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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for ALTERING the exterior of a PUFFING COAT? on: October 28, 2012 10:52:37 PM
This is not a sewing question.  I need a warm coat.  I found a warm, down coat made by Miss Sixty at Nordstrom Rack.  It fits great, is super lightweight and is a good price.  The only thing that bugs me is that it's booooring.  It is just another long, black coat.  

This is not the coat I have, but I happen to think that the "harvest moon blue" of this Patagonia Fiona Down Parka is simply stunning.

http://www.rei.com/media/ii/39ce8108-d2dd-43ce-a4fe-c69cf4c9cc9f.jpg

Now that's the kind of color that jerks one out of their winter funk and slams them into Happy Town.  But at 300 C-notes, I just can't bring myself to buy such a coat... and without a hood while I dwell in Seattle seems all the more impractical!

I am aware of the powers of scarves, hats, and gloves for color, but I want this coat to speak for itself if possible.  I keep wondering if there is some brilliant idea to alter or embellish the exterior of this coat.  Of course it's got a synthetic (100% nylon) shell, so I believe dying is entirely out of the question.  I don't want some terrible, kitschy, bedazzled disaster.  If there were a way for it to remain in the realm of sophisticated but all the while become uniquely badass, then that would be simply amazing.  

I love emerald green.  I was trying to think if I could add a thin green stripe to each layer of "puff" or something like that which is subtle, but still kind of makes it POP! Hrrrm.....

You guys are brilliant, and surely far more well versed in current craft products than I.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  I don't want to turn this new coat into a piece of hokey junk, but if I could jazz it up in a smart way then that would be stellar.  It just seems like it would just be so much easier were it wool or leather or something.  Obviously the right idea just hasn't come to me yet, but there's got to be a way!

Thanks in advance :-)


PS: I can take a photo of the coat and upload it if that would be helpful.  (I have not found the precise coat in an imagine online.)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to create a DIY vehicle sticker? on: March 10, 2012 03:56:50 PM
I would like a Seattle Space Needle sticker on the rear window of my car.  I think that I need to be able to apply it to the exterior glass or it won't show through the tinting on the inside, which means it needs to hold up to the elements.  A simple, clean outline like this, but in white to contrast with my tinted rear window. I thought it would be a touristy thing that would be readily available and that I'd be able to purchase such a sticker quite simply, but I have yet to find anything.  I've done some Googling but have only discovered enormous rates for custom die-cut stickers that are way more than I want to spend.  So, I turn to you Craftsters, because stickers are something I know almost nothing about, particularly the DIY variety.  If anybody has any ideas for printing out a sticker on some good quality 3M vinyl or something like that, then I am handy enough with scissors to trim neatly and don't need die cutting.  I just don't know how difficult it is to print a sticker.  Thank you for your time! Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / What to do with a mirrored door? on: July 04, 2006 02:46:49 PM
I found this on the curb.  It's a solid wood, hinged door with mirror that is very, very heavy.  I was thinking of painting is bronze and hanging it over my sofa, or adding hooks to the bottom and hanging it in my entry hall.  But I thought I would ask you creative people if there is something more interesting or clever I could do with it.  Thanks Smiley





4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ideas for old Tshirts? on: April 27, 2006 07:01:32 PM
I'm finally going through gobs of clothes that I never wear.  But before I give it all away to charity I thought I'd hit you guys up for ideas on what I could do with some of it.  I don't own a sewing machine so clothing recons are probably out.  I recall seeing a really cool hook rug or bath mat type thing made from Tshirt strips somewhere.  Do you guys have any other brilliant ideas?  If you do then I'll probably stash a bag of materials away to play with.  Thanks in advance!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How difficult would it be to recover this chair? on: August 23, 2005 04:05:47 PM
How difficult would it be to recover this chair and just generally fix it up a bit?  I've never done anything like this.  I'm looking for a cheap but sturdy and comfortable office chair.







I wanted this one but it's gone  Cry
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for ideas on an arrowhead necklace on: August 01, 2005 11:15:15 AM
I have a beautiful reddish colored arrowhead that I would like to make into a necklace.  I've never made any jewelry in my life except for the woven beaded bracelets and friendship bracelets from embroidery thread that I made as a child.  However, I'd like to learn, but if it gets too complex I may try to have this made.  I wouldn't even know who to go to though. 

I insist on preserving the integrity of the arrow so that means no drilling a hole into it to turn it into a charm or anything.  So I was thinking that some kind of wrap with silver wire would be the way to go.  Do any of you have any brilliant ideas to start me out?  And if so, links to places with supplies would be super. 

Here is the clearest photo of the arrow.  Top, second from left.
http://www.ourglasshouse.com/holly/Idaho2005/RigginsRocks.jpg

And two others
http://www.ourglasshouse.com/holly/Idaho2005/RigginsArrowhead1.jpg
http://www.ourglasshouse.com/holly/Idaho2005/RigginsArrowhead2.jpg


Thanks! Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Looking for purse handles and feet on: July 20, 2005 01:14:22 PM
Anybody know of a good online store where I could buy long, leather purse straps?  I'm also looking for those little metal feet to put on the bottom of bags.  A variety of handles to browse in various materials would be cool too.  And a cheap pricetag is ideal of course.  Thanks! Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / ISO 18 count aida fabric in BLACK on: June 21, 2005 10:09:48 AM
It seems to be impossible to find.  I don't want white, but I don't see any other colors that would make these colors pop other than black  Cry  Can anybody point me in the right direction for 18 ct black?
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / ISO pattern similar to JLo's dress in Shall We Dance on: June 10, 2005 01:58:07 PM
The front part of this dress that covers her bust is so cool!  I took pictures of my TV with the movie paused because I liked it so much.  Hopefully you can see it clear enough in my pics here.

Has anybody seen a pattern at all similar to this style?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ISO deals on needles, yarn, and other accessories on: May 23, 2005 07:56:57 PM
As a new knitter I am really enjoying knitting with SnB as my guide.  I want to keep plowing through projects so I am going to need a lot of different sizes and types of needles.  I think I prefer bamboo, but clover bamboo and wood are all I have used so far.  Are Crystal Palace, Plymouth, Addi, or Webs bamboo needles really a lot better than Clover?  Really what I want is whatever is as lightweight a possible, but still economical.  Warmth to touch, not too smooth, and other qualities are just bonuses.

Also Can you all recommend some sites that shop strictly with a flat fee or free shipping over a certain amount purchased?  A lot of sites are not very clear about their shipping costs up front and I'm a bargain shopper.  My boyfriend works for Amazon.com and I really wish there was some kind of yarn superstore that had all the brands for good prices and free shopping over $25 because that's what I'm used to, hehe.

Thanks so much for listening Smiley
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