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51  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Oh Martha! on: August 07, 2003 08:55:23 PM
I know she might not be the most popular lady out there right now, but boy, her website sure does have a lot of pretty crafts:

www.marthastewart.com

I think you might have to register (free!) as a user to access all the craft stuff. But you get access to lots of articles, pics, and clip art.

I stand by Martha!
-S

52  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Making yr own knitting needles? on: August 11, 2003 09:09:48 PM
Hi all,
This isn't technically a knitting project. . . but it's definitely knitting-related. I'm wondering if anyone has tried making their own knitting needles. I've seen this site:

http://www.littlecabbage.com/diy/needles.html

And it seems pretty easy. . . . I like the idea of giving them as gifts esp. to non-knitters and making up a little how-to kit (w/ simple instructions and some practice yarn). It's cheap and very thoughtful. . . but I'm just wondering if it's actually pleasant to knit with these kinds of needles. I like bamboo needles, but I think I'm in the minority because I actually prefer metal needles. Anyone got any experience with this?
Thanks,
Simone
53  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sketch Book Covered with Record/Album Cover on: August 07, 2003 03:14:41 PM
What to do with the record? How 'bout this super-easy record bowl from Get Crafty?

http://www.getcrafty.com/read/craft/features/recordbaking/index.html

--Simone
54  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / AOL Tin for cd's on: August 25, 2003 11:09:13 PM
I know these annoying AOL tins have been taking up precious space in your mailbox, but they do have some use.



Here's one idea--a stamp (or other flat thing) case:
http://quidnunc.org/aol_tin.html

I spray painted mine silver with this:


Then found this awesome kitty-dj pic and glued it to the cover and now the AOL tin is a great gift box for burned cd's!



--Simone

P.S. If you're in the Boston area--I got the kitty postcard at McEntyre & Moore's book shop in Davis Square. They have loads of cute kitty-related postcards.

55  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Many Uses For / Incarnations Of Picture Marbles on: August 25, 2003 10:16:34 PM
I know these marble magnets have been all over the place (i.e. Not Martha, etc.), but I don't think anyone has posted them specifically on here.

Supplies:
flat marbles (I ordered them from this mosaic website: http://www.mosaic-witsend.com/)
1/2" round magnets (from Home Depot)
1/2" hole punch (from Michael's)
hot glue + gun
oragami paper or pics from magazines
Altoid tin
spray paint for metal

I went through all my magazines looking for 1/2" circular pics and then realized that I really like the look of oragami pattered paper. I ended up using that mostly.



So, punch up all the paper you like and take your magnet and dab a little glue on it, then place the pic down. Then, put down a little more glue (enough to cover the whole 1/2" as you squish the marble down). Place the marble on top and press it firmly down until it seems like the glue has dried (approx. 10 seconds). Beware: these magnets are strong, so don't be surprised if their force takes over and they get pulled to your unfinished magnets.

Now, I'm an insane pack-rat and often collect things knowing that "one day I'll make something fabulous outta this here thang!" So, I've been hording Altoid tins figuring they'll come in handy sometime. Well, here's the time. I spray painted a bunch with this:



I think it's probably best to sand the tin just a little. Make sure you spray paint outdoors (cough, cough) and know that it might take a few coats to get the tin covered completely.

I glued a little sheet of paper to the bottom. The tin's the perfect gift box for 6-8 magnets.



I've given these as little gifts to friends and they've been thoroughly appreciative--you can never have enough strong, minty-smelling magnets!

--Simone

P.S. Sorry for all the glare on the pix!



56  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: pouches! on: August 28, 2003 02:17:43 PM
Lia,
These are *very* cute and *definitely* sell-able.  I would try getting yourself into a craft fair and see how they do. I always find pricing items really tough. You definitely need to make sure you make your money back on materials, but also labor. But they also have to be cheap enough to that people will fork over their ca$h without thinking twice about it.
Good luck!
--Simone
57  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Dress - Pattern 6860 by New Look on: August 07, 2003 04:34:43 PM
That dress is so super cute! I have a dress that's half-finished from a class I took in the spring. *sigh* Perhaps seeing this dress will inspire me to complete mine?

One totally valuable thing I learned in that sewing class was that (and I had no idea about this) that sizes on patterns have so little to do with real-life sizes. They're so much smaller--which is kinda depressing when you're looking at making a dress that seems 2-4 sizes bigger that what you actually wear!

--Simone
58  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ribbon Belts - Help? - Tutorial Added! on: August 27, 2003 05:32:10 PM
You know all those grossgrain ribbon belts that are making a comeback? Well, I've seen them for sale at places like Urban Outfitters for, like $40 which seems outrageous.

I'm thinking you can just take 2 pieces of ribbon and sew interfacing in between them. Does that sounds reasonable?

Then there's the question of the "buckle" which is really just two metal rings (sometimes they're round other times they're shaped like a "d"--which I prefer I think).
Any ideas on where to get those? Maybe Home Depot?

Hmmm. . . .

The ribbon looks like this:
http://www.downtowncrafts.com/grossgrain.html
59  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Painting? on: August 07, 2003 08:12:25 PM
Like this?

http://www.wallcandyarts.com/wallcandy_arts.htm

They're pretty cool. . . though, I know my lumpy walls would make these slide right off.

I think I saw another site that had simpler ones. . . can't remember where I saw that, though.

I know you can also go to sign shops and get some made (there's one on Broadway in Somerville near Teele Sq).

--S
60  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Painting? on: August 07, 2003 06:35:57 PM
Hey V,
I definitely think painting your house is crafty! I like all your ideas for painting actually. #4 is sort of the most understated, which might be good if you have furniture that's patterned or "louder." But, I think #1 is my favorite--people (myself included) never really take big chances with paint. . .and why not? If you hate it you can always paint it again (although, red paint is such a pain in the arse since it's low hide, but it's glorious).
Good luck!
--Simone
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