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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Travel Folders\Envelopes on: October 26, 2005 08:02:58 PM
i've seen these kinds of things (made by eagle creek, for example) and they look great for packing and holding all those carefully ironed items into place -- but the cost is too high for me so i decided to make my own!

i took a large book (roughly the same area as a folded shirt), traced it onto newspaper print, drew on some "flaps", cut and stiched and added some snaps! very simple and now my clothes don't get messed up in duffel bags or large luggage pieces!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / I've gone Fringe Mad!! on: October 26, 2005 07:50:57 PM
i stopped into a bead shop a couple of months ago and ended up going back every day for a week, fixing or adding to random pieces of jewelry i had

then, someone taught me how to make a fringe bracelet and i went nuts and made several -- with earrings to match. i hope they'll make nice xmas presents for family\friends

anyway, just wanted to share! thanks  Smiley

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / School Uniform Button Ponytail Holder on: October 26, 2005 05:44:01 PM
hey guys!
a few months ago, a friend gave me a bunch of buttons from her grandmother's button box -- they were all old buttons from brothers\fathers\sons\uncles\etc school uniforms! anyway, i was so excited but i didn't know what to do with them -- but finally, i used 6 of them to make this ponytail holder. i also added a few wooden beads and strung everything together on a piece of elastic. i love wearing it cos it makes a little jingle :-)

the 3rd picture is a little fuzzy, but i wanted to show how i put it together! i used 3 split rings strung on the elastic and attached the buttons and wire-wrapped beads to the split rings. then, i used a jump ring to keep it all together!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Denim Quilt for Mom on: October 26, 2005 05:27:23 PM
hey there,
just wanted to share some photos of a quilt i made and gave to my mom last mother's day

i was moving and decided to cut up my old jeans to make the quilt top and use an old printed sheet from india that i'd used as a wall hanging for years to make the quilt backing

it was so cheap to make (rotary cutter, cutting mat and plastic square for $1 each at the shop, a spool of thread for a couple bucks and that was about it! oh i did splurge on iron-on batting but it wasn't worth it, IMO!)
5  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!
6  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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