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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How do you remove foam double sided sticky crap from walls? on: February 27, 2008 10:07:46 AM
The previous owners of our house, bless their hearts, fell victim to the gold splattered mirrored wall trend of the early to mid 70s.  When we moved in, we had the most god awful disgusting mirrored tiles adhered to the walls of what is now my son's bedroom.  Before he was born (keep in mind here, the kid is two and a half now...), we pulled the mirrors down in an effort to modernize the room.  The mirrors were on there so well, they nearly cracked in half when we tried to pull them off.  The mirrors have now been down for ohhhhh about THREE YEARS and we cannot figure out how to get the stupid double sided foam tape off the walls.  We're talking space shuttle grade stuff here.  The problem is, since it is thick, foamy tape, I can't even paint over it.  So everything in his room is lovely and sweet, and then the large back wall is old, yellowed floral wallpaper (oh my, how did I forget to mention the beauty of 30 year old wallpaper that was placed in the only room in the house where the owners smoked?) with about 35 or 40 evenly spaced globs of nasty old double stick foam tape.

How on earth do I get this crap off my wall without putting holes in the wall?  It's not even sticky any more, it's more like hardened cement.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Two Flakees in one swap = Two angels? on: January 08, 2008 11:08:12 AM
Here's a hypothetical situation:

Say a swap has two or more people who have been flaked on.  Luckily, neither person has sent to their partner because something felt fishy early on.  So they still have their own packages, and let's say that all of these people would be agreeable to swapping the packages with eachother (as long as their interests matched up and whatnot), considering they had enough time to throw in a few angel-specific goodies for their new partner.

Would it still be considered angeling if it was never posted on the Angel board?  Could they still get FOC status?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bento Swap Gallery on: January 06, 2008 12:05:36 PM
Post em when you get em!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bento Swap (Sign Ups 11/20-12/7; Send outs January 7) on: November 20, 2007 06:38:53 AM
Woohoo!  It's finally here!  Please read the entire survey in its entireity before signing up to participate.  Don't be afraid to ask questions!  Also, please note that this swap is going to coincide with some pretty major holidays, hence the long crafting time.  If you are too busy at this time, please do not sign up.

Gallery link here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218357.0

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  plumpossum
Sign-up date range: November 20, 2007- December 7, 2007
Date to send item by: January 7, 2007

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages, but please seek parental permission if you are under 18

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is for bento newbies and experienced lunch-crafters.  You will be asked to craft one medium and two small projects for your partner & their bento box.  I'll try to partner non-bento-owners with folks who will purchase bentos for them.  You can also think beyond the box: accessories, carrying cases, special things to tuck inside one's lunch, etc.  If you are crafting something that will hold food, please make sure it is food safe and include info for your partner about its microwavability and dishwasherness. 

Remember that the more information you put on your questionnaire and provide to your partner via PM, the better the results are likely to be! 

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Do you currently own a bento box?
If yes, what kind (if you can, please provide a link to a website where it was purchased, or list dimensions or other details about it)?
Would you be willing to purchase a bento box for your partner?
Do you have any allergies/intolerances/things that make you spontaneously combust?
What colors do you love?
What colors do you hate?
What kind of food do you normally pack in your bento (i.e., typical bento foods, sandwiches, soups, etc.)?
What crafts do you do?
What crafts do you not do?
Any crafts you really admire or would like to learn?
How invested are you in making a bento (aka are you a plopper or a detailed landscape maker--both are OK)?
What kind of things do you hope to receive from this swap?
What kind of things do you really, really not want?
Put anything you want right here:


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. plumpossum
2. Avian Flight
3. Kirashii
4. loudxmouse
5. Reenreen
6. Starlawill
7. Guin*
8. Orrkid*
9. Ryoruki
10. CraftyMcCrafterson
11. centrallyisolated*
12. radiationbaby
13. Laural
14. zoster.i*
15. moonoverbrooklyn
16. Whaam
17. Silly
18. AbsurdAnnekuh
19. lillian641*
20. dizzylizzy
21. MissNewEngland
22. katatsumuli

*first swap, can join no others

Sent & Received
Sending Late w/ Communication
Please Contact plumpossum
plumpossum <-> Guin
Avian Flight <-> loudxmouse
Kirashii <-> Orrkid
reenreen <-> Whaam
Starlawill <-> centrallyisolated
Ryoruki <-> Silly
CraftyMcCrafterson <->AbsurdAnnekuh
radiationbaby <-> DizzyLizzy
Laural <-> MissNewEngland
zoster.i <-> MoonOverBrooklyn
Lillian641 <-> Katatsumuli

1/14/08 Update:
radiationbaby and orrkid have been repartnered to swap with eachother since both have been flaked on.  Their send-out deadline is Monday 1/28.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Directory of Crochet Stitches? on: November 19, 2007 04:51:47 AM
OK, so I inherited three crocheted afghans from my dear great grandma.  I have had these things forever.  They have been ridiculously loved.  They also have been ridiculously abused.  All 3 have large holes in them.  One afghan I know is granny squares, and the other two, I believe, are hairpin stitch? lace?  They are basically long hole-y rows, with solid rows running along them.  Anyway, all of them are in desperate need of repair.

The dilemma is that I am a knitter.  I can crochet a chain.  That's it.  But I'm willing to learn so that I can fix these things.

