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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fish hook jewery on: March 22, 2005 09:09:35 AM
The fishing swivell bracelet was popular wihen I was in highschool in the late '80's.  They were nice because guys could wear them too.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Fun Things For Kids To Do on: October 20, 2004 06:55:01 AM
Good Ideas!  I have a project that my sons love.  Mix equal amounts white school glue (Elmer's) and liquid starch.  Add a bit of food coloring and mix.  It will be a stringy mess at first, but keep mixing and it turns into a silly putty-like substance.  I keep it in small 1/2 cup containers. It's a cool way to introduce some properties of Chemistry.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: romantic urban flair in dorm room? help please! on: October 11, 2004 12:45:08 PM
I know that you want that dark, cozy atmosphere - and maybe you can find a place like that in the future.  Right now, you've got a white room that you can't paint - I think that you should try to build from that.  You will wind up spending much less money and be more satisfied with the results in the long run.  You could either try going mod and change your bedding/accessories to white/black/red, or you could try the "shabby chic" look with faded textiles, distressed accessories. Look in magazines if these ideas don't appeal to you. I definitely think that you should think about buying/building a loft.  Ikea has a couple that you may like. You'll never get textiles to hang from the walls/ceiling successfully, but you could easily hang fabric from the loft. Instead of wasting a ton of room with a sofa/futon, think about making huge throw pillows to lounge on.  For a little bit of money, you could get some great fabric.  Mainly, have fun with it.  You'll be out of there before you know it.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shampoo Bottle Window Thing on: May 12, 2004 08:52:35 AM
I have never seen votives narrow enough to fit into the Garnier bottles, but I was thinking that we could drill holes on either side of the container and hang them in a group with wire/beads.  One would be cute hanging over a doorknob with flowers inside.
5  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re:Ann Arbor? on: April 03, 2004 04:54:13 PM
I'm pretty sure that the PTO thrifshop is still on State.  The Ann Arbor thrift shop has moved to Washtenaw.  
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Shampoo Bottle Window Thing on: February 22, 2004 05:48:57 PM
I'm just jealous that your yard's not STILL covered with snow.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:Cheap backsplash for stove on: February 20, 2004 11:23:31 PM
NynaeveAS - I was thinking of the same thing.  I think that the aluminum flashing looks great - especially with stainless steel appliances - and it cleans up with Fantastik.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:childhood craftyness (god's eye) on: February 20, 2004 10:47:59 PM
Thanks for bringing this up, I remember making the God's eye craft in Brownies.  We used the multi-colored yarn, so it had automatic shade gradation.  I was actually trying to remember exactly how we made them last year because I thought that they would make a great cheap Christmas tree decoration.  
I had those pencils too - we called them "frustration pencils."  
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re:ugh - naked walls! on: February 20, 2004 10:35:44 PM
I got a few 2' x 4' pieces of MDF from the hardware store and a fabric dropcloth.  I used a staple-gun to cover each piece of wood with the fabric (a soft, ecru canvas).  One I left natural and hung chocolate-colored wood photo frames with black and white pictures of my boys.  It looks great on my wall.  I painted the other two a color called "new bamboo" and just leaned them against a bare wall in the kitchen - it gives a great burst of color in the room.  To be honest, if I did it again, I would definitely buy a lighter piece of wood (the MDF is HEAVY).  --OR--You could go to the copy store to have a photo enlarged  to HUGE proportions and then mod-podge it onto a thin layer of wood (so that the grain would show through).  I think that this would look very cool.  --One last thing -- I saw on TV that you could get a washable fabric and soak it in liquid starch and put it on your walls - like wallpaper.  When you're ready to leave the apartment, you just peel off the fabric and sponge down the wall to remove any residue.  I haven't tried it, but have always wanted to see how it works.  
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re:Giant Chunky Pearl Necklace with Engagement Style Diamond Charm on: February 14, 2004 05:47:03 PM
I think that it would be fine to wear occaisionally, but lead poisoning is a real danger especially for children.  If you are the type of person who is constantly re-adjusting a necklace that wants to travel (as I am), and then touching your mouth, or corner of your eye - it would probably be safer to choose a glass "crystal."  Lead poisoning was the most likely cause of the death of Beethoven, also the madness of VanGogh and Goya were most likely the result of lead poisoning (I know, not from jewelry).  I wasn't trying to scare anyone, but if you have the choice of chandelier piece - a glass piece would be cheaper and safer.
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