I love to look at this one seller on etsy who says that all the fleece he buys is "dead stock," meaning I suppose that it's been sitting in a warehouse for a long time and he got a lot of it on the cheap. Where can I get my hands on dead stock fabric? I've had no luck googling "dead stock" and I don't know where to look. Thanks!
I don't know if I'm allowed to do this on craftster, but I'm going to try anyway.
This is kind of a desperate plea for your crafty loving. I'm going through a really rough time (I know, who isn't? but some days I feel like I'm about to disintegrate). I've been feeling pretty lonely lately, so I was hoping if I put my address up, someone would send me a postcard. It doesn't have to be the prettiest or most expensive one you've ever made, and I promise I'll send one back. It'll be like a mini-swap. My address is:
(Address removed due to the kind response of a craftster, who sent me a very inspiring postcard. Thanks!)
I am a mad, mad crafter! This afternoon, I bought 12 vintage metal cafeteria trays, you know, with the little sections for silverware an a milk carton and goopy side entrees. I wanted to paint them and make them the first things I sell on Etsy.
Anyway, I think they're stainless steel, because they're really heavy and they don't scratch when I scrubbed them with a scratch pad and cleanser. I spent an hour at the hardware store picking out paint that the employee promised me would stick to metal and wouldn't wash off. I bought Rust-Oleum oil-based enamel in several colors at $5 a pop. Low and behold, it didn't spread well, dried lumpy, and chipped right off after 8 hours of drying. I was so optimistic I tried a couple different colors, and clearly none came out how I wanted- flat (in both senses- matte, and flush to the surface), smooth, and professional looking. I cleaned all of it off one tray, and then I ran out of mineral spirits.
I'm sitting here, grumpy, staring at my other ruined tray, twenty non-refundable dollars poorer, and wondering what I should use instead. My mother said enamel paint would work. Has anyone used it? Better yet, what would work? I went to the hardware store because I figured they would have the most hardcore paint available, but maybe I should just go to a craft store and ask.
But I'm impatient. Please assist. Thanks. (If there's a better place for this post to go, let me know)
A good friend of mine bought a nice pair of flip flops two years ago, and I covet them to this day. They criss cross around the toe, and that's the only attachment they have to the foot. They're not "toe-ring" or "toe loop" sandals like I've found elsewhere on the web-- they're different. Like this:
I could probably make them, but I want to know if anyone had seen a similar pair for sale, maybe somewhere online. Preferably super cheap and non-leather, to be picky.
I recall a pattern for a crochet necklace that I saw a long while ago; it was red and made with thin yarn without beading.
What sticks out is that it was made from lots of tiny random flowers that were crocheted together. How can I make these little flat flowers? Can anyone recommend some patterns for tiny, simple flowers that would only take a few rounds? Like a granny square or something? And do I just chain between? I am clearly a better knitter than I am a crocheter.
I guess I could just chain a big loop and go in a circle, but that doesn't look the way I wanted it to. Maybe my hook is too big or the yarn is too thin, but it's not as tight as I would want it to be.
My plan is to make this kind of an overlay for my prom dress, so I need the flowers to be smaller, as not to look dowdy. My other fear is that I will have to make 600. Ah well, prom is 2 months away. (famous last words)
So, what technique am I describing? Help, and thanks!