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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Deery Lou embroidered zippered pouch on: April 18, 2008 06:18:07 PM
I embroidered the same Deery Lou pouch for a swap on swap-bot. I originally used the embroidered patch design for a crochet hook holder

What do you think?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / button coaster on: June 20, 2004 06:14:59 PM

I made these coasters with some vintage (old) buttons I've been collecting (estate sales  & ebay).  I used two different fabrics, one for the front and one for the back.  I lined up the buttons on the fabric neatly, marking with a fine tip marker where each hole is, and sewed them in.  Then used my sewing machine to sew the fabric pieces together - just like a pillow, leaving a hole to flip the thing inside out.  Afterwards, I sewed the hole closed.

Make sure you don't use the type of button that sits up on the fabric, but the type that has holes through the face.  Also, make sure the buttons are relatively the same in density.  You'll be surprised how flat the coaster ends up being.

Hmmm.  I've had this idea in my head for a while and I'm very satisfied with the turnout.  To make them even more absorbent, you may want to use a bit of foam between the fabric, but I don't mind.  We didn't even have coasters before, so anything is a plus.
3  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Want to Learn to Knit? on: January 31, 2004 07:45:08 AM
This is shameless promotion! Tongue  I have been knitting since I was 8 years old (thanks Mom!), and would love to pass on the skills of one of my favorite activities.  If you want to learn how to knit, I offer lessons at $10 a session (which usually lasts 30 min to an hour).  Depending on how fast you learn, it may take up to 3 to 4 sessions to cover the basics (cast on, knit, purl, and bind off).  For intermediate level knitters, I even have lessons I've developed for lace, felting, etc.  I would be willing to swap too - like books or food, etc.   Wink  Group classes may be fun too if you have a group of friends who want to learn to knit... I'm doing such a class in two weeks with a classmate of mine and her friends.  Throw in a little dinner and it's a knitting party (like a tupperware party but cooler).  Let me know.

P.S. I live in Decatur, GA, and would be willing to travel within the metro Atlanta area to meet you.

4  Georgia / Georgia: Central / New Knitting Store in Decatur on: January 31, 2004 07:37:49 AM
omg! There's a new knitting design & yarn store in Decatur, called Two Stix.  They were closed last night when I was out having dinner and walking off my Margarita - but I could tell just by looking in that they may rock!  Price-wise maybe not... but maybe as a place to consign your stuff or get inspired!  I was semi-orgasmic.  Not only a "yarn" store, but a Knitting store.  Sigh.  I'm going this afternoon to explore more...

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Okay, this store blows.  The cool knitted bags they sell are kinda weird looking (a few are nice but they cost about $65).  And I thought I would treat myself to some fun yarn, but it turns out that they have the most expensive yarn ever spun! $34 a hank!!! Yikes.  Don't go, unless you want to see the bull**** that passes sometimes.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Cool Knitted Dresses & Coats on: January 30, 2004 10:17:35 PM
I got this fabulous book of knitted and crocheted "fashionables" at a local antique store for $1.00.  It has some of the neatest dress and coat patterns I've seen in a while.  I know this is a freebie site and all but let me just toot that I'm selling reproductions of some of these on ebay.  My seller ID is bluehairedmary.  If you're low on dinero, I may be willing to swap patterns with you (for patterns, other ideas, etc.).

6  Georgia / Georgia: Central / best thrift stores on: January 29, 2004 11:46:36 AM
I'm in love with thrifting.  Anyone else?  Every Saturday my boyfriend and I go cruising our usual favorites or to the ones we haven't been to recently.  Here are some of my favs with basic locations:
  • Last Chance - Decatur (1/2 off every Monday)
  • Value Village - off of Lawrenceville Hwy (except they don't have dressing rooms)
  • Salvation Army - Avondale (1/2 off Wednesdays - clothing)
  • Smyrna Thrift Store - S. Cobb Dr.
  • The Bargain Story - Snellville/ US 78 (great bargains on Saturdays - tons of books!)
Just added:
  • The Thrift House (?) in Buckhead, off of Sidney Marcus & Piedmont
  • Two other thrift stores on S.M. and Piedmont in that area; can't recall their names; but they're good and cheap.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Barbie Knits???? on: January 28, 2004 08:09:53 PM
Hey all!  I don't know if anyone else out there is into Barbie knits... here are some of the tops I've knitted so far.  They're small and fast to finish - so very satisfying.  But it does take a while to get used to size 0 needles and knitting with embroidery thread.  I'm especially into vintage style knits and vintage Barbies.  I'm working on Ken clothes too!

I actually made the display case that you see in the background of the photo; it has 3 different rooms, decorated with vintage wallpaper.  I'll post that up in a different category.  

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / curbside find - dresser on: January 28, 2004 07:34:14 PM
Before http://pic9.picturetrail.com/VOL283/1709786/3491077/44262030.jpg and After http://pic9.picturetrail.com/VOL283/1709786/3491077/44261985.jpg

Hope those pics show up!  It took me about 3 days to do the whole process of painting, stenciling, and sealing.  I bought new drawer pulls for about 88 cents each at Home Depot.  I'm totally satisfied with the results!

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