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1  Re: what can I do with this yard? in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by kd on: July 17, 2007 07:41:08 PM

By planting some tall astibile in the back, it will draw your eye through the garden.  You could put a small patio in and put pea gravel inbetween the stones or plant creeping thyme in to help take care of the weeds.  If you added an earth berm, it would help add a lot of interest too.  If you don't use the area, just walk by it everyday, it might not be worth adding a pool that no one would stop to admire.
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2  Re: clever ideas for dad's birthday invite? in Party Planning by kd on: June 06, 2007 07:09:48 PM
Thanks for your help and ideas!  The list went from a couple of dozen to 75 so the hand made deal kinda flew out the window.  This is what I ended up using for the invites...

I typed up the info and printed them on pastel paper.  The overalls were from a baby invite I found somewhere online.  They had the snaps in the crotch and little ducks along the top but I used Corel to get rid of those, enlarged it by a bunch, stretched it and smoothed it and then converted it to a gray scale version with a little added contrast.
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3  Re: How do I sew a long curved seam? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by kd on: April 25, 2007 09:59:25 AM
personally, I would do the pleat facing out to get the look of a runner, but that may not be to your/her liking

That is such an awesome idea!

If you had reversible fabric, you could get by with one set but hooks and eyes are super inexpensive, easy to attach, and you get a hoard in each pack. 

I think it would look something like this:

You could also do two layers of a lighter fabric, like a calico.  Sew them together with right sides facing, leaving an opening for turning and flip, then press and sew the opening closed.  This would avoid the whole hemming thing too and you could make one side seasonal and one side for everyday.
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4  Re: How do I sew a long curved seam? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by kd on: April 24, 2007 07:04:55 AM
When you hem a curved edge, if you serge the edge first, or even just do a straight stitch 1/4 inch from the edge... and then fold the fabric on the stitching line... fold up again and hem...   For whatever reason, the stitching line makes it a breeze to get a smooth, even hem and you don't even have to measure!  With a curved shape, a lot of your work is on the bias, so if you press it before you sew it tends to lay nice and smooth. 

If you decided to try the oval/circle table cloth again... cataway's box pleat idea is right on.  You could lay the fabric on the table before you hem it or anything and play with the how deep you'll want the fold and how much support. 

A few small hook and eyes spaced evenly should hold it well, wash well, and be discreet.  Avoid placing them in the center of the cloth, so you can place a centerpeice.  If you place the ones on the side an inch or so over the edge, the guest will never notice them.

If do ties, you'll have to think about what the ties are going to look like when it's not pleated. (so that they aren't just hanging there)  Lacing would a neat option too, then just loosen the lacing to make it wider.
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5  Re: My kid can craft TOO! Swap (3/21/07 to 4/14/07) in The Swap Gallery by kd on: April 19, 2007 07:28:05 PM
I heard the PO wasn't open but I didn't actually go there.... I live in Minnesota

and... Kolin got his package from Bree today!

 He is so thrilled with everything.  He got a Cars pillow (in use already.. I can hear him snorin')three packs of scented playdough, and two soaps. We got home late and he had to go straight to bed but he has his playdough is out and already to go for tomorrow.  He's saving the seal soap for show and tell at school.  The other soap is a rubber ducky.  Thank You Bree!

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6  Re: Ideas for making a GIANT egg? (Paper maiche?) in Discussion and Questions by kd on: April 18, 2007 05:12:03 PM
Paper mache would work awesome but I don't think you'll get something thick enough to dry by Monday.  Balloons make cool egg shaped paper mache things though if you were making something smaller.

You could make a shape kind of like this out of cardboard...with a hole to climb in it where the yolk is.  It could set on its side or on it's back.  If it was strong enough the kids could rock in it.

It seems like I've seen some food grade barrels that were white and extremely rounded.  They were more gallon milk jug shaped than this, http://oregoncoast.craigslist.org/grd/298812389.html
You could use a jig saw to cut out the opening. 

I have a friend that used to work in the produce department at our local grocery store.  Melons come in huge boxes, that are typically oval shaped and 3 by 4 feet, with covers, and are made of super sturdy 3 ply cardboard.  They also fold up so you can fit them in your car.  That might be a good start. 

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7  Re: Fat Girl/Guy Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kd on: March 22, 2007 01:54:36 PM
he he he zombiekilla....

I received today!  She sent me an awesome T shirt, a clock and plaque that totally match my bedroom, the coolest cookie necklace, a treasure box filled with curvalicous quotes and a Good Eater Award (already up on the fridge) and a booklet, "101 Ways to Cut Fats and Carbs".  THANKS SO MUCH!  
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8  Re: plain boring microwave in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by kd on: March 16, 2007 12:18:09 PM
I just bought that microwave a couple of weeks ago Smiley  The top and sides would be contact-paper-able but they aren't flat.  They have shallow recesses on them, but I think it will work... just be sure to cut openings where the vents are.  Super good news...putting contact paper on the front should work really slick!  I would cut a piece slightly larger and then have a helper hold a metal straight edge (it should flex to hold tight to the curves) while you trim the excess with a utility knife.  I would probably do the sides in a stainless steel contact paper and the front in red, with white trim.

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9  Re: How to make a drawstring bag? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by kd on: March 15, 2007 09:23:35 PM

Here's a brief discription of how one is made.  If you have any questions, please ask!
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10  Re: How do I make a bitchin' bachelorette pad? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by kd on: March 03, 2007 08:05:38 PM
As a courtesy to your friend, I would insist on some sort of lock.  Everyone has the right to enough privacy to walk from their bathroom to their bedroom in a towel or dance naked in their skivies.  I'm not sure on the dimensions of the rest of the are abut this is what I would recommend.

1) Expanded bathroom - spendy and adding drains might be complicated but would most likely recoup its cost and then some.
2) Existing storage and new closet space with a dressing area for convenience.
3) Inexpensive bookshelves for a divider.  Face them towards the closet for additional clothing storage.  Do something fun with the back.
4) TV/media/electronics center.  Funky wall art across the entire wall to the left of it would make a great focal point.
5) Couches placed to break up the length of the room with great veiw of TV.
6) Counter height table and stools for bar atmosphere.
7) Additional cabinets.  If you don't have enough space for base cabinets, you can use wall cabinets(12"deep) placed lower on the wall.  A life-size fridge would be a good investment too.  It would come in so handy even after you moved out.  George Foreman grills rock for making quesidillas!
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