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1  Washington / Washington: West / Seattle Etsy/Meetup Craft Party! on: May 27, 2010 08:30:18 PM
Etsy.com is joining Meetup.com to create a worldwide craft party on June 18th, 2010

Seattle's party is currently being organized and looking for more attendees! We're making an entire day of it by having a "shop hop" around the city. The final meetup party is at 7pm at Vermillion in Capitol Hill

For more info and to RSVP, go here: http://www.meetup.com/Etsy-Craft-Party/832/

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / oh boy I totally screwed up! on: February 16, 2010 03:34:04 PM
back in october, I made a ton of poly clay things.  I was using sculpey glaze to seal after baking but ran out.  for some reason, the craft stores near me never carry it!  so to seal the rest of the baked clay, I used mod podge (probably a big mistake)?

I finished sealing them all, let them dry, then sealed each in indivdial plastic baggies for sale at future craft shows.  These were all then stored in a big plastic bin in my garage.

Mind you, this was october, we've now passed a fairly mild but still cold winter...in my garage.

Flash forward to just yesterday when I dragged out the box to grab some items.  a bunch of them seem to have condensation in the baggy and the sealant is coming off.

now i'm not sure which ones were sealed with modpodge and which were sculpey glaze.  i imagine, i can just go over them again to protect them. but i want to know if this has happened to anyone else

does the sealant matter? is it just the cold temp in my garage or being in plastic baggies that caused this? and if so,  how do you store your finished clay projects (if not in plastic bags) until you need them?

Sad so bummed at the thought of having to open every little bag and re-seal
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / sealing a photo onto STAINED wood...how to? on: October 19, 2009 03:13:35 PM
editing this to better explain my question.

What I want to do is decoupage a photo (printed onto photo paper) onto a block of wood that I've recently stained.  I'm looking for the best way to do that without causing the photo ink to bleed. Or to deteriorate quickly.

So far the wood has been stained with minwax and then coated with a Polyeurothane spray.  I was thinking the best option would be to modpodge the wood where I want the photo, then place the photo and modpodge again over it.  Is that enough to protect it from bleeding?  Would I need another coat of Polyeurothane over the photo once it's been mod-podged? 

I know mod podge is acid-free, but is it enough to use it and not an additional acid-free sealer?

any help is GREATLY appreciated!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Not sure where this goes... "photo art block" question on: October 19, 2009 10:39:42 AM
edit ** please delete...found the appropriate forum Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Question about ring bases on: October 16, 2009 09:07:23 PM
maybe i'm searching for the wrong thing, cuz i can only find info on sealing or on copper. but what i want to know is...what type of metal ring bases will NOT turn your finger green?

I want to buy some bases and have found several sellers on etsy. Some say "silver wash", some say Silver "tone", nickel-free "silvery white", silver "plated"....etc, etc

and all i have now is a migraine, but no clue! Smiley  so can someone please tell me which one do i spend my money on if i don't want green fingers....or tell me what an idiot i am for missing the obvious threads that include this topic!

i'm also hoping one of these etsy sellers (cuz i'd rather give my money to them than big biz) have something that will save my phlanges and not require special coating Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / pic frame *does this go here?* on: January 05, 2009 09:03:30 PM
Not sure if this is the right forum..but I'm not sure where this belonged.

About two years ago, I came across a post (either here or on craftgrrl) that had a cool idea for a pic frame. I told my boyfriend about it and he said he'd make me one since he's a contractor and already has the tools.

***UPDATE*** I FOUND THE ORIGINAL POST. I decide to google and remembered this looking familiar. It's from some other blog that must collect from a bunch of other blogs? I dunno. But here's the link (http://www.curbly.com/alttext/posts/74-Easy-Photo-Wall-on-a-Shoe-s-string-s-wire-Budget) to the post that gave me this idea. It was a photo wall...I just decided to make a frame. I had originally bought clips with hooks but decided they would do too much damage to the photos (cuz they had sharp teeth).

He's busy...and forgetful. And two years later, he finally made me this frame! Today, we put the finishing touches on it and I finally got to hang it on my wall! I'm so excited cuz I've been patiently waiting for it and it's finally here. I know you've seen these before, but here's my boyfriend and my version of the frame. I got the cute little clothespins at Michaels crafts. My boyfriend used dye and stain on the wood. He used maple from Orcas Island for the main part of the frame and did an inlay of douglas fir. After he dyed/stained, he worked it over a few times with tongue oil. It's got a rough finish look, but is smooth to the touch and not glossy at all!

Enjoy the pics! There's a ton!!! Smiley

The wood looks better than in these pics Sad

How it looks compared to my wall size.

