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31  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hey peeps...ALL walmarts that still cary fabric...Read on on: July 30, 2010 09:28:05 PM
Yeah, I bought a bolt last night!  My store's selection was pretty pathetic, mostly cheap pastel knit but I found a  lightweight cotton plaid shirting fabric.  It was pre-washed last night and waiting to be made into summery pj pants.
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Threads vs. Sublime Stitching on: July 30, 2010 09:08:51 PM
Both companies are regurgitating old images and packaging it as "original".  We "older" stitchers appreciate not being locked into geese-with-bonnets pattern hell but really and truly, what both companies did was "dumb down" embroidery with easy outline stitches and with that, I now have more confidence to trace and freehand my own designs.  Frankly, I am a little over the mass nonconformity marketing of skulls, tattoos, pin-up girls, etc.  It's Embroidery Top 40.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: does it REALLY matter if you don't prewash? on: July 30, 2010 08:28:56 PM
As a someone once advised me, pre-wash and dry in a manner MORE harsh than you will later use.  That way, there are no surprises later.  
Last night I washed 5 yards of shirting cotton in hot and dried the crap outta it.  Normally, I don't subject cotton to those levels of heat.
If the fabric is super stinky with dye odors, I add a small amount of fragrant shampoo to the laundry water.
Oh wait, one more tip, if I suspect any chance of color running, I toss a Carbona dye grabber cloth in the wash.  It is a laundry miracle.  Read my (unsolicited/non-compensated) review of it at below link.

34  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips and Tricks for Craft Rooms! on: July 16, 2010 06:33:52 PM

A teaser pic for ya---
if you'd like to see my craft room, here are links:
For larger images, check out my blog postings
35  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars light saber on: July 14, 2010 09:20:40 PM
Thanks Rai2Fai2!
I really considered not sewing it . . . but wasn't totally sure the fabric wouldn't lift later. 
After ironing and before sewing: it almost looked silk screened.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Star Wars light saber on: July 14, 2010 07:06:21 PM

Easy applique with Wonder Under iron-on stuff and then machine sewn. 
Details here http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/2010/07/light-saber-t-shirts.html
Plus, a helpful link for drawing a light saber.
Lights! Lights!  Lights!  Yeah!
37  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty gift cards?? on: July 13, 2010 08:05:04 PM
I use them for craft projects like pin backs, etc. How about cutting them into shapes, punching a hole and stringing like a garland? Oh, wait, decorate with border, punch a hole, add contact info for custom luggage tag.
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Craft Room! ^_^ (pic intensive) on: July 08, 2010 06:47:17 PM
Really wonderful!
Thanks for sharing your space with us!
(Your bookcases are the same color as MY craft room.)
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tips and Tricks for Craft Rooms! on: July 01, 2010 10:03:31 PM
Hey, that's my photograph on the top left hand corner of your inspiration board. 
It is on my blog http://skitzoleezrastudio.blogspot.com/2007/09/what-i-did-on-my-summer-vacation.html
and flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/skitzoleezra/3962896355/.
Glad you included it but others might want credit for the their photos.
LOVE looking at craft rooms and organization ideas! 
40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Organization on: July 01, 2010 09:32:12 AM
I know, right!  SkitzoLeezra, I am in major love with your floss stash.  Shocked
Why thank you, Beffielou!  At the risk of inviting envy, take a look at this Craftster link with more floss organization, on page 19 of 28.
Here are some links posted by Perach Yafeh.

::::: Organize your floss ::::::

From CraftStylish Pretty pretty

From needlework different solutions for all budgets

How about some vintage flair?

For the ones with a big budget and space

What a dream the whole shebang!

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