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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / show me your scrapbook index on: December 27, 2018 05:46:45 AM
I have ten completed scrapbooks. 
3 scrapbooks are full of old black and white family photographs.
2 scrapbooks are full of my travels in Europe.
5 scrapbooks are full of my families photos and travels in the US.


I had a few ideas, but I have been very unhappy with the results.   
Currently all I have is a typed sheet of white paper, tucked into an empty 12' by 12" album page.   
Any ideas would be appreciated.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / what type of paint to use on gypsum plaster? David Winter cottages on: August 31, 2018 05:55:02 AM
I have over a dozen David Winter cottages. A few days ago their display shelf came crashing to the ground.  Several of the cottages have tiny chips in them.  I read online that they are made of refined gypsum plaster.  Do you know what type of paint to use?  They damage is very minor, but the white gypsum makes it very noticeable.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Strange looking seam ripper. What do you think it is? on: November 27, 2016 05:19:39 PM
 obviously one end is a seam ripper, but the other end baffles me. It looks like a tiny comb, but for what? probably vintage no brand name listed only the number 3 and it's red plastic. Would love to hear your insights.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How would you cover a triangular shaped window? on: July 26, 2016 06:41:50 AM
In my living room I have two odd shaped windows.  I have a triangle approx. 2ft tall by 5ft wide and the other one is the mirror image of it. I want to get rid of the dated vertical blinds, but not sure what to replace them with.  The blinds are currently pulled off to one side.  I enjoy the window in the winter, since it adds extra light to the living room.  During the summer is gets very bright and heats up the living room. It's a pain to dust it every week and usually messes up the blinds.



5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / looking for vintage style leisure bra pattern on: January 17, 2016 07:02:00 AM
Looking for a leisure/lounge/sleep bra with a front closure.  Not exactly what I want, but it's close. I thought they were longline bras.  Maybe it had a side closure. 

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / inspiration needed on: December 28, 2015 05:37:18 PM

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7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / How to make a mummy's head with mini tutorial on: September 20, 2015 01:51:36 PM


I had a glass head I wanted to update.
Next I tea dyed muslin fabric. (I had tea and muslin in the house).
Tore the muslin into strips approx 1.5 inches wide and the length of the fabric.
I also had matte finish mod podge (it's non toxic) in my stash.
I applied mod podge to the glass and started wrapping my mummy.
The glue takes a long time to dry.
After each half was dry, I flipped in over to do the other half.
Pictured is layer three and I have at least one more layer to add on to the top of head, neck and across the nose.
The more layers I add, the better it looks.
Once done, I will seal the whole thing with mod podge.
It will be the centerpiece on my table with snacks around it.
After Halloween it will be a vintage hat display.
I am very happy with aged look of the fabric.

*mod podge is very sticky and must be cleaned up while wet.  
*I have already used 1 yard of fabric to wrap it, so make sure you have lots of gauze on hand.






8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mystery item - how would you use it? on: July 17, 2015 07:06:29 AM
This was found in a box of polymer clay supplies, but I'm not sure what it is. 
There's nothing written on it and it might not be a craft item at all.
I've enhanced the color to make it more visible in the photo.
It's white plastic with four different shapes, one on each side (square, circle, oval and triangle).
Each design is about 1.25" across.
They are too large to make clay buttons, but that's the only idea I have.


If this item was in your craft stash, how would you use it?







9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Waves of Fun - my new summer purse on: July 10, 2015 11:12:57 AM
I saw a Michael Kors purse I wanted and JoAnns carried a similar fabric.
Somewhere in the process,  I decided their purse was too formal for me.  

The blue cord was a leftover drawstring than I randomly sewed to the fabric.

The blue lining  used to be a nurse's smock.
I carefully lined in up, so the smock pockets worked with my purse.

I had planned to make straight sides, but it didn't suit the fabric.
The outside of the purse was sewn like a bubble skirt, gathered at the top and bottom.
The lining was sewn with straight edges.
Lining up the top gathers with the straight edge was very tricky.
I can't remember when I used so many straight pins.

The straps and oval base are black denim that I had leftover.


10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Krazy Kooling Ties - great scrap busting project on: July 08, 2015 09:49:14 AM
They use less than 1/4 yard of fabric.  
I've made 20 so far, and still digging through my leftover fabric.  
Everyone was chosen to fit the personality of the wearer.  

I did not use any pattern, but you don't need one.  
Basically it's a 4" x 42" rectangle of cotton/cotton blend fabric.
1 tsp of Miracle Gro Water Absorbing Crystals in each tie.
I only used my sewing machine and each took about 30 minutes to make.

My favorite is the purple batik.
left to right: Marvel comics, Dr. Who, marbled black and gold, patriotic flags, galaxy fabric, and turquoise print.  
I made others, but neglected to take photos.  

I carried the finished ties in my purse in a ziploc bag.  
When people asked where to purchase one, I gave them one for free.  








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