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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Trip to Japan in a box ideas? on: January 19, 2005 10:42:17 PM
i was just searching the canon printables site (fantabulous paper crafts and cards, etc.!!!) and found the printable origami paper and designs. thought you might be able to use it!


22  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: denim quilt with stars - advice? ideas? suggestions? on: January 17, 2005 06:47:25 PM
However, sewing through the denim, and trying to keep crisp edges might be a real pain.

this keeps running through my mind, as well... while googling topics to death and reading about all the ways to keep the fabric down and keep the corners nice and pretty and whether to hand- or machine-stitch, etc., i think i've come up with a solution.

let's say i do the following:

1. place denim piece (perhaps several squares already sewn together) over a patterned fabric
2. machine-stitch a rough star shape (the wackier, the better!)
3. cut the denim out from the inside of the star shape, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance
4. snip the seam allowance, wash and let it fray

if the above sounds do-able, it would save a lot of time and headache - and give my quilt more of the
look i'm going for. the fray should cover up the stitching, too.

any thoughts/opinions?

23  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: denim quilt with stars - advice? ideas? suggestions? on: January 17, 2005 06:12:30 PM
THIS is exactly why i love craftster! when i don't know the terms for the things i'm trying to do, i just explain it the best i can and someone comes along who knows exactly what i'm talking about AND can show me examples!

thanks so much for the info - and the great lesson i've just learned about mola and the kuna indians!

here's another site with gorgeous molas and mola-evolved quilts:
what fantastic quilts!!

i'm still thinking about my design, and i'll definitely do some test patches as you suggest. i haven't done much applique, so i've got so much to learn!

thanks for getting me on the right track :-)

24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Trip to Japan in a box ideas? on: January 16, 2005 11:09:11 PM
if you are into DLing music/MP3s, i'd suggest burning some japanese music - the shamisen-playing Yoshida Kyodai and the taiko-drumming KODO are two of my favorites!

you could also print out some simple japanese recipes from the net and create a small cookbook.

i'm teaching english in japan now, actually. tell your BF that he should do it! and so should you!!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / denim quilt with stars - advice? ideas? suggestions? on: January 16, 2005 08:23:28 PM
hello everyone!
i'd really appreciate any advice you may have on this topic :-)
last night, i envisioned a quilt that i'd love to make. the only problem is, i'm not an experienced quilter at all and i'm not sure of the best way to go about my project.
the design i have in mind in a simple, square-patch, denim quilt of varying shades of blue. i'd like to add several star-shaped patched of varying sizes and shades of blue as well.
i've made a simple blue-jean quilt before (the fringe-seamed kind), but i want this one to have smooth seams.
the main question i have is: how should i incorporate the stars into the quilt? do i simply sew them on top of the denim, or do i cut out star shapes in the denim and place the material for the stars themselves behind the denim?
frankly, i like the latter idea - it seems like it would be cool to have the stars peeking out from behind the denim patches... but i don't know if this is practical or possible.
can anyone offer their expert advice to me? point me in the direction of a site with a how-to or pictures? any suggestions are extremely welcome!
26  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: metro cards? on: June 02, 2004 07:15:29 AM
hi! i've seen cute litle bookmarks made from metro/train/phone cards. you can use 1 or 2 (if they have interesting pics on them, you can glue the backsides together so you have 2 pretty sides). use a hole punch to make a hole at the top and then tie on a cool ribbon or elastic dangly-thingy.

i think it would be fun to make these with metro card and use various office supplies (paper clips, staples, etc.) to decorate with. then, you could hand them out to people reading books on the trains, just as a random act of randomness.

perhaps you could write out silly words of encouragement on memo paper or post-it notes, attach those to the back of a metro card/bookmark -- id certainly get a kick out of one!
27  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Japanese Typewriter Keys ?!?! on: May 24, 2004 09:48:40 PM
thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! i really am leaning towards some kind of jewellry. the stamps are sooo tiny and thin that it is really hard to read when stamped on anything but paper. :-(  but, i am happy to learn about polymer clay and all the possibilities there are!

no mind "senior member's" reprimands -- it just makes me laugh :-) but thanks for sticking up for me J/A/S/O/N! xo

Do I have this right-- You have the keyboard keys, the equivalent of the letters I am punching on my plastic keyboard right now.

Hi! thanks for responding! My keys are not from a computer keyboard or anything, they are actually printing stamps from an old typewriter!

I think it'd be cool if you took the best looking/most interesting keys and used them in/around a picture: have a picture in a shadow box type frame & glue on the keys as a border;  or take old, semi-interesting pictures & embellish them by adding in random keys.
Whatever you do with them, I hope you post pictures-- I would be most interested in seeing the results, wherever or however many places you post them;)

OOHH!!! i like that idea, too! and it reminds me -- i have some crafts at home that i should post here. wow, im starting to really love this site! (and can't wait to have my students try and make a purse out of candy wrappers!)

i love you all!!! will post pictures!

PS - about making jewellry.... i dont know what kind of equipment i need, i dont know the names of pieces of jewellry-making parts, etc. id really love it if someone could point me in the right direction! also, i live in japan so i dont have access to as many crafting supplies as i could find in the states. still, im sure i can make something cool!
28  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old Japanese Typewriter Keys ?!?! on: May 24, 2004 05:56:23 AM
hello, first time poster here and i'm looking for craft ideas, please!

i came across an old japanese typewriter that was being thrown out by my employer. the typewriter itself was much too heavy for me to justify keeping, but the keys were pretty cool so i turned the typewriter over and dumped out all the keys... about 2,000+ of them! thank goodness for the age of computers, eh?

the keys are small, rectangular, made of a light, silvery metal and just a tad smaller than a cigarette butt.

if you are curious, look at the link below. then, click on the picture to show a demonstration of how these typewriters were used. the short video gives a close view of the keys.

now for my question! what the heck can i do with these keys?! each key has a different chinese character on them and i've sorted out about 300 characters that have nice/interesting meanings, like "mother" or "laugh." i thought about jewellry, but i've no idea how to go about drilling/soldering/etc. as i've never done metal craft before.

any help/ideas would be very appreciated!

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