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5241  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Keep Me Warm Swap (signups CLOSED sendout 2/5/10) on: January 19, 2011 05:40:26 PM
Got my red thread and materials for project 4.  Good progress on all 4.  Had to marinate the stuffing material for a project, but it is almost ready.  May make duplicate of project 4 for a friend at work - I can see her liking it.
5242  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: January 18, 2011 02:20:19 PM
I found a nice tutorial the other day on making your own bias tape.  I was planning on trying it out soon, so I can have a patterned bias tape edging on plain broadcloth scrubs, when I get to making my own tops.  I don't necessarily like the patterned body, with the plain edging, depending on what the pattern on the cloth is.

This is the pattern for the scrubs -

Here is the tutorial on making bias tape that made me go "Ahhhhh, now I get it!".

5243  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Twisted Fairytale swap? on: January 18, 2011 07:39:04 AM
I would be interested in this depending on when the sign ups are and what happens with jury duty (ugh).  I love the original darker fairy tales, or darker remakes.  Hate the Disneyfication of everything.  Well, like some Disney - just not the changing of the original tales into something fluffy and superficial.

there is an alice in wonderland swap right now?

Yes, it is called Alice in Crafterland Round 2 or something similar.  I signed up already, and sign ups end on the 22nd, so in a couple of days.  I was in Round 1, last year, and it was a lot of fun to craft for.
5244  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Keep Me Warm Swap (signups CLOSED sendout 2/5/10) on: January 17, 2011 05:36:32 PM
I am glad you are having fun.  I am too.  I want to stop by one of my favourite places and pick up something for you that is very "toronto" specific, and tasty too.  I hope you like it!  If I can find exactly what I want in materials, I should be done this week!  Keeping fingers crossed!
5245  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Keep Me Warm Swap (signups CLOSED sendout 2/5/10) on: January 17, 2011 04:31:27 PM
Always better to - just in case it gets lost in postage, receiver has no camera, doesn't post picks, etc
5246  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: January 17, 2011 04:15:41 PM
I am still contemplating what to "fill" my purse with - it is smallish.  I was thinking of making a second bag too, a more every dayish one, and making a pouch for tampons/pads, and a card wallet.  You know, for holding those essential nonessential cards.  Like coffee cards, gift cards, membership cards.  That way, I can slim down my real wallet and keep it just for real money, credit cards.
5247  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: French Doors on: January 17, 2011 02:02:37 AM
How big are they?  Do you have a picture?  I presume the frames are wood?  If they are metal or metal clad, you could protect any exposed wood, and then perhaps consider making an outdoor table with one.  If you have the wallspace, you could use one as a frame for pictures, and decorate the glass in some - collage/decoupage/etched/painted glass (pseudo stained glass).  You could add some hardware and hand plants off of it or have lights/candle holders too.  Knock some of the glass out, or add some wiring, and have vines growing through it.

5248  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty powder baby formula cans on: January 17, 2011 01:27:46 AM
I would clean, decorate, and use as reusable gift boxes - great for food items, as well as non food gifts.
5249  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: 101 Ways to Continue Crafting Without Breaking The Bank on: January 17, 2011 12:55:47 AM
Get to know construction workers/renovators - lots of stuff that can be reclaimed, or are cast offs/off cuts - wood, tile, paint, concrete, glass, moulding, etc.  Also, they may do things like cut things, trim things, etc
Milkweed makes great downy stuffing, or can be nice silky hair for dottees or something too.

Clean butcher paper can be reused for freezer paper stencils - our local butchers often package in plastic wrap or bags before wrapping in the pink butcher paper.

Old tossed out shower curtains can be great for tarps for painted objects, or messy crafts like hypertufa, etc.

At the end of the year, I found that profs in university would clean out their offices and get rid of their out of date editions of texts, etc.  Great source for hard covers, and some texts have great pics/diagrams for paper crafts - maps, medical diagrams, etc.

Don't forget about using leftover tea or coffee to dye things, same with other kitchen items, like boiled onion skins, beets, etc.

Saving old greeting cards, post cards, birthday cards, etc for paper crafts, tags, remaking new cards, ornaments, etc.  Same with gift wrap for papers, ribbons, etc.  Could even ask friends/family to save stuff for you too.  Great way of getting tissue paper for coloured papier mache. 

Warehouse sales!  I love warehouse sales!  Especially warehouse sales where I can also use coupons!  It doesn't have to be "craft" warehouse sales either - kitchenwares for example.  Silicone baking mats are great for non-stick surfaces for glue guns, or for resting hot tools on, rolling out polymer clay, etc.  Spice containers for holding whimsies, beads, buttons, glitter, micro beads.  Cups and containers for decorating.  I go to the fashion district for cheaper fabric, or to get t-shirts right from the manufacturer to stencil - often fo $1-$2.

Dollar stores and liquidation stores - it is amazing the stuff they can get from closeouts sometimes.  My local dollar store had a great supply of Fiskars scissors once, and always a great source of sponges and brushes.

If you live in a community where there is a homeowner's association or some kind of community association, get the community to organize a big rummage sale, or goods exchange, or, for gardeners, a plant cutting/seed exchange.  First dibs on each others stuff, gather more people if organized and advertised, and get to know the neighbours (our community turns it into street party/BBQ, and raises money for the local hospital too).

5250  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Towels--terry cloth hand towels and wash cloths on: January 17, 2011 12:28:37 AM
Depending on their size and how worn they are, I would probably turn them into something like a pet bed, or a scrap blanket for the dogs.  Or try to make a terry cloth robe, or hair wrap for wet hair, or a spa-hoodie/wrap.  Bath mitts.  Using them to make a mat for the bathroom floor
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