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21  Re: Postcard Swap Round 6 in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: August 23, 2008 02:12:03 PM
Last card! This photo doesn't do it justice, it's a photo post car of one of Australia's goregeous beaches Smiley Thanks so much!

Twizted, I really liked this as did my daughter, we will be signing up for future rounds Cheesy Thanks for running a great little swap!

EDIT: Gee, it helps if I paste the PICTURE in!!
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22  Re: Postcard Swap Round 6 in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: August 14, 2008 03:29:48 PM
our first two cards Smiley I had to hold back DD from sticking them in her book immediately.

Cute Missouri one from Just Lisa & Upper Canada from Twizted. Thanks guys!
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23  Cutting table, sturdy & BIG in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by SpottedFrog on: August 01, 2008 08:34:57 AM
When I re-did my crafting zone: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258770.0 I wanted a new cutting table but wasn't sure when I'd get a chance to do it as I knew it was a two person task.

I have one of those fold up cutting tables you can get at Hancock's/ JoAnn's/ etc that are usually $100 on sale. I've had it for 5 years. I put too much weight on it and the plastic wheels were breaking and the gate legs had smooshed a bit making the top no longer flat all the way across. I also didn't like it's dimentions, 36" x 60". Hello! fabric is 45" wide at least!

Dad had a day off due him, mom took the kids outside to swim & play so me and my dad drew up a plan, hit Home Depot for the lumber & went to town.

Cost: $200, I have a second smaller table for my serger planned that was part of this cost.
Time: About 3 hours, with water breaks.
Dimentions: 48" x 62", 34" high (counter height, same as old table)
Materials: 1 4'x8' sheet 3/4 rough plywood
6 1x12 @ 6' long pine boards
1 4'x8' sheet write-on, wipe-off board ($12!!!) for my cutting surface. This was a real find as I originally thought to laminate it with the formica stuff, that would have been $50 for a sheet.


I still need to organize the shelves & finish the plywoods' raw edge with a veneer strip (which we forgot at HD).

gratutious shot of dad in progress. Yes I really did work on it myself, but I had to stop & take pics Smiley

front view showing more efficient use of under the table space. The old gate leg table was really hard to store stuff under the table.

If any one wants more detailed assembly info I have all the notes still Smiley
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24  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: August 01, 2008 07:57:46 AM
Ok I've had my coffee!
My last mail, from mmd32 Smiley

Whee! more Gorey lovin'! and the peacock feather is beautiful!
Yes, it's lino & not rubber, but I'm wearing a nice shirt and didn't want to risk getting all inky before I head out today. I'll do a proper print & post it later.
Plum Crafty that ink is fantastic! What brand was it?
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25  Re: Ethical quandry: vintage pattern, to cut or not to cut? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by SpottedFrog on: July 25, 2008 08:02:02 PM
In the collecting world the rule of thumb is anything at least 20 years old is considered vintage and anything over 100 years old is deemed an antique.
The one exception to that rule is automobiles, they are considered Antique at 50 Smiley

I lucked into two liquor boxes of vintage patterns several months ago, from the late 30's through the early 60's- I was giddy at $3 for all of them. Many of them are of the era before printed patterns were common. What did they do before printed patterns you ask? Pre-cut patterns, with hole punch marking systems, not easy to use. I would have to make copies to arrange the fit for myself anyway, but the printed ones are all already cut, saving me the dilema.

The older the pattern, the higher the value because less are going to suvive that amount of time. If not trashed by later generations, mildew, damp, dryrot, silverfish, moths, and mold all take their toll as well. A big 4 pattern from the 60's is going to be pretty easy to find, personally I wouldn't pay more than $15 for one of those. the Hollywood Pattern Company one from the early 40's featuring Jane Wyman? much more rare Smiley
Large image to show detail!
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26  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: July 25, 2008 07:22:15 PM
I apologise for posting these so many days after recieving, it's been a busy week (and I really need new ink pads, all of mine are drying out)
From Knitting_Nyxxie, pretty birds! I particularly like the scissor tail swallow, we have lots of those around here Smiley
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27  Craft room reorganization with nifty pegboard in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by SpottedFrog on: July 22, 2008 03:21:34 PM
My craft space is in "the office". It's a garage sized room (20' x 20') with a tiny half bath in the corner & lovely (in the Winter) big French doors on the East wall. There is a standard bedroom sized closet in the bath corner that belongs to hubby- it's all he gets! lol Smiley

It was a big piled up mess for a long time, I gradually acquired good storage but needed to rearrange it to better use & finally did. These pictures still look messy but thats because A) I always have about 4 projects on my tables (yes plural) at any given moment and B) I gots a lot of stuff!

#1 Get the sewing machine out of the hole where I don't have any elbow room.
#1 a Hang more hangable stuff.
This is the North wall of the room

This corner is where the kids computer was, after determining a new home for it I got the elbow room needed. Bonus: huge wall for my new cool pegboard.
purchased a 1/2 sheet of masonite pegboard & an 8' 2" x 2", had then cut it in half for me. Nailed my two rails on the back & painted it. Found the image in a Dover book, was a matchbook advertisement. I own an Art-O-Graph so blowing it up wasn't too big a deal. I already had spare hooks in the shed.

#2 Get storage sorted in such a way that I can open each drawer  & remove things from shelves without having to move something else/ hit anyone in the process.
This is the South wall of the room

The first three filing cabinets hold my fabric, the last one paper.
View 2   You can see the bookshelves and my two tables. East wall of the room.

#3 Move the kids computer where I can access what they are doing more easily & arrange all so no sound conflicts.
with daughter for scale Wink This is the West wall of the room. Mirrors on the right are the doors to hubbys closet.
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28  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: July 22, 2008 10:18:17 AM
Man those are cute together!! I'm really going to have to do robot goodness for my brother now.... (He's a serious nerd & loves all things robot),.

I recieved my stamp from Karin! and lovely postcards too (yay happy children)

And there was a great stamp on the envelope, yay ephemera!

EDIT: It helps if I put the RIGHT picture in  Roll Eyes even though the fabric from the Mostly Fat Quarter Swap is lovely....
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29  Re: July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: July 22, 2008 10:10:10 AM
Recieved! Thanks so much to my partner- she sent great fabrics!

A whole yard of that goregeous red Chinese brocade! squeee!!
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30  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by SpottedFrog on: July 21, 2008 08:48:37 AM
My Doubtful Guest (from Edward Gorey) and a lovely orange tree. The orange tree was done on an eraser with a cool dragon print on the other side.

and some ink and a neat postcard Smiley Thanks so much!
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