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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Really Simple Earrings on: March 21, 2007 01:42:56 PM
Very pretty!  Thanks for sharing Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Mexican Loteria Projects on: March 20, 2007 02:15:54 PM
Bracelet and necklace made from a teeny loteria game I picked up in Mexico.  I can't wait to make more!

Bracelet with "la Sirena" stabilized turquoise chips, red glass beads, and red, turquoise, and blue rocailles:

Choker with "el Diablito" black glass rounds, red rocailles, toggle clasp:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: cute appliques? on: May 18, 2006 06:05:43 AM
Are you looking for embroidery files?

I don't know of any freebies, but there are lots of mini type files at

And lots of asian and hawaiian at  (warning, annoying music on this site!)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Shrinky Dinks help? on: May 17, 2006 03:42:56 AM
ooo I got another question now...when i baked this batch is sorta stuck to the alluminum foil and left kinda an indent...is there another way to bake them in the oven or do i have to use the foil

I usually shrink mine with a heat gun.  I'm too impatient for the whole oven dealie.  Anything with a hole I kind of thread on a pin, and hold it with my serger tweezers so it doesn't blow around and it stays in the heat.  If I'm doing something without a hole, I put it in a wide, shallow bowl, and try to keep the heat going straight down so that it doesn't blow out of the hole.

Little stuff like earring bits or sewing pin tops will shrink in about 10-15 seconds with this method.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Shrinky Dinks help? on: May 16, 2006 05:15:33 PM
A follow up question...

If you color them with the Prismacolors, do you need to set the color after your shrink?  Or is the color relatively permanent, as it is with Staz-On or other alcohol inks?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: felted bag - question on: May 16, 2006 04:55:29 PM
Ah, but if you sew the handles on first, how do you know the purse won't buckle once it's felted?  I'd rather sew them on afterward, so I could tweak placement.  If you wanted to, you could always go back and manually felt in the stitches where you sewed the handles on.  I'd rather be safe than sorry!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little blue purse for 6 yo girl on: May 16, 2006 09:52:25 AM
Beautiful work!  Wow, and I thought I was cool giving matching FiveBelow beach bags, with an embroidered beach towel.  Awesome gift!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: skirt-a-licious! on: May 15, 2006 08:04:23 AM
The only bad part is the skirt can only be cut as a small, medium, or large.  I'm a size 4 and I had to cut the skirt at a large to fit me. 

Snort, I'd need to buy 2 panels then!

I think it looks great, though.  Now that you know how the pieces go together, you can step up to a pattern for the next go-round.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stamped Melamine Plate on: May 15, 2006 07:35:14 AM
Cute! I've been looking to do the mix'n'match dishes thing and this might be a good solution. Is it expensive? I saw the kits with enough templates to make 50xwhatever item for $6, but nothing about how much getting the actual plate/mug/bowl costs.  Angry Could you let me know? Thanks!

The plates are about $5 each plus shipping.  The shipping for up to 10 plates is 7.00.  The plates are really durable, the prints are permanent.  The only drawback, but this is true of all melamine, is that you can't microwave on it.  It's fine in the dishwasher.

If you get the kit, the first thing you should do is throw out their crappy markers.  The RoseArt, Crayola, whatever brand markers are fine.  The instructions also said not to use black markers, but there was a black marker included with the kit, so  Huh  Some of the girls used it, and it was fine.  I did the stamping with dye inks.  I don't think the pigment, chalk, embossing inks would work.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro 40s dress on: May 15, 2006 06:12:13 AM
I stitched this up from a pattern by Sense and Sensibility.  Here's the pattern: Swing Dress

It was a project for DH's grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary party.  We all got done up in period dress.  DH found a WWII Marine's uniform on Ebay, other men were able to round up stuff from the local VFW.  We did a vow renewal, and my daughter had a fancy flower girl dress made by MIL.

It was a bit picky, as it's made with "retro" techniques as well.  Lots of pinning and topstitching, rather than flat out sewing the seam.  I have to say, I'm not really impressed with how it made up.  Maybe the fabric was too busy, and it didn't show the detail as well.  I think I could have really made it stand out in a more subdued print and piping at the detail areas.

At any rate, here it is:

And a family pic, DS was being a butt and wouldn't get in the picture:
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