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I wish that I had a nickel for each time I've been asked for the
"exact" colors I used in an embroidery design or for a
conversion chart for specific embroidery thread brands - I would
be a very wealthy woman! Everyone seems to think that someone is
going to knock on their door with a search warrant if they don't
use the exact colors a designer used in the test sew out or the
color numbers used in the stitch directions. Not so - if you don't
"think outside the box" and use colors that you enjoy, or just
prefer, you are really missing the real fun of machine
embroidery! Come to think of it, I don't believe that I've ever
used the exact color on any design I've ever stitched in 6+
years-some because I didn't have the exact color & others due
to a dislike of the colors used.
Here are some tips to get good results with your embroidery
I have some tips for you to get better results with using your
embroidery threads in machine embroidery sewing.1.
Sometimes it's hard to imagine that the stars who shine so
brightly on cinematic screens are people just like the rest of
us. We often think that their lives are so much more interesting
and exciting than our own and that we have little or nothing in
common with the Hollywood crowd.
"Well how are you really enjoying your retirement?" I asked out
of interest, "it was great to start with" he said, but lately,
I've just become kind of lost..
It's important to understand where antiques originate. Many
antique buyers make the mistake of mis-understanding the process
by which antique items are found.
Many dealers and auctioneers have been bringing container loads
of antiques from Europe for years now. The lure of getting "fresh
to the market" antique furniture and "smalls" is something that
can bring renewed excitement back into your antique business.
What can increase your sales volume and make you more productive
day in and day out? You've probably heard this three word
statement that separates those who wish they could do better, from
those who really do. Knowledge is power! This three word statement
is more than just a great philosophy.
The easiest way is to start right from the beginning, your
pregnancy. Chronological order is an easy way to organize your
photos, that's if you remembered to write all the dates down.
Have you ever read a comic book before? I imagine just about
everyone, at some time in their life, has read at least one comic
book. But do your interests and enjoyment level go beyond that?
You may have said to yourself, at sometime or another, I would
like to start a comic book collection some day.
If you want to keep your comic book collection in tiptop shape,
comic book supplies will become part of your collecting life. As
soon as a magazine is printed there are natural environmental
forces going to work to try and destroy the ink and the paper.
Just before the advent of the Great Depression, more than a
hundred companies manufactured glassware in the United States. At
the end of the Depression, fewer than fifty percent of these
companies remained in business.
Depression Glass - The Rare Pieces. Did you know that if you happen
to have a crystal (clear) and pink Depression Glass refrigerator
bowl in the Crisscross pattern in good condition and with its
original cover, that it's valued at between $300 and $335? Or
that Shirley Temple cream pitcher your grandmother keeps in the
back of her upper cabinet could bring up to $1,250 at auction? If
you didn't, then you've been in the dark about rare Depression
Glass pieces and their values! Here are a few pieces for which
knowledgeable Depression Glass collectors stay on constant
lookout: The Ruby Red Aladdin Beehive Lamp. Made for only six months
during 1937, this lamp currently brings anywhere from $700 to
$950 - if it can be found! Most collectors owning this piece
understandably do not have any interest in letting go of it,
which makes it even rarer. The color of the glass in the Aladdin
series of ruby lamps varies from a light red with an amber tint
to dark, rich red, with the deeper reds fetching more interest
with today's collectors.
Why waste everyone's time? Let's skip the appetizers and get to
the meaty stuff right now: The Morgan silver dollars poised to
increase the most in value in the years ahead are the 1895,
1892-CC, 1894, 1878-CC, and the 1883-CC. Pretty bold prediction,
eh? At this point, the reader now has three options: (1) Stop
reading and act upon this information, (2) Stop reading and get
on with life, or (3) Continue on, evaluate the analytical
approach to identify the "Top Five" Morgan dollars, and then
implement a variation of (1) or (2) above.
How To Clean A Silk Bouquet. A Silk bouquet can last a lot longer
than a bouquet made of real flowers, but it will still droop, and
get dusty, over time. Fortunately a little bit of preventive care
can go a long way towards keeping your bouquet looking like new.
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Mixed Media Collage -
Make The Pieces of Your Life Sing!
According to the dictionary, collage art is an artistic
composition made of various materials (as paper, cloth or
wood) glued on a surface. The word comes from the French
word "coller," meaning to glue or to paste.
