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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit toys for big dogs? on: June 24, 2007 11:13:52 AM
This is my sweet, not-so-little puppy, Caesar.  In actuality, he just turned three, but he's such a cutie, he's still a "puppy."

I want to make my grandma's dog (a mini schnauzer) a sweater at some point, but since a 100 lb. German Shepherd really doesn't need a sweater in South Florida, I'd like to make him some toys instead.  He loves stuffed animals and squeaky toys, and loves getting his big nose into my yarn stash and trying to snuffle my knitting.

Basically, I'd like to make him some things that are big enough for him, but also rugged enough that he won't rip them apart.  Does anyone have any good patterns for big dogs?  Or at least any tips?  I feel like felting the final pieces before I sew them together would make them stronger and less likely for him to put a tooth through, but I just don't know.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / My two latest creations... on: December 30, 2005 05:53:02 PM
...as worn by my b-e-a-u-tiful beige lamp shade!

A Christmas present for my friend, made from sterling silver chain and findings, an art glass pendant, and frosted glass crow beads.

A Christmas present to me from me, made from sterling silver chain and findings, and glass bicones.  The silver "beads" are actually two end caps put together.

As well as my favorite pair of earrings, which I could not resist throwing in.  They are made out of tigertail wire, crimp beads, hematite stars, and silver findings
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Lucky Bamboo... Care tips? on: May 26, 2005 03:51:19 PM
I've recently become the proud mama of a two foot tall "lucky" bamboo plant... yes, two feet.  I know the particular species of plant isn't technically a bamboo, so I'm not sure which care rules apply and which don't.  I've got the watering and sunlight down, which is why it's so tall, however, I don't know how to prune it.  I really don't want to kill the li'l guy, but it's just way too tall.  Anyone out there know how to give it the 'ole chop-chop without killing it or turning it into a planter full of stubs?  Anything else I shouldn't forget?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone dealt with Fire Mountain Gems? on: April 18, 2005 06:00:28 PM
I just ordered some new beads and chain and other various beading supplies from Fire Mountain Gems. From what I've heard, they seem to have a pretty good rep. Their prices seem really fair in the catalog, but I ended up spending about $10 shipping for only about $18 worth of goods. So I just wanted to ask: Have any of you ladies bought your beading and craft supplies with this company? Is the quality worth it? Comments and concerns are most welcome, since I have never ordered from them (or any other mail/online-order company) before for my jewelry-making supplies.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Beading my own watch band on: March 25, 2005 11:24:42 AM
I've noticed several threads surrounding watches, but I haven't really found anything regarding beading bands for a simple watch-face.  I bought a very basic round watch-face at Michael's the other day, and I want to bead a watch band for it, but I don't really have any ideas for a band design.  I want something kinda funky and cute without being too loud or old-fogey-ish, if that makes any sense.  I've looked at various bracelet patterns, but none have really inspired me.  Has anyone else out there beaded their own watchband?  Please post pictures or ideas; I'll try to post a picture of my watch-face soon.

I can't find the exact face, but it's almost identical to this one:
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Cutting cd's in *small* shapes for earrings...? on: September 12, 2004 09:00:32 AM
I have a huge pile of cd's that I collected for a project that never panned out, so I was inspired by the cd necklace posted here and decided to make jewelry.  But I'm not quite sure what to cut them with, because I don't want the shiney stuff to chip off.  Also, I wanted them in smaller shapes to make charms or earrings, but I was wondering if that might be too complicated to cut into a cd.  Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for me?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Anyone out there know patterns suitable for polyester jersey material? on: August 10, 2004 05:11:31 PM
My friend's dad works for a screen-printing company, so he comes home with a lot of extra stuff, like XXXXL sports jerseys.  I found a couple in great colors and I want to make a bag, but I don't know if there are any problems with sewing jersey.  Are there any specific stitches that should be used, or maybe someone has a pattern that would be good?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Building a landscaping wall this weekend... on: July 20, 2004 02:07:40 PM
...and for some reason, I'm excited.  We just bought almost 400 bricks to make one of these:


They're about 8 pounds apiece...... Should be fun, right?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Really need ideas for an altered book project on: June 26, 2004 12:46:22 PM
My newest obsession is altered books.  I really want to start a book with all of my artsy-craftsy endeavors and inspirations.  I'm also a total bookworm, so the idea of messing up a hard-cover book seems kinda sacreligious.  Does anyone have any ideas as to an alternative to a hardcover book?  I want it to have enough room to paste all my pictures and whatnot in, so it can't be really small, but I'd like something cute, creative, and just as durable as a book.  I'd welcome any ideas and suggestions..... thanks in advance.

ciao xox
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need new things to decoupage on on: June 05, 2004 11:22:32 AM
Hopefully you guys can help me.  I have a lot of pictures of various people, places, etc.  Most of them are vintage black-and-whites.  I also have pages out of old books of mine, mostly just generic love stories.  I wanted to put them together into some sort of decoupage project that would be cute and functional.  Only thing is that I don't want the usual journals, boxes, trays, coasters and whatnot.  Please help me find some sort of great, and creative, idea.

ciao xox
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