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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Looking for rattles/capsules? (Or... why can't my cat like the nip?) on: January 24, 2007 09:52:44 AM
My cat just doesn't like catnip.  I've only ever seen her react to one toy with it inside, which must have been some really high concentrate, as I can dump out an entire bag, offer her a whole plant, and nada.

She does like the smell of real fur, though.  Disgusting to me, but it makes her happy.  Unfortunately, I've got a dog.  All of those little fur mice with the cork centers get stolen and torn up by my dog.  The only toys that've lasted in the house have been some cheap fabric mice that have this rattle in them.  The rattle keeps them interesting, the plain fabric ensures that the dog won't attempt to consume them.

The rattle inside is really a hollow plastic ball with a BB in it (I think).  I know this is a choking hazard, but none of these have ever been destroyed/gutted.  They're fantastic.  The only problem is that occasionally, we step on them, the ball breaks, and no more rattle.  Then it's BORING!  Totally ignored by the cat. 

I'm looking for a replacement rattle, that I can make and put in my own toys.  Bells really aren't interesting to her.  She just ignores that.  So I need itty bitty plastic capsules - about the size of a thumbnail.  I'd just steal them out of more mice, but I can't even find the same things anymore (I think they came out of a "fun pack" of toys, around christmas time.)

Do you folks have any idea?  Make?  Repurpose?  Something?

Thank you!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Turkey bowl for guys ... ??? for the girls? on: November 17, 2006 07:12:37 AM
So my husband would like to start a tradition at hour new house of hosting a turkey bowl on the day after Thanksgiving.  We've got a field right behind the house, so it'll be perfect for that.  (Of course it's been raining for the past month or so, so that'll be fun.  He can do his own laundry after that.)

But the problem is that we've got a good handful of guys who've already said they're coming, and we'd also like to invite their women-folk.  But what do us ladies do while they're out playing ball?  They're not all terribly crafty, so I hate to force a craft day on everyone, unless it's something simple.

Here are my ideas currently:
Cards.  Anyone, provided scissors, glue, glitter, stamps, etc, can make cards.
Basic ornaments.  Something like ribbon candy ornaments?

Maybe something "spa" like?  Scrubs?  Soaps?  What else?

Or something not crafty?  How can I entertain these ladies?  There will be about 10 of us, and most won't know each other.  I'm not good at entertaining, let alone entertaining women. 
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Candy vs. Soap molds on: October 10, 2006 01:11:23 PM
Ok.  I've found molds.  I know there are differences for hard candy molds versus chocolate and soap molds.

My question is whether I can use molds I've used to make m&p soap to make chocolates with.  Since it's just m&p, and well... it's soap, so it'd clean up all squeaky clean, I can't for the life of me think of a logical reason why not to.  But, then, you never know.  Can someone enlighten me?

Or do I have to have two of every mold, and mark them all appropriately?

Sorry if it's been asked.  I've searched here and google with all kinds of different terms all afternoon, and haven't been able to find a thing!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / breast cancer awareness month - embroidered boobs enclosed on: September 22, 2006 08:28:02 PM
I don't know what prompted me to do this - possibly a whole slew of pink flowery patterns in a cross stitch mag I've got.  Well.  I'm not that subtle.  So here's my tip of the hat to all those brave women who fight breast cancer, and my not so subtle wag of the finger to the rest of us who should do our self exams every month.

I blatently stole this from the wonderful komen.org site and used a pink transfer pencil to iron it onto muslin.  I'm considering making all of them and either making them into individual pillows, or putting them into a long row-type wall hanging.  Might make a nice donation to a women's clinic, perhaps?

Thanks, everyone!
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I'd like to see other projects in honor of the month!  Maybe a Subversive-style cross stitch with "Boobies Rock!" or something?

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Small "hanger" X-Stitch Kits on: September 04, 2006 08:21:06 AM
So I normally don't do XStitch.  Not sure why, because I loved it in middle school.  But I found these really cute teeny tiny kits at Joanns with Halloween and Autumnal themes on them - ghosts and cats and skulls.  Now there's my style.  So I picked up one of each - they were only a little over a dollar, and had everything in them except for scissors.  I figured it'd be a good backpack project for between classes, since they're only about 3x4 inches.

But they included these cheesy-ass "hangers" that you're supposed to use to display the finished piece.  Not my style.  So what would you do with about 8 or so 3x4 swatches of aida with Halloween themes on them?  Little pillows?  Frame 'em in tiny frames and hang 'em?  (Actually... not a bad idea... I've got a slew of Ikea "Clips" frames I bet I could use, and put some nice Halloween scrapbook paper behind 'em!)  Do I really need EIGHT throw pillows for Halloween?  Maybe cards or something.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bragging - Wee wonderfuls stitchette on: August 14, 2006 08:48:41 AM
This is what I've been working on lately.  It's from the Stitchettes pattern on the http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com site.  I'm planning a quilt with all 4 of these girls.  Would  like to do a 3x4 quilt, so I'm thinking of finding either animals or flowers for the other squares.  Or maybe just leaving it blank.  We'll see.