The wires are attached to an eyelet screw

LOVE these clothespins!

I didn't leave enough space at the top for the clothespin...but I didn't want the pics to hang over the frame at the bottom. And I wanted to be able to have both portrait and landscape shots

Also...something I finished a couple years ago but never posted....a french memo board wall!!  I did try putting pics in there as planned..but it looked way too cluttered. I like it plain. baby blue with brown ribbon/thumbtacks

x-posted to craftgrrl
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge: Busy Bee on: May 12, 2008 03:26:15 PM

This was a bee in my yard last summer. Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / shadow box for mom on: May 08, 2008 12:33:56 PM
I made a simple/cutesy mother's day gift for my mom. She moved up here to Seattle last year after living the past 20+ years in Hawaii. She's still having trouble adjusting to the change in temp! So I made her a little shadow box beach scene for when she needs to get away to a warm place Smiley

I used a premade shadow box I bought from Ikea a while ago, some precut foam stickers, sand from the flower dept, and acrylic paint. I also made the chair out of toothpicks and fabric. It turned out all wonky but not bad for my first attempt. I totally forgot to make an umbrella and add shells. But by the time I remembered it was past midnight and I'd already sealed up the back so the sand couldn't escape. Oh well!

Pics without flash show the real color. I painted palm trees on the inside, water and a big sun Smiley
Lots o' pics ahead!

x-posted to craftgrrl
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Archie Comic shoes on: February 15, 2008 08:04:34 PM
I was just reminded about these today when my co-worker wore them. I gave them to her a couple years ago cuz after I made them, I realized they were too small on me Sad

Just used mod podge and poly spray to coat. The shoes were originally white, cheap flats from the thrift store.  I originally posted these pics on craftgrrl when I made them back in '06 but forgot to post it over here Smiley

Better late than never!!

It's just one pair shown at all the different angles Smiley

Also, the soles of the shoes aren't wonky at all...that's just my horrible photoshopping skills!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Yet another "52" reasons book (pics added IMG OBESE) on: February 14, 2008 09:23:17 AM
x-posted from craftgrrl

For this Valetine's day, I decided to make one of those "52 things i love about you" books. Only, my boyperson and I have been dating about a year and a half and we dont say that "L" word. It's just not in our vocab. But I simply adore him and I thought he should know. I made him a 52 things I LIKE about you book instead Smiley

Decided to use the glue stick onto playing cards instead of using cardstock. It makes some of the pages look really "busy" but I like it better. I also binded it with ribbon, but I'm not sure how sturdy that is. I may change it before I give it to him tomorrow.

There are obviously a ton of pics so I'm only posting my faves.

Hope you like! And thanks for the inspiration!

he absolutely HATES 80s music and I love the simplicity of it. He's a musician so he's uber-critical of cheesey synth-pop! Smiley

one thing that's important to me in a relationship is that you don't get TOO comfortable with the person. I lived with my ex- for 6 1/2 years and ended up being more like a roommate. He farted, did the dutch oven, took a dump while i brushed my teeth, peed on me in the shower.... all kinds of nasty stuff. So when the new boy and I got together we agreed not to let it get like that. The attraction has only grown, so I think it works. It's cute though cuz he runs outside when he has to fart! Our joke is that we don't want to "change the realtionship". So when he has to fart or take a dump, he says "be right back, gotta change the relationship!" hehe

he's actually got gorgeous blue eyes Wink

my favorite one!  before i met him, he was clean shaven and kept his hair super short cuz he thought that's what girls liked. I prefer scruffy and shaggy and he loves the fact that he doesn't have to try to look good anymore Smiley

he's Spanish (both parents are from Spain) but he was born and did most of his schooling in England so he's got the British accent. It's weird to say he's Spanish when he sounds British :p

Everyone who meets him likens him to Hugh Grant. Not only because of the accent, but also the blue eyes/brown hair and the way he fumbles when he speaks. He's all bumbling fool and it's endearing. The joke at the bottom is cuz when I rib him for thinking some chick is hot he'll say "oh she's UGLY!" ya right!

here's a pic of us Smiley

Also, I want to give major props to all the folks before me, here and on craftgrrl, who have made books like this and posted their stuff!  I love seeing everybody's versions of these books! Smiley Y'all inspire me and that is why I love both of these craft communities Smiley

Happy Valentine's Day!

(edit)  I was going to add the rest of the pics but there are just SOOO many!!  So here's a link to my photobucket instead. You can see the rest there to get an idea of the other things that were in the book. Smiley  http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v298/sookie74/fun%20pics/

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