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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing projects--a couple of aprons on: January 04, 2011 08:27:50 PM
You did such a good job on them!

The one thing I noticed is that the thread line around the bottom hem of the green one, where the ruffles are attached, is rather... wavy. It comes with practice, but slow down a little bit and guide your fabric through the machine so that the edge always stays the same distance from the foot of the machine (the little thing that lifts and lowers to keep the fabric in place and help feed it through, in case you didn't know Smiley ). It will help keep everything neat and tidy.
12  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Cell-Phone? on: January 02, 2011 08:07:47 PM
Even if the phone can't be put back together, the components can be recycled. If you can't think of anything else to do with it, take it in for recycling anyway! I know that Sprint stores (and I think most other phone places) will take them and recycle them for you.
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Picked up a fake xmas tree on the side of the road, what can I do with it??? on: January 02, 2011 02:56:08 PM
Initial thought: donate it to a charity house, hospital, shelter, etc. or to a family who can't afford a tree, so they can use it next year.

Secondary thought: recycle it! Artificial trees like that are about 85 - 90% metal.

Then I quit thinking like the people I've been volunteering with off and on for the past couple of months...

Wreaths. Swags. Supports to hang birdhouses/fairy houses/butterfly boxes from posts or fences. Paint a giant trunk in the corner of a bedroom, and use the branches (radiating outward) to hang from the ceiling, so it looks like you're laying under a tree looking up at it. All sorts of good stuff!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tiger Eyes Lace Scarf on: January 02, 2011 12:07:13 PM
Rocked it!

Perfect colorway for that pattern, and really well done.
15  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP!!! FRUSTRATED- Cashmere scarf won't hold dye!!!! on: January 02, 2011 11:11:38 AM
I can almost guarantee it's been chemically treated to be "stain resistant" - which means it's going to be awful to dye. There are certain detergents that you can buy from dye companies that will HELP to remove the chemicals and allow the dye to take, but chances are it will never come out exactly as you had planned.
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap Lists (S/U Jan. 1-31) on: January 02, 2011 10:53:12 AM
Hi all! I'm Kristal, aka Confuzzle, 'fuzzle, that one chick, dork, etc. I live in the shadow of the mouse ears (central Florida), but there have been whispers in the wind of the possibility of moving to Juneau. As in Alaska. Brr. I am divorced, and am currently living with my boyfriend and his ex (no, it doesn't work WELL, but it works for the moment), our big massive hairball of a dog (Great Pyrenees) and her two cats. It's the running joke among our friends and family that we live in a craft room with beds in the corners. I personally spin, weave, knit, crochet, sew, embroider, make jewelry, have started playing with poly clay, cook, do leatherworking, quilt, play with beadworking and blacksmithing (though these not so often - we like our neighbors the noise makes them angry), clay work, whittling... the list goes on. I'll be 33 on the 4th, and have been doing some of these things since before I can remember.

Likes:
-Useful things. Not little "extras" that just lie about and collect dust, but things that have a purpose, with the few sentimental exceptions.
-Certain TV shows - NCIS (the original), The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Castle, Firefly/Serenity
-knitting has been my passion lately, though the loom has been calling me to string it up lately, and the "traditional" art supplies are beckoning as well.
-I'm very much pagan, and connected with the natural world. Also very much into tarot reading and scrying, and growing things (the only person in the house that can keep plants alive).
-Books!! To the extent that I'm not allowed into bookstores, even used bookstores! Though the neatest old books do seem to find their way into my hands somehow. Wink Right along with blank journals, notecards and coloring books for some reason. I do use the notecards, though - love to write people.
-Steampunk! Even though I have literally NOTHING steampunk-ish, it's just that awesome anyway.
-I forgot monkeys! How could I forget monkeys?? I'm my boyfriend's little monkey, so it kind of follows, right?
-And the socks! It's all about awesome socks.

Dislikes:
-Girly stuff. I'm actually a closet girly-girl - as in girly things don't leave the closet.  Grin This includes stuff like makeup, scented anything, lotion, hair products... all of it.
-Cold floors. We have tile throughout the house, and they get chilly for about 2 or 3 weeks in winter.
-Spicy foods, or anything too sweet.
-Horror type stuffs. Ugh.
-Rings or bracelets, because I can't wear them for work. Necklaces, because I have one - it serves as an engagement ring, since I have issues wearing rings.

Favorite colors: All of them? I tend to have things that are more natural or muted colors, but adore both the bold jewel tones and the bright primaries. Strong patterns tend to hurt my eyes, though, and cause my boyfriend to get dizzy and headachy, due to his vision issues.

Wishes!
-Knit or crocheted slippers - preferably felted, but not necessarily
-both knitting and crocheting stitch markers
-earrings
-hair clips or barrettes (but please no headbands - headaches!)
-a full apron (or two!)
-a little girly sachet for my drawer (told you it's a closet girly thing) - please ask for scents
-any thing box-y or basket-y to put stuff in
-decorated or handmade blank book/journal
-would LOVE a sissy bar bag that converts into a backpack, with a slot for a laptop, but that would most certainly be considered a "large" item
-wrap pants!
-notecards OK, I'd be more than happy to get another set or three, so... this is officially taken care of, but don't let that stop you.
-anything wist inspired!

Supply wishes!
-adore wooden and bamboo knitting needles, and can't have too many sets
-would herbs and spices be here, or under regular wishes? Especially blends of stuff, like "italian seasoning", "mulling spices", or meat rubs
-gardening pots
-patterns for knitting, crocheting, or aprons

Extras
-I collect postcards from everywhere, so sending a postcard would be wonderful!
-Surprise me?
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Argh! The hideous floral carpet of doom! on: January 02, 2011 10:09:59 AM
I second the hardwood. You could always sell the big rug for a little bit of extra to help with redecorating elsewhere.

If you feel that you need to keep the big rug, could you possible either a) bleach out the colors to an acceptable shade, b) redye the whole thing to a better color, or c) "dampen" the color with some sort of coffee or tea stain?
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Winter House Swap (signups CLOSED Sendouts 1/04/11) SENDOUT CHANGED on: January 01, 2011 09:57:19 AM
Haha!!! I had the same problem!! Ohh send outs are on my Birthdayy!!!  Grin Haha
Mine too! Happy birthday a little early! Grin
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: January 01, 2011 05:15:26 AM
Happy Birthday Stellato!

kaz knows how... well, not on time I am, but trying anyway. I honestly just had horrible, HORRIBLE luck with finishing up on that last swap! Now to go fill out the questionnaire and amp up the wist. MWAHAHA!!!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Study pal swap on: January 01, 2011 05:04:04 AM
I'm in, given time... With a full time AND a part time job, and four classes spring semester, it might be hard to work in, though.
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