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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme makeover - Hotel reception room edition on: December 19, 2008 01:00:00 PM
Very cool! I love it! It looked nothing like the cold reception room you started with. You have every right to be proud of yourself!

It is my job to "enhance" our high school's auditorium lobby when there are events in there. I would like to borrow your "table covering/light" idea. What kind of lights do you have behind the plastic sheeting? It is so divinely dramatic.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: DeStash-Along 2009 on: December 19, 2008 12:39:26 PM
I'd love to join in! I haven't felt like making very many things this past year, but have continued to squirrel away supplies. I've just gotten interested in creating again recently, so the timing couldn't be better for me. Smiley
I hear ya! It's been the same for me. I was just talking about this the other day. I feel so good when I am crafting something, and yet,  never seem to make the time to do so. My twist on this is to complete one stash project for every new project. (Cause, ya know, you can't stop inspiration when it hits ya!) Ultimately, it will be one (or more!) per month. First, I have to face the music and actually go in the Craft Cave to see exactly what is stashed in there. I'm more than a little worried about that!  Shocked I'm sure I will be appalled.
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: help prevent unnecessary waste. on: December 19, 2008 05:55:34 AM
It's a sad reality what retail must do to survive.

Years ago I worked at Lord & Taylor for security. I will never forget having to crush, with a hammer, a set of 6 Waterford Crystal cordial glasses because one of them was chipped! The store was insured for damaged merchandise and could get more $ that way than offering a discounted sale price.

Before Children's Place bought the Disney Store, I worked there. We used to donate slightly damaged or mismatched (sets that were broken up) apparel to local children's charities. We simply removed the stitched in store labels to prevent returns without the receipt.

These days, I work for Kohls. We recycle all the cardboard and plastic that comes in with our shipments. We are supposed to repackage ALL items that customers open and have a special station at our store equipped for that purpose. Items that become "mismatched" are tagged and discounted at clearance prices. Damaged merchandise is still destroyed for insurance reasons. Small steps, but, they are at least small steps in the right direction in the world of big corporations!

So, I suppose, the moral of the story here is that everything is done for a reason. We may not like it, but, it is business as usual. And, perhaps we should all think twice before we rip open that packaging to see what's inside! Somewhere down the line, these losses will ultimately cost the consumer. That's me and you!
14  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Anybody up for a Spring Meetup in Royal Oak? on: December 19, 2008 04:40:10 AM
Hi all!

I haven't posted anything here in such a long time that I thought I'd start by seeing what's new locally! And, lookee here!

I live in the Hills of Farmington and would love to meet up with some crafty neighbors this spring. Royal Oak and Ferndale are my favorite haunts. Was just in Royal Oak last night for the holiday "thingy."

Royal Oak is also home to the Lady Bug Shoppe for the cross stitchers among us.

I'll keep checking here for more news!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Beautiful Recycled Miss World Grocery bag costume on: November 01, 2008 04:04:06 PM
What a clever idea!  Grin I love costumes like this! And, Chloe is absolutely adorable!
16  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Detroit, anyone? on: October 16, 2008 01:08:46 PM
Hi all!  Happy to see so many from Detroit.  Alot of Detroit groups - YOUNG - well...how about groups that are friendly to the over 50 (but not yet 60).  Do lots of crafts - anything and everything.  Have been hitting rummage sales all summer looking for finds.  Got into altered clothing and altered "thingies".  My craft and fabric stash is getting deep.  Piled higher and deeper as they say..looking for someone to craft with and to swap (or unload) some of my extras on.
Hi Nadia...if your're still here. I haven't been around in quite some time. Decided it was time to get my craft on. It's no fun when life is so busy you can't craft. Ugh! Anyway, it does seem to be a very clever young crowd in here. But, I'm pushing 50 and would like to get to know some folks closer to my age to play with. I craft just about everything too. Just love the sensory joy of hot glue, fabric, sewing machine oil and the thrill of a hunt to find the perfect treasure, whatever it may be! This year I have been trying reconstruction too. I haven't had as much time as I'd like to pursue this more, but, then is there EVER enough time? Looking forward to getting to know you.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Smilie Food Kitchen (pictures out the wazoo) on: October 14, 2008 05:40:30 PM
Love your "kitschen!" I collect vintage travel souveniers also. Right now I am trying to collect enough travel vintage scarves to make a quilt top for the downstairs bedroom. The goal to is to recreate an old motel room, using some of the souveniers for decoration. It's a slow process to collect things though. You've amassed quite an impressive collection!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: kitchen kitsch on: October 14, 2008 05:26:05 PM
The baby is adorable, the jadite to die for, and the turquoise stove? I am green with envy!

You are doing a great job making over your home. Can't wait to see the progression.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wondering how I could make this dress.... on: March 02, 2008 04:53:56 AM
I'd try adding the zipper in a side seam.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Two, two, two dresses in one! on: February 23, 2008 12:18:29 PM
Adorable dress! And, your little monkey looks like a very young Drew Barrymore! (Back in her "E.T." days.)
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