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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Leopard print cami to leopard skirt. on: April 09, 2005 02:22:01 PM
I like it a lot better as a skirt.  Looks really good
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Speakers... to completely functional lamps? on: April 06, 2005 05:59:16 PM
I know, it seems so much easier visualizing it in my head than it sounds when I try to put it to words.  But please feel free to either post here or PM me if you have any questions while you are attempting it, I will try to help.  And I really want to see the finished product when you finish, so you better post pics  lol.  I know a lot of people work better while drinking, but that phrase has been pounded into my head so I always throw it out there.  Good luck!
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Who is in stalking mode for the new issue of Knitty? on: April 06, 2005 05:36:25 PM
Wow some people get so bent out of shape over the smallest things.  Yes, we were getting over anxious and saying the issue was late, but it wasn't for being ungrateful.  We are humans and we overexaggerate.  How many times have you had to stand in line somewhere for 5 minutes and later you say you were there forever?  You weren't there forever, it was 5 minutes.  So we overexaggerated and said it was late.  We saw that it would be up the first week of April, and our human minds just saw first and April, so we thought April 1st or first thing Monday morning the first week of April.  By saying it was late and stalking, we were just showing our excitement for wanting to see it so badly.
As far as the illicit link, yes, I peeked.  I saw it before it moved, and being that Amy is part of the craftster community and seeing how excited everyone was, in my mind, it was possible that SHE was the mystery person giving us special people a sneak preview.  Of course after it moved, I knew that I was wrong, but then it was too late.
There is no reason to condemn us for being overanxious.  We want instant gratification, it's not our fault, it's human nature.
I hope Amy sees all this as a compliment to the work she does.  If it wasn't any good, nobody would be clammering to see it.

jumping off the soap box now    sorry   Grin
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Speakers... to completely functional lamps? on: April 06, 2005 05:10:28 PM
Ok, I spoke with my colleage (ha, I sound all important lol) and he said you will need a dimmer switch, unless you are very electronically inclined to make your own, you won't just be able to use the volume control because of voltage differences.  You will need to get an A/C plug (the thing that comes out of the wall) it should have open wires on the other end to wire up to the power switch (you will most likely need to solder them on).  Then you need wire going from the power switch to the dimmer, then from the dimmer to the light bulb housing.
They sell light kits that have the A/C plug, a switch, and the light bulb housing for making lamps with, and they usually come with wiring instructions with diagrams which are a lot easier to use when trying to explain it.  Go to Radio Shack and find a knowledgeable person, tell them what you are doing and what you need and they should be able to get you all the correct supplies.  You will have to take out the board inside, you can't use it or it will fry (light takes a lot more voltage than speakers).
Wow this is hard to explain with words, it would be a lot easier to just say "now put that thing there and move this thing over here"  lol
Oh and alcohol and electricity don't mix well so be careful   Grin
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Even cheapskates need to eat on: April 06, 2005 03:28:32 PM
What's a digestive biscuit?

I'm loving all these cheapie recipes.  Here is what we do with those wonderful Ramen noodles.  It's cheap and cooks up in a couple minutes.

1/2 lb ground beef   (really being cheap)
1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups water
2 pkgs beef flavor Ramen noodles
1 can corn
1/2 tsp sage

Brown ground beef with Mrs. Dash and garlic powder.  Drain off fat.  Add water and bring to boil.  Add noodles and seasoning packets.  Add corn and sage.  Cover, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until most of water is evaporated.

With the extra seasonings, it tastes great and because it's so fast we have it a few times a week.  I only spend $20 a week to feed me and my husband!  That means more money for craft supplies  lol
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Speakers... to completely functional lamps? on: April 06, 2005 12:24:31 PM
Well, I;m going to school for electronics so I can try to help.  The power switch already controls the power so that is no problem.  To make the volume act as a dimmer, you might be able to connect a wire from the power switch to the volume then from there go to the light bulb.  If that doesn't work, you may need to go to the hardware store and get a real dimmer switch and connect it to the volume so that when you turn the dial on the volume, it turns the dial on the dimmer.  It shouldn't be that hard, just some trial and error.  I wish I had some old speakers lying around so I could try it and give you a proper tutorial.  It's harder to explain these kinds of things than it is to actually do them, but I'm willing to help however I can.

Did I make any sense, or am I just rambling?  lol  I'm so used to talking to techies about this stuff, it's hard to tell if regular people understand me too   Grin
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Confused beginner on: April 05, 2005 12:59:46 PM
it should go under both pieces.  when the hook is in the stitch you should have a V, two pieces of yarn, on top of the hook and one piece under the hook.  it is possible to do it the other way but it makes your stitches look all wonky.
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Rocky Horror? on: April 05, 2005 11:31:25 AM
I would love to do one in May.  I wouldn't be able to right now either, but I would definatly be in later!
29  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Super duper high pattern prices! on: April 02, 2005 07:59:08 AM

So call your crafty friends when you find a sale!

I always do! But no one ever returns the favor   Angry
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: stickers - design on clear background? on: April 01, 2005 05:53:59 PM
I don't know if there is anything available ready-made, but there is a clear sticker paper you can buy at any office supply store and you could print out line drawings onto it and cut around it to make what you want.  I can't remember what the sticker paper is called, it's been so long since I used it.  All I remember is you have to print the image in reverse.  But it is an idea to keep in mind if you can't find what you are looking for.
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