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3701  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 22, 2008 01:51:06 PM
i'm looking for beautiful + useful things like crazy... and i can't!
i start thinking "is this really useful???"

help me!!!!  Grin

Isn't beauty in itself of at least some use?  Seems like anything that doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing to do it's job (and it's job is not too esoteric), but is beautiful would qualify.

And also, I finally got the wist thing situated (not on my toolbar, alas). 
3702  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Roy Lichtenstein suitcase (img heavy?) on: January 22, 2008 01:47:25 PM
Thanks for the update.  Chances are it earned it's few smudges.  A pristine suitcase never went anywhere.
3703  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 21, 2008 04:29:38 PM
Some photos from a trip to the Czech Republic last spring of useful things that I found to have their own beauty.

Wooden casks in the kilometers of hand dug cellars under the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plsen.


Foot Reflexology poster in Prague.  I like those kinds of posters anywhere and one night when we wondered I noticed that and had to take a shot.  Not the highest photo quality, but still.


Dispenser of bags for collecting dog poop.  The bags themselves come with a disposable paper dustpan-like scoop for getting the poop into the paper bags.  They generally had humorous drawings of dogs on the dispensers and the bags.


I don't know how much this counts, but it was so darn striking.  This is the bark on a tree fallen across the trail at a national park up near the border with Poland.  It's useful for the tree, right?
3704  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 21, 2008 02:28:36 PM
Opps, I left out a step there.  After I click the thumbnail, a page comes up allowing me to give the item a title, tag, and description.  Once I've entered that, I get the option to view wists or go back to where I began.

Yeah, I can't get it onto the actual tool bar, which is indeed there and empty.  It's just in the Bookmarks Toolbar folder in my bookmarks.  I made the folder, since all I could do was get a link to add to my list and instead of my toolbar.  Sigh.
3705  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 21, 2008 01:56:32 PM
MistressT, if memory serves in Firefox  you can go to the widget page and click add bookmark, then when the window opens asking you where you want to put it, choose the folder "bookmarks toolbar."  I think that's how I did it, but I do remember having trouble in Firefox also.

I don't see any link on the My Widgets page that says "Click to Add Bookmark". Is there a widgets page I'm just not catching?  I've now put "Add to Wists" in my Bookmark Toolbar folder 4-5 times.  When I click that I get an opportunity to make a thumbnail is all.  My poor Bookmark Toolbar is empty!
3706  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resized dress shirts on: January 21, 2008 06:33:17 AM
They're both really cute!  I can't even say which is my favorite.  That's for sharing the pinstripe tip!
3707  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 20, 2008 06:52:41 PM
AAAAAAAARG!  I can't get the #$%^&*()*&^* button to add to my )*&^%$%^&* toolbar!  I've followed the click and drag directions, followed the manual directions for both Firefox and Mozilla (since I use Mozilla's Firefox) and even reloaded Firefox and closed/reopened it.  Any hints or tips?  I've an email into wists.com, but still.  I'm not technically illiterate.  I will give the following information:

~Wists.com directs me to open "Manage Bookmarks" in the Bookmarks menu, but my Bookmarks menu offers "Organize Bookmarks".
~There is no "Personal Toolbar" to select to add the link to.
~I do have a Bookmarks toolbar and it is checked to show under the view menu.  It shows, but is blank.
~I always update Firefox when notified, it is up-to-date as far as I can tell.

I'm very frustrated and annoyed by this as it's supposed to be simple and I hope I'm not overlooking something obvious (and embarrassing).

Thanks!
3708  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Days of the Week Boxers [Tame Pics, Suggestive Fabrics] on: January 20, 2008 12:48:48 PM
I love the boxers you made. I've been wanting to make some for my boyfriend, so I picked up simplicity 9958 and I'm on my way to completing my first pattern. I was wondering if you think the pattern runs big, because I did the large and they're way too big for him. Also, any tips you have on getting the elastic through the casing would be greatly appreciated. Huh
Thanks.

I thought that the large, which is what I made, ran very close to store-bought size large.  I went ahead and used a pair of his to measure for the elastic length, though.  He likes 'em roomy, so that are too big for him, but all of his are too big for him.  Silly boy! 

Also I use the safety pin trick (I use the biggest one I can find) for getting the elastic in there, but have to work at it to keep it from rolling.  It's probably the hardest thing about making them for me.  Good luck and post your finished product!
3709  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beautiful Use Swap. Signups 1/1/08....1/30/08. Sendouts 2/29/08. on: January 19, 2008 05:53:41 PM
Even though I'm super nervous about mt first swap I'm super anxious to get going.  Speaking of newbie-edness, how does one start a wist?
3710  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Days of the Week Boxers [Tame Pics, Suggestive Fabrics] on: January 19, 2008 11:42:49 AM
tenesmus:

Haha!  Your reply reminds me of a friend of mine who's dad actually was a milkman for awhile when he was a kid.  Anyway, I never put the snaps in, because none of his store-bought boxers have snaps, so it seems like he doesn't want them so why bother?  I also omit Step 1 and do all my pressing/pinning of the waist and legs at once, then sew them (Steps 11 and 14), then do the elastic (Steps 12 & 13).

How'd you modify them for a girlie fit?

jennybean & sueece:
Thanks! 

Ok, I was looking at my instructions before I started to see what you've changed... I only have 13 instructions!  I've literally had this pattern for years, and wonder if things have changed.  I understand what you've done, and I'll prob follow that advice, to speed things up but the elastic is # 10 and 11 on my sheets, wierd.   Did I read that right?  I have a bad habit of jumping before I think, but this does seem like it's off to me compared to my instructions.


I hem them before putting in the elastic, even though my directions say the opposite.  It's not like he's trying them on and I'm making sure that the hemmed just so, you know?  My pattern has the last couple directions on another sheet with just those last couple on there (like maybe 2 or 3 steps).  Maybe they added some later?  I just made the changes that made it easier for me personally and since I'd made several already, I felt comfortable making them.
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