Be Your Own Way, but
Still Use the Safe Tools
It is so often that people are not aware with the tools
they use when doing their home improvement. Sometimes they
use wrong tools just because they want something quick to
Production and Pricing
of Craft Show Items
This is where you can really make or break your craft show
career. Being able to produce quality crafts as efficiently
and affordably as possible is the key to making a tidy
profit from craft shows.
My 12-year-old daughter was mad at me when I refused to pay
$25 for a school yearbook last year. Who are they trying to
kid? In an attempt to appease my daughter, I suggested
buying a little notebook that her friends could write
messages in for her.
A Look at the Humidor
There are many styles of humidors that range from the
smaller traveling humidor to the large cabinet and even
walk-in room humidors. By far, the most popular humidor is
the glass top humidor also referred to as the desktop
Scrapbooking on a
Memories are priceless, but the cost of preserving them can
be high. Here are nine tips for making the most of your
Basic folds. Most of the designs that you will learn will use
a square piece of paper - and most will be done with
origami paper, so the directions will show a colored (or
gray side to indicate color) and a white side. Also, most
patterns will have an arrow that points you in the
direction of where the fold should go.
Storing origami; This is a great question. Many people want
to hold on to their special crafts for years to come.
The Leather Look,
Accents, and Punching for Your Scrapbook
A leather look can add elegance to your scrapbooking
page. To create a unique leather look, simply distress
The Proper Use of Comic
Book Supplies Will Help You Maintain a Top-Notch
If you want to keep your comic book collection in tiptop
shape, comic book supplies will become part of your
collecting life. As soon as a magazine is printed there are
natural environmental forces going to work to try and
destroy the ink and the paper.
A Brief History Of
Reverse Painting On Glass
Reverse painting on glass has been a form of
art expression since extremely ancient times. It is
difficult to precisely date a number of much more
Easy Crafts for Kids -
Help with Learning
According to the research on child cognitive development,
making use of basic easy crafts for kids can stimulate
their mental growth and enhance the learning process. Since
early times, mankind has always known that early crafts for
kids taught some important lessons.
Woodworking: The Best
Wood For Beginners
Woodworking: Know Your Wood. Wood is made of cellulose
fibers, held together with a property called lignin, and is
classified as hardwood or softwood, depending on the type
of tree from which it comes. In addition, sapwood or new
growth wood on a tree is still alive, while heartwood
refers to the part of the tree that is no longer
Designs in New Ways
How many of you are always looking for new ways to use your
embroidery designs - always, or never? If never, you are
overlooking wonderful opportunities! Do you optimize the
use of every design? Do you routinely review your library
of designs to see if you can combine motifs from one set
with another? Have you noticed how embroidery design styles
have changed over the past few years? Give those old motifs
a new look by using the designs that you got way back when,
again! Add new motifs under, or around, them to create a
whole new look! My last big project, a wind jacket back, is
a good example of what anyone can do with a little time and
imagination! With fall already upon us, I wanted something
tropical in my wardrobe as it's still every where in
ready-to-wear & home decorating. The colors are just as
exciting as leaves turning colors.
An Easy Way to
Understand Your Collectibles
What kind of gifts you often receive? Is it toy dolls,
animal figurine, antique, pottery, game, memorabilia or
something you consider as a collectables? Well, what ever
it is, as long as it pleases you, those entire gifts are
full with memory which you then consider as a collectibles.
Gifts and collectibles are not contradicting each other;
instead they are supplementing each other.
You Are A Diamond So
Scrapbook About Yourself
As a devoted scrapper, you probably gain satisfaction from
scrapbooking about others. Oftentimes, you are the one
glaring missing light in your scrapbook albums.
How to Use Textured
Paper and Book Jacket Backgrounds to Give Your Scrapbook
Textured paper can add extra dimension to your scrapbooking
page. Textured paper can be used to highlight focus items
on your scrapbook page.
Leather Care. When buying leather, the best thing you can do
is ask the people who you buy it from, what the
manufacturer recommends for leather care and cleaning.
Don't forget to ask what other products may work well for
leather care too, as there may be something you're more
Photograph Mosaics and
Markers in Your Scrapbooks
An attractive technique for placing photographs into
scrapbooks is the photograph mosaic. Mosaics stretch
photographs into an artistic rendition of the original
Use Newspaper Clippings,
Graphics, Kids Art, and Clipart to Enhance Your
A popular addition to scrapbook pages is newspaper
clippings. Newspaper clippings of birth announcements, team
photographs, or favorite celebrities add a personal touch
to scrapbook pages.