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Re: Make Beach Glass Earrings

Hi Bluecayuga --

Google Dremel Tools online to see what you can find. Dremel's own website should tell you who carries there products. It seems like the larger Hobby Lobby, Michaels & AC Moore stores should carry these as well as some of the hardware places (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, Sears etc.) I'm guessing by your name that you live in a fairly rural region so you may need to travel to the city to find a store that carries what you need. You might also checkout online sites for these stores or sites like Amazon.com

Hope this helps.

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

Another beautiful design! The onion skins are beautiful & I love the clever closure on the box. I have made similar boxes but have always used a ribbon or cord closures. I like your idea much better.

You have been making Valentines for yourself for 17 years? Would love to see those designs as well! I do like the idea of handcrafted Valentines & greeting cards in general. They are so much more meaningful & unique.

The idea of sending a greeting to oneself is fantastic. The notion that everyone must be a part of a couple is overrated. We all need to love ourselves first before we are ready to commit to a relationship.

Happy Valentines Day!

Re: How to Make an Impression: Extraordinary Thank-You Notes

Absolutely gorgeous! Wouldn't these make wonderful wedding invitations, as well? Of course, one would have to be prepared to follow suit with equally stunning "Thank you" notes after the big event...

Re: How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts

This same technique works well with old jeans, too. Denim won't curl the way knit T-shirt fabrics do but it results in a sturdy fabric. There is no need to limit this to rugmaking. The same technique makes great seat covers, placemats, throw pillows & totes, too. The possibilities are as enless as one's imagination.

Also, I have seen these same fabrics (old jeans & T-shirts)used to make braided rugs & accessories, too.

Re: How to Recycle Magazines into Jewelry

Nice! This would also be a good way to decorate the tops of paper mache boxes. Perhaps the sides of the box could be cover in the folded strips & the inside lined with flat pages.

Re: How to Make Holly Holiday Cards

Great idea. I can see all sorts of posibilities for this technique!

Re: My Creations

Stunning handbag -- Very marketable!

Re: How to Make Simple White Paper Flowers

Very nice! Like your daisies, too! Hope you will share more of your flowers.

Re: How to Make a Snowstorm

Love it! This reminds me of the bead curtainsthat were popular for use in doorways back in the 60's or 70's. This wouldbe pretty with some variation in the size of the dots or if you used large sequins or spangles. I have seen them in various shapes, too. Also, I have a paper punch that cuts snowflakes about 1" in diameter. It would be easy to add a few of those if you used a snowflake on one side & a small adhesive dot on the other side just big enough to cover the center of the snow flake. You could vary the shade & also the sheen of your paper a litle or add some irridescent glitter to some of your "snowflakes". This be very intriging for a baby to watch. Be careful to keep it out of reach & also make from child-safe materials just in case some of the "snowflakes" fall down.

Re: How to Make a Snowstorm

Love it! This reminds me of the bead curtainsthat were popular for use in doorways back in the 60's or 70's. This wouldbe pretty with some variation in the size of the dots or if you used large sequins or spangles. I have seen them in various shapes, too. Also, I have a paper punch that cuts snowflakes about 1" in diameter. It would be easy to add a few of those if you used a snowflake on one side & a small adhesive dot on the other side just big enough to cover the center of the snow flake. You could vary the shade & also the sheen of your paper a litle or add some irridescent glitter to some of your "snowflakes". This be very intriging for a baby to watch. Be careful to keep it out of reach & also make from child-safe materials just in case some of the "snowflakes" fall down.

Re: Cosa Verde: For Earth-Friendly Crafters

Nice plarn tote. Would love to see a photo of the whole thing!

Re: Dress Up Your Bike with a Crocheted Seat Cover

Very cute! This would be a great project to make from some of that yarn made by recycling our old tee shirts!

Re: How to Sew Your Own Produce Bags

Great idea! If the netting will not feed through your sewing machine easily, try laying a piece of tissue paper on your sewing machine UNDER the fabric & sew just as if it's another layer of fabric. When you have completed the seam, simply tear away the paper. This is a trick that works well when sewing other very light or sheer fabrics and will probably work here as well. However, I do think Linda's ideas of folding the fabric so that you have an extra layer of netting or sandwiching in a strip of ribbon are both good ways to add stength to these seams. Afterall, produce can sometimes be fairly heavy and break through.

