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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Help with Original Silhouette operation. on: January 13, 2011 10:03:57 AM
      Hello Smiley,

      I purchased a
    used Original Silhouette off Amazon.com last week. I have now had the machine for 4 days, but I have not yet been able to get it to work properly. The seller had more than one machine; he was very thorough in testing it and being sure that all parts were included. I am relatively confident that the problem is not in the machine, but in my assembly of the parts. I have not contacted the seller for aide yet.

    I am hoping some one here has used this machine and will be able to tell me if I have done something wrong. Grin

    Here are some possible complications in the machines functioning:
    • the machine did not come with a mat, so I am using a thin circuit mat cut to size
    • I am trying to cut an 80# sheet of card stock
    • The blade PROBABLY needs replaced. None are available locally. So, I am attempting to cut with the old blade.

    I followed the instructions in the "Quick Start Guide" and everything went smoothly until it the actual cutting part. It ACTED like it was cutting (making that TERRIBLE you're-breaking-the-machine noise that is so common) and seem to be cutting, but when I removed the paper there was NOT EVEN A SCRATCH on the paper.

    I reinstalled the software and the drivers. I checked to be sure I had the correct colored cap on the blade. Still no improvement when I try to cut. I was a bit confused about the instructions regarding which direction the blade should face, but I have even rotated the blade a few times and it didn't seem to help. I have not upgraded the software to the newest version of RoboCraft, but I assume the machine should work with the ORIGINAL program.

    I searched the internet and found that the Silhouette is wrought with frustrated operators, but no one seemed to have experienced MY particular problem. I thought of emailing the company but they are apparently not very good at responding.


    THANKS in advance.
    2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / looking for flower stitch instructions on: September 28, 2010 09:35:28 AM
    I know I have seen this stitch before. But I cannot seem to locate it. The flower is created by making half of the petals on row 1, and the rest on the return pass (row 2)
    I have tried to illustrate it as I remember.
    I thought I had seen a free pattern using this stitch on the net... anyone know what I'm talking about?
    3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear Warmers-- free crochet pattern on: March 31, 2009 03:31:15 PM

    Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear Warmers-- free crochet pattern

    Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear warmers


    See Legolas Here: http://elflady.com/legolasgreenleaf/gallery.shtml

    2 rubber bands or hair elastic, one to fit around each ear
    Small amount of Creamy White Worsted Weight yarn (or color of choice arent elves pale?)
    Size I/9/5.50MM Crochet hook

    With sl st on hook, attach white yarn to rubber band or elastic. Double over elastic if necessary: it needs to be tight enough to stay on the wearer's ear.

    Row 1:
    Ch 3. 13 DC in rubber band. 1 TR, 1 DTR, Ch 2, sl st into top of 1 DTR, 1 TR, 7 DC sl st into top of beg ch 3.
    Row 2:
    Ch 2, DC2tog 5x, 3 DC, DC2 tog (2nd half of this stich is in the ch 2 sp at the top of the DTR of the previous round or the point of the ear), 4 DC, attach with sl st to top of beg ch 2 sp.
    Row 3:
    ch 2, DC2tog 7x, join with sl st to top of beg ch 2.
    Row 4: Sl st across opening to close gap in middle. Finish off. Pull ends to inside.

    Repeat for other ear.

    **back side of ear**

    Give to your favorite "Elvish Impersonator".

    Do you need a bow and arrow set too?

    4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / KIDS-SAFE BOW AND ARROW SET on: March 04, 2009 07:15:42 AM


    Needed for this project:

    Yarn scraps or cotton balls
    Ouch-less hair elastics (1 for each arrow)
    Small amount of worsted weight yarn any color
    G\6\ 4.25 mm crochet hook
    One sturdy curved branch, bendy
    One sturdy branch, straight with v on one end
    About 5 minutes time

    Attach yarn in a crisscross pattern to one end of the bendy branch. Secure with a knot. Loop around branch again so that you have a loop to put your hook into

    photo explanation here:

    Make a chain as long as needed to reach the other end of the branch. The bow and arrow should be shaped like a capital D. the branch is the curvy part and the chain is the straight part. The chain must not be loose, or the arrow will not shoot.

