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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Sticks-like Painted Coat Rack/Mirror - pic heavy! on: July 16, 2019 08:00:32 AM
That's completely gorgeous.  I always wondered how to do a Sticks-style knockoff.  We do have two tiny pieces of Sticks in our home, which I love. 
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why I Recommend Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine and What to Look for if you do on: March 09, 2018 08:54:23 AM
I found a 1955-ish Singer 99, which came home with me last week.  Do you have a list of tools that I should acquire so I can restore it?  It doesn't look terrible, and the motor whirs to life when I plug it in. Light turns on.  But belt does not engage the wheel, so something's not quite right.  Any tips and guidance? 

Thanks in advance!

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Repair -- Beginning! on: March 09, 2018 08:51:25 AM
I found this gorgeous beauty (Singer 99, c.1955) at a thrift shop, and I was compelled to purchase and restore.  I figured, I can do mechanical things with my hands! It's an electric.  Light turns on, motor whirs to life, but belt doesn't turn.

Has anyone attempted to do this?  I'd love a guide to a basic set of tools/materials.  (The singer repair kit on Amazon/JoAnn is inadequate and cheap, it seems.)

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hobbes! on: February 05, 2018 09:23:23 AM
That's exactly why I made it -- I've always admired Bill Watterson's resolve not to license any Calvin & Hobbes stuff.  Of course, my friend lamented this sad fact, and I seized upon it at once.   Grin Grin

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hobbes! on: February 05, 2018 07:28:18 AM
I made this cute boy for a coworker-friend who loves Calvin & Hobbes, in anticipation of the birth of their child.  They even considered naming their baby Calvin, but worried it might be a self-fulfilling prophecy (though he did go as Calvin for Halloween).

I followed the Instructables DIY to make him.  TONS of hand-sewing, but so worth it.  I had the eye-buttons ground into an oval shape for maximum authenticity.  As a crafter does.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Deep in the hundred acre wood...six original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffies on: February 03, 2018 06:05:06 PM
Long ago, my mom had this pattern that was released in 1968 to coincide with the original Winnie-the-Pooh Disney film.  It was McCall's 8087, and it's so popular to this day, that people have the nerve to sell pdfs of the original pattern for $10.  

I finally bought my own original pattern, traced each character, and sewed them last December.  I tried to aim for a happy medium between fully Disney-fied Pooh, and the Ernest Shepard Pooh illustrations.  Here they are!

Silly old bear is made with a wool-blend fabric.

His bestest buddy Piglet is fleece with a nubbly terrycloth onesie.

Aren't they just a pair, folks?  

Next up, Eeyore!

He's crafted from a cashmere-blend sweater that I felted.  So soft! Fleece ears, and a sateen bow that detaches, of course.  

Here come Kanga and Roo!

Roo, of course, can hop out of Kanga's pouch.  

They're made from baby corduroy, with sateen bellies.

And last, but not least, our bouncy friend:

Tigger is orange fleece with hand-painted stripes.  Coat hanger in the tail for pose-ability.  

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Die cut 1-100 charts on: December 30, 2017 02:21:27 PM
My son LOVES numbers.  I mean, he has said, "Mommy I don't love numbers; they're just easy for me." 

Which is great for a six year old.  About 18 months ago, I made him this 1-100 chart (vehicles), because most number charts only went to 10, or were for a classroom and were for counting to 100 Day and were boring.  So I custom-ordered these die cuts from Etsy.  Last month, my daughter (his twin sister, who doesn't share an affinity for numbers, but does enjoy doing math problems) finally decided her theme (dogs), so I did it again. 

I know the background on his is lousy for the motorcycles, and the scale is weird.  I planned to outline them in a gel pen.  All my gel pens were dried out, so...it's good enough for now.  She chose her color palette.  (sorry for the glare)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Back after a 6-year hiatus -- building a parking garage! BRAINSTORM on: December 07, 2017 11:42:51 AM
Be kind, as I haven't been back here since shortly after my kids were born!  Well, they're turning 6 next week (twins, natch), and my son wants me to make him something special.  I do sewing projects with my daughter.  She picks out what she wants, she designs it, and I sew.  She's even asked for a sewing machine for her birthday, which warms the cockles of my heart.

My son, however, is not as easily satisfied.  I've made him PJ pants, I've made him a felted-sweater jacket, and I've even sewn a couple of pairs of boxers (which he will not wear.  Adamantly.) He asked instead for the following:

A parking garage, to hold his vast quantities of matchbox/hotwheels cars.  He has over 150, so clearly it won't hold them all.  It also has to have parking spaces (garage bays), and a garage door that opens with an external (child-driven) handle.  In his words: "one side of it is opened".  It has a "silver thing that can open and close to let the cars out" (garage door), and a "handle on one of the sides that can open and close the box". 

I was thinking either cardboard box, or foam-core-based box, with lift-up hinged lid so he can see what he's doing inside.  I played with the idea of a window as the lid (old-school 4 over 4), but I don't have access to real wood-working tools.  The crank handle I think I can get at Home Depot, and I've kind of worked out how to make it crank, playing with the idea of a tambour-style door

I found this image from an old Martha Stewart Kids Spring/Winter 2003 magazine (out of print, not available online in archives, not available on eBay when I looked).  My son liked the visuals.  I can't access directions or supply list, but I can guess at much of it.  The link from my source page is also dead.  But here's the original idea:

There are many examples of cardboard box matchbox car garage on Pinterest, but I want it to look nice.  I want to transform the medium (Think Project Runway unconventional materials challenge) and take my inspiration from Martha. 

I just need access to the think-tank that is Craftster!

Please help! 
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: A facelift for Craftster? It's been 5 years... on: December 07, 2017 11:22:09 AM
I forgot how horrible photobucket was!!!

Photo uploading was the most terrible experience in 2011 -- has it improved much? 
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A facelift for Craftster? It's been 5 years... on: December 04, 2017 11:57:23 AM
Hi!  I've been totally disconnected from Craftster since the birth of my twins (nearly 6 years ago), but an ad on Facebook lured me back.  It looks like the site is more connected to social media, but I was a little disappointed to see that the main platform is exactly the same.  Frankly, it looks dated, and that makes me sad!  Platforms like Pinterest are getting the web traffic, the views, and the retweet/regrams/posts because they look cleaner and more visually engaging.  I'm not excluding myself.  I've been a Pinterest whore  since I got myself set up over there, and while it can be annoying (bad links, ads masquerading as ideas, inability to ask questions or get support from other crafters), it's super easy to navigate and browse and lose yourself in. 

Maybe it's Mom-brain here (I can't focus longer than a chapter of Beezus & Ramona), but I would support Craftster updating to a more visually engaging setup.  (Is "platform" the right word?  Again, #mombrain) Like, a front page that's big images/buttons with the categories, instead of scrolling, scrolling, scrolling.  When you look for ideas in a category, show me the picture first, not some cut-off wormtrail of a text.  With so many creative types here (hello, visual learners here?), I'm sure we could lend a hand or an idea or two about what makes a website really work.  I'm not just talking about looks; it has to function better, on more screens.  I stopped using Craftster because it was unwieldy on my iPad.  Photo hosting is the same - archaic. 

Stop me if I'm wrong.  What updates have been made around here since I've been on an extended maternity leave?  I do so love sharing my crafting and perusing others'.  You have to make it easier for me, though. 
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