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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inserts for presents on: November 02, 2006 08:35:20 AM
I kind of agree with jaded, I might be kind of upset if a friend gave me something and had to tell me to use it. I completely understand the intent though, but I really like what jaded said about personalizing the notes. That way they know you put a lot of thought into making them something for a specific reason (i.e. keeping hands warm while waiting for the bus) so they'll know you want them to use it, without you having to come right out and say so. I would kind of be offended if someone made me something and then assumed that I would think it was too great to use. Does that make sense? I hope I don't sound rude or uptight, I'm not! I'm sure all of your recipients will be very touched that you took the time to make them something, and while some may worry about ruining it, I think for the most part people will like them so much they'll want to use them. Maybe give them the benefit of the doubt, and if after you give the gift to them, they say something like "oh it's so nice, I can't use it!" correct them then.
Although, I suppose this is sort of hypocritical of me - the girl who's afraid to use storebought items for fear of ruining them. Good luck with your gifts!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I hate our kitchen cabinets! on: October 22, 2006 10:47:12 AM
If you're afraid patterns and paint would be too much, I third the idea to just paint the wood around the doors. The white doors aren't bad, just simple, I think it's the wood that gives it that 80s look. I also fully agree with the hardware idea. I think that would be a really simple way to make a HUGE difference.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: My Special Necklaces on: October 17, 2006 07:57:50 AM
oh my god what a steal! Those are so pretty! I love the one that sold, and the first one in your second post, with the little guitar charm, so cute!  I love them all, great job!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Love Sac Cover on: October 13, 2006 10:21:33 PM
I would maybe make two big circles like you said, but instead of just sewing them directly together, cut out a rectangle as long as the circumference of the circles. Then, sew one circle to one long side of the rectangle, and the other to the other long side, and sew the short sides together. It would kind of look like a cylinder. You could make the rectangle (the short sides) as wide as you wanted to accomodate the lovesac.I don't know, maybe that wouldn't work, it's hard to tell from the pictures!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to help my chilly apartment??? on: October 13, 2006 10:13:56 PM
Maybe  line some curtains in fleece, on the inside facing the window, and have the normal curtains on the outside. Or, you could even just make the fleece panel completely seperate and hang it inside the curtain, so when the warm weather comes back just take the fleece panel down and leave the regular curtains. You could also make some out of velvet or velvet like material. It could go with the old house. I lived in Oregon for a while and didn't get my heat turned on until like December (very stupid) and I would just take really hot showers all the time, haha. Definitely not the best way to go. You could knit or crochet a bunch of throws to have lying around, or make a quilt. If you just make a simple one using sqaures that are all the same size it goes really quick. Try checking thrift stores for rugs, it really is amazing how much they help. If you can't find any affordable ones (rugs are SO expensive!) get some floor pillows and have them lying around with some blankets. It might help insulate the floor, and if not you can always just ball yourself up on top of them with the blankets. I don't really have many suggestions for the cold walls. Maybe hang up a bunch of pictures. I saw a really neat idea where vintage fabric was stretched in old frames. It looked awesome, like wallpaper, and if you use something thick it might help insulate. Geez, I just moved into a very old building as well and now I'm worried about the cold weather!
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Fashion Doodling Anyone? on: October 08, 2006 05:09:32 PM
It sounds like you have a life to me. I don't think sketching your designs is a waste of time, what better way to spend your time than being creative, especially when you're really good at what you're doing! I think your drawings are great. If you like something you should wear it because you like it. If you really don't feel confident enough to you could always start with an original idea you come up with, draw it out, and then modify it to be something you'd be comfortable in. Or like someone else said, pair it with leggins or jeans, I think that would be really cute, especially that last red dress!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wedding Dress on: October 03, 2006 07:31:25 AM
What a beautiful dress! I'm sure the whole wedding was just as pretty. I also love your bouquet! Congratulations!
Someone else asked this already I think, but did you craft anything else for your wedding? (table arrangements, invitations, etc.etc.) If so, and if you have any pictures, I (and I'm sure many others) would love to see them.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two big bags on: September 22, 2006 06:47:25 AM
Those are absolutely beautiful and your craftsmanship is amazing. I think you could sell it for more than 50. You can always try selling it for high and if no one buys it (which is impossible!) put it on sale. You obviously put a lot of work into them, and you must be very patient and talented to keep the quality of your stitching so high throughout the whole thing. Plus, the bags are big, and I personally am always willing to pay much more for a bigger bag than I would for a small one. Keep up the  incredible work.
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / First Day of Autumn Party on: September 19, 2006 07:28:52 PM
Hi everyone,
  I love fall and would like to have a sort of "Fall Party" on saturday, the first day of Autumn. The problem is I live in Houston Texas and it's still literally 90 degrees outside. (I grew up in Pennsylvania and miss having actual seperations of the seasons).
That being said, I need some ideas for foods/drinks etc that aren't HOT. So far the only ideas I have are burning pumpkin scented candles and drinking apple cider (not hot, the alchohol cider). I'm not really planning on having a huge party or anything, just a small amount of friends over for drinks, food, etc. Any ideas? I haven't completely decided on doing this yet, do you think I should wait until it's actually cold outside? (if ever, I'm not counting on it) It seems like that may make more sense...
any help is appreciated.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Kimono Sweater--with better pics on: September 17, 2006 06:11:07 PM
um, are you kidding with that question?! that is so cute! Definitely wear it.
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