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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Medical Gauze on: March 06, 2015 11:59:13 PM
I have a full case of medical gauze {white}. I have no clue how many packages are in there, but let's just call it a S**T ton.

They are 6 ply, and measure 4 1/2 inch x 4 1/8 yards. Opened up, they are 25 1/2 inches wide, though they will stretch farther, but I assume that will change the length in the yardage to do that.

Some of it I can use in the kitchen like cheese cloth. It is not labeled food use, but it is not medicated, and it is sterile. I better get cooking  Cheesy

Seriously...any ideas for what to do with it? Anyone want to be a mummy next Halloween?

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / An amazing quillt I just happened upon on: March 06, 2015 08:26:01 PM
This quilt was made by Julie Hirota and displayed in San Rafael, California at the Marin Civic Center. I wasn't sure where else to put this. The only discussion by me is: WOW. It definitely sparks some ideas for a lot of different projects.


13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tutorial by KittyKill on: February 24, 2015 12:15:53 AM
This could not have come at a better time. I am referring to the one with the heart made of "junk".

I have been organizing and realized I have bits and pieces everywhere. In little boxes, in baggies...and I mean everywhere. So yesterday I started collecting them all together and sorting things. Today I see her tutorial, and the heart looks wonderful.

I am the type who picks things up off the pavement in parking lots if it looks interesting.  Grin Or if something breaks, I take it apart and save some good pieces, etc. And I love keys.

I have already gesso-ed an old canvas with a painting I did and hated. And I am sorting through again for the "good" stuff. I think I already have enough junk to make it, but I will sort more and cull out what doesn't seem to "go".

I am doing a broken heart, though. This will be fun. It makes my organizing not such a chore, and I will find a purpose for all the crap I have collected.  Cheesy

Just thought I would share the news. Perhaps another junk addict will read this, and want to try one, too.

Her tutorial is on the home page. Scroll down, she is on the right hand side. Just look for the heart "portraits". It looks simple to do.

14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I am on pins and needles on: February 23, 2015 12:34:53 PM

I hate the stinking tomato/strawberry pincushions.

I have an old one that belonged to my mother when I was young. I am 47. It has somehow lost it's strawberry along the way. It wants to eat my pins and needles. They just won't stay firmly in place.

I have a newer larger one with strawberry. It has the same issue. Is this one just a cheepie model. I don't remember where I got it or how much I paid for it.

I am dying to cut open the old one and find out how many needles it has eaten over the years  Grin I try to keep thread in my needles, so I can yank them back out..but the thread is messy and gets tangled into everything.

What do other members use, and do your pins stay put and not get swallowed to the tops of them? Thanks. I need some new suggestions.

15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Cigar boxes on: September 30, 2014 12:25:07 AM
I just learned that at my tobacco store...they give away free their wonderful wooden {not the paper covered flip lid kind, but they also have those  Grin} but the full wooden kind with hinges, and a jewelry box kind of front closure. And a beautiful smooth finish. They are "branded" with the cigar logo on the top, but you could cover that part. Or use it in your design. It is kind of like the wood burning stencils, but not too deep. You could probably cover it with paint-able wood putty, and slick it over so it was smooth again.

My tobacco store is the kind that sells lots of cigars {humidor}. I roll my own cigarettes. That is why I shop there. But they had many sizes available.

I have one that I am working to make into my new TM patch box, for my embroidery threads. And to keep track of that pesky needle case that the cats seem to love to hide on me  Roll Eyes But the boxes are good to keep other things, too. Note cards. Templates. Markers. They stack well. Just some ideas.

If you have a humidor store, they might just let you have some, too!

16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ideas to save money at the holidays on: August 30, 2014 04:18:13 PM
I am in America, so Christmas is usually our holiday. But I know other craftsters who like to make homespun gifts for their families...gifts from the heart. I hope we can use this post to celebrate the reason for the season...LOVE.

I need to save money this year, and giving all my hard earned cash to the "cash cows" that promote crazy things are not for me. I would rather spend the dollars on items to make hand-made candles, soaps, pillows, and food goodies. Son is getting PJs. {along with a few toys}. Some of those materials will come out of my stash. (I save old candles and re-melt them  Wink)

This is not my photo...snagged somewhere off the internet, but it looks like it could be made with leftover {used and broken} sweaters, and be good to use as package toppings and tree ornaments. That way you can skip the bow...those just add to our never ending garbage dump at this time of year.

Embroidery floss to wrap the hands and ankles. Small foam ball for the head {you could add a face if you wished with fabric paint?} easy to trace and make your own pattern. Looks like it would be easy to stitch by hand, and the more handmade it looks, the better. Charming.

My gifts will be wrapped in brown paper bags. With garden twine on them. Oh, of course I will rubber stamp some fun designs  Grin

I also go to our local newspaper printing place, and for $2.00 I get an "off-roll" with lots of unprinted newsprint. It is great for making larger fabric patterns, or protecting the table when the kids do their crafts. Or at Birthday parties I bring out the markers, and they all get to draw on the 'tablecloth'  Grin

Another holiday idea for everyone is to put a white linen cloth on the table, and let all the guests sign it with  fine-line sharpie...then embroider it later for a keepsake. Great at weddings. Just ideas.

