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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Painting disaster on: July 22, 2010 09:47:02 AM
Hi all!

Maybe you all can help my hubby and me out. We purchased a painting from Etsy for our office. It arrived today, but the shipping material (i.e. a sheet of corrugated cardboard) covering the face of it has STUCK to the painting!! BTW its acrylic.

We are just sick, its really our first fine art purchase and we spent (for us) a nice chunk of change. Plus, my hubby just loves this painting.

Any ideas on how to get it off without damaging the art??? We've written the artist, but while waiting we thought that the Craftster artist might have some ideas. We are considering heating it with an embossing gun or putting it in a fridge, but don't want to do anything til we talk to someone with more knowledge than us!

Thanks for any help or encouragement!!
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Project pics???? on: May 29, 2009 11:47:32 PM
Why is there to General sewing: Completed Projects section?
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challange - Diva Blythe on: April 26, 2008 11:24:12 AM
Just got my grail girl yesterday and I can't stop snapping pics.... I just love their tiny accessories and clothes. And this little girl came with a MICROPHONE with her name on it D I V A. So gorgeous, I had to have every angle and this one just sang to me!

Hope you all like it!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Hemp yarn help on: April 03, 2008 07:18:49 AM
I love having a resource like Craftster. I am always confident that if I need help, I will find some genius on the forum who can explain it! So to the question.

My niece (who with malice and forethought) moved two blocks from a yarn shop. Because of this, she keeps bringing me yarn orphans and piles of clearance yarn. Which I adore!!!

Recently she gave me some marvelous "hemp for knitting". It is a gorgeous straw color so I thought it would make a great purse. Problem is it is sportweight and just isn't working up dense enough. I tried knitting with two strands..but it just won't stay together and its making me nuts. Spending more time froggin then stitchin!

I was wondering if I could manipulate it to ply it together by spinning it somehow or anything. This is really the first hemp I have worked with and don't want to ruin it. The pattern I was attempting is the Daphne purse from "Knitting Little Luxuries".

Now if this is a pipe dream, I know this bunch will tell me! And if anyone has a better pattern suggestion for the sportweight hemp, I would appreciate any suggestions. Going to cross post on the knitting forum too...

I just really have respect for spinners....its one craft I just can't get the hang of (don't think I'm (ambi)dexterous enough lol! Thanks for any help!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Blythe <3s Halloween on: September 21, 2007 02:55:45 PM
Getting my girls ready for the Holiday, so instead of attempting to make 32 individual costumes...or have 32 stewardesses...or kitties..or bears or bunnies...or god forbid...32 Bratz doll costumes,

I went with masks....Here is the first one I made (posted previously on the Suggest-a-board)


And then specifically for this Halloween-


Forest Nymph:



And my favorite the Unicorn:

Thanks to my Blythe Melon, Trudy, for having the patience to model these while I snapped them on and off of her....oh and the strap is made with regular snaps so the strap can be easily placed on the doll and easily replaced if it breaks. Oh and I made all the patterns myself and the one in the works is a Ladybug. Enjoy!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Accidental Yarn on: August 30, 2007 08:45:02 AM
I know only you other crazies (you know I got nothin but love for ya) would understand. I am usually a very random yarn buyer...I buy enough to make a yeti a sweater in anything that appeals and then match patterns to it later...inefficient and crazy, but that's me.

So for the first time I went online to get a specific yarn for a specific pattern. Like a good craftster, I went straight to Etsy lol.  I fell madly madly inlove with a gorgeous huge cake and snapped it up. It was exactly what I wanted colorwise, was enough for the project and was a reasonable price.

So feeling smug...I wandered away from the credit card and returned to crafting.  Later, I went to admire the pics and daydream, guess how long it would take to get here and gather my needles and bag to put the project in. As I looked I realized that I never looked at the weight of the yarn ....it was lace weight and I needed worsted. Bugger bugger bugger...did it again...

Oh well...back to the credit card....back to Etsy..start all over again lol. So I have the yarn for the already chosen project, and then this gorgeous...almost my dream yarn colorway on the way.

Double happiness. Will post pics lol
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Substitute for Loft Classic????? on: August 10, 2007 07:02:27 PM

I'm recently got the pattern for the silver leaf satchel from tink-knit.com, that was advertised in the recent Interweave Felting issue. I can't seem to find Loft Classic yarn in the color I need or online. Does anyone know a decent substitute for this classic yarn that will felt well. I have never used this yarn, so I don't know much about it. Any help, either finding 10 skeins of this in a dark olive or a decent substitute in a similar color would be a huge help. The only reason I'm coming to you all is I have been searching and searching the internet...and after four hours I'm just not getting anywhere, so I thought there might be someone familiar with this yarn. Thanks for any help!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting payback is so SWEET! on: August 10, 2007 10:00:07 AM
Oh I am so excited and happy. My niece mentioned last Christmas that she wanted to learn how to knit. This was the first indication that any craftiness existed in my family (I am the exception) so I was a bit sceptical (she also wanted to start a band in 5th grade...she's 21 now...no band LOL). But when she showed up at my house last weekend, took one look at my rather top heavy pile of WIPs...practically demanded that I teach her...as though I were holding out on a really great secret LOL! So we sat down...and she was a sponge!!! Wanted to know everything and how it worked and what did you do if... and how do you  and what does it and WOW! I was so impressed! I was nearly in tears! So like any good junkie...I began to outfit her with a knitting kit. Found a darling felted wristlet I had received in a swap (had been using it myself, but her need was greater!!!) and filled it with scissors and tape measure and a gauge ...well thingey...the metal ruler thing with needle size holes and a gauge "window". Then with my husband watching on with huge saucer like eyes, I gave her a pair of my beloved bamboo needles. He nearly fainted. I was that proud and happy. She picked it up very quickly and is already addicted (much to her boyfriends irritation and the rest of the family's slight amusement). She came back the next day with a bookmark sized practice swatch that was so marvelous, I had her bind it off, weave in the ends (add a big blue plastic tapestry needle to the kit, duh) and I'm using it as a bookmark!! I am so proud,...did I mention that?Huh I sighed happily and sent her back to school.

Fast forward 3 days, she emailed me pictures of her first WIP....a baby blanket. OMG I AM SO FREAKING PROUD...I'm sure I mentioned that....

So today, I went to the mailbox, still happily buzzed from knit-teaching-itis (oh and winning a really nice toy on e-bay). Lo and behold I found a box... hmmm and it's from the niece?!?!?!

And she even replaced the needles I gave her...oh man....is it to late to adopt her...I'm sure my brother wouldn't mind surely...Is she the greatest or WHAT?Huh?
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Precious Metal Clay Board on: June 20, 2007 03:37:11 PM
I would love to see a section for the versatile precious metal clay. It could fit in with the jewelry or polymer clay boards as both have elements in common. You use similar modeling techniques as polyclay and most pmc is used to make jewelry. But it is also vastly different from either of these two, hence I see a need for its own space.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Evaporated milk substitute?? on: February 06, 2007 08:56:31 AM
Baking a cake for my hubby's birthday today! Usually I have a well stocked kitchen and a car...but today, I need evaporated milk and I only have sweetened condensed milk. I'm making a German chocolate cake. The milk is for the icing. I was thinking that if I added a bit of regular milk and cut a little of the sugar...maybe it would work??? 

The main problem is I don't have a car atm due to it having taunted my husband into slamming into the (brick) mailbox during an icestorm.

Any help would be soooooo appreciated. Thanks!
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