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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Piecework on: July 07, 2004 05:50:15 PM
Just wondering if anyone subscribed to Piecework.

I had a subscription many years ago (like '96- '97 when it first came out) and loved it.  I found some old issues when I was cleaning a couple weeks ago, and then went to their website and requested a free issue.  Which I got today.

It doesn't seem nearly as good as my old issues- I don't know what it is, but something just isn't the same- plus it's alot thinner and more ads, and it's always been expensive.  The issue I got today was the July/August.  Is this pretty typical of the magazine now?  Frankly, I don't want to fork over $24 for six of what I got today, but I'm wondering if this was just an "off" month for them. 
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / clear elastic question on: June 19, 2004 12:24:28 PM
I just bought some clear jewelry elastic to re-string an old sentimental bracelet.  Messed with it last night, I don't do much beading, but have a question- how do you all tie it off?  I tried just doing a knot but it sprung back loose.  I'm sure there is a simple trick to this...
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / popcorn box purse on: June 01, 2004 07:25:28 AM
You all have inspired this old lady to something I never would have thought of before!

(and a question)

We took the kids to the circus last weekend, and had bought a very overpriced box of popcorn.  It's a very cute box, bright, with a clown on one side and elephant on the other, and it's in really good shape.

I am thinking if I stick plastic over the outside... and put another piece of cardboard (it's pretty wimpy right now) and a lining inside... and a long fabric strap handle... this has major cute potential.

Has anyone ever seen fabric that is printed like popcorn?  That would be the ultimate lining I think... if not I'll try to make my own with white and some fabric markers.

I gotta tell you all, I NEVER would have thought of doing this if it wasn't for you guys here.   
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / non-knitter needs ideas for revamp on: May 29, 2004 06:14:36 PM
I picked up a very cool sweater at the Sal Army today for $2.  New with tags, Liz Clairborne.

I am NOT a knitter, I understand the concept and about 10 years ago made a scarf.  But I am a seamstress at least.

The sweater is very chunky knit.  Very chunky.  It has a funnel-neck, there isn't a seam around the base of the neck at all, and it is the same stitch as the body of the sweater.

It is not knit "proper" in that there is a cut seamline down the sides of the neck (runs right into the shoulder seam), so if I unravel there will be many short pieces.

Love the sweater, but the neckline looks like sh*t on me.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what to do with it?  If I unravel the funnel, how can I finish the neckline?  Is there anything I can do besides knitting- I was thinking sewing it somehow, or binding it, or using ribbon or something?  I will have matching yarn if I unravel, but I'm not sure what to do.     
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / transforming/flipping cube thingy with pictures on: April 17, 2004 09:00:34 AM
Most of my problem is, I don't even know what it's called.  My kids got this thing in their Sonic meal last night, which they called a Cool Cube.  

It is plastic base, but it is a cube, but really made of 8 smaller cubes, with all different sides on it.  Like you flip it this way and there is one pic, and flip one side over and there is another pic, and flip it around and there is another pic.  I hope somebody knows what I am talking about!  You can also flip it so it is rectangular.  Some of the pics go over 2 sides and serve as hinges, but not all of them.

I am going to save their old ones (since they'll trash them soon) and was thinking about recovering it with photos and use as gifts, as soon as I figure out how to do the squares so it works right.  I tried to Google how to make them, but since I don't know what to call them, it's kinda hard.

Does anyone know what I am talking about or know where I can find instructions for making one?
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / New here, with questions of course on: March 28, 2004 01:51:38 PM
I'm coming out of lurkdom...

My question is more philosophical.  I am looking seriously at the crafts-for-money thing now.  Mostly cause we need the money.  My problem is that I am mostly a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to crafts, I have tried almost everything at least once, and I like it all.  So I can't really decide what I want to focus on.  Or if I should even focus at this point.  Historically, I have been a seamstress, and have done that whole alterations thing professionally, I'm kinda burned out on that.  And you know how it works, when it starts being your *job* it isn't nearly so much fun.  But I can do almost all of the needle-arts, and have played alot with clay and beading.  

When you all decided to go into business, was it more of a carefully attacked plan, or a fluke of nature?  How did you decide what your "thing" was, or was it just obvious from the start?  

Right now, all I know is we need some cash coming in, and I don't know which thing to pick... and looking thru this site only gives me more inspiration  Shocked ... I guess I need a kick in the pants??  
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