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2041  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My "Steampunk" wooden gear clock gift =) on: February 08, 2011 05:20:59 PM
 I like this. A lot.
2042  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Recycling/Eco-Friendly/Gardening/Hippie Swap (SU 2-4-11 to 2-25-11, SO 3-25-11) on: February 06, 2011 05:15:46 PM
Oh, my. Very tempting indeed! I love to recycle stuff when I craft, but I'm going to hold off until I see if I'll have the time to devote to it.
2043  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Reading Swap on: February 06, 2011 04:36:47 PM
With a username like mine, how can I not be tempted by this swap? Grin
I do have plenty of bookbags too, Craftaddchick. But there's so many other possible book related items.
Cozying up with a cuppa tea, bookmarks, book theme jewelry,a 'do not disturb-I'm reading' door sign...how about a waterproof book cover for tub reading? Okay, I'm getting silly now.
Anyway, it depends on other commitments. But this does sound fun!
2044  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Found or recycled items wind chime or Mobile on: February 06, 2011 04:25:00 PM
Oh, this swap sounds really tempting!
2045  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Bake and Botch? (Or... my kitchen exploded last night) on: February 06, 2011 04:01:39 PM
Oh my gosh I've never heard of this before! So glad that no one was seriously hurt!
The most I've done is a dropped drinking glass or bowl. My mom taught me to make a thick pad of paper towels and dampen it, and run that over the floor. It takes a while, and you need to go way outside the area where you think bits could have possibly landed-it's unbeliveable how far they spread. But it will pick up all the teeny invisible splinters and shards that you can't see, that a broom or mop won't catch, that will still get in unsuspecting feet if you miss them.
And if this happens on carpet(Hey, a sis of mine lived somewhere with a carpeted kitchen) I bet one of those sticky lint rollers would work.
It is a pain being ovenless. My first apartment, the stovetop worked, but not the oven, and the landlord wouldn't fix it. I used my microwave an awful lot until I moved out.
Does your area have a Habitat for Humanity store? They have all kind of stuff donated by builders and remodelers for sale, usually pretty darn cheap.
Good luck to you.
2046  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Proven Home Remedies for Craft Injuries - Natural Result of "Crafty But Stupid" on: February 06, 2011 03:41:10 PM
Some random bits-
We know the bag of frozen peas makes a good ice pack. Also, those little packs of fast food ketchup? Put a couple in the freezer for tiny ice packs.
Baking soda and water paste, for beestings. Also, for some reason, a paste of water and meat tenderizer works great for stings.
If you're bleeding, and need an emergency bandage-heck, even if you just want to put pressure and stop bleeding and keep it clean while someone is taking you to the doc's-use a sanitary napkin. Think about it. Maxipads are absorbent, and since they're in their own little package, they are sterile bandages! I read this in a book on camping/outdoor survival.
Duct tape for cactus needles and splinters has been mentioned. Something else that works is a thin layer of Elmer's white glue. Let it dry and peel it off. Prickley pear needles are teeny, numerous, and impossible to tweeze out!
Sunburn-soak in a lukewarm tub that you've poured at least a cup of baking soda in the water. It helps take care of some of the redness and pain. Do that every day.

2047  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: February 05, 2011 04:18:35 PM
Fabric storage is tough. Some of my fabric is still clothes! Like beautifully embroidered jeans I want to make a bag with, or the silky skirt with a lovely asian pattern that has to become something. I have lots of small scraps, too.
 But I had a thought-the littlest bits could be stuffed in clear plastic ziplock bags, since they make those sandwich size to gallon size-and those could then be stored in a clear plastic box or tub.
I really have to get a move on cleaning and organizing. My mom just told me I could have the old treadle Singer! It belonged to my grandfather's aunt, and my father is 84, so that puts it back a bit. I'm so excited! I know it hasn't been used in decades, and don't know if it can be used, but just having it makes me so happy! At the very least it can be used as a desk in the meantime.
2048  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Ideas on How to Display Button Pins? on: February 03, 2011 10:46:00 PM
I have a denim jacket that is going to be hung on the front of my wardrobe, and all my pins and brooches will be pinned to it. I can grab and wear one whenever I please, and it'll look nifty, too!
I could wear the jacket like that, but only if all the pins were very secure-won't risk it otherwise.
2049  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1927 Vanity Fair Mural on: February 03, 2011 09:46:17 PM
Oh, I like this!
2050  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "Nature" Altered Book (pic heavy) on: February 02, 2011 06:09:13 PM
I love this so much.
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