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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Quart Mason Jars on: January 20, 2007 06:07:41 PM
Even easier than jar full of cookies is a jar full of cookie mix.  Put in all the dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, along with a card describing how to add the eggs and butter. 

It's an attractive gift if you layer the ingredients, then tie a bit of gingham or calico over the top. 

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: BUSINESS PLAN FOR HANDBAGS on: January 16, 2007 07:42:50 AM
another source of help:  Small Business Development Centers.  They're located at universities all around the US.  Most of the staff are very good and they understand that not everyone needs a 100 page business plan. 

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: candy shop business name ideas on: January 16, 2007 07:41:17 AM
Consider "Sweet Sylvia's"

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: too short pj pants on: September 22, 2006 03:43:22 AM
If the PJs are still comfortable around your middle, you can add fabric to the bottom.  Find a flannel that looks good, maybe a solid color. If you do any sewing, you probably have leftover fabric that will do.  Wash and dry it a couple of times to shrink it.  (The PJs have probably been washed often and have shrunk some.)

Here's how: 
  Cut off the old hem, right above the stitching. 

  Try the PJs on and figure out how much you need to add.

  Cut two pieces. Length is the amount you need to add, plus 2" (for the hem and the seam with the old part).  Make it as wide as the bottom of the pant leg, plus 1 1/4". 

  Sew the side seam.  Hem the bottom.  Add to the PJs.

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Wooden Tea Box on: June 14, 2006 04:16:16 PM
I just slide off the cover and use the box as a pencil holder.  I have some others that open along a long edge, so I use them to hold business cards and sticky pads. 

I guess if I was a true craftster I would have painted, covered, burned, drilled, glued, or done something to them.  But I like them just as they are.

After this conversation, maybe I'll hot glue the three together to make one desk organizer.

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Starbucks Frappacino Bottles-What to do besides these Ideas??? on: May 11, 2006 02:03:58 PM
If you've got a few boards, you can make bookshelves, with two of the bottles as spacers at each ond of each board.  (An update on the classic board and concrete block bookshelves.)

Paint or not, both the shelves and the bottles. 

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: egg cartons on: May 05, 2006 03:10:58 AM
They're not even very good for starting seeds because they won't decompose. 

But you can use them to organize little things:  beads, buttons, earrings.

If you ship stuff, foam egg cartons are as good as bubble wrap for filling up empty spaces in a carton while gently cushioning the contents.

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Hundreds of old postcards :S on: May 05, 2006 03:08:29 AM
1. Even if they don't look great, you could go through them and see if you know anyone who lives near the sites featured.  They might enjoy having them.  I found a postcard of the HS in my town.  It's old and faded, but I got a kick out of it, so I framed it and hung it.   

2. You could scan a couple of them and try selling them on eBay.  If that works, scan the rest.

3. If they haven't been mailed, use them.  Send thank you notes, invitations, or any simple note.  Unfortunately you do have to use today's postage, even on yesterday's "penny postcards."

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The bags won't stop on: April 27, 2006 04:36:15 PM
My mother gave me her fabric and button stash.  This stuff demands to made into bags.  This fabric had to become an 8"x10"x3" bag - there was enough to have the same "framed" design on both sides and enough left over to make a matching makeup bag.

With this one, it was the button that cried out.  I made my first bound buttonhole in years just to show off that button.

They just keep coming.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fendi, Fendi, Fendi on: April 27, 2006 04:29:15 PM
BunnyBoo really started something - working up that copy of the Fendi bag.  Here are three of my takes on it.  I keep playing with the dimensions and the yarn, using BunnyBoo's concepts.

First, blue, with no handle:    This one is 7"x13"

Next, (I may have posted this one long ago), red.  The ruffle has a bit of sparkle but I can't seem to catch that in the photo.  It has a vintage button and a fairly long strap.

The one that makes me laugh is made from thin crochet cotton.  It's only 6"x3.5" 

This is a great pattern.  You can do anything with it.

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