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351  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your best technique for turning skinny tubes of fabric inside out? on: March 29, 2006 07:49:02 PM
We call it "the nose picker" around here. Because we're mature like that. Real name is "Loop turner" and they'll have one in the notions section of your local sewing store. I love it to pieces and turning loops doesn't suck anymore.

352  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: 15 artworks in 30 days on: March 29, 2006 04:51:19 AM
I love her hair. Whenever I attempt watercolours I end up going way too heavy with the colours and lose the lovely translucency you have there.

Good luck with the self-challenge! I think it's a great idea. Smiley
353  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A corduroy purse and vintage towel tote bags on: March 28, 2006 07:19:42 PM
Coincidence? Probably not. Smiley I think that batch of towels I picked up at either Value Village or the Thrift Shop on Bridgeport. And since you said volunteer, I'm going to go with the latter. I was just there today and picked up a couple bags of scrap fabric and a crapload of post cards.
354  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Many Uses For / Incarnations Of Picture Marbles on: March 24, 2006 05:19:47 PM
When I went on a marble magnet making binge about god... 3, maybe 4 years ago I just used silicone "glue" (caulking, more like) for bonding the image to the marble and the marble to the magnet. The silicone never yellowed, but just this winter the marbles have been coming away from the magnets. I'd personally try with silicone to bond picture to marble, let dry, and then the e6000 to the magnet.

355  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: soap composition advice on: March 24, 2006 04:44:32 PM
It's been a few years since I was working on developing soap recipes, but something looks terribly off-kilter with yours. Beeswax shouldn't be more than a small percentage to help harden up a recipe and honey should really only be used as an additive when you're at trace. You need a balance between soft and hard oils to make a good soap. Here's a good explanation about that: http://www.soapnaturally.org/oilproperties.html

I'd recommend making a concerted effort to nail down what you consider your perfect recipe before even considering selling your product. Also you need to be aware of the governmental controls and expectations for selling soap -- in Canada, for example, soap is a cosmetic and is monitored by Health Canada. As much fun as soapmaking is and how exciting the idea is of making some money from something so fun, it is still a product that is used in direct contact with people's skin, including sensitive areas like genitals, etc.

I highly recommend checking out The Soap Dish Forum -- I started learning about soapmaking with that community (under another name) and they know their stuff.

Best of Luck!
356  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A corduroy purse and vintage towel tote bags on: March 22, 2006 07:53:04 AM
I LOVE THOSE TEA TOWEL ONES!!!  Beautiful!  Where did/do you get your tea towels? I bought a vintage kitty tea towel purse on ebay, we wont say how much it set me back, but from then on i have been dying to know where cutsie stuff like that can be found.


I picked up the tea towels at a couple of the local thrift stores. I found more at the smaller type of store than the chain type (Value Village). Found 7 or so in great condition after visiting a couple shops.

357  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vinyl iPod cases two prototypes on: March 22, 2006 05:51:50 AM
I sometimes want an iPod myself, then I remember how much they cost. *laughs* Thanks for the compliments. I think I've figured out how to do the next one.
358  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The kidlet has skills (a first sewing project) on: March 20, 2006 03:04:42 PM
I love the dress pattern- do you think it comes in grown-up sizes?

I just took a quick peek at the Simplicity site, and there's a pattern in women's sizes (6-20) that's *really* close: 9830

One difference I can see is that the front bodice piece in the women's style isn't cut on the bias, where the kid's version was.

Hope that helps!
359  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Kitchener-Waterloo on: March 20, 2006 06:17:48 AM
Hey! Waterloo-ite here and wondering if you're still getting together at WLU? I'm a first year "mature" (hah!) student there.

Re: Craft Fairs
- The big one is at Bingeman's each fall. Tables cost a few hundred, the last I looked.
- I had a middling amount of success ($150-200 in sales for 4ish hours of work) doing the extravaganza at my daughter's elementary school for a couple years there when I was running my business (handmade soaps, bath and body treats!). Worth asking at the schools in your neighbourhood if they do craft shows.
- Also, I know that both Laurier and UW offer space/tables to students and outside people in the concourse and Student Life Building, respectively. WLU offers the tables for free to Laurier students, not sure about UW.
- I know some Churches do craft shows, but any I've seen have been slow and not really worth the vendor's time.
360  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl iPod cases two prototypes on: March 20, 2006 03:30:49 AM
My fianc finally splurged and bought himself an iPod (after talking about it for over a year) a couple months ago. Its already scratched, which horrifies me. So I figured Id see if I could figure out a good holder for it. Im not happy yet, but here are my first few tries:

Prototype 1:

A box style, with external stitching, holes for the bottom cord and the headphones, with the front clear vinyl area designed to fold in behind the iPod to add more protection.
Problems: Too loose, the clear vinyl sticks like a vacuum seal to the back of the iPod when tucked in, the fabric side of the vinyl is visible and the flap likes to flop everywhere. Oh and the silkscreen evil frog came out like crap. *laughs*


Prototype 2:

Sleeve style, external stitching, and hole for the headphones. The part that folds behind the iPod is now in black vinyl, and no longer sticks. Evil Frog silkscreen still crappy, but rescued with a sharpie.
Problems: Too tight, the clear area is tearing on use, floppy flap and *sobs* evil silkscreen still bleeding.


Next up I may go back to the box style and try to clean it up, or figure out a way to loosen the sleeve and reinforce the clear section. And someday get that evil frog to look right.  Smiley  
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