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21  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:bushisms on: February 01, 2004 06:48:50 PM
I actually bought a magnet at a card store with some bushisms on it.  You could make them into magnets for people.  I think the fortune cookies thing is also great.  You could save them and make fortune cookies with them for election day.  Or you could save them and incorporate them into some other type of election-day thing -- like into party favors or party games on election night or something.  Or keep them in your pocket or in your backpack and whenever you hear someone saying that they think Bush is great, you can give them one.  
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:more altoid tin art on: January 31, 2004 06:41:41 AM
Where do you get them? AND WHAT are altoids??? Because I have GOT to get me some of these tins!

Altoids are these very strong mints that are sold at drug stores, grocery stores, etc.. and they come in these tins.  The tins are either round or rectangular depending on the type of mint.  I think Altoids is a British brand but they have become very popular in the U.S.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:tie purse on: January 28, 2004 04:08:37 PM
one of my good freinds has a skirt made entirely of ties, and that reminds me of it. looks hot!

I'd love to see that skirt!!  Do you have any pictures of it?  I think this purse is great -- so original
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:Was Just Wondering... on: January 22, 2004 06:33:03 PM
I don't know if this is what you're looking for but I used to go a lot to www.gomod.com -- had a lot of retro/vintage/mod links and stuff
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:Projects for small spaces on: January 22, 2004 06:31:06 PM
I bought my first condo last year, but real estate was so expensive in Washington DC I only bought a 450 square foot place.  I have been obsessed since with finding ways to make my small space livable and uncluttered.  I agree that the container store is a great place.  I have purchased a lot of stuff from there, especially (1) boxes for under the bed; (2) more expensive nicer-looking boxes to store clutter atop shelves; (3) shelves that fit within kitchen cupboards or that can be mounted to the side of the cupboards to hold pots, pans, etc...; (4) I have a kitchen table that folds up so that it does not take up so much space yet can be used when I have people over; (5) these cool shelves from Ikea (called Grundig I think) that are steel - you can put stuff on top and then hang these hooks from it to hang kitchen utensils; (6) I also bought from the container store these steel cubes that can be assembled and de-assembled and are stackable, that help with storing books, etc.. yet are easy to move around; (7) hangers for clothes that allow me to put like 6 pairs of pants on one hanger to save space, etc....

Basically I scanned every room for every possible nook & cranny not being fully utilized for storage or where I thought stuff could be stored, and then tried to find a cute box or shelf to put there to make the space functional.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / krylon paint for plastic on: January 19, 2004 08:17:54 PM
I was in the hardware store today and saw this paint (in my store, called "krylon" ) that is spray paint that says it is especially made to be used to paint on plastic surfaces.  

Has anyone ever used this?  I thought it would be good for painting big plastic tubs, as well as some of my ugly fake wood furniture pieces that regular paint does not stick to, but I am wondering if it actually works.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:slap bracelets on: January 18, 2004 04:26:48 PM
cheesedip: slap bracelets are these strips usually covered with some sort of decorative design/fabric -- and basically you just have the strip, and you take it and slap it against your wrist, and it automatically curls around your wrist. I remember them from the 80s (I saved one -- saw it when I visited my parents over x-mas).  But have no idea how to make one because I don't know what the material is that they are made from -- because again and again you can straighten it out and then slap it, and it still curls.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Oh Target! on: January 17, 2004 07:16:28 AM
Visit www.walmartfoundation.org and find out what this so-called corporate monster does with all its evil money!  oh! the horrors!

I think it's great that Walmart and other companies donate money to worthy causes, as I am sure everyone does.  But still, I don't think that it totally diminishes the other negative things that corporations do.  Bill Gates donates a lot of money too and that is great -- but he still violated the antitrust laws in order to get a lot of that money.  
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Oh Target! on: January 16, 2004 07:01:13 PM
I think that there is a tension between trying to support companies that do not exploit its workers and trying to purchase goods that we can afford.  On the one hand people want to help others increase their standard of living but at the same time want to be able to afford things themselves.  And often I think it is hard to buy anything without probably ending up exploiting someone -- because so many products are made with cheap labor that is
ununionized, but may be at least providing the workers with money to purchase food.   I have been wondering what the answer is -- I mean I think one answer is to try to combat the corruption of corporations in the US government via political contributions that normal people cannot afford, so that decisions on labor laws and corporate welfare (I always hate the hypocrisy in DC that Republicans allege that giving money to help individuals is somehow bad, whereas at the same time they give all these tax breaks to corporations -- i.e. giving money to businesses -- "corporate welfare" is okay, because those corporations are also lining the pockets of the congress people)

Anyway, I guess one thing that could help is curbing the influence in DC that allows rich corporations to influence the making of legislation and also shuts out everyone else who cannot afford that kind of influence.

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Easy wallet-type things! on: January 15, 2004 05:04:05 PM
where do u purchase velcro from??

I've even found velcro at places like drugstores (CVS) and the container store.  
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