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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Not EXACTLY a craft... on: May 24, 2010 09:05:41 PM
but I just had to tell someone sympathetic!
I was running late for a job interview today, and when I slipped on my new shoes, I discovered that the darn things wouldn't stay on when I was wearing nylons. Crap. Not having time to go get those no-slip thingies from the drug store, I did the only thing I could think of, with the tools at hand...

I totally glued my feet into my shoes.

It sort of worked, too, but I didn't add glue to the part that my heel rests on, so I still had some issues and had to walk really REALLY slowly. But my shoes stayed on! And they had me come back the same afternoon for a second interview! And I didn't even tell them about my brilliant foot-gluing scheme!!!

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Are needle-felted animals safe for babies? on: April 05, 2010 11:54:18 AM
I haven't tried felting yet, but I love the look of all the needle-felted animals I see on Craftster, and was thinking of making a mobile with detachable animals for a friend's soon-to-be-arriving progeny. I just worry that the animals might not be safe for little tiny put-everything-in-their-mouths babies. Can little pieces come off? Are there choking hazards? Can anyone confirm or refute my fears? I'd hate to harm a baby!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Inspiration site- Junky Styling (recons) on: March 31, 2008 09:21:08 AM
Hey everyone,

  I just found this site on BoingBoing.net today, called JunkyStyling.com. They do clothing recons in really unique ways. I'm not at the skill level to do much of this stuff, but I thought maybe some of you could use it for inspiration-


My favorite (so far) is a zipper corseted dress in the 2008 LFS A/W collection (it's a slideshow so I can't link to the photo).
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / "making" plastic/recycling polystyrene on: February 01, 2008 07:58:09 PM
I didn't look around to see if anyone else had posted this, but I thought someone might find it useful:


Dissolving polystyrene in acetone creates a hard plastic. Apparently, you can dye it by adding oil paint in the acetone. I haven't tried this, because I'm incredibly lazy and it's winter in Detroit so nobody wants to do anything outside and I'm sure it's incredibly stinky, but it looks really interesting.

Anybody tried this before?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Japanese clothing site- great inspiration! on: December 24, 2007 08:57:57 PM

I can't read more than a word here & there, but the pictures speak for themselves. It has some really great clothes that look easy enough to recreate or take inspiration from. Also, WOW what would I do for some of those fabrics!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Decorating for a Valentine's Day concert? on: January 27, 2006 12:10:36 PM
So my band is playing with my boyfriend's band on Valentine's Day (ooh how romantic- we're both working!) and my band was volunteered to decorate the bar, because we've done it before. Unfortunately, I'm the only crafty one in the band, so it's kind of up to me, and I've been so busy lately (still finishing my mom's christmas present! Plus 3 bands practicing! And a full-time job!) that I haven't had time to think about it. Well, now it's coming up...

There's the backstory. What I'm wondering is if anyone has any cheap Cheap CHEAP! ideas on how to decorate 2 rooms of a bar for the holiday. Last time it came out looking very high-school-dance with streamers & balloons & clouds of batting & those wax-paper and crayon heart light-catcher things that Martha Stewart made. This time I'd like it to be a little classier & more put-together looking, but I don't really know how. I was thinking of doing the 2 rooms seperately, with one being all lovey-dovey (perhaps literally, with doves & junk...) and one being more about heartbreak since so many of my friends are spending valentine's day alone and I am rather well-known for being bitter and sardonic anyhow.

I am good with papier mache, I have a sewing machine and minimal skills there, and I have your average supply of crafting things like glue guns, paints, a Dremel, etc. Anybody have any suggestions or websites I could check out?

I appreciate it!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Photo frame- my first posted project! on: July 04, 2005 02:51:13 PM
So I've been around on the site for a while now, but I never bothered to post any of my own projects yet. This is my first. I'm stumbling though the photo-hosting thing for the first time, so I hope this works...
I made this frame for my friend's birthday (only 4 days late! oops.) and I am so pleased with the outcome. I tend to slap things together without having much of a plan. I had a 12x14 or so frame that I bought on clearance at Michael's for $5, and an old sign from my office that was made of corrugated plastic, so I cut the center of the sign out & trimmed off the bottom so it fit over the frame, and glued it onto the original frame. Then I sort of fashioned a shelf with the leftovers and glued that on too. Then I painted a few pieces of pink & red construction paper with different mixes of gold & silver paint and tore them into small squares and decoupaged them all over. I ran out of squares, so the bottom, sides and front of the shelf are black painted construction paper. Because it wasn't taking NEARLY enough time, I took some gold rattail cord (also on sale at Michael's- only $1 for 10 yards, which I used most of.) and tried to do like a suspension bridge thing. I drilled holes through the plastic with my trusty Dremel and fought with the cord to thread through them. I used more of the gold-painted construction paper to cover where I attached the cords on the side with hot glue-that's why it looks so lumpy. If I did it again, I'd prolly create a false wall to cover that. Then I just covered the unfinished edges in more cord with hot glue. But the top looked too plain, so I took some wooden stars, drilled holes in them and glued 3 layers of sand onto them (I knew that bag of sand from my vacation would be useful) and mod-podged over them to somewhat seal them, and drilled more holes in the frame & attached them to the top. I used clear photo corners and 5 strips of photo-booth pictures my friend & I took (it's sort of an obsession- we like to bring props & we spend hours in the booth.) for the frame contents so she can switch them out if she wants. It hangs from the original frame's hardware and it's still pretty lightweight. I forgot to seal the whole thing, so when it's humid, it's still a little tacky from the mod podge but overall I am very pleased. She damn well better like it, or I'll take it back!
The little shelf at the bottom, and rattail cord to suspend the shelf, tho that's pretty much just decorative. I don't know that the shelf would hold more than maybe a set of keys!
this shows the "suspension system" a little better.
Sand Stars!
Any feedback is welcomed, and thanks for looking!

(wow- sorry this is so long!)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Soldering Iron or Cautery Pen? on: May 24, 2005 04:45:41 PM
This is my first question, and I hope someone can give me some insight.
  I am looking to melt a LOT of tiny holes in plastic for a long-term project I'm starting, and the straight-pin-heated-over-a-candle method is really time-consuming. I don't know if a soldering iron would make holes too big- I just need them big enough to fit an upholstery needle through. I also don't know if the melted plastic would goop up the iron tip like it does with the straight pins. I was debating trying to rig a straight-pin to a soldering iron, but I can't quite get an idea of how to secure it well. I don't have much of a workshop in my little apartment. A friend of mine whose mother is a nurse, recommended I try a battery-operated disposable cautery pen, so I've been looking online at them. http://www.rainbowrope.com/needles.html That site is a little wild- the product I was interested in is the "Branding Pen" about 3/4 of the way down the page. They seem to mostly be used for branding these days... I don't know if the holes I would produce would be large enough with these, and I don't know if the melted plastic would crust onto it. I think it's possible that either one would be easily cleanable since they stay hotter so the plastic would stay melted, but I don't know what I would wipe it off on that won't readily burn with that sort of heat.
  I know someone else must have had this idea before. At least I hope they have! Does anyone have any experience with either of these ideas?
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