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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Cutting ColdPlay Song.. on: February 02, 2011 07:09:08 PM
Hey Everyone -
Thought I would post a little project I did up for a friend, it is lyrics from a Coldplay song called Fix You - I drew up the art, used a cutter to cut out my work & put a swirly silver cardstock behind it.. I think it came out well...
Difficult to take pictures b/c of the glass though...
Thanks for looking!

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Warm Process Soaping Experiment.. & Soap Stamp.. on: January 20, 2011 08:26:39 PM
Hey Everyone,
So I decided to try out the Warm Oven Process of Soaping instead of the CP.. I used just a basic normal recipe, but seem to have had unexpected results!.. Once the Oils & Lye came to a thin trace, I added a small amount of fragrance, colorant & herbs.. the fragrance was rather strong and only added a small amount (the kids thought I was baking something great!).. stirred it up again and it turned to a very soft ice cream texture, somewhat foldable.. so I quick dumped it in a mold - I know.. Plastic.. in the oven??.. well.. i did.. whoops!.. Just thought I would give it a try.  Really it did ok though!.. But after pouring the soap into the mold, it really set up quick and tapping it to get out air bubbles wasn't happening, so I tried to smooth with a spatula, which seemed to break open the top layer and expose a gooey under layer with lots of oils!.. yuck.  I gave it a few seconds of trying to make it pretty until realizing that wasn't working & put it in the warm 170 degree oven for the 2-3 hours as suggested... very soon there after I got the soda ash.. it did turn a somewhat transparent gel like color - I left it in for 12 hours.. checked on it but there was a bit of an oily section on the top and decided to let it sit for the night after warming the oven back up to temp.. by morning the oils did go away.. but the bars were still rather gooey on the underside.. but my impatience said.. "lets try and get it out of the mold".. I used a mold spray on it, which is used for plastic resin casting molds.. and the parts that were dry pulled right away from the mold.. the gooey parts wanted to hang on so I pulled it out by hand.. which is why the surface got so crazy looking.. should have waited a few days.. but who knows what would have happened.. after stacking it has seemed to dry up a good bit, but here and there i get some oil on the surface of the bars.. thinking something didn't go correctly with the recipe, tracing it.. not sure..
At any rate.. here are a few pictures.... has anyone else had a similar experience?

On another note.. I had been searching around for a soap stamp.. and I'm sure some of you know of a crafter stamp source - I must have emailed on a bad day or something asking kindly for services to be rendered.. didnt know fellow crafters could be so unpleasant!... well that did not go well, so I searched and searched.. and I must say I am extremely thrilled with the place that made this stamp.  I have absolutely no affiliation with them or it wouldn't have taken me so long to find them!.. But I sent in my black & white file, paid.. and the next day the stamp was sent, and received the next day.. wow!.. and soooo reasonably priced.. my stamp was  $37 mounted, the stamp is 1/4" magnesium with a wood block attachment - the edges of the letters are slightly beveled so it makes a nice letter & pops right out!  So if you're looking for a stamp I would check them out!.. Owosso Graphic

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Husqvarna Prelude Parts.. Anyone? on: January 18, 2011 08:13:06 AM
So I was using a ruffler for my sewing machine & I guess I forgot to oil it as much as I should have, the friction of it rubbing against the needle clamp screw caused it to break off!.. so now I have a screw stuck inside the clamp that will not come out.  I had bought a part before from what seemed to be a smaller mom/pop operation on the internet, they didn't have a fancy website - but they had everything possible to buy.  I cant seem to find a needle clamp anywhere online for my machine.. and was wondering if anyone knows of any good parts places online?.. Not particularly in the mood to buy from our local dealer that will charge an arm & a leg for it and have to wait 10 days for it to come in..
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Butterfly Hat.. on: January 04, 2011 11:57:54 AM
I got this free pattern from ValliesKids blog website - it makes a little butterfly/bowtie design on the side.. very cute.. I made it in a 3-10 year old size.. but for some reason it turned out much larger than expected & fits an adult.. I did not use a regular yarn, instead I used a ball of Sugar & Cream.. maybe that is why..  Here is the end result!..

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ear Flap Aviator Hat.. on: January 04, 2011 10:43:50 AM
An aviator type had I made using Bernat Roving Yarn - in Rice Paper color.. I had not used the roving yarn before, it turned out to be sooo soft.. it crocheted up super quickly since it was chunky.. & used a J hook.. It is mostly all double crochet - then added on some triangle ear flaps & the flap on the front with stationary buttons.. also did a little raspberry color stitch around the hat for some color....

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Apple cozy on: January 04, 2011 10:30:59 AM
Here is an apple cozy I made.. most make it so the apple fits down in to the cozy, but I made mine that the fat top part of the apple goes in first & closes at the bottom...

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Aviator Hat on: January 04, 2011 09:40:13 AM
Hey Everyone.. Happy New Year - it has been forever since I've posted.. here is an aviator hat I just made... using Patons Classic Wool Yarn &  a J hook... then used a skein of Patons Color fading yarn to do a single stitch around the outside for a pop of color!


8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Whilry Twirly Pettiskirt on: November 12, 2009 04:59:01 PM
Hey Everyone!
Here are some pictures of a fluffy long pettiskirt I made for my little one.. well not so little any more.. can hardly believe she's almost 6!...

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Broken Needle Clamp on: October 27, 2009 06:28:15 PM
Hello Everyone!
I have a Viking prelude machine & got a nifty little gathering/pleating foot.. and thought it was great as I was flying along with the thing - mind you I should have read the directions to oil the foot regularly.. not 15 minutes after I've already gathered a football field.. well.. the foot goes over the needle screw... and thunk.. there goes the head to the screw.. and its broken off just inside the clamp but I have no way of turning that screw to get it out and replace it.. does anyone know how to get the screw out.. or how you replace the whole clamp device?.. i see there is another little hole above the screw.. but not sure how you go about getting that out either as it is tiny?.. dont really want to make a run to the sewing machine hospital as I have things to make!.. Hope someone has the magic answer!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Soldier Fly Pillows on: August 31, 2009 05:50:19 PM
Here is a silk screen I just did of some flies... the kids and I sewed them in to pillows to send over to the troops...

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