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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Praise Seitan! on: September 08, 2008 06:13:19 PM
Too cute, I love it! I think my local health-food deli/grocery needs one of those.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch Baby Bibs on: September 05, 2008 07:43:39 PM
Friends of mine recently had a baby, and when I couldn't find baby stuff that suited their personalities I decided to get crafty.

I made the pattern for this using Stitch and a picture of Tupac's tattoo. My friends live in a semi-rural area and had been joking about how their son wouldn't have any street cred.

The font and elephant pattern are from Better Homes & Gardens 2001 Cross Stitch Designs: An Essential Reference Book, which is an incredibly awesome book chock full of fun little patterns. My friends refer to their son as "Pudge". It's partially due to his big healthy baby size and partially an odd reference to The Office.

Font and pigs are from the Better Homes & Gardens book again. When my friends are out in public and don't want people to know they call their son Pudge, they say Madge instead.
On The Office, Michael accidentally addressed someone named Madge as Pudge.

I had a lot of fun making these, and the proud parents really liked them.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Computer skills needed - dumb person asking for help!!! on: July 23, 2005 03:54:41 PM
I'm not sure if this is the problem you're having, but you need to extract the files from the .zip file, and then run the file called "Setup.exe" to install it on your computer. Once it's installed, you should be able to run the program with no problems.

Hope this helps!

4  UNITED STATES / Wisconsin / Re: Wisconsin Thrift stores.... on: July 17, 2004 12:36:46 PM
While we're on the topic of auctions, does anyone in Milwaukee know if there's still a weekly auction at Serb Hall? I haven't been there in years, but if I remember correctly there were a lot of cool/weird tchotchkes (big box of pretty ceramic tea pots, a collection of 70's porcelain mushrooms) along with furniture and some clothes.

Schrager auctions in Sherman Park tend towards more high-end/antique stuff, but sometimes have cool random stuff that goes very cheaply. They have a website with auction dates here: www.schragerauction.com
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lemon drop earrings on: July 10, 2004 03:17:58 PM
I love the second earrings...do you have a tutorial?  What kind of bead are thoe?


bkrennig4's link provides a good tutorial for wire-wrapping, but here's a mini tutorial for these earrings:
Materials & Tools:
       * ear hooks
       * 4 jump rings
       * 4-6" chain (depending on how long you want the earrings to be) - cut it in half for two equal pieces
       * 2 side-drilled briolettes
       * 14 small (3-4mm)  round or 28 2-3mm button faceted beads
           ***These sizes are just a suggestion. Use beads that are in proportion to your briolettes.
       * head/eye pins or jewelry wire

       * wire cutters
       * pliers (I used round nose & needle nose pliers for this)

Step 1: Wire wrap the beads for the bottom drop
For the briolettes, insert wire or eye pin through the hole so that the ends are about the same length.
With your pliers, bend the ends up, following the angle of the bead.
Bend the end with the "eye" so that it stands perpendicular to the bead.
Wrap the loose end around the stem of the eye pin.

Thread 1 round bead or 2 button faceted beads on a head pin or piece of wire (if using wire, use pliers to make a tiny bend or curl in one end so the beads won't slip off). Bend the free end to make an eye loop.
Do this with 8 round beads or 8 pairs of button beads.

Step 2: Put 1 briolette and 4 smaller beads/pairs on a jump ring. Add chain, then close ring. The order should be round - round - briolette - round - round - chain.

Step 3: Attach the other end of the chain to a jump ring, and the ring to your ear hook.
Wire wrap the remaining small beads on to the chain.

I hope this helps.

The Gara Rakow earrings are tourmaline & purple quartz, but she does them in a variety of colour combinations.

where did you buy the supplies?? you say it only cost you 20 bucks? I want to get in on that place...

I used sterling silver ear hooks, jump rings, and chain ($4/ft at my local bead store), so that cut costs. The lemon quartz briolettes were the most expensive pieces. I managed to get a very nice discount on a strand of them at the Bead and Button show back in May, so they weren't obscenely expensive, but still...
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lemon drop earrings on: July 09, 2004 08:37:21 AM
They're about 4" long from the top of the hook to the bottom of the bead. I copied the design using stuff that I already had, so I had to put my own spin on them. Here is a pic of the original design by Gara Rakow:

These ended up only costing me about $20 to make. With the money I'm saving making my own jewelry, I might finally be able to afford a decent digital camera.  Wink
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lemon drop earrings on: July 09, 2004 12:04:08 AM
This is the first pair of earrings I've made that I really like. I copied a design I saw in In Style a few months ago. The photo quality is sort of horrible, but they're lemon quartz briolettes and clear/blue quartz rounds.
Any feedback is appreciated.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: glass bead making on: July 08, 2004 10:19:41 PM
You might want to try http://beadwork.about.com/. The have a section on lampwork and handmade beads that might be helpful.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: CD Necklace on: July 08, 2004 10:03:38 AM
That's very cool. I can't wait to see how other types of CDs work out. I'd love to try this with a black CD-R, but my microwave is older than I am and probably wouldn't withstand the sparkage.
BTW, I love the eye pin chain.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Easy Ribbon Headband on: June 18, 2004 08:12:24 PM
Thanks for posting this! Those are so cute I just had to make some. I didn't have any bedazzler studs, so I used snap fasteners (a socket and a prong) and sewed a tiny bead in the socket hole.
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