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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Looks like knitting but is not. on: January 19, 2008 10:58:52 AM
I love this bag! I want one for me! I might have to make up a knitting pattern now Wink  Very nice and super fabric choice!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: read or die! Skateboard shelves on: January 18, 2008 12:20:37 PM
Jade - we too are renters but we tell ourselves it's okay with a big jug of spackle. Wink  The walls are in pretty bad shape anyway (clearly years of renters putting holes in the walls) so we don't feel too guilty. 

Half boards are great idea! In fact we happen to have one from when the boyfriend got hit by a cab. (he was fine, but the board was not). I didn't even think to use those *smacks forehead*!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial) on: January 17, 2008 10:20:18 AM
This is fantastic! thanks for the tip!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Lack of criticism? on: January 17, 2008 10:17:39 AM
This is a very interesting question. Let me start off by saying that one of the main reasons I come to craftster day after day is because of the positive feedback. I feel there are plenty of other places to receive constructive (or even not so constructive) criticism around the internets.  Here at craftster, it feels more like a gigantic collaboration. 

The positive vibes and general mellowness here, I feel, allows people to feel comfortable and at ease about asking questions too. If I feel a piece isn't up to par, I'll ask others what they think I can do to improve it, etc. 

I also come from the strict belief that regardless of quality, it's the love and effort thrown in that really counts.  It may not be a Monet, but it's someone's creative vision. Perfectly executed or not. 

Craftster genuinely feels like more of a community and that's pretty difficult to find on the web these days.  It's nice to have a home away from "griefers", "trolls" and just plain meanies. Not to say for even a second that criticism is a bad thing or a mean thing, but in my opinion, it can easily open up that door and lead to negative comments.

Just my two cents!   
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: read or die! Skateboard shelves on: January 16, 2008 03:00:46 PM
thanks for the great comments and compliments!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Candles in glasses? on: January 16, 2008 09:36:58 AM
I think you're all set, especially since you say they're made of a thicker glass. I found an online tut for exactly this and it doesn't seem to be an issue.  It says in a warning to choose thicker glasses because they are less likely to crack, which seems to imply that even thinner glass is okay in most cases.  Do you have any that you can test with before you pour into your etched glasses?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ISO a newsboy type hat pattern on: January 16, 2008 09:14:42 AM

Stitch n Bitch Nation has a good pattern for one.  That seems to be the more popular one around the internets. Smiley

Here's another variation of one:

Hope this was helpful!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: read or die! Skateboard shelves on: January 15, 2008 08:43:33 PM
Chantelle - The boyfriend (long time skater) swears up and down that it shouldn't hurt the board.  Also, we made sure to drill the holes closer to the hardware (trucks) where it's a little strong anyway.  I see no reason why they wouldn't still be useable!  Plus, we kept two of the boards we actually use out of the project.  Wink

Good luck!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: cropped cardi / shrug-type pattern help please! on: January 15, 2008 10:18:35 AM
Knitty has one of my favorites.  Bulky yarn and cables.  The Blackberry.


Hope this is helpful!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: fabric for a sewing machine cover? on: January 15, 2008 10:11:26 AM
I've never made a sewing machine cover so I might not be the best person to respond to this but I'll give it a go.  First off, if you google Oil Cloth, there is a ton of awesome sites with interesting and not so dated patterns on them.  I only know this because I've been trying to come up with an interesting solution for my craft room floor so that I can spill paint and get messy without worrying.  So far, making an oil cloth "rug" is at the top of my list. 

As far as other durable fabrics, you could always try canvas maybe? Even decorate it yourself that way.  But seriously, what do I know?  Wink  Good luck on your project!
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