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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Body Jewelry? on: July 10, 2010 11:07:07 AM
I don't mean pretty dangling earrings either. I have small boxes full of CBRs (rings with a ball closure), bars, pinchers, and tapers ranging from tiny to huge. I hate looking at my dresser and seeing all the dust that has accumulated on them. What could I possibly do with them?

I dabble a bit in everything but my areas of expertise is in sewing and synthetic hair pieces. Years ago I had a stuffed animal that I 'pierced' with a couple bars, but that's it. Any thoughts? I'm open to all ideas!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Pants to Skirt. on: December 10, 2009 02:32:23 PM
Years ago I found a pair of pants that I thought were adorable. Black denim but with black and red lace details. So what did I do? Purchased them, of course!

But that's not the end of the story. I wore them on a pretty regular basis, so eventually the fabric frayed and holes developed. So sad. They were still too pretty to throw away, so I made a skirt with legwarmers to match!

Not the most clever of creations, I'll admit, but a good use of a pair of pants that were in no condition to be worn. Now it has plenty of days left ahead!

Please ignore the lens flare in the pictures. It's hard enough to race in front of the camera after hitting the timer, much less check the angle and lighting!

I didn't think to take notes while making these to later write a tutorial with, but I'm sure there are people on Craftster who have done the same thing.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Question for Sellers- Feedback? on: June 24, 2009 06:36:13 PM
I have only purchased on Etsy, not sold, but soon enough I'll take that leap. So here's a question for those who have.

When do you leave feedback? Do you write about your experience with the purchaser as soon as you receive payment, when you send out the item, or when the package is delivered? What's your personal experience? 
I would like to use proper etiquette but I don't know what it is! Everyone likes getting feedback (positive, that is). When do you list others?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hot Pants Pattern? on: January 22, 2009 07:13:29 PM
Booty shorts, short shorts, you know what I mean.
Does such a pattern exist? I could modify an existing pants pattern, but if someone has already done the work, I'd rather just go out and buy it.
Simple request, right? Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. A thousand 'thank you's if it's you!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fraying Brocade-What's the Trick? on: December 16, 2008 05:34:38 PM
I have sewn many items from brocade and have no plans to stop. I just love the stuff! But even though I serge every piece that I cut, it still frays. Even a few free threads are so unsightly! What else can I do besides snip the loose bits? 
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Revamping a Gas Mask? on: November 05, 2008 10:26:53 AM
It's never too early to start planning a Halloween costume, right?
I have a lovely gas mask my boyfriend purchased from a local military surplus store. While it's incredibly neat as is, I would like to paint designs on it. The majority of it is made out of a rubber/latex/plasticy material.. I have no idea, obviously! I keep having nightmare visions of the paint dissolving the material or not adhering or flaking off. What could I use on it? Acrylic paint? Spray paint? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated! 
I do apologize beforehand if this seems like a silly dilemma. I have absolutely no experience with rubber or paints. Totally new territory for me. Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick 5084- Very Easy! on: January 12, 2008 09:15:14 AM
Howdy! I've been sewing for many years but only recently have ventured into using patterns. What can I say, all that tissue paper and long instructions can be a wee bit intimidating! I've mastered skirts, but without an appropriate top to go with it, they just sat about collecting dust. So, terrified and apprehensive, I attempted a shirt.
I used 'C' because it looked easiest and I loved the look. It took about eight hours total, from cutting the patterns out to hemming the bottom. The directions were straight-forward and easy to understand, but because the top was constructed of only six or  seven pieces, you can easily figure out what to do without the instructions. This pattern should be a staple in everyone's pattern collection. It's so versatile and open to customization.
Highly recommended!
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