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1931  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty Pirate Hat! on: June 06, 2010 03:44:14 PM
I gotta tell you, when I saw the thumbnail of this on the front page I thought it was a cake! But finding out it was a PIRATE HAT was so much better! Aisy is right, making this out of an ordinary straw hat was pure genius, and on top of that your decoration is pure piratical perfection. It really is display-window gorgeous. Please can we see you in your whole girly pirate outfit?

I can hardly wait for the Elizabethan hat! If you find a suitable felt top hat, you should be able to cut it down to the shape you want. The brim is almost always sewn on separately, which means you can remove it, cut the body down to the right height, and sew the brim back on. You just have to watch that the sides of the hat body are parallel (they are in most styles) or the size will change when you cut it back. The brim can be narrowed simply by removing the edge banding and wire if there is one, trimming the felt to size, and sewing the tape back on. This will usually work for a straight-sided straw hat too, if you find one.

I'm clicking "Arrrr! This rocks!"

1932  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered fashions swap GALLERY! on: June 06, 2010 08:16:47 AM
Wow, LC, you look pretty great for someone who's just crawled out of her sickbed! And the fact that you did so just to model for us is pretty amazing -- I'm not sure I'd have the stamina! Of course the clothes you got were a good incentive. What great colours on both of them! Looking forward to the detail photos.

1933  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Summer Solstice/Litha Round 20 (Signups 5-16-10 to 5-23-10, SO 6-14-10) on: June 06, 2010 08:10:34 AM
Wow, Edel, do you think the cards might be trying to tell you something? Wink The only interpretation I can put on it is that the Queen of Wands is you. In which case, the message is something like "This alluring, interesting, stable, loving woman is the person that everyone else knows and loves. You need to get to know her too."

The situation with your BF sounds rough indeed, and you're probably doing exactly the right thing by staying physically away from him but remaining in close contact. People going through bouts of mental problems desperately need our unconditional love and support (it has to be unconditional of course, because they're not able to live up to any conditions we might impose) but they can be a heavy psychic drain on everyone around them. If you aren't already doing it, you might want to take a few minutes to ground, cleanse and re-energize yourself after each time you get off the phone with him.

And in the meantime, fortify yourself with baked bean mould and practice some of those travel drinks so you'll be able to prepare them even in the rain when you can't get the lamp lit and the cooler has leaked into the dry goods box again and there's no sugar or tea. Because that's when you'll most need an emergency cocktail!

Sage Blossom Vinegar, by the way, is a recipe from Making and Selling Herbal Crafts by Alyce Nadeau. No real recipe, just pour boiling vinegar (I'm using white wine v.) over fresh-picked sage blossom stalks and leave the capped bottle in the sun for two or three days to infuse. Store in a cool, dark cupboard. I'll take some photos as I go today (if the sun ever comes out so I can pick some sage) and see if it can be made into a tutorial.

1934  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hippy Swap? on: June 05, 2010 03:05:48 PM
Okay, I gotta ask, dustyfro, where IS the hippy capital of Oregon? I mean, the entire southern half of the state is pretty heavily hippified, so I can't think where the epicenter would be. Eugene? Corvallis? Veneta?

1935  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2! on: June 05, 2010 02:57:53 PM
Yeah, where is everyone?
1936  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Summer Solstice/Litha Round 20 (Signups 5-16-10 to 5-23-10, SO 6-14-10) on: June 05, 2010 02:45:37 PM
Although I'm not a Wiccan, I've also been wanting to start keeping some sort of "Book" for years, and haven't managed it. Part of it is exactly what Saturn said about wanting it to look good. My ordinary handwriting is terrible, and I know I would have to keep adding to it in bits and pieces, which makes calligraphy difficult. (I find it takes a good half-page to get loosened up enough, and it's very difficult to make different days' work match.)

So like a lot of people I have little notebooks, scraps of paper with enigmatic notes on them (There's one on my desk right now that says "Vitamin P - Dion Fortune", "a star reborn in a cave" and "stone circles in Gambia". I still know what those mean, but I better do something with it before it becomes just interesting gibberish!) and bookmarks and Post-Its in books.

I really like the idea of doing it as a scrapbook. Thanks, phnxreign99! Just settle on a uniform size and shape of page, and the rest can change according to need, design and whim. The best part is that you could start right now without even having a book to bind the pages into, and can begin anywhere even if you don't know how the book should be laid out or structured. What a great idea - now I'm excited!

As for crafting block, I've been suffering a bit from it myself. I have a little ongoing list of ideas I add to when I'm feeling creative. Maybe some of these are useful to kick-start you:
  • bookmarks
  • ritual ink
  • dream pillow
  • tarot card bag
  • ritual bath towel
  • votive candles
  • ritual ink

OH! Looking that up I just noticed "sage blossom vinegar" on another ideas list, and realized that this is the week I have to make that while the sage blossoms are at their best! Yikes!

1937  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered fashions swap GALLERY! on: June 01, 2010 05:38:17 PM
Wow, lovesclutter, you've made me really eager to see what you've done! You're really speedy!

1938  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: permanent decoration for my room-dia de los muertos ofrenda/memorial (pic heavy) on: June 01, 2010 01:37:11 PM
This is lovely! I've been working around (not exactly on) an ancestor shrine of my own for the last year or so, and it's great to see somebody else's. What got you obsessed with La Dia de los Muertos in the first place?

1939  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered fashions swap(SIGNUPS through to March 25;SENDOUT June 1) on: May 31, 2010 08:52:42 PM
I noticed how as the deadline approached, the board went silent.  Grin  I'm making great progress and feeling really good about how it's turning out. I was getting a bit worried about not knowing whether it would fit, but I realized yesterday that thatbluesea and I have almost exactly the same waist and hip measurements! So I can try it on myself - how easy is that?! (There will be no action photos of this, though.)

1940  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Potholder Swap (Signups 5/19-6/2; Sendouts 6/30, 2010) on: May 31, 2010 08:48:49 PM
I just bought a great shirt today for the fabric. If it suits my partner it'll make the hottest potholders ever; pun fully intended. Wink It's 1000% Polyester, though, so I'll have to use something less melty on the pot-contact side.

Now I'm excited!

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