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21  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Places to recycle Christmas Cards?? on: January 10, 2006 11:32:38 AM
There's a post on the papercrafts board about someone who reuses them in beautiful gift-wrapping ways... 

(Have to find the link)


I'm so going to do that next year.
22  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Help! I live in an uncrafty area! on: January 09, 2006 11:31:48 AM
Does anyone know of any fun fabric and notions places OTHER than Jo-Ann's that I can get some fun stuff for a low price?

I'm in Baltimore County, in Perry Hall.  For those of you that don't know where it is, it's halfway between Towson and Essex on the beltway.

ANYTHING would be great.  I'm so tired of the same stuff at JA's.

23  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Re: Location Shout Outs! on: January 09, 2006 11:29:49 AM
Hello everyone, I'm in the Kingsville/Perry Hall area.

YEEEAH Perry Hall! 

Sorry, I just got excited for a sec.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crayons in glue gun? on: October 23, 2005 02:34:17 PM
That is such a cool idea!

I'm gonna try using crayons to color hot glue tonight--bought a cheapy glue gun for crayons...  I figured if the crayons didn't color the glue THROUGH the gun, I can use them to color it as they come out (i.e. before it dries)...  we'll see how it works, and I'll post results (Although I can't gaurantee pics).
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crayons in glue gun? on: October 21, 2005 09:25:01 AM
You know what though? I bet it would be great for injecting cake batter with streams of pure chocolate Smiley

mmmmmmm......  ......chocolate injections.......

That sounds like a cure for my phobia of hypodermic needles right there!
26  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Bead replacement on: October 19, 2005 06:08:48 AM
How 'bout..  um...  wooden beads?  You could get some of those car seat thingys (maybe find them at the thrift stores, I don't know how good your thrift stores are), and break those apart...  might be just as expensive, if not moreso...

You could spray-paint the pasta beforehand...  Your employees wouldn't have TOO much prep work with that, just lay it all out on some newspaper and go for it...

I'm not too sure.  Sorry I couldn't be more help!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crayons in glue gun? on: October 19, 2005 06:06:31 AM
Tealight cases would work, but it is hard to get wax out of them, I drip candle wax and crayon shavings in and they dont come out easily...

I would stick them in the freezer, if you're having trouble getting the stuff to come out.  I've found they just pop right out after being in there for...  ehh, five minutes or so.  Just make sure your wax is hardened BEFORE you put it in there..  unless you want air bubbles.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: crayons in glue gun? on: October 17, 2005 12:25:59 PM
What about using crayons to color glue sticks?  Those colored glue sticks that they sell can't be cheap, and it was mentioned that the glue sometimes comes out a little colored after you push a crayon through...  so push a big of crayon through (maybe into a mold, for those of you wanting to make funky crayons, that way you're making your crayon and coloring glue at the same time!), then push your gluestick through...  your glue will come out a bit colored, and you can use THAT to make your art, but not spend a ton of money on colored glue sticks.

That's my moneysaving tip of the day, methinks.
29  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: need ideas to jazz up institutional student desk on: September 25, 2005 04:32:37 PM
Ooh. Whilst decorating my room, i was considering re-vamping an ugly bookshelf. However, i did not.
I was going to glue playing cards to the surface then varnish over them!

Ooooh, glowy.

Anyhoo, thot that would look rather dashing. You should try it, I'd like to see how the end result looks.


Ooh!  You could market it as a Game Table!  You can hit the internet to find pictures of popular board games and their pieces, and decoupage the top with cards and those pics (I don't know how well Modge Podge does with inkjet stuff, but it's a thought) and then show hoe a couple board game boxes would fit underneath in the 'store your books here' part.  I would totally buy one of these if I saw it...  of course, now, I have to hunt around for a desk like that so I can do it!

You could probably also charge a few bucks more for it, since it would be more of a specialty item, and it probably wouldn't take too long to do...  and who knows, maybe you'll end up keeping it.
30  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Ribbon Remnants? on: July 26, 2005 10:15:30 AM
Okay, so here's the deal:  I don't have uses for entire yards of ribbon, thus, I can't justify BUYING entire yards of ribbon (I'm broke and on a budget).  Most, if not all, of my pieces are meant to be one-of-a-kind items, so I don't mind hitting up the remnant area for fabric (especially when it's so CHEAP!)..  but does anyone know of any store that saves ribbon remnants?  I asked the salesperson at JoAnn's, hoping that she's say "well, we don't keep them, but here's where we put them and you're free to rifle around"...  but she didn't.

I live in the suburbs of Baltimore, which is an area totally slackin' on craft stores...  anyone have any ideas?  You all are wonderful for crafters on budgets.
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