My goal for the year 2010 is to try one new thing every week. I'm compiling a list of new things to try, and would love input! Looking for ideas in all different areas -- new skills to learn, new hobbies to try out, fix-it projects, tech/computer projects, new recipes to try, magic tricks, you name it. [more inside]
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
What malleable substance can be shaped like clay for craft projects but turns out lighter like styrofoam once hardened and dried?
Does this substance exist? Arts & crafts people or hardware store people: for a craft project, I want a material that is malleable like clay but winds up lighter-weight like styrofoam/polystyrene once it has set and hardened. Maybe it it's dispensed from a tube or can? [more inside]
My grandmother just gave me some of her old knitting and sewing supplies, including what appears to be some sort of plastic knitting machine. Tell me more about it and how to use it! [more inside]
Does anyone remember a website a few years back that would post scans of crafts and recipe books from the 50's-70's for the sole purpose of making fun of them for being horrible? I think it had "Lavender" in the name somewhere? It might be still going. It was a huge site with a lot of different sections of content and all of it was really funny. [more inside]
I have been taken over by an urge to embroider a Xmas tablecloth. Trouble is, I know nothing about embroidery or cross-stitching and I need a little (a lot of) help getting started, if you would be so kind. [more inside]
What Halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-8 year olds in your life enjoy doing? [more inside]
I'm working on reproducing an old childhood amusement with less messy waste or just dealing with ignoring the debris .... eggs to throw at each other. [more inside]
what are the best places to buy cross stitch supplies in nyc? manhattan or near-ish brooklyn preferable; happy to take online suggestions if that is, as usual, where the best options are. [more inside]
What can I make with these decorative letters that I bought at a gift shop clearance sale? [more inside]
Where do I buy aluminum or bamboo Tunisian (afghan) crochet hooks in Los Angeles? Alternatively, is there a reputable online source for them? I'm looking for something in the smaller sizes-- it's for a scarf, so no size-Q monster hooks. I've seen plastic ones here and there, but I'm tough on plastic hooks and would prefer to avoid them. Thanks!
I'd like to make a permanent 1-inch grid on a chalkboard. How would I go about doing that? [more inside]
Which woods are good for making a salad bowl, and what preparation would the newly-made bowl need before being used? [more inside]
Can a novice in Boston turn casual crafting into a social outlet? [more inside]
I have the crystal pieces from an old, broken chandelier. What can I make from them? [more inside]
Has anyone ever used the "Picture This" photo transfer product by Plaid? I have, with some mixed results and I was wondering if there was any particular paper that yields better results than others. I suppose this should be used with an inkjet printer, but ours isn't very good. Any other recommendations?
Are there less expensive alternatives to ScrapnCubes? I need lots of storage for my scrap-booking and card-making paraphernalia. [more inside]
Help with productive vacation ideas? Of all the things to avoid, I have been putting off taking vacation and now suddenly the summer is slipping away... [more inside]
Suggestions for converting clip-on earrings into post earrings? [more inside]
Help us make a special and creative gift for a newly-married friend! [more inside]
Are there services to assemble your quilt squares for you? In other words, can I pay someone to make a quilt out of a bunch of decorated squares of fabric that I provide? [more inside]
Anyone know any good music games/activities for inner city elementary school kids? [more inside]
What should our five month old baby wear to our local 10th Anniversary Metafilter Meetup in 3 weeks? [more inside]
Looking for websites where children can create (and print) an art project or picture on-line. [more inside]
What should I do with a bunch of glass shelves that I came across? [more inside]
help me make a microwaveable heating pad that doesn't burn or smell bad. barring that, help me buy one. [more inside]
Santa and Mrs Claus need a storage system(s) for a million tiny parts... [more inside]
My grandmother is looking for a way to paint metal and/or wooden objects to make them look like they are pewter (or nickel plated). What's the easiest way for her to achieve this effect? Bonus points for grandma-friendly techniques.
Does anyone remember an infomercial from the late 80s/early 90s that advertised a product that you could easily crochet "granny" squares? I think the squares actually popped off this thing and then you could sew them together. I can't remember the name of the product!
My friends keep bees...they have a ton of beeswax lying around. How do you make candles out of raw beeswax?
I've been doing some cross-stitch after a break, and have been enjoying it. Where can I find some cool, non-chintzy designs? Especially if something other than cards or big projects. Recommendations for pattern software good too! [more inside]
I would like to have my extracted wisdom teeth made into...something. [more inside]
Where can I find synthetic scrimshaw materials? I've been googling and I'm having a lot of trouble just finding an online store that sells blank pendants and belt buckles which are not made from ivory or whale bones. I really want to get into scrimshaw crafts but I dont want to use animal products to do it. [more inside]
Crafty girl needs advice on improving her jewelry business [more inside]
Cross-stitch supplies in DT Toronto? [more inside]
Hey cross-stitchers: when you're working on a pattern that's more or less solid, do you do work on a blob of one color at a time, or on one row at a time? [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations of art/craft projects that involve glitter. [more inside]
How can I add unwashable letters to a coffee mug? Need to make a few gifts by the beginning of next week. [more inside]
How can I make this felt barette? [more inside]
My mother-in-law loves to sew and knit, but fibromyalgia is slowing her down. Can you recommend any tools or gadgets that might help her? [more inside]
Will clear finish/gloss still work in the cold? [more inside]
Crafty Gift Filter: Help! I need a place in the DC metro area that sells crafty gifts. [more inside]
I want to chop off a foot of hair. Because it is highlighted, I can't donate it to Locks of Love or any other charity that makes wigs. What are some interesting and/or useful things I can do with this much hair?
There have got to be some fairs, antique markets, or craft events going on in southern California. Right? I'm dying to find some sort of fair or bazaar setting where people offer mostly hand-made or collectible trinkets, or similar odds-and-ends - without any 'modern factory-based goods' making their way into the booths. [more inside]
I'm trying finish up a mask I'm making for Halloween; it' s basically a giant papier-mache eyeball, and I'm looking for suggestions for suitable paints to use to make it look good. [more inside]
Experienced knitter seeks tried and true hat pattern to be made with wool and love. [more inside]
I am making a toddler-blanket for Christmas, but I've managed to buy fabric that I don't know how to work with. I know, smart, right? [more inside]
How much should I charge for a baby blanket I crocheted for an acquaintance? [more inside]
I am trying to duplicate a unique trophy any way possible. [more inside]