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1  Re: Your favorite crochet tip... in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by NoShowJr on: April 20, 2017 02:26:50 PM
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I just learned to crochet in August, but have found a few things that help me.  I have a little binder clip with one of those page marker things marked with an arrow.  I'm able to move it down the pattern as I need to.  Have also used a dry erase pen on my sheet protectors!  I keep it in my bag as well.


I also have a sheet stand for my patterns.


Plus I use stitch markers when I'm working on circles or anything with changes in stitches.  I put one color at the start of the round.  Another color to use in each spot that I have to double up stitches.  It helps when I have interruptions such as the phone (like now when I'm trying to type this post!
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2  Bracelet - Flowered - Black, White, Pink & Clear in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: August 03, 2016 11:32:37 AM
I went into our regular workshop last night wearing red and with full intentions to make a bracelet centered around red because of that.  Then I saw this pretty shimmering pink beads and I pouted a little when I returned the pretty two shiny beads that I had found that wouldn't work.  When I found the two large beads with flowers and the little square clear piece with a flower, that was it!  It was then that I knew I had already gotten my mind changed and this was where it was going!  (The angle/lighting is making some of the pink beads look orange.)



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3  Scarf Camera Strap in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by NoShowJr on: June 28, 2016 02:09:12 PM
Maybe a year or two ago, i saw a photo of a scarf camera strap that i think was on Pinterest.  I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a while.  Then walking through the dollar store a couple of weeks ago, I saw that they had long scarves.  I grabbed one.  After all, it was only a buck.  And actually, I had to cut it in half to be the right length, so I can get two out of one.

The black ends are actually made from material I cut from a thrift store skirt that I had purchased for $1 a while back and just had it in my stash.  I am not counting out how many of these I can get out of the skirt! 

I had to pick up the hardware, black chain maille rings and heavy-duty black thread from the craft store.  Was able to use coupons on two of those, because of a second trip, so not so bad.  Because my camera strap bars were so narrow, I put two rings on each end to handle the clip.  I could probably get away with one, but I am not taking a chance on my camera taking a dive.  Same reasoning behind the heavy-duty thread vs a thin thread.

I used a quick dry fabric suitable glue on each end of the scarf gluing each fold over until the ends were narrow enough.  I hand-sewed the hardware into each black end and then glued the black ends onto each end of the strap.  That would've probably been strong enough, but again no chances.  I still hand-sewed each round closed catching some scarf in each.  I know it isn't the prettiest sewing job, but I am okay with it. It was difficult to get through the layers of glue.

I think it could also work for a lightweight purse strap for something different.



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4  Leather Mini Post-It Cover Book in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by NoShowJr on: June 28, 2016 01:40:03 PM
I took another book making workshop over the weekend.  Afterwards, we had a scrap pile to pull whatever we wanted to make other things with.  I opted to finally make something I had wanted to for a while.  A cover for my mini post-it notes to carry in my purse without them peeling off and sticking to everything in sight!

It ended up being a quick 5-10 minute project.



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5  Cork Reindeer Ornament in Winter Holidays by NoShowJr on: June 14, 2016 08:56:14 PM
I created this lil guy several months back and then a contest came up within the past couple of weeks, by a local reuse craft store, so I took some pix of him and entered him into it.  (To vote, you have to "like" him on their page.")  Then I decided that I should share him over here.  I've been kind of slack about sharing new projects.  I need to catch up.


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6  Re: RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL in Craftalongs by NoShowJr on: January 14, 2016 03:44:21 PM
Research Project Name: Bathroom Countertop
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Brief Description: I've been bathroom counter-less for over a year now. You can brush your teeth in one bathroom and bathe in the other bathroom. Luckily you can potty in both. I have tried everything to find something to fit our 1960s house. I am going for the atomic age, Jetson's look. I am going to try to use plywood, paint and glitter to replicate the glitter lam look of the past. I hope it works out because there are no current manufacturers who make laminate with any glitter finish. I can't find vintage stock which is probably because laminate is fairly brittle and needs to be kept climate controlled. I'd pick the first one but I also like the Formica Light Aqua Sequin, Camelia Sequin (for the other bathroom), and the Textolite Gold Nugget. I am guessing that real gold flake is what they used in the Textolite. I plan on trying it unless one of you glitter divas know of something better.


http://retrorenovation.com/2015/03/11/40-historic-designs-glitter-laminate/

Here is the sink with Hudee ring, against the wallpaper.



I plan to edge it with a metal trim from one of these places. I just have to figure out if I want stainless or aluminum.
http://retrorenovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/white-gold-textolite-sparkle-laminate.jpg



Have you checked with a Habitat for Humanity store in your area?  We have two in Nashville that each get different things.  One gets more counters than another so you may want to check with multiple.  Someone may be able to tell you if they ever get anything close to what you're looking for.  It might as least be the era style you're looking for.
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7  Bracelet - Blue/Green Malachite? Beads in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: January 12, 2016 06:53:26 PM
This is a bracelet I just put together last night!  Yay one that didn't take me months to post!  I forgot to ask the friend I got the beads from for this what they were but maybe someone on here would know?  The little black spacers feel a little like lava rock, but I'm not positive on it.  When I googled, the closest thing for the green beads were malachite and the blue are similar to that as well.

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8  Bracelet - Purple/Lilac & Clear Glass Beads in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: January 12, 2016 06:45:27 PM
This is a bracelet I put together in October 2015, but again just now getting around to posting it.

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9  Bracelet - Aurora Borealis Leaves & Lava Rock in Beads: Completed Projects by NoShowJr on: January 12, 2016 06:37:52 PM
I actually put this bracelet together in June 2015, but never did get around to getting it posted on here.  A friend has done a few workshops at our local library, she also happens to work there.  She brings in five containers of beads and allows us to have at it.  I love sparkle, so of course these leaves got my attention right away when they were changing color in the light and then the lava rock just seemed to work best with them.
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10  Concert Series (Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman) Ticket Scrapbook - semi pic heavy in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by NoShowJr on: May 09, 2015 06:56:09 PM
This is the product of several book making workshops over the past few years.  Last year, they had one for making "pocket" books.  The instructor had bits and pieces of various items we could use to cover chipboard as a front and back.  After I saw a Hatch Show Print, this idea actually popped into my head as we go to this concert series every year.  I hadn't gotten around to creating the books yet though.  I knew I wanted a hard cover/book board (from yet another class) instead of what we did for these books.  Eventually I do plan on going back and doing the previous years, but I wanted this one ready for 2015 for the inserts!  What I came up with is as follows....

Front cover with spine title for putting on a bookcase.
 

When you open the book, you go inside the Ryman Auditorium (where the series is held) from the stage view....
   

Inside the book...(Disclosure: I had to make copies of another ticket from this year to "hold the place" of the series tickets for when they come in as they aren't mailed out for at least a couple more weeks.)  Each page is using elements from the original Hatch Show Print to keep it uniform.  The only thing they didn't put on the HSP was the year.  Not sure why they never do that. 


The "inserts" in each pocket are a "journaling page" - to make notes after each show (because at some point, the shows start to run together like who surprised who on what show!), a photo (which is actually holding the place of actual concert photos from after each show - obviously won't have those in time to post this), and the ticket itself.  (As soon as those are available, I will post updates.  I promise.)
 
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