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51  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello! on: August 20, 2007 05:48:04 AM
Hello!  Guess I should've posted here first!  I didn't even realize there was an introduction board.  I was too busy reading all of the other wonderful boards.  Lots of awesome ideas here!  Well anyway, on to my intro.  My name is Rachel and I am 28 years old.  Happily married to Jeff.  We have two sons, Ashton who is 3 and Logan who will be one on the 26th of this month.  I taught special education in an elementary school for the last 5 years.  I am taking this year off to stay home with my boys.  I've been trying to do some crafting to make ends meet while I'm not working.  So far I've only sold some beaded jewelry but I've done pretty well with it.  I'd like to start making personalized baby things.  Just not sure what or how yet.  I have an absolute weakness for purses and bags so I'm loving that board!  I look forward to continuing to read everyone's awesome ideas and to see your projects.  There are a lot of very talented people here!
52  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I know what I want to make, but not what to use -with pic now on: August 07, 2007 03:27:32 PM
Hello!  I have been hired to make a cake for a 50th wedding anniversary reception. This will be my first cake for cash! Grin  I bought a regular wedding cake topper because I liked it better than all of the 50th anniversary ones.  But, I still want to get a gold 50 on the topper somehow.  I think it looks better in real life than in this pic but you get the idea.  (Sorry about the junk in the background, I was in a hurry).  Anyway, I was thinking I could either replace the dangling heart with a 50 or I could poke something onto bottom.  I also have a few little gold flowers I can add if needed.  Anyway, what should I make the 50 out of?  I thought of jewelry wire but I'm afraid it doesn't go too well with the topper.  I tried writing 50 with a gold paint pen on Shrinky Dinks but it looked yucky.  My only other thoughts were to cut an actual 5 and a 0 out of shrinky dinks, then paint them gold after they shrink.  Or to use polymer clay.  Any other ideas?  Oh, the little crystal heart that I'm thinking of taking off (the hanging one) is only about an inch tall, if that big. 
Thanks so much for any thoughts!
53  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / newbie needs direction--please give me advice on: August 03, 2007 12:55:32 PM
Hello!  I just joined here today!  I can't wait to get a look around.  Right now I mainly just make beaded jewelry but there are so many other things I want to get my hands in!  I just have to find the time and acquire the knowledge!  Anyway, I'm not sure this is the best place to ask my questions but I'll start here and if need be, you can direct me elsewhere.  My brother in law was just killed in a car accident on June 19th.  His wife (of one month) is pregnant.  I'd like to make a quilt for the baby using some of his clothes and some squares with pictures.  I want the child to be able to use the quilt throughout his life so I want to make sure that the pictures wash and wear well.  I have tried Ink-jet iron ons with my printer and they crack and are not good quality so I know I don't want to try that for this quilt.  What do you recommend I do for the pictures?  I don't want to buy a new printer since this could very well be the only project I ever do like this.  Is an iron on the best choice or would silk screening be better?  I don't really know enough about either to decide.  Is it even possible to silk screen a photograph?  I'm not opposed to having someone else make the photo squares for me (and I would pay them to do so).  I'm just not sure what the best option would be to ensure that the pictures last through many washings and last a lifetime.  Any suggestions?  How do I get the pics onto fabric?  What kind of fabric should I use?  Any other advice?  Thanks!
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