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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for Beginners? on: March 08, 2006 10:48:24 PM
I started my kids on pillows.  My grandmother started me on simple skirts with elastic waistbands - Sew a tube, then a casing, run the elastic through and hem.  My mother was horrified when I insisted on wearing the first one I made completely by myself to the school Christmas program - lavender satin with hot pink thread, but I felt beautiful.
Reconstructions are good because you can learn a lot from taking things apart and if you screw up, it was on something you didn't want anyway instead of spending a ton on patterns and fabric that you never use.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: March 06, 2006 12:50:53 AM
I hope she learns to start making stuff for herself, it would make her a happier person I think.

She might be happier, but think of the nasty stuff she might make her poor daughter wear if she didn't have to ask people to make it for her.  Or maybe she thinks that sexualizing children is normal.  Creepy grossness.  I think I need to read "Runaway Bunny" and go hug my kids now.  I hate it when adults try to work out their weird crap using their kids.

Nicely done Mikaiyawa.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: grotesque, gluttonous beasts-- handpainted on vintage plates on: March 05, 2006 10:12:32 PM
Those plates are amazing!  I would love to hang things like that in my kitchen.  Howsoever vintage plates not always being nukable or sometimes containing lead, you may want to follow the new plates for eating suggestion made earlier.  I was totally seeing them as wall art.  I can think of several coffee shops that would be great for those.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sock Monkey Round 2? on: March 03, 2006 08:25:36 PM
Yeah!  I knew there were other sock monkey fiends out there!  I'll get sign ups all set after I send off the swaps I'm committed to now (end of March).  I'm thinking 2 weeks to craft, just the animal for swapping.  Any other ideas?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sock Monkey Round 2? on: March 02, 2006 12:42:39 AM
GrannyStylee, There are a TON of great swaps.  I'm thinking we need to wait until the end of march for sign ups.  It would be my first go at organizing -  and I want to have nothing else going on, but who can resist the Princess Bride and Coffee?
It seems like everyone is too busy - but I have faith that there will be more monkey swappers soon!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: March 02, 2006 12:34:02 AM
Oh my goodness!!  ViolentViolet.  I don't know if I would be holding your arms back or holding her down for you.  If it makes you feel any better, a family member who raised one kid was telling me how easy my life would be if we didn't have custody of my husband's special needs daughter.  Umm yeah - because homeschooling two teen age girls, taking care of a baby, and helping my husband run a business is easy (or at least only takes up part of my day right?). 
I wanted to tell her off in so many ways - but I am trying to get her to give us some respite with our challenging kid - so I bit my tongue.  She will never get the homeschool thing.  After all, why teach your kids to craft a meaningful life if they can buy an empty one at Walmart for a buck ninety-eight and fill it with the trash you can afford to buy them if you just go get a job?
'Cause you're not doing anything important if you're not making money right?  Right.  I'd be holding her down while you kicked her.  (OK I'd just want to REAL bad.)
Off my soap box.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: need to help a friend get over THE EX!!!! on: March 01, 2006 11:36:24 AM
Drop dead red lipstick, a new little black book and pen to write in it with... little home beauty treatments like a manicure set, nice soap etc. for getting ready to out.  I always used to buy pretty new underthings after a break up.  A stick to beat off all the suiters might be funny.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "Songs about drivin'" Mixed CD on: March 01, 2006 11:28:00 AM
Take it Easy by the Eagles was the first song that came to mind when I saw this thread. 
Mary Chapin Carpenter did a song called The Bug that would work, but if that's too country/folksy, Dire Straights covered it.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Manly man anniversary gift HELP!!!! on: March 01, 2006 11:09:59 AM
The poker box idea is great.  For my hubby with a sweet tooth, I found an old wooden chemistry set box and filled all the little cubbies with his favorite candies as a 5th anniversary gift.  Wood opens up so many possibilities:  a little wooden change holder, a picture frame, a little chest filled with mementos, a coat rack of some kind, a remote control caddy...
I know this isn't exactly romantic (but men do tend to perceive things a little differently), but you could take a picture of some "cowgirl" clothes with cards spilled over them on your bedroom floor, put it in a lovingly crafted picture frame and attach a card challenging him to a game of "Texas Hold 'Em."
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: kind of papier mache lamp on: February 28, 2006 09:46:02 PM
That explaination explains it pretty well.  And your English is wonderful!
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