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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Super Cute and (appears) Easy Cat Coasters. on: December 21, 2010 09:47:01 PM
Ran across this pattern while looking for freebie patterns with Google Images.

I'll admit I have not made them yet but certainly plan to. (scroll down a bit for the pattern)

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Buyer Frustrated With Communication. on: December 10, 2010 12:30:21 AM
I'm an Etsy buyer only. I've talked about how much communication means to me on a couple of threads.

Recently I found an item on Etsy I really liked. The seller had a low feedback rating for her number of sales so I sent her a convo about it. I asked if she smoked etc. I got a nice convo back from her and she stated she took pride in her items and didn't know why her feedback was so low. She didn't smoke. I purchased the item and sent her another convo, thanking her for her reply and stating I had bought the item. A smaller painting. It wasn't very expensive.

No reply back.

I received the painting quickly, in a nice bubble envelope but without any other protection. Since it was on stretched canvas, I was lucky it didn't get damaged.

Left her good feedback. Sent her a convo telling her how much I liked the painting, that I would purchase from her again and hoped her feedback grew.

No reply back.

She had a nice item, other things I liked but I deleted her shop from my favorites. She lost a return customer.

Any thoughts. Am I being too sensitive. She did leave me feedback but ignoring my convo after I communicated with her just really gets to me. I feel like sending her a message stating she lost a return customer but I don't like to be confrontational. Or mean. I know it's a busy time of year but if you are that busy, close your shop for a time.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kitty Shopper on: January 06, 2010 02:15:52 PM
This is the tote that had the DMC green floss that ran. The veggie stalks in the bag. I since replaced those stalks with another color. Aunt Martha's pattern.

Cutesy but I like it anyway. I replaced "soap" with "tofu"  Smiley

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Colors Running. Embroidery Thread. Test All Colors? on: December 31, 2009 04:50:23 PM
Hi Everyone.

I know this question has come up. I did a search but nothing jumped up so I'll ask here.

I never paid much attention to this subject as it never happened to me and then: Some dark green ran on an embroidery when I rinsed the transfer pen away. I was able to remove the thread and wash out, by hand, most of the green color staining the fabric.

I was making the kitty shopping pattern with the kitty holding the bag and the vegetable stocks are what ran. I will re-embroider them in another green. It's for a shopping tote so the little bit of green staining is not that big of a deal.

Anyway, do some of you test all your colors? I'm paranoid now and feel like I should. I took a strand of this green, wet it and rubbed it a bit on an old wash cloth and it sure did bleed color.

Thanks in advance!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intarsia Kitty Tote on: October 07, 2009 02:46:42 PM
Finally finished! This was fun to knit up but I hated lining it and securing the handles.

From the book Kitty Knits. The original instructions of coarse called for wool and felting.

I do not use wool so I knitted it with Red Heart Super Saver on size US7 needles. Super saver seems to be a heavy, rougher yarn good for projects like this.

Lined with a heavy natural organic cotton canvas. Sewed the butterfly. I made 3 and was not that happy with any of them. The other two are sewn inside the bag.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How Hard Is It To Sew Faux Fur? on: July 29, 2009 04:59:47 PM

I have a decent viking sewing machine that is a good little worker. I have however never sewn with faux fur and I wonder if a standard sewing machine would work.

Maybe OK for the lighter, low pile, faux fabrics?

Thank you.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Best Reconstructng/Deconstructing t-shirt Book? on: December 10, 2008 02:10:05 PM

There are several reconstruct/deconstruct t-shirt books out there. I'm wondering if anyone knows which are better for larger size gals. I don't wear halters  Smiley but do wear sleeveless etc.

Anyone own or have used any of these books?

Thanks in advance.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vegan Yarns, Especially Thinner Yarns. Linen. Questions. on: October 23, 2008 10:31:16 AM

I'm having trouble finding thinner yarns that are vegan or knowing how they knit up. I do not find the person who runs the local main yarn shop very helpful when I am in the shop so I'm kind of on my own. (I really don't even want to shop there but have to out of desperation)

I have patterns that call for fingering or DK weight yarns but it is so hard to find these yarns that do not contain wool and/or silk.

Anyone have any experience with these non wool yarns? Any recommendations on what knits up well. Do the linen yarns knit up soft? I'm looking at smaller projects. Not sweaters.

Thanks in advance for any help.  Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Silly Blue Squirrel Tote on: June 11, 2008 01:39:33 PM
Hi Everyone.

I had the blue yarn and blue circle fabric. In an effort to use what I have, the squirrel had to be blue. As you can see by the first picture, he's not the only blue squirrel in the world.

Lined in a lighter weight and lighter color denim fabric with a large circles fabric pocket.

I used an Aunt Martha's pattern and traced it so I could easily eliminate the tail.

Close up:

Thanks for looking.  Smiley

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Petal Dishcloth on: May 22, 2008 12:22:19 PM
First time I knit anything round like this. It's not much but I thought I would post it anyway. Yarn is "Katia Samba" 100% cotton.

From this site with lots of free patterns that are good for learning new stitches:


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