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1  EUROPE / SCANDINAVIAN/NORDIC / Crafting with the reindeer on: February 08, 2011 02:28:28 AM
Hi to all craftsters in the north!

I'm going on a skiing holiday to Levi in Finland the first week of march. I was wondering if there are some craft haunts out there that I should visit? I hope I can make a daytrip to Rovaniemi also.

I'd love to meet any craftsters that hang out in that neighbourhood too!

happy crafting
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What does every doll maker need? on: January 29, 2011 10:52:27 AM
Hi, to all the doll mum and dad's out there on craftster!

I've got a question about doll making/ restoring.

My mother in law likes to rescue old dolls from the fleamarket and restore them to their former glory. Unfortunately she's not that good and often doesn't get past the making of new clothes stage. Which is also OK. She's got a big birthday coming up this year and as a fellow craftster I'd like to fill a box with tools and goods needed to restore dolls. I hope to find a few good tutes too, to encourage her to finish the dolls she's rescued.
Would you be so kind as to point out what are in your opinions good tutorials, essential tools and much used materials I can fill the box with?

thank you!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / beast to beauty on: September 14, 2010 12:35:45 PM
We have had this horrible leather couch for the last five years. But it's the only one we can fit into our small but cozy living room. But as I said it looked horrible so I thought I could try to make a slip cover for it, as I could hardly ruin it .... Grin
so first the before pictures

The green throw Is my sad attempt at making an easy improvement (didn't really succeed)

so I bought some sturdy curtain fabric and made this:

It's far from perfect, but I think it's an improvement anyway......
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / WWTF! ------------ on: May 08, 2010 06:40:47 AM

OK, so the problem is this: In a few months I'm going to graduate from dental school. As any student I'd like to thank my teachers. But what should I get/craft for middle aged men, who have more money than they  need and thus can buy anything they want/need?!?!
If possible with my skills (I meddle in allmost every craft) I want to craft something as I want something that will show my appreciation and something that will be exclusively from me. Luckily crafting is not done much by students at my school, so anything handmade will be special. It should be sophisticated not cartoony/jokey and not involve teeth. (If I'm anything to judge by, any dentist has more than enough teeth paraphernalia)

I'm at a total loss on this subject.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / never wilting corsages for 60th anniversary on: October 04, 2009 06:40:50 AM

I made these corsages (or boutonniere what ever you call it) for my boyfriends grand-parrents 60th wedding anniversary.  Luckily they liked them a lot. I'm glad they turned out ok. it was my first time trying the kanzanschi technique.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / white work attire on: September 02, 2009 11:39:22 AM
I'm a dental student in need of some new clothes for work/school. As a crafty person I would like to make these myself but I'm totally lost at what kind of pattern I could work from. I have some sewing experience but this is a real challenge. I'd like to make something nicer than the binliner model I've been wearing for the last few years, but how to make something (slightly) fitted yet be able to move comfortably in it whitout putting strain on the seams?
Getting the fabric seems to have been the easy part.

These regulations apply to our clothing at school:
- no bare legs
- underarm bare
- no cleavage or neckline deeper than 10 cm from the neck
- being able to sit in it for hours whitout severing of some arteries
- no frills

has anybody made some medical/dental clothing themselves?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / so far so good.............. but what now? on: June 24, 2009 06:06:48 AM
Ok so I fell in love whit the oasis wrap at www.naturallycaron.com. I'm quite new to crochet but as all earlier projects were a breeze I thought I could handle it. So I started and after figuring out how to do the foundation row stitch I crocheted happily along. The description reads :Foundation Row: Chain 2, sc in top loops of second ch from hook (counts as mod-sc), *ch 1, mod-sc in previous sc; repeat from * until 195 mod-sc have been made,(so far so good but then: ) ch 1195 mod-sc.. And Now I am lost, for I have no idea what I'm supposed to do. Do I make 195 chainstiches? Do I somehow crochet in opposite direction with the same stitch as before?
I really hope somebody can explain this to me, as I don't know anybody who does crochet.

the full description can be found at: http://www.naturallycaron.com/projects/oasis/oasis_1.html
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / what to make for someone you don't like? on: May 26, 2009 07:54:50 AM
Huh?? Yes it is a weird thing to do or even ask, but this just seems to be my problem.
I really don't like my boyfriends mother and I think she doesn't like me either, but insists on pretending.

My trouble is, she LOVES crafts. And not just crafts, but things made especially for her (so she can go tell everyone how lucky the maker was to be able to make something for her).  Roll Eyes

I like the rest of the family and as a crafty person have made most gifts myself. But not for her. Crafting something for someone who I don't like just doesn't seem possible. I can not do it and end up buying a box of chocolates, again.

I could make something nasty, but my boyfriend doesn't want me to start a row.( I wouldn't care)

So what should I do? What to make for someone you don't like, who (it feels like) demands a handmade gift?  Please help!!
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