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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Digital Scrapbooking and copyright on: November 15, 2006 11:12:17 AM
I would love to use a digital scrapbooking package to make a banner for my blog, but I"m sure that that would be breaking at least one copyright law.  Am I correct?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowman Pencils (complete w/ photos) on: November 13, 2006 11:21:13 AM
What was supposed to be a VERY quick project took far more time than I anticipated, but I am happy with the results.

The snowmen have styrofoam ball heads covered with white gillter.  Beads for the eyes, felt for the nose and I snipped the ends off cheap dollar store gloves for the hats.  A bit of ribbon tied around the pencil for a scarf.

I was inspired by the latest Martha Stewart Holiday Gift Guide.  

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Filling for hot/cold pack? on: November 12, 2006 12:56:35 PM
I just made a sample hot pack, the ones where you make almost a beanbag, fill it with flax seed and stitch it up.  You heat it up in the microwave and it provides heat, kind of like a hot water bottle.

I saw a thread in the past related to this and it suggested things like rice, feed corn, barley or flax seed for filling.

I am not happy with the scent of the flax seed.  It is not over-powering, but it is not very pleasant either.

I can't see how rice or barley wouldn't have an odour either.  I don't think I want to try feed corn (I'm afraid of the little buggies that might come with it).

Does anyone else have experience with this?

Thanks!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knittin' mittens on: November 02, 2006 10:27:35 AM
I've decided that everyone I know needs new mittens for Christmas, especially now that I've discovered Patons new SWS yarn!  I love it, it is so soft and the colours are eye-candy.
The only problem with the yarn is that it felts extremely easily, so all gifts will include instructions for hand washing.
Here's my current work in progress, if you haven't tried this yarn yet, I highly recommend it!

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first homemade cards on: August 20, 2006 08:55:41 PM
Here are some cards I sewed using fabric scraps and instructions by Denyse Schmidt.

Whatcha think?



6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Interfacing vs. Interlining on: August 10, 2006 06:14:55 PM
I've been on a bag making kick lately and I've been using heavy interfacing (fusible as I'm using cotton fabrics) in all of them and I've been happy with the results....however, I'm looking at a pattern book now and it recommends interlining (sewing a piece of fabric, wrong sides together with the outer purse fabric) and treating it as one. 

Has anyone ever done this?  Should I be doing this?  It seems like it would greatly increase the cost of making a bag if you have to buy the outer fabric, lining AND this interlining which would never be seen.

Any thoughts?? If you use both methods, when would you use the interlining method?

Thanks!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My latest projects...warning...lotsa pictures! on: August 09, 2006 07:23:31 PM
I've been busy.

The two bags were based on this tutorial:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108647.0

I played with the dimensions a bit and lengthened the handles.  I hate short handles!

Anyhoo....

Here's number one:



This one was made from a thrifted duvet cover.  I loved it so much, it was hard to cut, but I would have NEVER used it as a duvet cover.




I also made this, but I'm not sure what forum to put it in, it's a cover for my organizer.




Let me know what you think!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / It may not seem like much... on: August 07, 2006 11:40:07 AM
Here are my first socks on two circular needles.  I love this method, but I don't think I love it more than socks on dpn's.

I started these in May and completely stalled on them when they were about 95% done.  All I had left to do was the toe on the second pair and I just didn't want to.  The thing is, I didn't want to cast anything else on until these were done so I've pretty much not been knitting.  Does this ever happen to you?

Well, I finally got these off the needles today and I can't wait to finally cast on another pair.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green flowery birthday purse that almost killed me and my machine! on: August 07, 2006 05:42:53 AM
Well, after giving away the first bag that I made for my friend's upcoming birthday, I had to whip up another.

Here it is:



I decided to try this tutorial, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24944.0 to make a flower to put on it.  I loved the tutorial, although my flower turned out a bit wonky (I like to think it has character).



I have yet to attach it to the purse (I need to glue a pin to the back of the flower) but here's what I hope it will look like when it's done:



Let me know what you think!
 
p.s. to read about my sewing machine woes, see my blog
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fabric covered buttons? on: August 03, 2006 04:09:28 AM
I apologize in advance if this question is in the wrong forum, but I wasn't sure where to put it.

I LOVE fabric covered buttons and my hunch is that you need a kit or special tools/buttons to make them, but I'm not sure.

How do you make them?Huh


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