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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Soothing Happy Tampon not really sure where this topic fits on: November 12, 2005 07:23:19 AM
I have a friend who gets really really bad pain every month.
She's been to the doctor gotten all her painkillers and things but still has to spend nearly 2 weeks of most months in bed. Sad

Anyway I was surfing the Internet randomly and came across this cute lil guy http://krudmart.com/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=749
And it gave me an idea.

I changed the design to make it bigger (more like one of those round pillows people decorate their beds with... I can't remember what they're called) and gave it a velcro opening in the back with a sewed section inside to hold one of those microwavable gel packs.

So she can hold it on her aches to warm/cool them or squeeze it when the pain hits. Plus the lil smiley face makes her laugh.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How to make paper bell decorations? Help please on: November 08, 2005 08:14:16 PM

I wondered if anyone could help me on how to make paper bell decorations.  Huh

The ones that are just two peicecs of cardboard with the paper between and when you open it out it forms a full bell shape.

I've seen the technique used for snowmen and santas  and I don't really care about the shape i just want to know how to do the paper in the middle.

I got a picture off the internet for those who may not have seen them before

Any help appreciated
Thanks Smiley
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Desert Print - Watercolour on: November 07, 2005 04:47:59 PM

This is a print of a watercolour painting (1/5)

What do people think?

I've been thinking of selling some stuff and if this gets a positive reaction I may be a bit more inclined. But not sure about art on ebay though. It seems to get lost if it's not a big name, but I don't have an Etsy shop, hmmm perhaps keep thinking for the moment Smiley
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Anyone need a crafty housemate? on: October 29, 2005 12:32:15 PM
I'm going back home to the UK in November (I'm in the US at the moment) and I'm currently looking for a place to rent.

I'm looking on the usual internet sites for that kind of thing but I find it's better to rent with people who share interests with you, I shared a house with a couple of drug dealers once, coming 'home' after a hard days work was just lovely...  not Sad

So I thought I'd ask on here, maybe someone needs a flatmate or similar.

Long shot I know but no harm in asking, I'm tidy and come with craft supplies (natch) feel free to PM or respond here. Smiley
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Art Sand (apart from making the layered picture things) on: October 27, 2005 07:44:40 PM
Ok so I have about 12lb of art sand  Smiley

Any ideas what to do with it, apart from those layered picture things?
I don't want to do them as I couldn't do them welll enough to be anything but ugly.

I have the following colours

Suggestions appreciated Smiley

I also have a new sand art studio kit which I've put up in the classifieds https://www.craftster.org/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=1129&sort=1&cat=last1&page=1 section if anyone is interested.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The award goes to... (engraving?? trophies help please) on: October 27, 2005 12:05:37 AM
Hi apologies for the double post if you've already seen this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=60299.0
but I thought maybe some people on this board could help? Smiley

I have made some awards/trophies, they are complete except I need to put little 'plaques' on the front with a few lines of text on them (nothing much 2 or 3 lines including category and winners name) but now I come to search engravers I find it's a bit different in the US compared to the UK.
Over here all the places I've tried want me to buy their awards/trophies and get the engraving free but as I already have the awards this doesn't work for me.

Does anyone here know how to engrave this kind of thing? Or could offer a different solution?   Huh

Perhaps printing instead of engraving?

I even thought about people that know about using thin bits of metal/metal like stuff for card craft or making books, would it be fairly simple to 'write' rather than use an image stamp? Forgive my ignorance if that's not how it's done  Embarrassed

It doesn't strictly have to be engraving on metal, the 'plaques' might benefit from being something more flexible and or lightweight as the award bases are round and the plaques might need to curve a little.

If anyone here knows how to do it I can pay you for it,  Cool  You can PM me or reply here. Otherwise if anyone has a direction to point me in the help would be much appreciated.  Smiley

Please let me know if I need to explain anything more.

Hope you guys can help, thanks   Cheesy
7  Georgia / Georgia: Southeast / Possibly moving to Savannah on: October 20, 2005 11:59:18 PM

The subject pretty much says it Smiley and I was wondering if you guys had any advice about good/crafty areas to live.

I might be going to SCAD, do many of you go and what do you think of it?
How are they about helping you find employment/experience during and after your course. I'd most likely be doing a masters course and as I'm from the UK it's going to be a nightmare to afford.

I may or may not be strictly allowed to work  Roll Eyes (how do official people expect you to eat ? sheesh) so if anyone has any input on the job situation there that would also be cool.

Thanks  Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Recycled toy chest on: October 18, 2005 09:21:36 PM

I've been given an old woden toy chest with a hinged lid yay for freebies  Grin

It's been used and passed down since it was made in the 50's so it's not in the best shape. Smiley

One side panel is missing (I already made up a new one to match the opposite side but haven't attached it yet)

All the decoration is gone and most of the paintwork is peeling off, there were even a few nails sticking out the bottom from a patch repair somebody did. I don't know how any kids didn't get hurt I jabbed it through my hand the first day  Roll Eyes

Anyway all this can be pretty much fixed up with cleaning, sanding and painting but the bit I'd like advice on is the lid.

The hinges are still sound and it closes well (If I keep it as a toy chest I'm definantly putting in one of those 'stay open safety triangle thingies'... that's the technical term.... but the lid itself is bowing towards the front and looks like it may crack.

I was initially thinking of adding in a cross peice to the underside to give it strength then putting some hefty foam on the top of the lid and upholstoring over the whole thing.

Is that overkill or underkill, would it be better to forget the foam and put another peice of wood on top or buy a new peice of wood for the lid and replace the whole thing? I don't really have much money and I don't know any recyled wood places round here (In the UK we have wood yards that salvage wooden things people are throwing away and passes them on or remakes them and sells the products) but I don't want it to look cheap. I want to do it right so it can keep being passed down.

If I have it as a storage chest I wanted to line the inside in a felt type material (but stronger), is this a fairly simple process or should I just wax and seal the wood instead?

Has anyone done a similar project, I searched the boards but didn't see anything?
Thanks for any advice  Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / wooden purses - help and opinions requested on: October 18, 2005 04:14:14 PM

I've just been given an old wine bottle carrying box, lucky me  Cheesy and I was thinking about turning it into a handbag of sorts.

It's wood (not sure of the type) stands about 13 inches tall, 7 inches wide and 4 inches deep
It would probably hold 2 bottles (if they were slim)
It has a rope handle on the top and closes with a golden clasp on the side.

I was thinking about keeping it pretty much as is except just lining the inside with something sturdy and perhaps putting an extra bit of wood across half of the inside of the lid to make it a seperate smaller pocket.

What do people think? I know purses have been made out of cigar boxes and I'd guess this is double the size of that

Plus it has some small cracks in the back panel that look great but probably weaken it structurally, I was thinking of 'caulking' it with something and sanding it down then varnishing but I don't want to ruin the finish it has.

I could move the rope handle from the top to the side (the ends either side of the clasp) if I drilled new holes and refilled the old ones. Then it would be more like a mini suitcase but it has a picture on the front that would then be sideways. It's a picture of a 'chateau' with the name of the wine (I think, I know nothing about wine) underneath - Castello di Brolio Is that a good wine to showcase or should I be covering it?

Thanks for reading  Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / How about a Geek swap? on: October 14, 2005 12:07:12 AM
For all the computer and video game enthusiasts, how about a Geek swap?

It could be combined Geeky nerdy and dorky Smiley

We could make anything T shirts, bags, jewellery so long as it was geek themed.

What do people think?
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