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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Expensive Gloss, Cheap Container, Messy Purse. on: September 02, 2006 01:58:27 PM
I love my Urban Decay XXX glosses, but every single tube of it I have ever owned breaks somehow.    Either the top seam opens, or the application tip cracks and pops off (link to pic of product: http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/9c/af/Urban_Decay_XXX_Shine_Lip_Gloss-resized200.jpg).  I have even emailed them about this.  It's sick really.  Anyway, I want to salvage the gloss, because the container always gives out way before halfway through the actual product.  I know nothing about making cosmetics.  It is a very sticky gloss, extremely gooey, and I hate to put it on with a finger or get it on anything else, so a pot will not work.  What can I put it in, and how do I get it in there?
2  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / CINCINNATI! Let's get together.....yeah yeah yeah? on: March 05, 2006 07:58:53 AM
Hi Cincinnati!  I've gotten permission to organize a craft fair of sorts at the Starbucks I work at.  We have zero business on the weekends compared to our weekday mornings, so we get to do whetever we want and take over the whole store.  A lot of girls at my store craft and sell in the cafe when they're not working.  My estimated craft DOA is around the first week of May, where hopefully it will be warm and we can set up a few tables outside too. 

I need to gauge how many of you would be interested in coming so I know it's even something that will be worthwhile and start promoting it!  Let me know if you're interested and what you want to sell; quirky and slightly irreverent crafts welcome.  Hopefully, the Cincinnati Craft Mafia (http://cincinnaticraftmafia.com/ will be involved as well; they're stupendous girls whom I highly recommend meeting, as they are hilarious and inspirational, and helped me a lot when I first started crafting.  The whole point of this show for me is to build community (which is how I got corporate approval as well), but I would love to meet more Craftsters, and make a few bucks as well.

(Location is off 275 between 75 and 71, PS.  I'll get more specific once we get rolling.)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Read Between the Lines" Simple Mix CD Cover on: January 30, 2006 09:50:31 AM
I made my long distance boyfriend a CD that reminds me of him, but I wanted him to hear the lyrics that made me think of him, so I copied the lyrics and mod-podged them into a track listing on the outside cover.  It's just a simple CD case made from a strip of an airborne express cardboard envelope that I turned inside-out and folded twice.  I folded over one side and hot-glued the top and bottom edge of the brown part to hold the CD and glued paper over the part that still said "Airb.."  Then I just folded the other flap on top as the cover.

Inside (I had been practicing a fancy J for his name for a letter I wrote him for this project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77158.0

Outside.  Mmmm glossy mod podge.

Ta da!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Good-Luck Not-Pocket-Sized Shrine (GLNPSS) for Long Distance BF (V. Image Heavy) on: January 30, 2006 09:49:52 AM
My boyfriend of 2,200 miles away had a show on Sunday at a bar near his house, and he hasn't played out in a while, so I thought I'd make him something to let him know I wish I could have been there.  I was inspired by the pocket shrines I've seen on here, and his concert poster, which looks like this:

I liked the entomological theme and was originally planning on pinning everything into a box like they were bugs on display, but didn't like it once I'd layed everything out.  I used the butterflies though:

So I painted a wooden cigar box black and mod-podged the heck out of it.  You can tell I used glossy in the first pic.

These are a couple of little details.  I carved our initials onto the lower back corner of the box.  It reminds me of the animated Robin Hood, which we both grew up watching.  I also free-cut a shamrock and mixed the mod podge I used to secure it with the black acrylic to blend it in a little more.  It resides on the "binding" of the box.

We're inside!  All of the lucky "artifacts" that are collaged in the corner were all the things I was originally going to pin down like butterflies, evenly spaced, etc.  It looked bad.  Also, I bought it all on ebay, except for the wooden ladybugs, which I had laying around.  The horseshoe is cast iron and I got the four leaf clover in a lot of four from some guy in Akron who picks them in a park near his house.  The text is all quotes that pertain to music or talent, i.e.:

"God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use."
"Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. "
"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame.  If it comes at all, it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after."

I pinned all of the quotes down with flathead pins.  Fortunately, I put two layers of cardboard underneath the blue velvet before I glued it down.  The envelope on the left is stenciled with a linear-ish horseshoe and held in by black photo corners and holds a little love letter to him.

Also, I was really proud of the lettering on the label.  I feel awkward posting his full name, but it's already on the poster and he's on myspace anyway (http://myspace.com/jamespeel2, the first song is a cover he recorded for me on my birthday).

Unfortunately, he didn't get it before his show (No thanks to the $22 I paid for express mail.  Next time I'm fed-exing).  He'll be getting it today, and hopefully it's still good late.  Also, the entire thing was constructed almost completely during Project Runway reruns.  Thanks for looking!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / New years project- Boombox Pedal Box! (PICS!) on: January 04, 2006 12:07:36 PM
I have been biting my nails all day to post this- I love it so much.  I went to see my boyfriend over New Years, and he was working on a pedal box for all of his new electric guitar toys he got for Christmas.  He asked me to stencil something on it, so of course I searched stencilry and we decided to go old school on it. 

