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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Beads on: July 29, 2007 08:25:58 PM
I dabble in a little bit of beading and over the weekend managed to get all excited about making my own beads with polymer clay. I've never worked with polymer clay before, and I'm wondering if I'd be biting off more than I can chew. Does anyone have any suggestions for a complete novice?

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craft Ideas for Toddlers on: July 22, 2007 05:49:24 PM
OK, it's the middle of a cold, wet winter and my craft ideas for toddlers have all but been depleted. I'm looking for ideas to keep small children occupied - say age 2 1/2 up or so - that aren't too messy (I know, there are toddlers involved, so mess is inevitable), and are cheap and use items I am likely to have lying about.

I know you good folk will have a wealth of ideas for me!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Bumble Bee Skirt on: July 12, 2007 06:31:29 PM
My mother knitted a cardigan for my little girl, and she really had nothing to wear with it, so I made her a little mid-wale corduroy skirt with a trim of some bumble bee braid I just fell in love with. The skirt is chocolate brown - you can't really tell in the photos.

And teamed with Granny's cardigan

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / When is a 1/4 inch not a 1/4 inch? on: June 27, 2007 01:05:46 AM
When it's sewn with my wretched 1/4 inch foot! When I got my machine, there was a special offer of 2 extra feet, so I chose a walking foot (natch!) and a 1/4 inch foot.

Only thing is that the seam it sews is actually more like 5/8 inch. Grrrrr! This has meant that my log-cabin-ish blocks with a strip-pieced panel are all coming out wonky! (I will take some photos and put them up later)

I have removed the offending foot, and replaced it with a strip of masking tape to act as a guid to the perfect 1/4 inch seam.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Gauge Question on: June 24, 2007 08:31:56 PM
I have found many, many patterns that I just love on line, but I am a bit wary to start them, as I am not sure what the yarn gauges mean. I am used to 4 ply, 8 ply and 12 ply, and get thoroughly confused by Worsted Weight, and so forth. Is anyone able to shed any light on conversions? Huh
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beanie Pattern Needed on: June 15, 2007 01:17:49 AM
I have searched and searched, and I cannot find a child's beanie (hat) pattern I like. I want to knit one for my daughter in a Wee Willie Winkie type style, with a long "tail", similar to this one but in a toddler size. I am not good at adapting sizing, and I just can't seem to find a pattern, despite looking through endless books, and googling til my eyes bleed.

Any suggestions gratfully received.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bumble Bee Baby Quilt on: June 04, 2007 04:25:09 PM
A long-time friend of mine is expecting her 3rd baby later this month. I decided that the baby should have something special, as he or she will be living in hand-me-downs for ever. Since I don't know if they're having a boy or a girl, I made a unisex quilt. The Dick and Jane fabric is perfect for my friend who just loves these books!

Now the other 2 children want a Dick and Jane quilt!

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Card Trick" Cushion on: May 09, 2007 03:54:48 PM
My first project from my quilting class was this cushion cover. I made it for a friend and didn't have an insert the right size for it, so here it is, in all it's flat glory.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What Sort of Paint? on: March 27, 2007 05:18:05 AM
I'm not sure if this is the place for this question.

We have a collection of large flat cardboard boxes with which we intend to build a cardboard cubby-house for the children. I am wondering what would be the best kind of paint to use to decorate it? My thought at the moment is to use an undercoat of plain white acrylic housepaint, and then a top coat of poster paint. Will this be durable enough, or will the children emerge from the thing covered in flakes of paint?

Any advice welcomed.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dragonflies! on: February 13, 2007 09:41:15 PM
I made these for our nanny who wanted something to go with a navy dress to wear out for dinner on Valentine's Day.

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