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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Ribbon Blankies on: December 30, 2004 11:31:01 AM
I read another MB that said she was really picky about the copyright to the name brand version. I dunno. I always thought it didn't matter if it was for personal use. It was on some kinda down home country themed site. I don't remember the name.  Huh

The ones I've seen were small. Maybe dinner napkin size? They're more developmental toys than blankies.  They're really popular right now.

Great job OP!  Is one of your ribbons sports themed? It'd be cute to make diff ones with diff colors/ themes.   
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: After Shaving... on: December 28, 2004 08:00:40 AM
I came here to learn about soap making, etc and now I'm posting about my underarms! Huh

I have VERY sensitive skin. Fortunately, my underarms aren't too sensitive. Firstly, Dove deo for sensitive skin isn't that good if you have a prob with the aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydex gly. It contains a % very close (within 1 or 2 %) to the avg deo. It just moisturizes the skin more b/c of other ingredients. I *think* Tom's of Maine offers a true senistive skin deo. I wanna say I've seen it for around $5. Not sure if it contains the chemicals OP is trying to avoid.

The breast cancer risk is still debated, but I applaud you being cautious. 

I recomend skipping the shaving for a while. Maybe a week or 2?? Moisturize the skin and exfoliate gently with a mild facial scrub (IF it isn't too irritated to do so). Then go back to a routine of shaving with a fresh razor and lubricated skin. Also, try to hold the skin taut as you shave.

I sometimes get 2 or 3 biggish red bumps. Mine are b/c the underarm hair grows in so many directions. I shave both up and down. It's impossible to shave in the "right" direction b/c there isn't one. Mine are mildly ingrown hairs that I painfully pluck right after showering. (They appear immediately after I shave and I can see a tiny hair in there.) Yours may be that or razor burn. This should help with either though.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: need info about embroidery machines plz on: December 21, 2004 05:48:23 PM
Thanks Cindy. I'm looking for a new machine. The feature description lists things like number of stitches and hoop sizes. Does that mean your embroidery has to be the same or smaller than the largest hoop size listed? This is for personal use, so it doesn't have to be super fast. 

Someone mentioned wanting one and she said it cost around $800-$900. She isn't too experienced with embroidering so I don't know that she'd be too specific about the features. I checked every store I thought she may have seen it at, but no luck. The only thing she really wants is to be able to embroider from photos. It may also be used for lettering.

I saw a Singer Futura CE 100 machine for around $600. Here's the description:

The Singer exclusive 3900 predigitized designs CD is included FREE with our CE100. It does not come with the Wal Mart version.

Windows 98 and up compatible (PC Not Included)

Large (4 1/2 X 6 3/4) and small (3 1/8 X 4 3/4) hoops

On-screen embroidery tutorial included

Embroider your choice of predigitized designs

Add Auto Punch software option to equal C200 model

Can use design packs from Amazing Designs, OESD, Cactus Punch, Dakota Collectibles, Embroidery Arts, and others.

Unlimited colors in designs, depending on size

Transmit predigitized designs directly to the machine by USB cable included. No need for cards or reader/writer boxes.

80 stitch functions, 22 built-in sewing stitches plus 2 lettering styles in embroidery mode.

Built-in automatic needle threader

Needle stops up with up/down button control

Optimum Power Control

One-touch pattern sewing selection

Two styles of one-step buttonholes

Top drop-in class 15 plastic bobbin with see-through cover

Drop feed control for embroidery and sewing

Does not exceed 500 stitches per minute on embroidery, but up to 800 spm on sewing

They offer auto digitizing software for around $200.  The software description says, "The "AutoPunch" add-on software product will add the feature of automatic conversion of an image into an embroidery design to the FUTURA software".
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / The "Which Embroidery Machine Should I Buy?" Thread on: December 20, 2004 09:39:37 PM
I need input from you smart crafsters. I'm interested in a home embroidery machine which can interface with the PC to embroider images and photos. I saw a Singer embroidery machine with optional "auto punch software". I'm not clear if that will do a good job with photos. I'm hoping to find this for less than $800. I've been comparing prices online, but I really don't understand the terminology. Any advice? Thanks.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Stop, THIEF!! Help me!! on: December 20, 2004 09:31:07 PM
I know how stupid this sounds, but if a big co is going to steal your work, couldn't they at least modify it somewhat? It amazes me how someone could boldly (or stupidly) purchase from you and then steal your exact designs. I'm glad you're pursuing this.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: How Long Is Too Long and How Polite Does One Need to Be? on: December 20, 2004 09:15:36 PM
WOW! Reading all that made me feel some of your resentment. LOL I guess she's just living up to the poor rep she's established with you. Her business won't last too long if she's treating all her customers this way.

I don't understand why she hasn't yet filled the order. The suppliers usually don't take that long (their customers won't put up with it). If an item is back ordered, they likely offer the option of canceling it or getting credit instead. It seems like this merchant would somehow follow up with them rather than acting annoyed with you. Besides her attitude, that behavior sounds fishy. 
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Crafty Gifts for Little Girls on: December 20, 2004 06:57:06 PM
Do you have a Dollar Tree store? Everything's $1 and they have tons of stuff. I found big stamps there. They also had some kid's craft kits. One had foam door hangers and the fixins to decorate it. They had another set with pipe cleaners, fabric and beads to make a fairy doll.

I think it'd be fun to add some print outs of hand puppets or other finished projects to give them inspiration. Gel pens and washable glitter paint pens are always great. Scrap fabric and rick rack would be fun too.

DUH! I just realized the OP is from March Sad
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for Wizard of Oz fan on: December 19, 2004 11:02:01 PM
I doubt this is helpful, but I felt so special b/c there was a movie theater showing it on my birthday before.

There are a ton of great quotes from that movie. You could put them on stationary, clothing, notebooks, whatever she'd actually use.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: wedding gift?? on: December 19, 2004 10:57:34 PM
Thank you so much!! I'm working on framing the invite. I have some scrapbooking remnants to embelish with. The invite itself is kinda plain, simple gold script (no embossing, etc), so I'll try to liven it up.

The pillow is a great idea. I'll file that in my memory bank.

I love the idea of doing something with the clear glass plates. Even a copy of a newborn's footprints, or a special photo could work for so many occasssions. I don't want to venture out to BBB anytime soon, so that'll go into the someday file.

I was a lil grouchy about the whole thing. I really feel imposed upon by what I'm beginning to feel was/is a one sided friendship. This obligation was a burden rather than a joy. Now I have a fun, easy project. Thanks again!   
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my REAL prom dress (part I/partII) on: December 18, 2004 11:05:42 PM
Very cute! I'm olive toned so I don't really wear yellow, looks great on you though. Hmm, maybe the top one would work better if the v shape and waist were a little lower??

I'm mal proportioned and always looking for ideas of clothes to make that will fit. I end up with flour sack shapeless dresses or falling out somewhere. I really like the first dress, but I doubt it'd work on me.
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