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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Plays on Words? on: April 13, 2005 09:19:26 PM
You get a T-shirt that says "Venice", wear dark glasses and carry a white cane. You're......a venetian blind!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: sweet tin cuff for all your stuff... on: May 18, 2004 06:20:42 PM
Great idea!! I love those little tins and haven't done anything with any of them yet. This is the perfect summer accessory! Thank you for sharing the idea! I think I'll use thick elastic instead of webbing and velcro.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: No more door to door. on: May 18, 2004 05:56:38 PM
Love the limerick!

Very clever sign idea, too!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cookie Tin Purse Tutorial on: May 14, 2004 10:54:11 AM
I loved this idea so much I had to make it right away! I had a tin from those rolled wafer cookies with cholocate inside. Great tin and the cookies were already gone (of course). I modified the design a little. I sprayed the outside of the tin with a clear sealer, to protect the paint. For lining, I used sticky-back felt, which I already had. I had to lay the main lining in vertical strips, because the big piece kept sticking to itself. But the strips worked really well. I cut circles for the insides of the lid and bottom. I inserted a strip of plain felt about 1"x4" under the sticky felt on the inside side and inside of the lid so it forms a hinge for the lid, but doesn't interfere with closing the tin. That way I don't have to hold the lid when I open the purse. Then, since I really wanted to complete the project, I just tied a long piece of ribbon to the mirror hangers for the strap. It looks so cute and I love it and the only expenses were the mirror hangers and screws! Thank you so much for this great idea!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: t-shirt quilt? on: May 10, 2004 08:39:37 PM
I saw a quilt in a magazine where they cut the torso of the shirt (with the design on it), both front and back, and made little pillows, lightly stuffed. Then they stitched all the little pillows together. It was a wonderful, puffy-looking quilt that grew as they added new shirts. This one had different sized shirt-pillows, but I think it would work better to have one standard size rectangle, making for a more even quilt. The benefits of doing it this way versus a traditional quilt technique are: it goes quickly, you can add on to it, no binding or backing, unique and cushy look. Good luck with the project!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pregnancy Announcement Crafts? on: May 10, 2004 08:17:56 PM
You could send each person a small ball of fuzzy baby-clothing yarn, a couple cheap knitting needles and a pattern (or copy of the front of the pattern) for booties or a cap or a blanket, along with a note that says "start knitting! You have to be done by October [or whenever]!"
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Magazines + Scizzors + Glue + ? = Curtain on: May 10, 2004 08:13:58 PM
you could also string the beads on dental floss. In my experience, it's a lot easier to tie than fishing line. Can't wait to see the finished project--the beads are beautiful!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby Room Walls... on: May 10, 2004 04:56:21 PM
JoAnn Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics carry a fabric that is printable on an ink-jet printer (and probably on a laser printer--since I don't have one, I didn't look for that). You can choose a couple different colors (white, off-white, maybe black) and they come in packages of 4 or so. They are 8-1/2"x11" and they print great! Then you cut out the image and use wallpaper paste to glue it to the wall.  You could even have the image going across several pages (for a large image) and just butt the edges together on the wall.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Coasters out of old records? on: May 10, 2004 04:51:16 PM
What about using a hole saw? This is actually an attachment onto your electric hand drill. You use it with a bit (that would fit right through the record's hole and center the hole perfectly). Then you just turn on the drill and the hole saw attachment part (looks like a round cookie cutter with a really jagged edge) drills the hole. You'd have to sand afterwards. I think the paint-on varnish idea is the best to protect the label.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: May 02, 2004 08:34:13 PM
Another frugal thing to do with two pairs of identical (but torn) tights or nylons: cut the torn leg off each pair and wear both pairs together. You'll end up with two legs and two "panties", but who'll know?
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