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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How do YOU display your Christmas cards? on: December 22, 2010 11:18:48 AM
Every year, I try to think of a clever way to display the Christmas cards that my loved ones send me. And every year, I draw a BLANK!

How do YOU display YOUR'S???

Discuss.  Kiss
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / A glorified Pringles can... on: May 23, 2010 05:12:27 PM
When I went to Greece two summers ago, I brought back this cardboard can. It contained a Greek alcoholic beverage called "Ouzo." Believe it or not, I didn't consume the alcohol myself. I don't drink - AT ALL - and have never seen one of these before... so I don't know if they're a common item at liquor stores or if I have something unique.

Anyway, it's basically a glorified Pringles can. It's cardboard, but it's much stronger and more durable than the cardboard of an actual Pringles can.

Any ideas of what I could do with this thing?


3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / To make soap, or not to make soap on: November 29, 2008 07:47:06 PM

As money is tight for me this holiday season - and because I like to give "gifts from the heart," I had the idea of trying to make my own soap to give away this Christmas - and I wanted it to be frankincense and myrrh soap. =)

My questions are...

1.) How "difficult" is it to learn how to make soap? i.e. > would it make sense to attempt to make soap as Christmas presents if I've never even made soap before?

2.) Does anyone have any instructions for frankincense and myrrh soap?

3.) Are there any ways I could incorporate gold into the soap? Even if they weren't "useable"? For example, decorative gold coils or flakes that could be "placed inside" the soap? Or - could I find a fake gold coin to place inside each bar of soap?

Any instructions, advice, etc, etc, etc, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / gold sheet metal? on: March 12, 2008 05:22:25 PM
I posted this here because I wasn't really sure what other category to put it under.

What I'm looking for is some kind of material to make two really wide, golden cuff bracelets out of. Like, at least four or five inches long. I'm trying to go for a slave/gladiator/Egyptian/Greek look. I'm getting married in June and I'm going for a "Grecian Princess" look (as dorky as that may sound) because I'm half-Greek.

Any ideas on what I could use and where I could get it?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / A Serenity Fountain out of dinnerware! on: November 03, 2007 07:53:28 PM
I saw this on the Carol Duvall Show the other day and thought it was an awesome idea. I'm definitely going to try it. I hardly ever watch that show but now I think I'm gonna make a point to watch it every morning before I go to school.

This might be a good idea for a craft challenge. ::moves eyebrows up and down::

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / candles for a "guestbook" on: October 22, 2007 09:02:32 AM
Although this thread is related to my wedding and there's a specific place for that, you don't have to have any wedding "knowledge" in order to answer my question, so I thought I'd just post it in the general area.

I'm getting married in June of next year. I'm half-Greek, so I'm trying to include some Greek things in my wedding.

At the beginning of a Greek Orthodox church service, everyone lights a candle when they enter the sanctuary and sticks it in a tray of sand. My dad is going to build the tray (it's kind of like an open, wooden box with tall legs) and I'm, of course, going to provide the candles.

I am trying to think of a way that each person can have their name on their candle. (I wanted to do this instead of having a traditional guestbook.) Since the candles are actually going to be burnt, I don't want them to write their names on them, because part of the name might be burnt away.

The only thing I can think of is to have them write their name on a little tag (made out of cardstock, maybe) with a ribbon attached to it, have them place the tag in front of their candle, and then later, after the wedding, I can tie the ribbons to the candles. (And I can later display them in a shadow box or something in my house).

Can anyone think of any other ideas?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Chair covers? on: September 17, 2007 09:47:17 AM
Has anyone ever made their own chair covers before? I need to try to find a way to cover (or at least dress up) basic, metal folding chairs (well, they have a little cushioning on the seat and back).

Example of the type of chair I need to cover: http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=649724&Ntt=Folding%20Chairs&An=text

I was going for a no-sew approach... but any and all ideas would be greatly appreciated!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Beaded Bra Straps on: August 02, 2006 08:21:08 PM
Has anyone ever tried to make beaded bra straps before?

I work at Maidenform (a womens' undergarment store / www.maidenform.com ) and we sell some - but they're not as attractive as they could be. They're for putting onto your strapless/convertable bra. I think they're a really neat concept.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Turning a big t-shirt into a small t-shirt. on: February 03, 2006 02:01:12 PM
Since I am one of the greatest girlfriends of all time, I am going to attend Monday Night Raw with my boyfriend. Yes, that's right. I'm going to go see big, sweaty, overly-dramatic men wrestle eachother for what will seem like an eternity, but will really only be a couple of hours.

Not only will I just be ATTENDING this event with my boyfriend, but I'm even going to wear a wrestling t-shirt. That's right. With Mankind, Mick Foley on it.

Am I dedicated to my relationship or what?

The problem is, the t-shirt is kinda big. Well, really big. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I could do to make it smaller? Like, could I trim it or turn it into a tank top or something? I don't know. Any ideas would be great.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I am about to throw my sewing machine out the window. on: October 02, 2005 07:10:40 PM
I'm sure there isn't anything wrong with it, I just don't know how to fix the problem it's having.

I've only used it about 4 times. I'm not an experienced sewer. I have completed one project on it (a pillow cover) successfully. Now, it's hopeless.

I think the tension is all messed up and I also think that there's something going on in the bobbin area that shouldn't be going on.

I've re-thread it and re-thread it and re-thread it.

And re-thread it.

And nothing helps.

It will sew correctly for approximately 6 seconds, and then all hell breaks loose. The stitch is generally way too tight in most places, but in a few places it's actually loose.


Do you think someone at Michaels could help me?
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