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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is Walmart getting rid of fabric?? on: March 08, 2007 12:09:01 PM
Thanks for that link.  I checked it out, and it does sound like a balanced opinion.  I understand his point of view.  I still think smaller businesses are better for economies, because when you spend your money there, it goes directly to the owner/family and back into your own community.  When you shop at a large corporation, the money goes to the owner, but that owner receives a very large amount in sum.  The funding goes to a central location.  The Waltons give less than 1% of their earnings to charity, whereas Bill Gates donates 58%.

Here's a link to the movie if anyone wants to watch it.  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3836296181471292925&q=wal+mart

Again, I hope not to offend anyone!  Happy crafting!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone tried making their own essential oil? on: March 07, 2007 06:37:52 PM
Sounds like the mad alchemist covered the bases, but I did this experiment with a glass apparatus in Organic Chem once, and We used about 4 large orange peels to extract a very small amount of limonene. Also, I think our instructor had us get the Florida oranges rather than California. 

If you want chemistry equipment, you can usually find it dirt cheap at university sales.  I got a huge box of everything I need for oils for $10 at a college.  That sure beats the other ways of extracting. 
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is Walmart getting rid of fabric?? on: March 07, 2007 06:32:59 PM
Okay, I don't want to offend anyone...I try to tell everyone to visit walmartwatch.com and watch "Walmart:  The High Cost of Low Price".  Walmart has very negative effects on towns, families, our country.  I decided to stop shopping there after doing some research.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I don't want to be the latest trend!! on: March 07, 2007 06:02:26 PM
I know what to do: you can tell her about Craftster, and then she'll read your post about her!  That's heartless, though.  On a more serious note, it is good that you've encouraged her to make her own stuff.  I also agree that it's either a trend or a new idea about life for her.  Lots of people take up things for awhile and then drop them.

Have you thought about charging for the work you do for friends?  Maybe you could put up a flyer at the school for alterations. You might have a great opportunity with everyone already knowing about your skills.

15  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: PDX Crafty Vixens next get together on: March 05, 2007 08:06:23 PM
Oh, wow!  I miss Portland so much!  I just moved down to Corvallis last November.  I'm going to be moving back up to the SE area this summer.  Keep me posted for your future get togethers, and I'll see you there.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: A set for every outfit I own! on: March 05, 2007 08:03:47 PM
Wow, they're so pretty!  Congratulations on your job.  I just started a new one, too.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: crazy jar quilt on: March 05, 2007 07:29:45 PM
Amazing....great job!
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Poor Man's Silk Screen - TUTORIAL, IMG Obese on: March 04, 2007 11:11:45 PM
Yay for crafthound.  I was lucky enough to find boxes of 'em and Juxtapose in my old basement. 

Can't wait to try and will post if I do.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: vintage pattern transfers would not iron on....why? on: March 04, 2007 06:16:47 PM
That's real helpful.  So you're saying I just use my transfer pencil to trace over the black marks and then iron the same way I would have originally? 

They're from the ..... (checking)..... 50's.  So cute!  Especially the hula girls and scotty dogs.  Thanks for the input.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / vintage pattern transfers would not iron on....why? on: February 26, 2007 11:35:54 AM
I found a bunch of amazing vintage patterns, but after following the instructions, they didn't transfer to my cotton material.  Are they too old? 


Thanks for any input.  I can post some of the best here if you want.
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