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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Please answer a survey for my research paper! on: March 16, 2006 07:56:55 AM
I craft things because it keeps me busy.  I have problems with depression and have taken medication for it in the past that left me groggy, killed my libido, and gave me a horrible case of the trots to boot.  In one of the books my therapist had me read it mentioned creating things and keeping busy as a way to keep depression under check.  Most of the time it works too.  I also enjoy making things for the end product.  Often I see things that I like alot in stores that would just be oh so much cooler if I made them myself, changing a few things I don't like about the original I saw.  I'm finding it isn't necessarily cheaper to make things myself, but I just like the things I make more.  I do enjoy going to DIY alternacraft fairs up in chicago and buying things there, the stuff I come home with I know nobody else I know will have.  And who doesn't like getting rad handmade stuff for special occasions or out of the blue?  Making presents for xmas time and the like is always up there on the list.
The women in my family have always sewed or crafted, my grandma was a seamstress for herff jones making graduation gowns for years, sewed all her kids clothes, etc, and my mother made curtains and other things for my aunts interior design business and also made all kinds of other stuff.  It's keeping traditions alive, and it gives everybody something to talk about, "Did you see the purse your sister made last week?"  "how do I get this interfacing on right?"  Sometimes its a reason to call a family member when I'm looking for one.  I think crafting is very social.
42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Custom My Little Pony Swap (Ship by date: March 27) on: March 12, 2006 06:42:24 PM
I'm hoping my special effects dye I used in my hair will work for my pony.  It sure seems to stain the hell out of anything it comes in contact with.  I was planning on styling it psychobilly style after dyeing it.  I think I'd rather spend the time painting and making accessories for the pony, hope my not entirely changing out the hair doesn't make me a pud.
43  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: you killed the easter bunny! on: March 11, 2006 06:28:49 AM
Absolutely freaking sweet!  This is getting a "This Rocks"!
44  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Custom My Little Pony Swap (Ship by date: March 27) on: March 02, 2006 05:18:36 PM
Oh man I am SO STOKED!!!  I got an awesome swap partner, I think it's going to be totally freaking sweet to make this for somebody I know will like the stuff I make!!!!   Grin Grin Grin
I am so ridiculously excited!!!
45  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: collage shoes on: March 02, 2006 12:09:04 PM
Best use for retired stripper shoes EVER!  I always thought they were comfy to wear but never thought about collaging them, that would make them more wearable in every day occasions I think.  Awesome idea!
46  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Sublime Stitching Labels? Yes/No? on: February 26, 2006 11:21:18 AM
That is a great idea!  That would help insure that your name was on items made with your designs, and they just look cool!  I see the "made by" tags at the fabric stores and think about buying them, but some sublime stitching ones would be even better Cheesy.  I'd say go for it!  Also was wondering if you've ever thought of selling your patterns at a hancocks or joann's fabrics, there are never any cool patterns to get when I go to the store and I'm there at least once a week here lately.  I could see a bunch of non internet savvy folks really being into them if they saw them in a store too.
Thanks for all the awesome patterns and ideas and I am greatly looking forward to the new book this fall
47  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Art/Craft materials heaven on: February 25, 2006 07:18:43 AM
Gasp!!!  TWO floors?!?
48  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: SeaofStars Corduroy-to-die-for LapTop Bag (PIC OVERLOAD) on: February 20, 2006 05:36:13 PM
49  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chinese food Take-Out Purse Tutorial!!! (Img Heavy) on: February 20, 2006 05:32:39 PM
thank you so much for taking the time to do a tutorial, that is really cool and I like the non sewing (for the most part) aspect of it.  I know two people off the top of my head that would think that is freaking sweet, besides me.  Cheesy
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: first post - first two purses :) on: February 20, 2006 05:28:35 PM
I really like the simplicity of the single pearl button closure.  Very cute.  Cheesy
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