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3911  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Landladies of Colfax project on: November 09, 2007 06:13:26 PM
Yeah, we're going to leave notes.  Mostly, we just don't want it to come across like "Hey, landlady, I'm giving you a present to butter you up so you won't be mad at me when I'm late on the rent or having a loud party or something".

Re: toddler stories,
I almost wonder if those people get mad at you for showing them up.  You know, like they're embarrassed that they weren't paying enough attention to their kids in the first place and you had to step in and help.  I hate to think what that means would happen if random kind stranger weren't around!

It says a lot that it's a completely legitimate concern that people might misread your kindness/appreciation as trying to manipulate them.  Ahhh, life is complex.

I think that you're correct about parents being embarrassed.  I'm pretty sure that was the case with me, rather than drugs, etc.  And maybe she was the kind of person who ALWAYS squeezes through a door so the person right behind her has to open it all over again even after they save her child from getting run over by a Lincoln.
3912  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Landladies of Colfax project on: November 08, 2007 03:29:05 PM
YOU ROCK!  This is the kind of "vandalism" that the world needs!  Let us know how it goes!  People react differently to kindness and it would be interesting to hear your stories.  I once saved a toddler from getting run over in a USPS parking lot and the only person who acknowledged me (I mean made eye contact, etc.) was the driver of the car.  The mom treated me like I was invisible, even cutting me off at the door to the PO!  You all are part of the solution!  YEY CATLADYSARAH!
3913  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Stencil Portraits with Collage and Oils on: November 08, 2007 02:23:17 PM
what did you use to make your stencils? i usually prefer contact paper, but it seems that this might be tricky on top of paint or paper.

the one on newsprint reminds me of this etsy seller:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=40878

You might have luck with re-positionable spray adhesive if the paper is sealed with something first.  Just a guess.
3914  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: CRAFTED STOCKING STUFFERS LIST on: November 08, 2007 02:18:34 PM
sure thing MistressT.  My partners post is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=166803.msg1737866#msg1737866 it's on the top of page 3

Thanks, smashergrl!  Those are great!  Keep an eye on my plate, will ya?
3915  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Rollin' In Her Hoopty! IMG HEAVY on: November 08, 2007 01:23:50 PM
Wow, that is so cute.  What type of paint did you use?

It's the Krylon brand spray paint made for plastic.  I'm a decorative painter by trade and as a matter of course I follow the directions on any product I don't know really well, so I followed this one to the letter and it's sticking really well except where the door opens.  I waited two weeks after painting it to do anything else to it.
3916  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adult Costume - Ziggy Stardust is back! on: November 08, 2007 01:19:54 PM
This thread totally needs embedded media of Ziggy Stardust.  Ah well, guess I can still use my imagination.  I think it's sooooo awesome that your man would want to dress up for Halloween.  I kept trying ideas on my husband and the last day he decided that, yes, he'll dress up so I won't feel awkward. 
Pretty sweet costume.  It's even better that he was so tall with the boots.  It probably gave him a "presence".

A less lazy crafter would embed such.  This guy LOVES wearing costumes!  It's really fun through out the process, planning, making and wearing them with him!  Anyway, the boots were unnerving for a lot of people  as he's about 6'4" in them, but since my heels were just as high, he was the same amount taller than me than usual.  I made sure to get a smooch before I put my shoes on, though! 

Anyway, on Halloween night we ended up at a college-aged kids' party (we're in our 30s) and all those people, but one thought that he was the David Bowie character from Labyrinth!  Kids!
3917  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Antique Sewing Machine on: November 07, 2007 04:40:01 PM
On the right hand side there should be a little plaque with a serial number that you can look up on the singer site.
For one letter prefixes:
http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_1letter.html
For two letter prefixes:
http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_2letter.html

It is a very lovely Singer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.

I used this website a few years ago for my old singer (not that old) and it gave me the year and the country where it was made.  Let us know what you find out!
3918  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Everyone does it - The Poo Pouch on: November 07, 2007 03:36:43 PM
Are you trying to tell us that your adorable little doggers actually poops?  I don't believe it!  Great idea!  Thankfully most of the dog parks around here have garbage cans, so you don't have to carry the steaming pile home.  But a cute container for bags is something that could prove helpful!
3919  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Rollin' In Her Hoopty! IMG HEAVY on: November 07, 2007 03:32:31 PM
Thanks!  It was soooo much fun to do.  Between shopping for this and fabric for boxer shorts I'm afraid I'm going to get a reputation at the fabric store as "the weird woman who giggles to herself."  I made patterns for the dash board and instrument panel covers (the seat too, but rectangles aren't very hard) and could scan and share them if people were interested.
3920  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Crafting for Men on: November 07, 2007 03:28:50 PM
There are some dad and grandpa types in my life who enjoy feeding the birds in their yards.  I picked up some pine cones from the sidewalk beside a house in my neighborhood, bought some suet and am going to cram suet into the openings of the pine cones after tying a wire around the cone as a hanger.  Then these fellas can tie the wire to a tree branch outside one of their windows to watch the birds feed.  It's gone over well with bird-lovers before.
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