    Secure end of chain to bottom of branch with a knot. If  it is too loose after you tie the knot, wrap the chain around the branch until it is tight and then retie the knot.
    *BOW MADE*

    Chain 10, join into ring, ch 3
    Row 1: 1dc in each ch across, ch 3 turn.
    Row 2: rep row 1
    Row 3: in a continuous circle: sc2tog until circle is closed in
    Finish off.
    Tuck ends into middle
    Stuff middle with scrap yarn or cotton balls.
    Secure with hair elastic to end of arrow opposite the v.
    Inform your little archer that if the bow-and arrow maker is shot she cannot make any more arrows!

    Coming soon: a quiver for your arrows and Legolas Ears!
    5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My second Painting Ever! on: March 03, 2009 11:26:50 AM

    I just recently took a pastel painting class. I am totally addicted! This was a painting that I made from a photo I took of my husband and son. I really struggled with the skin tones. Finally I just had to call it good because I was running out of time.  I gave it to my father as a Christmas Present. His favorite song is the old Holly Dunn song "Daddy's Hands," so that's what I called it. And I gave him a copy of the song in poem form. I guess he liked it: It made him cry....

      Shocked  I can't believe I already sold a copy of it!  Shocked

    Comments or Suggestions are welcome!
    6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Free Crochet pattern-- Kitty Graph for filet, tunsian, cross stitch on: March 03, 2009 11:02:24 AM

    Here's a graph I just designed.

    I was thinking it would make a cute book mark.

    What would you use it for?

    7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Esthers Breastfeeding Privacy Wrap with baby-proof weight-- New Photo on: March 02, 2009 09:08:37 PM
    Esthers Breastfeeding Privacy Wrap with baby-proof weight-- Free Crochet Pattern

    Please note that this is actually a good size wrap; the lady in the pic is a size 4X!

    I made this for my pastor's daughter who is soon to have her 1st child. I used generic colors because she and her husband have chosen not to find out if it is a boy or a girl.

    What is special about this wrap?
    It is weighted so baby will have a challenge pulling it off!

    This is the pocket that holds the weight. The weight is placed over the shoulder to keep baby covered. I had one like this when I was nursing! Much Better than just a blanket-- esp. if you have a grabby/wiggly baby.

    Esthers Privacy Wrap

    300 meters/330 yds (3 skiens) Lion Brand "City Lights" Nylon Ribbon Yarn
    (Or other yarn that makes a *mostly* solid fabric with the P Hook)
    Size P Plastic Hook (mine is gray)
    Plastic Zip-lock Bag
    1-1/2 cup rice, beans, dried peas or other item to use for "weight"

    With P hook, ch 18.
    Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk and in ea ch across. (15)
    Row 2: DC in ea of the remaining lps from the ch (opposite side of ch as row 1), join with slst to ch-3 of beg of row 1, ch 3. Do not turn. Continue in a circle. (15)
    Row 3: DC in ea of the spaces around, join with slst, ch 3 (30)
    Row 4-6: Repeat Row 3 (Pocket made)
    Row 7: 1 slst in ea of next 3 DC, 1 Dc in ea of next 9 DC, ch 1, turn (12)
    Row 8: sk 1st sp., DC2tog 2x, 1 DC in next 2 DC, DC2tog 2x, ch 2, turn (5)
    Row 9: 1 DC in ea sp across, ch 3, turn (5)
    Row 10-18: Rep Row 9
    Row 19: 3 DC in same sp as ch-3, 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, 4 DC in last sp, ch 3, turn. (10)
    Row 20: 3 DC in same sp as ch-3, 1 DC in ea of the next 7 DC, 4 DC in last sp, ch 3, turn. (14)
    Row 21: 1 DC in ea sp across, ch 3, turn. (14)
    Row 22: 1 DC in ea of the next 7 sps, 2 DC in next sp, 1 DC in next 7 sp, ch 3, turn. (16)
    Row 23: 1 DC in ea of the next 7 sps, 3 DC in next sp, 1 DC in next 7 sp, ch 3, turn. (17)
    Row 24: 1 DC in same sp as ch-3, *2 DC in next sp, 1DC in next sp* repeat to end, ch 3, turn. (27)
    Row 25: 1 TR in next 3 sp, 1 DC in next 5 sp, 1 SC in next 11 sp, 1 DC in next 5 sp, 1 TR in next 3 sp, ch 3, turn. (27)
    Row 26: 1 DC in ea sp across, ch 3, turn. (27)
    Row 27: 1 DC in same sp as ch-3, *1 DC in next sp, 2 DC in next sp,:* repeat to end, ch 4, turn. (40)
    Row 28: 1 TR in same sp as ch-4, 2 TR in ea of next 2 sp, 33 DC, 2 Tr in ea of next 3 sp, ch 4 turn. (44)
    Row 29: 1 TR in same sp as ch-4, 2 TR in ea of next 2 sp, 37 DC, 2 TR in ea of the next 3 sp, ch 3, turn. (48)
    Row 30: 1 DC in ea sp across, ch 3, turn. (48)
    Row 31-40: Rep Row 30.
    Finish of and weave in ends.

