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1  CANADA / Ontario / Sewing Maching Repair Toronto on: May 16, 2010 05:35:12 PM
Does anyone know of a good sewing machine repair shop in TO?  Preferrably around Yorkdale, but I'll drive anywhere if it's great service from someone who knows what their doing and isn't trying to rip you off.

Thanks!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Scarf Swap on: November 10, 2009 01:34:47 PM
I did one of these a few years ago and it was great.  Just get your partner and make a scarf crochet, knit, felt, sewn, whatever.  Nothing too intense just a nice scarf at the end of it.  Would anyone be in?  I was thinking of having send outs early to mid January.

Here's a link to the old swap gallery.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=127619.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Travelling to your country swap on: April 25, 2009 05:22:22 PM
I have an idea for swap but I'm not sure if it has been done yet or how it would work.  I was thinking it would be neat if we swapped items with people who are travelling to our home country.  For example I'm spending my summer in Germany so someone from Germany would send me something and I would send something to someone coming to Canada.  It might be a little confusing but I think if we got the organization of it done right it could work. 

Any thoughts?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Canadian Thanksgiving Wedding (lots of pics) - Fall Wedding Ideas on: September 07, 2008 06:28:17 PM
With five weeks to go until the wedding and the prospect of moving to Ottawa at any point this week as soon as I get hired, I spent the entire weekend with a glue gun in my hand.  I love my glue gun.

Here's what I got done and what I have to do still:

Things to do:
Invites/replies
Flower girl baskets (foam pumpkins with pearl handles) (idea from another craftster)
Bridesmaid and Flower Girls hair picks
Pew decorations
Box for envelopes at the reception
Peach jam for guests
Menu/Program

Pew Bows
I made 12 of these, 10 for the first five pews and 2 for the back pews which people will see when they enter the church.  They were a much bigger pain than I ever expected.


Flower Girl Barrettes and Hairbands
One girl loves hairbands the other doesn't like anything in her hair.  We'll see what happens the day of.



Flower girl baskets
I got this idea from another craftster who made one as a part of her daughters Cinderella costume at halloween.  I used foam pumpkins from Michael's and faux pearls.  I ran out of brown so I used some ivory ones for where their hand will be.  I only used fishing line to string them though and I'm worried about the weight.  I'm probably going to restring them with tigertail if I have the time, if not I'll add a second handle of ivory ribbon to better distribute the weight.  They will have yellow, orange and rusty coloured roses in them for the wedding.


Gift Box
Years ago my mother bought a do-it-yourself kit to make hat boxes.  The result is a replica of my wedding cake!  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Yay for spray glue and a glue gun!




Jam
My mother made 120 jars of peach jam to give to your guests.  I wanted to put ribbon around the lid but couldn't find the right size.  We found decorative brads for scrap booking that we pulled apart and glued on to cover the seam.  Unfortunately they ran out of the silver ones so we had to get the leaf ones.  I don't love them but they look alright.



Phew

Time for bed!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Ambulance Cake with marshmallow fondant instructions and lots o'pics on: March 31, 2008 02:21:16 PM
So my friend is a paramedic and couldn't find a job in our city so she moved up to the arctic to little town called Fort Albany.  You can only drive their in the winter when the rivers and lakes are frozen into the ice road.  Anyway, she came home for her birthday so I made her an ambulance cake.  She loved it, and so did everyone else!  Here it is.



I started by making two loaf cakes and sticking them together with really thick chocolate buttercream icing.  Then I carved out the basic shape I wanted.



Next I covered the whole thing with chocolate buttercream.  I find it easiest to do this with a piping bag with no tip on it so that I don't have to push the icing onto the cake and risk tearing it apart.  I just pipe it on thick and then smooth it all out.



Set the cake aside because now you get to make the best icing ever.  Marshmallow fondant.  I use this recipe so I won't go over the whole process.  But here are some pics.

http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm




Next I rolled it out and layed it over the cake smoothing it out.  I trimmed the bottom with a pizza cutter to make it even.
I rolled it onto wax paper to make it easier to transfer but the paper was creased and so there is a line on the icing but it's not a huge deal.  Once it was iced you couldn't really notice it.



I used colouring pastes and a paintbrush to do the design on the cake.  It was based on the actual ambulance she drives.  The writting on the back is in Cree (the native language where she lives).  It says "James Bay Hospital" but I was using a blurry picture so it may not be exact.  The wheels are oreo cookies that I cut in half leaving the icing on one side and pressed in dragees to make the hub caps.







We forgot to buy candles so we put a tea light on it and instead of singing
"Happy Birthday" we made siren sounds.


I hope you liked it.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Canadian Thanksgiving Wedding-lot's of pics on: March 18, 2008 03:03:13 PM
I'm Italian and my fiance is Polish so we figured there was no way we could make everyone happy with our wedding so we decided to go Canadian (we were both born here anyways).  In order to prevent people from complaining that there is no pasta or perogies we decided on a Thanksgiving wedding complete with turkey and all the trimmings!  Our wedding is October 11th (Canadian Thanksgiving) and so the crafting as has begun!

Things to do:
Invites/replies
Flower girl baskets (foam pumpkins with pearl handles) (idea from another craftster)
Centrepeices- baskets with apples and mini pumpkins on faux leaves (I got the leaves really cheap on Boxing Day at Pottery Barn)
Bridesmaid and Flower Girls hair picks
Pew decorations
Box for envelopes at the reception
Peach jam for guests
Menu/Program

My fiance and I have started the invites.  We saw the idea at a wedding show and said no way are we paying for something we can do ourselves.  The orange, yellow and green paper have a linen finish so they are pretty hard to use the punch on but they are coming along slowly.  Here they are!

The brown leaves are actually just punch into the orange layer so the brown layer underneath shows through.  This is just a markup so there is no writing and their won't be the line on the cream paper.  The leaf on the cream paper was cut out of the cream to show orange but we didn't like it so we filled it in with a brown leaf.




7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Pysanky and other eggs- Post your pics here! on: March 14, 2008 08:49:55 AM
I thought we could post all of our dyed eggs pics here in one huge posting. 

Here is a pic of my first pysanka.  My fiance is polish so I borrowed his mum's wax and kitska and bought some dyes from a Ukranian store and here is the result.  I plan on making some more in the up coming week!





8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fulled handles for iron pans on: March 13, 2008 11:42:02 AM
My fiance keeps burning his hands on his iron pans because the handles get so hot.  I made him a set of these pot handles too protect his hands.  I bought an old sweater, fulled it and then sewed these up.  I wouldn't use them in the oven or with a gas stove for fear of them catching on fire.







I plan on making a whole bunch more.  Tell me what you think!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Failed attempt at fulling on: February 19, 2008 05:11:03 PM
I would have posted this in the felting section but I was told that felting something that's knitted is something different.  With that said here's my question.

I bought this sweater from a second hand shop with the intention of making mittens and pot holders out of it. 


The label says "Shetland Wool" but when I tried fulling it with the instructions I've found on Craftster nothing happened; it just got really fuzzy.  I tried doing it manually in hot water and then when that didn't work I chucked it in the washing machine, that also didn't work so I threw it in the dryer remembering all the times I accidentaly put wool stuff in the dryer only to have it shrink.  Of course, since that is what I wanted this time it didn't work. 

Any advice?
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / I need flower girl ideas! on: February 06, 2008 01:42:00 PM
I'm going to be having two flower girls ages 4 and 6 in my wedding party.  I was wondering if anyone had some ideas for what they could carry down the aisle.  Our colours are brown and orange and it's a Thanksgiving themed wedding.
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