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3601  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 on: January 15, 2009 04:14:56 PM
I really hope there will be more rounds!  I am really liking the idea of filling my (currently) ugly little display unit with wee houses from craftsters!  It's tough times for the self-employed provider of "luxury" goods and services, but this both a really fun and easily inexpensive swap!  So long as one's wee house isn't made of lead or something else extremely heavy and expensive to ship anyway.

I made some pleasing progress on my house last night!  Tee hee!
3602  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! on: January 15, 2009 04:10:38 PM
Thanks,  I'll try both, just to see which one I like best.

Happy crafting.

Your welcome!  When you make them, I'd love a link to a post here so I can be sure to see them and hear what you think about the process, etc.
3603  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: New Law HR 4040 on: January 15, 2009 04:08:45 PM
Not trying to encourage loophole jumping or that people don't continue to get the law to make sense, but is it possible to sell wooden truck with a sheet that says "Not for children under age 12.  All components and materials lead-free, final product not tested. [legal number mumbojumbo]" or something in the meantime?  Sure it's not a good solution, but I wonder if parents who buy handmade might know better.  Like they don't make 100% pajamas for kids because they're not fire retardant, but tons of parents put their kids to bed in 100% cotton for various legitimate reasons.  Maybe it would just scare people, too.
3604  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! on: January 15, 2009 03:56:26 PM
Thanks for the info.  I think I might try this just to see how it works.  Do you know where to get the glue called Mac?  I've never heard of it.

I'm not totally certain it's called Mac (or MAC), but she did say she got hers at a Home Depot type place. If I were selling these, I'd go that route just to be more confident with shipping and all, but the E6000 is really holding them together.
3605  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! on: January 15, 2009 03:44:00 PM
These are great.  I wonder if you could use something like margarita glasses, so you wouldn't need to cut the bowl off.  Maybe they wouldn't be strong enough?

And what kind of glue are you using to attach them?  Is it like the E6000 that everybody is talking about?

Thanks!  I did use E6000, but I had planned to use a glue that HSG recommended that I think is called Mac.  But, I was snowed in the few days before and after xmas, so I used what I had.

I don't think the rim of a margarita (or wine or martini) glass would be as strong as I'd like.  And the dessert plate is only about 7" across and I think that the look would have been different than what I was going for.  I be one of those chunky, recycled glass margarita glasses would work well on a salad or even dinner plate, though!
3606  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! on: January 15, 2009 03:30:42 PM
i love these.  i wish i had glass cutting tools - or knew how to do any glass cutting at all.

Thanks!  That's why I went to a glazier.  He did 3 cheapo thrifted wine glasses for me for about $5 (US). I know him pretty well, so he may have been cutting me a little deal, but we're business associates and I know that he feels comfortable charging for his time so you might find a similar price at your local glass shop.  He warned me that I may lose the glasses, but since they were not more than $2 each, it seemed worth the risk.
3607  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cupcake Stands! Five (5) Images Strong! on: January 15, 2009 02:59:24 PM
Thrifted dessert plates on thrifted wine glass stems made into cupcake stands! 

Before I ever saw these made with candlesticks, I saw them made with wine glass stems and fell in love.  After looking at all kinds of thrift store candlesticks, I decided that the thrift store wine glass stems were a bit more the elegant look I was going for - their candlesticks were generally clunky and pressed glass (showing the seam) rather than blown.  I don't have much in the way of glass tools, but I do know an awesome glazier who likes the challenge of new things so I had him cut off most of the bowls and grind the remaining bit level. 

This is a xmas gift for a friend that I haven't been able to get together with yet:



Detail of the stem-turned-foot:



This was a gift for my mom, she uses hers on her dresser for holding bracelets (pardon the detritus on the patio table - I went to wipe it off and realized it was frozen in there):



Detail of the stem-turned-foot:



And some more of that dessert plate, because it's pretty and appears to be hand painted:

3608  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: ***FIRST THREAD*** WALMART DRESS on: January 14, 2009 12:27:43 PM
I was going to suggest coffee filters and tea bags, but saw that they'd already been suggested.  Just as I was clicking back, I thought of fringe made of drinking straws!  Which then made me think of paper cocktail umbrellas and coffee stirrers and plastic coffee cup lids and jar lids.
3609  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 on: January 13, 2009 07:43:30 PM
Indeed that is a cute one!
3610  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tiny House Swap: Sign-ups 1/2-1/16, Sendouts 2/6/09 on: January 13, 2009 05:28:50 PM
aaaand because of of the time and the illness I've added several houses to my wist that you may find cute and/or inspiring.
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