I'm hoping to find a website or even a book I could borrow from the library that is a visual guide to crochet stitches.  I'd like to have photographs or a video show me what exactly is going on with these afghans so I can repair them (two of the holes are in cream colored acrylic, and one of the holes is in black acrylic- at least that part will be easy).  The way the holes run, I could easily just weave in a length of yarn and call it a day, but I'd like to make it look the way it is supposed to, you know?  Especially because the worst of the holes is roughly four feet long. 

So does anyone have any suggestions for super dumbed down step by step websites or books that would show me a.) a plethora of stitches b.) how to do them?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for toddler sized slippers or booties? on: October 09, 2007 05:04:37 PM

I've searched the forums and can only find a pattern for what I need that is crocheted.  Does anyone out there have a knitting pattern for booties/slippers/slipper socks for toddler sized feet (or heck, I'd even like some for grown up feet if you have it too) that does not use DPNs?  I'm cool with circulars, but my experience with them is that they don't work well with wee-sized projects. 

I'd like to find something my little guy can run around the house in and keep his tootsies warm, but since they're just for bumming around, I'd like to steer clear of intarsia, cables, and all that fancy stuff.  I had a pattern for baby booties that used plain old straight needles and knit up in about 30 minutes per bootie (for newborn size, though) and cannot find it anywhere!  I figure even with a basic bootie pattern that is sized correctly, all I need to do is slap some puff paint on the bottom and he's got slipper socks.

Any help is appreciated!  If you have a pattern that is not published online and you'd rather not share it in the forum, feel free to PM me.  Thanks  Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitching with metallic thread on: October 05, 2007 04:38:41 PM
All righty-  here's where I fess up:

I cross-stitched on those plastic mesh thingies as a kid.  I went to snobby lobby a few weeks ago and found pretty much the whole line of Wee Beasties by Dimples Designs on clearance for $5-$8 each (regularly priced in the $30-$40 range per kit Shocked ).  I got so excited, I figured, "this is totally kids stuff" and that it would take nothing.  The patterns are challenging (in a delightful way, though), done with super high quality materials, very fine linen, etc.

The deal is, a lot of the stitches require the stitcher to combine metallic thread with the regular 6 strand floss.  Fine, whatever.  Except the problem is that when I am doing this, if I thread them together and do my stitch, the sparkly pretty metallic stuff tends to get wrapped under the thread and is barely even visible on the finished product.  I mean, I get that's it's supposed to be subtle and not look like Elton John designed it...but maybe if it had like Prince-level glitter, yunno?

Is there a trick to making the metallic thread "pop" a little more?  Do you go through and stitch all of your regular 6-strand floss first, and then go over the pattern with the metallic stuff to make sure it lays on top?

This is the specific pattern I am using at the moment:
(seriously, if you want to die over fabulous patterns- think Anthropologie inspired cross-stitch, check out the rest: http://www.123stitch.com/dimples.html)

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Phil Collins Rocks My World on: September 24, 2007 06:21:23 AM
So for my friend's 23rd birthday (back in April) I bought her and I tickets to see Genesis in concert.  I had this genius idea to make t-shirts for us to wear, and had never done iron-on transfers before.  Saturday morning I woke up really early, found some pictures of Phil Collins in all his glorious action, and made these beauties (they say Phil Me Up!). 

I can honestly say that we were the youngest, hottest, and coolest people at the concert, and had the best t-shirts.

My friend (on the right) is entirely responsible for the photoshopping, although we rocked so hard we could've made lightning strike if we wanted to.  We just, yunno, didn't want to shock the neighbors or anything with wielding our hard rocking weather controlling powers.

So has anyone found when using inkjet iron-on transfers that they have had issues with the transferred image "cracking"?  I am thinking I could just stick a piece of paper over the crack and re-iron that section, like maybe I didn't hold the iron over it long enough the first time- but wanted to check with the seasoned vets first.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Transfer paper or product...for dishes? on: September 19, 2007 09:42:23 AM

So when I was in Kindergarten, the teacher had every kid draw a Christmas scene on some sort of paper.  Then, the paper was sent off somewhere, and a while later, it came back transfered onto a heavy-duty plastic plate (like Corel dishes).

I have been looking for a product to make this project with my son since, well, since before I even had a son.  I would love, love, love, to make a holiday plate for his grandparents every year.  My mom still uses my hideous plate and she's had it since 1989.  The transfer is fantastic too- it hasn't faded too much at all.

How on earth do I do this, without giving my 2 year old a marker and having him actually draw on the dish?  It seems to me that there had to be some kind of transfer paper involved.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / All Things Scandinavian? on: July 19, 2007 06:48:42 AM
I saw there was a Celtic/Norse Swap a while back, but I'm thinking Scandinavia, any time period, any country, open to swappers from all over. 

Great things come from Scandinavia:

Vikings (way cooler than pirates could ever dream of being)
Excellent Cars
A legacy of winners from The Worlds Strongest Man competition
Santa Claus & St. Lucia
Pippi Longstocking
The Hives
Ace of Base
Quirky Fashion statements
Sharks & Whales
Dala Horses
The Swedish Chef
Those wacky Lapplanders

(I know the list is heavy on the Swedish things, but that's what I am, if you have other fantastic things about Scandinavia you'd like to share: please do!)

I can't organize yet because I don't have enough swaps in, but if someone is either willing to organize, or if the potential participants would like to wait until Fall when I have more swaps, I can do it.
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