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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Sawdust is not good for your nipples. on: March 22, 2007 12:43:52 PM
And no, I am not a stripper with a belt sander act.   Tongue

Okay.  So, I wanted my very own tailor's ham for pressing and sewing.  And after much research I determined that I wanted to stuff it with sawdust, since that was a) what old-school tailors used to do and b) sawdust is free.

Now, I approach my sewing as an extreme sport.  I wrestle that fabric and that machine into submission.  I usually get quite hot and sweaty doing so.  Thus, I wear grubby, loose clothes when I go to work on a project.  This particular day I also was experiencing moderate shoulder pain, so I decided to pass on wearing a bra.

I sewed up my ham and got to the stuffing point.  Did you know that sawdust goes everywhere if you so much as look at it?  It also loves to stick to anything damp, including skin if one has been sewing and sweating all afternoon.  And it will work its way into any crevice or opening it can, including down the neck of your oversized tank top...

And after I had stuffed and sewn my ham, I realized that I was experiencing a new and strange and horrible pain that can only come from having microscopic splinters in your boob.  Shocked

Fortunately a nice hot shower washed everything away and I didn't have to call in sick to the office because of a sewing-related nipple injury.  But now I know why the hot carpenter guys on cable never use the sander with their shirts off.  Live and learn.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Crafty ideas for kitty acne/dry paws problems? on: February 06, 2007 09:52:36 AM
So has anyone here ever successfully combated kitty acne?  (It's a condition where your cat gets icky black granules all through the fur on her chin and muzzle that looks *exactly* like chewing tobacco residue.)  The only advice I've gotten from pet books was to not use plastic bowls, which I don't - I use ceramic for food and glass for water.  So far I've been washing my kitty's chin with pet shampoo and brushing the afflicted area with a baby toothbrush, but we do not care for this procedure AT ALL.

Also, what about dried-out looking paw pads?  I'm suffering from the human equivalent, so I figure it's just a side effect of keeping the heat high enough to sort of counteract the MISERABLE BELOW ZERO COLD we're having.  Is baby oil safe for cats?  (I think I read somewhere that it can have a laxative effect when taken internally, which in my cats' case is a definite plus as they refuse to poop when the other one is watching and then follow each other around all day.)   Roll Eyes
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I don't know, Mom, just stick your finger in and see if it feels good. on: February 06, 2007 09:24:59 AM
Or so I said in exasperation to my mother at the yarn store, as she was dithering over which yarn to have me make into a shawl for her.   Embarrassed

Fortunately she's used to me saying things like this - it's a trait I apparently inherited from her mother - so it didn't freak her out too much, but she did get a hearty chuckle at my expense. 
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Scarf! With beads! on: December 18, 2006 09:58:38 AM
My second project ever.  It was part of a kit.  I added the beads freestyle myself.  Smiley

*sigh* My photos are so ugly... but it really is a pretty scarf.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Placemat purses! on: December 18, 2006 09:53:48 AM
Thanks to not2old4glitter's lovely placemat purse tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94934.0), I have entered the world of making purses!

Here are my first two experiments, with a cameo from my younger cat, Rosa (aka Miss Nosybutt.)

Then I made this slightly more elaborate purple bag.  The pocket is a bit wonky, as I didn't have a zipper and I got a little mixed up when attaching it to the lining, but it still works okay.  The button is my favorite part - I hate purses I can't fasten shut, and I found this button completely by accident under a sofa cushion just when I needed it!

Closeup, there are some wobbly stitches and loose threads, but this still looks so good I carried it out to the ballet and then into Nordstroms and it blended right in.  All for less than $2!  Hot damn, I love it.

not2old4glitter, you are my new hero  Kiss  Thank you so much for the great idea!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cheap and quick photo hanging solution on: December 18, 2006 09:34:35 AM
Let me preface this by warning you that I am the world's worst photographer...

Anyway, I had some semi-decent photos of my kitties that I wanted to display at work, but no frames and no room on my desk for frames.  I did have two random nails in the wall next to me.  I also had some Hello Kitty ribbon lying around.  So I did this.

I just used a good old Xacto knife to cut slits in the photos and laced the ribbon through.  I hung the loops over the random nails and now I have a constant reminder of why I show up every day - to afford cat food (and toy mice, musn't forget the mice.)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Whoopass Lamp! on: December 18, 2006 09:29:42 AM
So I found this awesome lamp at my aunt's yard sale this summer.  She had stepped on the plug so she wanted to get rid of it and the price was my favorite price (free.)  So I took it home and put this shade on it.

As cute as that shade was, it needed more oomph.  I first attempted to paint it gold and red with glittery fabric paint, a mistake I will not soon be repeating.  I repeated my efforts with acrylic paint and glue and red glitter and some cool beaded fringe I forgot I had and thus:

I am a dreadful photographer, so you can't see the neat texture the shade itself has due to the many goopy layers of paint and glitter that went on it.  Also you can't see the rest of the lamp.  This shot shows it a little more:

It is sparkly and fringy and swingy and glittery and somehow my cats have managed to not eat off the fringe yet, so for all these reasons it is truly a whoopass lamp!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wee bag from kit now holds my supplies! on: November 29, 2006 12:14:22 PM
Hey hoo!  I'm from a family of crewel workers and felt bad that I didn't know how... so the Maternal Unit bought me a kit and said get to work!

This is how it turned out (please forgive the pixellyness):

I thought I would add a lining.

Dang, that's pink.  Anyway, with the liner, this now holds all my supplies for my next project (which is done, I just need to get pictures.)

9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Pirate shoes! For walking the plank! on: November 29, 2006 12:07:29 PM
I had this pair of manky old flip flops.

They needed something.  That something turned out to be a LOT of black duct tape, rhinestones and a little inspiration from Johnny Depp.

Yarrr, mateys!  The Jolly Roger be a-puddle stompin' off the port bow!

Whaddya think?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I actually finished something! It's a shawl. on: November 29, 2006 11:58:40 AM
2-skein knit triangle scarf, free pattern from Lion.  In some random color of Homespun I grabbed on impulse.  

The original photo was pretty dull (brown shawl + brown sofa = invisible Tongue) so I messed with the lighting on that last picture.  Here's a closeup of the pattern that hopefully shows the color more accurately.

This was my first major knitterly undertaking and I'm pretty pleased with it.  And it's so nice to wear at work when the air conditioning is blasting and it's the middle of winter....
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