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1  What should I do with this fabric? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by thief on: September 10, 2010 10:52:20 PM
Backstory: I got a bag full of old kids' clothes from a woman on craigslist, I'm using most of it to make a donation of hammocks and tunnels for a local rat rescue. Amongst the old sweatpants and feetie pajamas, this pillowcase was tucked away. It has a small puncture wound and a tear along the seam. It's very well-worn lightweight cotton, and there's sheep on it. I love sheep so very very much.

What should I do with it?!?!?
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2  Sunrise puff-style baby blanket in Quilting: Completed Projects by thief on: September 09, 2010 03:41:22 PM
This baby blanket was somewhat inspired by this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358272.0
I am a fairly new quilter and not professionally trained or anything [because what's the fun in that?].. so this quilt has a couple of really minor imperfections. But overall I'm really really proud of it.

It was created for the etsy team efa September Scraps challenge... as the name suggests, the idea was to make something from the scraps of a recent project. The recent project these scraps are from is a huge rainbow-colored queen-sized quilt that still needs to be bound and quilted.

The back, binding, and even the batting are scraplings.

What do you guys think?
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3  Messenger bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thief on: January 29, 2008 09:10:38 PM
New messenger bag, put together in one day. The exterior is canvas, interior is flannel. It;s simple but I had a lot of fun making it and I love carrying it around and seeing peoples reactions when I say, yes, I made this Cheesy
It looks better in person, I swear.

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4  Birds that I hope you'll like!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thief on: August 14, 2007 05:02:45 PM
These are drawn from reference photos at http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/index.html which is a local bird rescue. Here is Tike:

And here she is with her squawking buddies:

Tike [hybrid Macaw]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr026.jpg
Scarlet [Harlequin Macaw]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr070.jpg
Lionus [Severe Macaw]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr064.jpg
Mango [Fischer Lovebird]: http://secondchancebirdrescue.com/images/secondchancebr114.jpg
All of these birds are Sanctuary birds, meaning that they'll be staying at Second Chance forever. Second Chance does amazing work with their avian rescues. I'm putting together a donation for them right now Grin

Also, here are some wild birds that I did a while ago while screwing around with watercolors.

I love birds. They are so expressive! And sooo loud!
Please let me know what you think!
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5  Re: the great fish bowl debate in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by thief on: August 02, 2007 10:50:04 AM
Depending on the breed of your friend's goldfish its lifespan should be anywhere from 10-40 years.
Hole in the Head disease is a parasitic disease that usually affects fish kept in unsuitable environments, or fish under a lot of stress. It begins with discolouration of an area of the head.
Guppies are a good beginner fish, you can keep about two for every 1.5 gallons, but you should keep less in a tall tank. Tall tanks allow for less oxygen exchange, so be sure to purchase an airstone or two, or even a bubble wand for your tall tank. Live plants will help as well. While guppies are a hardy fish, it is best to cycle your tank before adding them. Here is an article on cycling:
However, if you pack your tank with live plants, you won't need to worry about cycling, just wait a couple of days before adding your fish. Which brings me to another point, you should be adding somewhere around five guppies every two days to avoid a mini-cycle, which can kill your fish. Aim for tall plants like wisteria, amazon swords, anachris, and onion plants in the back and shorter plants, like java fern, glossostigma, and liverwort in the middleground and sides.
If money is an issue, look around your local fish stores, classified ads, and craigslist for used tanks. Avoid anything that has been resealed. Your aim for cost should be about $1 per gallon. At my local fish store they have a 30 gallon hex tank with stand and hood for a reasonable $60. [In a 30 gallon tank you should have around ~20 male guppies]
On to the equipment. You have three kinds of filters to choose from: Hang-On-Back, Internal, and External. For an external filter, you will need holes drilled in your tank by a professional. External filters are good for larger tanks, usually those 55 gallons and up. Internal filters are not very favorable and I wouldn't recommend them. Which brings us to HOB filters. If you get one of these for your tank, you will need one that filters more than what your tank actually holds [if your tank is 30 gallons, it should filter 40 or above.] This will make it easier on everyone. Aquaclears and Whispers are the most common filters, and the best. Whispers are cheaper and easier to maintain. Remember to clean the filter sponge and carbon filter at separate times [change the carbon once a month and clean the sponge once every 6 weeks]. You can purchase an extension for your filter if you wish, but with two sponge filters with airstones, you should be set.
Gravel vacuuming will be unnecessary in a heavily planted tank, so don't bother buying one of these.
Most flourescent lights provide the necessary colors of light for live plants, so no worries there.
Test kits. These are VERY important. You need to test your water for ammonia before adding new fish and you need to test water hardness, pH, KH, nitrites, nitrates, etc regularly. My recommendation is for you to purchase an API ammonia test kit [you will probably never need to replace this] and Quick-Dip 6-in-1 sticks [you'll need to replace this every three months or so when you run out of sticks]. This is the cheapest route.
QT tank. This is unnecessary unless you want to add new fish after your guppies [if some die off and you with to replace them]. Simply treat your new fish with a dose of Melafix [cheap anti-bacterial fish medicine] for a week.
Algae cleaner. This can be useful, but even more useful are otocinclus. They are a very small catfish that live for algae. Don't add them unless you have an abundance of algae in your tank.
Net. You need a net for catching the new fish in their bag and putting them in the new tank [do not add the water from the bag].
Dechlorinator. You need to add this to your initial water and new water that you introduce into the tank. Fish can die quickly of chlorine poisoning.
Heater. Guppies are tropical fish and need a heater. Thermometers are cheap and necessary too [guppies prefer a temp of 75F-80F]

