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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / ironing/steaming silk? on: August 19, 2005 08:23:45 PM
Hi guys, first time posting in this part of craftster!

about a year ago, I bought a fairly plain dining room chair from ikea for my bedroom and decided to recover it with something fancy. I found a wonderfull east indian fabric shop, where I bought this hand woven sari silk for 20 bucks a foot. I have leftovers, and I wanted to make some various things out of it, but its been folded and has severe wrinkles/lines.

against my better judgement, I ironed an eeensy corner, and it seemed to shrink/warp funny. so that was obviously dumb. any suggestions? its too beautifull/expensive to abandon!

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / international DC #s? on: August 17, 2005 03:11:25 PM
Hey guys. I could have sworn there was information on here somewhere about this that I had seen before, but I can't relocate it. I mailed my first ever swap package out today, and at the post office, the dude behind the counter said that I can't get a DC number because I am sending from Canada to the US. As it was, my package was 7.50 to mail and 2 bucks for the envelope thingy I sent it in to be safe.

anyone else have this problem? I kept the receipt and the customs declaration slip for proof of mailing, but still.... Im paranoid since this is my first swap.

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / plaster casting small trinkets on: August 11, 2005 12:56:32 PM
alrighty, so I searched the forums for mold solutions, and there werent a lot of results. the two suggestions were using damp sand (in a bowl, and carving out a design), and playdough.

I have successfully used an ice cube tray from ikea, but I only have the hearts one. I am dying for the stars one but it is never in stock at my local ikea, ARG!!! they only have the arrows now. I will pick those up as well, though.

but, im looking for mediums to use that I can carve my own designs for small jewellry pieces, and random household products that would make nifty shapes.

any ideas???

, Cyn
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 'songs to be french to' on: August 10, 2005 08:06:42 PM
alrighty folks, Im hoping someone can help me out here. I am making my friends birthday gift since I am flat broke, and so far its coming along great. I made this awesome upholstered pencil holder (she needs one) with the eiffel tower painted on it, trimmed with very thin black cord, and accented with a small pink bow. I have a jewellery set that I made her, am going to be painting a few small 'postcards' etcetera, and also a small pillow for her bed.

as a joke, I wanted to include a cd entitled 'Songs to Be French to'

Im not looking for lady marmalade, or pop music and such, Im hoping for more sophisticated music, possibly from the 40's/50's era, think Moon River (the sinatra cover) and such. Im not restricting it to older songs, but thats the sort of feel Im going for...dreamy, sitting on a park bench in paris type music.

can anyone help me out? I was also wondering if there might be a few songs from the Amelie soundtrack someone would reccommend? my limewire is not working otherwise id just download it all and be experimental.

any help would be great, thanks!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / my aunt has cancer , eep on: July 28, 2005 04:00:10 PM
ok, so one of my aunts just recently found out she has cancer, and I wanted to send her a little package to make her smile. I have no cash, so I cant buy her something, but I have TONS of craft supplies, so I figured that Id make her something. she seems to be taking it really well (she was a nurse before she retired, and apparantly if you HAVE to have cancer, this one is more...er...survivable? dunno) , but it still cant hurt to send something to show I care.

the thing is, whatever I make her needs to look PROFESSIONAL....she will appreciate it more if it looks like it could come from a store. shes a bit cooky,. very very well off but still coupon cuts, wears rather weird clothes, and likes status- ie staying in posh hotels, designer names, luxuries like caviar, yadda yadda.

essentially, she is really hard to craft for! oi.

any help is greatly appreciated.

ps I dont knit or crochet, but I am very good with my hands, and am meticulous with my products. I also dont have access to iron on transfers or resin. er, if that helps any, hehe.
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Paper Toy Circus on: July 24, 2005 02:54:25 PM
Hi everyone, Ive been on this huge retro-circus kick lately, and I was wandering around the innerweb when I stumbled upon this nifty little link, and I thought Id share incase any of you were interested. at the very least, some of the pieces would make for excellent collage work!



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