Re: Recycle Your Tin Cans into Mini-Planters!

This is an old idea that I remember from when I was little but very much worth reviving. Good for the environment & easy on the wallet -- and yummy fresh veggies, too!

Re: How to Make a Light out of a CD Spindle

Awesome idea, Kayte! I often thought that there must be some practical use for these DC spindles but I hadn't come up with one yet -- glad you did! This idea has so many possibilities!

These would make great nightlights with a 7-watt bulb. These bulbs produce some heat but most standard nightlights don't have much space between the bulb & the plastic shade. Perhaps it would be a good idea to drill some small vent holes along the edges or on the top to allow for the heat to escape. I haven't shopped for these nightlight bulbs recently but perhaps there is a cooler green version of these on the market that would work for this project.

Also, these might translate into nice under cabinet lights for the kitchen. I move quite frequently due to our work assignments & very often the kitchens in our various apartments have had terrible lighting & this would be an inexpensive but stylish solution to a very aggravating problem. Lining the base of the spindle with foil would reflect more light but might also produce more heat.

Other possibilities -- lights inside closets or cupboards, under stairways, patio lanterns. Looks like I'll have to ask freinds & family to save their old CD spindles for me!

Re: How to Make a Reversible Swiffer Sock

What a terrific idea! I have often thought that we are msnufacturing far too much unecessary disposable stuff. I had thought of using old towels & washcloths on my Swiffer but I like this better -- as long as no one is going out & purchasing yarn for this purpose.

Another possibility would be to take it a step further & knit your mop sock from strips of your old worn out cotton knits (T-shirts, socks, underpants, etc). To do this, cut 1/2 to 1" wide strips horizontally from an old shirt so that you end up with a bunch of rings. Then link your rings together by pulling them through each other to form a continuous chain. Stretch the chain out straight & wind into a ball of "yarn". Crochet using the appropriate large size crochet hook.

The key here is to use up something that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Please avoid the temptation to chop up old clothing that could be donated for use by someone in need! There are plenty of old items out there to use that would otherwise be truly useless!

Re: Make Your Own Buttons from Polymer Clay

Great idea! I'm glad to see that someone has determined that these will withstand washing & drying -- Thanks, Toffy! Does anyone know how durable ink from felt markers or newprint is? I'm thinking there are some nice possibilities here for creativity.

Also, this is a great opportunity to duplicate some of the great vintage buttons that some of us own either in vintage or updated colors. I would also suggest looking for old jewelry either at home or at flea markets for great textures to replicate by pressing into your clay. In fact, just keep your eyes open & there is no telling what textures you will find that you can use. Hardware store might offer some interesting textures.

Re: How to Use Buttons to Close a Seam

What a cute idea! This could also be used for an interesting touch to side seams on skirts or pants, too. However, I think you might need to keep the buttons below the hipline. I'm not sure this technique would hold up to the added strain in the hip area caused by sitting & movement in general. Then again, with a little experimentation, I'm sure a suitable way to reinforce this area could be found.

Also, this could be a nice solution for those too high slits in some skirts. Again, though, I think this would require some additional reininforcement. It seems that slits in skirts have a tendency to grow longer due to the strain caused by movement.

Re: Make It Pink: How to Make a 'Millie Box'

What a wonderful little project! This would make a great gift for anyone who must take meds on a regular basis. I like Millie's idea of adding some appropriatly inspirational words. Doing so, based on individual circumstances, could make this gift even more special. I would also suggest that the top portion might be made of posterboard or oak tag instead of cardstock for the sake of durability. The foam core board and the delicate rice paper are perfect!

Re: pink princess wrap (prayer shawl)

I love that you used reclaimed yarn & combined yarns to create a beautiful color. The flower with the novelty button is the icing on the cake!

Re: How to Frame Your Own Embroidered Masterpiece

This is wonderful! Professional framing is sooo expensive! Now, would someone please be so kind as to provide some simple directions for cutting mat board?