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Where is the best place to buy paper sewing patterns?

I have started looking at sewing patterns as a way of teaching myself to sew beautiful things and would like to know where are the best places to buy sewing patterns from? Something fairly simple to s...
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Sewing Sewing Sewing Patterns
Where is the best place to buy paper sewing patterns?
Asked by Evie Carter
173 days ago
7 likes | 2 comments | 6 votes | 0 follows

Antique pedal car for children, repaint or keep patina?

Hello, I have recently found this old tin metal pedal car toy at the back of my garage. I actually collected it about three years ago, just because I thought it was interesting and was going to repain...
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Restoration Pedal Car Patina Restoration Painting
Antique pedal car for children, repaint or keep patina?
Asked by Dave Freeman
174 days ago
1 likes | 1 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Which UK beaches have sea glass that I can collect for jewellery making?

Does anyone know of any good UK beaches for collecting sea glass? I have been making handmade jewellery for a white, mostly beading and a little wire work. I would really love to incorporate sea glass...
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Jewellery Jewellery Jewellery Making
Which UK beaches have sea glass that I can collect for jewellery making?
Asked by Ayla Anna
174 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Where can I get good sewing pins?

I am looking for somewhere to buy really good sewing pins. I have bought loads in the past and they have all been really flimsy and bend really easily because they are so small and thin. Admittedly I ...
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Sewing Sewing
Where can I get good sewing pins?
Asked by Lou Hanson
174 days ago
10 likes | 4 comments | 17 votes | 0 follows

What is a good laser cutter for home use?

I would really love to buy a laser cutter that can cut plywood and other materials for making models, decorative pieces and things for pets. I have no idea where to start looking for a good one. I hav...
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Woodwork Woodwork Laser Cutter Laser Cutting
What is a good laser cutter for home use?
Asked by Maria Marina
174 days ago
1 likes | 1 comments | 1 votes | 0 follows

What is the best way to make a hen house?

I would really like to make a hen house for my grandparents pet chickens and I was wondering if anyone has any experience making hen houses our of wood. I would like to make something which gives them...
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Woodwork Woodwork Pet House
What is the best way to make a hen house?
Asked by Jayla Brown
174 days ago
1 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What is the best wood for making small animal houses and toys?

I like making things for small animals and would like to start a little business making wooden houses, hides and toys. I have been making little houses out of cardboard for my hamsters and mice and it...
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Woodwork Woodwork Pets Hamsters Pet Toys Pet Houses
What is the best wood for making small animal houses and toys?
Asked by Annie Laurel
174 days ago
1 likes | 1 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What is this mystery tool for? Is it food related or something else?

Please can someone tell me what this mystery tool is for? My husband found it in a shop and bought it for me as he knows I like collecting interesting things. I really love to cook and bake and he ...
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Mystery Tool Mystery Tool
What is this mystery tool for? Is it food related or something else?
Asked by Steph Tanner
175 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What is the best paint for painting wooden furniture?

I have recently started painting wooden furniture as a hobby and I'm really enjoying it. I really like upcycling vintage or maybe we'll call it retro furniture, and making it look modern and interesti...
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Painting Painting Woodwork Furniture Varnish Furniture Paint
What is the best paint for painting wooden furniture?
Asked by Anne Lovett
175 days ago
3 likes | 4 comments | 7 votes | 0 follows

Is this mirror ugly or interesting?

Ok, please I am looking for some honest feedback. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. It's not like this mirror was handed down to me on my daddies death bed. It's just a mirror I found at a car bo...
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Mirror Mirror Pub Mirror
Is this mirror ugly or interesting?
Asked by Janet Coby
175 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Is it better to paint or varnish this old vintage hall stand?

I have this really interesting piece of furniture, I think it is a hall stand. It's been in my shed for many years and I really have not had the correct place to put it. To be honest I am not even sur...
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Furniture Hall Stand Furniture Oddity Paint
Is it better to paint or varnish this old vintage hall stand?
Asked by Carol Sinclair
175 days ago
1 likes | 1 comments | 1 votes | 0 follows

Where can I buy beautiful and interesting beads for making jewellery?

I make a lot of beaded jewellery including; necklaces, bracelets, earrings, the usual and would like to know if anyone knows where I can get some really decorative and interesting beads from, please? ...
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Jewellery jewellery Jewellery Making Beading Beads
Where can I buy beautiful and interesting beads for making jewellery?
Asked by Lily Anna
176 days ago
4 likes | 3 comments | 5 votes | 0 follows

How to use a plaster mold for casting clay?

