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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: ribbon purses!!!!! suuper cute!! on: July 28, 2005 06:12:42 PM
I'm in the process of making my own ribbom purse, but its more of a tote bag ( I can't handle small bags, lol). I'll post on this or as a new topic when I'm done. Thanks for the inspiration!

YOYOWA - Please post here, or a link to your new post.  AND......


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: MY pop tab cell holder!!!! on: July 28, 2005 06:05:28 PM
Love it!
Congrats and give yourself a pat on the back!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old scrap paper on: July 08, 2005 12:26:05 PM
Make MORE paper!! Grin

I've never done it, but you can make really high-end paper with paper scraps and interesting inclusions:

Cat hair also helps it all bind together, or so I'm told by my furbabies.
Have fun.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Army bowl on: July 07, 2005 07:53:13 AM
WOW!  I soo gotta do this one!  My DH just retired from the Army after having been re-conscripted after 9/11.  We both have a lot of pent-up anger to get out.  I've been eying the army men at the local stores (http://www.ustoy.com is great!) but couldn't come up with inspiration.  I had toyed ( Wink ) with painting them in pretty colors and making earrings out of them, but they're a bit large, even for me.
Thanks SOO much for the posts!
-- Tallulah's lap
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Non-wool yarn dyeing now with mini tutorial on: July 06, 2005 05:36:49 PM

Beautiful!! Smiley  Definitely will bookmark.  That strethches the choices I have in my stash a lot!
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: July 05, 2005 10:10:46 AM
Wonderful tutorial!
Can I use my leftover wool yarn from other projects?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: biology nerd swap on: July 05, 2005 10:07:25 AM
I just looked at the rules.  I guess I need to quit lurking and do some more posting.  I already know what I'm doing for this swap!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: biology nerd swap on: June 20, 2005 01:22:57 PM
I thyink I'd like to do this.

As a kid I used to hang the skins (exoskeleton?) of locusts on my clothes as gross-out jewelry.  I put an order in from my sis in Maryland for a bunch of the 17-year ones a couple of years ago, but a rainstorm had pretty much dissolved them.  Sigh.

OT: Does anyone know how to preserve really large beetles?  I keep getting large rhinoceros beetles trapped in my plane hangar.  So far I only have 2, but I"m hoping for more.  Truly, they are about as large as a small crawdad (the edible kind).  I'm afraid that there's a lot of gooey body juices in the abdomen that could do smelly things if I don't figure out what to do with them.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: yarn fairy swap (secret) on: June 20, 2005 01:16:18 PM
I'm in, as long as I can get my skeins away from my demon-kitten - Tallulah!  She can sniff yarn in two plastic bags on the top shelf of my closet!!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: acrylics and shrinky dinks? on: June 13, 2005 08:35:15 AM
The key is not to panic.  When I first started shrinking I kept watching the pieces.  They would inevitably curl up and I'd panic and pull them out and burn myself trying to get them uncurled.  Now I put them in the oven and walk away.  They usually flatten out nicely.
If they don't, and they ball up, then you now have an opportunity to explore the intaglio technique.  This is when you heat a shrunk dink nice an hot, then press a stamp or other textured object into it.  It helps if you've stamped the stamp in a clear embossing pad, but a colored pad would give an interesting look, also.  After the piece has cooled, you can run the surface with Rub 'n Buff, or something like that, to bring out the stamped impression.
Experiment, experiment!
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