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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Botched up applique... Help! on: January 04, 2008 01:37:20 PM
Thank you, thank you for all your help!  I ran Fray Check over the edges, straight stitched them, threw them in the washer and dryer and they came out perfect!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Botched up applique... Help! on: January 03, 2008 06:50:08 AM
Ok, I'm a relatively new sewer and I attempted my first applique the other day on some onesies for a friend's baby shower.  I made the cutest little animal cutouts (I wish I had a picture!) and used Heat N Bond Lite to attach them to the onesies.  Great, no problem!  Then I attempted to satin stitch the appliques.... I must be doing something wrong.  The fish, which had very little detail was not a big problem, although I did have some bunching.  But the lion, which had a bit of small detail to stitch, was horrendous.  The onesie would keep getting caught and pushed under the needle... bunching, putting holes in the onesie... bleck!  I basically ruined it.  I stopped before I ruined any more of them.

Then it occured to me... maybe I need a stablizer on the back, but wouldn't that be too scratchy for delicate baby skin?

I guess my big question is.... can I just straight stitch over the applique so the needle doesn't have to go through the onesie by itself?  I know it could lead to some minor fraying on the edges, but I actually think that would look kind of cute.  Plus, I could whip the rest up in no time if I straight stitch... satin stitch seems to take forever!  (And the baby shower is on Saturday!).

Sorry for such a long drawn out question, but I'm hoping you sewing/applique experts can help a first timer!  What am I doing wrong and what are my options!  Thanks in advance!  Smiley
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! on: December 11, 2007 05:32:09 AM
I've received 3 more... just waiting on 1 now, I think!

I don't believe in cutting.  It's temporary.
I hope this means you don't believe in doing anything that's not temporary.   Undecided  I hope you are able to talk to someone.

I've gotten too fat to jump.
Thank you for sharing this secret with me.  I, too, have struggled with weight issues (and still do!) and I know its never easy.

"Pregnant?  Hope is sometimes hard to see."  This has been the only ad I've seen on Craftster for weeks.  It really scares me.  What if I'm pregnant AGAIN?
That would be really creepy, wouldn't it?  Hopefully things turn out how you want them to be, whatever that may be.

Thank you all for sharing these wonderful secrets with me!!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / The Business-y Stuff? on: December 10, 2007 01:40:31 PM
Ok, all you Etsy veterans... I am planning on opening up an Etsy shop.  My question is, do I have to do a whole business name registration thing with the state or whatever?  How much money can you make in your shop before having to declare it as income?  How do you deal with the "business-y" side of having your own business?  What do I need to do?  What are some good resources?  I'm completely clueless on this stuff, but feel like I need to find out before I just pop open an Etsy store.

Thanks in advance!  Grin
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: I hate my job swap on: December 07, 2007 09:14:35 AM
I'm just finding this thread now.  Why, you ask?  Because my job sucks so bad and I am soooo bored that I spend hours (yes, hours!) a day surfing the internet (esp. Craftster) just for something to do.  I know, to a lot of people it sounds great but, honestly it's not.  Feeling completely useless and like I wasted an entire day of my life really blows.  I've been looking for a new job for over a year, but nothing pays well or has good insurance around here.  Still need to pay the bills ya know.  Oh, how I wish I could just stay home, craft and bake all day....... Grin  Ok, I think my rant is over.  (I did have a phone interview for a new job today, so wish me luck!).  Looking forward to January and this swap!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: December 05, 2007 01:41:50 PM

veil ( should i even wear a veil in vegas???)

I had to figure out the answer to that question too (minus the Vegas part). I answered it with, "Would I feel like a bride without it?"

Of course, the choice is purely personal, but for me... It was the veil that made me tear up, not the dress.  I didn't feel like a bride until I put the veil on.  (and we're not even talking THE veil, just a veil that I tried at the bridal shop).  I kept my veil on for the whole reception too because I just thought it pulled together the whole look!   Grin  Just my two cents!
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Postsecret rd 2 SIGNUPS CLOSED! on: December 05, 2007 05:44:47 AM
I hear you... I'm just waiting on 5 more.  This was so fun... I'd love to do another round, but maybe I'll leave it to the people who didn't get to participate this time.  I think keeping them in a little album is a great idea!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! on: December 05, 2007 05:41:26 AM
More secrets!  These all came in within two days of each other... I call them my black and white set.. haha..

Dead - This is what my mother wanted for me!  She's an alcoholic.
Wow, I'm sorry you have to deal with such horrible things.  I hope your mother can find the help she needs.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but whips and chains excite me.  So tie me up and throw me down and show me that you like me.  The back says, I was running out of secrets, so my boyfriend gave me some!  He's a complete masochist!  It goes over well... I'm a sadist!  LOL!
I loved this card...I thought it was so clever!  I'm glad you found a good match!

I only started wearing my glasses when I accidentally shaved off half my eyebrow.
This card really made me laugh!  I hope your eyebrow is back now! Haha.

Thank you all for sharing your great secrets with me.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! on: December 04, 2007 12:47:32 PM
To the person who just tried pot for the first time at 26.... I'm 25 and I've still never tried it, so you're not alone there.  Probably a good thing that you didn't like it... I don't anticipate liking it, so I really have no desire to ever try it... and I'm perfectly ok with that.  Smiley
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 2! on: December 03, 2007 12:40:57 PM
This one means a lot to me. I'm still not sure what I believe and searching for a religion that suits me. I'm happy you're finding answers.

I just wanted to say that I think this card is really beautiful.  I am still searching for the right "fit" for me.  Thanks for being open and honest.
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