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91  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flower head wreaths...we don't have a FLORAL category??? on: March 27, 2008 06:36:16 AM
We really don't have a FLORAL category on here, huh??  Well, I will plop my project here then Smiley

I have been making flower head wreaths since I was in high school.  Made a go of it at the local Medieval Faire where I live and they are a HUGE success!  I love making them, they all come out SO beautiful!  I have SOOO many favorites and I want to keep like every other one I make...if I did that I would have flowers everywhere and no space for anything else  Undecided  I make them in child size and adult size...even the adult size ones can be 'adjusted' by pinching the wire together at the back to fit to a child's head...and the best part is that they can 'grow into' the adult size and keep it for MANY years to come!

I've done some gorgeous custom orders, I wish I had a few photos of them.  I am in the process of making a couple custom ones soon and will post a new thread with them when they are done.  Let me know what you think!




92  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / I <3 Baubles on my electronics...beaded cell phone charms on: March 27, 2008 06:23:54 AM
I like making cool stuff to dangle off of things Smiley  In my down time at work I have been making jewelry and these neat-O cell phone charms.  You could also hook 'em to an MP3 player as well.  I have one on my iPod and used to have one on my own cell phone, until sadly my new phone I got no longer has a place to hang a thingy off of  Cry  I'm so bummed!!  I loved to show off my dangly's out of a pocket or whathaveyou.  Here's a couple pics of my faves!  Enjoy!

93  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I <3 Applique....so how do I do it??? on: March 13, 2008 04:27:37 PM
I am fast falling in love with applique Smiley  Have bought a couple skirts from a great seller on Etsy with fabulous appliques on them.

I get the part about getting a bit of interfacing on them to press them on so they fuse to your project...but how do you sew around them to finish them on the piece??  This is what I just don't get.  That incredibly close stitch does not look like ANYTHING I have on my sewing machine, so I am at a loss.  I just got some cute butterfly appliques, and would love to make a neat-o little bag with them...any help appreciated!
94  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Hand painting beads on: March 13, 2008 03:56:36 PM
I have recently gotten back into making hemp jewelry again.  I forgot how addictive it can be!

I would like to try my hand at hand painting some beads, probably start with wood ones.  Almost all of the wood beads I ever find are already varnished or coated with...something...I dunno what it is, some kind of clear overlay to give them a shine and keep them lookin' good I guess, kind of like fruit in the grocery store Smiley

Where can I get UNvarnished wood beads?  Ones that are completely bare, 'nekkid' if you will....

Also, what type of paint to use to design them.  Acrylic?

And, what to overlay on them when I am ready make them shiny?  Varnish?  Shellac (sp?)?

95  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / OK, so I FINALLY ordered the serger...got knit, serge or sew? on: March 13, 2008 03:47:07 PM
I finally decided on a serger to get after reading over mucho reviews online (and some recommendations here).  I got the Brother 1034D for a STEAL of a price at $207.99 on Amazon with FREE shipping.  Shocked  GO me!  So, it has shipped already and should be arriving soon.

I recently bought about 8 yd of 4-way? (could be 2-way, but it seemed to stretch all ways to me!) lavender knit for $1 to make an infinity dress.  I hope to make it long, but with 8 yds, I may have enough for a long AND a short one!  LOL!  I really wanted to make sure I had enough for what I wanted to do with it, and I am a plus size, so it has to FIT me too Wink 

My question is this...with knits like this, is it better to SEW it or SERGE it to put it together?  I bought a pack of stretch needles for my sewing machine, as I was not sure if I would get the serger soon enough...but it should be here before I would think of making the dress.

To sew or not to sew...that is my question....
96  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / It's only March and I'm already thinking about Halloween! on: March 08, 2008 09:20:46 AM
OK, this year for Halloween, I would really LOVE to sew up my own costume. 

When I was a little girl, maybe about 6-8 or so, my mother sewed me a butterfly costume, complete with wings made out of fabric...I look just like a butterfly when I raise my arms up and the wings spread out.  This was ABSOLUTE favorite thing, and I was so bummed when I grew out of it and it wouldn't fit anymore Sad  I'm not sure if my mother packed it away somewhere, but I would LOVE to make one in my size as an adult as I am a HUGE butterfly fan.  I have not called her yet to ask if she has the pattern or anything either, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a pattern for adults like this.

