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7231  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux (sign ups CLOSED) on: June 04, 2008 07:34:06 PM
I would love to get one but I can only imaging myself doing shrinkedinks and window seals (once a year). What else can you use a heat gun for? They are about $30 right?

Hmmm... I also do rubber stamping, so I use it for embossing. But, I've also used it to make beads out of plastic bottles, and to make the upside down planter (from a 2 liter soda bottle) and once I used it to warm up the aluminum door in the middle of winter when I broke the glass- the duct tape wouldn't stick to the aluminum, so I warmed it up! Mine comes in pretty handy for a lot of things, actually Wink

And, I bought it with a coupon for either 40 or 50% off. They usually run about $20 from a craft store. I don't have a heavy duty one from the hardware store...
7232  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux (sign ups CLOSED) on: June 04, 2008 10:09:51 AM
OK,OK,OK.....I did a shrinky last night that I was hoping would be "the ONE" (hehe) and It started out as 5 inches by 3 inches. It didnt melt flat and now there is a bullseye shaped wiggly spot in the middle.-The middle stuck and the edges didnt. It is mostly flat -2 by 1 inches now- but I want it to be very very flat. I tried popping it back in the oven-no luck. Anybody?

I used to have this same problem, so that's why I switched over to my heat gun, I have much better control over it...
7233  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong - SEPTEMBER (final month) on: June 04, 2008 10:07:28 AM
Tee-hee! Thanks!

I guess I'll keep at it then Wink
7234  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flounder of Love on: June 03, 2008 07:37:20 PM
I bet he'll love it! You'll have to post some action shots if you can get 'em!
Yeah, the things I could do with decent yarn!

And, I didn't mean to imply that you flounder wasn't a proper color! They come in a wide variety of colors. I love the one you made! I just get carried away sometimes Tongue Hope I didn't offend you!
7235  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Free Form CAL - All instructions now on Pg1 on: June 03, 2008 06:21:49 PM
I just came across this today. And, I think I might have to join in. At first, I was wondering how free-form could have "directions," but then I realized that it was just the crutch I needed to break away from nice and orderly crochet. So, once school ends in 2 weeks!!!!, I'll be able to get started. Fortunately, I found it early enough that I won't be too far behind Wink

Plus, each days directions take maybe 5 minutes at the most, if you have your stash at hand and know the stitch.

I have a bunch of yarn that was donated to my classroom when I was teaching my 7th grade homeroom how to crochet. I took it home last summer and it has just been taking up space. I think it'll be the perfect stash for this project. And, it's good to know that it's such a quick job! I might even be able to get started this weekend!
7236  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Free Form CAL - All instructions now on Pg1 on: June 03, 2008 05:50:13 PM
I just came across this today. And, I think I might have to join in. At first, I was wondering how free-form could have "directions," but then I realized that it was just the crutch I needed to break away from nice and orderly crochet. So, once school ends in 2 weeks!!!!, I'll be able to get started. Fortunately, I found it early enough that I won't be too far behind Wink
7237  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Amigurumi World along? on: June 03, 2008 05:46:11 PM
I love ana paula rimoli's patterns! They are so easy to follow and just plain adorable! I have a bunch that I've bought from her Etsy, and I have her book,too. So, I'll be joining in soon...

And, I also have Creepy Cute Crochet, so I'm off to book mark those posts, too! Thanks for the links amber555!
7238  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flounder of Love on: June 03, 2008 05:37:22 PM
This is so adorable! And thanks for the hints about how you made it! It'd make a way cute potholder too!

I worked in a seafood restaurant/fish market for 8 years and have a fondness for all things oceanic. So, I may have to make a couple of these...I might try looking for some variegated yarn in a proper flounder-y color to try to mimic their speckled effect...but then I'd have to go all scientific and make the bottom white...which could be a pain...unless I stitched front and back (or top/bottom) as 2 separate pieces...hmmmm...
7239  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery on: June 03, 2008 05:28:21 PM
Excellent jar- the octopus is such a cute and clever way to top off the jar!

And, such cool things inside...

This was so much fun, I'm sorry to see it ending!
7240  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux (sign ups CLOSED) on: June 03, 2008 05:26:04 PM
Yay! I sent today!! And it's a miracle that I did...it is/will be an insane week so I had to hit the PO before 8 am to get it out on time Wink

we have 3 people sending outs already! holy cow! I STILL don't have a beginning, everything I have come up with comes out less than perfect. I think I need to put less detail into my piece.

And, ZK...maybe you should wait to see what I sent you before you go made making something perfect Wink I made a big goof on mine and it had an impact on the final outcome...I'll let you decide if it's a negative impact... Wink

I truly want to say in my best Pee-Wee Herman voice, "I meant to do that!" And, then claim that it added to the overall effect of the final piece...or pieces...
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