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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: first try at mosiacs... on: January 19, 2005 05:14:15 PM
Thanks! I've decided I should've gone all out and purchased the grout sealant. In a couple of spots the grout is chipping (or rather chunking) off. Just barely, but of course I notice!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: first try at mosiacs... on: December 10, 2004 09:35:47 AM
I just did a tray as my first mosaic project, too.  I came here to do a search to see if I was missing anything. There is no project, it seems, that hasn't been done and posted on Craftster. Anyway, I used black grout, stained glass pieces, then painted the tray red with a varnish coating. I'll take a picture when it is dry. I distressed it with sandpaper, but next time, I'm not sure I'll do that.

One thing. . . should I use anything to seal it? I just got back from a craft store and there was a product for just that.

Here it is -

I put images underneath the clear glass tiles. I bought a mixed bag of stained glass chips from Michael's, but next time I'd like a bunch more to be clear.
3  Texas / Texas: North Central / Re:vintage in arlington/ft worth??? on: May 04, 2004 04:09:05 PM
My sister used to live near the museums. There was a whole slew of funky vintage shops over there. Nearby, not in the immediate vicinity, but REALLY cool.
4  Texas / Texas: Central / Re:austin - stitch 'n bitch / craft 'n gab on: May 04, 2004 02:54:07 PM
Travis, do you always refer to yourself in the third person?  Kiss  Boys would be fun. But so would a Girls Only Club. I miss Camp Fire Girls.
5  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re:Wild Child!-New Crafty Fun Store on: April 24, 2004 04:36:48 AM
And the owner is really nice with the best of intentions in what she'll sell in her shop. I hope she has great success with it. I wish I lived close enough to stop in!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Cardboard Mail Divider on: March 20, 2004 05:10:50 AM
I felt the need to bump this thread. I've been thinking about it for a week. I just organized my office space and want to make something to divide things like "pending orders,"  "customer special requests," "wholesale inquiries."

(LATER) Here it is -

I used a shallow box and slanted the dividers (I cut them at an angle). I was very happy with the result!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:Oh no! I bought a directional lining fabric--what do I do? on: February 24, 2004 06:21:09 AM
I do this all time - I mean, cutting the fabric in two and sewing it back together. You can always top-stitch that seam to make for a cleaner appearance and allow it to lay flat.

Just do that so you have the one, solid piece of fabric you need for the lining and go from there, following the instructions as before. The middle seam being on the bottom (at the half-way point, if this makes sense) should make sizing those triangles even easier.

Um, I don't even use patterns for my bags, but when I do pinch the corner to form the triangle (that creates the bag's depth) I am able to line up the side seam with the bottom seam before sewing.

I'm sure this makes NO sense!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:Need Help "Boxing" Handbag Bottom on: February 24, 2004 06:12:55 AM
There's a great book that might help you (lots of good pictures/clear instructions. It's called Handmade Bags by Terence Terry. Let me see if I can find a link - this is from half.com:


I don't own this book. I read it at a friend's house and it's on my list of things I'd like to buy. The techniques would fit with what you are wanting to do, I think.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re:AMAZING fabrics!!! on: February 24, 2004 06:07:00 AM
Thanks! I was a little hesitant since it is size 2T and has nekkid ladies!

Virginia Quiter is also great, as someone mentioned. They fall btwn fabric attic and reprodepot with regard to pricing, and they deliver in a timely fashion. I think that is my main concern after pricing.

Did I mention, too, that many traditional quilt shops carry several of these prints? So if you can find one local to you, they may have an Alexander Henry, Michael Miller or Marcus Brothers line in addition to many others. I'm not a quilter,  so maybe I had some misconception of what a quilt shop might be like, but I stopped into one while on vacation and couldn't leave without a few fat quarters, at least.

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re:AMAZING fabrics!!! on: February 23, 2004 05:19:54 PM
I made this from the tattoo print today, and couple of headbands.

Yes, I order from Fabric Attic, too. It is a pretty small shop in Montana (from what I've heard from a friend who visited) and so  I like to support them.

*sorry the image is so big. The thumbnail was too tiny Smiley
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