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3841  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Girl Pilgrim Cap and Apron on: November 28, 2008 11:55:56 AM
Awwwwww, thank you for going to all that trouble!  That's super sweet of you.  I didn't see it until today (Friday-after), but I will tell you that I (almost) followed your original pattern, but with a double layer of fabric, sewn together, turned inside, etc.  I'm normally someone who thoroughly reads pretty much all directions before even starting a project, but this time I didn't and so the fold-over brim kind was kind of wonky on mine and well, since I didn't actually measure or anything - well, it was all a bit wonky.  However, it certainly did the trick and "made the outfit" according to some so THANKS again for the tut and  all your support.  When I get pics I might post them in the Thanksgiving forum.  If so, I'll put a link here and in it, because lady, you deserve some credit for sure.

Hope your holiday was fun and yummy!
3842  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Re: Homemade Laundry Soap! on: November 28, 2008 11:49:13 AM
I'm really surprised at how difficult of a time people are having finding Fels-Naptha and washing soda I've seen one or both of them in just about every supermarket (and not just the natural-food ones) around.  I haven't hit the fancier ones, but the cheap and the mid-range have these things.  Maybe it's because I live in the Pacific Northwest where a lot of people are "greenies"?
3843  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yet More Shirtless Hunks In The Kitchen on: November 28, 2008 11:44:36 AM
Wah, I'm on a fabric diet! Another set of your potholders, on a fabric-empty stomach, that's just too much Smiley Man, these guys are campy Smiley They'd be so much fun to have on my kitchen. It was a good decision of you to show these guys separately, every one of them looks so much better that way.

"Campy" hahahaha!  Indeed they are.  And thank you for the support on showing them separately - I think they deserve to have the spotlight each to themselves... I mean, they work hard (on their abs).
3844  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yet More Shirtless Hunks In The Kitchen on: November 26, 2008 07:44:58 PM
It's made by Jacquard, they claim it's washable and I washed on item that was only black ink in a front-loader and it came out just a bit faded, but not much.  I don't know about light.  I haven't noticed an issue in indoor, ambient light, but UV might fade it (like most things).  If you PM me, I'll look at the package and give you more info later when I have some more time.
3845  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Girl Pilgrim Cap and Apron on: November 26, 2008 06:27:33 PM
Oh! I visited your hat shop and wow! You've some nice things there!  I added you to my favorites, so hopefully someone will notice.  (Hear that, Santa?)
3846  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Girl Pilgrim Cap and Apron on: November 26, 2008 04:49:51 PM
I've a lot of bleached muslin that I thought I might just use fusible interfacing on to stiffen it, since I don't have any other paper other than wrapping paper.  Starch might be a more economical option, though.  I'll mull it over while I do other preparations and see what I feel like.  I still have to make my pom poms - for which I'm using a $1 plastic table cloth left over from something else.  Black, of course.   Wink

It should be a lot of fun tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it - which is not usually the case for Thanksgiving for me.  It's not my favorite holiday.  Thanks for all your help and have a great holiday!  Please share pics of the kids working on and wearing their outfits!
3847  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yet More Shirtless Hunks In The Kitchen on: November 26, 2008 04:43:57 PM
MissT - the odds and ends can be used for quilts. Some ppl on Craftster are making postage stamp quilts which uses squares as small as 1.5". You could provide them scraps in swaps.
If I only had a bigger house and a bigger wallet... That link has some really fun fabrics.
That's a great idea for the scraps!  After the holidays I might just have it together to gather all that up and see if I can't work a swap with someone.
It sells out fast at my local fabric shops, but when I do find it they're usually having a sale or I have a coupon.  Wink

These are fantastic!

Where did you get the scorch-proof fabric for the backing?!?

I have seen the outdoor men and firemen fabric on ebay here - for everyone else who wants some too!

There are cowboys too!

Can we see a close-up of one of the labels?  I notice there's a little label on each one...

I got it at the fabric store over by the interfacing that's on bolts.  It comes on a roll.  There is also stuff called Insul-brite that is similar, but not exactly the same (at least from what I could see) that is sold in packages in the same area. It's also called ironing board cover material and similar.

I have gotten some of my fabric from that ebay seller and it's always been very fast and trouble free.  I've made cowboys, firemen, construction workers and these as well as some with some retro-style girl pin-ups  called "The Great Outdoors".  So fun!

My shop posting has a close up of the label that I made using facric that you can print on with an inkjet printer.
3848  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Girl Pilgrim Cap and Apron on: November 25, 2008 06:31:50 PM
Well, I'm glad you're back!  I've whipped up my fabric apron and I've just now read in detail your tut for the hat and wonder if I'm going to be able to manage with what I've got on-hand.  Maybe I have larger, but I think the largest paper I have that's sturdy enough is 11 x 17.  It should be noted that I have a rather large cranium (you know, what with my huge brain and all) and super thick hair (that will at least be tied back for the day).  Uh-oh!  I was really hoping to make this a zero cost craft.  Of course, I'm going to fashion some fake buckles for my boots, too, so maybe I'll do that first whilst I ruminate on the hat.
3849  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I'd Rather Be Making You Uncomfortable on: November 25, 2008 08:08:06 AM
You've done it again! That's a great one!  Aren't you glad now that you don't have internet access at work?   Tongue
3850  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Need help with dresser/besdside table painting. on: November 25, 2008 07:50:35 AM
I think decoupage would be super cool, but if you want to paint, just make sure you follow these steps if you want it to last:

1. Prepare the surface by removing any grease or wax and then by lightly sanding to give it some tooth - use a fine grit like 220.  Then make sure you get all the dust off.

2. Use a good quality, high-adhesion primer - you can find them in water-based versions that are non-toxic and  aren't as stinky, but it will smell a little.

3. Then a couple of thin coats of acrylic (not latex) house paint with about 8 hours between coats and another couple days before you reassemble the dresser and you should be fine.  Most acrylic paints have a final cure time of 30 days, so it while it will feel dry the chemical process of drying won't necessarily be complete until then.  If you can stand it, wait until after that to set stuff on the top and when you do make heavier things have those felt pads on the bottom. 

This sounds like overkill, I'm sure, but it's what I recommend when I repaint kitchen cabinets for clients and it hasn't failed.  When I see home make-over shows on TV I always wonder just how long before the homeowner realized that their lamp is stuck to their end table and pulling off a ring of paint when they get it loose, etc.

Oh! And if you can avoid painting surfaces that will rub against each other (the sides of the drawers, the back of the drawer face, etc. you'll have better luck.
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