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2041  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Wandering outside the craft department... on: March 10, 2008 03:27:12 PM
It's fun to check out the Dollar General, or the dollar dept. of a larger store. You may never find the same thing twice, so if you find something you love, stock up! I found small bags of tiny fabric roses, and packages of lovely fuzzy ribbon at Rite Aid-they never had them again. And skeins of yarn for 1.00 at BigLots. The exact same lion brand ribbon yarn at Joann's Fabric was 4 or 5 dollars. And that was the 30 percent off sale price. Also at Biglots in the automotive section were cheap rolls of red and blue duct tape. One roll was enough to make a big duct tape/trading card tote bag. And  enough left over to cover the car window with plastic & tape  until I could take it to the body shop. Grin
Thrift stores are even more random, but always look. Recent finds-several professional templates/stencils(circles,ect.),25 cent yarn,giant bag of crochet thread(many rolls were unused),giant embroidery hoops, and a bag of flat glass marbles. Not to mention whatever catches my eye to recon.

2042  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Steampunk swap goodies on: March 10, 2008 03:02:26 PM
That necklace is amazing! And your own plushie clank,wow! I have to ask-what tools are in your set of tools every madgirl needs? I can't identify them all.
Best.Swap.Ever.
2043  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Acrylic paint on mugs/glasses? on: March 09, 2008 03:53:11 PM
Thanks-I hadn't heard of glass & tile medium before.I did break down and buy some glass paint.The art store had small bottles for 1.49,so I bought blue,yellow and red(so I could mix my own green & purple) and white(So I could do pink,lavendar,pastels).Now I just need to try it out.I'll definetly check out the product you mentioned,though.
2044  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Here's an ethical green crafty question. on: March 08, 2008 06:48:11 PM
It sounds greener to reuse zippers,buttons,ect. than buying new ones.Either way,good use is being made of the garment. The women's shelter in my area gives whatever clothes they can't use to Goodwill,which in turn provides them with vouchers so the women can pick out what they need.
 I will strip trims from worn out stuff and pass on the good pieces. If I love the fabric, I keep the garment with my fabric stash,but don't cut it up until I'm ready to use it. I've started cutting pockets off of worn out shorts,ect.,and putting them back for when I make a bag-can't have too many inside pockets for stuff.
2045  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tiles upon Tiles... on: March 08, 2008 06:31:14 PM
Carpet can make a good bullitan board, or small pieces make good coasters. Could those tiles be used outside to make a unique patio,or path? I saw in a book somewhere where they used lots of odd tile-tiny to large-to cover the floor of a sunroom/patio,and it looked amazing.Cover the top of a table,the sides of a planter?
You're lucky.
2046  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Gun Revamp on: March 08, 2008 03:44:41 PM
Yeah, I like her too. I remember seeing a tankgirl belt someone made here,out of some kind of webbing,and metal cartridiges from a whipped cream maker? Looked like big bullets.Puts the punk in steampunk! God, I could so see revamping a giant super soaker for a tankgirl/steampunk gun.
Anyway-what is the stuff you rub on to make it look like metal? And could I probably find it at Michaels? Your water pistol revamp is on my long list of things to do someday, since I know I'll never be able to buy the fancy ones I've seen on steampunk webpages.Thanks!
2047  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Wandering outside the craft department... on: March 07, 2008 05:58:52 PM
The school supplies area.Dollar stores, and Goodwill. Sometimes the garden shop area. Hmm,I wonder if I could buy wire in the hardware instead of the craft? I saw a book at the library-forget the name-all about making craft stuff from hardware supplies.It was very cool.
2048  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Gun Revamp on: March 07, 2008 05:44:40 PM
Both guns are very cool-I need to do this! A steampunky gun,and a futuristic flash gordon gun. BTW, your avatar reminds me of tank girl. Is it?
yay steampunk!
2049  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fairytales, Fairies & Folklore swap,sign ups 16th Feb-8th March, send 12th A on: March 07, 2008 04:53:39 PM
I gave in and sent in my questionaire! Sorry for the late signup-I'm in the middle of Shakespeare swap, and I wanted to make sure I had that one well in hand before I commited to this one. But I've just been too excited by this thread to pass it up!
Anybody read the Artemis Fowl books? The LEP recon unit, and the decidedly untraditional dwarves?
Here's a very obscure one for you all-and if anyone here has read them, I will beg and plead to be your partner!-Silver John/John the Balladeer? Main character in a series of books by Manly Wade Wellman.Set in North Carolina,I believe-he roams the mountains with his silver strung guitar, running into all kinds of strange beasties and people.The Lost and the Lurking,Who Fears the Devil?,The Hanging Stones,After Dark,The Old Gods Waken,John the Balladeer,and probably a few I've forgotten.
And this doesn't exactly fit the theme, but has anyone read the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher? I like how he snags pixies to work for him by luring them with pizza.

2050  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Flannel Plaid Shirts on: March 06, 2008 09:26:56 AM
Wow-what a gorgeous quilt! Also serious envy over the cabin Grin.
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