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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Your very first crafting memory!! on: June 07, 2007 10:22:03 PM
it would have to be when i was six and my aunt gave me a cheese jar filled with exotic beads she had collected on her summer vacations growing up. my dad gave me some wire and me and my friend made bracelets that we then took apart. those beads are what started my passion for bead collecting and i still have them, 15 years later.

thinking back, my first entrepreneural moment was when i was 6 or 7 and my grandmother gave me two handfuls of perfume samples and an empty bottle of chanel #5. i mixed and blended a new aroma, made a label and then sold it back to my grandmother.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: halloween Treats on: October 24, 2006 03:51:25 PM
those are hillarious! i was debating dressing up as a crazy cat lady at work for halloween, but was feeling un-inspired. the cat litter cake has just re-inspired me! hooray for turd like treats! the office is having a potluck lunch so this will go brilliantly with my costume! now i just have to figure what type of cake would be yummiest.

thanks for sharing all of these fun ideas!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: September 21, 2006 12:32:51 PM
thanks for posting the pic! that's funny. i like the way she emphasized the crazy part of crazy cat lady.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: September 20, 2006 07:45:05 PM
this year i need two costumes!

halloween night i'm going to see my friend's band and i'm going to dress as a title of one of their songs, "princess of darkness." it's a sweet ballad, but i'm going in black and purple with spiders, bats and a black tiara. black roses and pointy boots.

there's a costume contest at the office and if i go as princess of darkness, i will look like a witch and won't win any prize money. organizing my dresser, i came across a long sleeping shirt with cats all over it and thought it would be cool to be a crazy cat lady. tease my hair, get some stuffed animal kitties to perch on my shoulder and around my desk, and find some socks and jewelry with cats on them. i could wear wear black leggings or a black sweater with (simulated) cat hair all over them.

any other ideas for the crazy cat lady costume? i think this could be really funny, if done right.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Designing Jewelry Line for a company? on: September 15, 2006 10:18:25 AM
Does anyone have experience with pricing when it comes to designing jewelry for a company? I know how to price my own pieces but if an established company wants to hire me to design a line, how much should my creativity cost them?

Sorry if this one has been covered before....
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: my abalone and pearl necklace on: August 16, 2006 08:46:32 AM
rainesalatte - thanks for you nice compliment!

i have a few extra pieces of abalone, if you would interested in a trade. if so, email me and i will take some pics of what i have to choose from.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / my abalone and pearl necklace on: August 15, 2006 03:22:38 PM
here's a necklace i made from a piece of abalone shell that i found on the beaches of northern california. i wrapped it in peyote stitch and strung it with coin pearls and seed beads. i make most of my necklaces with a bead and loop clasp, rather than a metal clasp, to give each piece a cohesive, circular design, that also creates a nice tail along the back of the neck and is adjustable.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Report the crafty goodness that Santa (or, whoever) brought you. on: December 31, 2005 07:02:41 PM
Santa spoiled me this year and brought me a serger! I can't stop thinking about it and all the love-a-lies I am going to make with it. Woohoo.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: applique placemat into clutch on: July 31, 2005 11:14:27 AM
thanks for all of the kind words!

using a magnetic closure was an after-thought, but I'm tempted to sneak it in there somehow. i hand-stitched around all of the applique, though, so taking part of it apart may create lots more work. i found these tiny snap fasteners (size 5/0) which look like they are half the size of the average snaps, so i may use those.

here's a pic of the inside.

adding the tiny snaps wouldn't take away too much from the beauty, would it?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / applique placemat into clutch on: July 30, 2005 06:48:21 PM
this is my first posting with pictures! i've wanted to make this forever and i finally got the courage to do it. my sewing skills are elementary, but i managed to pull it off. i used cotton batting in between the 40's era applique placemat and the orange lining to give a bit more shape. i added a few glass flower beads, to cover a stain on one side, then added them to the other side for symmetry. i only wish i could find more of these beautifully made placemats.

front view of clutch

backside detail

me modeling clutch
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