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6891  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: June 25, 2007 02:14:50 PM
You know, a second pocket or pouch just for receipts might not be a bad idea (particularly a clear one)--just to make it really clear that you're on the up-and-up, and so you can produce the receipts really quickly if someone asks.  Or making a mesh or clear vinyl tote-style bag for non-grocery shopping--maybe based on the round-handled plastic shopping bags they use in clothing stores.

This is a good idea! Someone above mentioned using the "make your own fabric from plastic bags" tutorial- I wonder if it would work as well with clear bags? I was planning to make a pouch to keep my bags in,  so maybe I could clip a clear "receipt pouch" to that. I don't know if I have any clear bags, though...Definitely worth looking into...
6892  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: DIY KIT Round 9 on: June 25, 2007 01:51:41 PM
Here's the pic of my Book Purse Kit from balletfreak! She sent along a book, funky fabric and a snazzy black ribbon. It also came with a lovely card, and a great little booklet of hand-written and drawn instructions. As soon as I finish reading the book Wink , I'll be making the purse!

Thanks, balletfreak! I love it!
6893  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: June 25, 2007 01:24:04 PM
I bought some reusable bags from the chain grocery store that I usually shop at and for the first month that I used them, they still looked pretty new. The cashiers always wanted to ring them up as a new purchase!

I've found that I need to make an effort to get them to put stuff in my bags. If I just put them on the belt, the cashier pushes them aside and the bagger ignores them. Usually not a problem, but if I'm not paying attention, half my order is already bagged in plastic. Once, when this happened, I asked the bagger to put my items in my own bags- she took the items she had already bagged, plastic bag and all, and stuffed them into the bags.

*sigh* Some people just don't get it...
6894  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 6/24/06 - We hit 100,000 members! on: June 24, 2007 06:30:06 AM
Whoo-hoo! Congratulations!! In the short time that I have been a member, I have been inspired and humbled by all of the amazing people and their work. Craftster is a truly wonderful community of folks. Thanks, Leah, Sweets and all of the mods for making Craftster possible.

And, being the geek that I am, I composed "An Ode to Craftster" which I now present...

An Ode to Craftster

It was started in 2003,
By Leah Kramer dont you see.
Members were few to begin,
But then plenty of others joined in.
The forum has grown,
And become more well known.
So, hooray for Craftster! Hooray!

Time Magazine said it all
Naming Craftster, if you recall,
A cool website, no doubt,
And one we cant live without.
Over 100,000 members strong
Itll be 200,000 before long!
So, hooray for Craftster! Hooray!

So thank all of the mods we must,
They keep Craftster from turning to dust.
They work hard it is true
Improving Craftster for you
They keep all of the boards clean
(And without being mean)
So, hooray for Craftster! Hooray!

The members help make the site great
And to crafting they all can relate.
They give support and advice,
And theyre always so nice!
Their ideas, patterns and tutes
Can help you find your crafty roots.
So, hooray for Craftster! Hooray!

If you knit or sew or crochet
Or work with paper, glass or clay
Craftster is a place you can use
To get the latest ideas and craft news.
There are many other crafts, too-
The variety is rich its true!
So, hooray for Craftster! Hooray!

Time spent here is never a waste-
Of new crafts you can get a good tatse.
And as for making new friends,
Oh, the fun never ends!
So stay and visit once in a while
For youre sure to leave with a smile!
So, hooray for Craftster! Hooray!

Yes, it's a bit awkward with the meter and rhyme scheme, but it's early and I haven't had any coffee yet! And I tried to include every craft, but I just couldn't manage it (so don't be offended- you are there in spirit!). Wink
6895  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: DIY KIT round 9. (Sign ups Closed; Send Outs extended to 06/july/07) on: June 23, 2007 03:05:33 PM
I got my kit from balletfreak today too!  Grin It's a book purse kit and I think I might have to read the book before I dismantle it  Wink Good thing I'm a fast reader!

I'll post my pics on Monday, after the gallery gets started.
6896  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 6/9/07 - Craftster got a face lift! on: June 23, 2007 11:14:16 AM
I couldn't figure out why I was still seeing the dots...and then I dusted off the screen...

And, now that I've had a chance to cruise the site more, I love it even more (although I still wish I could organize my bookmarks better Wink )!

I really like how clean the home page is, and the new graphic icons are great too! I haven't encountered any glitches that I didn't already have (but I think those are just computer issues, not site issues- sometimes when I hit back to go to "New Replies to Your Posts" it either gets rid of all of the posts, or shows only one, or something like that. When I hit refresh, it's all good).

So thanks again for making Craftster such a fun place to visit!
6897  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fishbones in Fused Glass! on: June 23, 2007 11:05:49 AM
So, this is what happens when the cat gets to the one that was in the fishbowl?  Wink

I like the white on black- looks very pirate-y! Plus, the contrast shows off the bones nicely!
6898  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mermaid on: June 23, 2007 10:57:46 AM
she is adorable. i think she should deffinatly have arms though! lol when i first saw the picture without reading the title or anything i thought it was a crochet....umm...we ll....male genetal organ (if you get my drift) in awesome colours. i mean that in itself would be pretty awesome but since it's supposed to be a mermaid i think arms might stop certain people from seeing the wrong thing Tongue

I have to agree 100%. And mermaids do have arms, so it makes sense this way,too...
6899  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: What my yr4 class are spinning on: June 23, 2007 06:05:04 AM
This is such a neat idea! And the beauty of it is that each kid can take a turn (or a spin) and not get bored or overwhelmed by the whole project!

How old are yr4 kids? When I saw the title, I was thinking High School, until I saw the multiplication tables Wink

I'll be watching to see the progress!
6900  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hot Fuschia, Nalbinding and Kumihimo join hands on: June 23, 2007 05:58:58 AM
This is lovely! I think it's so neat how you pulled together so many of the skills that you (and your husband) can do. It brings 'hand crafted' to a whole new level!
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