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81  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help! Brown age spots in vintage hankies on: July 08, 2011 09:36:19 AM
I have a stash of vintage handkerchiefs-some still in the store boxes! Many with delicate embroidery. But a lot of them are spotted brown with age. Is there a good way to remove or lessen the discoloration?
I thought soaking in mild soap and color safe bleach, or using lemon juice, or the old standby of hanging them outside and letting the night dew fall on them and the next day's sun dry them-that's supposed to be a good way to whiten things. But before I start experimenting, I thought I'd ask if anyone has any recommendations.
I figure if worst comes to worst and nothing works, I could try tea staining them, but I'd really prefer to remove the spots as much as I can first, even then.
I'd be very grateful for any help. Thanks!
82  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Art Chair! on: June 30, 2011 05:53:24 PM
Okay, the lawn chair is as old as my daughter...who's in the middle of high school. It was faded, rusty in spots, and ready for junk day. Then, the challenge was announced!
I had nothing to lose, so decided to just have fun with it.

The picture doesn't show how faded and blotchy it was in real life, but you can see some of the rust.
First, a coat of white spray paint. Then, I spritzed black spray paint over it to mottle it. Yay 99cent cleanance paint! I daubed on some gold. Then red. Decided the red made it look like it was from a slasher flick, so added blue. Then green, purple, copper, black, a different blue, more green, more gold, and more purple.

MUCH brighter colors than the picture shows! The chair is somewhat adjustable, it'll lay completely flat, too.

Here's a close up that shows the colors a bit better.

But we're not done yet! If I'm going to lay about and relax on my spiffy refabbed lounger, it needs a pillow! Hmm, and what to use that I can leave outside?
Enter the shirt. Purple, thin, some scratchy nylon blend with metallic fibers that looked great, but was a bit too small. I sewed the neck opening closed. I inserted a roll of saved bubble wrap. I pulled the excess fabric around the back, and safety pinned it. That way, I can easily remove the filling and wash the sweater when I like. Yes, it's a bit lumpy, I need to readjust the filling to make it more symmetrical, but I was in a hurry to take pictures before I went to work. I left the sleeves just as they were! That way, I can easily tie the pillow to the chair.
And done! I sprayed the chair with a good coat of spray sealer, and I'll do a few more coats when time permits.

Lumpy pillow! But I'm going for comfort, and for something that I'm not afraid to leave outside.
And the stretchy sleeves snugly tied to the back.
Sorry for the pic overload, but this is my first challenge entry! And it was loads of fun .
83  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Girl Genius Swap? on: June 03, 2011 02:47:24 PM
I can't organize, but I would love to see this happen!
84  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / what's the best thing for razor burn? on: May 10, 2011 09:06:32 PM
Okay, the teenage DD is begging me to let her use Nair, so she can quit shaving with a razor. No matter what she does, she tends to get razor burn. And I'd rather not get her started on using a chemical hair remover regularly.
She soaks in a tub or shower first to soften the hair, shaves with the direction of growth, keeps the razor clean(one site suggested cleaning them with alcohol to kill bacteria), and uses a moisturizing gel shaving cream. And smooths on lotion afterwards. I've run out of things to suggest.
I'd be thrilled to whip up a batch of  lotion or whatever if anyone can suggest something that works for them. Any ideas?
85  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Funky WreathI on: March 31, 2011 05:27:37 PM
made this years ago. I found a toy plastic dinosaur all in orange, and decided he needed to be the focal point of a wreath. I twisted up some vines from the yard, and hunted for red/yellow/orange things. There's a hair barrette, a tiny tot stapler, an apple tea bag, a party noisemaker, a few colored beads and bits of wire, and a long beaded necklace wrapped around under all the stuff. I kind of regret using the fabric fall leaves and flowers now, since my original idea was to use just random stuff that was fall colors, but eh. It hangs on my kitchen wall.

86  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone remember this website? on: January 11, 2011 08:24:00 PM
It started as a website, and they later did a book. It was full of hilarious fashion knit projects from mostly the 60's and 70's, with snarky comments added. And I can't remember what it was called for the life of me...
Things like fashion models very seriously posing wearing a giant macrame neckpiece that could double as a wall hanging. Anyway, if anyone knows what I'm talking about, thanks!
87  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Iron on decals from plastic bags! on: January 04, 2011 12:40:55 AM
I just found this idea on a blog, and I had to come here to post the link! I never would have thought of doing this-check it out!

88  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / I burnt my clay-and I like it. Anyone else do that? on: July 30, 2010 08:40:05 PM
I have a small package of brown scuply someone gave me-no idea how old it is! It was still pnice and soft, though.
 Well, I got it out and made random pieces. I put it on a disposable pie tin, at 275-and still soft. Hmm, those are pretty thick pieces, I says-so 15 minutes more. Then 30, then an hour, then move it to the  lowest rack and turn the oven to 300 and stalk off for a while.
Sure enough, it turned black! I didn't intend that. But with the rusty metal and watch bits I pressed in, it looks cool! I did a tiny snake, and pressed in a couple of gears for eyes, did a pendant, did a few odd shapes...all came out pretty nifty.
I'm doing that on purpose next time. Has anyone here ever done that? The pieces aren't brittle at all, just black. 
89  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spagetti squash help, please? on: June 11, 2010 01:32:53 PM
Okay...I impulsively bought a spagetti squash at the grocery-what do I do with it? Anybody out there ever cook these? If I can figure out how, and get a recipe or two, I'll keep buying them. Didn't cost much, and hey-veggies are healthy.
90  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Steampunk swap on: September 30, 2008 05:50:10 PM
The last steampunk swap was so much fun. Any one up for a round two? I can't organize, but I'd love to craft up some steampunky goodness.
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