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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm looking for a cute apron pattern on: January 07, 2004 03:52:43 PM
Hi I want to make a pretty apron...I'm not looking for one of those big country smock looking things but someting pretty...if that makes any sense...does anyone know of any cute patterns?

Thanks! Grin
12  California / California: South / sewing classes in OC? on: December 30, 2003 02:24:33 PM
I have a handy dandy little sewing machine that has all kinds of super little features...most of which I don't know how to use Tongue  I really want to learn to make clothes and stuff but I'm afraid that this will require a little more knowlege than how to sew a straight line Grin  Does anyone know where I can take some sewing classes in OC?  I live in anaheim...but I don't mind a bit of a commute.  Thanks and happy crafting!

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to organize my craft room? on: December 26, 2003 01:36:07 PM
Hi everyone...This past year I've gone buck wild when it comes to crafting...so now my fiance and I have decided to turn our spare bedroom into my crafting room.  

I was wondering if you all could give me some ideas to organize all of my stuff and keep the room cute at the same time.

It would be great if I could see pictures of how you all have organized your stuff and crafting areas.  I plan to get a new crafting table and I'm thinking about installing some shelves.

I can't wait to see what you've come up with!

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / help with hair clips... on: December 23, 2003 03:23:56 PM
hi everyone!  I've been going crazy making fabric and felt flowers for my baby sister...she's been wanting some since she saw one in my hair a while ago.  I usually attatch them to rubber bands and wrap them around a pony, but I want to put some on little clips for her.  I am hoping to use some of those little metal ones that open when you bend them one way and close when you bend them back...did that make sense? Huh

Anyways, I have seen other clips where things were attached with wire threaded through the object and wrapped around the clip.  How do you do that?  What kind of wire do I use?  and How do I thread it through the fabric?  It is wire so I don't think I would be able to use a needle.  

I need serious help.  I want to have these finished my Christmas...I know that it's late but I just decided to try clips.  If anyone could help ASAP, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks so much craftsters!!!  Happy Christmas!!
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Know anything about grommets? on: December 15, 2003 03:22:48 PM
Hey everyone.  I've never really tried using grommets in any of my projects so I really don't know much about them.  I am wondering if they can be used on thick things like a book cover.  I'm making some of those hand bags made out of books and I want to put a little chain strap on one.  What do I need to punch the holes and where can I find it...at a craft store or at a hardware store?  If anyone has any experience with these please let me know.  

Thanks!! Grin
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / HELP!! I'm a crocheting nightmare!! on: December 12, 2003 02:25:13 PM
The chilly months are here...what better time to take up a cozy new hobby like crocheting?  So off to the local craft store I go.  I return home with all my goodies (a really nice fellow crafter  in the yarn isle helped me pick everything out)  I crack open my new learn to crochet book and wow! I'm crocheting!  (this is where our happy tale takes a down turn  Cry .  
Everything is fine and dandy until...I have to turn the chain I've made and work into the back of it...hmmm...sounds easy enough...that is until I find that a few rows later I have crocheted a log!  A crochet log!!! Oh no what ever shall I do?  Was I born with out the crocheting gene?  Am I running low on estrogen?  
Well needless to say I try over and over to no avail.  My mom hasn't crocheted since I was born (many moons ago...23 years to be exact) so she is of little help.  

I think what i need is a new book...one with real pictures instead of the cheasy black and white ones in the crummy book I have.

I refuse to lay down the yarn and admit defeat...afterall I have a reputation as a crafting goddess to protect.  

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / i need crafty ideas for my bathroom on: December 03, 2003 07:42:10 PM
Hi!  My decorating endevors have stoped at my bathroom door.  trust me my crafty friends it's pretty bleak in there.  

I need ideas for something to go over the toilet...I'm thinking about finding an old shelf or wood medicine cabinet and recycling it.  I'd love to hear some other ideas...the craftier the better.

I would also love to hear some ideas for a nifty towel rack...You know not just your usuall cheap metal stick on the wall.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Industrial e-lamp on: December 03, 2003 06:06:25 PM

Hi! My boyfriend and I made this lamp a while ago but I'm still in love with it so I figured I would share it with you.  I came up with the design and he figured out all of the technical stuff (he's quite handy that way....stay tuned for pics of the metal buckets we are turning into speakers that look like flower pots)  Sorry the pics look so funky.  In real life the light bulbs aren't all yellowy- they are actually super white.  

Let me know what you think.  If you want some sort of directions I can ask my little "bob the builder" to write some out but I think it is pretty tricky.

Misty (starstruq)
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / where can I find large sequins? on: December 01, 2003 12:10:09 AM
Hi!  I'm working on a project that requires some large round and square sequins but all the local craft stores I've been to (in Orange County, CA) only stock the small ones that come on a strip (can you say cheesey?).  Some have tiny bags of multi colored large sequins but I need a buch in one color.  Does anyone know a good place to find them on-line?
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / felt flower top on: November 28, 2003 06:09:49 PM
Hi All!

 I've recently become obsessed with little felt flowers.  I've made tons of them!  They're so easy and cheap and they make really cute pins and look sooo cute as hair ties and acessories.  I embroider some and add sequins or tiny beads to others to make them sparkle.  

Right now I'm sewing some on a t-shirt.  Before now I haven't put any on anything permanently so I'm wondering how long these babies will hold up.  I'm using cheap little felt squares so the felt isn't really thick and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to treat them so they won't get all...well felty...does that make sense?  I don't want the to start shedding and getting all poofy.  Any ideas or tips?

I plan to try my hand at actually making felt...but lets just take things one step at a time.  I've also cut out a really cute little whale that I'm going to sew onto a bag...I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks everyone...live long and be crafty!!!!
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