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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Stenciling on furniture - how do you stick the stencils? on: October 22, 2009 06:36:04 PM
I have a dresser I want to add some stenciling on - but how do you get the stencils to stick without pulling off the paint below?  I can tape the stencil edges but I'm worried about the 'inside' and paint leaking under.

Thanks!!! Huh
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / I need help! Sewing multiple rows of ruffles... on: October 09, 2008 10:26:16 AM
when making a dress, should I put the ruffles on BEFORE seaming the sides or after??

I need to finish DDs costume today - YIKES!!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / OK - who has the magic answer for pleats? on: September 18, 2008 05:43:15 AM
I love pleats  Grin
I hate pleats  Angry

Anyone have any tips and tricks?   
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Bag/purse with hidden/covered zipper ends? on: August 24, 2008 06:44:14 PM
I'm looking for a tutorial that shows how to cover up the ends of your zippers - so the zipper doesn't curve down into the side seams... does that make any sense?

I've seen it in store bought wristlets and can't figure out how they do that...  the sides of the bag are topstitched, and then the zipper almost looks tucked in, the edges sit a little down but the zipper is at the same height of the sides.

Oh, and one more thing.... the top of the bagis like a rectangle - it's not 'tapered' at the ends.

I will look around for a pic but wanted to get my question out there just in case anyone else thinks the way I do and can figure out what I'm looking for  Shocked

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Attaching a 'head' to a soft body?? Dollmaking question.... on: August 01, 2008 06:11:49 AM
I have an idea for a 'doll' type item - but can't figure out how to attach the 'head' to the soft body.  It's not even a real doll head, I would be using something like a styrofoam ball. 

The body would be something like the Blackapple doll - a triangular body with long skinny arms and legs.

Thanks for any suggestions!!!!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Porch/exterior decorating ideas - without flowers? on: July 14, 2008 07:26:26 AM
I really want to fix up my porch  - but have 2 obstacles.... I don't do flowers well and have a neighborhood association, so painting the structure is a no-no.

With that being said, I'm thinking maybe fabrics?  Stenciling the actual porch? 

I'd love some ideas, pics, links - anything!  Thanks!!!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Another patent question... on: January 25, 2008 04:34:17 PM
because I've read and read and just can't wrap my brain around this...

Using a 'scrunchy' as an example - because it's something easily made right?  Anyone can look at it and go "Oh, just wrap some fabric around elastic".  So if the scrunchy itself is patented, does that mean I can't make fabric covered elastic and add doo-dads to it and personalize it and sell them?

I have an idea for something to make, but there is a product somewhat similar that is patented... how far from THAT do I need to be?  It's like the scrunchy example - completely basic but the 'basis' for the item (if that makes sense) that I would be taking to the next step.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Young girls sewing kit? on: December 04, 2007 08:41:16 AM
My neice mentioned a 'sewing kit' on her wishlist - she is 6.

Can you help me put some ideas together?

I was thinking of some felt kits - precutting the pieces?
Some colored thread?
Some needles?
A needlebook?

I would like everything to be for hand sewing because I know my sister doesn't own a machine Smiley

Ideas please!!  Also, if you have a link to share to some projects I'd appreciate it!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 'Make me an extra' swap? on: November 24, 2007 06:22:39 PM
So I was thinking for those of us making homemade gifts this year, if there is something we are doing in multiple quantities - we could just make an extra to swap?  Or 2...

I don't know if I can organize, I'll have to read up on the rules, but I'd be willing to give it a shot!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Can anyone tell me how to create a SHADOWBOX? on: November 19, 2007 03:12:54 PM
I see shadowboxes with reference to making them from a standard frame (saving $$$ I'm sure!) but I can't figure it out.. I've searched here and google and am not coming up with an answer.

Thanks for any help!!
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