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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Amazon.com confuses me sometimes. on: December 04, 2007 10:34:35 PM
So I just ordered Craftster's favorite book(along with another one, good deal you see.) and I paid for two day shipping, forgetting I would be waiting all weekend for the next two business days(silly me!), so it was supposed to be here today! I got an email saying it wasn't going to get here till the 10th... I ordered it on the 30th of Nov.... yes... too long for a two day shipping charge!

So I called, and they refunded me my shipping and that was that.

Phone call consisted of me telling a man at least 5 times, 'I'm not receiving my books for another 5 days, so I would like my money back that I paid for it to be sent in two days.' and finally he did it.

... I just got an email saying 'You books have been shipped and will be arriving on the 5th-6th' and it's at my city's UPS terminal...

Maybe they felt bad... *shrug* Anyways I'M ALL EXCITED about getting this book people have been talking about!

Anyone else have a horror story with an online purchase? *mine wasn't so bad lol*
32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I have discovered shrinking plastic, oh no! on: December 04, 2007 10:10:02 PM
So I've been seeing a lot of it on here, and I was all kinds of curious! So I found it at work(funny thing, it was hidden under some stamp display!) and I've been playing with it today, and this is what I have made so far, trail and error I suppose lol






Sooo yeah... the first three are tiny as hell, lol, I forgot they got SUPER small, and the last one I messed it up by thinking my sharpie was new enough to not produce a fat ugly line yet, *wrong!* and I messed it up. I also don't have a hole punch(I forgot where I put it), and had to make ugly holes with my exacto knife.

Also, to those who know how to use this stuff, on the frosted sheets(I bought a mixed package), which side do you color? I colored on the frosted side, wrong or no?
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shiny Coaster! on: December 04, 2007 08:19:39 PM
I figured I couldn't put this in glass crafts... since it's not really glass works... or is it?

oh well...

Here it is! My attempt at this kit I got from work (I can't find a picture of it on the michaels website; and I already lost the box lol.)



It was supposed to be in a swirl pattern, but I was feel rebellious... well more like I messed up right off the bat and just winged it. I think it came out pretty neat, eh?







I love looking at it through the bottom(thats supposed to have felt on it, but I like it without it.), reminds me of looking through a bottle.



is that close up enough for you lol.

I have a whole other one to do... and this kit's instructions was very... odd. I had a little 3/4's cup and a tablespoon, and it told me take 7 scoops of grout and 1 table spoon of water and mix it till it wasn't lumpy...  Undecided I experimented after thinking, 'That wont work...' and I discovered 3 table spoons of water works just fine!

I use it all the time, even though my furniture isn't worth the trouble lol.

I plan on doing the other one, as soon as I get more gloves, the glue doesn't come off very well.
34  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Alice in the adventure of the Sewing machine horror! on: December 04, 2007 07:48:58 PM
I've wanted a sewing machine for a while now, and my grandmother *refuses* to let me near hers because she is convinced I will break it (when I was a kid I broke many things... many many things.), so I decided I'd show her and I bought my own...



So I read the instructions; it came with a DVD but I didn't feel like going through the process of rewinding it when I didn't catch something. I thought I knew what they were explaining pretty well; but then it came to putting the bobbin in the shuttle.... yeah... it doesn't tell you there is a little hole under the tension spring(I don't think thats the right name for it, but thats what I called it and my father-in-law knew what i was saying(he sews for work)), and when I put it in before I did that this is what happened.



Oh the horror....!!!!

So after two days of swearing at it, crying because I felt like a failure, and even looking for the receipt to take it back, Hubby calls his dad and I talked to him and he told me to check the tension, after messed with it I discovered the hole and now it works fine!



First thing sewn (decently) on it, lol

I have plans to sew other things, but yeah... thought I'd share my random sewing machine journey with you.  Grin

PS -

Also, we got another purchase that day;



Yeah, I gave in and we got one... mainly because I saw the pink controller and had to have it, lol.
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bland to cute <3 *image heavy* on: November 03, 2007 09:25:39 PM
So I had this gloss black wood grain frame, and I felt it looked a bit *bland*, so I thought I'd try painting it.


before

Stripes are fun <3

painted

And silly me, I forgot a basic rule of painting a wood surface... sand any gloss coat off first, and this is what happened.


Reminded me of latex paint...

I decided to scrap it all off and go in a whole different direction.


