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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Help Planning my 18th Birthday Party on: October 04, 2009 08:23:48 AM
I want a birthday party when I turn 18 at the end of the month, the problem is trying to come up with what to do is stressing me out to the point where if I can't think of something I will end up not having one!
It's a little tricky for me mostly because the fifteen friends I plan on inviting are all random friends and not all friends with each other necessarily. So I need to think of things we could do at my party that would be fun for everyone and make people want to come (I'm worried no one will want to because only one or two people they are friends with are invited, and say if one can't come, then none of the people they know will come, yknow?)
So what's something I could plan to make it awesome? My only ideas are:
Where the Wild Things are, which is super vague but I love the book and the movie will have just come out.  Smiley
A tea party-type-something?
My birthday is two days before Halloween, so I'd do it on the 30th, but I don't know about a Halloween theme if it's not actually Halloween.  I don't want it ON Halloween because no one would come
It doesn't neeeeed a theme I just need things to make it fun! So any help would be wonderful!

Thanks!
Hilary
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Two-Week-Without-Me-Survival-Kit? on: June 27, 2009 10:44:43 PM
Well, in a week I'm going to an on-campus art camp at MCAD, and I'm incredibly excited. Smiley

Me and my boyfriend have been dating for almost a year and a half( it'll be  our 18 month when I'm away), and are best friends and completely inseparable. We have a music project together, where I write lyrics and he writes and records the music (because I have no musical talent  Cheesy) So for when I'm gone he has requested three sets of lyrics to make into songs to pass the lonely time. I'm thinking in addition to that I wanna make him a whole survival kit (nothing toooo elaborate or time-consuming, seeing as I have just a week to throw it together!)

Suggestions please?
Thanks!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Addicting Spicy Sesame Nori Cottage Cheese on: June 19, 2009 03:43:33 PM
So I got this snack from this cookbook my mom edited called The 100 Calorie Snack Cookbook, and it is so-so delicious and east I have to share!

All you do is get some cottage cheese, then sprinkle in red pepper flakes, coriander, sesame seeds. Then get some nori and crumble it up real small and add that. Mix and enjoy!

It sounds a little weird, but I really can't get enough of this!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fantastic Garage Sale Fabric... but weird shape! on: June 11, 2009 07:20:41 PM
So I scored this lovely Ziggy fabric at a garage sale, and it really wants to be a skirt. Problem is, it's used and has triangles cut out of it all the way down. How would I go about making this work for a skirt?


And I love the stripes, aren't those colours great?



And here's a picture of it all on my bed so you can see how long it is.


So, craftsters, help me with a solution? Thanks in advance! Smiley

Hilary
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Big! Feather on: May 28, 2009 07:38:34 PM
I would post a picture because it's just so epic, but I'm feeling lazy, so maybe tomorrow ha.
But! My dad found a huuuge feather, about a foot and a half long with brown and white stripes on our porch! I love love love it and want to make art or something featuring it. I make a lot of mixed media work as it is, but I'm lacking inspiration on what I could incorporate this into. Ideas please?

Thanks!
Hilary
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / First timer needs help! Sewing a non-stretch fabric onto a stretchy ribbed tank? on: May 10, 2009 03:38:12 PM
So I got this terrific vintage fabric at a garage sale and decided I wanted to make a tank top
Silly silly me, trying to make my first clothing item ever from scratch with no pattern ended up cutting the fabric too small to make one from scratch
But!
I solved this issue by changing my project to something easier, that will still give me a nice summer tank--
I want to sew the fabric along a tank I already have, starting at the top of my bust/ under the arm holes
The fabric is not stretchy while the tank is, so I pinned it with the tank fabric stretched so the outside fabric would be the right size when the under-fabric of the tank was stretched out
So, when the tank is just normal and not stretched/on me the top fabric doesn't like lie flat, it is in little waves, I hope that makes sense I don't know the word to descibe it. It's like pinned but doesn't lie flat it goes up and down.
Sorry for such a long explanation but otherwise my question wouldn't make sense!
So, my question is-- How do I sew on the top one so it will un-wave and fit over the tank top when the tank is on me? Should I sew it stretched out so it lies right? What stitch do I use?

Thanks so much, because I am really afraid to proceed without knowing what I am doing, since that was how I messed up when trying to make it from scratch!

--Hilly
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / You know those squares they put at the bottom of containers of berries? on: April 23, 2009 06:24:46 PM
To like.. absorb extra juice? Like berry maxi-pads I guess Cheesy
Well our thing of blackberries came with not one... but nine! Which seems a bit ridiculous. Even more so was the fact that my mom almost tossed them! None of them are even dirty and they are all this pretty bright purple and shiny on one side. What can I do with them? I mean they could go in my collage folder, but something tells me they were meant for something grand!


Packratting it up,
Hilly
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / I'm planning Valentine's Day This Year... Ideas? on: November 09, 2008 03:10:31 PM
Well last year my boy did Valentine's day and planned an adorable romantic Lady-and The Tramp Themed Evening: We made a fort in my den and inside it he set up a checkered tablecloth with candles and chocolates and two stuffed dogs and played the music from the movie while we ate spaghetti, and afterwards we watched the movie! It was incredibly sweet, and this year I'm planning the evening. I know it's not for a few months but I figure I should start getting ideas now so I can actually do something to top his! Or at least eqaul it, because that was adorable =] So if anyone can offer up suggestions for the evening, I would love it! It doesn't have to be a theme or anything, just something very romantic and very original! Thanks so much!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Making a journal cover out of.. DOMINOES? on: June 11, 2008 08:26:31 PM
So I'm making my boyfriend this supercool lyric journal. It has fifty lovingly-handmade pages all of different kinds of fun paper, collaged, painted, maps, colouring book pages... pretty much everything you can think of. Now all that's left is the cover. I really wanted to do something fun for the cover, instead of just collaging one. All of a sudden I had an epiphany... DOMINOES. I have enough for the front cover and to go down the spine. I already have the pages glued together. So how do I put that together and make it sturdy, like what do I use for the back cover so that it works? I figure I'll hot-glue the dominoes together, but how do I make that work with the domino spine and everything so it actually opens and closes like a journal should? I know this is what I'll do but can anyone please shed some light on the logistics of this? Thanks so much!

Peace
Hilary
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / A plethora of treasures from the past on: May 11, 2008 12:52:46 PM
Well, I'm up to my eyebrows in stuff that I know has crafty potential, but I'm not completely sure what to do with all of it.
Here goes...
A ton of vintage postcards. My mom's old collection, they're really great and I want to do something with them, but I don't want to cut them up or anything.

My dad's old essays. I found them in his memory box, from all throughout high school, they're pretty funny, like the one: How to Fail an English Paper. They're on old looking paper, which I loveee.

A ton of my drawings/paintings/etc from when I was little.

All these beautiful mini teacups, teapots and stuff, I have several generations of vintage tea sets here. Don't want to destroy them or anything, but I bet I could do something cutesy with them...

And my grandma sent me a ton of vintage sweaters that don't fit her anymore, she knows I love stuff like that. They all fit me and I have an array of colours, but they're kinda bulky and I want to do something with them to make them more interesting, since they're plain and that's not really my style.

Also, a good family friend who is like my second mom works for Dior and gave me a ton of free makeup, and it all came in little boxes, which I saved of course. What can I do with those, I have a tonn just piled up waiting for some inspiration. Plus the little navy velvety pouches that were on all the little boxes of eye shadow. They have like a quilted pattern on them and since I have so many I need to so something with em... but what?

Haha wow that was a lot. I would love some suggestions on any of them. Thanks, have a great Mother's Day!

Peace
Hilary
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