM
Old, creaky me is so relieved to find out Cons are coming back.  I knew if I wore them long enough, they'd be in style again.  Ha!  I win!

Back in the day, we used bleach to alter our Cons, especially the black high tops.  Get yourself a bleach pen, and go crazy.  As long as you don't leave the bleach on there for hours and hours, the fabric will be fine, and you'll look oh so fetching in your faux 80's wanna-be skater punk Cons.  (Bonus points if you put Dead Kennedy's logos on them and post pictures. Smiley )     

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: June 20, 2004 11:12:41 PM
How is the fabric holding up, on the parts that are bleached?  Is the fiber getting weak at all? 

Also, how many uses do you get from a bleach pen?  I know it depends on the size of the stencil, but it would be helpful to know how many pens were used for the buddha shirt.  I don't want to get part way through a stencil, and have to run back out to the store for another pen. Smiley
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