Ribbon and paint maker! I did the heart on top since it holds a picture of my hubby and me <3
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / dead... seriously. on: October 31, 2007 10:10:56 PM
So I work a 32-40+ hour a week part time job (I know, thats basically wrong and shouldn't happen, but it does, and at some of your favorite craft store.) and when I get home I'm totally drained. Lately I have lost *all* of my inspiration and energy to do anything.

Anyone know anything I can do to get me out of this slump? It's almost makes me depressed.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Busy Busy Busy (Boxes) on: October 20, 2007 07:35:18 PM
Here are some more, you guessed it! Boxes!


I'm getting bigger now! I got some of the bigger boxes, this one I did a vintage spring color theme. I am loving that green!


The stripe pattern on the lid, randomly placed painters tape did the trick, huzzah!


My cute polka dotted orange ribbon appears once more! So cute <3


Another red/black box, this one I did a bit more designing on the lid.


That amazing striped ribbon <3!


Once again, painters tape is <3, I did uneven stripes crossing at the top corner and put a bow there


Designer shot, as I guess you could call it lol


Yes, we "invested" (I have to tell myself we invested in it or I'll start hyperventilating that we spent money we should be saving.)in a new camera.



This one to be exact! It's pretty nice, and so far my hubby is all head over heels for it lol He convinced me and we shopped around and to my surprise,  Walmart was the victor.

38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little Bow'd boxes <3 on: October 20, 2007 08:47:59 AM
I've made some more seen in previous post
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201832.msg2148075#msg2148075

These are my new creations! I found this roll of hello kitty ribbon, and I HAD to get it!! *hello kitty fanatic!*


Top View; I added a little bow of the ribbon I used around the lid. I just tied it around a pencil and cut it off, with a little hot glue, it stays!


Side; a blurry side view of the hello kitty cute ribbon! I <3 it so much!


Side; I put my tangled DMC floss in there... it came in some kit and I can't get it untangled, now it's a decorative touch lol.


These are both of them <3


close up of my two boxes!


I made this for my friend who wanted one after she saw the ones I made before. I asked her what she wanted to look like, and she said, "you know me, go with your good judgment!' So red and black it is!


You can see the striped ribbon I put around the body of the box, and I liked the bow on the hello kitty box, I did it again on this one to add a girlie touch!


it's just cute! On the lid I painted it all black and then went back with red on top, but I only put a tiny bit of paint on my brush so it would give this look. I wanted to do stripes, but my painters tape is M.I.A.!


This is a close up on the ribbon, this is where I over lapped them, and omg, it makes me love this pattern on the ribbon! It's blends together! YAY!

Well, more to come! I made this after I got home from work, so it was about midnight. I don't like closing at Michaels, but I would rather do it there than Target or somewhere that is HUGE... I hear they don't get out till 2am-ish.

Today we're going to spray paint my little plastic draw unit that used to hold books that I couldn't fit on my book shelves and papers, now holds my tiny collection of crafting supplies!
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pretty Little Boxes on: October 13, 2007 11:06:59 PM
Normally I am a digital graphics type person, but all my inspiration for that has dried up  Cry

But working at a craft store helps give me ideas for more hands on things. So today my hubby and I went up there (mainly so I can bug my coworkers haha) and I got some cardboard boxes shaped like hearts and stars; paint; ribbon; and little gems and decided I was going to decorate some boxes!

I live at my grandmothers house, so my hubby and I can't really decorate as we want... bummer.

Before:




After:








The star was my first one... I was kind of just doing whatever came to my mind... the stripes on the top were so freehand and resemble more zebra than straightness. The heart I used painters tape and tried to get them on there straight. I could've used a t-square for this, but I didn't want to wait till tomorrow.

I hot glued ribbon around the body of the star and heart, then around the edge of the lid of the heart... *note: hot glue is hot... owie.*

Used folk art paint, I like it. If you want to know the colors, lemme know and I shall gladly tell you.
40  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / True Love Stichery on: October 06, 2007 09:42:34 PM
So yeah, I try to be crafty, not much time since I have a job. Funny though, I work in a craft store! Ah, life is funny at times ain't it?

My mom bought me this cross stitching kit with some modern looking designs, and I was bored at work (working in the framing department is pretty boring sometimes.)at I did this. First kind of stitching thing ever, so it's kind of a mess, but I like it! I added 'True Love' myself, because it looked cute.

Here are some pictures, my crappy camera that only my husband can use for some reason! yayers.


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