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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Beer Soap..just dont drink it :( on: January 14, 2010 07:19:12 AM
Beautiful, but i'm equally impressed with your taste in beer.  Those are difficult to find on the mainland! Wink
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wrap around hip bag on: August 26, 2009 11:58:03 AM
O dear gods i am in LURVE.

I loathe bags of any kind, but i do enjoy some items of clothing that lack pockets.  My money clip has a clip so i can hang it from my waistband, but that makes me nervous having it loose and visible.  This solves that problem insanely well!
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Vinyl lattices on: August 08, 2009 09:10:03 AM
Well, if you have a 16 x 20 room you can hang them from the ceiling and paint them so they will either blend in, stand out or compliment your ceiling color. I'm sure they don't weigh that much.
Not a bad idea, although i just spent a month cleaning and painting the inside of my new house Wink So covering up my awesome paint job with lattices isn't really part of the plan, though for people whose tastes run that way, it's a great idea!

My tastes run halfway between Asian/Minimalist/Zen and Eclectic.  White is not part of the picture, nor is a garden style lattice.

However, you do make me realise that my unfinished and rather dark and dank basement might be improved with the lattices as well.  If i stick with my plan of making them into movable outdoor room dividers, there is no reason why i can't use them downstairs in order to make the basement into smaller areas.  So i'm definitely shortlisting your suggestion. If Craftster had a posrep system i'd be repping you right now Smiley
these can also be great for renters who can't or don't feel comfortable putting too many holes in their walls.

Clean the lattice, leave as is or paint it to a desired color. You can then use it propped up against a wall as a pot rack, utencil/towel/gadget holder. You could also us it to hang photos/posters/artwork on. Screw hooks into it and us it to organize a craft room, hang coffee/tea cups from, use it to hang your calendar on and then decorate with things done, like postcards from galleries/museums visited, ticket stubs, postcards, photos, kids drawings, etc.
While for me, a homeowner, these won't work, for a renter they are in fact great ideas.  You also deserve posrep Smiley

And since i don't have the wall space to use these inside as organizers, you also make me realise that until i can afford a shed, they would make a decent garden tool organizer.  If one of the outdoor room dividers is vertical and not horizontal, just hang hooks or flowerpots from it to store my outdoor tools.  And it'll be movable so as i rip up more and more of the ugly blacktop i won't have to worry about dismantling and reassembling.

Still looking for ways i can use these outside, since the inside of my house is A) Freshly painted and not in need of white vinyl and B) too small for giant art installations.  Anybody else?
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help with nickel containing gift on: August 02, 2009 08:43:49 AM
Hi gang-

I have a dear friend who visited me in Boston last summer, from her home in NC.  Because she's completely awesome, and a great guest to boot, she made me a matching necklace and earrings from garnet and silver.   The colours are absolutely completely me, and the pair is just gorgeous.  However, the silver beads she used obviously contain nickel, because my neck broke out within about a day of wearing it Sad

Now, i do not change my jewelry daily. I pick something to wear and keep it on for weeks at a time.  I could use the necklace just to wear for special occasions, but i like it enough for every day wear.  I don't want to "save" it i want to use it! 

So what methods are available to coat the necklace with resin or polymer or something non-toxic that will seal in the nickel and not harm the garnet (or maroon agate/quartz)?

I realise i could just re-string the entire necklace myself, using my own battle-tested beads that i am not allergic to.  That is my last resort, because i really want to use the gift she made me, not half of her beads and half of mine.  I am willing to coat the beads individually and then restring it, if whatever substance exists is bad for stones but works on metal.

(I know this could have gone in beads but it is a generic jewelry question about nickel/silver alloy, and many more pieces of jewelry are made of that than just beads, and many people besides me are allergic.  The answer will be broadly applicable to more than just beads.)

Thanks a ton Craftster.  I rely upon your vast and collective knoweldge Smiley

15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Vinyl lattices on: July 29, 2009 07:10:11 AM
Hi gang-

So friends of mine are giving me around 10 pieces of vinyl lattice that used to go under their porch before they put on a deck.  They are white, and in the standard 4' x 8' size.  They are in decent condition, and really only need a quick spritzing with a bleach solution to get off the worst of the mildew and dirt from leaning against their garage for a year.

So this is my first summer in my new house, having moved in in May.  The house itself really has no place to put lattice, the porch being enclosed and the foundation being in decent shape and less than 4' high anyway.

The garden is separated from the neighbour by a normal chain link fence, so people have suggested zip tying the lattice to the chain link to prettify it a bit.  There is also a concrete retaining wall along the parking area that is rust stained and not so attractive.  The lattice could be used to disguise the concrete a little.

But none of this really excites me all that much. 

The only other semi-original idea i had was to make feet and a frame for each piece individually, so they basically become outdoor room dividers, and thus some can be used along the concrete, but others could be used to make a low wall around the patio area.  And if we have a party or BBQ and we spill out into the parking area, since the lattices are individual, we just move them.

But this still, while clever, strikes me as being not living up to the full potential.  So i leave it to you, o my Craftster geniuses.  Please think of cool ways to employ 10 4'x8' vinyl lattices Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon mural...obese with pics!!! on: August 24, 2008 07:37:19 AM
What a lucky kid!

Buy him his first polyhedral set, quick! We must recruit new members to our hobby while they are still young and open minded Cheesy
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered XX-Hi Converse (img heavy) 1st post on: August 24, 2008 07:33:37 AM
Those are incredible!

As a mother of zero in my late 30's, i might have to figure out a way to get a pair for myself.  I don't have access to an embroidering machine, but i'm not half bad with fabric paint.  It would be a nice stopgap solution until you decide to go pro and i can commission a pair directly from you Smiley
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Duffel and matching makeup bag! 4 pics on: June 27, 2007 04:42:19 AM
Shewolf, those are very nicely done!  The photos are a little dim Sad  But i can see the high quality of your work in the close up of the toiletry bag.

About how long did it take you?

Also, great cannibalisation of a pair of jeans.   
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wrap pants on: June 12, 2007 04:09:21 AM
Sweet fabric, shewolf! They look nice and flow-y for summer.

A job well done.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Monsoon dress on: November 16, 2006 03:37:46 PM
Hmmm, see, you think it is ruched?  To me it looks like a single band of thing cloth wrapped around about 27 times after being gathered.  So basically ruching before wrapping.

But i will give it a test run using both methods.  I don't want to waste the money on that much fabric, but i will cruise the sale aisles.

Thanks for the advice.

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