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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Plastic Canvas Calendar Pattern on: December 29, 2013 08:14:47 AM
Does anyone know where I can find a free pattern for a plastic canvas calendar? The kind that you can slide the numbers around on, to change the months etc. Ugh! I don't know if I'm explaining this right.
I want to make my son a number/ letter board using that design, so he can slide the numbers or letters around to make words etc. I found two patterns but they were kind of confusing and pretty much all the links I found lead back to those two patterns. So I was hoping maybe someone on here might know of one that's a little better explained. Thanks in advance for any help.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Dr Who Woodburning Wedding Gift on: November 16, 2013 06:32:23 AM
A couple we know are getting married this month, they're both big Dr Who fans, and the hubby made this woodburning. It turned out so good I wanted to share, also I've noticed there are a few Dr Who fans on here.

What do you think?
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / finished product half as big as pattern says on: November 12, 2013 02:11:10 PM
I've tried two different round dishcloth patterns and both have turned out half the size of what the are supposed to be. I've tried changing my hooks, one has a gauge which I followed, the other didn't have a gauge. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but it's very frustrating. Could any one give me some tips as to what's going on?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Repurpose Barbie Christmas Angel Tree Topper on: November 12, 2013 08:28:39 AM

This project started on a rainy yucky day when my daughter started complaining she was bored. So I got thinking, we didn't have a tree topper for when Christmas came around. Why not make one. I started looking for a tutorial or idea, the few I found wheren't exactly what my daughter wanted so I remembered seeing a tut on how to make a Weeping Angel from Dr Who here- http://lilybet85.blogspot.com/2010/11/weeping-angel-christmas-tree-topper.html which lead me to https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354411.0 Any way I took their ideas and conformed it to what I needed.
So a big thank you to them.
It's not perfect this was my first time making and using paper clay. Which actually turned out a bit lumpy. But over all we're happy with the results and my daughter wants to make more. Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Stuck Need help reading a pattern on: November 06, 2013 04:48:28 AM
I've gotten to the last round of the pattern I'm working on and I'm not sure how to do this...

7th rnd:
With A, ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st.
*2 sc in each of next 8 dc. 1 sc in next dc. 1 sc in
next dc 4 rows below. Place marker on last sc.
1 sc in next dc. Rep from * around, omitting sc
at end of last rep. Join with sl st to first sc...

I get most of it but how do I 1 sc in next dc 4 rows below? This is a new one for me. Please and Thank you in advance for any advice.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Question on making bath fizzy things on: November 02, 2013 06:21:09 AM
I've been reading a lot of recipes for making bath fizzy bomb things, and most require citric acid. I assume this is what makes it fizz, but I found one with cream of tartar instead. The blogger admits you don't get the same effect, but I was wondering if any one has tried this or has a substitution for the citric acid?

I'm just curious Grin

ETA: Well since no one had an answer, I decided to play mad scientist and try it out. The fizzies worked great! Better than the ones I've purchased at the store. Although the reaction is more subtle than the one you get with the citric acid.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How did I do this? on: October 30, 2013 09:21:59 AM
I decided to make just a basic scarf for my mother-in-law, I chained to the length I wanted and started to double crochet. The yarn started to swirl I figured after a few rows it would straighten out but it hasn't, see...

What happened? I'm not going to tear it out because I kind of like it, although it'd be cooler if the spirals were tighter. I'd like to know so I can avoid it next time. Thank you.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Pumpkin Contest Entry on: October 27, 2013 03:37:23 PM
I'm not really sure if this counts as a craft per se, but I'm really proud of how this turned out and wanted to share. J and I did this last year and had a lot of fun putting together a pumpkin so we figured we do it again this year. According to the rules, she has to pick a storybook character and do everything herself. Shhh...

This year J choose Cinderella, she wanted to make a carriage and the clock tower. The carriage is paper mache with wire wheels and painted then glitterized. The clock tower is just a paper towel roll with a paper top, painted. The Cinderella is the pumpkin, of course, with yarn hair, a piece of wire ribbon hot glued to it and painted on face. I wielded the hot glue and helped make the paper mache, but J did all the rest herself.

Last year we made Puss In Boots...

The hat and boots are cardboard (we used a Crystal Light box), the ears and tail are felt. J drew the face and painted it. She got third place and is hoping for first this year.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jig for making paracord/ macrame bracelets on: October 24, 2013 05:25:37 AM
Ok so if this isn't allowed or in the wrong place feel free to slap my hands and yell at me, but I wanted to share. I had a jig I made for making paracord bracelets but it was basically a piece of wood with two small blocks screwed to it and a buckle attached to those. I had the blocks marked for different sizes, but it was a pain unscrewing the buckle to change the length size. Then I saw this tutorial on how to make a Yardstick Paracord Jig http://www.instructables.com/id/Yardstick-Paracord-Jig/?ALLSTEPS

It cost me under $5.00 to buy the stuff and put it together. Having been up to Lowes thirty gazillion times since starting the home repairs, it was easy to slip in the yard stick and what-nots I needed. Not so easy to find the time to put it together. Something that should've taken about an hour took three days. But at least the glue had time to dry. You see, I didn't exactly follow the directions... first I cut all the pieces, then glued them (*note: if using Elmer's Glue take a binder clamp or some sort of clamp and use it to hold the long pieces together until they dry), and then added the buckles.I also used an alternative method mentioned and drilled, very uneven, holes from the 5 1/2 inch mark down to the 11 1/2 inch mark. I also used a screw instead of a bolt and put the wing nut on the back side because it was bugging me and hitting the screw I used to hold the buckle in place.
I discovered something kind of cool while putting this together, I can use the back to make macrame jewelry by adding a binder clamp.

Only thing I wish I'd done different now is flip the yardstick over so the back had 1-13 instead of 20 something through 30 something, but hindsight is 20-20.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gothic Paracord Choker on: October 21, 2013 11:08:16 AM
I made this for my mother-in-law for Christmas, she likes things that are Gothic /biker esk. I got the pattern from a book called Parachute Cord Crafts.

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