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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Help painting branches on: April 27, 2018 07:59:18 AM
Hi - I've been away from craftster for awhile, but I hope it's ok to ask for suggestions my first time back  Smiley

I started (acrylics) painting not too long ago, and I'm a little stuck on this one. It still needs flowers on the branches  but before I do that, the branches look spooky to me. Any suggestions to make them less spooky?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / swap point question on: December 08, 2013 08:30:24 AM
(disclaimer... it's been a while since I've swapped so I may just be 'behind the times' with this question) I was looking at some of the recent swaps and some of them say things like "this is a small swap, just 3 points"  or "send a medium item which is 3 points"

I thought 3 points was a large? Has there been point-inflation? Am I just out of the swapping loop? (possible & likely!  Cheesy )
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Foyer re-do idea - fun&quirky or tacky&tasteless? on: October 07, 2012 10:58:50 AM
I have a very small foyer - it's actually the landing of a staircase (about 3.5'x5') that needs a little pick-me-up.  

I don't really want to paint it because it's part of a fairly open hall/living room/dining room area at the top and I *really* don't want to paint those rooms with a 14' cathedral ceiling!

What I'm thinking... I found a plain wooden child's bench that's just the right size to fit in the corner at the bottom of the stairs where I leave my shoes when I come inside. The bench is out-of-stock, but once it comes, I'll put that in the corner and put my shoes under the bench so they're easy to get to (it's open underneath) but not as visible as they are now. On the seat of the bench I'm thinking of putting some stuffed toys I have.

So far, so good, right? The wall next to the stairs is a diagonal... I'm thinking it'll be cute to put up shoes/purses/mittens/toys etc on the wall like they're sliding down to the bench. I'm sure I can find fabric with those designs on them and glue them on with starch.

Would that be on the fun&quirky or tacky&tasteless side of the line? (and yeah, I know, the line's different for everybody...)

And a picture would help...

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Surprise Jacket on: August 18, 2012 01:08:20 PM
I just finished this Baby Surprise Jacket for a friend. The baby's a girl, but I didn't know that when I started the sweater Smiley  I made a few small changes from the pattern - the sleeves are little longer, the neck's a little wider, and the buttonband/bottom hem is a little narrower. I added the crochet edging and ties to 'girlify' the sweater a little.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin repair? on: July 16, 2012 09:57:32 AM
I have a resin 'charm' (not sure what else to call it)  that's make out of sand. A tiny piece of the resin broke/chipped/snagged/?? and the sand is slowly leaking out! 

Is there any kind of fix I can do?

I've never done resin work, so I'm less than a novice at the technique. Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lining a skirt with 'pantaloons' on: June 26, 2011 07:23:49 AM
I prefer to wear slips that look like shorts (pantaloons?). If I wanted to line a skirt with that kind of slip, is it really as straightforward as making the skirt, making the pantaloons (or whatever it's really called) in a thin nylon or cotton fabric, and then sewing them together at the waist? It sounds too simple to be right  Cheesy  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what's a good first-class item? on: May 16, 2011 09:50:00 AM
I signed up for a 3 week 'learn to sew your own clothes' class  Roll Eyes and the specific pattern/item is my choice as long as it's marked easy or beginner. Since I'll have about 9hrs worth of class time, what's the 'best' learning-experience item? I'm thinking pants because of the fitting or a shirt for the shaping etc. What do you think?
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / glass tile & cabinet pulls on: March 25, 2011 09:48:53 AM
I'm re-doing my bath and I realized that the 5/8" square glass accent tiles would be a great cabinet pull knob if I can attach them to plain silver-colored metal square knobs.

What's the best way to attach the glass tiles to a metal cabinet knob?

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Questions re REALLY glossy paper & greeting cards on: January 27, 2011 11:42:07 AM
Two questions....

I cut some inchie bases from a catalog and while some of them are fine 'as-is' I'd like to add to some of them. The problem is that the paper is so glossy that even Sharpie permanent pen ink slides off. Any hints on how to un-glossy the paper without ruining it? There's got to be something besides just gluing stuff to the paper, right?

I have a bunch of greeting cards that I'd like to display, I thought I saw someplace about turning them into a book by binding them together with handsewing. Of course, FINDING that someplace again is not happening easily...anyone know if what I'm talking about makes sense & how do-able it is? 

Thanks much!!  Kiss
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / "scratchy" Swarovski bracelet on: January 01, 2011 04:34:32 PM
I got a lovely bracelet made from (what looks like) Swarovski bicone beads. Lovely except those beads scratch - is there anything I can put on the edges to smooth them out (or are they safe to file? and with what?) Or just be sure to wear the bracelet over a long-sleeve sleeve?  Cheesy
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