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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / made a belt on: May 07, 2007 06:20:27 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to put accessories, but here goes.

A couple years ago I was into making hemp necklaces, and needed a belt, so I came up with an idea to make a duct-tape middle "string" and tie the hemp around it to make a belt. It looked great! But it wasn't sturdy enough in the long run. So I bought some nylon webbing and a belt buckle and a few eylets, and voila! a belt was born. I've made several for friends and myself.

I've also used the same method to make cuff bracelets, which turns out cool. And I've used colored twine instead of hemp which looks awesome.

I was wondering if anyone here thinks this is something people would be interested in buying. I've been trying to find something crafty to make and sell, but it seems most everything I think of has already been done.
What do you think?
32  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / finished doll quilt - updated, need some help on: April 27, 2007 09:14:56 PM
So I've been working on this quilt for too long. I'm a nanny and my boss just had her second baby, so I made a quilt for him (which is posted somewhere on here). But you can't give a gift to the baby without giving one to the older sibling, but the older sister already has a great quilt for her bed, so I made a doll quilt to match her bed quilt. It's machine peiced, hand appliqued and hand quilted. without further ado...


and back

this is a not-so-good picture of the quilt which inspired mine

I need some help! I'd like to put a label on the quilt, but I'm not sure what to say. "Congrats on becoming a big sister" "You'll be a great big sister" "To the new big sister" ..... I don't know, any ideas?
33  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / eco-friendly fabrics on: April 21, 2007 01:21:33 PM
I'm wondering if anyone knows a source for organic cotton, hemp or other eco-friendly fabrics. I've found one store online (http://www.organiccottonplus.com/) selling organic cotton, but there are very few choices and they're rather expensive. i'm wanting to make some baby blankets. any ideas?
34  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt on: February 14, 2007 01:01:47 PM
This is a quilt I made for my boss' baby due in April. It's one giant log cabin block, about 30"x40". It's actually not quite finished. When they decide on a name, I'm going to applique it in the middle. So far they're thinking Liam. Anywhere, here it is...

and this is a close up of the different fabrics, the colors are a bit off, but close enough...

and this is the back, it's hand quilted around each strip...

next i'll be making a doll quilt for the soon-to-be big sister, so she doesn't feel left out.
35  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / pastel fabric on: February 07, 2007 01:00:34 PM
I'm looking to make a doll quilt using solid pastel fabrics. I can't seem to find any anywhere! I can find plenty of pretty pastel prints, but nothing in a solid color in plain cotton. I need pink, yellow, blue, green and purple. I already tried Joann's and Walmart and a couple small quilt shops. Any ideas?
36  COOKING / Dessert / My favorite cookies on: February 03, 2007 12:20:51 PM
I absolutely love chocolate and have been searching for the perfect Chocolate Crinkle recipe since I first tried them 5 or 6 years ago. For those of you who don't know, Chocolate Crinkle cookies are a cake-ish/brownie-ish like cookie that is rolled in powdered sugar.
Well, I finally found the right recipe and I just had to share it.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
1 1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Combine butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla.
In a seperate bowl, combine dry ingredients, then add to wet.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight
Form 1" balls and roll in powdered sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-11 minutes
Cool on sheet until set, about 1 minute and remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.

And this is what the cookie should look like. If they don't flatten competely, don't worry, they still taste delicious.

37  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need binding help on: February 03, 2007 08:34:56 AM
I'm working on the binding of a quilt and when trimming down the sides, I accidently cut the corner of the binding. (see picture)
Do I need to start over? Is there any way to just make a quick patch? The binding is already attached to the quilt, so I'd prefer not to have to take it off, but if it can't be avoided... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
38  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1 Mini Garden Steps on: January 31, 2007 07:13:47 PM
Hello there, this is my first real post and therefore I can only post links to pictures of my first mini quilt. I put this together in about 2 hours from pieces I had laying around. Without further ado, Mini Garden Steps

and the not-so-well stitched back.

<<edited to fix pictures>>
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