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1831  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: More New Fairy Art on: October 24, 2006 02:43:19 PM
oooh! Very pretty.  I love the colors!
1832  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Soapy Love on: October 23, 2006 08:26:36 PM
um... maybe it's cuz I'm making dinner right now, but I totally want to eat those! Grin  They look really fantastic.
1833  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Marbles, moms and sons and clay... on: October 23, 2006 08:16:46 PM
Yeah!  My son will be so happy tomorrow that someone saw his work and replied!  Thanks a bunch cinnamon teal!

 Cheesy Well then, you can also tell him that I said "Great job. I like the way you added the trim at the top. Keep up the good work!"
1834  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Marbles, moms and sons and clay... on: October 23, 2006 06:58:02 PM
What a sweet story!  Sometimes boys just surprise you. Smiley
1835  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Show of your wrapping skills (or lack there-of) on: October 21, 2006 09:30:15 PM
One year for my brother's birthday I didn't have any tissue and I was feeling pretty cheap so I wrapped his present in plain brown paper, stuck it in a gift bag and on the way to his house I stopped at the side of the road and picked some bushy wild flowers (mostly lupins and mustard) and stuffed the bag with them.  It turned out pretty cool.  For christmas you could use some evergreen branches instead of wild flowers.
1836  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Food-Gift Ideas for Christmas on: October 21, 2006 09:18:28 PM
I don't know what I'll be doing this year, but in the past I have done:

cookie assortments (with my good ol' fashioned favorites; snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip)

pasta baskets with homemade canned sauce and a package of pasta

assorted sweets, when I was living with my fam we all chipped in and made stained glass cookies (http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&recipe_id=53723), dried fruits half dipped in chocolate, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate truffles
1837  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't decide if I like it or not... on: October 20, 2006 02:06:26 PM
Just one question though: do you know what kind of yarn you used for this? The color is wonderful and shows off the cables perfectly! Is it soft? (just asking because it looks very touchable!)

I don't have the label for this yarn anymore, but it's just some really cheap yarn I got from michaels a few years back.  The picture makes it look nicer than it is.  I think it's cotton and it's actually not very soft.  Doesn't stretch much either.  It's just something I had lying around and could easily spare to play with.  (The finished pair I make will be made with different yarn.)
1838  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Copyright hat on: October 20, 2006 12:49:33 PM
bwah ha ha!! That is awesome.  Now if only I could get my little nephew to wear hats...
1839  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't decide if I like it or not... on: October 19, 2006 11:30:31 PM
Wow!!  Thanks for all the compliments and suggestions!  After reading your comments and looking at my wrist warmer some more, I have decided that I like it the way that it is, but it could be so much more.  So I'm definitely going to extend the top to (or over) my knuckles.  And I think I'm going to add a decorative edge and maybe a thumb to it, too (I originally wanted to add a thumb, but I wasn't quite sure how to do it).  Thanks so much, Rain_, for the directions on how to do a picot cast on and cast off!  I might also experiment with substituting something different for the middle cable.  I agree that the braid one is a bit wide for my skinny-minny wrists. 

Welp, I'm off to go knit some swatches.  Thanks again.  You are all fantastic! Cheesy
1840  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you/would you leave a negetive comment about a craft? on: October 19, 2006 11:12:58 PM
I have participated in a lot of critiques and when I post things on craftster I generally ask for "constructive criticism".  I rely heavily on peer review to improve on the things I make.  This community is incredibly talented and I like to know what you all think about my projects, whether it be a "great job" or a suggestion for improvement.  

In my opinion, the most helpful comments are those that offer a solution.  For example, I posted this question here in knitting: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127884.0 And some people gave very helpful tips, like extending the top, adding a thumb part and one very helpful person even gave me directions for a decorative cast on/ cast off!  These were all fabulous and very appreciated without being outright negative.  You could easily make a comment like this for a project that you don't care for without a giving an empty compliment or sounding negative.

The comments that I find less helpful are more along the lines of "I don't like x" because they are usually about personal taste and I get conflicting responses; (ie.  it seems like for everyone that doesn't like the color there is another person who does).  The least helpful to me are those that only offer criticism.  I know that many of you have said that you want to be told if one of your projects was terrible, but if someone only left a negative comment, I admit that to me, it would be like some saying f*** you.

In response to your question, I really think that criticism should be reserved to those who directly ask for it.  
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