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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo DS case with silly closure on: January 23, 2008 07:18:21 AM

Unable to find an awesome DS case on Etsy, I set out to make my own using some fleece I had lying on my floor.

The pompoms are sewn on because I wanted to know if they could be successfully sewn. The answer is yes, and it turns out it looks stupid.

I also regret my pom pom color choices.

My DS case is coming to eat you.

On the end, I cut notches in the sides so I ended up with two flaps. I sewed two pompoms onto one flap, and cut small slits (about 1cm long) in the other to correspond with the pompoms. It kinda looks like eyes.

This is what it looks like closed.

It took me about an hour total and was really easy to make Smiley


2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Suitcase Earring Holder / Display on: April 21, 2007 06:00:03 AM
I have been through about 50 different displays for earrings, and I generally don't like any of them. Most recent was the Case Of Doom, a big acrylic spinny case, which works well for some things but kind of sucks because a) no one can figure out how to turn it and b) someone has to go in and get stuff out. Not convenient for group shows.
And so I present to you, my latest display, which is by far my favorite:

Also it was amazingly easy to make. Really, it took all of two steps, which I will share with you.

-A big box. Lucky me, Michaels had some cute vintage-wanna be trunks on sale for half price. If you're not as lucky, the local thrift store might have something to fit your needs.
-Ribbon that matches the big box. I got a wee little spool from Michaels that was just long enough for $0.99
-Glue Gun. Don't leave home without it

First things first. The box I got from Michaels had a little brace on it to keep it open when you set it down, and also prevented it from opening more than 90 degrees. Using the screwdriver, I removed the two screws holding the brace so I can open it up enough to see inside properly.

Then cut the ribbon in lengths that are *just* long enough to fit across the box. You don't want them to be slack at all. Decide  how far apart you want your rows, and cut enough ribbon for them.

Use your hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the box. Start by gluing down all of one side on one half of the box, to get your spacing right. Then go back to the first one you did, and pull it really tight, then glue in place

Voila! An earring display.

Hang your earrings on it by the hooks, not the earring card. Just slip the back of the hooks over the ribbon. It's a little hard to see, but I took a picture with the ribbon twisted a little so you can see what I mean.

Its shown here with display cards since I plan on using it at a craft show, but you can use it to hold your earrings at home just as well, just slip the backs over the ribbon.

It works best with earring cards that don't have a lot of top weight, otherwise the cards tend to fall forward on the display and look silly. I haven't thought of a way to attach post earrings to it (except for peircing the ribbon), but feel free to share any ideas!

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / RSS feed for craft shows on: April 08, 2007 06:40:24 AM
For anyone who hates having to check 10 different sites to keep up with the craft show schedule, indiecraftshows.com has released an RSS feed so you can see updates to the shows from your rss reader, firefox's live bookmarks, bloglines, gmail's web clips, livejournal's syndicated feed, and pretty much anything else that can handle RSS.

Shows will pop up in the RSS feed whenever they are added or modified, so you can find out about a show as early as possible.

The URL of the feed is http://www.indiecraftshows.com/events.rss

You can even embed it in another webpage if you're that technically inclined Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Some pom-poms are fluffier than others on: February 19, 2007 06:12:23 PM
I may be the only person on the planet who has ever noticed this , but does anyone know why some pom-poms are fluffier than others?
I have two packages of the same brand, same size, same color pom poms. One has rather dense ones, and the others are much fluffier. I thought I was going insane until someone else said they could tell the difference too.

Has anyone else ever noticed this? I use pom-poms in some of my jewelry and the fluffy ones just dont work Sad

I of course asked the girl working at the craft store and she gave me a look like "you pom-pom loving freak"
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Indie Craft Shows makeover on: January 01, 2007 05:37:29 PM
Hey y'all,
I run indiecraftshows.com, a directory of more alternative and small business craft shows (no import shows or corporate shows). We just launched a new version with more features, and I wanted to know what you guys thought. I'm trying to make it as easy as possible for folks to get the word out about shows they're organizing, as well as find shows to vend in.

The site is 100% free to list a show or browse shows, and you can submit a show you're organizing or just one you happen to know about.

