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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Salvaging a botched drop spindle attempt. on: April 01, 2010 07:17:47 PM
I attempted to spin on a drop spindle a while back.. I wasn't patient and just completely winged it. Needless to say it's NOT at all what I want. Too loose/barely spun, seriously puffy in places..not really anything I'm remotely proud of ha ha. HOWEVER, the fiber is full of very vibrant beautiful colors and I want to try to redo it. Is there any way to ..well re draft I suppose it would be? I feel there should be an easier way to do it besides sitting there and twisting it by hand in the opposite direction. Maybe it's a lost cause? I tried searching a million variations of what I am trying to convey online but didnt find anything but I swear I saw something somewhere about how to fix it. Any advice would be super greatly appreciated!

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: synthetic dread falls. questions. on: March 21, 2010 11:52:44 AM
Hey there,
I haven't actually made or bought these myself but I have done a fair amount of research as I was interested in getting some for myself. I found two people on youtube who I found particularly informative. Since you referred to Youtube in your comment above it's very possible you've seen these videos. They are two different techniques of how to make your own synthetic dreads and both seem really fairly straight forward. I don't know, there are some people who make beautiful hair falls but I have yet to find anybody who sells them for what I consider a reasonable price. Yea, it takes some serious time to make these but the materials are SO SO SO cheap. I can't imagine paying for something that I could make for so less. If you are looking for something extremely perfect and specific then maybe buying would be the right choice. But in my opinion, even if you spent some money on a test run just to get the hang of it, even if that completely BOTCHES you'd still be down very minimal money. That way you can actually see if it's something you have the talent/patience for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihlxsA-R0ZE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XeapWqrai8 (part1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYi9kb7OboA (part2)
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 Gallery on: March 06, 2010 12:52:03 PM
I've received from 8 of the ten partners I have! I LOVE everything. Here are some  pictures.

Gorgeous greeting cards


Cloth pads (Which I am trying for the first time and completely stoked about!) and a hygiene wallet made from beautiful peacock fabric.


An awesome trinket sack, a funky zig zag bookmark with a pretty teal bead and a key chain with a pretty maroon bead, the beautiful where the heart is necklace (the photo doesn't do these justice but you've seen the awesomeness up here before), two smaller kanzashi flower hair pins (FAVORITE colors in the fabric), an adorable cloth bookmark with a swinging little girl, and a kitten paw for good measure haha.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Jem, Jem, Truly Outrageous!! (and the Misfits....) on: February 28, 2010 03:13:51 AM
Theses are so bright and fun! I love all of them! I can't believe how flat the paint looks! I have no idea how to make it so there arent visible brush strokes. You are a pro!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Can't decide on website design! on: February 22, 2010 04:24:16 PM
All right, so I have been on a design binge and have come up with a few different designs. They all have different feels to them and I understand that it depends on my feel but I feel like any one of them could represent varying parts of my personality. Just wanted your opinions. I'm obviously going to change and add content but just curious about the design elements (placement/color etc) So any input is greatly appreciated!

Layout 1


Layout 2


Layout 3


Layout 4
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 (signups close Feb 14) (send by March 1) on: February 14, 2010 07:29:00 PM
Okay so I haven't been officially accepted but I can't see a reason why I wont be so I probably should post my offerings before its too late!

So first of all I'm offering 5 woven bead bracelets. They all are about a foot long with varying designs. You can choose your favorites or convo me about other options. I have a good deal of seed beads and can make other designs or color combinations. The red bracelet actually has turquoise beads although they look a bit washed out in the picture.



The second thing I am offering is another kind of fingerless glove/wristwarmers.



Here are the color options, please specify number/letter (I wanted to do all numbers but had a brain fart and labeled them all the same so added the letters after)







I also have suede yarn but didn't take photos. If this is your thing I can take pictures, I have a forest green, cream, and navy blue.


7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: February 13, 2010 08:31:05 PM
OKay this is probably a really silly question but I LOVE THE PINK CURLS. Do you have naturally curly hair or did you curl it somehow. I have RAZOR straight hair. I've tried all sorts of things over the years but my hair never seems to hold curls. Just curious if you had a trick. Ha.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Frugal Living Swap Gallery on: February 10, 2010 04:02:55 PM
I received from Shannin today! I was so excited to open it! I got some great stuff.





I got this awesome cook book with all recipes that only require four ingredients! How cool. I cant wait to start using them. She sent me this great notebook to keep track of all my stuff. It's actually really cool. I was reading the inside and apparently it is 100% recycled and made in the US. It even has a number on the back cover that you can type into their website to see where the paper your book is made from came from originally. I'm a dork but this is the info on my book http://ecosystemlife.com/ingredients/eco_ingredients/detail/?lk_cat_type_token=a&pin=fm00506bo. I also got some awesome crocheted washcloths. I love the color scheme so much. Shannin even included the pattern she used because she saw I crochet too! You can see in the photo I already started making another one on my own ha ha! And lastly she sent me a hook roll made out of the most incredibly beautiful damask fabric and polka dots on the inside. Wowww! I'm so pleased Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme Room Makeover: Spooky Pooky Goth/Whimsy Edition! EXTREMELY PIC HEAVY!!! on: February 06, 2010 04:36:47 PM
Ladyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy This is such an awesome room. I love everything about this and I love your knick knacks they are so quirky and awesome. AND my boy and I TOTALLY have that same bed set from Kmart ha ha.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 54 Gallery on: February 06, 2010 01:03:35 PM
I received from Ewulotta a few days ago but the package was stuck at the post office and I got it today! I got this awesome stenciled t-shirt straight from my wists of the Hindu deity Ganesha. Along with that a great selection of yarns they are super skinny and it's funny because I've been wanting some fingering? yarn or a while now. Whatever it's called I got some awesome colors.

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