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1  CANADA / Ontario / Ontario crafters going to Buffalo / Niag.Falls N.Y. on: August 23, 2007 06:28:55 AM
Our craft club loves to travel the 2 hours or so to shop in the Buffalo area so I thought I'd share some shopping info and hope that others will add to the list of good places to get crafty items.

We love the Joann's Superstore at 4101 Transit Rd in Williamsville.  If you email their guest services dept. in advance they'll email you a printable 40% off coupon that you can use in the store.

Bead Creative at 5401 Sheridan Dr in Williamsville is great.  They claim to be the largest bead store in Western N.Y. and we love the selection there.  Prices aren't bad either.

We weren't impressed with Bead Gallery on Eggert in Amherst (on so many levels that I won't even get into it) and we won't be going back there again.

We also liked A.C. Moore at 1581 Niagara Falls Blvd.  Similar to Joann's but they carry some different brand of jewelry making components and beads, so we found it worthwhile to go to.

Not craft related, but we always go to the Tops (pronounced Taps) Market at Bailey and Maple while we're there because we just love to go up and down all the aisles of grocery stores when we're in a different country - and Americans always get products years ahead of us, so it's just fun!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First time using a Jig on: August 03, 2007 06:33:58 AM
I made this bracelet using 20 gauge silver wire and a jig. Since the wire flowers were a bit uneven, I decided to use amethyst chips instead of perfect little round amethyst beads in keeping with the naive look. I hammered each of the flowers before connecting them with jump rings. Unfortunately, between hammering and trying to flatten the wire with pliers, I managed to break more than one of the amethyst centres.

3  New York / New York: West / Coming to Niag. Falls / Buffalo area and need Help on: July 12, 2007 10:32:37 AM
Our craft club is heading down to Buffalo in a couple of weeks and would love some advice from local crafters about where to shop for jewelry making supplies and other crafty things.
We found 2 Joann's locations online - Transit Rd in Williamsville and Military Rd in Niag. Falls.  Is one better than the other?
Which Target store is the biggest or best in the area?
We also found some listings for bead stores - Bead Gallery and Bead Creative.  Would you recommend either or both?
Also, advice on how to bring all the stuff we buy back across the Canadian border without having to pay duty and taxes on all of it!  Just kidding, hee hee.
We don't have a Cracker Barrel in Canada, so we can't wait to have brunch there.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire Wrapped Paua Shell on: June 25, 2007 02:51:43 PM
I got lots of advice on what to do with paua shell on the discussions board.  Apparently the shell dust is highly toxic when inhaled so you wouldn't want to drill a hole in it.  This wire wrap process was really quick and easy.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crochet Wire Necklace & Bracelet on: June 06, 2007 05:41:29 PM
I've been wanting to try this for a while.  I used gold 28 gauge wire, a size 1.75 mm. crochet hook and some glass chips in 2 shades of green.  Simply chain 4 strands for each and then weave them together.  I finished them off with toggle clasps. I think if I made it again, I'd only use 3 strands for the necklace. I'm not much of a crocheter - chain st. is really the only crocheting I can do.  For more detailed pics see my blog:  http://everythingshunkydory.blogspot.com/2007/03/crocheted-wire-necklace-and-bracelet.html

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Gorgeous Paua Shell - what to do with it ??? on: June 04, 2007 01:52:28 PM
A friend brought some gorgeous Paua Shell back from New Zealand.  I'm not sure if the pink-peachy shell is paua as well.  Now the question - What to do with it?  I'd like to do something really nice with it.
These photos don't really do it justice.  For better photos click here:  http://everythingshunkydory.blogspot.com/2007/06/paua-shell.html
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mystery yarn - what the heck is it? on: November 01, 2006 07:29:08 AM
I thought if I posted a photo of the yarn I'm working with, someone might recognize it.  I can't even tell what the fibre content is.  I got 3 large skeins of it.  It's nice and soft and I plan to knit a scarf and mittens.  Any tricks for determining whether there's wool or other animal fibre in it or if it's just plain old acrylic?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Maroon Scarf with Pom Poms on: October 26, 2006 07:19:41 PM
I've been on a real scarf knitting kick lately.  I think this is my favourite one so far.  I combined 4 yarns with very different textures, but I liked the colour combination.  The first picture shows the true colour of the scarf.  The close-up was done on a scanner and makes the yarns look lighter.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Corn on the cob scarf on: October 20, 2006 03:02:59 PM
I made this scarf for a little girl, not quite 2 yet.  She likes 'lellow'.  It reminded me of corn on the cob as I was knitting it.  I think the st. I used is probably called popcorn st. or something similar.

and a close-up of the popcorn st.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jabba the Hut neckwarmer on: October 19, 2006 07:39:41 AM
It reminded me of Jabba when I wear it with the 3 roll look, but it can also be worn just rolled over once to look like a turtleneck or just bunched loosely.  It's very soft and warm.  I might make armwarmers to match.

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