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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: How do you display your cards? on: December 07, 2007 03:58:35 PM
We get tons of Christmas cards and our house is small and cluttered as it is.  Here's what I came up with last year.  I hung the cards inside my kitchen cabinets.  That way, whenever I got somethin gout--voila!--bright happy cards without a giant display or lots of clutter.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: costume idea's for hugely pregant woman. lol on: September 19, 2007 04:23:14 PM
My now six-year-old was born Nov 3.  So I was HUGE that Halloween.  I went with a Papa Don't Preach 80's theme.  I wore a tight short mini skirt, leggings, sock & bright high heels, splatter painted off-the-shoulder sweatshirt and crimped my hair.  It was a big hit.

Love the Nesting Doll idea, too.
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Probably the best Happy Hooker project I've ever done... on: September 02, 2007 01:57:03 PM
brilliant.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Re: Mr. T-Shirt says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags!" on: August 06, 2007 10:11:04 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments.  I was going for a simple design that I could make a bunch of quickly.  They do, indeed, hold quite a bit.  In the future I might top stitch the bottom seam one more time for good measure.

As for the yahoo! contest--it was basically vote-based.  Which ever city had the most people log on and answer questions and pledge to do some simple things like switch to compact fluorescents won.  They gave the city $250,000 for green projects--hopefully that will help turn the tide and make us worthy of our greenest city title.  And maybe we'll learn that double bagging plastic inside a reusable bag defeats the purpose.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Mr. T-Shirt says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags!" on: August 05, 2007 11:08:32 AM
O MY GOSH!  Martha Stewart totally snagged my idea!  Check it out!
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=92f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&rsc=&lastnavigatedchanne l=92f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD

I reconned my Mr. T t-shirt. He says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags." It is shown holding a big can of oatmeal, a bag of onions and four sweet potatoes.

I wanted something that was roughly the size and shape of a plastic shopping bag, but I also wanted simple, fast & easy.




Here's how I did it: I cut off the sleeves and a few inches from the bottom and made the neck hole an inch wider all around.

I turned it inside out, folded the bottom like so...

...pinned and sewed with a zig-zag stitch and a 1-inch seam allowence. I turned the shoulders into handles by tri-folding them like a business letter and sewing them crosswise four seams at one-inch intervals (two on either side of original shoulder seam) to hold the fold and reinforce.

When I turned it right side out, I top stitched the bottom seam to reinforce. Voila!
This one is shown holding a melon and a gallon of milk.

Thanks for looking!
Added story:  I took one of my t-shirt bags to a local grocery store, here in "yahoo!'s greenest city in America" and my checker eyed me very suspiciously and then suggested she put my purchase in a plastic bag and THEN put the PLASTIC bag INSIDE the reusable bag.  Sadly hilarious
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: My 6 year old neice wants to learn to sew... on: June 20, 2007 03:04:43 PM
My daughter just turned eight and I gave her a machine for her birthday (an ancient montgomery ward metal beast for $5 at a charity shop!).  She just did her first t-shirt recon yesterday.  At six she made a few basic square pillows on my machine.  This is all with heavy supervision and intruction--but she did great.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: easy glass sculpture on: May 24, 2007 07:19:20 PM
Ooooh, very nice, WYOKrista!  I love the different shapes.

As for the wind issue, I will not argue who is the windiest (verbally or weatherwise-haha!) I think the TRUE issue is how heavy the glass is and how much the stakes bend.  If the stakes are wobbly the wind may knock them together or over.  But if the stakes are sturdy and the bottles are long enough that the stakes can go in a ways, I think you'd be fine regardless of wind (be it WYO, KA, NE or CO wind).

I'm so glad this project inspired!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: easy glass sculpture on: May 21, 2007 08:44:20 PM
Thanks, guys!  They aren't attached at all.  The ends of the stakes are just shoved into the vases.  They have skinny necks like bottles (colored bottles would look good too) and don't fall off.  I live in Nebraska where it's very windy all the time but they stay put.  During the winter I pull it apart and put the vases and stakes in my shed and reassemble in the spring.  Thanks for looking!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / easy glass sculpture on: May 21, 2007 06:48:20 PM
A couple summers ago I bought a bunch of glass vases on clearance at Gordmans, overturned them and stuck them on plant stakes -- voila -- glass yard sculpture.  At first I tried bamboo stakes but they bowed under the weight of the glass (in this photo I still have some bamboo and some synthetic).  I cut the stakes to various heights and played with big vases on short sticks and vice versa.  When the sun hits it in the morning it's beautiful!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: First Stenciling Post and First Stencils-Molly Ringwald, Morrissey and The Cure on: May 05, 2007 11:31:57 AM
they look great.  the subject matter is killin' me!  the robert smith...aaahhh...it takes me back.
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