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Old 06-21-2015, 10:07 AM
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This year we are have all the repeat offenders...so we all know each other. Will keep this in mind for a time when we have newbies. Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:10 AM
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Thanks Tothill.....I can count the amount of time I have been to Vancouver on my fingers. It is definitely a place I avoid if I can. I'm NOT a city gal. LOL Sent you an email
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:58 PM
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Snack bag full of snack size candy bars
Small first aid kit
Needle threaders
Individual tissue packs
Small boxes of raisins - chocolate or yogurt covered or just plain
Small package of wipes (need to wipe up that chocolate)
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:30 PM
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Coo ideas!!!
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:06 PM
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Here's a few more thoughts. I wonder if you could find those clear plastic report covers in red and cut them up to carry in a wallet for looking at fabrics while shopping to judge their relative darkness (value). Also, maybe the dollar stores have very small rectangular mirrors so you could tape two together to make the little device that can be used to see how a fabric will look as a kaleidoscope. How about a few bandaids for those inevitable finger pokes or split fingertips and a stain remover pen for quick fixes on a small blood stain on a block? BTW, that inexpensive lotion for a buck a bottle at Jo-Ann's checkout counter is really nice and non-greasy and helps with the dryness from handling fabric all day. And finally, for hiding thread tails down into the batting everyone could use a single self-threading needle. They are ridiculously expensive as a package, but singletons for each person might be doable, and they are so quick and handy. They come in two varieties, one that threads from the top of the needle and one that threads from the side. I find I like the side threading ones better, as the thread sometimes pops loose from the needle on the top threaders if you have to tug hard.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by maryfrang View Post
A little mint tin with a magnet in it for pins. You can use the magnets you get from companies and the tin left over from mints. (Price is 0) Easy to put together. You can also put a little wisdom note in each tin too.
I take the little circle magnets out of my old shower curtains and this would be a perfect way to use them! Thanks for the idea.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:29 AM
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Check out the Man Sewing YouTubes. He does a little leather strap thing with snaps to hold ear buds.

Bamboo stilettos - use the short ones if you can find them, decorate the blunt end by gluing beads to it.

Key fobs - use 1" tote straps cut at 8 or 10" (cotton is easier to work with than the nylon), sew a 1/2" ribbon down the center and over the open ends; fold in half with a large split ring inside the fold; stitch about 1/4 - 3/8" away from the split ring.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:18 PM
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Thanks mckwilter those seem easy enough to do and the price is right.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:19 PM
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Cheshirecatquilter.....good ideas and good prices too.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:14 PM
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paper pieces still sends out freebies. I use them a lot when I teach a small class, they are fun to give away.
and...it got me hooked.
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