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281  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Session Timeouts? on: November 20, 2007 07:12:02 AM
Lately, I've had an intermittent occurance when posting.

When posting I get a red message of Session Timeout at the top of the post. Similar to the location of when someone posts while you're typing. The thing that is odd is that the amount of post time varies.

Just posted a quick reply (long enough to click reply type 7 words, and click post), of less than a sentence, when I clicked to post I received the warning. Seemed a very brief time for a timeout.Other times it happens when I get long winded, which is completely understandable.

Just in case it helps, my ISP is cable. Just thought it maybe worth mentioning. Smiley

/Edit - Just typed slow to test, and no timeout.  Undecided
282  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help with Bag Recon Formerly: Tips and Insight for Sewing Velvet? on: November 19, 2007 04:58:34 AM
Working on doing a recon on an old velvet bag to new velvet, and my experience with velvet is 0.

It would be nice if you have sewing tips or ideas on how to make this as painless as possible. Smiley

Things I need to know would include, but not be limited to:
  • How to press seams? What iron setting to use or is ironing out of the question?
  • Can you use interfacing, or does this change the velvet flexibility too much?
  • Should you use a larger seam allowance for fraying? Is there something I should do to prep for fraying that you would not normally do with other fabrics?

Any information would be most appreciated.  Grin
283  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Glass Lighted Packages on: November 13, 2007 06:51:54 PM
Even though I don't have Christmas, I can appreciate an excellent craft idea when I see one. Found these in searching for mosaic supplies, and thought they were pretty as well as very neat.

They would be pretty easy to make, and could have so many uses.
Glass Lighted Packages:
On a table:

Under a tree:



All these consist of are:
Glass block - Can be purchased from any home improvement store. Come in various sizes and shapes.
Lights - Inserted through the existing hole in the block.
Wrapped - Just like a package with ribbon, bows, flowers, balls, etc.

If anyone does make some, please post the results. I think they are so pretty, and can add some great lighting. Smiley
284  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Mystic Memory? on: November 10, 2007 04:12:19 PM
Has anyone ordered from this online jewelry supply store?
Mystic Memory

Sent an email with some questions on Thursday, and have not gotten a reply. Not sure if I should skip trying to order based on that, so I decided to see if anyone has dealt with them.
Thanks! Smiley
285  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I there a limit for "This Rocks" voting? on: November 06, 2007 04:32:05 AM
Lately, I find I am using the "This Rocks" more often. Think it is because the challenges are turning out some kickin' entry's,but that gave me a thought...

Is there a limit on the number of "This Rocks" votes you can post? Say in a month do you only get 1, 3, 5, 10, etc? Or is it unlimited?

Thanks!  Smiley
286  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic:You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine... on: October 31, 2007 12:37:58 PM
You make me happy when skies...please excuse my singing  Tongue

Here is the latest mosaic I've been working on. It is about 14x14 inches.
Base pieces in place:

With border:

All ready for grout:

Now I'm trying to figure out the best color grout to use. Looking at red, yellow or possibly gray.

Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome. Smiley
287  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 Sisters and a Ladybug Backpack (Long Winded Post) on: October 24, 2007 03:07:09 PM
For those who need instant picture gratification when they click...here you go

That is a transfer that I purchased from a seller on Etsy (Carlasonheim). It looks just like my sisters and I. None of us look alike, at all! See:

One straight blond hair with blue eyes, one straight brunette hair with brown eyes, and me with curly black hair and green eyes. Milkman, mailman and diaperman.

Next comes the backpack part of this novel. I needed a small one for when I run my errands around town, because I walk.
Very plain:

I decided to jazz up my backpack using all these elements. This would mean my Mom and sisters are always watching over me when I'm out walking around doing my errands.

Adding a multi-use pocket was necessary, since the inside was just one pit.

Now comes the ladybug part. My Mom who passed away in 2005 had the nickname of "lady", which was short for Ladybug. So she collected ladybugs, and now my sisters and I do also.

If you're one of the few who read through this whole post, now for the payoff!

It maybe silly for a woman my age to be caring this backpack, but I love it. Makes me smile when I see the image, and the ladybug.  Grin

The finished backpack!

