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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 12, 2010 02:20:37 PM
Congrats, Craftster!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Photobooth favors... Help please! on: January 10, 2010 08:17:40 PM

Awhile ago I read about another couple who wanted a photobooth at their reception, and I've been enamoured with the idea since.  [+1 for props -- so much fun!]  It seemed like something that might be a bit pricey, so I rooted around the interwebs a bit and found instructions for setting up one's own photobooth: DIY Photobooth (Instructables).

It mightn't be the option for everyone, and it certainly depends on the equipment you have available [e.g., computer, digital camera, picture-quality printer, appropriate paper], your comfort with setting such a system up, or the availability of some of your nearest and dearest to be in charge setting this up for you, but it's definitely an option I'd like to consider for what will undoubtedly be very budget-minded nuptials.

I think I'll see if I can cobble this together for a party sometime this year to give it a test-run.  If anyone gives it a go, I'd be really interested to know how it works for you.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Anyone Interested in 50 Projects 2010? on: January 02, 2010 05:53:36 AM
As with with many others, this list is more of a guideline than anything.  I know that there are loads of birthdays, holidays and celebrations I intend to craft for but haven't figured out yet what to make -- so my list will evolve as the year goes on -- but I think this will be a great way to keep myself on task.  This list was cobbled together from a couple others that I'd begun and some items were inspired by your lists above.

works in progress
not yet begun

- granny-square scarf
- make boots (I can never find boots that fit!  And, um ... no, I've never tried to make boots before.)
- refinish/reassemble my dad's student chair
- finish Danica scarf
- crocheted flower scarf
- hot water bottle cover
- wool dryer balls (from kaz814's list)
- altered puzzle (from nostephot's list)
- refinish old suitcase
- screenprint t-shirts
- finish latch hook (started when I was ... wow ... 10 or so?)
- lunch bag, cutlery roll, cloth napkin for mum
- lavender / rose sachets
- underpants: http://underwear.sew-ing.com/ (link from Tanza)
- fascinator
- Halloween costume (thank you, Katebug, for the reminder -- I never have a costume ready for Halloween)
- duvet cover for my eiderdown
- fabric hair curlers
- cloth pantyliners
- party dress from a pattern
- cork coasters, trivets
- mend 'broken' clothes (This mightn't seem like a real project to those of you who do this regularly, but I've managed to shove to the back of my closet a large pile of clothes that just needs a bit of attention here and there.  I feel like this is a project for me; I keep adding to this pile without ever managing to take away from it, but when it's done I'll feel like I have a whole new set of clothes.)
- sock & glove animals with all such lonely or worn-beyond-repair items
- fulled somethings (Not terribly specific, I know, but I have some old wool sweaters that have already begun to full, so undoing them for the wool would be difficult.  Plus I just really like the idea of doing this for some reason.)
- resize t-shirts
- Charlie shopping bags
- produce bags
- blackwork sampler
- learn to tat (eventually I'd like to make a collar and cuffs, but given I don't know the first thing about tatting yet, perhaps I might just begin with some basic patterns in bookmark-sized pieces and hang them together, framed on a solid background la http://www.craftynest.com/2008/07/framed-doilies/  ... speaking of which, I'd like to frame and hang my grandmother's doilies)
- fabric fan
- organise craft materials & supplies
- infinity dress
- some amigurumi
- alcohol infusions / homemade hooch in bottles with homemade labels or etched
- bath / spa / relaxation sets: fizz/bombs, scrubby soap pouches, salts, scrubs, eye masks, rice bags
- knit or crocheted shrug (short- or long-sleeved)
- messenger bag
- spats
- Christmas crackers
- furoshiki
- fabric scarf
- housewarming set for brother: tawashi/dishcloths, cloth napkins, swiffer cover, draft dodger, homemade cleaning supplies
- denim quilt for brother ? (brother's bedroom colour scheme has changed)
- eiderdown cover for BF (no longer the BF -- still a friend, though ... but quilting for a former-BF-now-just-a-friend seems a bit much)
- Christmas ornaments for mother
- thrummed socks for mother (I haven't actively looked for a pattern for this, and I haven't passively stumbled upon one either.  I've never made thrummed mittens, so maybe that needs to come first...  My mother asked for some really warm socks.  She has slippers.  And warm socks.  So I'm thinking that the way to make *really* warm socks is to thrum them, no?  This will require further thought.)
- moustache wall art for friend
- knitted moustache finger slips for same friend
- refinish thrifted file cabinet
- refinish bike from curb

Overall goal is to bust through the stash I've been accumulating over the past 20 years.  I'm moving in the next six months, and I'm just not hauling all of this around with me anymore as great, big tubs of potential.

Update 12 Aug 2010: It's been a busy (read: rocky) year, so I'm not as far along as I'd like :<  Hoping for a bit of crafting time in the near future to at least wrap up a few of these projects.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: The colour of infinity - fabric scrap yarn on: December 14, 2009 04:16:23 PM

I don't have synaesthesia myself, but somehow infinity as indigo feels like it makes perfect sense.  Lovely work!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: The Mistress of the Night on: July 18, 2009 12:29:14 PM
Kako je ljepa!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Two "dead" vacuum cleaners. on: May 11, 2009 09:34:01 AM

Obviously this isn't the Craftsteriest idea for your dead vacuums, but they can probably be fixed relatively cheaply at a vacuum repair shop (oddly, places that repair sewing machines also tend to repair vacuums -- check around).  Given that new vacuums can be hundreds of dollars, it might be worth your while to have them repaired, even if you simply resell them afterward and get yourself a new vacuum.

I had a vacuum that began to turn on as soon as it was plugged in, whether the power switch itself was flipped to "on" or "off", so I took the possessed beast into a local Sew & Vac shop where they replaced the switch for $10.  Cheaper than a new vacuum or electrocution!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old window sashes on: May 11, 2009 09:16:10 AM

I've seen ideas here for using the sashes as frames for pictures, other art, wine cork bulletin boards ...
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: laminate flooring scraps on: May 11, 2009 09:04:08 AM

Oh, I was glad to see this post and was hoping there'd be some suggestions.  We've been left a box or two of Pergo floor boards by the previous owner of our house and haven't any idea what to do with them.  I'll probably post them to craigslist, Freesources or Freecycle.  Ah, well...
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: combonation lock i lost the combo for on: May 11, 2009 07:08:10 AM

This is perhaps not the craftiest solution ever, but I have previously called Master Lock with the serial number of a lock-sans-combination and have been given the appropriate code.  This was around ten years ago now, so they may not be quite as willing anymore to hand out such information, but contacting them may be worth a shot.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: crazy new magpie scarf...unexpected productivity, yay! on: January 24, 2009 11:07:20 PM

I've never been particularly keen on most 'stash-busting' projects.  Until now, that is.  The randomness normally consumes such an endeavour, but your controlled chaos is really beautiful.

I, too, live in the northern hemisphere.  I also have a stash that needs busting.  So, to do: 1. Finish the scarf that's on my needles now; 2. Bust stash with beautiful magpie-inspired scarf.

Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
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