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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fabic covered buttons on: December 21, 2003 07:00:25 PM
Has anyone made their own buttons before? Not the pin kind, but sewing buttons! I'd like to cover my own buttons with vintage fabrics and stuff, but I don't know where to start. Can you buy a kit for this? I did a search on google, but I couldn't seem to find anything. I remember seeing them make buttons on trading spaces or some show like that, it was really neat.

Anyone do this here? Is it hard? Is the kit (if there is one) expensive? Would craft stores carry it? So many questions!!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Cards on: December 17, 2003 01:38:00 PM
Last night I made some christmas cards, going back to pre-school! They were really fun to make. I just melted some crayon wax shavings inbetween two peices of wax paper (make sure to put a cloth over top of it) held it for a few seconds, and voila! abstract art cards.

I then sewed the wax paper to construction paper, and added a few little embellishments.

I hope the pics look OK!


Closeup of my two favourite.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Stiffiner on: December 09, 2003 07:32:21 PM
I want to make my own stiffener or starch type liquid for stiffining snowflakes and other things. I want to be able to spray it though. Is there any sort of household items I can use, or mix together? I don't really feel like buying one, if I could just make my own!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / zip up jacket pattern? on: December 08, 2003 11:43:36 AM
I've been wanting to make a jacket similar to this:

except in cord. i like the high collar and the snaps, can anyone think of a pattern similar, or one that could be modified a bit? thankyou!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Coaster Puzzle! on: December 08, 2003 11:16:58 AM
Last night while watchin debbie travis facelift (holiday special) I saw this neat idea she had for making coasters!

I don't have a picture of the final coaster, i couldn't find it on her website. but i didn't find instructions. I think some of you might like it.

Basically, its just a big rectangular piece of plexiglass with a word steciled on, and then the plexiglass is cut with an exacto knife to make maybe 8 or 10 seperate pieces. Then you can line them up on your table and serve drinks to your guests on them!

(sorry for the bad quality, i was too lazy to open photoshop, so i used paint!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 scarves on: November 28, 2003 08:23:02 PM
Here are some pics of two scarves I made for my friends for Christmas. I still have more to go, but I think I hate knitting now. The rest are crochet, thank goodness!

This is my drop stich scarf, it is so super easy and quick, i'm not sure if i like it, but my fam does and its a gift anyway. not sure who to give it to.

a detail of the drop stich scarf

this was just a plain old boring white scarf i did in garter, but i added some green tassels to the end ala girl shop, where a scarf that looks just like this (different colours) is <b>$88!!!</b>)

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Redecorating my sewing room. on: November 23, 2003 10:08:12 PM
I have been sewing in the spare bedroom in the basement for months, and I always have to pack up my HUGE mess whenever some one comes to stay the night.

On Decemeber 10th (when i am done finals!), I finally get access to our old toy room, which was originally meant to be a sewing room for my mom. This room is horrendes, we need the people from the show Clean Sweep to come in and get rid of everything. The only space in the room without junk on it is just the small area in front of the door. If I want something I have to climb on top of the piles of tables and toys and scary dolls, its quite fun actually.

But I have convinced my mom to let me in there and clean it out and take over. I am SO excited. And I love decorating (I am obsessed with Debbie Travis <3).

And since I am so excited about it, I want to share my plans with you all! The room is white, so I might repaint it white and then hand painted green polka dots all over the walls. Then I will paint my sewing desk green, and take out the drawers and buy some baskets to replace the drawers with from IKEA spray painted white. Then I will cover the tiny window with some nice pink drapes, and sew some big pink curtains to cover the front of these huge floors to ceiling bookcases that will store all the toys my mom doesn't want to sell/give away. Oh! And I want a nice tall sewing table (similar to the one shown on not marta) so I can use my rotary cutter on it without killing my back.

Whew! I am so excited, sorry I got carried away there for a bit.
Post pictures if you can of your workspaces, and describe them, I am so nosy I love to see others spaces!

Oh, What I want are some ideas that you girls (and boys?) use to organize your craft and sewing supplies! How do you store you fabric? Any ideas on how to have it hanging up?

Thanks guys, craftster is the best!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Birds! on: November 07, 2003 03:25:02 PM
I really love birds lately. Mostly just the iamge of them, not them actually flying and attacking me. I made this shirt! Felt, with machine stitched detail on the bird, and hand sewn on.

29  CANADA / British Columbia / Vancouver - Yarn Stores on: September 19, 2003 06:26:00 PM
Since I have taken up knitting last year, I've been buying all my yarn for stores like Zellers etc. I'm interested in going to a nice yard store and buying some really beautiful thick chunky yarn, and admiring everything. Where in and around Vancouver are your favourite stores? Any places to get good deals?
30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lip Balm on: August 28, 2003 09:24:30 AM
Has anyone come across a good recipe for a yummy lip balm? I'm interested in trying something out, but I don't want to go and buy a whole bunch of supplies.
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