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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster looks like !@#$ while loading on: October 04, 2008 03:35:55 PM
For the last few weeks or thereabouts, Craftster has been very slow to load for me. At times, it takes half a minute for it to load, during which time it looks like this:

Not so pretty. Are you planning on switching to a tableless layout in the near future? (Not for the forum listings part, I mean, but for everything else.) I'm pretty sure that if you do, it'll show the text as it loads, rather than waiting for everything to load and displaying it all at once.

Until then - to make the lhs navbar not wait around in the center while the rest of the table loads, you can use a fixed table layout. (CSS property table-layout: fixed;.) What that does is, it renders the table based on just the first row. This way, table layout is rendered before the entire table loads, so the browser doesn't have to re-layout the table when it realizes that there's more stuff in the table than just the navbar.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / what material to use for a cabinet door? on: June 22, 2008 10:30:36 AM
So, I decided to make me a jewelry cabinet. I went to Home Depot, got some wooden planks for the sides, that was nice. For the panels for the back and for the door, however, they didn't have panels of wood large enough (about 14" x 20" x 1/4"). All they had was this stuff made from glued together wood shavings (I forgot what it's called), which is too bumpy, and plywood. I got plywood, but after I sawed it and tried sanding it, the layers of wood that are laminated together began to come  apart. The shape for the door is not rectangular, but rather, somewhat complicated, so I can't have it cut at HD. So, I need a new material.

Can anyone suggest one? Or a name for a wood that's fairly cheap that I can order online? (Or suggestions for where I might find it locally?) It should be fairly smooth, since it'll be a door that I'll have to look at all the time, paintable, not too heavy (for a door), and not too difficult to cut/sand. It should also be about 1/4" thick, since I don't want the cabinet to be too bulky. Thanks!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Dremel Stylus $40 on: June 13, 2008 10:06:17 AM
That's right, for (I think) a limited time, you can get the Dremel Stylus (MSRP $70) for only $40.

Lowes has it on sale for $50. Use this $10 coupon and you got it for $40. If I didn't dislike cordless tools and didn't already have Dremel XPR, I'd so jump on this deal!

Don't ask me how long the sale lasts... I just saw it on the website and went Shocked
4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / where do sea urchins come from? on: May 24, 2008 07:32:00 AM
I need to get some tiny sea urchin shells (like, under 1" diameter) but everything on eBay is 1" and above. But I'm sure tiny sea urchins wash up on shore from time to time, so if only I could go through a gigantic bucket of them, I'm sure I'd find at least one that's tiny! So, does anyone know what kind of places sell them?

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / where to get embossed paper? on: May 04, 2008 11:31:30 AM
I was browsing Etsy, and I happened on some listings that had really nice paper in the background. Solid colors, but embossed!


So, I don't want to contact the seller and say, I don't much care for what you are selling, but would you mind telling me where you got this stuff you used for the background? (Another seller was using the same paper, so I know it's not something they embossed themselves with a Cuttlebug or w/e.) Any ideas what it's called, or where to get this paper, or something similar? I tried googling embossed scrapbooking paper, but no luck. Thanks!!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / metal charm/stamping/pendant suppliers? on: November 26, 2007 05:53:27 PM
So, I really love this pendant. But, eh, it's already up to $30, and I'm not made of money. It seems to be the same as this  pewter one, except that the first one is antiqued, so you can see the detail better. Or do you guys think it actually has less detail?  Either way, even the second one is $20, which is a bit more than I'd like to pay. I checked all the places I know that might carry it, but I haven't found it. So any idea who might carry it?

What's interesting is that both sellers are Australian, so I'm wondering if they got it at a local shop with no online presence. However, since the materials that the charms are made from are different, I don't think it's likely...
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / weird spots in clay on: November 04, 2007 10:06:02 PM

What's the deal with that? The spots were there before I baked it, and baking didn't make them better or worse. They seem to be spread throughout the clay and are resistant to intermixing with the rest of the clay. They are actually quite small - that thing there is 'bout 1 cm wide. But they are quite bothersome!

My best guess is, I've had this clay for about half a year and I don't like to freeze, so while it's been stored in a rather cool place in my apt, it still somehow baked. But I don't know if that ^^ would actually look like what I have, or how it would bake at some tiny random spots and not others. And if that was the case, wouldn't baking make it look all the same? My theory seems to have holes, so I turn to you guys for help!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / thread crochet hooks on: October 31, 2007 10:57:36 PM
I'm trying to do some tiny crochet, and I've decided that one of my problems has to do with the hook. Allow me to explain. Here's a regular (size 0) hook and a tiny (11/12) hook:

Notice that the tiny hook not only has a smaller hook part, but also a smaller shaft part. My stitches end up coming out too tight, but moving on to a larger hook doesn't help since the hook to shaft ratio remains pretty much the same.  So!

Are there any thread crochet hooks that have a bigger shaft to hook ratio?  I tried googling thread crochet hooks, but I haven't had any luck in even finding what the different manufacturers are, other than the big two, of course. But, I'm using Susie Bates already, so I know all too well that it has "the problem", and while I haven't compared it to Boye, I'm pretty sure Boye does too. (I'll look at Boyes again when I'm in the store.) (I really like the pointiness of the smaller Bates hooks though...)

If not, I'm just going to mod these... I was thinking polymer clay, and if they are not slippery enough, resin coating on top. Unless anyone has a better idea?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / where to get rings to crochet around on: October 22, 2007 04:49:09 PM
Here's a super quick video of what I'm talking about. I want to get some rings to do that to, in different diameters, but what do I look for? What are they called?  Huh
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / what size hook to make this? on: October 16, 2007 10:54:33 PM
I want to make a ring similar to this one, but the gauge looks so small! What size hook do you think I should get? (I don't have anything nearly small enough.) And should I unwind yarn to make it skinnier? That looks almost like embroidery floss!

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