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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Magnets I made? on: December 23, 2015 06:46:02 PM
I would suggest a clear prime coat spray poly/acrylic. Like Formby's. Or at the very least, a clear nail polish brushed on the magnets. You could possibly also use a paste wax on the fridge. Like the kind used for automotive waxing. That could make the residue easier to remove.

The residue you are mentioning sounds like it is little shards and crystals that are wearing off the magnet portion? If you can seal them on, then they won't continue to flake off. Your ceramic magnets already have a seal. Perhaps that is why they are behaving better.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: December 22, 2015 12:55:47 AM
I get a tickle when I read how some of the members here interpret the prompts  Grin Neat projects lately.

And I love the assembly line style, too, roler. It seems like it is taking longer, but in reality it is not. It just takes longer for the satisfaction of the finished products. Cute items you made for gifts.

I hope to join up in January. I still have camera to computer issues that I hope to solve soon.

And my quilting guild has a swap coming up. We bring in our UFOs and pawn them off on someone else  Grin And take home their derelict to complete. Sound like fun? Hmmm. We shall see.

23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I Made A Crochet Hook! on: December 20, 2015 10:57:50 PM
Now try this  Grin A crochet rug.


I was working on one with denim strips. What a pain, but I wish to finish it. Mine is round. And only large enough for a chair topper. But I want to keep adding until it gets about 5 feet wide/round.

Try yours with thinner sheeting fabric. Much easier to crochet. And lays flatter to the floor. And cutting/ripping is easier, too. {Rip it..it goes together better that way.}

Most of the rugs I have made with my giant crochet hook I have given away. {The rugs, not the hook.} I don't have pictures, but they are pretty much what you can see on YouTube. Scraps look scrappy  Grin My hook is huge for the rugs. Probably at least a Q.

I like the rugs using T-shirts for the bathroom mat area. For when you are out of the tubby. Softer on the feet. And close to the floor.

The heavier materials work best at the front door. Your denim and canvas. But a pain to crochet. I am looking into braided mats for that.

24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: It's "just a card" on: December 20, 2015 11:50:30 AM
Wow. I have two cats just like those. My oldest, Moon Pie is the solid black, male, and Coconut Cream Pie is the tuxedo male. I also have Butterscotch Pie..an orange tabby. She is the youngest of the litter of my Pie babies.

Very nicely done. I love your painting skills. And love how the eyes glow. That is how Moon Pie got his name. The eyes are the window to the soul. I have six of them staring at me daily  Grin I am sure your bro and family will enjoy your share.

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 19, 2015 10:13:37 PM
Har, har, har. My work areas are bad. Way bad. But I know where things are. I could never hope to maneuver in your workspace  Grin I plan to get busy on mine, too. And now my quilting friends are giving me all kinds of fabric. I love having it, but where to store it?? And then there is the "what to use it for?"

Mine looks somewhat like yours. So, where to start? You need more table space to get that stuff off the floor. I need more totes and an addition on my house to store them in.  Cheesy

My sewing area has 8 Clorox bleach {cardoard} cartons along one wall. 4 across, 2 high. On top of those, is my giant Christmas tree in the box. Then, I bent a cardboard sewing mat thingy {for laying out patterns and cutting on} for a table top. It folds over the front edge of the top row of boxes. Makes it easy to slide up against.

The Clorox boxes hold everything from Christmas ornaments {2 with}, another with Halloween decorations, another with clothing to be repurposed, etc. It is the perfect height to be a sideboard table for my sewing and crafts. I am 5' 9". I tend to need taller table heights. This one hits me about hip level. Where I don't need to crouch. And with the big tree box on top, I can slide out boxes from underneath when I need them. It won't all crash in. IKEA..eat your heart out  Wink

Perhaps we might start a thread for other members who wish to reorganize? And we can share ideas of what is working for us? There have been many members on this site who are doing some wonderful redecorating projects. Remodeling, etc. I love seeing those. Maybe after the first of the year. I will put my June birthday as my goal. That will give me 6 months to figure things out. And one more chance at a yard sale to clear things out  Grin My December one bombed.

My trouble is that I am a hoarder, and don't wish to part with much of anything unless I craft it into something. Then it is easy to give away. Make any sense? NO~!

I wish you the best of luck, Treemoon. I will be right along side you. Fighting the same battle of the bulging art room.

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 6 Gallery on: December 19, 2015 10:43:29 AM
Crochet snowflakes are some of my favorite holiday ornaments!  I am lucky to have many to hang all over the house!

*SIGH* My Mom crochet some for me. I requested more, but she didn't feel up to it. Her eyes and fingers are not what they used to be. And she made mine out of the real thin crochet cotton. But I treasure what I have. Perhaps I should try making some. I don't crochet fast, but I can get the hang of an easy pattern. I believe it was goldfishpollywog who shared the lovely ones for members here.

27  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted doggies. on: December 18, 2015 04:42:08 PM
Darn. I thought that first dog was a real one. Very life-like for all of them. I like the scruffy ones, too.

28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: What color for my 2nd Fabric for my Wing Back Recliner?! on: December 14, 2015 01:49:08 PM
I go for the green. It will make the red plaid pop.

If you went with red, it would make the whole thing pop, and this looks to be a restful chair.

That tan is too light {dirt}, and introducing another brown might look patchwork/hodge podge.

A muted hunter green like in the plaid is my vote.

29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: December 13, 2015 11:57:12 PM
Alright, I am not great at navigating this site, but I found the right board:

The sign up spot for December.

Hee, hee. I will work on my wishes. I might wait until January to join. I will be in a better spot financially to be able to spoil.  Grin And I will hopefully have learned my new {to me} Jernome sewing machine, and can embellish some neat tidbits for the lucky wisher. I was also just the lucky recipient of several trash bags full of fabric scraps  Grin

Some are woven napkins that are just begging to be prayer flags. There are lots of other goodies with them, too. I still haven't finished sorting all of the last bag. But I see some beautiful bridal white satin in part of it.

There was another chair back cover cut out and pinned...that will fit one of my barstool chairs Cheesy I just have to stitch it up.

I have two more private swaps due out. One from centuries ago {you are still on the list AIMR} Then I will be freed up and open for bidness.

30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery & Discussion Rounds 119, 120, 121 on: December 13, 2015 11:19:13 PM
Are we still allowed to join? I was having a hard time making my wish list, too. So I dropped it for a while. But I am into a few new crafts lately, so I am sure I have a few wants to add.

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