Hi, I have been given a plaster mold, that I was told you can cast clay into somehow, although I have no idea if that is what this mold is for, or if that is even possible to do that? Or if this a ...
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Molds clay molds bird garden ornaments
How to use a plaster mold for casting clay?
Asked by Jason Preston
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Beautiful Mosaic Garden Table With Welded Leaf Legs

Hello, I really wanted to show off this absolutely beautiful garden table my friend made. I was so impressed when I first saw it, it's stunning. She has always been really good at drawing and has done...
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Furniture garden table mosaic garden furniture flowers
Beautiful Mosaic Garden Table With Welded Leaf Legs
Asked by Katherine Beaumont
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Help, is anyone else addicted to collecting beads?

It was my husband who started all of this. He said I should get a hobby, something I can really get into. Something creative, that will keep my mind active and keep my fingers busy. So he actually too...
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Beads Collecting Beads Buttons
Help, is anyone else addicted to collecting beads?
Asked by Maria Wilton
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Mystery machine what does it do?

We recently went to a farm shop in Spain and they had this amazing machine outside. It's an absolutely beautiful piece of machinery. Obviously it's very well made to last a while. It's clearly an anti...
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Mystery Tool mystery machine agricultural
Mystery machine what does it do?
Asked by Heather Greyson
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

How to make concrete shapes from molds?

A friend of mine has just bought some land and the back part of it is covered in old concrete molds. There are bird baths and ornaments, concrete edging molds and fake stones etc etc etc. Loads of con...
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Concrete Concrete Mold Garden Ornament
How to make concrete shapes from molds?
Asked by Lydia Felton
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Ideas on how to copy a designer chair with orange leather and gold legs?

Hi, I have recently done some work for a client of mine around his house and he was telling me he was selling these amazing chairs. We're pretty friendly, so he let me have a good look at them. I d...
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Furniture Bucket Chair Designer Chair
Ideas on how to copy a designer chair with orange leather and gold legs?
Asked by Denis Ward
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Antique silver soda syphon restoration? Or leave alone?

Hello, thank you for reading. I have been given these absolutely beautiful old glass drinks containers from a cocktail bar my great-uncle used to run back in the 70s. I don't know he came to come by t...
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Glassware Soda Siphon Antiques Glass Silver
Antique silver soda syphon restoration? Or leave alone?
Asked by Julie Eldon
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Connie the concrete bikini model concrete garden ornament

Ok, so I've had a particularly weird last month and I'm not sure how I got here, but thankfully it's all worked out ok in the end. Lol! It all started when my husband was building a new path in our...
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Concrete Statue Concrete Bikini Garden Ornament
Connie the concrete bikini model concrete garden ornament
Asked by Ruth Wilder
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

What is the pattern on forged kitchen knives called?

Hello, I am starting to do some research into a new hobby. I really like getting involved in a new process, doing the research, setting it up, getting the tools and learning a new skills. I really ...
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Forging forging knives patterned blade
What is the pattern on forged kitchen knives called?
Asked by Benny Layton
176 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Where can I get affordable fabric offcuts for kids?

I have just got into sewing, for the last four months and I would like to know if there is anywhere to get some affordable fabric offcuts, please? I am not too picky about pattern or design as I am st...
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Sewing fabric kids fabric
Where can I get affordable fabric offcuts for kids?
Asked by Ella Ara
177 days ago
2 likes | 1 comments | 1 votes | 0 follows

Mosaic decorated bowl with cat design

Hi, I have just finished my first attempt at a mosaic. I thought I would present it to my wife, who is a crazy cat lady, and see what she says. If she says she likes it, I'll tell her I made if for...
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Mosaic mosaic cat pottery bowl present
Mosaic decorated bowl with cat design
Asked by Gerald Dyson
177 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows

Where is the best place to buy thick foam for furniture upholstery?

Hello, I would be eternally grateful if someone could help me source some thick chair foam in the UK? A friend of mine had these old chairs, and a double sofa thing, and offered them to me because sh...
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Upholstery refurbishment upholstery fake leather foam for chairs
Where is the best place to buy thick foam for furniture upholstery?
Asked by Wil Jervis
177 days ago
0 likes | 0 comments | 0 votes | 0 follows
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