Maintenance for your tank:
Water change anywhere from 20-30% about once a week.
Daily check your fish and make sure that they are all active and eating [my guppies feed from my hand.. it's very cute!] and that you don't see any signs of attack by another tankmate.
Check your temperature daily to ensure that the heater is functioning properly.
Test your water with the 6-in-1 strips weekly.
Monthly change the filter carbon.
Daily check that the filter is functioning properly [put it on maximum flow, I've found that guppies enjoy swimming against the current].

Guppies are an amazing fish, and they compliment a planted tank very well, as they are available in a wide range of colors [I like your gum ball machine Idea too Cheesy]. They live 4-6 years if properly cared for.

Check around the articles and FAQ at www.fishgeeks.com in the future if you're having any problems!
Also, here is an example of a heavily planted tank:

That fish is an arowana, one of my favourites!! They look like grumpy old men Tongue
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6  Help Help! Pink Lemonade! Plus some photos [img heavy] in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thief on: June 11, 2007 08:37:33 AM
I made this for my brother, he is moving out this summer.

Acrylics on canvas, outlined in sharpie, glue gloss. Colors are not completely true.
Sometime during our childhood when Zach was in distress, for some reason, he cried out "HELP HELP! PINK LEMONADE!" as if pink lemonade would come to is assistance. But it was rythmic. more like "helphelp, pink le'monade!" if that makes.. any sense. Anyway, this exclamation is still common between the two of us.
The other grad present I am making him is a secret hollow book, does anyone have any ideas for books I should use, if I come across them? I'm mostly going to be cruising garage sales til I find a good one.

Here go some photos:

My rescued betta, Wayne, swimming happily about in his very own 10 Gallons of water. The water has peat moss to encourage plant growth, thus the yellowness.

The "cave" in my 15 Gallon community tank, which is now rimmed with some very pretty beard algae Cheesy

My bunny Benner. This is from his first time out of the hutch.

The ::way too overstocked:: 10 Gallon tank in my mom's daycare. It plays home to three comets and a snail. It is so overstocked that I have to vac the gravel once a week and change 50% of the water per week just to keep everyone from dying Sad

I know this is blurry, but I really like it. Benner & Newman eating their salads. Newman is the grey. They are my true loves.

Benner & Newman munching on timothy hay.
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