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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Mod podge, particle board, and the New York Times on: September 29, 2011 08:30:27 AM
I have this really ugly two shelf cart thing. It's missing a wheel and has this really blah "wood" particle board. Brilliant idea! Cover it with an issue of a sweet newspaper and take the wheels off!

My question is this - is there anything I need to know about mod podge and particle board? Is mod podge even the best way to do this? I'm great with ideas, execution sometimes eludes me.

Thanks crafters!!!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Suggestions for an awesome bday cake?? HELP. on: September 22, 2009 09:53:15 AM
Okay, so my boyfriend is turning 21 in less than a month. I won't be able to get him a super awesome present so I figure I'll bake him a super awesome cake. Except I'm lacking creativity. Maybe you guys could shoot me a few ideas?

Things he likes:
Star Wars
Futurama
Scotch whiskey
The Simpsons
Firearms of various nature
Metal (the genere of music)

If anyone has some creative ideas, please help me out!
THANK YOU Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 50s dress help on: June 22, 2009 09:43:06 PM
Okay, I'm completely obsessed with the 1950's. I want a classic 50's housewife day dress (or many, but we'll see). Anyways, I'm not the kind of person that can just look at something and make up a pattern. (Only did that once with an apron). So...Here are a couple pictures of what I'm looking for, does anyone have an idea of where to find similar patterns/tutes? Thanks! Here's what I'm looking for:






4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / on a book on: January 28, 2008 04:14:56 PM
I recently bought a hardcover bound sketchbook to use as my journal. It is covered in a red fabric.
Is it possible to use an iron-on transfer to print an image onto the cover of the book?
Should I use a dark iron-on transfer because the book is a crimson red?
Thanks Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Shears on: January 19, 2008 01:19:36 PM
I just walked into my room, to see how my oh so sweet boyfriend was getting along wrapping presents (we have a later xmas celebration because some of my relatives live out of state, and travel plans got messed up). I nearly died when I saw him holding my BRAND NEW sewing sheers in his hand, cutting wrapping paper.

He couldn't tell the difference between my blue paper sheers and my purple sewing sheers (even though they're labelled). (colorblind).

He then went on to explain to me, in his infinite uncrafty knowledge, that it didn't matter what i used the sheers for, because they would dull at the same rate...

I coulda killed him  Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jeans problems. on: January 15, 2008 03:24:56 PM
Okay, here's the problem. I'm 4'10". My leg measures from hip to ankle: 31"
I'm not small enough to be able to wear kid's sized clothing. I'm usually around a size 8/10.
I would LOVE to have ONE pair of jeans that I didn't have to severely alter. I love love love HUGE bellbottom jeans, but by the time I get them all cut and (sometimes) hemmed, there's almost no flare to the leg at all. Buying 'petite' or 'short' sized jeans is not an option as they are 1) rare and 2) designed for a much older crowd (no offense to said older crowd).

My questions are:
Does anybody know of a few (easy!) patterns for making pants/jeans?
Does anybody know, if I buy a denim needle for a singer, or even the "universal" needle with the singer logo on it, will it fit into my Brother machine? I haven't been able to find needles specifically for the Brother machines.

And the uncrafty question:
Does anybody know where I may be able to just buy short jeans in younger styles?

*to clarify, by "younger" I mean things with flares, hipster jeans, more modern looks. By things for an "older crowd" I'm talking about plain, high-waisted, straightleg jeans.

Thank you <3
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I'm hating my brother right now on: September 03, 2007 12:18:59 PM
No, not my sibling. My sewing machine. The other night I had to make these little hip pouches for my boyfriend and i for the Ren. Faire. Of course, instead of planning ahead, I start the pouches at about 10 pm the night before.
Of course, that's when my sewing machine decides to skip stiches everywhere. like, six inch long sections of stitching, just, nonexistant. Then a couple good stitches, then more skips. Ugh. I played with the tension, no result. I just don't know what's wrong with it. Thankfully, i'm good at hand sewing as well, and managed to get the pouches done in time.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Are your kids tired of plain PB&J? Solution: on: August 30, 2007 01:41:22 PM
So, moms/dads/guardians, your kids are off to school once again. But they're so Tiiiiiiiirrrrrreeeeeeddddd of just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Perhaps they yearn for something more trendy? But, you don't have much else on hand. Here's a solution:
The peanut butter and jelly WRAP!
Here's the recipie
1 flour tortilla per wrap
peanut butter
jelly

Spread the peanut butter on a small flour tortilla. Then, scoop out some of the jelly onto the peanut butter (prevents PB from getting into the J) and spread that over the PB. Begin to roll the tortilla, a la wrap style. And voila! You have a trendy option for kids tired of the ordinary. And, no crusts! And for those wondering, "i'll bet the tortilla tastes funny" Nope, tastes just like white bread, because they're both made with flour! I just ate one, and it was yum-tastic!
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Ren. Faire on: August 27, 2007 03:15:13 PM
Ok, heres the deal. I'm going to the ren faire with my boyfriend on sunday. I've rented our costumes, we're both peasants. His foot wear is easy, he's got boots. I'd like to wear sandals, but for some reason, flip flops dont seem period enough  Lips sealed . I saw on an episode of Wife Swap, or Trading Spouses or something, where there was a ren. family and they made shoes. Does anybody know where i can find a pattern to make simple ren. sandals?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pattern question (gerbil related) on: June 27, 2007 04:04:58 PM
My dream: make a plushie of my gerbil, skit (the cute adorable creature under my name)

My problem: the only plushie I've ever made was a Haan craft turtle.

My question: Has anybody seen a pattern for a stuffed gerbil (or mouse or rat that I could modify)? Or does anybody have any suggestions to make him? I'm hoping to make him 3D, so that he can stand up on my bed.
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