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1  UNITED STATES / California / Sonoma, CA, Cinco de Mayo Open House on: April 16, 2013 03:21:38 PM
Soft Flex Company invites you to our open house sale!

Soft Flex Company Cinco de Mayo Open House Sale

May 4-5, 2013 - Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm

Up to 75% off on beads (excludes closeout items). Gift certificates can not be used in conjunction with sale.

We are cleaning out our excess inventory in order to better focus on what we do best - wire and tools!

Free project kit!

Free admission and parking!

Free refreshments!

One of a kind items.

22678 Broadway, Suite 1, Sonoma, CA 95476

Toll free (866) 925-FLEX (3539) - Local (707) 938-3539

For more information, visit www.softflexcompany.com or email [email protected]
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Picked up wrong wire what can I do with 28 Gauge? on: December 05, 2012 11:27:56 AM
28 gauge is perfect for knitting.

We carry knitting spools and recommend smaller wires, like 26 and 28 gauge because they are easy to use and easy on the fingers when drawing through the spool.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me to re-create my great-grandmother's beaded wedding headpiece on: December 17, 2010 02:26:06 PM
I don't have any advice, but I love that photo. They look like lovely people. I love how haunting and powerful pictures from the past are.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From nightstands to play kitchen... on: December 17, 2010 02:23:52 PM

That is incredible.

Growing up, my parents did not have a lot of money but they never left me or my sister high and dry on Christmas or birthdays.

I would wake up to a tree surrounded by wood projects my father and grandfather made. Bicycles that my father reconstructed and repainted. Cards made from construction sheets and paint. And a blank easel and brushes my grandmother gave me.

It instilled a deep respect for recycling and creativity in me and I am ever grateful for the happy childhood that I was given.

I hope your kiddo grows up with a deep creative bent and passion for creating!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: christmas painted mugs on: December 17, 2010 02:12:30 PM

Those are really cool.

And creative!

I love the reindeer and Santa mugs.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kitchen Angels for Christmas (hanging dolls made from towels) -- Now w/ Tutorial on: December 17, 2010 02:11:00 PM
The angels are really quite beautiful.

My girlfriend loves making crafts like that and diaper cakes - she LOVES making diaper cakes, hehe.

I am going to have to point her this way.

Thanks for posting instructions!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Find a thrift store ANYWHERE? on: December 17, 2010 01:57:30 PM
Awesome, thanks for the link.

I love thrift stores. I used to frequent yard sales every weekend, but they seem to be slowly falling out of favor.

Anybody interested in finding local bead stores can check out our site, we have a locator very similar to this one:

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: free or discounted books? on: December 17, 2010 01:54:02 PM
I love books and I hope they would at least recycle the ones that did not sell.

But, I can also understand why they would sequester the ones that were pulled and not make them available to the public - if we all knew that a book would be public domain if it did not sell, we could all just wait out the selling period and get it for free.

Eventually the profitability of book selling would make people question why they were doing it in the first place and we would lose future writers that sought other avenues of revenue.

But I really hope that some good does come from tearing a cover off and I hope that in the end it finds a recycling plant that can repurpose the book and not just be a total waste.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: KitKat boxes on: December 17, 2010 12:40:24 PM
I have always wanted to create 3D art with books and boxes. Basically, just cutting the logos and graphics across the outline of them and leaving a base of the logo or graphic intact and then bending the cut out up so it stands.

Not a completely clever idea, but I have seen some outstanding pieces of cut out art turned three dimensional.

Of course, the downside is that you are, in effect, destroying the very thing you are collecting for the sake of repurposing it as art. And it cannot be assumed that the venture is going to be pleasing when completed.

Thomas Allen has an incredible series of book cut outs that I recommend Googling just to see how amazing it is.

But I am not sure what, exactly, you could do with your Kit Kat boxes. But I would love to see whatever you come up with - do post photos.

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Silly bandz?? on: December 17, 2010 12:20:45 PM
Oh. I like the Silly Bandz in soap idea.

Really cool.

It's funny though, just today I read an article in Vanity Fair - their online edition - that claims that Silly Bandz are now looked upon unfavorably. The article claims that the bubble has burst on the fad and it is now non grata.

So, you may want to think twice about crafting with Silly Bandz if you are giving the finished goods to a child or somebody that has had their fair share of them, lest you be the uncool uncle - as I am - for my lack of insight into the cool world of my nephew. Hehe.
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