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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Perler Beads in the US on: August 13, 2007 09:59:36 AM
Hi all, I searched this but was unable to come up with a response. I'm going to the States (Mass, ME, NH) in two weeks time and I've been making a lot of Perler bead crafts lately. In Canada, I haven't been able to buy them in individual colours, and I was just wondering if you can do that at any stores in the US (ie: buy a bag of brown, a bag of green, rather than a huge mixed bucket) or if they have pre-sorted mixes, and where I could get them (I've tried Michael's and Wal-Mart here, and all they have is the big buckets or the "kits" for specific projects).

32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Picture Frame Ideas? on: August 13, 2007 06:03:55 AM
I'm trying to make some picture frames for 3 pictures that I photoshopped. The pics are black and white with the main focus of the picture in color so I want a frame that sort of... goes along with that idea? I was thinking of hot gluing dominoes around the edge but I wasn't sure how that would turn out (I have the wooden 4x6 frames from Michael's). I was also thinking of painting them black with white buttons, but I'm not sure. They are for a guy, so nothing too girly can be done, haha. Any ideas?
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Magnets - help! on: August 09, 2007 10:51:14 AM
Hi, I've just recently got into craftster while searching for ways to decorate my boyfriend's new apartment cheaply so I think this is my second post -- be kind!

I got the idea from.. somebody on here (sorry I can't remember to give credit!) to use LJ icons to make magnets. I printed off oodles of icons from my boyfriend's favorite shows, video games, etc, and am really excited to do it, but I've run into a few speed bumps I was wondering if you all could help me with.

First, the magnetic sticky stuff I planned to use is I'm pretty sure meant for trucks/cars (like putting a company logo on a truck via magnet) and I er... "creatively procured" some from my place of work (just a little!). When I sat down to stick the magnets to it and I tried to peel off the white shiny stuff, it was extremely difficult to peel off, and 90% of the stickiness remained on the white stuff, not on the magnet. Since I can't really ask around the office (due to my creative procurement) I'm wondering if maybe it needs to be ironed/heated first to separate the adhesive, or if there's a technique I'm missing that anyone might know about?

If not, I do have a new bottle of mod podge for some other projects I want to start. If nobody can come up with the solutions to the mysteries of my magnet paper, I can always use that. But I read on the bottle (have never used mod podge before.. I'm a real newbie to this I tell ya) that it can be tacky? Which I don't want for magnets. I was wondering what to do about this, and if I absolutely need to buy another product (crafting projects have consumed my food budget lately :S) what is the best one? (I'm in Atlantic Canada).

Alright, I think that's it! Any help is appreciated, thanks guys and gals!
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Helping to Decorate an Apartment... eek! on: July 10, 2007 09:45:16 AM
So, my boyfriend recently got his first apartment, and he's going to be moving in within a few weeks. I found Crafster while searching for ideas of things I could make him for it. It's been a little overwhelming because a) there are so many good ideas, but b) many of them are a little on the feminine touch side.

I was just wondering if anyone had some ideas about a couple things. Firstly, all he has for seating right now is an (ugly) blue leather love seat. I've never made a slip cover, but I don't think I can just because it doesn't have cushions (not separate ones) and it's a weird shape. Also, I can't just staple it, because it's his mother's and she probably wants it left in usable condition (though I can't imagine why :p). He also has a matching blue leather chair with metal arms and base.

He has a dresser and nightstand right now that are ugly old beat down wood with door-knocker style hardware. I was thinking about decoupaging (again, have never done that -- did I mention I like to dive right into things? *grins*) some photocopied comics onto one, as someone did, but I'm not sure about covering the drawers with it, as I think he wants a little more of a mature look for his bedroom.. as in, 90% mature, 10% fun and geeky.

I'm guessing most of the apartment will be done in shades of navy, blue, brown, black, white, etc, but he definitely wants to add some color and some interesting things to the walls. He's into fun video games (mostly old school ones and Nintendo rather than Halo type games), TV (loves The Office, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Heroes, 60's Spiderman Cartoons, Family Guy, etc) and other slightly nerdish stuff. He also needs a kitchen table and a coffee table, as well as a TV stand, so any creative ideas (and cheap!) for these things would be great.

I guess this was sort of just a random jumble of thoughts, but I guess let me sum it up: I can sew, I can needlepoint, I can't knit or crochet, but anything else I could probably pick up pretty quickly, or am willing to try. I'd like any and all ideas for a masculine but fun apartment that are relatively cheap. Thanks in advance Smiley
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