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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help? Looking for something to glue cabochons to for necklaces! on: January 06, 2012 12:16:43 AM
As you can see from the title, I've got cabochons here that I want to hang from necklaces, but I need something to glue them to...

I did have the above flat settings from charmfactory2010's eBay store, but after the third bad experience with them since August I decided it was time to find a new supplier of jewelry findings...

Any ideas? I need something about 6mm-10mm.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Which cutting machine do I want? on: December 08, 2011 04:03:16 AM
I have been doing my best to read up on the topic and have learned a lot, mostly from posts by lylacfey, but I have a few specific needs so I thought it best to ask advice before dropping my dollars.

I want a cutting machine. Nay, I need a cutting machine. I'm starting to lose feeling in the tip of my right index finger from holding scissors!

I have no experience with them, so I really don't know what I'm getting myself into. So part of what I'd like to know is what kind of upkeep expense I'm going to be looking at.

But the main thing I need to know is... which one do I get?? I've looked over this machine comparison chart, but it's a little overwhelming for someone who doesn't know what they're doing. I am a technology-friendly person so I don't doubt I'll be able to handle the machine once I narrow down the choices a bit more.

I definitely want something computer-aided. I am all about Photoshop so I want to be able to do my own designs. I don't know anything about software for cutting devices, so, while I don't doubt I can figure one out, advice on those would be nice too.

The main thing I'm worried about, though, is being able to cut around things I've printed out. For that, I need accuracy between the machine, my printer, and my measuring, I know. I'm just hoping that my expectations aren't unreasonable. I mean, I know it's possible (I've been watching videos on YouTube)... Maybe I just want confirmation that I'm not crazy. I dunno. I have kind of an old, cheap printer, so I may be willing to buy a better printer too, if that's advisable.

As an example, I would like the machine to be able to cut these pillow boxes for me, as well as the earrings, which are made of shrinky dink plastic:

Would that be too difficult to manage? Would I be pulling my hair out hoping things line up? Really, that's my main concern.

I'm not really sure how much I'm looking to spend, but I would be willing to put up more for a quality machine.

Thank you in advance for the advice. I'm really excited to get one of these!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Stockings: Round Two on: December 08, 2011 01:17:58 AM
Two years ago I posted some quilted Christmas stockings I made for my husband and myself. Last year I decided to make a set for my family... so I did. And now I'm posting them. Smiley

I went a little bananas buying the fabric. I found a discount fabric warehouse a couple of cities away from where I'm now living and spend three and a half hours shopping for fabric. And then I imported a few from Japan via Etsy.

From top-left on over: my dad's, my brother's, mine, my teenage sister's, my preteen sister's, my stepmom's. Each is lined with red fleece and topped with white faux fur.

I don't know why I have such a fondness for making Christmas stockings. I don't sew all that much otherwise.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Little Charmy Things on: August 25, 2009 03:29:11 AM
I used to play with polymer clay all the time as a kid. Everyone in my family is always saying "Oh, you know I still have that _______ you made me when you were __________!"

Now I'm a grown up... kind of. Not really. I bought myself some clay though!

They're hand painted except for the second strawberry and the hammer. The hammer was actually a requested item. Why else would I make a random hammer keychain? xD

I experimented with a lot of strawberry styles, but I'm starting to find my inner berry.

I'm having FUN!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Stockings on: August 18, 2009 07:01:45 PM
Okay, this could go in the holiday section, but when I made this I felt more inspired by the Quilting Gods than... uhh... I guess I shouldn't say the Christmas Gods, but you know what I mean. Maybe. Anyway, I won't be offended if it's moved.

I also feel kind of dumb posting this at all after looking at the amazing quilts already posted in here. This is really the first sewing project I've done on my own. I've done one or two under my grandma's guidance, but this is the first time I busted out a sewing machine in my own home, and certainly the first time I ever considered quilting.

I just remembered about this place today, and last time I made a thread (in 2004) I talked about my boyfriend. Well, now he's my husband, and since we're our own little family now we needed our own little stockings.

I like patchworky stuff so... there you go!

Uhm, what else... The faux fur lining goes all the way inside, which is my own modification to the pattern (I know, I'm so damn fancy).

So what do you think? Do I have a future as a master quilter?
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