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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: "I like you America" Gun Cozy on: September 27, 2008 01:56:12 AM
This is TOO funny!  Great creative mind!  I did not realize how much my hubby has influenced my thinking until I saw this pic.  Before I married him, I had never shot a gun, didnt own a permit and had never really given guns a second thought, but now 7 years later, armed and with a permit, I saw the pic and I first thought "oh no, that gun is no good if the clip is not in it"...then I thought it'd be nice if you added a pocket on the cosy for storing an EXTRA clip (for reloading in an emergency)...LOL...AND I worried about the color of the rick rack making folks tease you on the range (as if they wouldnt mind that it is rick rack, just the color would bother them)...I'm so SILLY!!!...but seriously, I think it's TOTALLY CUTE!!!  I've thought about designing my own holster and carving a design out of the leather, but I'd never thought of making one out of fabric until now!  You've really made the "wheels start to turn"!!!

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity in this challenge!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Crazy Quilt Stocking! on: September 27, 2008 01:15:15 AM
This is just BEAUTIFUL! 

Did you have a foundation for this, or what method did you use to sew this?  It appears to be lined.  It looks like you did such a great job.  I especially like that you added your family members' names on the stocking.  You really did go above and beyond the requirements of a "sock" just b/c you couldn't knit!  That sounds just like something I would do!   lol

Thank you so much for sharing.  You do beautiful work!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Big Sleeve Blanket (Last minute DIY gift) on: September 27, 2008 01:11:27 AM
This is a great idea for a gift!  Now if only someone will make ME one!!!  Thank you for sharing the instructions!...one question...do you only mark the arm hole on one side, then use that measurement for the other side, or are you that precise w/the project? 

Thanks again!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: starbuck's snowmen (IMG heavy) on: September 27, 2008 01:07:21 AM
I'm SO GLAD to run across your post of the snowmen!  I posted my empty peppermint frappucino bottles on my blog recently b/c I wanted ideas for using the empty bottles.  I just could NOT bring myself to throw the bottles out.  SO I have a rather large collection of them in my pantry right this minute! 

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2008 idea - grocery bags on: September 27, 2008 01:02:07 AM
I suggest either you ask the customer if she will share her pattern, OR if you are a good drawer, just draw the pattern yourself on the cross stitch surface and then just cross stitch over the top of your drawing in the little x pattern until it is all filled in...just work one row at a time...depending on the age of the person you are giving the gift to, you could actually give them a piggy bank b/c they are very inexpensive these days...or go to the Dollar Store to find several little gifts???  BTW, you should be able to find the cross stitch surface (I'm drawing a blank right now as to what you call it) at any craft store, or Walmart craft dept if your local walmart still has this section.  Use 2 or 3 strands of DMC thread w/an embroidery needle to make your stitches for the pigs...etc, etc...hope this helps!  You can also google the info to find free tutorials on how to make the stitches and you can also check your library for books on the subject.

Please post if you need help getting started! I hope I understood your question correctly.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gourd Ornaments on: September 27, 2008 12:54:51 AM
CUTE!  I saw some gourd ornaments painted as snowmen recently...lovely little ornaments.  Thank you for sharing!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Candybar Snowmen on: September 27, 2008 12:37:59 AM
What an adorable little snowman!  VERY CREATIVE!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My new tote bag...so roomy! on: September 27, 2008 12:03:26 AM
This is such a cute bag!  You did a great job!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: My room for two Help me on: September 26, 2008 11:54:02 PM
I noticed a long line is drawn to the right of the bed, in front of items 15, 16 and 17...is this a closet?  As far as the suggestion of drawing to scale, I suggest using graph paper for this as the simplest way to try this and let 1 ft equal 1 square on the graph paper...or depending on total size of room, you decide what you want each square size to be and then just keep this consistant.

So what is # 18?  This looks to be blocking the walking pathway, as does the tv.  I dont' know if I missed this, but if the TV is small enough, could it actually be moved to the corner and maybe even be placed on a shelf or table already in the room?  The main thing is to DECLUTTER as much as possible.  Anything you DO NOT USE OR NEED, get rid of it.  In the long run, you will be SO GLAD you did this!  Have a yard sale or try to sell on ebay if you need to get rid of it, but feel your items have value.  Walmart currently has some very high output floor lamps on clearance for as low as $10!  I just purchased several floor lamps ranging in price from $10 to $17 on sale and the normal price was as high as $59! SO if you replace those end tables with two nice floor lamps including light directed for reading and maybe two of the fold out dinner trays that can fold back up for storage in corner of closet when not in use, you'll instantly have more space and light at a very low cost.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT 19- One Tiny Thing on: August 20, 2008 12:35:39 AM
oh how cute!  Had she seen pics of your cat as inspiration?  I love that!

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