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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Jordy Bag mentioned in TIME Magazine!! on: March 05, 2005 12:17:12 AM
I wasn't sure where to post this, so I figured I put it here since we've all probably had our go at the infamous Jordy bag!! Not only is craftster.org mentioned, with comments from the awesome Leah, but Jordy is mentioned by name, as well as her infamous "Jordy Bag".
You can see the article here. How awesome! Go Jordy!!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Maternity Scrubs? on: February 10, 2005 09:06:39 PM
anyone here make or know how to make Maternity Scrubs? My cousin is just starting to show and is an XS and having a hard time finding affordable scrubs! She's a newlywed, and both her and her husband are in college, so they are pretty much in the poor house until they graduate next year. If anyone could either a) help me make her some maternity scrubs, or b) make them for her (I will pay for them!), I would greatly appreciate it!
Also, if anyone has any XS Maternity clothes they are looking to get rid of, PLEASE please e-mail me! heather@gracietom.com

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Some New Jewelry on: February 05, 2005 01:58:51 PM
I just wanted to get some opinions... I've been wanting to try making jewelry for awhile, and have been collecting supplies and decided to go ahead and give it a shot...

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rebatched Goatsmilk Soaps on: November 25, 2004 08:56:02 PM
I've been interested in making soap for awhile, but the thought of working with lye (with kids and animals underfoot) frightens me ..... so after much searching, reading and collecting materials, I found an awesome lady in PA who lives on a Dairy Goat Farm and makes goatsmilk soap with fresh goatsmilk, soybean oil and coconut oil and sells them for rebatching purposes. I first ordered a small 5lb batch to see if I'd like it, and I LOVE IT!!! I just got my 30 lb order and am about to order MORE already - I'm so addicted!!! Here are some pictures of my two 1st sizeable batches made with the soap (lots of malfunctioned ones before these, lol).... the ingredients are under the pictures, and they are both deeeelicious!!!

ingredients: goatsmilk soap base (mentioned above), coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, ground coffee beans, Caramel fragrance, unrefined shea butter, all natural honey, cocoa powder (for colorant), and it's topped off with semi-ground coffee beans. (I brought some to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma's house today and everyone thought it was dessert! LOL)

ingredients: goatsmilk soap base (mentioned above), coconut oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, unrefined shea butter, beeswax, ground wheat germ, Ylang Ylang fragrance.

I'm so proud of these :-) I can't believe how amazing they smell, and how refreshing they are to bathe with!! I don't even have to use lotion after bathing with one of these babies  Wink

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ~Bottlecap Necklaces~ **Tutorial Added** on: November 24, 2004 08:20:58 PM
I have been dying to make these, and finally acquired all of the materials and I think I'm addicted  Cheesy

Lots of room for improvement, but I'm pretty pleased with they way they turned out. I don't think I let the glitter glue sit long enough (impatience strikes again!) before sealing them, but oh well - these are for my friend and I  Wink
And so here I go with a tutorial......

Use your pliers, or whatever is handy, to open up the bottlecap some (if you want it to have the "open" look) - then I use a rubber mallet to gently tap it to make sure it's open evenly all the way around... don't pound to hard, or you'll get something that looks like this....

Remove the plastic liner inside the bottlecap. I've found that heating it a bit with a lighter (be careful, it will get HOT) helps in removal - and scissors and a straight pen for that ring around the liner that can be difficult ;-) Then paint your bottlecap the color of your choice, using either spray paint or acrylic paint.

