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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help: Instructions for Vintage Camera Purse/Evening "bag" on: March 25, 2005 09:17:52 AM
A friend of mine saw a vintage camera hollowed out and converted into an evening "bag" and I am now obsessed with the idea!

Has anybody seen these anywhere? Doesn't it sound delicious? I simply must make one (my husband surely won't miss it if I take just *one* of his antique cameras!

Anyway, I'd love to know if anyone has any ideas on how to make one.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glitter -- Cheap vs. German on: December 08, 2003 03:04:14 PM
I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good inexpensive supplier of glass glitter. The largely-German manufactured kind that Martha Stewart uses and not the cheapy stuff used for 4th grade class projects.

Also, has anyone used this type of glitter? Is it really better? I haven't even seen it used except on TV and Martha's web site so I don't know.

Any help would be much appreciated!

ETA: I did find this place: http://www.stampstruck.com/mall/glittertranpg1.asp but it's still rather pricey.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Lost Art of Embroidery on: September 28, 2003 02:05:41 PM
I bought a bunch of www.sublimestitching.com patterns from Jenny Hart herself at the Renegade Craft Fair and I'm OBSESSED with embroidery now and can't wait to finish these xmas presents so I can start making my own patterns!

My mom used to embroider and she was never into the country clutter look either so she did a lot of Asian-inspired scenes as well as gift items with a ton of intricate work on them and I'm actually using her old skeins & hoops! It's too much fun!
This is my first completed flour sack -- I luv putting guns & fire on a Martha Stewart product. It just feels right.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Small Cocktail Tray on: September 08, 2003 05:37:02 PM
This is a very simple project I'm wrapping up tonight!

It's a small cocktail tray.

Pre-made plain wooden tray (I got mine at Jo-Ann Etc. on sale for $6.99)
"Cocktail" Graphic -- or any image you love (I pulled an old beer council advertisement out of a women's magazine from 1949)
Mod Podge
Paint (I chose the color to compliment the picture -- the brick red of the apartment buildings in the background).
Polyeurothane or Acrylic sealer.

Step by Step:
I painted and lightly sanded the tray. I trimmed the graphic so it would fit as perfectly as I could get it on the base of the tray.

Then I mod podged the bottom of the tray. If I were to do this again I would put the mod pidge on the graphic itself to reduce rippling.

I then mod podged my heart out on top of the graphic, waiting 15 minutes between each of the five coats. I *lightly* sanded it (400# wet paper) and then added a layer of acrylic sealer. Currently, I'm polyeuro-ing the whole darn tray, including the graphic:

And that's it!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mod Podge on: September 03, 2003 10:04:12 AM
Is it crazy to want a mod podge tutorial?

I'd love to know what techniques people use. For example, every craft instruction tells me to sand it to make it smooth between layers but what grit? 1500 is too fine. I learned that yesterday.

Also, if you sand it does that make it less tacky? Because I've been spraying a very light layer of acrylic sealer over projects to keep it from becoming soft/tacky.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craft TV Shows on: August 22, 2003 07:08:19 PM
Is there a certain thread/area where we could talk about crafts seen on recent craft shows (Martha, etc.) or just to discuss those shows? I'm also very curious what shows people watch, if any, and how they feel about them. Or should we just put relevant crafts in their specific area?

Either way, this is a great and well organized site. I love well-organized message boards!
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