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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A lady needs a place to put her furs-winter accessories box! on: February 05, 2008 03:57:28 PM
So I got a blender for xmas ( ok, I bought it for myself ;0 ) and the box sure came in handy!
Also got a chance to use up the great swatches I got..

Perfect for making a much needed storage box for hats, gloves, scarves that I hoard Grin
A lady needs something for every occasion, after all !

has a satin lining too!
(animal activists take note- that's vintage recycled fur there!)

2  CANADA / Ontario / toronto: New sew by the hour place! on: November 23, 2007 11:02:11 AM
My non- serger-owning soul has been saved!
Good rates too- $7.00 /hr for non-members, 5 for members

1340 queen st w


3  CANADA / Ontario / Toronto : sew for charity! on: November 23, 2007 10:54:00 AM
Ok so I'm catching up on my local craft board reading, and The Sewing studio is currently (nov 16 to dec 16) holding a sew a thon for some very, very good causes:

he Assaulted Womens Helpline, www.awhl.org

The Assaulted Womens Helpline is a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line for women who have experienced abuse. They provide counseling, emotional support, information and referrals. The Helpline is dedicated to working towards equality for all women.
We are a diverse, dedicated group, striving to be part of the solution to eradicate all forms of violence against women, first and foremost through the provision of the crisis line service. We are a multi-disciplinary team of women committed to providing exceptional, respectful and appropriate service to women who have and are experiencing violence or the effects of violence, crisis and abuse.

Fundamentalz Project P.L.A.Y. (Participating in the Lives of All Youth), www.fundamentalz.ca

Fundamentalz is a Toronto organization that facilitates sports, mentorship, and educational programs for children and youth. Their Project P.L.A.Y. is dedicated to building community centres in villages and small communities in countries around the world, beginning in West Africa.

Quinte Health Care (QHC) with a designation to babies with Down Syndrome, www.qhc.on.ca

Quinte Health Care (QHC) is one hospital with four sites committed to providing communities with accessible health care through partnership and innovation. QHC is dedicated to showing compassion, dignity, respect and fairness to those they serve, and they encourage continuous improvement, development and empowerment of their staff, volunteers and others.

There are many levels of participation, from highschools, to individuals to businesses!

more here
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Repairs on vintage clothing-when is it too far gone? on: November 03, 2007 12:54:58 PM
So does anyone else here do seamstress or do historical preservation work?

If so - I have a question for you:

I've taken in some items from someone who has many vintage items- vintage being about 100 years old- with many years of wear by both the current owner and her mother.

The thing is- although many of the items are sound at first glance- the  cotton thread is rotten-!

Beyond reconstructing them- any ideas?

I'm thinking that I need to just tell her that they are now display pieces ( they really are lovely) and that if she keeps wearing them- one day they may simply fall right off-?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / So martha's patterns aren't that bad! on: May 18, 2007 01:00:18 PM
Really- I had no idea!

I changed it a bit, but in case anyone else is interested, this is the link-ok- the link is too long-just search for it- it's on her website under stuffed animals.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / HALP! Vertigo/Labrynthitis issues & last minute decor!! on: May 09, 2007 11:56:08 AM
My goodness I am feeling deathly sheepish right now.

I recently helped my mother do some redecorating-the kitchen room was planned, but the bathroom was not & mostly seems to be mostly my doing:

We found a paint & paper place that was having a sale- I took a shine to some old print ad type powder room paper- basically it looks like 1930's newsprint. Perfect for my bathroom!

But !

I had forgot that my bath mostly has tile, and most of it would've gone to waste..my mother thought she liked it, so we decided to hang it in her bathroom, replacing the shiny, flowery peeling paper that was installed when it was built some 20 yrs ago...

Problem is apparently 2 of her friends ( so far..) have inner ear problems & recent trips to momma's loo set them off...(had I known!!)

To top it off, we put in a 3 ft dia round mirror that I'm sure compounds the problem....

ANY suggestions, or experiences with these conditions & decorating??

all I can think of is:

1) send her pals with the issues to the downstairs loo, or
2)get some solids in there somehow
3)paint over it/or  take it all down & admit it was a  bad last minute decor  decision...

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big Polo to fitted polo with puffy sleeves- on: April 11, 2007 09:33:12 AM
..hard to tell from this shot that the sleeves are puffy-you can see it on the closeup shots

Also have posted tute shots on flickr-

This was the first time I documented my process!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 3rd time around-Fabric doesn't go in my blue bin yet :( on: March 30, 2007 07:54:26 AM
So what does one do with second hand stuff that you've completely worn out?

I mean when it's completely gone, and falling apart-use it for stuffing?

I'm asking because I feel bad throwing out fabric- it's one of the few things I can't properly recycle...
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Ugly Patio railings & concrete suggestions welcome! on: March 29, 2007 09:25:22 AM
I took down the old ratty fabric I had on the balcony, and am looking for suggestions, fellow crafters!! Pic is below


1) shade-
Faces west, so it gets really, really hot!

2)semi- see through-but with some privacy
Needs to let light & air in- I have plants, and it gets super windy (so it can't be solid)
There is a paking lot & a tennis court below, so i'd like to hide out from the spectators..

3) Non- permanent-but  durable it's a rental

Suggestions for the floor would be welcome- been trying to find decking squares in Canada but am having a really had time (like swift deck)


10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First ever t-shirt- Long waist with farmer puffy applique! on: March 20, 2007 02:12:44 PM
I couldn't find any more of the long t-shirts I liked so  much, and so, as usual when I can't find what I want I make it. The pattern is from a shirt I already had.

I also added a  prefab farmer plowing a field, which I stuffed with quilt batt. It reminds me of my grandfather whom I still miss.

Had problems with the front neck- I had saw clipping on the seam of another shirt I took apart already where this was done.

I guess that's done after? I've done the same mistake on pant crotches- any input on this?

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