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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  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.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay brooch, embeded beads and embossing powder! on: January 29, 2007 01:10:46 PM

I needed a brooch to hold together a shrug, and didn't have one or the moolah to buy one....soooo.

Just flattened a disk of polymer clay, cut out a circle, embedded some beads and a button in the center.  Then covered the whole deal in bronze embossing powder, stuck a pinback on the back and covered that with a tiny strip of clay to hold it in place.  Baked.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / angel wings! on: December 12, 2006 01:36:51 PM
with Christmas approaching, and having twins of my own to buy for all the neices are getting handmade stuff.  I've made some fairy wings for one little girl and now for the other--angel wings!

I made the silver "veins" with hot glue and super fine glitter...I was worried that it would eat through the nylon, but it didnt!!!  The outer edge is a novelty yarn that's been hanging out in my stash for far too long...I like them!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fairy Wings-I fixed the picture! on: December 01, 2006 07:59:59 PM
I made these for my neice for Christmas...I used the coat hanger, cheapo knee-high method.  I also used some thin elastic as the armband instead of ribbon--just didn't seem logical for a 4 year old.

anyone have a tip on how to paint on meshy-type fabrics?

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / A wonderful (and simple!) sugar scrub on: October 14, 2006 09:15:34 PM
I've been wanting to make a sugar scrub for a while now, but have had the hardest time finding all the necessary ingredients.  So this is what I did.  I also decided that it would be best to just mix it up everytime I use it as to not gather molds and ickies, as to me oil and sugar seem a breeding ground.

2tbs sugar in the raw type sugar (couldn't find actual sugar in the raw that wasn't in packets, although that could be useful if I make it up everytime---but now have a huge jar of some other type of brown coarse sugar)
Vaseline bath oil (couldn't find sweet almond oil ANYWHERE! And this was less than $2 for a good size bottle)
fragrance oil (this is optional, the bath oil has a light scent.  I used red rose and thyme that I bought at hobby lobby--they melded well)

mix it up in a bowl and rub rub rub on the rough parts...I used it on my hands and it was soooooooo good and it smells great.

I'm going to gift it, but like I said don't want to make it up ahead of time.  I found these stackable pots that you use for beads.  I'm going to make 4 pots that are fragranced oil and then give another container that is just sugar and give directions to mix so much sugar with one pot of oil. 

Try it!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Are silkscreens reusable? on: October 12, 2006 06:53:14 AM
I'm at a point now in my crafting where I can no longer just throw money at things that I play with for a week and hide in a closet.  I've always wanted to screenpring, buuuut I'm not ready for the whole emulsion and dark room kinda stuff.  I saw on a show the other day where a girl silkscreened a scarf, but instead of burning the image onto the screen, she used a stencil that she cut out of contact paper.  Now, I'm thinking that the stencil could be taken off and the silkscreene, which looked handmade could be reused...just wash the ink off...am I right?
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / More polymer clay beads, pics on: October 11, 2006 08:39:53 AM
Made these last night.  I used sea salt as an inclusion, but it really didn't show up--maybe because I used translucent clay and made the beads really light.  But I've been looking for big beads lately, and can't find any...sooo.

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay beads and a pendant, fun inclusion technique. picture links on: October 10, 2006 10:04:42 PM
I just did these this morning and I'm really happy with the way they turned out.  I mixed in coffee grounds with my translucent and tiny smidge of green clay...fun, no?

And then I made this, just cut out a piece of clay, cured it and decoupaged it, and added a rhinestone for fun.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Christmas gift for a father-in-law on: October 05, 2006 06:57:34 PM
Ok, this year we're strapped for cash, and it's my twins' second Christmas so I really want to concentrate on them and my husband as far as store bought gifts go.  I have ideas in mind for everyone else in the family, except one---my father in law.

He's a pretty fancy guy, and he spends a lot of time in his car everyday.  he likes technology.  i can't see him wearing a handknit scarf and baking him cookies won't work.  Last year I made soap, that wasn't well recieved.  Any ideas?
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