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611  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Box on: June 30, 2005 03:12:04 PM
The box is great -- very fun and clever.

But the *real* reason I'm posting is that... I LOVE YOUR AVATAR! It's so great! I just had to tell you that. Did you make it yourself? (Sorry if you've answered that question a million times already...)

Cute, cute, CUTE! (Both the box and the avatar!)
Nice job!
612  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Joss Whedon Swap Gallery on: March 17, 2005 10:53:19 AM
I'm not a part of this swap... I've just been lurking because I'm a big Buffy/Angel fan and I was curious to see what you crafty craftsters would cook up.

All of the stuff is really amazing, but I had to post because I am so impressed with the items that angelwing75 made... this post is nothing but a public admiration of her astounding attention to detail.

Nice job!
613  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Converses on: March 02, 2005 10:46:42 AM
I just read an article a couple of weeks ago in the SF Chronicle about teens getting creative decorating their rooms. One girl uses her old Converse as small shelves. Here's a photo:

She's got her George Bush voodoo doll in the close-up one, but you can look further down the wall and see that she's got some other stuff stuck into the other ones... an iPod cord, perhaps?

Here's the whole article.

Funky and practical!
614  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Heart on: January 27, 2005 01:44:37 PM
aduaidh --

What size needes/yarn did you use for this scarf? It's hard to tell how wide it is from your photos. The reason that I'm asking is that I just made a scarf using this pattern, but much smaller than recommended (I used a worsted weight on 8s... I think the pattern uses a bulky on #15s. Mind ended up being about 4" wide).

Did you have to block yours? This might be related to the smaller size that I made mine, but it's curling like nobody's business. I've blocked it "gently" once with decent results, but I clearly need to block it more aggressively to make it behave.

As for the new knitter (pamplemousse) asking about this pattern, this was my first foray into lace. I must admit, I had a more experienced knitting friend help me out to begin with and I definitely needed it. I don't usually knit projects where I have to pay careful attention, and I really had to pay attention to this pattern when I was doing it (no knitting in front of the tube). But it's not "hard" (and it's super cute!) I think I'm going to make it again in the recommended size. Smiley

Thanks in advance for the info!
615  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Over Pins on: November 16, 2004 11:23:57 AM
When I first learned to sew, my instructor told us it was okay to sew over pins. So my best friend and I (who took the class together) merrily went on our sewing-over-pins way. Until the day that a needle broke and *did* hit her in the face. Right below the eye. It wasn't "in the eye," like all of our moms (and home ec teachers)warned us, but close enough!

The following week, I read an article in Quilters' Newsletter by Alex Anderson (Host of Simply Quilts) who said that she had always sewed over pins in the past, but that she had recently had an experience that changed her mind. I can't find a link to the article online, but if Alex Anderson isn't sewing over pins, I'm not doing it either!
616  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reversing Text in Word? on: November 04, 2004 12:44:12 PM
If your printer driver has that option, do what gji7 has suggested -- easy! Sweet! Unfortunately, mine does not, and I recently had to deal with this problem. Good news: you can use Word to flip stuff.

As far as I know, you cannot rotate "plain text" in Word. According to the Help, you can rotate "AutoShapes, pictures, clip art, or WordArt." I think what you need is to make some WordArt and flip that.

I've written some directions here, but if you have a different version of Word (I've got 2003), your interface may be slightly different.

First, you'll need your "Drawing Toolbar" out. If it's not out, do this...
1. Go to Tools > Customize.
2. Click the Toolbars tab.
3. Check the box next to Drawing and click Close. The Drawing toolbar should be showing now.

Now you can make some WordArt:
1. In the Drawing Toolbar, click the little A that looks like it's leaning to the right (if you hover over it, the ToolTip says "Insert WordArt")
2. Choose your desired style from the WordArt Gallery and click OK.
3. Enter and format the text in the Edit WordArt Text dialog and click OK. (You can edit it later with the WordArt toolbar).

Now, to rotate!
1. Click on your WordArt to select it.
2. In the drawing toolbar, select Draw > Rotate or Flip > Flip Horizontal. Voila! Flipped!

If, for any reason, any of the buttons I've mentioned are not appearing in your Drawing Toolbar, you can add them...
1. Go to Tools > Customize.
2. Click the Commands tab.
3. In the left-hand box (Categories), click Drawing.
4. In the right-hand (Commands) box, click the button you want to add and drag it down to your Drawing Toolbar (which is probably located at the bottom of your screen... by default, at least).

And finally, if you get stuck, try the Help. It's not great, but I did find some of this stuff there, so you may be able to as well. Good luck!
617  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: November 03, 2004 04:20:52 PM
The fact that Kaesea is my cat's name is not too original. But the way I came up with the name Kaesea (pronounced "Casey") is...

