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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: December 31, 2015 03:13:39 AM
>storerboughtcreations..Can you grow pumpkins in Japan? They are pretty easy. And can grow in a large pot on a back deck. The vine, that is. It spills over and needs a trellis with old nylons tied on, for holding up the fruit. But I bet you could make your own puree. Just one or two fruits would make a bunch of cups of it, and it is best if you only allow a few pumpkins per vine, anyway. And the puree freezes well when fresh. You would not have to can it. Just a suggestion.

Neat projects. I love the canning lid idea. Your turtle is cute, too. I haven't been getting my notifications, either. I am going to have to go back a few pages and see what I missed. And slap that notification thing again  Grin


Oooo. ActsofCraftyness...your floating ornament things really caught my eye. I have a horde collection of used lightbulbs. I bet they would work to make a similar idea. How did you get the little silhouette in the bottle/ornament?
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2016 Ongoing Pinterest Swap Gallery & Discussion on: December 29, 2015 10:51:37 PM
*SIGH* I would love to sign up for one of these, but my Pinterest is pretty lame right now. I will start working on it again. Most of what I like I just download into regular computer files. I will have to refresh my memory for how to extract them from here. But I will eventually ask to jump in sometime this year.

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spirograph Thank You Notes (6 poorly lighted pics) on: December 29, 2015 10:13:27 PM
Wow! That is a great idea. I don't have a Spirograph. But this project reminds me that I have a bunch of kids stencils that might be neat to trace. I wish I could get caught up with all my other projects so I have more time to play  Grin

14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: December 28, 2015 07:55:54 PM
hey I just set up January's OPS  check it out here

What the heck is OPS? I'm afraid to click it!  Grin

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap! on: December 28, 2015 03:55:27 AM
My gorsh..how were you all able to wait? And what wonderful splenders you got. Next year with me for sure. Now that I know what this one is all about. I will plan to spoil, and hope to get my spoils, too. This was a fun swap to watch in the lurch. Some of these swaps I am not sure about. So I stay a lurker until I have a better feel of things. This one was a great one! Happy New Year to all!  Grin

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by my Great Grandmother, C. 1886 on: December 25, 2015 11:47:42 PM
I love this, too. I would have scanned and copied the original. I hate my handwriting. I think you did a great job at old fashioned penmanship. What a very wonderful gift to share.

17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap! on: December 25, 2015 11:13:42 PM
Sharalee, you make such wonderful things..you deserve your stocking. I would guess a bag holder, too. I can't wait to hear what it actually is.

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: December 25, 2015 10:52:09 PM
I did machine embroidery for a living for quite a number of years. My experience has been with the "professional" machines which run fifty million times faster than the home sew kind, but I agree with the stabilizer comment shared. There are tear away kinds, when you don't wish the bulk behind, or like when doing the towels. Leaves a cleaner backside  Grin

There is also a water soluable topping available. It is clear plastic-y stuff that is good when embroidering on fleece or anything with a "pile" like fur, corduroy, etc. You just press it in the hoop with the fabric, or you can pin it over the top, too. Once you start stitching, you can remove the pins. It is sticky when you first start to wash it out. Often a wet toothbrush helps to release it from the design. For like doing Christmas stocking tops, where you don't wish to wash the whole item. It rips away from most of the design before you start to wet things.

A good pair of cuticle scissors comes in handy for snipping the "contact" threads. Those places where the needle skips over to do another part of the design. It is sometimes good to snip those as you go, before you change to the next color, so they don't get caught up underneath the next color of the design. It just depends on what you plan to do with it, i.e the style of the design. Sometimes they will be hidden, and you can skip that step.

And don't forget that there is Frey Check..a product to seal the thread end tails. That does wonders for making sure your design does not unravel. And I can't stress enough to use quality threads. It will ease any further frustrations.

And yes, you will have mishaps with projects. It is a good idea when trying a new design to make a test piece. Those you can always turn into patches for a tote, or something else. Try to test on a fabric similar to what you plan to be using the design on. I had an apron at work that I used to test out the new designs with. It was beautiful and colorful. I gave it to a friend.

Enough of my ramblings here. I can't wait to see what you moth ball collectors come up with this next year!  Grin


19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 25, 2015 10:17:33 PM
I'm like you. I still have way too much, but it is nice to have when I need it. We have very few fabric/craft stores locally where I live. And the prices on things seem to keep creeping up. I use the Hobby Lobby discount coupon, and can use two if I take someone else with me {I usually do, because I am not allowed to drive  Angry Another downfall when I need items}. But even at 40% off, things still add up. And I can't always find what I am needing at the time.

Several of my quilty friends have been donating out their stash for me. I have way too much Christmas fabric at the moment, and did not make a darn thing with it this year. Marge is the friend who donated that to me, and she still has a wall full of totes for me to sort through and pick out stuff in. She is wanting to destash without having to make stuff with it  Grin

My sewing room is too small. I am thinking to reorganize my living room into a larger craft area. I never use that part of the house anyway. {I live at the kitchen counter, and don't have cable TV} But, it just seems overwhelming to move everything around. I would love to have my papercraft/office/computer room and sewing room all in the same space. Then I could make the office into a den/living area. And rent out the other sewing room to a housemate tenant. Squee...more money for craft items and postage  Grin We shall see.

I hope 2016 is a better successful year for me. If I can just get up and over my medical issues {balance and immobility}. And there are a few mental ones I am working on too {depression}. But this place helps keep me sane. I love the projects that get posted, and all of the encouragement that is given. And like that I can help with suggestions from time to time, too. And if I can get my darn camera cord, then I can share more pictures here as well. So, I am on the tiny baby steps path. But, I am planning to get it together and make it all work.

So I reach out to you all and wish you a Happy New Year. May we all get better in 2016, in whatever way we plan for it. *HUGS*

20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: December 25, 2015 08:26:20 AM
Where are our Santa hat smilies?

Glad you guys worked out the VW thing. I had a tenant in Florida who leased a garage from me, and fixed all those vanagain things. He taught me some about the VW engines. They are super cool. I did some upholstery/curtain work for several of his fix-ups. He bought and sold them. I wouldn't mind owning one.

I am still working on getting a wish list together. I hate to ask for stuff. I am usually more of a giver. So this one is hard for me. But I plan to jump in this next round.

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