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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:vinyl shower curtain on: January 18, 2004 03:40:54 AM
i think as long as you use a very long stitch you should be okay... just sort of machine baste everything.  

also i read in another thread here that when sewing vinyl you should put tissue paper over the vinyl so that it doesnt stick to the bottom of the presser foot.  (also there is a kind of presser foot you can buy that has a roller on the bottom, to avoid this sort of problem.)

good luck !
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / bike tires and inner tubes on: January 16, 2004 10:30:37 AM
i broke my bike innertube at the valve, and its sadly unreparable with any sort of patch kit...

so what can i do with a bike tube?
i cut one up once into long strips and tried to make a sort of basket by wrapping it around a wireframe...  they are *really* stretchy.

any other ideas?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:grimmace lamp! on: January 16, 2004 10:09:41 AM
here's a new photo (this one shouldnt break like the other one did..)

go baltimore Smiley  i just got back here after winter break.. so glad to be back.

hm, your city paper thing gave me an idea... do happy meals still come in those cardboard boxes?  maybe that would be a cool lampshade for grimmace...
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:vinyl shower curtain on: January 15, 2004 07:40:57 PM
i once saw someone make a prom dress out of a shower curtain with an underwater scene on it.  it turned out suprisingly well (though i think it must have been kinda sweaty to wear).

i like the tote idea!  could also be made into wallets.  or placemats, if it went with your kitchen enough...

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:drilling into ceramic? on: January 15, 2004 07:30:43 PM

i finished it Smiley  (well, mostly.  i need to glue part down and get a lampshade.  but it *looks* done!)
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / grimmace lamp! on: January 15, 2004 07:28:21 PM
grimmace piggy bank (from mcdonalds in 1984) + dremel + lamp kit = grimmace lamp!  (and it's still useable as a piggy bank, too!)


i just drilled a little hole in top, and one sort of out of his butt (i'd have more pictures but i'm using some kind of weird ebay image hosting thing..)  and i got the socket and lamp cord from the hardware store down the street for $6!

took no time at all...  i still need to glue the socket down though.. it is just sitting on top.

i can't wait to find a lampshade for it.  i love this piggy bank... his blank expression and sort of welcoming arms crack me up everytime...
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / drilling into ceramic? on: January 15, 2004 03:45:28 PM
i got a dremel for christmas, and am dying to use it...

i also recently got a tungsten carbide cutter (which it says can be used to cutting ceramic tile, among other things.)  and i picked up a lamp socket and cord today.

my plan is to turn my much loved grimmace piggy bank into a lamp.  i got him at a thrift store for a couple bucks, straight out of 1984.

i'm nervous about messing him up though.  does anyone have any advice about cutting into ceramic?  anyone done anything like this before?

thanks muchly Smiley  i promise i will post pictures as soon as it's done
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of on: January 07, 2004 09:25:44 AM
a note on the "gap" problem...

i use circulars, not double pointed needles..  but i do run into the same problem.

i have gotten into the habit of slipping the first stitch of each new row from the left needle to the right.  (so:  knit all the way around, slip next stitch, knit another round INCLUDING the stitch you slipped, then slip the next one, etc.)

this works better for me than pulling the yarn tight, although i have never tried it in any other stitch than stockinette.  
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / location, location, location on: January 07, 2004 08:10:59 AM
hey Smiley  i've been lurking for awhile.  i had two thoughts...

1)  a lot of people have been talking about what they need to do exactly to set up their own business (something which i've been trying to figure out myself).  but requirements and procedure differ from state to state...  if there is anyone out there from PA who has a business already, i'd love to hear from you.  there are probably other people who would appreciate a "small business buddy" from their homestate as well..

2)  what about college?  i live in pennsylvania but go to school in maryland.  which would mean, if i started a business, it would operate most of the year out of maryland.  but since my legal permanent residence is in PA...  do i register here or there?  anyone have any ideas?

thanks Smiley

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