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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Teeny Little Dog Swap SignUps 9/15-9/30; SendOuts 11/1 on: September 17, 2006 06:49:03 AM
8. bfkirsch **First Swap!**

It's actually my second swap. The last one I did was for Valentine's Day prior to when the new swap rules went into effect.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Teeny Little Dog Swap SignUps 9/15-9/30; SendOuts 11/1 on: September 16, 2006 04:38:52 PM
Great idea. I thank you and so does Annie.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: supernatural stencil. on: August 16, 2006 02:49:10 PM
Using the pics supplied, I used Microsoft PhotoDraw to edit them. (Sometimes I use Photoshop, but it didn't work for these photos). PhotoDraw has an Effects tool called Photocopy. After applying the Effect, I used clicked on a white pixel using global erase to remove white areas. Then I filled the image with black.

They always aren't this easy.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: supernatural stencil. on: August 13, 2006 03:40:54 AM
I was able to get some basic outlines for you. It's up to you to clean them up and make it stencil-worthy.

You can go to the photos and download bigger sizes here:
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bedroom Help *Attention All Wicked Decorators* on: July 08, 2006 01:09:22 PM
If you are going to paint a dark color, be prepared to put on several coats. I helped a teenage friend paint her bedroom in her favorite WNBA team colors.It took a coat of tinted primer AND two coats of paint for nice coverage.

I have had good luck using liquid starch to put fabric on walls. The instructions I used can be found at http://www.rentaldecorating.com/quick_fix_fabric_on_walls.htm

Quoted in case thelink goes dead:
   LINIT Starch OR LINIT Starch-n-Crafts Stiffener
   Clean sponge or paint roller
1.   Wash the wall to remove any dirt or film.
2.   Lightweight fabrics, such as polished cottons, ginghams, and chintzes, are easiest to use. Measure from the floor to the ceiling and add a couple extra inches.
3.   Cut the fabric accordingly. If fabric has a design, be sure to match the design before cutting the next panel as when using wallpaper.
4.   Pour starch into a clean pan or paint pan or spray on if using stiffener (see Tip section if using spray stiffener). Apply starch to the top half of the wall with a sponge, paint roller or spray on if using spray stiffener.
5.   Smooth fabric into place at the top of the wall, leaving about one inch to be trimmed later. Use push pins to hold the fabric temporarily in place. Apply more starch going down the wall as needed until you get to the floor, leave approximately one inch overlap at floor level.
6.   Apply starch to the top of the fabric, brushing and smoothing the fabric in place to remove bubbles and wrinkles. Be sure the starch penetrates the fabric evenly.
7.   Work your way down the panel, continuing to sponge or spray starch onto the wall, smoothing the fabric, and applying more starch.
8.   Position the second panel, matching the design along the edge. Repeat steps.
9.   Around windows and doors, leave a one inch overlap as with the ceiling and floor.
10.   Fabric overlap should be cut when the fabric is completely dry. It will then cut clean and easily and any shrinkage will have occurred before you trim.
When Using Stiffener in Spray Bottle: Be sure to mask edges of ceiling & floor to avoid over spray. 
To Remove Fabric From Wall: Peel one corner loose, then gently begin to peel the fabric off of the wall panel by panel. If the fabric does not peel easily, dampen the fabric with water using a wet sponge and it should come right off.
Whether you choose to cover your entire wall or only a portion, you will enjoy the look of a professionally decorated room, without the permanence of paint or wallpaper!

After I removed the fabric, I washed the walls to get the starch residue off.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fairy Teapot Cake on: May 17, 2006 03:32:59 PM
The amount of detail is fantastic! I think if I had even an ounce of your talent that my royal icing roses wouldn't come out looking like cabbages.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My flirty summer crochet dress! on: May 05, 2006 03:45:05 AM
I love, love, love this dress! You did a fabulous job on it!

I was able to find the pattern online and I am wondering how long it took you to make it.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Re: Nanny Beatrice Grace and the heavenly host on: May 02, 2006 04:15:06 AM
I just about died between gasps of laughter and amazement.

Great job!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Silk Tie Easter Eggs on: April 14, 2006 01:06:30 PM
Not sure yet if I will try to eat it, but here's the result I had making these eggs.

See more at http://gallery.borninazoo.com/viewimage.asp?gallery=49
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: poop marker on: January 08, 2006 03:54:09 PM
My puppy is on a 100% natural diet and as a result has the nastiest smelling butt you can imagine. One of her farts in a small room is lethal. Her poop can probably be smelled across the block. There is no way I am going to pick up her fresh poop at 2 a.m. or whenever! I think poop markers are the best thing ever. (I just had to learn not to have white ones because they got lost in the snow.)
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