Now I would love to hear yours!

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery hoop question on: July 09, 2014 05:02:59 PM
Question for my wonderful crafty friends?
Most of my hoops are the old fashioned spring metal hoops. I have given away most of my wooden ones for hoopla's.

Do any of you know a method where the metal does not mark the fabric piece? I have that trouble with some. I have washed with salt and baking powder on the hoop. Soaked in vinegar with baking soda, that sort of thing.

I am thinking to glue on thin felt to the hoop, and stretch the spring a bit. Or maybe just paper the cloth with kitchen parchment, and cut out the middle for stitching?

Any other ideas? I don't have money at the moment to buy more hoops. You all seem to know better than me what is going on. It has been years since I did embroidery with my Grandmother. She is the one who gave me the metal ones.

They probably date back to the days of her mother and grandmother. They don't have a turn screw...just the spring. Hopefully a member knows what I am talking of. And no, they are not leaving me. I will re-hoop with the woodens when it comes time for my share  Grin Sorry. They mean a lot to me.


18  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: June 15, 2014 01:17:18 AM
I am building an iSpy quilt for my future grandbaby {not yet in the oven, but I am ahead of the game}  Grin
I have done some private fabric trades, and am getting my stash together. Things are moving along nicely.
I need help knowing the best, easiest, and most importantly...how to do them so the points come out nice.
You know...all lined up and square-ish...not wonky. I know there is an easy way to piece the top, but I don't have cable, and can't watch all those good quilting shows.

If anyone can share links for things that address the hexie pattern, it would be greatly appreciated. Or if you know how to do them, and could just share that? And the sashing will be an issue, too. I have a hint of what I am wanting in my signature line, so you can see what I wish for..sort of. Mine will look similar, but different. Got the photo in  Grin

And I am open for fabric trades for this. I have a huge selection of fabrics {cottons} for quilting. If you have any iSpy type fabrics, I would be happy to trade out. Just PM me, and we can work out details.

For those not knowing iSpy...each quilt hexie has a different image that children can study and find. As in, "I Spy a banana, I spy a rooster, I spy a lollypop, I spy a green monster." That sort of thing. It is a lay on the floor board game for young ones, basically. Good for about 2 years old to 5. You can start a bit younger, you just have to help them learn how to pick things out. And start with the easier images that they know the names of.  Grin And do a lot of repeating, where they remember and gain confidence to keep trying.

It is fun with kids. I look forward to this project. I just need to learn how to get my quilt started. Any helpers  Roll Eyes


This one is not mine...I snagged it off the internet. But, yeah! I got a photo to go in! Cheesy
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ever "pounce" your art? on: April 05, 2014 04:23:24 PM
 Cheesy For small items I use my pouncer.
For making the marks onto cloth, or anything else.

Let me describe it. It keeps you from having to outline your areas with pencil...it works on fabric or paper.

Put your pattern down...and pounce the outline.

Here is how you make your pouncer...

Baby sock  Grin With powder inside. Or make a similar bootie style thing. With an old sock kind of fabric. {we all have extras of those...why does the washer eat them?? Grin}

For other colors than white for my darks, I grind up colored chalk. I currently have a white and yellow.

Hold your pattern down, and pounce the edges. No tracing...then you know where to cut or how you wish for things. If it is wrong...just sweep off the chalk, and start over.

Fill your pouncer, and tie the top end. That way you can refill as needed on your pouncer bag. Than smack, smack, smack..to get your outline where to cut, or where placement will be. And it will all wipe off in the end. Grin

Just a thought.

20  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Could I put in a request for RAK cards here? on: February 18, 2014 03:42:44 PM
It is a program in the current copy of  Women's Day March 2014. page 26, bottom right panel.

Girls Love Mail is requesting notes of love and support to recent breast cancer diagnosed patients.

girlslovemail.com  has more information, and wording suggestions if you aren't sure what to say.

Mail your love to:

Girls Love Mail
2330 E. Bidwell St. Suite 200
Folsom, CA 95630

They will forward your card or letter of encouragement to their list of recipients at hospitals/clinics.

My Mom is a breast cancer survivor. And as women, we need to stick together for this cause.

I also posted this on the breast cancer site that I found here, but I wish to get the word out.
Sorry for the double post. But I feel a need to share this.

It seems to be a great program, and I plan to make several cards and letters to share there.
I hope other members also do the same. You can send your letters all in one envelope...they will re-envelope for you, and they ask that you only put a first name and last initial in your signature for the card or letter. You are anonymous. They don't share your personal info. This is a RAK. {Random Act of Kindness}

Please go to their website, and they can spell out the rules for this. They do not want talks about death, etc.
These cards are for ladies who are recently going through the steps to help heal from breast cancer {men, too...sorry guys...didn't mean to leave you out} You may share some experiences, but nothing that would scare. It is meant to be upbeat...a have a happy day experience.

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