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51  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Upside Down Curtains? Curtains for bottom half of window only? on: June 27, 2006 09:52:11 PM
I had a similar problem in my bathroom - who puts 4-foot-tall windows in bathrooms anyway?  I solved it by getting some film - it's the same stuff that those little window clinger guys are from, but big enough to cover entire windows - and stuck it on there to obscure the view.  It's completely temporary, which is great since I rent, and still lets the light in.  Also, it's cat-proof.  Um, I got mine at the Home Depot... if that helps you find some.

But you could also go the conventional route and hang a curtain at half-mast.  (use a tension rod if it needs to be temporary)
52  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Postcard display? on: June 25, 2006 10:00:06 AM
I've seen a homemade variation of the Umbra frame somewhere..... like on HGTV or something

It was a bunch of wooden shingle-sized rectangles that were hung and attached to one another using key rings - I think they actually made a room divider out the contraption, but you could easily adapt the idea to a single row of hanging shingle-sized pieces of wood with postcards affixed to them.


53  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: headboard help. on: June 25, 2006 09:49:33 AM
I've heard that mod podge stays sticky... so you might want to use something else to seal it - some kind of varnish, maybe?  You could probably use the varnish as a glue to stick the pictues on as well, assuming they're on a porous paper, not like a photo.

Good luck, though!  post pics when you're finished!
54  EUROPE / GERMANY / Re: traditional german crafts on: June 24, 2006 10:59:18 PM
thanks, Kerstin!

The students who will be making the crafts are all ages - from age 5 or 6 to adult - so there's a real diversity of skill level.  Also, there's a time limit, since the Easter and Xmas things only last about 2 hours - so anything that can't be done inside of 30 minutes is usually too much.

(We do Strohsterne nearly every year, and everyone loves them! but I think it's important to switch things up from time to time)

And traditional is preferable, but not necessary.  I'm really looking for a book of traditional crafts, though, since images really inspire me, and a book is something that can be referred to in years to come. 
55  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My first commissioned portrait! on: June 23, 2006 06:55:28 PM
just a note on copyright - if you are in Canada and intend to continue doing commissioned portraits, you need to get yourself a standard contract that allows you to keep ahold of the copyright. The copyright on works commissioned in Canada is the property of the person who commissions it - unless you get them to sign a contract stating otherwise.

so if you are Canadian, technically, you can't post that gorgeous portrait without permission from the person who asked you to do it.  I'm not sure about copyright in the US, but I would imagine it is similar.

Beautiful painting, though!
56  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sergers on: June 23, 2006 06:11:57 PM
oh wow,

sergers can do all sorts of things.  The most practical use is the finishing of fabric edges so they won't fray (fantastic for quick projects if you don't want to have to go over your project twice to finish the edges AND sew the seam - the serger does both at once)

but you can use it to do all sorts of embellishments on fabric - like you can put a row of braided-looking stitches on things, and all sorts of cool tricks.  Check your library for a book like   Serger Secrets: High-Fashion techniques for creating great-looking clothes, by Griffin
57  EUROPE / GERMANY / traditional german crafts on: June 22, 2006 10:19:19 AM
I'm new to craftster!  So hi everyone!

I'm looking for ideas or books of traditional German crafts for children - if you know of anything (especially holiday-themed) then please make a suggestion! 

I'm looking for this because I teach a German class, and like to slip in some crafty activities to keep the students' interest and keep class fun!

(Wenn Sie auf deutsch antworten moechten, ist es auch OK!)
58  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: a question about dyeing shoes - espadrille wedges on: June 21, 2006 07:18:49 PM
If you paint the dye on, make sure you wet the fabric first, so it doesn't get all blotchy.  But you'll still have to get the rest of the shoe wet when you rinse the dye out.  Also, you'd have to be pretty careful about not getting dye on the sole...

If they were my shoes, I'd do one of two things:

1. soak the whole shoe in very strong tea (which makes a good, cheap, natural tan coloured dye) Soaking the whole thing will make sure you get a uniform colour and will sort of match the tones of the fabric and the sole (since you're not going to ever match it perfectly... unless you are magic) 

2. cover the canvas bit  there are all kinds of crazy things you could do with a little alene's tacky glue, some ribbon, and some fake flowers.  I think there was a craft challenge a while back for ideas to cover shoes... that might give you an idea or two.

Good luck!
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