Next, insert your circle image into the bottlecap. Either cut it out, or use a 1" circle punch (fits perfectly!) - I use rubber cement to attach mine inside the cap. Get your glitter glue (or you can put a ring of glue around the picture, and sprinkle glitter, but I find the glitter glue in the tube is easier for application) and your gem/large glitter/ whatever you choose....
If you're going to put a gem in the bottlecap, do that first - using a straight pen to apply the glue (rubber cement, again, is my preference) and placing it on the picture... then use the glitter glue tube to make a circular frame around the picture (this one got a little sloppy, so there will be an additional one in the rest of the pictures lol)
This can get tricky - I've read that some people use resin for their bottlecaps, but I chose to try Diamond Glaze, and it works great - just squirt a blob of it inside the bottlecap (after your glitter is GOOD and dry) and pick up the bottlecap and tilt it from side to side to spread it around - keep a straight pen handy to pop bubbles, they can be a nightmare! (tip: store your glue upside down for less air bubbles)
Drying time is 3-6 hours... I tried coating these with a clear gloss, but I'm not sure yet if it's a good thing or a bad thing  Huh ...then get a hammer and nail (or if you have one, a drill) and either a cutting board or a piece of wood... place the nail where you want the hole for the top of your necklace, and hammer away... then if you want to add a charm, do the same to the bottom of the bottlecap where you want your charm to hang from...

attach your split rings (and charms), and Viola! It's ready to add to the necklace of your choice ;-)

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / French Door Panels on: October 20, 2004 08:09:52 PM
Anyone have any ideas to share on how to go about making these French Door Panels?
My moms has some french doors and currently has the vertical blinds covering them, which I can't stand the site of - they are standard white, and just don't do any justice to the kitchen/dining area they are in, so I was hoping to make her some of these as a Christmas gift, but I'm not even sure where to start  Undecided
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Very Girly Greeting Cards!!! on: October 12, 2004 10:04:16 PM
Here are some cards I've been making - I'm so addicted!!! I am thinking of offering them for sale on my site, individually, and/or in sets (maybe a "create your own pack of greeting cards" ?) What do you think? Are they decent enough for that?

(the one with the glitter is not *really* that shiny, I guess the flash from the camera and the glitter didn't get along so well  Undecided )

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Step-Stool Decorating (Potty Training Time!) on: October 08, 2004 03:49:47 PM
So, I got an unfinished step stool from Hobby Lobby for my son (it's potty training time!) and I am painting it Rubber Ducky Yellow.  I also got a sheet of clear stickers from the scrapbooking section (Phrase Cafe - about being a boy, very cute!) and my plan is/was to paint the stool yellow, then once it's dry put the stickers on it and then polyurethane over the stickers. Now, I'm worried this might not work well and I don't want to screw it up!

Any ideas? Also, anyone have any ideas of anything else I can do to it to make it fun (and make him want to use it?! LoL)

9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / The Connor Kirby Infant Memorial Foundation on: October 08, 2004 03:30:43 PM
Throughout the month of October (Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month) GracieTom is donating 50% of all purchases made on our site to the Connor Kirby Infant Memorial Foundation.

I will say firsthand, this foundation does AMAZING work!! Having lost my son during pregnancy last Memorial Day (May 26, 2003), we searched long and hard for an affordable headstone for his gravesite. They are so expensive! And really, who plans on shopping for one of those? No, we plan to shop for cute clothes, diapers, etc... Sometimes, it just doesn't happen that way.

The lady that runs the foundation contacted me on 10/7/04 letting me know they were going to pay for my son's headstone using donations made to their foundation! Needless to say, I was overwhelmed with emotions, and extremely grateful. I had already had my eye on a few headstones, contacted a couple of companies, and as of today, 10/8/04, the order has been placed and the Connor Kirby Infant Memorial Foundation has mailed the check to the company to complete my order. God bless her!!

I strongly encourage anyone that has been touched by Pregnancy/Infant Loss to consider donating funds from your crafts to this Foundation. They are worth their weight in gold!

You can read Elijah's Story if you are interested.
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Handmade Greeting Cards on: October 06, 2004 07:04:38 PM
I'd really like to see a section under the Paper Crafts/Journals/Books section dedicated to handcrafted greeting cards (stamped, appliqued, etc.). I have been acquiring tons and tons of materials to make greeting cards, and the lack of inspiration as well as someone to share them with is a bit depressing, lol...  Undecided

Just my .02  Wink
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