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1  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Salvage yard? on: May 24, 2009 09:04:22 PM
Hey MD'ers. I'm searching for a salvage yard somewhere, anywhere in Maryland. Not like a junkyard for old cars, but a salvage yard that sells old doors, windows, hardware, etc. If anyone knows of anything, I'd love to know about it also!

Thanks!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Opinions on best way to crochet this? on: April 07, 2009 01:22:57 PM
While I was supposed to be studying, I was browsing the web today (big surprise there) and I found this knit curtain on craftstylish.com

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/43201/how-to-knit-a-cool-and-breezy-button-curtain

I adore the loose organic look of this and I'd like to make something similar...but I don't knit, I crochet.

How do you think I could reproduce this look in crochet?  I've looked at crochet lace patterns, but it's too constructed/perfect looking.  I want to keep with a nice natural look.  I was thinking maybe doing SC with a big hook and thin-ish thread.   I'd really appreciate any suggestions on this. Any thoughts?  Huh
Thanks!
3  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Bookmaking near B-more/Annapolis? on: May 19, 2008 07:29:59 PM
Hello MD ppl! I just started getting into bookmaking and I'm looking for a place that has supplies/classes for bookmaking in the Baltimore/Annapolis area. I live in Pasadena, so it's pretty central.
If anyone knows anything, I'd love to know!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Flop box? on: December 09, 2007 07:05:50 AM
My mother was Christmas shopping yesterday and saw something called a "flop box" in a craft store (we don't know the name).  Apparently, it was a box that when you open the lid, the sides flop down because they're not attached.  On the inside, there's 2 more boxes that don't have the sides attached, so when you take off the lid all 3 boxes flop open so you have "pages" on each side.



Here's a picture of what it looks like when it's opened.
The top of the box is about 4 x 4 inches.

My question is, has anyone seen anything like this? And where??

Thanks!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Science/Math geek swap? on: June 15, 2007 04:08:07 PM
So I'm a HUGE science nerd (recovering physics major) and I thought it'd be fun for fellow crafty science nerds to swap things.  I'm imagining embroidered fibonacci sequence pillows....dna earrings....*geeks out*

Anyone in?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Easter Top (Simplicity 3893)! on: April 08, 2007 08:25:29 PM
I worked on this all day yesterday (at noon I just started cutting out the pattern) and had it finished by 6 pm for mass. Phew! Miraculously, it turned out really nice! This is the first functional piece of clothing I have made that is *not* any sort of costume.  I'm so proud!  The overall effect is very Asian-esque, which was completely unintentional and I love it!



The belt is my own simple addition (though my boyfriend's idea; kudos to him!), mainly to compensate for the fact that the shirt was slightly too large. 

Sorry for the strange cut out, this is taken from a family pic.


Additions!
Thanks for the compliments-- this is my baby and I am *so!!!* proud of it!
The pattern is Simplicity 3893.  It was pretty easy to put together. My only gripe is that I wish it was more fitted. I also omitted the elastic around the waist because I HATE elastic. The belt is much nicer.

More additions

The belt is attached with a stitch in the middle, otherwise its loose.  That way I can tighten/loosen it as I please.  It's tied in the back.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some fantastic crocheted bracelets! on: March 25, 2007 02:45:29 PM
I have a new obsession: crocheting bracelets with wire.  I've probably made 6 of them, but I've given a lot away to family/friends, so here's a picture of my 2 remaining bracelets:

Here's the one I always wear:




Here's the one that I haven't give away yet, but probably will in the near future. Haha.



And finally, here's a simple little bracelet that I wear pretty much all of the time.  It's made of cotton crochet thread and vintage buttons from a giant jar of buttons that I got from my great-grandmother.

Side 1:


Side 2:


Enjoy! Thanks for looking!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ridiculous hat for brother's crazy friend on: March 25, 2007 01:58:21 PM
I was making pixie hats for my friends for christmas, and my brother's crazy friend absolutely loved them.  So rather than make him a woman's hat, I made him a manlier version-- a very ridiculous, manlier version.
The pattern is my own, I made it up as I went along.  I knew he wanted a puffball on top and ear flaps.







Enjoy!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Banner for Youth Retreat on: March 04, 2007 08:17:16 PM
Hi! I volunteered my crafty self to make a banner for a retreat for the youth in my church (I'm an adult leader  Smiley ).  The theme of the retreat is "The Gifts of the Holy Spirit."  (I don't remember them offhand right now; I'll edit this post later to put them in).

In the past retreat banners are made out of a large piece of felt (like 5ft wide and 5 ft high) with some fabric glued to it.  They always look great, but I want to do something really creative and different this time.  You know, get away from "felt background with fabric picture." I really want to do something three dimensional.  But...I'm stumped.

At one point, all the kids will be putting their name somewhere on the banner, so there needs to be an option for that too.

Ok...so...here is my plea for help.
Any ideas?!?!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make me a cool teacher bag swap? on: February 10, 2007 06:49:46 AM
So I'm tired of hauling around a tote bag with the name of my county branded on the side. I know I teach for AA county, and I look ridiculous enough doing the "teacher waddle" out from school carrying all my crap.  So what do I want? A teacher bag that doesn't reference the fact that I'm a teacher.  Something sturdy, functional, but fun!

Who's with me??  Grin
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