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2421  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Shroom Baby Shoes on: June 30, 2006 06:31:32 AM
Those are unbelievably cute!  I never thought of painting on baby shoes before -- what a great idea!
2422  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: onesies, changing mat, and hat :) - With Tute for EASY HAT on: June 30, 2006 06:30:23 AM
Really cute!  Thanks for sharing the hat idea -- it's ultra-fab.
2423  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Scrabble Name Tag on: June 29, 2006 09:14:19 AM
That's really neat!  What a clever use of scrabble blocks -- it looks like those are the old-fashioned wood squares.  Pretty!
2424  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: improved wicker case thingy on: June 29, 2006 09:12:13 AM
That is really beautiful -- great job!
2425  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffed felt monsters - Now with tutorial and pictures (fixed!) on: January 19, 2006 02:07:49 PM
The little heart tail is the cutest thing I have *ever* seen.
2426  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Have you ever had those stupid crafty moments? -_- on: January 11, 2006 11:36:12 AM
My biggest botch was a trivet made from wine corks.  I bought a piece of board to use as the base, glued all the corks together, and let it dry.  It was a little uneven, but I thought it was cool.  I stashed it on top of the toaster oven.

The next time I used the oven, all the glue melted, and the trivet became permanently attached to the top of the toaster oven.  I guess the glue hadn't completely cured, because it only melted that one time.

I discovered the problem by reaching for the trivet and jerking the whole toaster oven off the counter onto the floor.  That toaster oven kept working for years and years and years after that.
2427  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: seam ripper love on: January 11, 2006 11:16:48 AM
When I was learning to sew from my grandmother (I was about 9 or 10), she insisted that every single seam be as straight and perfect as she would make it.  One of the first few times she set me to ripping out a seam, she handed me a straight pin.  After working the threads for about 10 minutes, I helped myself to her seam ripper and finished the job.  I showed it to her, and she deemed it "messy" and then insisted that I pick out all the little thread bits, wash the fabric, and iron it, before I continued with my project.

As you might imagine, I never finished that project.  And I never learned to sew from her, although she now thinks my mad skills are all a result of her teaching (i took classes and learned from my mom).

So I have a love/hate thing with my seam ripper -- I love using it, but it reminds me of how inadequate I felt when Grandma said "messy" and wrinkled her nose.
2428  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re:embroidery work on: January 19, 2004 09:43:42 AM
That's really lovely -- I've been slowly learning to embroider for a while.  It's been difficult for me to pick up, but very rewarding.  
2429  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Stamp bag on: January 19, 2004 08:34:10 AM
I've made bookmarks out of postage stamps before -- just line 'em up, laminate and away you go.  They're very cute.

I like the idea of sewing them into little pockets though.  You could make a really cool purse that way.
2430  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Small tea tins on: January 16, 2004 02:58:25 PM
Thanks so much for all the cool ideas -- I'm leaning toward the candle idea, although I'm still not sure.  For some reason, I really want to paint them -- I suppose funky painted travel candles are in order then, huh?   Smiley
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