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1841  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you/would you leave a negetive comment about a craft? on: October 19, 2006 11:12:58 PM
I have participated in a lot of critiques and when I post things on craftster I generally ask for "constructive criticism".  I rely heavily on peer review to improve on the things I make.  This community is incredibly talented and I like to know what you all think about my projects, whether it be a "great job" or a suggestion for improvement.  

In my opinion, the most helpful comments are those that offer a solution.  For example, I posted this question here in knitting: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127884.0 And some people gave very helpful tips, like extending the top, adding a thumb part and one very helpful person even gave me directions for a decorative cast on/ cast off!  These were all fabulous and very appreciated without being outright negative.  You could easily make a comment like this for a project that you don't care for without a giving an empty compliment or sounding negative.

The comments that I find less helpful are more along the lines of "I don't like x" because they are usually about personal taste and I get conflicting responses; (ie.  it seems like for everyone that doesn't like the color there is another person who does).  The least helpful to me are those that only offer criticism.  I know that many of you have said that you want to be told if one of your projects was terrible, but if someone only left a negative comment, I admit that to me, it would be like some saying f*** you.

In response to your question, I really think that criticism should be reserved to those who directly ask for it.  
1842  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: what to do, what to do... on: October 19, 2006 12:42:36 AM
ooh... tricky.  You could try a shoe dying kit.  They come in various types (for fabric and leather, etc.)  I'm guessing that you will have the best luck dying them black, but with the different materials you might get an uneven color.  I haven't tried dying shoes myself, but judging by Dyables (those shoes that lots of bridesmaids have to wear) it seems like there are a lot of things that can go wrong, like the dye coming off on you foot it they get wet.  But hey, with a $5 pair of shoes you might as well give it a shot. Smiley
1843  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: nintendo controller ds lite case w/ mini tutorial on: October 18, 2006 11:22:02 PM
This is awesome!  I just might have to make one of these for my brother.  Thanks so much for the tute! Smiley 

btw, this is the best use of that plastic cross stitch stuff I have ever seen.  Really fantastic.
1844  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I can't decide if I like it or not... on: October 18, 2006 06:07:07 PM
I have been seriously craving some cabled wrist warmers so I used some old yarn from my stash and made this prototype one:

But I kind of feel like it looks like a cast or one of those wrist guards that roller bladers wear.  I would really love any ideas or constructive criticism to help me improve it.

1845  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Beautiful Embroidered Tree Of Life Pillows!!! on: October 18, 2006 01:27:27 PM
So pretty!  I love, love, love the second pillow!!
1846  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made a lamp! on: October 14, 2006 06:57:10 PM
I don't really understand the whole home automation thing myself, but I know that you can use it to do all kinds of stuff, like turning on you coffee pot in the morning and even making your own home security system.

Anyways, I asked my husband to write out a short explanation for you.  Here it is:

Lamp Automation:

1. Purchase an x10 home automation kit. 

You can buy a new one for around $80 ( http://www.smarthome.com ) or if you do a little looking, they were offered under various off brands for a while.  We purchased an IBM HomeDirector Starter Kit for $4.99 ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170038449497&ssPageName=MERC_VIC_ReBay_Pr4_PcY_BIN_IT&refitem=170033082282&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&usedrule1=CategoryProximity&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget ).  It comes with a module that plugs into a serial port on a PC, a module to control a lamp, and one to control an appliance.  If you have a mac, you can find USB based conrollers (though they tend to be a bit more expensive than the old surplus serial interfaces like the one we found).

2. Choose some home automation software and setup your computer.

If you run Windows, you should be able to use the software that came with the starter kit.
Xtension (http://www.shed.com/) is a popular choice on Macs.
ppower (http://ppower.sourceforge.net/) is the Linux application that I have controlling our lamp.

3. Set the address on the lamp module (see instructions included with it).  Plug it into the wall, do the same for the computer controller interface, and you should now be able to use your computer to control the lamp.  The lamp modules have an internal dimmer with at least 22 different levels.  So, I have the lamp turn on to a pretty dim setting (5/22) about 30 minutes before we wake up.  Then, I have the computer increase the brightness periodically until it's at full brightness at the time we want to wake up.

For more information, and where I got the idea in the first place, see "Smart Home Hacks" by Gordon Meyer ( http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Home-Hacks-Gordon-Meyer/dp/0596007221 ).
1847  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2006 Birthday Swap on: October 14, 2006 02:58:26 PM
yay! only a day later than your bday Smiley do you like the cd so far?

Yup!  I listened to it last night and I like it a lot.  You picked some great songs, most of which I had never heard before.  And my husband really liked the envelope.  He kept unfolding and refolding it to see how you made it Roll Eyes

btw, isn't it fun to have the same birthday?  It seems like a really common one.  I wonder what holiday is 9 months before...
1848  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2006 Birthday Swap on: October 14, 2006 02:38:50 PM
I recieved my b-day present from hgflower yesterday!  Woo-hoo Cheesy.  She sent me this great mod fabric:

And this awesome indie mix CD:

Thanks so much, hgflower!
1849  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: yet another knit ipod cozy on: October 13, 2006 06:15:46 PM
Thanks!  If you want, we can do a swap for a camera cozy.  Let me know if you're interested.
1850  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made a lamp! on: October 12, 2006 07:55:44 PM
Just curious.  Did you sew six panels together?  It is beautiful.

Thanks!  I'm excited to hear that someone else likes it  Cheesy

To make it, I cut out 6 panels and sewed them directly to the frame (which is why it's a bit wonky Undecided). It probably would have been better if I sewed the panels together first, but I don't have a sewing machine yet.   
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