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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy "dead stock" fabric? on: January 17, 2009 04:19:10 PM
I love to look at this one seller on etsy who says that all the fleece he buys is "dead stock," meaning I suppose that it's been sitting in a warehouse for a long time and he got a lot of it on the cheap.  Where can I get my hands on dead stock fabric? I've had no luck googling "dead stock" and I don't know where to look.  Thanks!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / If you make postcards, I need to ask a favor. on: January 08, 2009 05:11:59 PM
I don't know if I'm allowed to do this on craftster, but I'm going to try anyway.

This is kind of a desperate plea for your crafty loving.  I'm going through a really rough time (I know, who isn't?  but some days I feel like I'm about to disintegrate).  I've been feeling pretty lonely lately, so I was hoping if I put my address up, someone would send me a postcard.  It doesn't have to be the prettiest or most expensive one you've ever made, and I promise I'll send one back.  It'll be like a mini-swap.  My address is:

(Address removed due to the kind response of a craftster, who sent me a very inspiring postcard.  Thanks!)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / So. Frustrated. If you know about painting METAL, please help me. on: January 08, 2009 04:52:03 PM
Hey everyone,

I am a mad, mad crafter!
This afternoon, I bought 12 vintage metal cafeteria trays, you know, with the little sections for silverware an a milk carton and goopy side entrees.  I wanted to paint them and make them the first things I sell on Etsy.

Anyway, I think they're stainless steel, because they're really heavy and they don't scratch when I scrubbed them with a scratch pad and cleanser.  I spent an hour at the hardware store picking out paint that the employee promised me would stick to metal and wouldn't wash off.  I bought Rust-Oleum oil-based enamel in several colors at $5 a pop.  Low and behold, it didn't spread well, dried lumpy, and chipped right off after 8 hours of drying.  I was so optimistic I tried a couple different colors, and clearly none came out how I wanted- flat (in both senses- matte, and flush to the surface), smooth, and professional looking.  I cleaned all of it off one tray, and then I ran out of mineral spirits.

I'm sitting here, grumpy, staring at my other ruined tray, twenty non-refundable dollars poorer, and wondering what I should use instead.  My mother said enamel paint would work.  Has anyone used it?  Better yet, what would work?  I went to the hardware store because I figured they would have the most hardcore paint available, but maybe I should just go to a craft store and ask.

But I'm impatient.  Please assist.  Thanks.
(If there's a better place for this post to go, let me know)
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / let me pick your brain: ALCHEMY alternatives? on: January 02, 2009 10:42:29 AM
Hey everyone,

I wonder if there are any alternatives to Etsy's Alchemy postings.  Do you know of a website where people post their need for custom crafts, and I can bid on the project and make it to sell to them?

Thanks for your input.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Calling all sandal shoppers: what do you call these? on: March 26, 2007 07:10:13 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this, but anyhow:

A good friend of mine bought a nice pair of flip flops two years ago, and I covet them to this day.  They criss cross around the toe, and that's the only attachment they have to the foot.  They're not "toe-ring" or "toe loop" sandals like I've found elsewhere on the web-- they're different.  Like this:

I could probably make them, but I want to know if anyone had seen a similar pair for sale, maybe somewhere online.  Preferably super cheap and non-leather, to be picky.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What the heck is this? on: February 28, 2007 08:42:09 PM
I recall a pattern for a crochet necklace that I saw a long while ago; it was red and made with thin yarn without beading.

What sticks out is that it was made from lots of tiny random flowers that were crocheted together.  How can I make these little flat flowers?  Can anyone recommend some patterns for tiny, simple flowers that would only take a few rounds?  Like a granny square or something?  And do I just chain between?  I am clearly a better knitter than I am a crocheter.

I guess I could just chain a big loop and go in a circle, but that doesn't look the way I wanted it to.  Maybe my hook is too big or the yarn is too thin, but it's not as tight as I would want it to be.

My plan is to make this kind of an overlay for my prom dress, so I need the flowers to be smaller, as not to look dowdy.  My other fear is that I will have to make 600.  Ah well, prom is 2 months away. (famous last words)

So, what technique am I describing?  Help, and thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nasty 90s jumper= hot polka dot dress on: January 20, 2006 05:26:29 PM

The music department semiformal winter banquet was last week.  I had nothing to wear, and Goodwill was having an "everything is a dollar for the next ten minutes" sale.

I picked up an ugly reject jumper that looked like it came off of my second grade teacher.

Hemmed, halter-ized, etcetra.

And thus, a hot little dress was born.

View the glamour that is me.
(... not.)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / CSI: Aspen on: December 11, 2005 08:49:48 AM
Time of murder approximately 12:20 pm, Friday December 9.  Back porch of suburban residence in Pennsylvania.

The weapon, an ordinary kitchen knife.


Enjoy your holiday.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: The Whitey-Tighty Wallet. on: August 23, 2005 12:57:48 PM
I made a wallet out of little boy underwear as a gift for my good guy friend Casey's sixteenth birthday.  I couldn't wait to premier it at the party tonight, so yay Craftster!

I was a little disappointed because the bias binding I chose was a little narrow and you can see some of the zigzagging, but I know he'll never notice.  Not to be sexist, but he's a man's man.

Here it is all folded up.

Unfolded once.  You can see the underwear here I do believe.  The fly makes a secret pocket.

I added some velcro pockets, an ID holder with a plastic window, and the normal spot for money.

Batman is fierce!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I got a job. on: June 16, 2005 07:09:07 PM
I don't know if anyone's interested, but I just got my first job.

It's at Jo-Ann!  Yay!

My earnings are supposed to go toward car insurance and college... But come on.  I just got a 15% discount on everything in Jo-Ann.  Maybe this wasn't the smartest move?
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