I'm thinking that the child's costume had a leotard-esque body to it...that will NOT look good on me AT ALL being the large lady that I am Smiley  I would love to have something like an empire waist dress with long sleeves to sew the wings to.  Maybe a pixie looking dress, like something a fairy would wear (I'm a HUGE fairy fan as well!)

Also, what material to make all this out of?  Maybe some kind of chiffon-like fabric, something flowy, but not too expensive?

Any help is appreciated Smiley
97  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Questions on Wists on: March 08, 2008 06:38:13 AM
I have been looking through the swaps out here, seeing what some of them are about so that when I am able to participate I have an idea of what is going on out there Smiley

Came across some of the swaps requiring something called Wists...I had NO clue what this was, so I clicked a wist link in someone's siggy to find out. 

I have some questions on this...

When I got to the Wist website, it says I have to download and install some kind of thingy on my PC...I have antivirus and spyware programs installed and do not want this jobby to interfere with them functioning properly, or get CONSTANT pop-ups about something trying to invade my PC.  Does this wist widget affect these programs, do you know?

I can't really browse wist stuff at work, as we have a proxy that blocks much of our 'non-work related' content like Etsy (WAH! Cry ) and of course eBay, so I really don't want to risk clicking through someone's wists to try to figure out how they work...Basically, when you add something to this wist, apparently it does not tell you on the main little image bookmark page where the item(s) can be found...so where does it tell you?  Once you click the image does it tell you?  What other information is given once you get into an image bookmark?

I'm very computer literate, I just don't want to get in trouble trying to figure this stuff out at work, so I'm sorry if I SOUND stupid, I swear I'm not!  LOL...and I work 10 hour days, so I am a bit short on time at home once I get there after my day is out.

98  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Have jeans/pants to recon...questions on: March 06, 2008 03:52:23 PM
I have an eBay store, stuff that has not sold in...oh, I dunno, 6-8 months, I took down to use as clothing reconstruction projects.  I have 3 pairs of pants, well, one pair burgundy cords and 2 pairs of jeans.

One pair of jeans is a men's pair, so I figure I could make them into a cool patchworky something.  Maybe re-sell them when I re-make them?

The other pair of jeans is women's and so are the cords.  I like to wear stuff on my hips, and my waist and hip area is about the same size...problem is, that these pairs of pants/jeans have a smaller waist than hip area.

If I end up patching material into the sides, will I need to make the top square larger than the rest that will go down the leg?  I don't have any stretch corduroy or stretch ANYTHING else to use as paneling.  Additionally, the waist will be even a little MORE smaller than it already is because I will have to cut the waistband as part of this recon...ARGH.  I just don't want the panels on the sides to look uneven Sad  I'm struggling with this in my head before I even pull out my seam ripper to take the legs apart...help would be appreciated.
99  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Who is NOT 'fed up' with Etsy? Who enjoys it? on: February 28, 2008 12:39:04 PM
I enjoy it!!  *waving hand around in the air*  I am not really able to spend as much time on it as I want as far as promoting or listing...but I hope to start spending more time soon.

I make small items, beaded cell phone charms and flower headwreaths are what is up there now.  I plan on listing hemp jewelry, and later on I hope to get into reconstructed and handmade clothing.  I really love to craft things, I feel relaxed and accomplished when I finish something.  Being able to share that with a community that appreciates the handmade also is a big plus in my book  Wink

I love being able to price my wares and run my own 'business'  I LOVE looking through all the wares that others have available, and have bought some LOVELY items on there...quality, priced right, and beautiful.

I have been in the forums, asked a few questions, offered answers and opinions on others.  Never had an issue with anyone(s) on there, everyone was very positive, upbeat and nice.  Never used their chat feature, but given my positive repsonse in the forums I may be so inclined when I have more time.

So I have seen the 'fed up' thread, and various other ones about people having trouble with the chat or forums and people being 'unsavory' on there.

Who likes Etsy?  What do you like about it?
100  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Good quality, easy to use, BUDGET friendly serger?? on: February 28, 2008 07:03:11 AM
I have a sewing machine already, but would like to get a serger for finishing, or to sew with in lieu of the machine for things like patchwork and other stuff you don't want unraveling on you.

Any thoughts on a good quality, easy to use, BUDGET friendly model?  We have a lot of places nearby: AC Moore, JoAnn, Walmart, Target, Michael's (do they even sell sewing machines??)

I think it may cost a lot to ship a heavy machine like this, so if I can get it somewhere in town, that would be great...that and I HATE to wait when I am in a mood to get craftin'!

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