After arguing about naming the cat for several weeks (poor nameless kitty), my partner at the time suggested "Casey." Or, at least, that's what I thought he was suggesting. He was actually suggesting "KC" When I asked him what "KC" stood for, he just said he liked the sound of the name, but didn't like the spelling "C-A-S-E-Y." Without an explanation for what "KC" stood for, I wasn't going for it (I could just imagine forever after: "What does KC stand for?" "Um... I don't really know..." Duh.)

So I came up with around 20 different phonetic spellings for the sounds /kay see/ and we both agreed on "Kaesea." If my cat had to go to school, he'd probably hate me. At the vet, they read it and say hesitantly "Um... Ca-uh-see-ah?" Plus, I guess it looks kind of feminine (like Chelsea?) and he's a fluffy cat, so everyone thinks he's a girl. Poor dear.

But it has ended up being rather handy for me, because I've never bumped into another Kaesea on the net (there are a couple out there, but I guess we don't run in the same circles), so I've always been able to secure it as a user name, email address, etc.

Oh, yeah... years later I figured out that "K" and "C" were mine and my partner's first initials. So cheesy... even he was embarrassed to admit it to me (although he did confirm this when confronted). We're long broken up, so I'm glad I didn't go that route... I prefer to think it stood for "Kitty Cat" all along.

Ironically, Kaesea is not the cat pictured in my avatar. That's Biscuit. Biscuit never has any trouble with people mispronouncing his name. People do, however, think that he is a dog.

Poor kitties. With their goofy names, I've inflicted identity crises upon them. Sometimes, they slam their little kitty doors and yell, "I hate you!" Or at least, I think that's what they're saying. Maybe they're saying, "More tuna!"
618  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: uSe YoUr MiNd cOnStRuCtIveLY on: November 03, 2004 04:08:49 PM
Well, I've just wasted a good bit of time checking these out. They're frigging hilarious. This is good stuff! I hate to be redundant, since everyone has probably checked them all out, but this one keeps cracking me up every time I look at it, so I just need to point it out:


Perhaps it's the dorky boyish exuberance on that guy's face. Or the ominous-yet-non-descript title "Do Not Worry."  He actually doesn't seem worried at all... in fact, perhaps he's looking forward to going back to sleep? Hee hee.

619  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Seam ripping technique a.k.a. proof I married the right guy on: November 02, 2004 04:23:53 PM
I recently found out that I was using the seam ripper "wrong," but not in the "ball v. pointy end" way. I was using the pointy end (which works for me). But what I was doing was sort of pulling the two pieces of fabric apart and ripping between them (sometimes also ripping holes in the fabric in the process).

What I learned was to "rip" (or cut) every three stitches on "top" of the fabric... and then pull the thread off of the back and all the little ripped pieces on top get brushed off. I even use very sharp tiny scissors for this now.

I went to the Clover website, and they have a picture of this:

I'm not sure how you would get the ball end under the thread, if the thread was sewn tightly.

Perhaps the differing ends are for differing ripping styles? Ball end for the "pull apart two pieces of fabric" method (which may cause less fabric tearing) and pointy end for the "clip every 3rd thread" method? This, of course, is just my .02 -- use it however it works for ya!

Here's the direct link to the pic on the Clover site:
620  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / H'ween Costume: MINI Cooper on: October 29, 2004 04:24:24 PM
Wow. It's my first posting on craftster. Eeek.

I feel a bit self-conscious because I've seen a lot of sexy, beautiful costumes here, but my Halloween costume was so funny (and crafty!) this year that I just had to post it. (My work party was yesterday, so I've already done it. Smiley

Last year, I was Wayne Gretzsky for Halloween. I enjoyed wearing my skates all day so much that I wanted to be "wheeled" again this year. I drive a MINI Cooper, so everyone suggested that I come as a MINI. Not only did I dress as a MINI, I dressed as my *own* MINI -- down to the personalized plates!

If you live in the SF Bay Area, you may have seen (or will see) me around. There are a ton of MINIs here, but only one with the plates "I AM MINI" and subsequent plate holder "HEAR ME ROAR."

I bought a red dress at the thrift store and cut off a white shirt to be the white top. I made the headlights and MINI emblem with silver lame and used Photoshop to create the plate, which I ironed on to white fabric. I sewed all of that onto the dress, put on my skates and voila! I am MINI, hear me roar!

Here's a long shot of the whole ensemble:

Here's a closer shot (so you can read the plate holder):

I must admit, I'm particularly proud of free-handing the MINI emblem:

Oh, yeah... and here's a shot of my actual car... not a bad likeness. Smiley
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