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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Knitter's Circular Needle Question... on: March 09, 2006 11:27:40 PM
OK.  I just bought a new size 6 circular needle and I'm having a difficult time figuring out how to straighten out the plastic cord.  Is there a way to at least make it more pliable? The bend in the plastic cord makes it difficult for me to actually use the needles...

I did a search on circular knitting needles on here, but I didn't see anything in there that specifically dealt with that. I even looked at the FAQ, but I didn't see anything on there either. Hopefully I didn't just miss this topic somewhere. Any information though would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks so much!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Patches, patches, who's got the patches? on: December 19, 2005 11:31:50 PM
OK.  I crocheted some arm warmers for my brother's girlfriend for xmas, but I need to find some goth-inspired patches to put on it.  I thought that I might find something online, but when I googled "patches" or "appliques", I got all sorts of really straight-laced stuff.  Does anyone know where I could find some cool patches to add to the arm warmers?  I'm thinking skull-n-crossbones, but I'm pretty open to any non-traditional ideas....

If this is posted in the wrong area, please feel free to move it... I wasn't sure!  Thanks!  Smiley
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / "Black Box" Challenge (again) on: December 11, 2005 10:49:40 PM
I posted this before, but the server meltdown happened, so here goes again....  Smiley

My husband goes to culinary school and it's a pretty standard thing at culinary schools to have their lab classes have tests called "black boxes".  Pretty much the students are given a certain number of items and have to make a meal out of those items.  Kinda like the show "The Iron Chef" on the Food Network.

So I was thinking that it would be fun to do a "black box" sort of thing using 5 different random objects that you have to incorporate into the project somehow.  For example: a wire hanger, a newspaper, a toothbrush, a plastic bag of some sort (baggies, shopping bags, whatever you would have around), and an old milk container (carton or plastic jug, whatever).  You have to use all of those items in your project somehow, but you can add anything else to it that you might have in your craft stash: yarn, mod podge, paint, etc.

If you wanted to say that it didn't have to be actually physically IN the project, you could also say that it had to be used during the making of the project somehow. (ie. the toothbrush is used for a paint technique) I personally like the items all physically IN the project because I think it presents more of a challege that way, but that's up to Leah's discretion as to whether just using the item while making the project would be OK.

Just an idea I was thinking of the other day while sitting in traffic....  Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Simple Hardware Menorah. OY VEY! (Image Heavy) on: December 08, 2005 03:05:09 PM
I get my husband a new Menorah every year for Chanukkah and I knew that we didn't have the money for that this year. (They tend to get expensive...)  So, I decided that this challenge could be a good way to provide him with a new menorah.

OK. Here are the supplies that I bought at Ace Hardware.  I didn't end up using the washers (they were too wide in diameter), but I did use the following: 9 small hex nuts, 8 short lag shields, 1 long lag shield, 1 full thread bolt and 8 larger hex nuts (to fit the bolt).

I also used JB Weld (which my husband had laying around), a paper plate (to mix the JB Weld), and a cheap paint brush (to mix and apply the JB Weld using the non-brush end).

First I decided about where I wanted to place the large hex nuts.  I just eyeballed it, but if I had it to do over again, I would have (1) found a longer bolt and (2) measured and marked where I wanted to place the hex nuts.  Then I put some of the JB Weld on the thread of the bolt and screwed the bolt to where I wanted it, making sure that the flat surfaces of the nut and the top of the bolt were on the same plane.

Here is the base after I had welded it together.

I then put more JB Weld on the Lag shields.  I placed the longer lag shield in the center as the Shammash and the shorter ones on the other nuts.

(You can still sort of see the washer that I had originally put at the top of the Shammash, but I couldn't place them on all of the lag shields, so I took it off before it dried.  This is the reason that I wish I had a longer bolt.  I was going to use the washers as a wax catcher....)

Here is the finished Menorah.  Now I'm just waiting for the JB Weld to dry (8 hours) before I can move it and then a total of 24 hours before it can be used.