    Buttons for weight pocket:
    Make 5
    With P Hook: Ch 3, leaving 5 inch tail at front of ch.
    Row 1: sk 1 ch, SC in next 2 ch.
    Row 2: (Now working in the round), SC2tog, 2x, join with slst to 1st SC2tog,
    Row 3: SC in ea sp around, join with slst to 1st SC.
    Row 4: Repeat Row 3 until Ball is large enough to use as a button in your fabric (you dont want it to come out too easily).
    Finish off leaving 5 inch tail, pull beginning tail down through middle of ball and tie into knot with ending tail. Use ends to secure buttons to pocket area of cover.

    Place beans/rice/weight item in plastic zip-lock bag. Let as much air out as possible, zip and wrap to make bag as small as possible. Place inside pocket of wrap. Button Wrap pocket closed.

    Soon to come: a matching baby carrier!

    if you have any problems or find any discrepancies, please e-mial me so I can fix them!

    Enjoy!!!! Smiley
    8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / HELP!!!!! Living Room Layout on: January 06, 2008 11:22:35 AM
    My house sooooo is small... 700 sq ft.
    My living room is a constant problem and particularly the layout.
    I have exhausted all my ideas on how to lay out this room and am begging you for new ideas!
    To complicate matters, there is so much that happens in this room, not just entertaining (which I would love to do but it is too cluttered with furniture right now ) We use this room for everything but eating and sleeping! Computer, Sewing, Reading, Video gaming,  Entertaining, Homeschooling (when not at the dinning room table)
    I have decided to take everything out and only bring back the necessities. Everything else is  going into storage.

    Here is the layout and the necessary furniture (only about half of what is in there now! Embarrassed).
    The linen closet has to stay because my DH refuse to move the monstrosity again.
    Thank you for your  help!
    9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / You guys are my inspiration! on: August 10, 2007 12:30:14 PM
       OK, so I am going to start off my first post by complaining. I am not normally a complainer Embarrassed;

    I have simply been so frustrated --  until I found Craftster! Wink

    I am hoping that some of you may offer some consolidation. Has any one else experienced this?....

       I have joined a number of different internet crafty places: forums, chat groups, etc. And I have discovered that there are a lot of craft snobs out there (not sure this is the best descriptive word, but anyway) .

    Sometimes I wonder why they even participate when they have nothing positive to contribute.

    Case in point: In one group I was part of, I asked for links to free boys patterns (not baby patterns, but boys patterns). The only thing I was told was to Google it. Well... DUH! I wouldnt even be asking if I hadnt already spent time searching.

    In another group, with every comment I made, one woman would follow it up by scolding or correcting me like I was her child. UGH! Angry I felt like she was just following me around looking for something negative to say (and she never once said anything positive). Finally, I just stopped posting because she was getting so annoying.

    In the last group, I mentioned that it was so frustrating that there werent many cute boy clothes patterns to crochet and I was told that boys just werent as cute as girls and not as much fun to make clothes for. I strongly disagree!  Sad

         Cheesy Cheesy CheesyWhat a breath of fresh air when I found Craftster.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

    I have appreciated the openness to new ideas, that lack of sharp criticism, and the encouragement.

    There are very few threads that dont at least get a response.

    It is very frustrating when you go to all that effort to get something on the site only to have 2 people look and no one say anything!

       So to all you who post the comments and feel redundant, keep it up! Wink

    The encouragement I have seen since yesterday when I began reading crafster  has energized me to:

    1) Pick up a crochet project I have been procrastinating on (I can work on it while my dial-up decides if it wants to load pages today! LOL!)

    2) Finish sewing and hang a set of drapes that have been sitting next to my sewing machine for 18 months! My DH will appreciate no longer having that window bare!

    3) Add extra fabric to the bottom of my 5 yr old boys biboveralls to extend the life of the jeans.(They had been looking very much like capris-alls!)

     Shocked Shocked Shocked*** ALL THAT JUST TODAY! *** Shocked Shocked Shocked

       I am glad to be part of such a wonderful group of creative artists!

    You guys are my inspiration!  Cheesy Smiley Cheesy Smiley Grin
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