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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re:All-American Ads... on: January 16, 2004 06:20:37 PM
I just recently bought the 60s All-American Ads book and I'm VERY pleased. So many great ads in there, and boy what a cool coffee table book. I've been making color copies out of it for weeks now for collages, and one of these days I'd like to make some full-size 8x10 copies to matte, frame, and hang up as wall art! The possibilities are endless! I'd really like to get that album cover book as well....
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:sheet curtains on: December 12, 2003 03:46:57 PM
Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy


YOU are a genius!!  I have been trying to find a tablecloth for my huge harvest table that didn't cost a fortune...and was going to use bedsheets.  A cloth shower curtain!  Brilliant!  Any color I want!  Liquid beads up!  Not too expensive!  Perfect!!!


You're quite welcome, lowcarbmuffin! Smiley Hope that works out for ya!  Cheesy
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:image transfers on: December 08, 2003 06:59:33 PM
Hi Susan!  Grin

Hmmm...I'm not sure how permanent those transfers would be on fabric. I think the chemical method would be the best one to try on material. I would just give it a go--you can only find out for sure by experimenting, right? Smiley But do it on a cheap t-shirt rag or something you don't mind getting ruined. You know, just in case....

I've never tried sewing tape transfers on fabric (I like to use them to create nifty collages in altered books and what-not). Probably wouldn't look the greatest, but then again, I've never done it so I could be completely wrong. I'd love to see some sample pics of any of these experiments...
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Altoid tincans on: December 07, 2003 04:24:33 PM
hi, actually, altoid cans are perfect for pinhole cameras. You simply poke a very small hole (the smaller the better - use a small gauge beaiding needle if possible) and cover with a piece of electrical tape. In a dark room cut your film into strips of three, and load as many altoid cans as possible. Make sure the electrical tape is over the hole before leaving the dark room.

An idea I am working on, is soldering 10 altoid cans together, so that an entire roll of film could fit into one "contraption" That way I can take a whole roll, rather than 8 little pieces to the local film developer without getting embarrassed.

<3 oh and hi, I'm new.

What an awesome idea! I've always thought pinhole cameras were way cool--so cheap and easy to make yet you can create some totally amazing photos with them. I'm going to try this immediately! This would also be a great way to use up those dang AOL tins that no one knows what to do with.

I just finished taking a b/w photography class at my college, so I have the basic items to develop my own film so I don't need to go down to the film developing place (they always wreck your film anyway) but I do need to get the chemicals. Add that to my "stuff to buy" list.

Oh, and that "pintoid" link is AMAZING!! I never knew you could make such cool images from a basic altoid pinhole camera. Bravo! Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Fun with Vinyl on: December 06, 2003 11:52:37 AM
WOW! What a super cutie purse!! I love it! I've always thought vinyl was a way cool material to make purses and handbags from but I'm scared to try sewing it with the sewing machine (with my luck, the machine would probably break). But your purse has inspired me to give it a go!  Smiley

I found this really cool shower curtain made of a clear shiny vinyl with small hologram "retro" squares all over it. I bought it for $15 at Target (a little steep for a shower curtain, but I couldn't resist). I can't wait to make some ultra neato purses from it! Thanks for the inspiration!  Grin
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:image transfers on: December 05, 2003 03:28:19 PM
Always fun to learn new ways of doing transfers! Smiley I've done the chemical transfer before with paint thinner and it worked perfectly. But my favorite method is the tape transfer method. The best part is that you can make parts of your image see-through while others are opaque, so that when you layer your transfers, you can make some really nice effects. Plus, it's so super easy--you can make tons while watching your favorite tv show (that's what I do). Fun fun fun!

Thanks for posting  the site! I can't wait to try out some of those other methods.... Grin
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:ok, so who's making money here? on: December 02, 2003 10:23:32 PM
I've had some luck with making and selling home-made polymer clay beads online at www.justbeads.com. I've always wanted to try my hand at selling things I've made, and it has proven to be quite exciting! I started this summer and still occasionally sell, when I have the time. I deffinately haven't made enough to live off of, but I only sell once in a while. The money I have made though has proven handy to pay for ferry rides to get back home and also to buy used "treasures" from the local consignment stores.  In the end, I think I've only made around $200 in profit so far-- a petty amount, but I still think it's a satisfying experience.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:sheet curtains on: December 02, 2003 09:55:04 PM
I too have made curtains from sheets, and more than just once. Works really well in bedrooms because you can make your curtains match your bedding dead-on. Another idea is to use shower curtains (not the clear vinyl stuff, but the ones made out of water proof fabric). Sometimes you can find totally awesome prints on shower curtains--plus, they're MUCH cheaper than fabric. Being a poor college student, I went this route for my apartment kitchen. I also went the extra mile and made a tablecloth from a purple fabric shower curtain. The best part--when something liquid spills on it, it doesn't seep into the fabric but instead beads up on the surface!  Smiley
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