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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Crafts and Pets: a warning on: August 30, 2008 09:47:28 PM
I want everyone here to learn this very important lesson.  Late last night, my kitty Vince accidentally swallowed a threaded sewing needle that had fallen on the floor probably several weeks ago.  The emergency vet found it embedded in his esophagus, and was unable to remove it.  I rushed him to vet after vet today, and no one was able to do anything but take more xrays, suggest yet another specialist, and give him more pain meds.

With full surgery he only had a 50/50 chance of survival, at a cost of over $2500.  I had to make the decision to let him go peacefully and painlessly before the needle found its way into his heart or lungs.  There was no third option.

It's amazing how something so small so carelessly overlooked can devastate, and how quickly it can happen.  So please please please look over your crafting stashes and put anything that can possibly harm your pet securely out of reach, keep your pets out of the area while you're working with potentially harmful materials, and clean up after yourself thoroughly.  I don't want anyone else to ever have to go through losing their best friend over one tiny sewing needle.

If anyone else has any experience with other craft supplies that can be harmful to your pets, especially the kind people wouldn't think of as harmful, please share them here.  There is no reason for anyone else's pet to be injured or killed by our hobbies.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Link box swap on: May 06, 2008 09:25:51 PM
I don't know what else to call it.  The idea is to fill one of those plastic divider boxes with supplies, trinkets, ephemera, jewelry, miniatures, and other small crafty items, but to have each cell link to the previous one in some way, physically, conceptually, or in any darned way you wish.  For instance, in a 6-celled divider box, one might put:
1. mixed beads
2. a blue beaded necklace (beads)
3. a little figurine of a blue elephant (blue)
4. an elephant keychain (elephant)
5. random found keys that don't go to anything (keys)
6. assorted jewelry findings (metal)

It would be even more fun to really reach for a link between your items, say, instead of jewelry findings for #6 (because they're metal), how about a Slayer coin purse (because they're metal)?

It would be neat to include how the cells are linked to each other; it's always fun to find out how people think.

If I had the free time to organize this swap I'd do it right now, but I don't.  I would gladly participate.  So if anyone wants to use this idea in any form, please feel free.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / I'm dreaming of a black and tan christmas on: October 28, 2007 12:57:31 PM
This is why I love/hate working retail.  It's three days to Halloween and I'm in the mood for Christmas.

Looking over at the empty six pack sitting by the trash, I notice the harp looks an awful lot like a wing.

So this:

Turned into this:


Cheesy and quick, but the beer-swilling friends should enjoy getting them as gifts.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / tea and cake or death? on: October 14, 2007 07:04:34 PM
We've already spent a lot of time discussing and planning our DIY, teaparty-themed wedding, but now we finally have a few things to show for it!

The invitations:

I'm dying to order the paper and get started on these, but we won't have a date until his immigration visa is ready.

The dress:
It's loosely based on this dress:

I've finished the lightly bustled underskirt so far. (apologies for webcam image). 

The underskirt is white, and the ruffles are cream.  Over the ruffled area will be a sheer creamy fabric with celadon embroidered flowers and beading, and the dress itself will be a nearly white angel skin satin.

I'll post more as we get things done!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / coin purse swap on: May 25, 2005 07:52:53 PM
Fresh off participating in my first swap, I've got a head full of ideas for future swaps.

I was thinking of a coin purse swap, where the items exchanged would be a sewn/knitted/recon'd coin purse and various small items that fit inside the coin purse.  This could be jewelry, lip balm, charms, barettes, candy, or any other small trinkets you can fit inside.

Would anyone be interested in a swap like this?

"By a round of applause, how do you feel?"
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt squares advice on: May 12, 2005 11:53:58 AM
At work, we're making some quilts as a community service project, and we wanted all the employees to make a couple of squares.  Does anyone have any advice about what fabric to use for the squares or the best way to decorate them so they last?
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