My old building was geared towards artists & one of the shows we hosted in our galleries was a mail art show...they would put anything in the show that was mailed to them. Sadly, most of the pieces were typical postcards, etc. (I expected more from a bunch of artists!) But it was interesting to see people who worked in "traditional" mediums (ie. painting & sculpure) get crafty.
The first Christmas my boyfiend and I were together, he had his dad teach him to do stained glass, and spent many hours on a piece that looked like the green leaf brooch the Fellowship gets from Galadriel in LOTR (we're both members of the "Dork-core" & lovelovelove Tolkien!) We now both have the same image tattooed on our forearms...his gift to me for our 1st anniversary.
I think it just comes with the territory...if you're crafty you're gonna amass a certain amount of junk. The odds are stacked against me in this case...my mom is a pack rat who runs her own store (art&craft consignment&classes)...she knits,crochets,tats,spins yarn,does collage,beads,makes soap&paper,cross stitch,etc. AND is an avid thrift store/rummage sale shopper....which means she has a ton of stuff (which she is aways wiiling to share (lucky for me!!!) her mom was the same way, only more into collecting things than crafts...I think its genetic, honestly!
I had the idea a while back to make items out of plastic beads on fishing line, so you could wear them in the water and not ruin them. Also, I would have a use for all the plastic beads I accumulate & never have any use for. Then a friend-of-a-friend mentioned she had such a bad metal allergy she couldn't find any jewelry cuz everything had metal clasps. I really want to do something w/ this idea, but I've not seen plastic findings anywhere...any ideas?
I wanted an email address that was kinda geeky and obscure...but that a couple people would get. Tattoo Annie was taken on hotmail, so I spelled it ta2annie. Its from the Simpsons episode (4th Season) where Marge goes to prison...there she meets a tattooed & pierced chick with short red hair...which is a fairly accurate description of me (minus the prison jumpsuit). To top it off, my name is Anne, though my family has always called me Annie because I was named after the song "Dreamboat Annie" by Heart. It just stuck and now I sell my jewelry under the Tattoo Annie banner as well
I need a recipe for "bath bombs"...the kind that fizz when you toss 'em in the tub. I know the main ingredients are baking soda & cocoa butter, but I don't have any more info. I want to make them for Christmas...help!
the best thing I found is a blend of essential oils...tea tree, lavender & geranium. I mix equal amounts of each in a little glass bottle & dab it on blemishes, cuts, burns,bug bites, whatever. usually you need to dilute essential oils if you're using them on your skin, but these 3 are ok straight. this also works as a bug repellant & it smells nice. add it to unscented lotion or soap, too. this combo has completely cleared up my very confused/oily skin. make sure you get pure, undiluted, non-synthetic essential oils, though. any health food store should have an ok line...Aura Cacia is easy to find & inexpensive
ear candling is totally harmless...I work at a day spa and we do it there, but you can do it at home if there's a second person to watch the flame. it's actually very relaxing & no pain/trauma like @ the doctor. you only have to cover your ears after if its really cold or windy out & only on the 1st day. just make sure you use candles made out of muslin&beeswax...paraffin is bad