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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Mason Jars w/out lids on: October 25, 2006 07:54:54 PM
I  bought 24 mason jars at goodwill for like 3 bucks.  I couldn't pass them up, but I have no use for them.  Half have lids, half do not.  I am planning on making the mixes in a jar for christmas gifts, so that takes care of the ones with lids. 

But the other 12 have no lids and don't even have the little thing that goes around the lid to hold it down.  I don't know what its called.  I was wondering if anyone had any ideas BESIDES covering them with cute paper or decopage. 
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / no bug patio ideas? on: April 03, 2006 04:29:42 PM
Okay guys, so here is my problem: My boyfriend and I live in a tiny apartment and I need quiet to study.  Dont get me wrong, I love my TV, but when I need to study, it is hard to focus with it on and I dont have too many options to escape the noise.  Lately I have been trying to study outside on our also tiny patio, but the bugs are eating me alive.  I have been trying to brainstorm up a sort of...mosquito netting type thing, since my patio is enclosed by the building on 3 of 4 sides.  I was thinking just to hang it down on the front and bunch it up on the sides to prevent the bugs from getting in.  I told my boyfriend about this and he doesnt want it to look stupid OR too girly because he sits out there to smoke...  I was wondering what you guys think, or if you guys have tried something like this, or you guys have any other ideas. 
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / colorful shots? on: December 11, 2005 05:48:32 PM
I am making two of my friends a shot glass checkerboard set for christmas.  I saw it at walmart and decided to make my own.  I'm not completely done yet, but I was wanting to also give them a few colorful recipes to use because all of the shot glasses are the same and the color of the alcohol determines whose "pawn" is whose.  I don't drink, so I have no idea.  I was wanting them to be bright and fun and colorful, ya know? Thanks for sharing!  :-D
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing machine frustration...REALLY loose stitches on: October 03, 2005 07:52:32 PM
OKAY.  i'm very frustrated with my sewing machine.  its a singer 57815.  anyways, it will sew okay for a while and then all of a sudden, usually when i am halfway through a project, it will mess up.  By mess up, i mean the bobbin thread will be extremely messy and loose.  it looks like the bobbin unraveled like 3x per stitch or something.  i searched on here and thru the manual and the singer website and I cant find anything about this.  I thought maybe it was the tension, but then i was confused as to why it would work until a certain point, so i ruled that out.  Then i thought it was because i had some lint or a pin or something caught in the machine, but i cleaned it out and it still does this.  Any tips from anyone who has had this problem before.. thanks guys!!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / homemade bath stuff and your womanly parts on: September 29, 2005 07:24:06 PM
earlier this year, i got a bacterial infection in an unpleasant area, (i think you get it), and my doctor said to not take bubble baths or anything because they can make things out of whack down there.  I was wondering if anyone knew if homemade bath bombs, milk baths, and such pose such a threat if i dont add any color and little or no fragrance.   sorry this is a little personal.  hope it doesnt gross anyone out.   Undecided
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / essences and extracts vs essential oils? on: September 24, 2005 05:38:03 PM
Can someone tell me what the difference is between the two, essences and essential oils?  Some recipes say they can be used interchangeably (if thats a word) and others specify to use one and make SURE not to use the other.  I just wanted to know why/how they are different, is it how they are created?  Also, does anyone make either of these?  if so please post your recipes...well not so much recipes as procedure....ah just post both lol PLEASE Cheesy thanks guys!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / stitchbow problems!! on: September 19, 2005 05:21:49 PM
Okay, so I went out and bought a Stitchbow thingy to organize my floss the other day and I think that mine is defective.  When I try to close it it snaps shut but then the corners pop apart.  I tried to put my huge biology and chemistry books on it for like two days and it still happens.  ALSO, when I load the skiens (sp?) onto the holders and put them inside, they fall off if i "close" it and turn it upside down!  I don't even shake it or anything, just flip it over.  I hope this is not suppsed to happen.  I only have half of one side loaded, so I am wondering if this is the problem.  Everyone on here made stitchbow sound so great, so I am just wondering if it is mine, or what?  Do you have to load them up completely to have them not fall out?  One of the most frustrating things I have done in a while...please post...then maybe i will know if i need to return it!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / M&P fragrance question on: September 15, 2005 08:13:41 PM
Okay, so I made my first M&P soaps earlier today using soap AND fragrance that I bought at Joanns.  They smell good, but they still smell kind of chemically, if that is a word.  Does anyone know if it is because I didnt add enough fragrance, or what? 

Also, are fragrance oils bought online better (higher quality, stronger scent) than ones from Joanns?  I heard that they were, but I wanted to try out the craft first before I invested too much in it (shipping is a killer)

Thanks guys!!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Resin over sealed wood? on: June 23, 2005 02:02:23 PM
Well, i have been reading a lot about resin, and i have found out that it has many different uses.  I read that you can pour it over a piece of furniture for a super glossy finish.  I was wanting to do this, but also, i want the piece to look somewhat natural (ironic, i know) so i was thinking about sealing the wood and applying the resin so you will still be able to see the wood grain and everything.  If anyone has done anything like this or has any tips for using resin in this manner, please post.  You guys are awesome   Grin
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