Thanks for reading, and checking out my backpack. Smiley

(Oh, and here is a picture of us with my Mom. Who by the way made every stitch of clothes in the picture, except the green coat my sister is wearing!)
288  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chair Cover Re-Do on: October 18, 2007 01:48:36 PM
Had these chair covers I was tired of, so I decided to reconstruct them.


Reconstructed them to cover these two cushioned chairs:

Then the remaining fabric was re worked to cover 6 chairs like this:

Once they were cut it was fairly simple to get them done. Do have to go back and make the area bigger for the two armed chairs.

Thanks for looking! Smiley C&C always welcome.
289  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore) on: October 02, 2007 05:58:45 AM
This was my entry into Challenge #20. After several requests I agreed to make a tutorial, but unfortunately this is the first chance I have had to get it together, and post it.

For referance here is the original post:The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore)

Brown Paper Shopping Bag

This bag has all sorts of things you can add or take away. Make it your own, and please enjoy! I love mine, and use it all the time. Matter of fact I've got several now because it is so easy to make. Also now please bear with me, since I've never done a sewing tutorial before.

Fabric (about 2 yards)
vinyl shower organizer from Dollar Store
brown paper bag for pattern

2 wire coat hangers cut into 12 inch long pieces (4 pieces total)
Note pad for shopping list
Coupon organizer
Shrink Film
Vinyl scraps for handles

Cut along one side and around bottom of brown paper bag, so it will lay flat for your pattern. Layout fabric folded in half, place paper bag on top and pin for pattern. Placing this way means you will not have to sew the top portion of the bag.

Cut out fabric and sew with right sides facing on one side, and bottom. Leave one side unsewn to turn right side out. The way when turned right side out, the inside of the bag (for mine anyway) matches the outside.

Cut one of the pocket sets out of the vinyl shower caddy, and sew onto a contrasting piece of fabric. This makes it so the paper and coupons can be seen easier. For mine I used black.

Cut out two strips of shrink film, and use Sharpies to write "Coupons" and "Shopping List". Follow directions to shrink to proper size. Fold over very edge of vinyl pocket to hold shrunken film in place, and slide in. Sew folded over piece to hold secure over proper pocket.

Sew vinyl to extra fabric piece, and then to what you want to be the front of your bag. I used a zigzag stitch to attach mine, but again use what stitch type you prefer.

Now pin the bag together so it will look like the shape of the brown paper bag, but inside out. Now you're ready to sew. Go all the way around the bag in any stitch you would like. Turn right side out, and it should look like a brown paper bag shape.

Now you should decide how long or short and the width of your two straps. I made mine long enough to use over my shoulder, and wide enough so they will not be flimsy or cut into my hands when the bag is loaded. Also mine is reinforced with some vinyl scraps I had to keep them flat. Sew straps inside out, then turn right side out.

This is optional, and can be a pain, so do at your own risk...On the four sides of the bag go in about 1/2 inch and sew a seam from the bottom to the top. This will create the pocket to insert the pieces of metal coat hanger for keeping the bag upright when packing.

Place and pin handles for sewing onto the bag. They are stitched from the inside, but can be done on the outside. For mine a straight stitch was used in a crisscross pattern to make it secure. This was done through all layers of fabric.

Now insert hanger pieces into four corners of bag, but do not sew closed. This way they can be removed for washing bag.

Cut out a sturdy piece of cardboard to place in the bottom. For me I had a USPS small mailer that fit perfect once folded. This too is temporary for washing purposes.

Now you have a finished bag...I think. Hope that is clear as mud. Smiley
290  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wine Cork Placecard Holders on: September 26, 2007 02:02:25 PM
Not sure where I saw this, and am short on time to check my links. Love recycle projects that are pretty, too.

Save all my wine bottle corks:

Find two with similar height and shape. Make sure bottoms are relatively smooth so they will stand. Glue together (I used Tacky Glue), and hold in place with twist ties till dry.

Make name cards, make line across the top to hold name cards (I used my Dremel). Tie pretty ribbon around corks, insert names and taaadaaa:

Wanted to get picture at the place settings, but rushed for time.
Thanks for checking it out!  Smiley
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