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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Looking for hoops/card/accessories for a Brother PE150 embroidery machine on: August 11, 2019 12:19:16 PM
Hey crafty folks! I recently bought an old Brother PE150 for $20 thinking it would be fun to play around with, and didn't realize that it had none of the parts I need to actually use it. I'm looking for hoops, a memory card, and any other goodies, but the cheapest I'm finding for the hoops online is $70+shipping for the set. Since I don't know if the machine works, I don't know if I'm willing to spend that much right now. Anyone know of somewhere cheap to find parts, or does anyone have parts they're willing to sell or swap?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Stocking Stash Bust (+ an excuse to buy more fabric) on: December 19, 2018 08:23:53 PM
Well, I haven't been especially crafty this year... until now! Now I'm making up for lost time.

I decided this year to make (and stuff!) stockings for my coworkers. There are 9 of us in the office and two out of town partners, and then I just decided to make 9 more, because 20 is a nice round number, right? Funny how crafty brains work sometimes. Smiley I was able to use up a lot of odds and ends, but also used it as an excuse to go to the fabric store for cuff fabrics and buy too much of every one I picked out. Oops! Grin

The pattern was great, from Sew Like My Mom. Super easy. These came together over the course of a couple evenings.


Me with my "catch of the day", as my husband called it!

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How to price items to offer cheaper shipping online on: September 24, 2018 05:14:18 PM
Hi all,

Hoping someone has some thoughts to share! I'm starting up a new Etsy shop (the one in my signature is my poor dead one). My main item is 1.25" pinback buttons. I'm based in Canada, and shipping to the US or international is intensely high. For example, to the US, even a single button needs to go as "small packet" mail, which costs $8.75. On a $2 button, it seems silly to spend close to $9 on shipping!

I played around with pricing my buttons higher and lowering the shipping cost to even it out, but I feel like charging over $2 for a small button is getting expensive. I also considered selling buttons in lots rather than individually so that the shipping didn't sound so high, but my buttons don't make sense to sell in themed batches for the most part, haha.

Anyone have thoughts on how I can even out my costs to provide cheaper shipping?

I already sold two buttons without advertising (but I had a lower shipping cost listed as I hadn't calculated it properly) so I feel like they're an easy item to move as long as the price is reasonable.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Painted Kitchen Towels (feat. Urban Threads designs & repurposed curtains) on: May 21, 2018 09:34:37 AM

I was in the Colour in a Box Swap & my partner requested kitchen towels in pink!
I couldn't find any material I liked, but by fluke, I was walking through a liquidation outlet and found stacks upon stacks of these curtain samples for 25 cents each. I bought a pile and headed home to figure out what to do with them.

I found a few pieces of inspiration on her Pinterest from Urban Threads (and elsewhere). I printed the patterns and taped them to my lightbox, and stretched the fabric over. I mixed pink acrylic with fabric medium, and painted all of the lil' details. I'm so happy with how these turned out! They were a bit of a bugger when painting against the grain, but it was fun to see them take shape.

Once they were painted, I cut and hemmed them (well, my mom did, my machine's on the fritz) and heat set the designs. Hopefully they'll last a long time!

Thanks for looking!
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Oodles of tie dye! (Lots o' pics) on: January 11, 2018 06:50:23 PM
I was in the Secret Santa swap this past December, and noticed that fishstix43 had requested tie dye t-shirts. Now, I've wanted to try tie dying again as I'd read up on some techniques since the last time I'd tried. So, my brain goes "hey, someone wants a tie dye shirt! I should make... one..."

Which turned into 17+ tie dye projects over two nights.

I kept this one Smiley

This one was for my niece's birthday:

I sent these two to fishstix43:

I bought a couple of unlabeled scarves at the thrift store, and they held dye in incredibly different ways:

Also picked up a handful of bandanas to practice on, one of the heart ones went to fishstix as well:

And of course, more shirts!

I had so much fun making all of these and am itching for a chance to do it again. I'll be scouring the thrift stores and sale racks for cool pieces to dye!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Not a Creature Was Stirring... altered Altoid tin ornaments on: January 09, 2018 12:32:37 PM
I made my nieces an ornament every year for Christmas. In the past they've been themed after something significant from the year, but the more nieces I have, the harder it gets! I've resigned to making them each a generic ornament with slight differences. This was this year's. Smiley

The fronts:

The back:

Forgot to get an angle showing the sides, but the tin edge is done in the same ribbon as the bow, and the lid edge is done in gold glitter tape.


With removable blankets, pillows, mice, and teddies! This photo makes me imagine a tiny sleepover. Grin

This year I'm going to have to start planning early. My nieces haven't actually received these yet as I just finished them this past weekend. Whoops!

Thanks for looking!  Kiss
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dirk Gently's Holistic Craft Swap? on: December 20, 2017 01:00:53 PM
Who's been watching? It's one of my favourites and there is next to no official merchandise out there. Any interest in a swap?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / What happened to the Once You Pop swaps? on: August 15, 2017 05:28:07 PM
I remember always wanting to do a round of the Once You Pop swap (fill and decorate a Pringles can) but I haven't seen one in years. Is there interest in a new round?
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Zany to the max! Yakko Warner & the Wheel of Morality (Animaniacs) on: November 05, 2016 07:10:09 PM
My husband and I are always trying to come up with random pair costumes! We've been Calvin and Hobbes, Doc Brown and Marty McFly, the Keeners from Camp Cariboo...

This year we decided to go back to one of our childhood favourites and do costumes from the Animaniacs! We couldn't decide what pair of costumes to do, but randomly watching clips, for some reason we thought the Wheel of Morality would be hilarious. We decided on Yakko for me, and a sandwich board featuring the Wheel of Morality for him. He was being camera shy, so I couldn't get him to pose for pictures!

The "whiskers" are folded back in this picture, making them look uneven, but nonetheless...

The Wheel is built on top of a lazy susan so it would spin, not sure if this (incredibly short) video will work: https://www.facebook.com/mary.paulusma/videos/vb.642155483/10157641809790484/?type=3&theater

For Yakko, I bought the black shirt, but everything else was homemade. My feet and gloves were reused from my Hobbes costume a few years ago. I bought fleece and made a giant pair of brown pants and the belt, and made the buckle out of fun foam. The head was made from a plastic canvas frame, chair cushion foam, and fleece. I stuffed floral wire in each ear so they were poseable. It was a pretty fun costume but I had absolutely no field of vision! Next year, I think I'll stick with face paint. Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about knitting patterns on: December 16, 2015 09:34:38 AM
Hi all! I wanted to get my Aunt a few mitten patterns, but I am not a knitter by any stretch of the imagination so I need some help. My Aunt does absolutely beautiful intricate mittens already, and I showed her a photo of some cat mitts which she thought were really cute. I found the pattern on www.joridweb.com and would like to get it for her for Christmas. However, I just realized it is only available in Norwegian, and not in English. Would these be impossible without English instructions?
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