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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need to make a pleated skirt a-line or straight--help! on: December 14, 2007 04:25:24 AM
I have 2 skirt issues, I hope someone can help!!

I have a ton of circle and pleated skirts that just don't look good on me anymore.  After 3 kids in 2 1/2 years, I don't need anything else accentuating the negative.  So I just need some tips on how to take those in and make them a-line or straight.   

I have this one skirt with gores or godets (not sure the difference) and I love it, the only problem is I have lost some weight so now it's fitting me kinda funny.  It puckers at the waistband where my shirt comes over and the actual skirt part is a little flouncy now.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Gift basket goodies - what's in your baskets? (pls incl. recipes!!!!) on: December 12, 2007 12:40:14 PM
I'm doing food baskets this year and I'm making:

Peppermint bark (with the white chocolate and chocolate layer)

Gingerbread men (I'm going to make each person their likeness in gingerbread form)

Chocolate Peppermint bark cookies

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Mini pumpkin bread bundts

Hot Cocoa mix
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A few pendants. Polymer Clay and embossing powders. on: May 16, 2007 08:00:49 PM
thanks. *gush*

I've always wanted to try the metal powders, but daggumit...I can't find them in the craft store and when ever I ask an employee they give me this "I dunno" look and take me to embossing powders or glitter. 
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A few pendants. Polymer Clay and embossing powders. on: April 30, 2007 09:05:06 PM
I saw a few things the other day that I wanted to try.  I've tried and failed with embossing powder on polymer clay before.  I have very little time anymore (I have two year old twins), so when I get the chance to use polymer clay I try to make a batch that includes about 15 pieces, and usually only about 2 turn out the way I want them to.
I'm not in love with this one, the stamp didn't come out completely and the design, I think, was a little too complicated to try to do with embossing powder.  However, it gives me inspiration to try and do a cameo with this same technique.  BTW, it's a lady holding a letter...though it kinda looks like she's flipping us off.

This one was originally done with embossing powder as well, but it was driving me nuts, so I scraped it off and started again.  I liked the shape.  When I went to drill the holes, I messed up on the first, so I just drilled a second.  Originally I was thinking I would hang it from a necklace on one hole and dangle a bead from the second...but then I used a rub-on from the scrapbooking section and decided that it would make a nice nameplate type component.

Gold embossing powder that was put on a greenish piece of clay.  I did the embossing after the clay was cured.

This still needs to have a hold drilled it.  For this one I made the impression in the clay, cured it, then put the embossing powder into the recesses, then baked it again.  This one is actually the same stamp that was used to do the green/gold one up there.  It makes a huge difference which way you use it.

So far my favorite.  This one also had the impression made prior to curing. Then I rubbed some light blue acrylic paint on it, gave it a few minutes, and wiped it off.  Then a coat of varnish to make that paint stay put.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Do Laundry? -Lovely Dress on: April 22, 2007 09:37:03 AM
Maybe that nakey girl didn't want to do laundry either, and just wasn't as creative as you are...
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Maternity stuff - two tops and a sundress on: March 30, 2007 06:30:43 AM
I'm due in late June too, and I am waaaaaaaaay bigger than you are!  I totally feel like a cow now...

Did you use a pattern for these?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: coral type bracelets (image heavy)***NOW WITH TUTE!!! on: March 01, 2007 09:07:03 PM
I saw this and had to try it immediately!  I love it and it's super easy to follow.  Thanks for the tutorial!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wire Eye Loops/Falling apart eep Help on: February 02, 2007 02:28:35 PM
I'm gonna second the pp.  I think it also helps if you bring the wire around just a wee big and clamp it with pliers onto itself.  I hope that's understandable.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments on: February 02, 2007 11:49:27 AM
I've been looking for pigment powders for the longest time.  I can't find them at my craft store.  Now that I have a brand name I hope I can find them.
Would they be around the polymer clay area (because if they are my store doesn't carry them) or like the scrapbooking area, that's the only other place I can think of.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay brooch, embeded beads and embossing powder! on: February 02, 2007 11:45:56 AM
I used to make tons and tons of jewelry and to show it off before I had a camera I used the scanner.  I never knew all these tips.  thanks!
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