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1  Arizona / Arizona: South / Art supply stores in Tucson? on: March 10, 2005 01:26:18 PM
Just wondering if anyone in the area could tell me where to find disposable fountain pens. I know Pilot makes a line called Varsity that comes in 5 colors. I've tried Joanns, Michaels and Office stores, no luck. Sad
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / cheap variation on crepe paper roses. on: January 08, 2005 11:00:21 PM
These are just ordinary crepe paper strip/foam strip roses done on a smaller scale with straws. Cheap because you can get a whole box for a dollar or just accumulate them from the fast food place a month or so in advance. The softer (cheaper) and longer the straw, the better it works. Don't use bendy straws, though.

Insert the scissors into the straw, cut one end of your straw about 2 inches.

Open up the cut

Start at one corner of the open flap, roll diagonally

Keep rolling all the way up to the end of the cut.

Keep rolling, the end of the cut will create a little bump, this forms the bud/center of the rose.

The angle of the roll will make the straw rise above the top of the rose. When this happens, fold the straw under and keep on a-rollin'

Rol,l roll, roll, fold, roll some more

Until the end of the straw

End of straw sticking out

Fold the end under till it overlaps the stem

Tape the end with some tape (masking, floral, electrical or just magic tape) and wrap the stem in a downward spiral. Color with a magic marker if you're using masking.
I did a pretty crappy job on this one, but you get the picture.

I shouldn't have used a clear straw, since it made photographing much harder, but it's the only kind I have on hand.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Not a craft, but some interesting info for candlemakers on: June 20, 2004 03:05:52 PM
From BBC News:

Researchers from the University of Southampton have found that adding essential oils, like eucalyptus, orange and thyme to candles can destroy bugs.

I'll be darned, and here I thought the point was to make 'em smell good.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yet another cat eared hat on: June 19, 2004 12:47:30 AM
I remember someone asking for a non-knitted cat eared hat. This one is made out of plush felt and a small amount of pink craft felt for the ears.

ear piece (2 of plush, 2 of pink lining) , crown piece (4 of plush) and brim (1 piece)
To make the curved piece. Measure around your head. Divide this by 2, write down this number as x. (It's easier to round this up to the nearest whole measurement. Also, this measurement makes a very snug fit, so you might want to add a half inch or inch to x for a looser fit)

Take x and divide it by root two to get r. Using r as the radius, draw part of a circle. Using a ruler, draw a straight line measuring x across the arc. I doesn't matter where, as long as the line measures x.
Fold along the straight line and cut out the smaller curve and along the blue line (half point) to make the pattern for the crown.
The ears are triangles.

The brim is a rectangle measuring 6" by 2x.

These pattern pieces do not include seam allowances, so you will have to add your own.

Sew the ears together (one pink one plush) with the right sides facing together.

Sew two of the crown pieces together on one curved side. Repeat for the other pair. Right sides together.

With right sides together,  sandwich the ears between the two crown pieces. Make sure that they are folded with the pink in and the fold facing the center of the hat.

Finished sandwich
Turn hat right side out.

Fold the brim over (right sides together and sew lengthwise to make a tube. Turn right side out. Whipstitch the brim to the crown.(While sewing I had to turn the hat inside out and right side out every few inches to keep the fabric even.)

Tuck one end of the tube into the other and ladder stitch the seam closed.

Finished hat

-edit to fix an measurement and add notes.
5  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Birmingham(ers?) on: April 12, 2004 01:56:34 PM
I'm going to be moving to Birmingham soon for job purposes and here's the scary part: the closest people I know are people in Michigan... Any stores, knitting circles, social circles even, that I could look up?
6  COOKING / Dessert / Looking for confetti cake recipe on: April 05, 2004 01:17:23 PM
My SO loves the confetti cake that comes out of a box, with the little multicolored splotches in the cake mix. I make it for him anyway, since he loves it so much but it always gets my goat to make it out of a box because I'm a baking snob. Wink

I was wondering if anyone has made a confetti cake from scratch before and whether you use regular candy shapes as confetti and whether you had a problem with the confetti sinking?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Easy beaded bookmark on: March 24, 2004 11:57:03 AM
I saw these bookmarks in the mall under the name book thongs and thought they were cute. They're easy to make, just knot the thread and slip it under a bead when you're done. DMC cotton thread and beading floss were used to make these.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Free patchwork panel on: March 24, 2004 11:53:02 AM
Order 10 free swatches here (sorry, US only) or get them from your local upholstery store.

Sew together (or fabric glue for no-sewers; I used herringbone stitch and gold thread)

And one free crazy patchwork panel ready to be turned into a pillow or a bag.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kritter pillow on: March 19, 2004 02:27:50 PM
Here's a kitty pillow with a velcro opening in his tummy. I put a rice pillow in mine, although you could use it to hide just about anything.


I folded fur fabric into thirds. Then, I traced this pattern over the folded fabric.


Open the folds out and cut out the red sections. Save the scraps for stuffing.


Sew a tube for a tail.
Cut 2 face pieces
Sew around the edges of the face. Cut a hole in one side, turn right side out, and stuff with your leftover scraps. Embroider a face (or put eyes in) on the non-cut side.

Fold the fabric so that seam a meets with a, and sew it up. Repeat for b and c.  Fold the fabric back into thirds. Tack the tail into place between two legs. Sew around the paws and tail, and the front paws. Turn right side out.

Running stitch around the edges of the head hole and pull to form a neck. With the same thread, tack it to the body between the two front paws.

Sew velcro to the tummy flaps to keep his insides in. Insert stuffing or a rice heat pad.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help with bleaching/dying old jeans on: March 07, 2004 07:20:50 PM
I got an old pair of oversized jeans from my SO, so I cut them up to make a wraparound skirt.

However, when I got to the back, I discovered that the pockets were MUCH bigger than girls' jeans pockets, so I had to rip them out. But.. now I have a new problem.

Any ideas for evening out that one patch of color?
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