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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupaged Yellow Dresser! (I like yellow furniture :)) on: September 13, 2011 04:13:23 AM
 Shocked That Is Perfect!

My craftroom is yellow with white bits... and i'm getting some ugly-ass wooden furnature from my mum... white with some lovely yellow fabric or scrapbook paper would look amazing... don't know why i didn't think of it before...
12  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Activities for people with dementia (and other disabilities related to aging)??? on: April 18, 2011 12:49:11 AM
Hello Ladies and gents,

I wasn't sure where to put this, but this seemed the most likely spot, although it's a little in reverse to what's usually in here.

I'm looking for some ideas for some activities for elderly people in general, and also specifically for my Oma (grandmother).

When she was younger, my Oma was very active and useful. she enjoyed sewing clothes, knitting, crochet, cooking and gardening... and she was phenomenally good at it, i rarely saw her use a recipe, and i'm pretty sure she didn't actually know how to read sewing or knitting patterns... she was just so clever and creative and made the most beautiful things for all of her family.

Now, however, she's 93 years old, she's wheelchair bound, has arthritis in her hands, and suffers mild dementia. She's well cared for in a lovely nursing home, and is a favourite with all her nurses, but she often complains of being bored and feeling useless. She's never been an overly social person, so the group activites in the home don't really interest her much, and alot of the other residents are not capable of conversation anyway.

So, i'm looking for ideas for simple crafts and activites that she can do on her own at her little table in her room.

I've found some nice colouring pages of things that might remind her of her youth (as i've read that reminiscing is helpful in the relief of dementia symptoms), such as flowers, farm animals, and religious icons, and i'll get her some nice big coloured pencils that she should be able to hold on to.

Any other ideas would be much appreciated.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why the f*** is my piece of s*** bobbin looping up all it's stupid-a** thread? on: January 17, 2011 08:55:07 PM
argh, i don't know what it is... the needle kept sticking in a downward position too... i pulled it all out and re-threaded, pulled the bobbin case out and pulled the thingy that holds it in apart to make sure there was nothing stuck in there...

don't know. so i turned it off and left it for a bit... went back to it a little while later to see if i could do some more trouble shooting... tried it on a bit of denim, it seemed to work perfectly for the whole 5 seconds i was sewing... then i hit a pin and the needle snapped...

actually... it bent in two places and snapped in a 3rd.. and i wasn't sewing particularly fast.... so i wonder if it wasn't a problem with the needle..? maybe it was a bit dodgy and weak or slightly bent..? but it was my last one, so it will have to wait til i can get some more tomorrow before i can try again.....

frustrating.
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Why the f*** is my piece of s*** bobbin looping up all it's stupid-a** thread? on: January 17, 2011 07:24:42 PM
I'm very frustrated....

Machine was working fine yesterday, i'm using the same thread and same fabric as yesterday, and my machine was just serviced two weeks ago by a reputable technician.

granted, i bent a needle yesterday, but i replaced it with a brand new one this morning, same kind of needle, and i've honestly seen a lot worse bends in the past with no ill effect.

I've tried adjusting the top tension both up and down, and i've tried adjusting the bobbin tension up and down... each adjustment has  fixed it for a couple moments while i've tested it on some scrap fabric (same kind as i'm using in my project) but in a minute or two it's all looping up again...

I'm about to throw the stupid thing out the window, someone help me!

it's a Singer 1120 (nothing fancy)

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Craft storage on: January 08, 2011 01:27:12 AM
:-O

Want.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: "Manly" tentacle heating pad/ice pack/bed warmer (with small text tutorial!) on: January 08, 2011 01:09:57 AM
I honestly read "Manly" testicle heating pad.

Glad i wasn't the only one!

Tentacles are cool too though.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cute embellished Jordy Bag(Oh dear, the piccies...) on: January 08, 2011 12:56:04 AM
Loovely!

i too totally dug it when i thought i was leopard print (and i don't usually like leopard print) and super-dug it when i saw what it really was.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Wallets on: January 03, 2011 06:37:41 PM
Those are really great! did you just invent them or did you use a pattern? if you used a pattern i'd love to know which one.
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: workplace Secret Santa, help! on: November 25, 2010 08:41:05 PM
ah-ha! i was looking at ebay.com.au... being a geek is cool in Australia, so those things are expensive. ebay.com it is.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: workplace Secret Santa, help! on: November 25, 2010 08:38:58 PM
i did look on ebay, they were all between $15 and $25..... and i believe he already has the pixel tie from thinkgeek....
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