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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / wire jewelry on: January 30, 2009 09:20:51 AM
hi,  I hope to start making jewelry.  It takes me a while to get up my nerve and time to try new projects.  I tend to ponder and read lots of crafty info.

While reading the tut list on one of the postings at the top of this area, I came across some jewelry projects on about.com   I am really intrigued with the basic wire bangle and the beaded bangle on this list.


Has anyone made these bracelets?  Would it be OK to use copper wire, rather than gold?

I'd like to take a weekend class on basic jewelry making - like an intro to beads, wire, tools, etc.  I realize that learning jewelry making probably takes a life-time.

Thanks. catdaddytn
42  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / prom dress on: January 21, 2009 10:46:32 AM
hi,  My daughter likes a Jessica McClintock prom dress, but she wants her grandmother to make one for her.  This is a great idea, but she can't locate a pattern that she likes.  We have looked at Simplicity 4070, but she wants a pattern with the pleat like thing at the bust.  I have searched and searched for patterns. Any ideas or thoughts?

I tried to cut and paste a link to the Jessica M website, but it was a real long address and no link. (You could not click on it).  Go to www.jessicamcclintock.com   and go to style  53391.

thanks.   catdaddytn

43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / chef's hat on: December 16, 2008 01:52:50 PM
hi,  I'm looking for a chef's hat pattern.  I just know I've seen one, but I can't locate it.  thanks. catdaddytn
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / good pattern for 12 x 12 fabric on: July 04, 2008 12:07:27 PM
hi,  I bought some really cute material with purses on it.  I want to make sure that I get the complete panel of 12 X 12, at least 9 X 12 on the purse.  I'd like to make the purse, other than a basic tote.  Any ideas on what pattern to use?

thanks.  catdaddytn
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / magnets on: July 01, 2008 01:46:05 PM
My Hancock's friend told me how to use magnets from the frig for purse closures.  I havent' tried this yet and don't have any exact tute for it, but will try to describe.

I asked about using some sort of hidden magnet, like I've noticed on some store purses.

Take a magnet, any magnet, but some are stronger than others.  Make some sort of little pouch for the magnet, then sew it onto the lining.  Sew one for both sides.

Has anyone tried anything like this?  I plan to try this sometime during July.

thanks. catdaddytn
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / reversible or not?? on: July 01, 2008 01:43:24 PM
In reading about reversible bags, I'm wondering ... what is it about the bag that makes it reversible?  It seems that it has to do with the way you sew the bottom.  If you sew a flat bottom, just straight across, will it be reversible?  What about the type where you square off the bottom by pulling the sides together somehow in a triangle shape?  The squared off bottoms seem to have more shape and a bit more fanciness.

I've noticed that some purse patterns can go either way ... outside or the lining ... up to a certain point and then one has to decide.  One of the hobo patterns (Simplicity, I think) has an oval bottom.  This one is not reversible, due to the seam at the bottom.  I suppose I could use some sort of binding and cover the seams.  I'm not sure if that's worthwhile.

I think the sling bags that I've seen could go either way, reversible or not, but it does seem to depend on the bottom used.

thanks for  your thoughts/ideas.  catdaddytn
47  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / nyc, end of July 08 on: June 13, 2008 09:17:35 AM
hi,  I'll be going to NYC for the first time at the end of July.  Any suggestions for crafty shopping/viewing?  thanks.  catdaddytn
48  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / using magnets on: June 13, 2008 08:57:53 AM
hi,  I'm learning about using magnet snaps, as closures.  My DH bent some prongs last night and he said that these were super strong magnets.  He just couldn't imagine that I'd use this type of magnet for a purse.  I think it's a 3/4" or maybe 1" .

Have you used a flat like magnet, in the lining, but you can't see them.  I don't know how to really describe this, but it seems like I've seen purses like this in stores.

does this make sense or am I totally looney.  thanks. catdaddytn
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / cotton and lurex fabric on: June 02, 2008 02:16:04 PM
I saw a blouse made out of 65% cotton/35% lurex.  I really liked the fabric, but the sleeves were way too puffy, for me.  The fabric was in the blouse was an olive color with a slight gold and was so soft.  Have  you ever seen this fabric?  thanks. catdaddytn
50  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / some sort of microwave cookware on: December 27, 2007 11:43:03 AM
hi,  I have this cooking appliance and can't figure out what it is.  I've had this forever and don't have the instructions.  I really need to learn how to post photos (maybe this will be an 08 project)  Here's a list of pieces:  a lid with side hook-like things to hold the lid down, round piece thing with hole in middle that sits near the top of the main piece, a basket that sits in the main piece on leg like things, a round thing that sits in the basket on leg like things.

I think this is a veggie or rice steamer or is it a pressure cooker?  the pressure cooker idea comes from the lock down lid.  I really think it's a steamer and/or rice cooker.  I read about something like this that will pop popcorn. 

Any ideas on this thing or how to use it?  Oddly enough to me, there are no markers, labels or brands on this gadget. This was in the depths of my kitchen, probably a Christmas gift from years past.  This "thing" deserves to be put to use.  thanks for any tips/ideas for using it.

thanks.  catdaddytn
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