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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern storage ideas? on: May 21, 2011 11:35:04 AM
I know you have to have a storage solution by now but I thought I'd share mine because it has been working so long.  I bought 2 large plastic totes that were big enough to hold 2 rows of patterns, side by side.  Each pattern is filed by company and then pattern number.  The pattern company mostly have their pattern number along the top edge which is critical to my system.  When I purchase a pattern I download from the web the front and back cover, naming the file by the company and pattern number, McCalls 2398f & McCalls2398b.  My small laptop has all my patterns with yardages in it so I can bring it with me to the fabric store if something sparks my interest.  They are also sorted by type.  Super easy to find everything.

When I am sewing on a pattern, I have smaller plastic bins for my active projects.  I limit myself to 3 projects at a time so I am sure to finish them.  If I bought fabric for a certain pattern, I pin a note of the pattern name on the fabric so that I remember my plan. 
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY Feminine Products Revisited on: March 27, 2011 07:56:35 AM
Thanks, orangeillusions, for posting this summary.  You have great timing.  Funny thing is I was trying to figure out what fabric would be absorbent enough to use in a washable dog belly band.  A belly band goes around a male dog's waist and absorbs his "marking tendencies".  I had found a post for making some but they used store bought feminine pads and just threw them out.  I'd go broke and it seems wasteful, especially when you are talking a large breed and a dog that does it a lot.  Anyway, your post has given me some ideas to perfecting a washable dog belly band. If I get it to work I'll post it on another thread.  Thanks again.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Since we broke up... here's your scarf back (advice?) on: December 30, 2007 08:13:41 PM
I hope you are feeling better after a few months.  Men can be.....not so nice sometimes.
You can go my one friends route of donation.  Each year when she does her big downtown shopping trip (the trip of pain),  she brings scarves and such in her "recycle" shopping bag.  She hands them out as she walks down the street to any homeless person she finds along the way.  Since "the trip of pain" is just before the weather turns cold, most don't have the winter items they need from the donation centers.  She also gives them homemade granola bars but that really doesn't go with the scarf stuff. 
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Black Wreaths! on: September 07, 2007 02:48:42 PM
I was considering putting clear ornaments on one.  I thought I could pour into the balls some slime colored paint and have a little sign on it saving "Enter at your own risk."  Maybe add some matching plastic frogs. Front door fun....

Another option I liked was putting on some of the spider web stuff and putting a big ugly spider on it.  Maybe I can make one of those tunnel hole in the 7 o'clock position in the hole and have the spider emerging.  Some dead bugs and the  "Enter at your own risk"  sign, we've got a wreath.

This next option is for those of us on the night shifts.  Putting an owl in the center and a little sign saying "Night Owls: Read sign."  The sign is by my doorbell stating that if it is daylight and you ring that doorbell, you'd best have a good reason because I'm angry when someone wakes me in the middle of the day. My mother thought a bunch of little polymer clay grave stones on the wreath would also be nice.

As to leaving it up all year round, my neighbors still have up their chrustmas lights so I going with sure, leave it up.  Good thing I sleep during the day. Grin
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Katamari bag! on: November 04, 2006 01:43:10 AM
I love it! If I could only stop rolling, I'd have to copy the idea.  That game is so addicting.  Great idea to use the Prince's face as a pocket! You should made a katamari change purse and have little things like paper clips and such on the outside like they've been rolled up.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free Amy Butler Clutch Purse Pattern Online on: June 20, 2006 05:02:23 AM
Well, small problem with the pattern: Missing directions! Between the page called Assemble the Clutch and Complete the Clutch, they seem to be missing a page telling you to sew the lining and the outside together.  Basically, you need to sew the lining to the outside fabric with the right sides together but make sure to leave a hole to flip your clutch so the outside is out.  Be sure not to sew the tab piece into the seam.  Press and topstitch around the edge.  Look closely at diagram 14 to see their top-stitching.  Make sure you have already sewn (or whatever) in your closure before you attach the lining to the outside.  I sent them an email to tell them so hopefully they will add the page in.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Free Amy Butler Clutch Purse Pattern Online on: June 09, 2006 11:01:35 AM
Link: Amy Butler Pattern
I spotted this cute clutch while looking though my emails and thought I needed to actually post the link if no one else had.  The clutch uses only about 1/2 yard of outside fabric and another 1/2 yard for lining.  Looking at the pattern, I think it can be done with several different outside fabrics and look really cute.  If you only have a scrap left of a favorite fabric, I'd use it for the piece that has the pin on it.  Anyway,  "Clutch Purse with Antique Pin Closure" is the exact title at the Better Homes and Gardens site.  It looks like the directions may have been in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine but I can't tell.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: MY COFFEE CLOCK on: March 10, 2006 05:49:12 PM
Pop can top! Great idea!

I got the mechanics today so I just need to find the right cups. Smiley

03.17.06 Found the coffee cup! Finally!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: MY COFFEE CLOCK on: March 08, 2006 06:40:43 PM
That's is FAB-U-LOUS!  I now have to find a a cup and saucer because I am going to make one of these for the break room at work.  Yes, there's no clock...in a break room.  And I need one for my house too. 

Thinking about hanging it and the face staying on but still easily removed...how about glueing a block of wood inside and sticking the face in place to the wood with some velcro?  Other ideas?

What are you thinking to use for a hanger on the back? 

How about gluing the spoon on the saucer and and some sugar cubes too? LOL for work I'm thinking and cleaning out one of the little creamer cups and gluing that in place along with a plastic spoon.  Maybe an empty sugar packet.  Very breakroom. 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: MF, Storage closet! D: on: February 22, 2006 03:01:57 PM
I like the tent of fabric around the walls and ceiling.  Pick a fabric you love and you can use it somewhere else when your sister finally feels like moving.  Maybe a dark night blue and stamp some stars on it in glow in the dark paint.  Or how about going with a fabric that looks like it is from Morocco.  Very I Dream of Jeannie  Here's a link to that kinda feeling: http://www.e-mosaik.com/rental.htm
 If you know someone who has skills with wood, you could build a platform for the mattress and put some storage under there.  A little welcome mat at the doorway would be cool, you're right.  Maybe some lighting from the ceiling....Did the closet have a light?  If it is the kind that is a bare bulb, I've seen pendant lights that you just screw into a standard light bulb socket.  They have to be really light weight though since the socket is holding the weight.  Or maybe just one of those fun lightbulbs would be cool.  Be careful of the fabric near the bulb...fire hazard issues. Smiley
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