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1  Re: Frugal Living 3: Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suzeqz on: November 20, 2010 01:41:07 PM
And I got mine from Polkadotts! LOTS of wunnerful stuff!

An angel altar and a pearl charm bracelet ("In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"), and a money-drawing charm bottle and a lovely pack of Tarot cards. (The best deck to use is one that is given to you!)

Tuscan-themed trivets (match my kitchen!).  A prism key ring, MORE pearls: bracelet and matching errings, shell beads and still MORE loose pearls!  (Yeah, she knows I like pearls...)  A dream pillow and a neat little felt booklet with landscape-cut pages.  And monogrammed notecards!

Thrifted patterns of classic business clothes (Polkadotts knows I just got promoted!) and a totebag pattern, for which I've already picked out fabric.  And instructions for these cute little gift boxes that look like purses that I'd Wisted -- perfect to stuff with a gift card and hang off the tree.

More great notecards, another prism (now, I do NOT remember telling her that I have a fascination with those things...how'd she know?!  Cheesy) and a delicious little multifaceted perfume flask.

And tons of beautiful tissue paper and ribbon to reuse!  SO MANY marvelous surprises.  Thank you, Polkadotts, for making my first swap so incredible!  Now I really can't wait for my next one.  (Tho, I'll have the shipping timing down better, eh?)

Polkadotts, you're the BEST!

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2  Re: Tiny Panda in Get Product and Website Opinions by suzeqz on: August 21, 2010 03:12:14 PM
LOVE this!!! Want one!!!

How about adding some sort of clip instead of a chain? Little things dangling from backpack zipper tabs seem to be all the rage around our neighborhood. That way, the kids could clip it to their pack or a beltloop or a key ring or maybe even a cell phone if it's small enough; apparently, the coolness factor lies in the item being seen, rather than being tucked away in a pocket.

You could add the ribbon loop to attach the clip. And I'm talking VERY inexpensive clips. You should be able to find these in packs at Walmart or Lowes / Home Depot. Granted, you'd probably want to add an age / small parts disclaimer!

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3  reupholstered hide-a-bed in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by suzeqz on: August 21, 2010 07:39:43 AM
OK, so, I'm reading everyone's posts and thinking: "Wow, they did a spectacular job!"  I keep forgetting that I've got pics of some of the stuff I've done (with a LOT of help from DH!)

This hide-a-bed was 20 years old; the fabric was getting raggy and stained and the cushions had been torn due to the springs on the hide-a-bed. DH gave this sofa to me as an engagement present (I didn't want a diamond -- I wanted something useful!) and we'd loved it to pieces, quite literally. We'd wanted to reupholster it for a couple of years but it took a LONG time to find fabric we agreed on. (He's into dark neutrals; for me, the brighter, the better!) 

At the start:

I carefully took the old upholstery apart and used it for pattern pieces (17 in all for the back); the foam seen in the "before" picture was all replaced and new foam purchased for the seat cushions as well, as the old stuff was starting to degrade. 

DH also reconstructed part of one end of the frame, as the wood had split and the front was sagging near the leg.  Once we got it apart (you can see the hide-a-bed part leaning against the wall in the "before" pic), I was astonished at how little there is to a couch frame!  It's all fabric and padding!

I also took pictures throughout the entire deconstruction process and wrote PAGES of notes, so that everything would go back together in the right order.

Once the back was assembled, the only other sewing involved were the pleats around the front of the arms and the seat cushions.  Most of the reassembly was done with straight pieces of fabric and foam and a staple gun! 

The fronts of the arms are still unfinished. I made upholstered pieces for the ends as per the original, but DH offered to make some wood pieces to match the coffee table.  Lovin' that idea! 

And the throw pillow was stitched from a couple of napkins I found at Pier One and a pillow form from Jo-Ann's. The napkins had a satin finish on one side and a sueded finish on the other, so I used one of each for the outside of the pillow and now it's reversible!

Almost finished:

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4  pink plastic chopsticks - craft ideas? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by suzeqz on: July 03, 2010 04:10:13 PM
I was gifted with 20 pale pink plastic chopsticks. Any crafty ideas, please? They're 9.5" / 24 cm long and they've never been used.  They also have 4 red what-I'm-assuming-to-be-Chinese characters running up the side of each stick.

I tried posting a photo but I'm new to the boards so policy won't allow me to upload actual pics, and while photo links are allowed, I couldn't get that to work from my end.   Roll Eyes

So, for now, imagine 20 pink plastic chopsticks and... Glue? Glitter? Welding torch?

Thanks in advance for ANY AND ALL ideas! (Including "How to Attach Photo Links for Dummies!")
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