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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to dye a navy blue skirt black? on: December 07, 2008 07:31:02 PM
So I bought a skirt online that I thought was black but ended up being navy blue.  Unfortunately, I took off the tags and wore it a few times before I realized that it wasn't actually black, so I can't really return it.  Is it possible to dye the skirt black, and if so, how would I go about doing it?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What do you do with a finished product before selling it? on: July 09, 2007 10:53:06 AM
What should I do with a finished product before selling it?  Should I wash my knitted/crocheted things?  If so, with what--regular detergent?  Should I sanitize the jewellery?  Help!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / food allergy challenge! on: June 28, 2007 07:05:20 AM
Our good family friends are extremely difficult to have over to eat because:

1.) the dad and daughter #1 are allergic to gluten
2.) the dad and daughter #2 are lactose intolerant
3.) the mom is allergic to citrus
4.) they keep Kosher

what's a girl to do?!  We made a rice-flour pound cake once that went over well, but used up all of our ideas last time (Couscous and plain chicken breast, a salad, the aforementioned pound cake).  Does anyone have any ideas, or better yet recipes, that they could provide?  thanks a million!!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / t-shirt quilt pattern/suggestions/ideas? on: June 27, 2007 07:24:09 AM
hey y'all,

i have about 50 zillion old t-shirts that i really need to get rid of, but it breaks my heart becuase i'm a packrat and i feel that all my stuff has "sentimental value".  so, i thought i'd make a quilt!  though i usually do more knitting/crocheting/beading, i do embroider some, and i can use a sewing machine and all that.  seeing as this is probably the first and only quilt i will ever do, i was wondering if yall had any ideas or suggestions as to what type of pattern to use.  i love the look of the nine-patch pattern kind of pinwheeled around (i don't know if that made sense), but i'm assuming that that will be too difficult for me to attempt.  what do yall think?  and regarding the different fabrics of the t-shirts, should i just leave out the stretchier not-100%-cotton ones? 
sorry for this novel of a question!  thanks so much for your time.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / ipod cozies from hell (very img heavy, sorry!) on: December 27, 2006 09:46:31 PM
ok i just wanted to give yall a laugh...this post will be image heavy, i apologize.  (i also can't figure out how to resize them to be any smaller!  I tried making them teeny and it didn't work, so I doubly apologize for my incompetence!)

so i got my very first ipod for christmas, and being sick at home with bronchitis, as well as being the doting mother that i am, i decided to make it a cozy!

little did i know, sewing machines are much more difficult to manipulate than i'd initially imagined. 

so first i broke the needle, and so my mom had to come sort me out.  after that i somehow pushed the entire sewing machine onto the ground and broke some plastic, but i just taped that back on, and i'll tell her tomorrow morning when she's in a better mood.

but here are pictures:

attempt number one: the ipod cozy from hell.

attempt number two: the ipod cozy that ate tokyo.  it's HUGE.

attempt number three: the ipod cozy that would have been cute if the embroidery/chalked part was right-side-out, the corner wasn't wrinkly, and it didn't rival the size of the ipod cozy that ate tokyo.

attempt number four:
picture is unremarkable but basically i sewed the wrong side out again so that all the stitches were visible, plus i used white thread, and it was still too big

attempt number five: a relative success!

i was so overjoyed with it that i tried to do some embroidery with my sewing machine.  it mostly did not work.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / beaded ball and loop chain on: July 20, 2006 11:27:55 AM
i cannot for the life of me figure out this pattern:

i saw a variation on it earlier and couldn't follow it either.

i'm fine up until i've finished the first part and it looks like a flower (i'm sorry i don't know how to describe it better), so i suppose, i'm good while it's still flat, but i don't understand how to get it to curve into a ball shape.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / OOPS! too small.. on: March 18, 2006 01:04:00 PM
I accidentally made the loop in my ball-and-loop closure too small for the beaded ball.  Unfortunately, I realized this AFTER i finished the entire thing and sewed in the excess thread and everything!  Is there anything I can do to like, expand the loop, or shrink the ball?  The bracelet, while not too complicated, was really time consuming and i really can't stomach the thought of redoing the entire damn thing!

thanks!  Undecided
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / what would be an appropriate wedding gift? on: June 27, 2005 05:47:34 PM
my dance teacher as well as my old ceramics teacher are getting married in July.   I am close to both of them, (but closer to the bride) so i really want to give them a little something for their big day.  it's her first wedding and his third, but they have been just so excited and they're so cute.  I toyed with the idea of a clay figurine of a dancer, except for the fact that she already has a few.  She's a very, i don't know how else to describe it but, woman power! love your body! positive energy! thank your body for showing up here today! type person, the ceramics instructor is a little more reserved.  does anyone have any ideas?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / what do the moms want? on: March 13, 2005 10:46:47 AM
my english teacher from 4 years ago recently sent me a letter asking how i was doing, saying all sorts of nice things about me and then mentioned that she had just had her first baby a few months back and hoped that her daughter would be somewhat like me.  obviously i was incredibly flattered, and i want to send her some nice things back because she was the best teacher i've ever had.  so i guess what i'm asking is, when being given presents, do moms prefer baby gifts (e.g., baby blankets/toys) or gifts for themselves (some handmade soap, etc)?  and what was the best baby shower gift you ever received?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / wrapping wire around glass marble things? on: February 05, 2005 02:17:22 PM
i was trying to wrap some wire around those flat-bottomed glass marbles that you can use in vases, and the glass just keeps slipping out. i'm using 20g wire, and i am so completely lost! does anybody have any suggestions?
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