If you have anything you'd like to see on the site, please let me know! Any constructive criticism is appreciated!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lined/Zippered Scooter Bag on: October 30, 2006 02:39:02 PM
I drive a 1974 Vespa (when the weather's nice), and I love it except for the complete lack of storage space. There's a "glovebox" inside the seat that's just barely big enough for a bottle of oil and a spark plug... not really anywhere to put lunch, a bottle of water, or anything else. So I made this:

A friend taught me how to attatch a grocery bag under the seat so that it hangs by the floorboard (by your feet), which works well except that grocery bags aren't terribly sturdy, and I'd hate to lose all my stuff in the middle of the street, so this one is a little more permanent.

It's not quite done yet, I still have to finish the strap. The seat hinges upwards at the front, so to secure the bag I just lift up the seat, connect the strap with one of those plastic clips (like on a bicycle helmet) and close the seat to sandwitch the strap in place.

I plan on making another one, with a cell phone holder and magnets so it stays in place and doesn't swing back and forth when I turn (the bike leans into turns), so if anyone else drives a smallframe, they're welcome to the "prototype" Smiley

Here's the bag off the bike:

Also, if anyone has any tips/tricks for sewing zippers around corners, I had a heck of a time with that. I ended up hand-sewing part of it because I couldn't get the sewing machine in such a tight space.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Clutch Plate Belt Buckle on: July 29, 2006 09:08:22 PM

I made a belt buckle out of an old clutch plate!

I work as an office manager at a vintage scooter store. We sell a lot of parts, and have a vast collection of weird, old scooter parts. My boss was going through them the other day and getting rid of the old dead parts, and came up with a bunch of clutch plates that were shot.
This is a clutch plate, from an old vespa:

It goes in (surprise) the clutch of a manual transmission bike. A lot of new newer scooters, by comparison, don't have a clutch but instead have a system with cones and a belt. Not that anyone cares about scooter mechanics...

Anyway so I took a copper disc and photoetched a picture of a vespa on it, then soldered a belt buckle backing onto it. Eventually I'll rivet the copper disc onto the clutch plate, but for now it's held on with some bolts I found on the floor of the shop. There's a tutorial on photoetching here for anyone who is interested.

Here's a pic of it on:
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking to hire someone to crochet... on: March 30, 2006 09:41:28 AM
If this isn't allowed here let me know...

I've gotten a few big orders from my site, and I don't have time to crochet all the products to fill them quick enough! I'm looking to hire someone to crochet some items for me, I'll provide the patterns / materials, you provide the crochet know-how.
If anyone is interested, send me a message ASAP! If you're interested in seeing what kind of crochet I do, it's micro-crochet using embroidery floss, and some (but not all) of it is up on my website at http://www.dadahaus.com/.

Thanks guys Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / silver crochet flower ring on: March 03, 2006 05:24:50 AM
I'm not sure whats up with me and crochet lately, I do it ALL THE TIME. In class, at work.... its a habit! After my Tiny Fruit earrings (which I swear I'll write the patterns for soon - i promise!), I'm obsessed with tiny crochet.

So I made a little flower out of emboirdery floss, just for kicks. Then I went into the studio to work on my project for class... and broke it 3 times. So in my frustration I made a flower ring, to make me happy. Its easy to make if you have basic metalsmithing skills.

The band is sterling. I attatched the flower by soldering some tubing onto the band, placing the flower over the tubing, and adding a sterling silver "washer' I made with a hole the same size as the tubing. Then I secured it by riveting it all together and smashing the tubing with a hammer and a scribe to make it mushroom out over the washer.

Here's the pattern I used for the flower:
Size 4 crochet hook, embroidery floss
Round 1: ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. Join with ss.
Round 2: (ss in same stitch, ch 4) 1 time in next st. (ss in same stitch, ch 4) 2 times in each subsequent stitch
finish off, weave in ends
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Calling Metalsmiths - A metalsmithing wiki? on: February 26, 2006 10:38:34 AM
I'm trying to start a metalsmithing wiki project. A wiki is a user-editable reference site, with the most popular and well know wiki being Wikipedia. There isn't one for metalsmithing currently (at least not that I could find) and I think it could be a great resource. a lot of people ask "how do i get started" or "how is this done."

There's a lot of information that would go into a wiki... tools, techniques, resources, reference... it's a pretty big project. I'm looking for people with metalsmithing/silversmithing know-how to add information to the site.

I've just started adding info to it.. it's pretty sparse right now, and most of the "articles" are just one-paragraph summaries I threw together as a placeholder. But if anyone is interested, the url is http://www.fishtop.com/wiki

Thanks guys Smiley
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