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2351  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: September 20, 2007 08:29:34 AM
YKYACW you go to goodwill to look for more fall clothes,and an hour and a half later,it's time to meet my DH,I've spent 45 dollars,and haven't even LOOKED at clothes! Boatloads of yarn,(some wool),lots of crochet thread,a boxed set of glass beads and jewelry findings,jewelry to reconstruct,a beautiful big framed art piece(can't decide if daughter gets it or me-it was a quarter of my total by itself)beautiful shadowbox,book with cool images,lovely glass jar I have plans for,demitasse cup & saucer for a swap,and several pages of marvel comic heros trading cards in plastic sleeves I'm seriously thinking of making playing card notebooks with.
But no clothes:)
2352  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Inspired by Poetry Swap (Sign-up CLOSED Send outs 9/24) on: September 20, 2007 08:18:31 AM
Just shipped this morning!
2353  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: sweater boots! on: September 19, 2007 11:46:49 PM
I WAS going to take 5 bags of clothes to Goodwill tomorrow-now I have to dump them out and pull out a sweater to make books with.
I love all the things brainy craftsters come up with.
2354  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Say no to CROCS!! on: September 19, 2007 11:22:40 PM
Time for me to be an old curmudgeon. I just read an article yesterday about crocs-apparently most foot injuries on escalators now have been kids wearing crocs. The soft soles get caught,especially if they stand near the side of the steps,and in the teeth at the top and bottom.Injuries range from bad cuts to nails ripped off to a toe ripped off! Some malls catering to children-like the American Girl one in Chicago(?) have posted warning signs next to the escalators suggesting using the elevator if you're wearing crocs or flip flops.Sorry!
Yes, my daughter has a pair of cheap croc lookalikes-I think it's the shoe jewelry that makes the kids love them so much.

All that being said,I love your garden clog shoes! They're gorgeous,and fun,and I want a pair!
2355  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: wind spinners from thrift store jewelry on: September 19, 2007 10:33:05 PM
Thank you for posting the link to the tutorial! I love how they look.Now I just need to find some tiny mirrors! I have a store bought one-not nearly as pretty-hung near my fence.When the sun hits it right for reflections,it looks like I have my own herd of tinkerbelles.
2356  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: rusty tree of life pendant on: September 19, 2007 10:21:30 PM
Thank you! Now I'm obsessively scanning the ground wherever I go looking for more!I did find some nice rusty gears to play with today.There's an auto repair shop near where I work-I'm sure they wonder why I aimlessly roam their parking lot.Smiley Id love to try making some steampunk jewelry.
2357  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: fabric dye? on: September 19, 2007 10:14:19 PM
I've dyed blue jeans darker colors-worked fine.I tried dying white gloves for a halloween costume-the cheap polyester/nylon ones you buy in the halloween display.Terrible! dark blue dye barely turned them a light blotchy periwinkle.The more poly/nylon in the fabric,the worse it will absorb color.
Cotton takes dye well,but I honestly have no idea if it would turn your shirt red or orange. Is there a toll free number or website listed on the dye package? If you decide to go ahead,I've dye it for the maximum time,maybe a little more.Put your blouse through the wash first,and maybe an extra rinse to be sure there's no soap residue.And your fabric should be wet before you put it in the dyebath. I took a course in college where we made our own dyes,and dyed hanks of yarn with them. But I've never tried to dye one color over another like that. It will dry(usually) lighter than what it looks like wet in the dyebath,so don't be afraid it'll be too dark(Just in my limited experiance) Wash it separately from now on.Even rinsing it untill the water is clear is no guarantee it won't fade a little onto something else,so play it safe.I've dyed in a big enamel pot simmering on the stove.I've dyed in my old porcelain sink that can't get much worse,and let the sink soak in hot water and bleach after I was done. When I was a teenager-don't ask how long ago!-I used my mother's washing machine on the hot cycle.It permanantly tinted the agitator blue, even after running a cycle of just soap and bleach,but didn't hurt future wash loads. Now that I have my own machine,I'm more leery of doing that!
And who knows,it might be a very pretty orange!
2358  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: found paper dolls on: September 19, 2007 09:49:54 PM
They would be fun to use to illustrate a recipe collection,or photo album-with word balloons,of course! And you may want to check ebay-some of them might be worth something to a collector.I could see them decorating a purse or tote bag.I like the magnet idea!
2359  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage help! on: September 19, 2007 09:43:33 PM
Taschen does tons of books of old ads-and I had a customer tell me they have a great website.I haven't checked out the website myself. I know I've seen books for each decade from the 20's to the 70's,plus more-I own Krazy Kids Food,which is mostly space themed from the 50's -70's.They're the full ads,not the product. I have no idea if the images are in the public domain or not,so this may not help you. Most bookstores carry them in the graphic design section,between architecture and art. They also do a few on collectibles;i own a cool book of vintage robot and space toys.
Maybe look for vintage magazines on ebay? They're usually full of ads.
2360  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / rusty tree of life pendant on: September 19, 2007 09:25:24 PM
I found a rusty metal circle in the parking lot.It had holes evenly all around it,so I dug through my odd beads,got out some copper wire,and made a tree of life.
It's now strung on a black plastic cord,just the right size for a pendant.
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