Here she is.  Done 99% in chain stitch, because I like the way it looks, and because the back is tidier than my back and split stitches.  Hemline is french knots, and the lines on her dress and skateboard are some kind of perverted stemstitch that I took up.  (Actually, no, I lied.  The lines on the skateboard are double running stitch.  I wanted to try it.  Nice effect, eh?)  Colors are a touch off in this scan, but they're a muted palette.  Love 'em.


(I'm trying to embed from flickr.  Let's see if it'll let me.)
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Muslin as batting? on: August 11, 2006 10:57:52 AM
So I'm planning a quilt.  I'd like it to be "twin size" so that I can cuddle under it with my husband - we have afghan fights, I swear.

Because HE's so warm, it doesn't really need to be terribly warm, either.  Just enough to keep the chill off.  That, and I'd probably actually use it more in the summer.  So I'd like a cotton batting, I think - I hate the way synthetic fibers breathe (or not...)  But I also don't have the time or ability to quilt a huge pattern to keep the batting from bunching and spreading and what not after the washings this blanket is sure to take.

Would it be the worst thing in the world to use two layers of muslin between the top and back as a sort of batting?  I know that as wide as I'm planning, I'd probably have to have a seam in the middle.  And I'd be sure to still quilt within reasonable distances.  But is there something terribly wrong with doing this?  Maybe it would affect the way it lays/drapes in some manner I'm not expecting?  Please let me know!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Tea Towels // Flour Sacks // other blank resources on: August 10, 2006 09:02:57 AM
I found a supplier of nice, more closely woven flour sacks.  It's from http://www.raglady.com/ and the flour sacks are around 1.50 each, with free shipping.  I, for one, am willing to pay an extra 50 cents for better towels!  And to think a lot of my beginner problems were really just low quality fabric problems!

Also, Ikea's (white with red strips) towels are nice, but a little harder to stitch on.  The weave is a little more 'waffley' than it is flat.  Of course, they're also only 50 cents. 

I also enjoy their (Ikea's) pillow blanks, because I love the way they have internal flaps to hid the pillow inside, instead of just an opening.  They are a little bit expensive, though.  They come in some nice colors.

Edited to add:  There was a link here earlier to Dharma trading's site, which I think could be repeated, because they've got everything!  I haven't ordered yet, but once I clear some project space up, they're my next stop.  http://www.dharmatrading.com/
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Keep dog from cat food? on: August 08, 2006 11:11:36 AM
We just bought a house, and I'm trying to make plans for the "living arrangments" of my animals.  My dog and cat get along pretty well, but the dog just can't resist that tasty kitty food.  I can't blame her, really, as it's always my fault.  So right now, our solution is a baby gate that we lean against the doorway to my computer room.  The lean provides enough of a route for my Boo to slip through for access to her litter and food, and Portia doesn't bother to knock it down.  But inevitably, the gate gets pushed aside and poor Boo watches as her food is scarfed.

So.  In the new house, I'd like to find a solution to keep Boo's food up without resorting to putting a cat door on the laundry room or something.  I thought about making a cat tree with one of the upper platforms also a feeding station, but I'd want a cat tree in my living space, and I think it'd be a little freaky to listen to the cat munching away while we watch TV or whatever.  So maybe a mini cat-tree to put in the dining room?  My dog isn't super tall, so something as high as a card table would most likely be safe.

Have any of you seen a commercial product like this that I could run away with?  Or made something like this to suit your own needs?

Edited to add:  Water isn't an issue - we've got several of those gallon self watering jobs that both animals share really well.  (My cat loves watching the water pour out after the dog takes a big glug.)  At least that makes it easier, since I don't have to worry about her pushing water bowls over all the time.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Bust Ad Misprint? on: August 04, 2006 11:10:38 PM
I got all excited as I was browsing the most recent issue of Bust at B&N the other day, as it mentioned the new book was to be coming out 9/06/06.  I thought this was strange, because Amazon says October 1st, but chalked it up to the book being available on the website before other vendors.

But then just yesterday I noticed that the SS website says Oct 6th!  So is it a misprint?  Which is right?  Lol, I'm so gosh darned excited!

EDIT:  Just a note... I just realized that the 06's that I keep seeing are probably the year and not the day of the month.  Whups.  Either way, that Bust ad said 9 (September), I'm sure of it!
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