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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Penpals Take Two on: July 14, 2005 04:35:09 PM
First off, I am very excited that there is a topic like this on craftster, because it seems like I would have nothing in common with the people on all those penpal sites. I don't think I've ever had a steady pen pal since grade school, which is a shame. I have some great stationary I need to use, and I'm trying to teach myself calligraphy.

Okay. I'm 24 and currently on break from school at ASU, working at getting a degree in Special Education (yes, I plan on teaching!). I have a cool husband who likes all the same music, movies, and comics as me and enjoys collecting toys and creating custom action figures. I am often enlisted in seaching countless Walmarts and Toys R Us's to find a particular figure, but I've grown to love toys almost as much as he (Marvel Legends, Star Wars, Simpsons, stuff like that).

We have a great little 2-year-old girl who never has enough space in our apartment to run around in. I've seen Finding Nemo about a million times because of her.

I love crafty stuff (stating the obvious, sorry). I attend local S 'n B meetings when I can, crochet, and learning to sew from my aunt-in-law. I love to cook and have a goal to try a new recipe a week. Setting goals is fun now thanks to http://www.43things.com.

I live in Phoenix, AZ and have been here my entire life. ugh.

Here's some shows and movies I like: Trailer Park Boys, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Da Ali G Show, Pete and Pete, Mr. Show, The Awful Truth, Punch Drunk Love, The Big Lebowski, lots others.

As far as music goes, I'll just name a few bands I've been listening to a lot lately : Mountain Goats, Junior Boys, Manitoba/Caribou, new Ben Folds and Decemberists.

Reading is a wonderful escape for me, and lately it's been more graphic novels than books. I just finished one called Persepolis, an autobiographical story about a girl growing up in late 70s revolutionary Iran. Good read!
Hopefully this will give everyone a good idea!  Cheesy


22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: my 1st pillow (please be gentle!!!) on: December 14, 2004 11:54:08 PM
Oh I love it! Did you sew it on there with felt or what? That would be a great gift idea, maybe you should post it in the gift ideas area for last minute crafty gifts.
23  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: New to Phoenix on: December 09, 2004 09:14:56 PM
I am planning on being there! Is anybody going to be getting any crafty things to work on, or is this just a get-to-know-each-other type thing?

Christina B.
24  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: New to Phoenix on: December 06, 2004 11:29:12 AM
It's not dorky! I'm sure we are all excited, and that's why we even bother posting in this topic! Smiley (unless we are all dorky..)
25  Arizona / Arizona: North / Re: Flagstaffian needs knitting help! on: December 04, 2004 07:31:02 AM
I hear this is a great new yarn store in Flagstaff called Unravel, I'm sure you could go in there and find some kindred souls! And I saw an advertisement from them that said they give free beginner lessons with the purchase of materials!
http://www.unravelshop.com/
I wish I could be there, but I'm in Phoenix. I'm sure you can find some help there, tho. Good luck, craft on!

Christina B.
26  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: New to Phoenix on: December 04, 2004 07:23:35 AM
Why oh why does everyone live on the eastside!? Not just you guys but it seems like everyone in the Phoenix Stitch n' Bitch group does too! At least the last time I went it seemed that way... but that was almost a year ago.

Anyway, I've lived in Phoenix all my life. But that doesn't necessarily mean I know of cool things to do. It seems like here you really have to seek out something fun; it doesn't often just fall into your lap.

I used to go to Modified literally -every night- supporting local/indie music and all that. It's a great place. The girl who runs it/started it also owns a great music store in Tempe on Apache callled Stinkweeds.
As other people have mentioned, I highly recommend First Friday Artwalk in Phoenix (which was last night)! It really fun. There's a Festival of the Arts going on Mill ave in downtown Tempe this weekend, which is okay... not too great because most of the 'art' seems to target people who are in their later years, if you know what I mean. But it's fun just to be able to walk around on Mill without having to worry about cars (they close the street off!).
I did buy something from a guy who seemed out of place there; he had some stencil and screenprint art and was from San Francisco. All his work was resonably priced at $20!

Ok so I'm also 24, but I'm married and have a 15 month old toddler as well. I love all crafty type stuff. I'm definitley open for meeting up sometime! Weekdays are out, weekends are in for me. Unless it is after school gets out for winter break... I'm going to ASU during the day and working in the evening.

Sorry about the long intro!

Christina B.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Woodburning, anyone? on: December 02, 2004 11:22:05 AM
This is Craftychica's website www.craftychica.com
http://www.azcentral.com/home/crafty/articles/0306craftyideas06.html
The second link is to the wood burning project. There is even a video tutorial on how to do it and the staining technique with paint!
28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Edward Gorey Gashlycrumb tinies print on: October 10, 2004 04:52:01 PM
Hey, that turned out really great! Looks like his work is pretty nice to screen print since you don't have to mess with any colors or much shading. What method of printing did you use? I'm guessing photo emulsion...?
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: yay! first ever stencil on: October 04, 2004 09:37:39 AM
I, too, am a huge of Trailer Park Boys! So is my husband. Could you please share this wonderful stencil so we may all have Bubbles shirts?! I would very much appreciate it.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "first" shirt...(picture heavy--sorry!) on: September 12, 2004 11:37:39 AM
Wonderful shirt! Creative and neat.
I, too, will soon be taking my first attempt in screenprinting. Any tips? Smiley
I've never heard of the fading technique until shown here, but it seems like a good thing, so I will do a search to figure out how to do it!

Thanks for sharing your work!

christina b.
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