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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / ideas for an empty (gift) page? help! on: July 29, 2007 06:49:39 PM
my cousin is getting married and as a gift i'm going to make her a scrapbook-style picture frame. there will be two 4x6 spaces (and i'm going to be sure to take lots of snapshots in the right orientation to give to her later to go in the frame!), but of course there are no photos yet.

does anyone have ideas about how to decorate the empty boxes for when i give it to her? i think it will be fairly obvious what the point of the gift is, but i want to do it in a way that makes the objective jump out at her.  ... ideas? thanks!

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: food lover's restaurant journal (vegetarians be warned!) on: July 28, 2007 05:28:00 PM
I would put a picture of a pork chop on the back cover.

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bag w. adjustable strap tute on: July 28, 2007 02:57:01 PM
hey all,

my boyfriend not-so-recently lost his man-purse, and i've been planning a replacement for a while. i recently found some ultra-cheap landscape fabric (my new love ... yum!) and it motivated me to get moving.

here's the finished bag, with landscape lining:

it's about the size of a folded newspaper, with an outside pocket for pens and inside pockets for stuff. (i'm thinking of adding an elastic strap for almost-empty coffee sippy mugs, because they always seem to leak everywhere when they run loose.) there are two buttons so it can be closed empty or full.

i looked on craftster for a while for info on how to make adjustable straps, and didn't find much, so i'm attempting a photo-less tutorial here. this is not going to be a fantastic how-to, but you might pull it off! my advice ... use a bra strap as a model. it seems mysterious, but becomes immediately apparent once you see it.

you need a D-ring (or plain old circular jumpring) and a square ring with a middle bar (like a buckle). the size of the square ring depends on the size of the strap. you need two widths of strap to fit through the square snugly, yet allow some movement.

one end of the strap should be fixed to the bag. (i prefer this end in the front.) attach the D-ring on the other side. grab the loose end of the strap and thread the square ring onto the strap, with the strap going over the middle bar. next, thread the strap over and through the D-ring. (in other words, past the body of the bag and back through toward the inside of the bag). pull the strap up toward the D-ring. fold the loose end of strap over the middle bar, and pin in place. now's a great time to play with the strap length. decide on the maximum/minimum distance you want the bag to hang, and pull through the correct amount of loose strap before trimming and sewing.

adjustable strap detail (front):

adjustable strap detail (back):
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / food lover's restaurant journal (vegetarians be warned!) on: July 28, 2007 02:19:15 PM
Hey all!

My boyfriend likes food, and we live in a city of a million restaurants, so he uses a notebook to store reviews and addresses and stuff. Whenever we go out and about, he brings it and we find great places to eat. Fun! He lost his old book a while back, and he seems at a loss to start anything new, so I made him a journal! We love to joke about how he loves pork, so it's pork-themed.

I started with a plain, white book that I rescued from the trash at my office.

I found this picture of pork cuts, printed it, and used a pin to poke guide dots through it onto the book cover. Then I drilled holes with the smallest bit I could find (1/16"). Then I embroidered (like a lace-up board!) and wrote P*I*G in iron-on letters. (gah! I never get iron-on letters straight!!!!)

I trimmed an old manila envelope as a folder to cover up the back of the stitching, sewed the cut side of it in red thread, and double-side-taped it to the back side of the front cover. (I put a thin layer of glue over it to prevent tearing and it's still wet; that's why it looks discolored in the photo.)

In the pictures the front looks a little sad and lonely, so I'm tempted to embellish it. In real life it's not so bad, but I still might. Maybe rick-rack or something picnic-y? Any ideas?

*edit* PS: I forgot its tail! How sad! I had forgotten to drill the holes because the clip art's tail was too complicated, and now I'm so bummed! I might tear off the folder and add in the tail, because I was actually pretty excited about it!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: when is enough enough? on: January 11, 2007 12:04:29 PM
I'm lucky to be consistently appreciated by the few people I have the time to make things for. I actually would get in trouble with my boyfriend if he didn't get a handmade Christmas gift. Ditto my mom. I do try to make sure a handmade gift is the absolute best I'm able to produce, so that the recipient knows it's a thoughtful gift.

If you think your boyfriend likes getting stuff made by you (of course he does! it shows you care!) but he might go over the edge on the knits, maybe you could try a new craft? A blues brothers pillow could be a stencilling or sewing or embroidery project instead. Those aren't too tough to pick up (except you might need to find a sewing machine). That way you can have the satisfaction of making something (and learning something new!) and he gets a wonderful gift! If you really just want to knit and only knit, pick up a new technique and test it out, so at least he's getting an entirely new type of knitted thing.
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your favorite crochet website? on: January 10, 2007 06:58:01 PM
monster crochet is Awesome with a capital A!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Q- starting a granny square on: December 08, 2006 01:46:05 PM
brilliant, thanks!
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Q- starting a granny square on: December 08, 2006 01:34:00 PM
Anybody know what the last part of this means?

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 4, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 8 ch-1 sp.

Here's the next step, in case it helps:
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in beg ch-1 sp, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, * 3 dc in each of next 2 ch-1 sp, ch 3, rep from
* around, join with sl st in top of beg ch 4 corner ch-3 sp.

Matter of fact, I'm not sure about the end of that one either.

I get that the sp. is space, and ch-1 sp. probably means the ... ... ...  Huh
Are they just telling me what I'm meant to have at this point?

It's the start of a granny square (from a Lion Brand pattern--not free, otherwise I'd attach the link!). I've never done a granny square.

It's the first step, so any help is much appreciated so I can get going! This does not bode well for the project ...   Undecided
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: I now work at JoAnn's. on: August 17, 2005 12:04:02 PM
though the issue has kind of dissolved since zombie teeth's boss is lenient, i still want to weigh in.

what strict and restrictive policies do is encourage intolerance and homogeneity. if the grannies  (for example) come into joann's (for example), and see only clean-cut khaki-clad workers doing a good job, they'll assume that other kinds of people have proven to be poor workers, and that's why they don't get hired. they won't assume it's because the uniform extends to hair color, piercings and jewelry.

if they come in and the pink-haired, tattoed trannie provides excellent service, they will learn that appearance doesn't dictate one's ability to be productive in society. you could just deal with it and put your nail polish back on every night when you go home. but, by doing that, you allow your employer to perputuate stereotypes.

i think it's great that zombie teeth talked to her boss, and made a compromise. what we all (well, almost all) have to decide when we get a job is how much our ideals are worth, in dollars. do i want to buy a car or a tattoo or do i want to be poor for the sake of the ideal of the tattoo that i can't afford? it's a question also of how much is too much. personally, i think it's reasonable to an apron and/or uniform. if you can't, you are probably placing too much of your identity into appearance. however, when your employer infringes on a little bit of self-expression, they rob everyone of what makes life interesting (variety) because they are afraid of losing a few dollars from some customer who's probably predjudiced anyway.

my 2 cents. Smiley
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Modge Podge/Decoupage on: May 27, 2005 08:49:51 PM
in my experience inkjet prints are a bad way to go. they run as soon as they are wet. go make copies or laser printer prints of your stuff, and use those. otherwise you can't touch the inkjet parts AT ALL until the first layer of glue dries. bad.
also, i didn't check if the tute says this, but a damp sponge/cloth is essential for smoothing out bumps. and cleaning up messes. etc. try to keep your hands clean while you work though. mine always get gummy and it makes a bad scene.
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