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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Tiny Sewing Machine on: November 20, 2011 01:22:27 AM
http://adelaide.gumtree.com.au/c-Stuff-for-Sale-other-stuff-for-sale-Baby-sewing-machine-W0QQAdIdZ329201610 What do you think of this miniature sewing machine? I am on a very strict budget right now, and I don't have much space, which is why I'm very tempted. I won't be doing really fancy sewing. What sort of thing might go wrong with a machine like this? Would it be a complete waste of money? Or would it be fine for my basic sewing craft projects, hemming, etc?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Simple cotton clothes on: September 07, 2010 10:28:56 PM
I'm making dolls for charity. http://www.uthandoproject.org/
I have some cotton fabric I'd like to make clothes from. (next time I get fabric for this project I think I'll get stretch material).
The clothes have to be removable , and I've got some velcro. I've never sewn 'proper clothes' before. My dollhouse miniatures have all been glued on type clothes. I need things that are very simple and easy to sew so I can make many of them easily. They also can't fray and must be washable. One thing I need is modern underwear. I'd like to also start with a little dress, but later on I might make shirts, skirts, shorts, pants, shoes, hats, bags, jackets...

Any ideas or patterns please? Smiley
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Rag Dolls For Charity on: September 07, 2010 10:21:51 PM

I've been looking for a charity craft project I can really sink my teeth into. I've been wanting to learn how to sew lately, and I was thinking about how my grandmother used to knit bears and the Mother's Union would send them to orphanages, and how proud I was of her for doing this. I decided I wanted to help kids. So I googled and found the above charity. It's based in Australia, and it sends brown skinned, 'African Style' dolls to children in South Africa, to a very poor region where 2/3 live in poverty and far over half of the kids have parents who are dead from AIDS or suffering from it. Most have no toys, and the only dolls available in shops are white.

I started making my first one on Saturday. I've got her cut out, sewn, stuffed, sewn again, face painted, hair wigged. Cheesy Now for clothes.

I thought maybe I could encourage other people to participate in this too. They've got patterns that are so simple they have schools doing it with their students.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Flattering vintage style? on: August 25, 2010 04:57:24 AM
I'd like to sew something that is a bit vintage/old fashioned, but not too hard (I'm a beginner) and flattering for someone with big hips and breasts, and a bit of a tummy and not thin arms or thighs.
Any thoughts?

I do swing dancing and it'd be nice to have something in 30s/40s style, but other styles are welcome too!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tasty meals for beginners? on: August 25, 2010 01:51:18 AM
I'm a beginning cook. I live at home with parents who don't really like me to cook, so it's only now that I'm forcing the matter. I need to practice some skills.

I'm looking for wintery type foods right now, that don't take very long but also don't include any package foods or pre processed foods (other than like, burritoes for burritoes, tins of tomato, that sort of thing), particularly since I'm Australian and we often don't have American products, and because I want to learn, not 'cheat'. But at the same time I don't want to be standing in a kitchen for three hours. It also doesn't have to be hugely simple, because I'm wanting to learn new skills, rather than just do the simplest things I can.

Have you got any recipe ideas for family meals that fit this criteria? Thanks!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Face Masks? on: August 25, 2010 12:01:00 AM
I've become a bit of a face mask addict. I like the ones where you can let it dry on your face, or you can 'feel it doing something'. I don't have particularly sensitive skin. I have usually slightly oily skin, and I'm 25 and I think hormones are still around because I get pimples. I like face masks for the relaxing effect and when my skin feels smoother afterwards.

What should I try making at home? Smiley
Preferably with ingredients that aren't too expensive.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fingertipless Gloves? on: July 01, 2009 01:19:23 AM
I was calling them fingerless gloves, but those seem to be not what I'm after. Fingertipless gloves perhaps? There's an individual finger hole for each finger, but they're not closed in.

Are they hard to knit? I'd like to knit a pair for my boyfriend.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Looking for Young Dollhouse Miniaturists on: April 18, 2009 06:36:44 PM
My hobby is 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures. I both make and buy things, and my houses and roomboxes (and those I have planned) are from a range of eras. I'm looking for miniaturist friends in my own age group!

Here's my sad tale of loneliness. Tongue

I've been in a club for 13 years. However, I joined when I was 10, and the youngest member there until I was 18 years old, was 30. Now there's one other young member, but she's about 5 years younger than me, and she's almost never there, and we never properly made friends. We're on nodding terms it seems. Sad

Every time I ask on miniatures forums for young miniaturists, there's no one there, and everyone just tells me that age doesn't matter in the hobby. No, it doesn't, but I'd still like to have some peers with the same hobby. I can't invite the 50 year old ladies to go to the museum with me for dollhouse research/chat, nor can I properly chat on msn. And though they don't mean to, they censor their conversation around me, like I'm still 12 years old instead of 23. The forums are good for talking entirely on topic, but I'd like to have miniatures as a basis for friendship- that's what lots of the older ladies get to do.

My mother and I do the hobby together, but I'd just love to find some miniaturists in my own age group (and I'm leaving it wide. Anyone between 15 and 30 would be great!), who hopefully I can chat to online, and if by some miracle you live nearby, perhaps meet up to do miniatures together. It'd be nice if it turned out we had other things in common, but that's not necessary. You also don't have to be an experienced miniaturist, you could just be interested in starting up! Yours also doesn't have to be 1:12 scale.

Hopefully someone here would be interested. Smiley
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Foil and Polymer Clay on: October 14, 2008 11:50:28 PM
I need to make a bed out of polymer clay- it'll be about 10 cms long. However... I can't make the whole bed out of a solid chunk of polymer clay.
I've heard that you can make a 'frame' that get baked inside, using aluminium foil? Are you sure it doesn't explode? Are there good techniques for doing this? I need help.
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / I Want To Help My Friend on: October 09, 2008 01:47:10 AM
I know this isn't really a 'charity'. But, I have a best friend who is very broke right now, and also he'd love to be able to pay for university fees next year, and rent and so forth. I really want to help him, through my craft.  I do dollhouse miniatures, figurines, slime, etc. I'd love to be able to somehow sell things and give him the money- but I'd need to pick an item that is really sellable (or expensive... so that I don't end up selling stuff I made at minimum wage), and then promote it like crazy. Any ideas?
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