That's it.  My husband now unfortunately has seen it though, so the surprise is gone, but he says he really likes it.  I welcome any questions or comments....  Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Warning: *BRIGHT* Colors Ahead! on: November 20, 2005 08:32:05 PM
My baby has just moved from her crib to her "big girl bed" and we decided that we should redecorate her room to celebrate that milestone.  As we're renting an apartment right now, we couldn't just paint the walls and change the bedding. And we didn't want a bland, blah room for our little dynamo, so we decided on a BRIGHT color scheme of hot pink and purple (or "puh-po", as the munchkin says).  We're not finished yet, but I thought I'd post some of what we've got done so far...

I apologize in advanced for the poor lighting in the photos.  Our digital camera's flash isn't working.... *Sigh* Technology, eh?

This is a photo of the dresser that my husband painted.  It's a really well built dresser, but the wood was stained that almost greenish-blonde late 1960's stain and neither my husband or I could stand it.  We'd actually tried to sell this furniture a few times and couldn't find any takers. Yeah.  That ugly. So we painted.  Had to get the bright colors in somehow since the walls are white!


The next photo is of the matching nightstand. Same original yucky stain. Same colors of paint.


I couldn't find any lamps that were fun and young that matched the colors of the room, so I decided to make my own shades.  I found the lamp base at the local Meijer store for $14.99 (cheaper than if I would have made them myself and exactly what I wanted!) and then got a plane lamp shade at Michaels to decorate.  I found some bright pink tissue paper, some paper flower petals, some hanging beads and some ribbon and went to work with my trusty friend, Mod Podge.  For my first endeavor in the realm of making a lamp or decoupaging, I'm pretty proud of my handiwork...  Wink  Here's the lamp off:


and here's the lamp on:


I decided that the walls were a bit plain too and even though I'm not a very artistic person when it comes to painting or drawing, I thought I'd whip up some sort of wall art.  So I got some inexpensive foam board at Michael's, some bright tempera paints, pulled out some art sponges that we use for art projects and paint brushes and came up with this:


(Goodness, I need to take some better photos....)

The things that I'm still working on are the crazy bright bed quilt (just have to get the backing on, bind it and quilt it... once again, a first for me), crocheting an afghan for the foot of her bed, painting some bookshelves that are in the room and rearranging the furniture so it flows a bit better.  But I'm pretty proud of what we've accomplished so far and would love feedback or suggestions.  (This is my first posting to show what I have been crafting so I'm a little nervous about the first "unveiling", but I'm always trying to improve my crafting, so I think it's important to share.)  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

edited to figure out photo gliches....
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Anyone with experience with PVC? on: October 16, 2005 11:46:40 PM
OK. So I have this idea to make my daughter a new headboard and footboard using PVC. (I figure that it's relatively inexpensive and we can paint it to match her room.) Anyway, here are my questions:

1.  Is PVC easy to drill into? (I'm thinking about the anchors.)

2.  My daughter is not quite 2 yet and as I've never worked with PVC before, is it possible to sand down the rough edges that I assume occur after cutting it? (Don't want her to get hurt, ya know!  Wink )

3.  What is the best way to cut the many pieces of PVC that I'm going to need? I don't want to have them cut all of the pieces at Home Depot, since there will be so many....

4.  I know that there is a T-connector, a rounded corner connector, an endcap for the ends and a straight connector for 2 pieces of PVC.  Are there any 3- or 4-way connectors?

OK.  I think that's it for now. I'd appreciate any help or advice that anyone wants to give me.  (I'm even thinking that if I can find the right types of connectors, we could make a canopy bed, but I'm getting a bit ahead of myself....)  Thanks so much!!!!

-Karla  Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for wall hanging? on: October 15, 2005 11:21:19 PM
I am currently redoing my daughter's room (she's going from a crib to a big girl bed) and I decided to make a picture to hang on the wall. I bought some foam board, tempera paint and a few sponges and painted what turned out to be a lovely picture that will match her new room decor perfectly.  The problem is that I don't want to frame it (hence the foam board), but when it dried, the foamboard became a bit curved.

Does anyone have any ideas how I can straighten it out and hang the foamboard without framing it? I welcome any suggestions.  Thanks! =D
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