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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting with Great Pyr Dog fur? on: September 14, 2010 11:26:06 PM
Well they say there are no stupid questions - so there still is the smallest of possibilities of mixing a small percentage of fur into wool before dyeing and felting. I imagine the same is true of Alpaca - my neighbour gifted me with a large garbage bag from "Watson's" shearing this Spring. I am gathering the necessary items together to try my hand at spinning with a drop spindle one of these days.
Don't think "fur matted soap" would be too appealing .... lol !!
Thanks for taking the time to screw in the lightbulb for me - appreciated - very much.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting with Great Pyr Dog fur? on: September 12, 2010 08:52:08 AM
So I have 2 Great Pyrennes dogs - I have had 1 bag for their fur from one shedding - I understand that a person can spin and knit their fur - which is really like wool - when out in the rain they do smell like wet sweaters. My question can a person felt with it and perhaps even dye it. Would love some feedback on this - I am intrigued with the idea of felting soaps and wanting to use the dog fur if I can - an almost free crafting material.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: beaded initial ornaments ***NOW WITH INSTRUCTIONS!*** in reply #8 on: September 02, 2010 04:17:35 PM
What a great idea for small gift box adornments. Would also be stunning on a small Christmas tree with small red velvet bows. Thanks so much for sharing your idea and the basic instructions - Going to hunt up fonts in my computer and search out my stash of seed beads.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Saltine Cracker Recipe- First Post on: September 01, 2010 05:23:02 PM
Great looking crackers ... I like the free form, irregular sizes - I imagine they would work out great for a casual dinner party with cracker toppings - the hungry ones would go for the larger ones ... etc.
Thanks for sharing the recipe - was looking on internet for such a recipe but not all written there are to be trusted. A TNT recipe is a treasured gift.
I see crackers in my near future - mmmmm.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: craft bazaars - any new ideas or proven bestsellers? on: August 31, 2010 09:38:14 AM
Well this is not a runaway seller but I did made a couple hundred dollars off it - a friend of a friend gave me this idea last summer - my partner and I build Log Furniture so we always attend a local Craft/Farmers market every year. So last Christmas I decided 'what the hay' - I would bring this idea out into the light of day - so the "Redneck Windchime" was born. I took a 15" scrap piece of a small alder log ( cut it in half on the band saw) and stained the flat side ( my favourite is a gel stain Special Walnut - reminds me of well worn leather) Then I made a stencil out of cardstock on my 2nd most favourite toy - my Cricket using the George cartridge - " Redneck Windchime" I made the N's backwards, of course. I tape the stencil on the log and traced the words in pencil then dremeled them out so the light natural wood shows through against the dark stain. I also make up garden signs using the same method.
I had a whack of large cup hooks ( Lee Valley Tools - packs of 100 for cheap ) so drilled and screwed in 5 along the bottom of the wood ( 3 inches apart) and 2 on the top. Using red embroidery thread I tied the washed ( never thought I would ever be washing out beer cans) cans onto the hooks - not too long as the tins tangle in the wind. Priced them at $15.00 each - my man thought I was nuts - but hey I am still selling them - I average between 3 - 6 every Sunday at the Market - pays for our table fees. Good novelty gift for the guy that has everything - a conversation piece to hang in his shop or Man Cave.
Since I live with an ex-faller who loves his Lucky beer - I have an endless supply of crafting material here.
There is a tute here on the site about cutting out stars from pop tins - I have started doing this with the beer cans - my upscale Redneck Windchimes - I get 2 stars from each can so hang one whole can in the middle and 2 stars from each of the outer hooks.
Thats my contribution to making something that if nothing else gets a laugh from just about everyone who catches sight of them. And from my experience listening to the comments if not a Redneck everyone knows at least one.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2010 What is everyone planning to make for Christmas? on: August 31, 2010 09:06:43 AM
This year I am making:
Wine Cork Horse ornaments for sale and as gifts as we are overrun with wine corks still

I found the tute for the Pop can stars here ( which I think is brilliant) so am making Redneck Windchimes using British Columbia's favourite Redneck Beer cans - "Lucky" to make the stars out of - trying to come up with a short catchy phrase to dremel into the piece of wood I will hang them onto - something like " I love my lucky stars" ?? ... requires more thought. I have been making the windchimes to sell but until now just hung the empty cans and dremelled "Redneck windchime" on the wood ( N's backwards, of course)

I love the idea for felted soaps - so want to play around with that idea  - bought some roving with the idea of learning to use my drop spindle but felting soaps sounds way more easy and hopefully more instantly gratifying.

I also discovered a knitting pattern for a bathmat using ripped sheet strips so am off and running on that - but need to figure out a way to put a little colour in them as I was gifted with 2 garbage bags of white sheets ( 50/50 blend) - looking at dyeing beforehand or some sort of tie-dye/batik application on the made ones. Made my own mega needles by purchasing a Dowel from Hardware store and sanding tips on belt sander ( worked amazingly well)

What a wonderful topic to be able to browse through to get inspired. I'm getting pumped for Xmas !!!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Washer necklaces for friends and family! *Tutorial Added at bottom of 1st post* on: August 31, 2010 08:38:56 AM
What a great idea - can't wait to go rummage through the workshop to see how many I can come up with to decorate. Such creative minds hang out here !!!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Large bag of wine corks, another of bottle caps on: July 30, 2010 08:27:54 PM
I have a large bag of corks as well - using a hot glue gun and mini googly eyes from the dollar store I made wine cork horses as Christmas ornaments. I cut small strips of a burgandy shaggy remnant and glued on for a mane and a tail. I also used thick tinsel garland pieces (silver & gold) for the manes and tails. They turned out pretty neat.
Dame Dremel
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any advice on how I can use Glycerin - the byproduct of the bio fuel process on: July 29, 2010 10:25:25 PM
 Cheesy The world is getting so small isn't it? Greetings back to Powell River - hope this tropical weather we are having is being good to you. My garden is so thirsty all the time and the chickens are not laying in this heat wave ... oh well - no grumbling winter rains will be here soon enough.
I just love this site - so much creativity here and such a willingness to share as well. Once I figure out if and how I can post some of my projects with pictures - I most certainly will share what I am all about.
Dame Dremel
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Painting around a toilet is tricky - but worth it :) on: July 29, 2010 07:31:09 PM
What an awesome bathroom make over. The window treatment is pure genius - perhaps you might think about doing the same to the inside of the door or the fronts of the cupboards. I am still waffling about doing my ensuite bathroom - I have yucky grey marbly tiles with a pink floral border along the top which I want gone but too scared to start taking off in case I wreck the walls. I am thinking maybe what you did to your windows I can do to my tiles .... hhmmmmmm
thanks for the inspiration,
Dame Dremel
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