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1  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Neat craft supply in south Jersey on: December 19, 2009 11:46:55 AM
I live near Berlin, NJ (08009 zip code) and my local Blockbuster is going out of business.  Among the things they are selling off is the shelf tags that mark which movies went where on the shelves.  They are roughly the size of DVD cases and made of cardboard or plastic and mostly have some variation of the cover art of the DVD or video case. They are selling them for 20/$1 and they have so many possible uses that it's almost too exciting to think about Cheesy  I've bought at least 200 of them by now and every time I go in I pick up another couple dollars worth.  Anyway, I just thought I'd share for anyone within traveling distance who might like to use something like that...
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / First quilt - batting question on: December 19, 2009 06:48:12 AM
I am making a quilt for my nephew who is due just after New Year's.  My sister is like natural themes and is very environmentally conscious so I'm using all cotton fabrics and have found 100% cotton batting.  The packaging says you can pre-soak it if you want avoid shrinkage but makes it sound optional.  So my question is do I want to avoid shrinkage and what is needed to preshrink it?  The batting is considerably larger than my quilt will be, so do I do the whole thing, or do I try to cut it first and hope it doesn't shrink too much?  If I do the whole thing, how soaked does it have to be?  Can I just get it wet and let it dry, or does it have to sit in the water for a while?  Should I use hot or cold water?  Does it have to lay flat to dry or can I hang it over the shower rod?

Thanks for helping Cheesy
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / question about lining for denim on: May 03, 2009 08:28:13 AM
Well, I hope this is the right place to post because while I am using clothing to make a purse, my question more about the nature of the fabric and if they will work well together. 

I'm trying to save an adorable pair of jeans and tshirt that my daughter has grown out of; it's one of my favorite outfits she has, so I decided to make a little bag out of it.  The thing is, the denim is rather heavy and the tshirt is very soft and stretchy.  I'd like to use the shirt to line the inside of the bag.  It doesn't need to provide any structural support, only look cute.  But it's so different from the denim, I'm afraid it will stretch out too much or just to work in some other fashion that I can't put into words until it happens. 

So do you think I can use the shirt for the lining, or should I find something of a closer weight to the denim if I really want it to be lined?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Does crocheting make anyone else's shoulder hurt? on: March 19, 2009 06:17:30 PM
Cause it does mine and it kinda sucks  Sad  I like to sit on the couch and watch my favorite evening television and crochet and inevitably, I have to stop after half an hour or so cause my shoulder is killing me.  I have an anti-inflammatory from when I hurt my wrist a few weeks ago and that helps my shoulder too, but I don't know what I'm gonna do when it runs out.  Undecided  Anyone else have a similar problem or am I the only one who crochets from the shoulder?  Any suggestions on how to prevent this that doesn't include the words "don't crochet"?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / cute little summer purse on: March 14, 2009 06:47:47 AM
This purse started life as the head of an amigurumi chihuahua that didn't look much like a chihuahua. You might think that I was using odd colors for a chihuahua, but if you knew my daughter, you'd understand.  Anyway, I was about to rip it out and start over when I noticed that the yarn was coming together in a wonderful spiral and I just couldn't take it apart.  So I kept it going until it was just big enough to hold my driver's license, debit card and chap stick which is often all that I carry.  In the summertime, I often don't have any pockets in my shorts or dresses so I made a nice long strap to put across my shoulders, and now I've got a wonderful little bag to use this summer.

It's made with Peaches and Creme cotton yarn in Fiesta Ombre with a US 0/2.55 mm steel crochet hook.  I nearly dislocated my fingers using such a small hook, but I'm very happy with it now Cheesy

Oh, and I wasn't sure if this should go here or under bags and purses, so I flipped a coin; sorry if it's in the wrong place! 
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Badger Mushroom Snake Swap? on: March 08, 2009 07:53:37 PM
I was out with a friend shopping for fabric today and I saw a table of Easter baskets.  One of the baskets was shaped like a coiled up plush snake.  My first thought was that it was a little odd for an Easter basket, but I would totally put on the table and fill it with apples.  I pointed it out to my friend and said as much to her.  She said either that or badgers and mushroom.  Well, I cracked up laughing and immediately thought that would make a wonderful theme for a swap.

Now, if you don't know why that's funny, go watch this video; you don't need to watch the whole two+ minutes.  After the first 30 seconds, you'll either love it or hate it.

Now, as much as I love badgers, mushrooms and snakes, it has the potential to be a rather limited theme, so I was thinking it might work best as a single item swap and people can choose if they would like to craft a small, medium or large items.

Would anyone else be interested in this kind of theme?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / D&D mini - aboleth, or as we call her, the Hated Mother on: March 02, 2009 05:28:13 AM
I painted this mini for a D&D game a few months ago.  I love painting minis, but I'm not very good at photographing them, so I hope you all can see her ok.  The last picture is her unpainted on the stand she came with, and let me say that it is totally impractical to try and mount a metal figure that probably weighs half a pound on a thin, soft metal toothpick, which is why mine is resting on a polymer clay rock.

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some of my favorite photos - Image heavy! on: March 01, 2009 07:29:45 PM
I'm trying to post more of my work on craftster, and I thought I'd like to share some of my photos.  I love photography and I take a camera with me nearly everywhere I go.  I've got thousands of photos and I always have a hard time picking out my favorites, but here are some of them...

Small print disclaimer:  These are all my original photos, and I ask that you respect that and do not copy, distribute, or make use of these images without my permission.  Thank you.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / thoughts about a swap idea on: February 27, 2009 02:47:05 PM
I've had this idea floating around in my head for a little while and I can't quite figure out if it would be feasible, so I thought it's time to throw it out there for opinions.

What I'm envisioning is a swap where the first person, probably the organizer (which could potentially be me), would put together a box o' stuff, like one of the flat rate boxes I've seen used in other swaps, and send it to the second person.  That person would sift through the box, take anything that appeals to him or her and refill the box with items of a similar value and then send it on to person three who would repeat the process.  When the box gets to the last person, he or she sends it back to the first person who gets everything left in it, which should theoretically be on par with what he or she put in to start.

Does that make sense?  Has there been a swap like that before?  Do you think it would work?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / five o'clock somewhere on: January 21, 2009 06:46:25 AM
I found a clock movement in my craft room the other day and had a great idea.  I'm going to make a "five o'clock somewhere" clock that I will probably give to my Dad for Christmas next year.  I'm going to put our hometown in the "5" place on the clock, and instead of numbers, each space around will have the name of another place where it would be 5:00 if he were there instead of home. 

Now, I have this great idea in my head, and I want to make sure that the execution is equal to the idea, but I've never made a clock before and I'm not sure what kind of materials and mediums to work with, so I was hoping for some suggestions.  I've dabbled in many things, and I'm pretty much open to any suggestion that doesn't require a huge monetary investment. 

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