My favorite part is that the handles line up so it looks he's carrying a boombox around to all his gigs.

The pedals are going to velcro onto that plexiglass eventually.


He also did a damn fine job of building it.  We enlarged the stencil to about 12x24 and printed it on 3 sheets of 8.5x14 legal paper.  I cut each section out and then he lined them up and taped them together, and I cleaned up the overlapping shapes.  We spray glued the heck out of it, ate some queso while it dried, and then spray painted it in silver onto his black pedal box (to match his guitar and amp- natch). Then he screwed on all the hardware while I cleaned up all the fuzzy lines with a black sharpie and a ruler, and TA DA!  Instant Rock.  I love that man.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / La Rok tank- how to not spend $100 on a fishnet tube on: December 20, 2005 10:08:44 AM
I honestly don't think I'd be interested in this tank if I didn't think it could be knit.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/lrk_sample_product.asp?pf%5Fid=lrk%2DKK227132K&bt=lrk

But I know it's overpriced.  And it can be done!  I just can't see how the zig-zag ties are done.  It almost looks french braided, which I don't know how to do (I have no hair).  Either that or it looks like they knitted 2 extra loops off of each strip of knitted area and laced those together somehow.  Also, I am no good at knitting actual clothes, so I'm thinking there has to be a way to do it in the round, since the straps could just be knotted on and the knit is so big and stretchy looking.

I wasn't sure where to post this so I put it in both here and in clothing discussions and questions.  Feel free to shuffle as appropriate.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / La Rok tank- how to not spend $100 on a fishnet tube on: December 20, 2005 10:07:46 AM
I honestly don't think I'd be interested in this tank if I didn't think it could be knit.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/lrk_sample_product.asp?pf%5Fid=lrk%2DKK227132K&bt=lrk

But I know it's overpriced.  And it can be done!  I just can't see how the zig-zag ties are done.  It almost looks french braided, which I don't know how to do (I have no hair).  Either that or it looks like they knitted 2 extra loops off of each strip of knitted area and laced those together somehow.  Also, I am no good at knitting actual clothes, so I'm thinking there has to be a way to do it in the round, since the straps could just be knotted on and the knit is so big and stretchy looking.

I wasn't sure where to post this so I put it in both here and in knitting discussions and questions.  Feel free to shuffle as appropriate.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / I WANT TO RUB COFFEE ALL OVER MY BODYYYYYY on: November 03, 2005 10:28:14 AM
I've worked at the same coffee shop for what is about to be 3 Christmases.  Last year I made everyone a mix of songs and stand-up comedian clips about coffee (NO Christmas songs- we listened to them all month long at work) to cheer them up.  This year I really want to make my girls something to help them relax because we all get a little stressed by the lines of harried shoppers, and I want to make it coffee themed, because we all like coffee, and HEY free ingredients. 

I'd LOVE to make a bath bomb, or a scrub or a mask.  Something with a specific purpose and not just a soak.  I've found a couple of articles on here for bath oils and things, but not quite what I want.

I also don't make a lot of my own bath products, so I don't have any sort of professional set up or ingredients.  Anything I can mix up in big batches and scoop out into portions would be well-appreciated. 

You are all brilliant, by the way.  I've been on here all day for my boyfriend and father's gifts.  Brilliant.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Awesome shirts/ Dirty mirror (Image heavy) on: July 11, 2005 01:16:48 AM
Red_pen shared a Voodoo Glow Skulls stencil no less than 24 hours ago, and I had to try it immediately.
Here's the closeup in my dirty mirror, my stencil is missing a tooth as well because I am lazy, word up:
http://deathfistclothing.com/randomhosting/Craftster/Bitchin.jpg
And one for placement.
http://deathfistclothing.com/randomhosting/Craftster/Ghosts.jpg
And this is a sweatshirt I made with a phrase I've kind of adopted as my own over the last few months.  It says "Sursum Corda," and it means "lift up your hearts" in Latin.  I have actually designed a tattoo with that phrase in it that I am going to ponder for a couple of years.
http://deathfistclothing.com/randomhosting/Craftster/Sursum.jpghttp://deathfistclothing.com/randomhosting/Craftster/Corda.jpg
Placement in the dirty mirror:
http://deathfistclothing.com/randomhosting/Craftster/Poser.jpg
And the logo I screened onto the back as a test.  It says Deathfist, which is the company I started and named after my little sister.  We have yet to mass produce anything other than one-inch buttons.
http://deathfistclothing.com/randomhosting/Craftster/Logo.jpg

Oh, this is my first project post, PS. What is up?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Pendants for 1-inch buttons? on: July 09, 2005 10:31:35 AM
Does anyone know where I can order one-inch button pendants like these?

http://www.seventy-seven.net/necklaces/button/lovehurts1.jpg

I have a Model 100 and I am dying to put some of my buttons on necklaces.  They're almost like adapters for your neck.  So cool....

Oh, and if you haven't checked out 77 Industries, definitely look at their brooches.
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