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I think I need a craft intervention. My sister just called...

Sister: What color parachute cord did you want?
Me: It doesn't matter.
Sister: Well, it's black and 8 cents a foot. How much do you want or should I get a whole spool?
Me: How much is a spool?
Sister: 1200 feet.
Me: *boggles*
Sister: It won't take up that much room. So what do you do with it, anyway?
Me: I make stuff with it. It's like gimp [boondoggle, plastic lacing, other term of regional preference] for grown-ups.
Sister: Oh. Well, you'll have to show me when you visit.


Here's an excellent example of neat things made with 500 cord, or why I am so glad the Boy Scouts taught me more than just the basic eight knots: http://stormdrane.blogspot.com/

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blythewater
Dec. 4th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
LOL...you really are totally craft addicted if you are contemplating THAT much cord.

Then again........*mind turns, thinking of the possibilities...Oooohhh, the possibilities....YYeeesssss*
oddharmonic
Dec. 4th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize how handy it was for non-knot-related crafts until Vogon asked me to make stuff sacks for our camping gear. It's cheaper and sturdier than the cord I used to buy at our neighborhood fabric store.

I also have a length I was using as a belt for my too-low riding long shorts and thought it'd look much cooler knotted like an infantry bracelet, still using a uniform button as a bracelet because I have a bunch of them I salvaged off old BDUs that were beyond patching.

I come by my button pack-rat ways honestly. When my great-grandmother passed away many years ago, my mother inherited a metal candy tin about the size of a shoebox packed full of buttons that Nana had obviously saved off everything from old clothing and uniforms to decorative cut glass buttons I haven't figured out where they'd be used on clothing since they're so heavy.

I have a stuffed sock creature I made in middle school sporting two of those cut glass buttons as eyes. If I had known their collectible value at the time I made it, I don't think I would have been so bold as to use them!
oddharmonic
Dec. 4th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Also, I went into a neighbor's apartment for the first time this week and I made their kids laugh when I told them their living room was much more formal than ours because ours doubles as a sewing room. I can hardly imagine having a living room filled only with a living room furniture set! Ours has a couch, a TV stand and a low table that could be used as a coffee table (it usually has a 24x26" cutting mat on it and a current in-progress project on the mat), but the heart of the room is craft stuff: a 6-pound box of polyfill stuffing, bolts of fabric, a rolling hamper full of UFOs (unfinished objects) and remnants, two sewing carts...

I guess for us the "living" part of "living room" means sewing more than entertaining. (:
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