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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: New sewer, old machine, so many problems on: July 13, 2015 08:54:12 PM
Make sure the thread isn't coming off the arm that goes up and down.  Sometimes if it comes off, that can happen.  Go through the threading and see if it is done correctly.

It shouldn't be set as look as possible.  There is definitely some adjustment needed and that could include the bobbin casing tension.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Getting Started With Bees on: June 25, 2015 02:41:23 PM
Makes me happy to see people helping bees survive. Smiley

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Team Umizoomi, its time for action! on: June 25, 2015 02:29:59 PM
My son loves Umizoomi.  Unfortunately, the show was cancelled and all the toys are aftermarket which means they are crazy prices ($43 for a 4 inch $7 toy).

So I decided to make him a Bot backpack for his birthday.  I had to wait three weeks to give it to him which was difficult especially since I wasn't sure he would still like the show by then!

I got a basic backpack pattern online then modified the front.  It was a decent pattern but I would definitely make some changes next time.  I also ran out of piping so the back isn't piped.  That makes it more flimsy.  But when I'm sewing at midnight over a coffee table, my attitude is get it done!  Its good enough for a toddler!

He loved it. Had a huge smile on his face and wouldn't take it off.  The only thing I couldn't find was a two inch disco ball for a zipper pull.  That would have been the best final touch.

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / cool article. guy crochets super mario on: June 20, 2015 09:11:11 AM
In case you haven't seen it yet...

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: what should the primary paint be? on: April 07, 2015 09:10:40 PM
Wow.  I posted this Sept 2012 and just bought the paint :/

next up, before and after pics!

Hopefully it won't take that long to paint...
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hate my living/dining/ crap space on: April 07, 2015 09:06:47 PM
Well this gave me something to do on a late night Smiley

So better flow coming in with the recliner by the window as well.  also can see the tv from the table.  blue is the lamps. 

Bedroom... altar in far corner, bookcases at the foot of the bed (who doesn't like to see bookcases from bed?).  laundry in the closet, stool inside the door.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: My adventure in refinishing... just starting out on: January 13, 2015 02:27:13 PM
Sadly, its still sitting there. Its a matter of funds.  My spouse isn't allowed to work yet and with daycare.... so ya, its not done yet. 

Meanwhile, I've accumulated a 70's ..ish.. desk and chair to do too. 

Hopefully by the time I have play funds, i'll have decided on the colour too.  Lots of General Finishes milk paints look amazing!

Here's the site:  https://generalfinishes.com/

Lots of inspiration on their Facebook page too as people keep submitting completed pieces.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / wow on: December 05, 2014 07:16:42 AM
I feel like an underacheiver for not getting my crossstitch done thats 10 years old.

19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mugs rugs on: November 23, 2014 09:09:57 PM
Hi all,

I got my craft on recently thinking I could make some much needed $$ for Christmas. 

So I made some mug rugs.  There are two more space girls to come.  Then I'll do some male firefighter pin ups (don't want to be sexist after all...). 

I hate selling things.  I'm one of those who give things away.  I priced them at $15 CDN (this is a private sale, no one here can be involved).  Considering I had to butcher the fabric to get the girls, etc, I thought that was fair.  They are 10x7". I will do plain ones for $10 CDN.  Does that sound fair?


20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / My adventure in refinishing... just starting out on: July 19, 2014 09:20:43 PM
Thought I would share my travels in learning about refinishing a cedar chest.  May be someone else will learn something faster! Wink

First, I know nothing to very little about wood finishes.  I know paint, primer, stain and varnish.  I do not know what other finishes are called or I would look them up!

I rescued a Lane cedar chest from the garbage last year.  It was full of white mold.  I bleached it and will bleach it again before refinishing...

Its been sitting in the hall begging my attention.  I keep wavering on what to do.  Paint? Full paint?  Stain?  Stain/paint to match the dining room set? Go funky?  Stay conventional? Crackle?

Finally decided to put one foot in front of the other and head to the home improvement store in hopes of enlightenment.

So I went to Lowes.  I happen to ask about crackle to see a sample so I would know if its something that I like.  They sent me to Home Depot.

I went to Home Depot and asked if they had crackle paint.  They sent me to Randall's.

I went to Randall's and asked if they had crackle or specialty paint, they sent me to Wallacks.  

A very cool guy at Wallacks gave me my first lesson in specialty painting. He talked about acrylics and gel stuff... I really didn't know what look I was going for and mentioned possibly layering paints and having the other show from below.  He mentions milk paint, instructs me to watch a lot of youtube videos for General Finishes milk paint (no actual milk products in this one!), and then sends me to Lee Valley.

I have yet to make it to Lee Valley.

But, I have spent the better part of the night watching videos, trolling Google images and expanding my new found lust for milk paint to other potential victims in my house like the kitchen cabinets and coffee table.   Cool

So far I have learned that:
  • milk paint doesn't require sanding.  can go over existing finish
  • I do not like the distressed look nearly as much as I thought
  • People really overdo the distressed look
  • I do like pinstriping on cabinets
  • I think the cedar chest is a little too flat for the double layer paint effect
  • May have to consider putting moulding on the chest to do the double layer paint effect...
  • Some people really overdo the glazing
  • I like the glazed look... just not to the point where it looks dirty
  • Its hard to find a site with a solid set of samples for milk paint combiniations.
  • Oh the colour combos to choose from. https://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/water-base-milk-paints-glazes
  • I need money
  • I fear of hoarding old furniture to feed my new obession

That's it for one night's work. I will update as things progress.  

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