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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / stamping 2 colors in one stamp? on: August 01, 2007 12:44:44 PM
how?  paint it on, marker it on?  for instance, to make a flower one color and the center of it another color.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ribbon fabric with D-rings sewn in on: May 11, 2007 04:59:33 PM
Yes.  They came in a sealed plastic bag; I thought they were real fabric, only $2.48 at the local Thrift Mart!   Roll Eyes

A bunch are about 2" wide, about 3' long.  In this size I have 3 safety orange, 1 blue with white polka dots, 2 aqua, 3 baby pink with white polka dots.  The others are about as long (though one is shorter), but about a little under an inch wide.  These are: 4 red with white polka dots, 3 satiny green.  One of the satiny green has buttons sewn on in regular intervals, all differently colored. 
The last detail makes me think that this was someone else's unfinished craft project.   Undecided  The D rings are all the good kind, welded at the join.  I've already thought of purse handles and belts.  I guess if nothing else I have 32 nice D rings. 
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / mint tin into...painted mint tin on: May 09, 2007 11:45:01 PM
I liked the tin but I hated the colors and the "Made in China" part.


It's a little pixelated because I thought it would be neat to use the zoom feature on my phone, but the colors are mostly true.  

I still have to finish the inside, which I painted yellow, and poly or varnish the whole thing so it's shiny.  What do you think?  I think this is going to be my new hobby.  I painted another one and tried to stencil my mom's name on it (computer paper+packing tape-does.not.equal-stencil) but she'll love it because I made it for her.  

My hub was somewhat amazed I made the words look so good.   Roll Eyes  Now I need to figure out who to give it to...
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Best brushes? on: May 08, 2007 12:11:21 AM
Are the brushes they sell for $5+ each actually good brushes or are they just expensive?  Is there a particular brand that's better, or, like power tools, are different types of brushes better among different brands?  What are the different shapes used for?  Flat, round, wedge, etc... and is one shape better for the different media, like flat for acrylic or round for oils?  With some brushes, why are they hard when you buy them, and only become soft with a bit of wrestling?

What is the best type for a beginner?  Someone said they had good luck with Michaels' brushes, but I've had several strays already in one small project; this has occurred mostly with the white bristles.  Also, what type of hair is better; is there one that's better for acrylic,  watercolor, or oils? 

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help with design idea on: April 25, 2007 08:01:08 PM
I bought some thrift chairs and I'm going to cover the seats with this fabric.  

I have this idea for my kitchen but I can't exactly think of how to explain it.  I was thinking French Country, without the Country part.  On Trading Spaces I think it was the guy with the long black ponytail (Edward?) who did a kitchen like a french bistro.  I'm thinking something like that, only more...urban.  Or modern.  Or contemporary, or something.  Embarrassed

Does anyone know what on earth I'm trying to say? 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn sub question - Knitscene's Sweet Rose on: March 15, 2007 09:26:41 AM
I want to knit Sweet Rose (allover eyelet pattern, shortsleeve sweater) from the most recent Knitscene, but it calls for filatura di crosa aiko, which is mostly cashmere.  I think this would be a great summer top but in cotton lycra or linen; what do you think?  Do they create a cooler fabric?  Or bamboo?  I warm easily so something lightweight with a bunch of holes in it would be a perfect summer knit for me.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / how do you price your yarncrafts? on: February 16, 2007 06:08:43 PM
I knit and crochet; I've decided I'm going to start making afghans, baby blankets, baby clothes, etc. to get rid of all this acrylic yarn I bought before I discovered cashmere yarn. 

How do you price yours?  Anything more than the cost of the yarn is obviously a cost-wise profit, but time-wise, how do you personally work that out? 
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / cool looking napkin rings on: January 31, 2007 06:40:57 PM
I bought them because I had a 20$ gift card to Pier One.  The only thing I like from there is the furniture, overpriced and shoddy as it is.

Anyway, I will never ever use them on the dinner table.  They are silver colored metal on the inside.  On the outside, they are sparkly opaque plasticky stuff, with metal stars evenly spaced around.  They are a over an inch wide, maybe 1.5", and I have sapphire, ruby, emerald and deep purple colors, two of each.

? ? ? ? ?   Grin
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How do you make straight edges and corners? on: January 25, 2007 01:32:43 PM
My mom is a quilt fanatic, while I am a handbag and kitsch fanatic.  She has given me scads of awesome little fabric pieces.  However, on these and other fabric remnants I have, the edges are all wonky and at weird angles.  How do I get all the edges and corners square and perpendicular to each other?

Also, I want to make my own patterns, but I can't figure out how I would cut out, say, a nearly perfectly rectangular 14" X  23" piece.   Not only would this enable me to use up these swatches, but I could figure out how to cut straight so my handbags will look better, too.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Please help me with my impromptu hat on: January 22, 2007 09:35:23 PM
So, I started a 4 dpn project so I could learn how.  Remarkably, the thing is turning out great!  I am using caron simply soft with susan bates size 7's.  I cast on 75 stitches and I have about 1.5" with the roll.  Without, I have about 2.5". 

I want to turn this into a hat.  Can you help me?  I don't know where to decrease, or what kind to use, or how often or anything.  It's about 14" in circumference, so this will be a baby hat. 
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