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11  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: You might need it someday.. on: May 02, 2013 11:29:53 PM
Hey.  Just found this searching for baby stuff (Preparing for my first) and just wanted to say...  I doubt you've upset anyone.  I'm glad you were strong enough to overcome your hoarding instincts, because I know it can be hard.  I've always limited myself to only the mediums I work in to try to keep my stash smaller but it's hard because I dabble.  Keep up the good work though, and don't give up on the community.  Most of us are quite friendly!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first afghan on: April 26, 2013 04:06:07 PM
Handwash would be safest, but I've found that most things can hold up to gentle on cold.  Just line-dry if you can.  Dryers are the real killers.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Envelope bag on: April 26, 2013 04:02:31 PM
Hey, I hate pinning!  I feel like I might enjoy this faux leather...  And your purse is super cute!  I've always loved weird colored leathers, and that blue is beautiful!  Was the pattern difficult?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Skirt for 18m/o - Waist band? on: April 07, 2013 12:56:26 PM
I kinda figured that.  She's wonderful, but very curious, in a "What happens if I eat batteries?" kind of way.  I'll probably have to wait for them to be in town again to finish the skirt though, since I recall them mentioning her wearing an off size for her age but I can't remember what.  Plus, knowing my luck, by the time she got it she'd already outgrow it. xD
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alterations for a skinny kid on: April 07, 2013 11:18:34 AM
Is there any chance you can start with something pre-existing to trace around first?  I'll be perfectly honest and say I've no idea what ottobre is, but a lot of times you can use something that already fits as a starting place for sewing.  Just don't forget to add seam allowance!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Skirt for 18m/o - Waist band? on: April 07, 2013 11:00:01 AM
So I just finished a skirt for a friend's wife out of his old ACUs.  It's short, pleated and really awesome.  Well, after pleating 8 inch wide fabric I found out she wanted it really short.  So, I trimmed 4 inches off and finished her skirt.  Then I spent two hours looking at the left over pleats.  And another day and a half considering a baby skirt for their daughter.  Aaaand now I'm sitting here with a big (22 inch by 6 or 7 inch) pannel with pleats on the bottom...  And I realized two things.  1) I've never made baby clothes.  2) I have no elastic.  Eep!

So I was thinking "I'll just slap some belt loops on it and tie it on with ribbon!"  But that seems like one of those things that's good in theory, bad in practice.  So I ask - Would the ribbon work okay?  Is there any other good way to do this?  Or am I going to have to just break down and go to the store before I can finish this skirt?

(I'm 17 weeks with my first and just starting to show, so I'm not terribly fond of going out.)
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: What to do with V-Day embroidery after done making it? on: January 26, 2013 03:25:26 PM
The have metal strips that hang over the top of a door and have a hook on one side.  Or you could get a magnet and glue a hook to it.  Or you could hang it on a door knob.  I've spent a LOT of time living in apartments...
18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: the laptop's dead, now what can I do with it? on: November 29, 2012 03:17:36 PM
Dear lord, I hope you didn't pry it apart...  If you google the type of laptop it is you can find instructions to take it apart.  All you need to take a laptop apart is a butter knife and a philips screw driver. 

This is a hard drive: http://images.mylot.com/userImages/images/postphotos/2410787.jpg

Even with a screwed motherboard, you can usually get the screen to light up if you attach 'em.  They make neat lamps, if you are good with electrical stuff.  Even if you're not, just try hooking the screen up with a power cord.  You may also need a ram chip.  Mount it all in a shadow box and you'll have an interesting soft-light lamp.  Or you can try to break your screen a little and it'll look cool too.  I have one screen with a plasma leak, it's awesome.

If the screen is good, you might be able to hook it up and have a second screen for a computer.

If you completely gut the laptop you could turn it into a portable crafting space.  Foamboard covered in cloth with elastic loops where the screen was to hold tools.  Supplies and small projects where the keyboard and mouse were.

Hope this helps ^^
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: TONS of old magazines on: November 29, 2012 03:01:15 PM
I have this one bookmarked.  ^^
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sailor top, and new buttons on my shorts! on: August 20, 2012 09:59:48 AM
Both things are awesome.  I've recently developed a love for nautical things as well, so this is so far up my alley it's  not even funny.  Too bad my sewing machine is in storage e-e
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