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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tasty tasty SnoCones! on: August 16, 2008 10:30:04 AM
They are fantastic, and they look so much like the real thing!   A tutorial would be wonderful!  Did you add the glitter before or after baking?  I'm ready to run right out and buy glitter this minute!  Thank you for sharing!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Box Full of Fairies -- Baby Gift on: March 15, 2008 07:38:44 AM
Thanks for the tutorial, my little godchildren are about to get something fun!  And I love your watercolor quote!

Keep up the great work!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Box Full of Fairies -- Baby Gift on: March 13, 2008 04:41:44 AM
Your shirts are bee-yoo-ti-ful!

I have been hesitant to try embroidery on knits, so may I ask a question (or two)?

Do you use a tear-away backing, or wash-away backing?  If so, can you recommend a brand?

Do you iron the transfer on the shirt, then stick the backing and fabric in an embroidery hoop to work on?

Thanks, in advance, for any insight you can give.  She's a lucky little princess-to-be  Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: STD:s and Invations Finaly finished on: March 05, 2008 04:36:41 AM
Cufflinks would be great!  There is a newer wire book called "Elegant Wire Jewelry" that has awesome cufflinks that were wire knots or balls at each end, bigger at one end, and then a slightly smaller one with the short shaft between them all wrapped tightly in wire.  They were interesting because the hard wire was shaped like a tiny little ball of yarn and the texture was a surprise.  I'll see if I can find a picture to send.

Then again, you can never go wrong with vodka!

Congratulations!  Much luck to you and yours!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: STD:s and Invations Finaly finished on: March 02, 2008 10:37:56 AM
I have to tell you that I first thought of STD's as sexually  transmitted  disease, then laughed when I realized how wrong I was!  Beautiful, bee-yoo-tiful work.  You have a good, clean eye in your design, and I like them very much.

It is always harder to make something for the boys, isn't it?  I like to make bookmarks...the kind that look like a flattened candy cane and you can dangle some stones or beads from the  end of the crook.  You can buy the sterling book mark forms or make your own from hammered silver wire...or use copper wire, it can look more manly, especially if you oxidize it.  My favorite things to hang from the bookmark are wire-wrapped pebbles or these great stones from riverstonebead.com that are drilled lake pebbles.  You can throw in a tiny bit of silver and a freshwater pearl with the stone and the combination is nice.  Freshwater pearls are the state gem of Tennessee, where I live, and I like to use them in anything I can.  Perhaps you have a locally-mined stone or gem that turns whatever you make into even more of a memento of your wedding.  I've used bottle caps from a local brewery too.  Have fun!  I admire your willingness to take everything on and do it yourself.  Whatever you make, I'm sure it will be lovely.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sparkling Cotton Candy Hat and Key-Hole Scarf on: December 08, 2007 02:48:00 PM
would you consider sharing your hat pattern?  it's VERY cute!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first domino pendant - can you name the song? on: August 09, 2007 11:34:16 AM
One night in Bangkok?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where Can I Get A Pink Toolbox? Or Can I Paint One? on: February 28, 2007 12:38:16 PM
Someone marketed pink tool boxes with pink tools under the brand "do it herself" through either Target or WalMart a few years ago.  I had one in my old office.  Someone makes spray paint specifically for plastics, I bet they have pink.  Good luck!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorials on: January 07, 2007 06:41:18 AM
Dear Jenny,

I am one of those nerds that loves to share "tips".  I apologize, in advance, if this is something that has already been posted and my big nerdy self didn't read it.  I thought I might share one my sister taught me:  When you're starting to stitch, cut your floss twice as long as you really need.  Separate half as many threads of floss that you'll need (if you need four, just pull two off).  I run them through my mouth too because it somehow seems to separate the strands better. Fold the thread(s) in half, matching the ends up together. Then put both cut ends of the floss through your needle eye.  You are left with a really long loop and no knot at the bottom. When you start to stitch, come through the bottom of your piece and don't quite pull it through.  When you go back through the top of the fabric to make the first stitch, make sure to go through the center of the loop on the back and pull taut (but not too tight) with the fabric. This will really secure your beginning stitch, without a knot, so to speak.  In my crude world, less knots equals less bumps and a flatter piece, which is always helpful.  REALLY helpful! 

I want to personally thank you for singlehandedly reinventing, energizing and revitalizing a very old art/craft form.  Your designs and clear instructions have introduced an ancient art to a whole new generation of stitchers.  I hadn't picked up a thread and floss since I quit putting peace signs on my jeans in the early '70's.  Your ad and designs here on craftster got me inspired again...AND I finally learned how to make french knots!   The different elements and designs in your book allow me to combine them into my very own pieces.  Thank you!  Keep up the great work!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Being Cheeky @ the WalMart Fabric Counter on: December 22, 2006 01:19:03 PM
I am amazed that there is an entire thread just for cut fabrics!  My friendly Walmart crafty person told me last week that the entire chain will be doing away with their cut fabric and fabric-cutting tables in the spring.  They can't order any more fabric on bolts.  They will start to sell cut fabric in cello bags, something like 20" x 22".  Love 'em or hate 'em, they are a much-needed craft supply source in rural areas, and there should be some fabric bargains in the next couple of months...
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