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1  UNITED STATES / Illinois / Fabric Stores on: August 31, 2009 07:50:54 PM
Hi folks-

I've been in Chicago for about over a year now and I have yet to find any great places for fabric here.  Would anyone like to share their fabric haven secrets with me?  All I have found so far are chains like Hancock and Joanns. There has got to be something better than that.  I am willing drive up to 1 hour out of the city to find something good.  Any help would be much appreciated.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bric-a-Brac wall hanging and a revamped calendar on: March 07, 2009 11:10:08 PM
In my ever constant search for more places to put things I came up with this.  Pear boxes (I used to be in the produce business) screwed into the wall with drywall screws and some black fabric staple gunned in there for good measure.  Then I filled it collections of Simpsons halloween toys.  The extra shelf at the top is an old plastic shelf that I poorly spray painted and filled with board games.  You'll also see two bulk jars filled with small toys used for bookends.

Side view.  I hope to paint these someday an stencil them.

Next are some pages from my revamped calendar.  I had a less than desirable one so I changed the pictures to something more interesting.  You'll find they don't make much sense. I was trying to use up remnants from my paper stash.

February: it says " You don't have to dress fancy to be my valentine"




3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Aquarium turned terrarium on: March 07, 2009 10:52:00 PM
I recently moved and all my fish died over a 6 month period.  But I had bought this HUGE tank and couldn't let it go to waste.  I also didn't want to move fish again.  Incidentally my plants were doing terribly in the window.  So, I rigged this terrarium with lamps to help grow some of my plants.  Things are going slowly, but they are trying.  Most of the decorations are left over from when fish lived there.  The tiny terra cota pots and the plastic takeout boxes came from dollar tree.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / t-shirt bedspread on: March 07, 2009 10:42:27 AM
Lots of people are doing these, but I thought sharing mine might help.  I went the easy route on my bedspread.  I cut 10x10 in. squares at 7 across and 7 down.  Once I had made the large square, I took my old bedspread (the one with burn marks and unidentifiable stains) and measured the difference.  Then, I needed to make panels to make the 70x70 square fit the slightly larger rectangle of my bedspread.  Once I had done that, I sewed those all together and binded the edges in bias tape.  No need to quilt the whole thing across the top to stick the layers together, they fit fine and don't move around or bunch up like I thought they might.  My man and I are so happy with it, we never want to get out of bed!  Plus, for a more conservative view, I can turn the bedspread over to show the plain red side with black bias tape edges.  That side of the bedspread was not as marred and pocked as the side I covered with t-shirts.  If you have a TON of t-shirts you can't wear any more, enjoy them every day this way!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My retro dress on: March 07, 2009 10:32:55 AM
Well, I have seen a few of these dresses floating around here, but I thought I would have to put in my two cents.  This is a butterick retro pattern.  REALLY easy to follow.  So, here's the pattern and how it ended up!

I don't think it came out as cute as on the picture, but it's hard to have a waist that is tapered so.  I'm not a statuesque model.  It really looks more like a cute housedress, but a housedress none-the-less.  I don't think I could wear this "out".

Here is a link to another one.  I like this one much better.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Old cooker garden on: March 07, 2009 10:17:07 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this.  This seemed the best place.

What I did was take an old electric cooker and filled it with rocks.  I added plants and now I have a lovely little garden in my tiki bar.  So this is what is looks like.  It's hard to see the rocks, but they're down there.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Change your bangs anytime you want! on: February 24, 2009 10:32:30 PM
I've been making my own clip on bangs.  I just based it on what I saw in internet pics from retailers.  There is a clip you can buy called a wig clip or a hairpiece clip.  It has teeth and it snaps.  You get one or two of those, and sew on some hair.  You can buy weave hair in blonde and dye it to match your own hair color.  Then, you just clip them in and viola!

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / hand felted skull pin cushion on: February 23, 2009 10:41:52 PM
The pins go along the edge of the head because it is too shallow to stick them straight up and down.  If you don't know this, wool contains an oil that protects your needles and pins from rust.  Of course, pins are made of stainless steel these days.  But it sure makes me feel good!  You can also put sand inside your pincushion.  It will sharpen your needles each time you use them.

9  Illinois / Illinois: North / New Chicagoan on: June 20, 2008 02:23:10 PM
Hi all-

I'm new to Chicago area.  I live in Edgewater.  I am looking any suggestions for your favorite craft stores.  I use all kinds of materials, so I need to know about them all.  So, far all I have is what my google maps search has rendered.

Also, looking for crafting groups or craft fairs to sell my wares.

Thanks in advance to all who assist.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Board Games and playing cards on: June 20, 2008 01:28:10 PM
I want to recycle these old, whacked out board games I have.  We plan on screwing some of them to the ceiling and glueing pieces to the boards.  We also are planning on stiffening some boards and hanging them upside-down as plant hangers.  But what else??  I have LOT of games.  That only provides uses for about 1/2 of them.  Any ideas??

Also, I have a crap-ton of playing cards to mess with. But to use them, I need something BIG that will use a bunch of them at once.

Thanks crafty folks!
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