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1  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Baltimore, Md: Squidfire's Spring Art Mart on: April 19, 2009 04:26:03 AM
Squidfire's Spring Art Mart
Saturday, May 9th from 11 am to 6 pm
Mt. Vernon Square, 1 East Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore MD 21201.


Hope to see you there!


2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / before and after pics of desk chair on: January 02, 2009 05:18:36 PM
I rescued this chair from a school dumpster about 10 years ago.  I've been meaning to recover it, but never got around to it.  My mother was cleaning out her sewing cupboard and gave me some upholstery fabric that she'd had for 45 years.  It matches the walls in my study so, voila, a new look for my chair.  The job was more extensive than I'd anticipated because the foam was disgusting.  Fortunately, I live a few blocks from a place called "House of Foam"!:)



It's far from perfect, but I'm pleased with the spur-of-the-moment transformation.
3  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Baltimore, Md: Squidfire's Holiday Art Mart on: November 16, 2008 03:18:22 PM
This is the 3rd annual Holiday Art Mart.  It's always great, but this year should be spectacular!

Sunday, December 9th from 12-7 at the Lyric Opera House.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Jewelry from broken pottery/plates on: September 24, 2008 05:46:44 AM
I was sure I'd find some info here, but my searches have been fruitless.  Can someone offer advice or give me better search parameters?  I'd like to make jewelry using pieces of broken pottery and some kind of wrapping for the edges.  I'm not sure if copper foil tape would do it or if I should use some kind of silver bezel wire.  Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I can't sew, but I somehow managed this... on: August 01, 2008 12:26:41 PM
I've never been much of a seamstress.  My mother, who sews beautifully, tried to teach me, but her need for perfection turned me off because I knew it was something I could never achieve.  I've had my sewing machine for about 30 years, but never used it much.  For the past 16+ years it has been gathering dust in the basement.  My failure to find a jean skirt I like pushed me to try something I'd once tried about 35 years ago - make a skirt out of a pair of jeans.  I'm shocked that my machine works and even more shocked that I was able to create something that is actually wearable!

Here goes nothing!!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bleach pen stenciling failure - UPDATE on: July 20, 2008 03:05:21 PM
I decided to try my hand at stenciling a t-shirt using a Clorox bleach pen.  I cut a simple stencil, adhered it to my t-shirt and applied the bleach.  Nothing happened!  I noticed the shirt was only 50% cotton, so I tried it again on another shirt that was 100% cotton.  Nothing again!  I tried it on a cotton remnant and again, nothing.  There was no lightening of the fabric at all.  After washing the shirts I can see no trace that I'd done anything to them.  What did I do wrong?!?!!?

UPDATE - Well, it seems that my bleach pen was either defective or old.  I suspect the latter because the package is slightly different on the new one I bought today.  I just got done doing 3 shirts and it worked!   Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jeans to skirt question on: July 19, 2008 05:20:29 PM
I'm using this wonderful tutorial to refurbish a pair of jeans. http://www.ebsqart.com/artMagazine/za_572.htm  I did my first recon jean skirt about 30 years ago, but my memory and the tutorial don't help me with one problem I have.  What do I do with the back seams?  On the front, the old seams, as you can see in the step 5 & step 7 photos, are nicely turned the way they were on the original garments.  The back, however (no picture shows this), has the inside seams that are not nice looking.  Should I turn under the seams on the new fabric to try to recreate the look of the traditional jeans seams?  Should I jut place the right sides of the jeans and fabric together to create "regular" seams?  I hope I'm coherent in my questions  Huh  Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.
8  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Bead Show in Columbia 1/13 on: January 12, 2008 02:16:18 PM
I went today.  It was a bit annoying because there were too many vendors in too small a space.  It didn't stop me from spending lots of $, though!

Info and a coupon for reduced admission can be found here:  http://www.baltobead.org/index.html
9  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Baltimore, MD Squidfire's DIY Holiday Art Mart on: November 26, 2007 03:09:08 PM
Sunday, December 9th from 12 - 7pm at the Lyric Opera House.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Crocheted wire necklace on: November 11, 2006 01:08:33 PM
This is my latest jewelry obsession.  It's made with multi-colored Czech glass beads crocheted on 28 gauge wire.

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