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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:socks on: February 17, 2004 06:54:28 PM
I don't know if you ever saw this book, but it was called something like: Jillian Jiggs and Her Wonderful Pigs and at the back there were instructions on how to make stuffed pigs out of socks. It's fairly easy and they look really cute. I'd share the instructions with you, but I don't have the book here (the bad part about moving away from home, half my stuff is still there!). Somebody else on here might have it though... I'm pretty sure I saw it mentioned in another post.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Book Bag on: February 17, 2004 06:48:56 PM
I've been wanting to make one of those ever since I saw them on that site! I just totally forgot until I saw yours! Thanks so much for reminding me. Now tomorrow I have to go find a book with a cool cover that I don't mind ruining ... that might be difficult.
Anyway, your purse looks great!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re:embroidery patterns? on: February 17, 2004 05:53:04 PM
try searching google for clip art on any subject you're interested in, like music or dogs or whatever. You should be able to find something you like that is simple enough to convert into a pattern.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:BUUUUUUUUGZZZZZZZZZZ! on: February 16, 2004 11:51:45 PM
VERY cool! It's so original! I love the eyes!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Patch pants and messenger bag on: February 15, 2004 09:07:34 PM
I don't know if this will make sense, but here goes...
What I'd suggest for sewing patches together is to cut out a bunch of same size squares, then make strips, one square wide, by sewing the squares end to end. then you sew the strips together. Obviously there's more work involved to make pants, but if you're doing a messenger bag or something else simple and square-ish then that's basically all you need to do.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:boring keyboard no more! on: February 15, 2004 07:44:29 PM
awesome! yet another thing that makes me wish I had my paints here! (I moved out to go to university and my paints stayed with my parents! I've been wanting them for various things for the past couple weeks) I'll have to check my four or five colours of nail polish to see if there's anything that will work.
17  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:duct tape roses on: February 07, 2004 05:26:51 PM
such an awesome idea! thanks for sharing it. I've been trying to think of stuff to make for my b/f for valentine's day that won't cost much, and this is perfect to go with what I've already thought of. Grin Now I just have to hope that I can find green duct tape somewhere (I'm going to make the flower part with silver).
18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:What to do with snow? on: February 01, 2004 06:50:01 PM
The coolest thing I've ever done with snow is make snow candles. Take an ice cream container (one of the round plastic ones) and fill it with snow. Make a hole in the snow. Tie a bit of candle wick around a stick/pencil/anything long enough to sit on top of the hole. The wick should reach at least to the bottom of the hole. Leave it and go melt some wax, you probably want to add some colour if it isn't already coloured. Then pour the wax into the hole. The hot wax will melt the snow and it will create really cool shapes. It looks really interesting if you add another colour after the first one has cooled.
Another thing you can do is just skip the ice cream pail and make a hole directly into a snow bank. This works really good if you're going to add many colours.
These are mostly just decorative candles because they really won't burn evenly. Still very cool looking!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:forklete on: February 01, 2004 05:34:35 PM
Probably the cheaper the fork is, the easier it is to bend. I used to have some cheap spoons that needed to be bent back into shape almost every time you used them.
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:Handbags on: February 01, 2004 05:13:54 PM
you could add fringe, stuff from old jewellery, basically anything that can be attatched to the material will work. Lace adds a nice girly look if that's what you want. My advice is to go to a craft store or fabric store and just wander around looking for stuff that would work. Fabric paint is always cool. I don't know what kind of stuff you've already tried, so it's hard to know what to suggest.
For handles, you can use strips of denim, some stronger trim would work too. I'm thinking braided yarn but you'd need quite a bit to make the strap wide enough and strong enough.
I think I'm all out of ideas, hope it helps a bit.
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