Char50

TX, US
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craft interests: crochet, gifts, keepsakes; shadow boxes

Member Since: 08/30/2008

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Crafty by Nature Entry - Autumn in Vermont in a shadow box

We moved from Vermont to Texas and I missed the colorful foliage of Autumn back home. I made this shadow box so that I would always have a piece of Vermont with me. The base of the cabin, porch, and...


recent comments

Re: How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Brooch

I agree that this looks too dangerous to wear...if a small child should run up to hug you they could get cut by the edges or poked in the eye by the stamens. It would be beautiful if framed, though.

Re: Check Out the Entries in the Crafty by Nature Contest!

Could not find winner posted on April 30th...Who won????

Re: Handmade Hooray: A CPSIA Victory!

Contacted both of my US Senators and my Congressional Representative today by email...hope they listen.

Re: Handmade Hooray: A CPSIA Victory!

The Wall Stree Journal had an editorial in today's issue that I thought you might want to read.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123388626627155299.html

Re: Handmade Hooray: A CPSIA Victory!

Thanks for checking into it. While it is good news, as far as it goes, just how can a crafter be sure that the materials we use to make our clothing, toys, etc. are free from lead and phthalates?

We will not be held to certify that our items have been tested, but are still liable if they are found to contain them? So...we aren't totally off the hook.

Are manufacturers required to state on their labels whether or not their products contain them? Does acrylic yarn ever contain phthalates? What about plastic buttons? or the plastic eyes for a teddy bear?

I still think it's an overreach of government...over-regulation can't "protect" us from EVERYTHING...I'm tired of a NANNY big government messing in our lives.

How EVER did my generation (I'm 58) survive without government intervention? We had no child safety seats(we used to sleep on the back seat [or in a "car bed" on the back seat] or on the floor of the back seat in the car on long trips), no bike helmets, no plastic chain covers for swingsets or anchors to keep them on the ground, and there was lead in ALL the paint...there was asbestos insulation on the pipes in our classrooms and in the siding on our houses and in the linoleum on our floors...we're still here...somehow we survived...it's time for people to stop looking to BIG government to solve all their problems and time for the government to get out of our lives.

Re: An Alarming Day of Celebration at CHA

I don't know if this is the appropriate place to post this, but I couldn't find a better one...Has the CHA addressed how the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which takes effect on February 10th of this year will affect the millions of crafters who sell their items???? I just learned of this law today on another forum and was appalled by the overreaching scope of it.

It says in effect:
"The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead."

This law is going to hit thrift stores, resale shops, and presumably crafters who want to sell children's items they have made.

Would like to hear comments on this. Thanks.

Re: Crafting through Grief

I am SOOO sorry for your loss.

I have had to put down several cats over the years (they each reached the age of 16+ years and just could no longer go on) but it has never been easy...in fact, I think it gets more difficult with each one. If you want to craft through your grief, may I suggest making a scrapbook of pictures of MacDaddy (if you're like me, you have lots -- my cats like to ham it up for the camera) and writing beside them what was going on when the photo was taken or his quirks and likes and dislikes. That way you bring back the happy memories of your time together and in the future, when you are missing him you can get it out and look through it.

When our last cat was put down, I wrote a poem about cats to help me grieve.

I have found that one way to conquer grief is to go to the shelter and find another kitty who is in need of a loving owner (sorry, I meant "staff"-- dogs have owners, cats have "staff" -- LOL).

Hope this helps.
Char50 (cat-ghans@sbcglobal.net)

Re: Taking Thread to a Whole New Level

Absolutely Amazing! Can't believe the time and work it must have taken to do this! Especially love the version of Monet's Water Lilies!

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! Awesome!

Re: YOU Be the Client: An Open Call for Paper Projects

Since it's Autumn, how about a Maple tree with colorful foliage? I made one out of wire and paper for a shadow box, using leaves punched out of paper, but was not totally satisfied with the look. Can you produce a more realistic looking one? Love the flowers posted with this article!

Re: How To: English Paper Piecing Project

Instead of having to print out and cut out all the hexagons,
you can buy a package of 50 reusable mylar hexagons that can be popped out after stitching. This is one link I found to them.

http://www.connectingthreads.com/tools/mylar+hexagons_TDMylarHexagons.html

Char

Re: Your Yarn Inventory—To Slash or to Stash?

I tried putting my stash of yarn in buckets and bins, but it was a pain to have to move bins to get to the yarn I wanted. I can't afford to buy a closet organizer like yours (and I rent, so I can't tear apart my closet); however, I found the perfect solution. Hanging sweater bags (the ones with the clear zippered fronts. There are usually 6 to 8 shelves in each. I sorted my yarn by colors and by weights (baby, sport, worsted) and put them on the shelves. I can get 8 skeins (10 if I must) per shelf. I have a spare bedroom with a large closet to keep them in. I currently have 3 full ones. For my crochet threads and miscellaneous items (trims, buttons, ribbons, etc) I have a clear front zippered shoe hanging bag. All I have to do is open the bi-fold closet doors, and I can immediately see all the colors and number of skeins of each that I have. NO MORE DIGGING and no more dust on my yarn!

Re: How to Organize Your Yarn Stash, Part 1: Get It Together

I tried putting my stash of yarn in buckets and bins, but it was a pain to have to move bins to get to the yarn I wanted. I found the perfect solution. Hanging sweater bags (the ones with the clear zippered fronts. There are usually 6 to 8 shelves in each. I sorted my yarn by colors and by weights (baby, sport, worsted) and put them on the shelves. I can get 8 skeins (10 if I must) per shelf. I have a spare bedroom with a large closet to keep them in. I currently have 3 full ones. For my crochet threads and miscellaneous items (trims, buttons, ribbons, etc) I have a clear front zippered shoe hanging bag. All I have to do is open the bi-fold closet doors, and I can immediately see all the colors and number of skeins of each that I have. NO MORE DIGGING!