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So glad that you had a chance to stop by, Welcome!

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I set this up as a little gate way, a chance to look around and see what the members of our support group are up to in the world of online sales. With the economy the way that it is today, with money tight for so many of us, I thought it would be grand if we could see what's available for gift giving this year among ourselves... boost the economic flow within our 'family'.. and what a great way of finding out more about each other in the process, what we do outside our group.

I've not had a chance to check out all the online stores myself, though I will be as I have time, so we'll all be able to explore together.

I'm thinking it will be a LOT of fun, I hope you do to!

Topper (Linda)
aka ThyroGeek
November 2009

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Callista Place

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My site is geared mostly towards four differant hobbies that I really enjoy, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Home Decor, and Geneology. There is also an e-shopping mall available with many items for sale that would make very nice gifts for you or family and friends.

You may enter my Hobby site and Store here:

Callista Place

Dawn
November, 2009

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Sherry's Sewing and Stuff

Rose PotholdersI just started selling on ebay recently when I lost my job and decided instead of feeling defeated I would try to turn this into a positive experience. I have always loved to sew and my favorite things are items I can't find in stores like tea cozies, cute little pillows and potholders to match my kitchen. I have also been selling my extra household stuff.

Tea cozyTea cozies have been around for years as a way to keep that pot of tea hot without rewarming. When you reheat tea it becomes strong and bitter. A beautiful cozy decorates your teapot while serving a purpose. I make my cozies with two layers of batting one of special insulated batting that retains the heat for long periods of time. To really dress things up I have coordinating hot pads/potholders.

The uses for my little pillows are only limited by the imagination. They are the perfect size for traveling and decorating. Children especially love them to have " their very own pillow". They are so soft.

You may enter my store here:

Sherry's Sewing and Stuff

Sherry
November, 2009

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Sharon's French Silk Painting

French Silk painted PillowAbout French silk painting: The craft of French silk painting is thought to have begun in Russia duringthe time of the czars. Fashions made with this technique appeared in French haute couture in the 1920s.

French Silk Painted PillowFirst a piece of silk is stretched on stretcher bars, like painters on canvas use for canvas. Then the lines are drawn with a rubbery material, in a squeeze bottle, called gutta, from the gutta percha tree ofAsia. Gutta may be clear, pearlescent, metallic or colored. After the lines dry, the water based aniline dyes are applied with a brush, one color at a time.

French Silk Painted PillowThese may be blended or used with materials such as chunks of sea salt, to make an interesting texture. Then the item is removed from the frame and ironed between two pieces of newsprint to set the colors.

Your silk scarf/pillow/other item is made of China silk, made by artisans and hand-rolled in Shanghai, China and hand-painted in an original freehand design by the artist. Silk holds dyes extremely well. The brilliant colors, which are actual dyes, not surface paints, have been heat-set and are washable in cold water with mild detergent. If the lines are made with metallic resist, do not dry clean the scarf; this will remove the metallic colors. Please hand wash or machine wash on gentle. The scarf may be ironed on the back while damp. Pillows are stuffed withpolyester fiberfill. Most have zippers, and may be surface washed with a mild detergent and water after removing the fiberfill.

Historical information from Silk Painting: The Artist's Guide to Gutta and Wax Resist by Susan Moyer

Sharon
November, 2009


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