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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Super crafty budget wedding, heaps of project pics and budget ideas on: October 05, 2008 08:16:25 PM
This is awesome, everything is gorgeous!  You did a great job!  I'm doing the same thing actually, cramming making just about everything into 2 months' time (so as much as I want to make everything myself, I'll have to delegate some of it).  Kudos to you for showing how you don't have to spend thousands to have an awesome and memorable (and fun!) wedding.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Unfortunate initials..monogram help! on: September 21, 2008 02:22:25 PM
I would go tongue-in-cheek if I were in your situation.  Subtly acknowledge that you realize the dirty connotation by doing the monogram in a sexy black script with a red ostrich feather behind it or something similar.   Wink  Not so much if you're not that type, I guess.  Chances are if your family is pretty innocent they won't notice it anyways.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Making your own halloween costume-along.. on: September 04, 2008 09:43:55 PM
I'm going to dress up as the woman in the right foreground of Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte"



I found the perfect shirt for it today, and I'm planning to make the bustled skirt.  I found a cheap parasol online.

I'm stuck on a few details:
How do I make the little top hat?
Should I cover everything (and my skin) in dots for authenticity, or is that overkill?
Would you recognize it?

Also: if anyone has a light purple flat sheet, preferably with some kind of subtle ditzy floral or dot pattern, I will buy it off you!!!!  PM me!
4  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: Cool Chicago Crafter Peeps wanna get together? on: September 04, 2008 01:24:39 PM
Hi all, Jungrrl told me about the crafty group you have going on.  I'd love to hang out for some martinis knitting or something!  Grin  I'm in Rogers Park.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Losing my Best Friend tomorrow... on: September 04, 2008 01:12:33 PM
Just spend some quality time with her and make her happy and show her how much you love her.  Say goodbye in whatever way you can.

I wish I had one more day to spend with Vince.  I wish I would've been able to see him one more time before he had to be put down, I had to leave him with the vet while they tried to rescue him because I had to be at work, and I had to make the decision over the phone.  I had so much faith in this vet and they gave me a lot of hope that they'd be able to save him, so I didn't even think about asking to see him before I left, plus I'd been awake over 30 hours and couldn't think straight anyways.  That's my biggest regret, that I didn't get to say goodbye.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafts and Pets: a warning on: September 04, 2008 01:04:16 PM
Thank you for sharing that, I didn't realize something like vinyl could do serious damage either.  Why is it the naughty cats have the greatest personalities?  Vince broke most of my drinking glasses knocking them off the counters.  I'd always figured it would be a piece of glass that would end him, not some stupid little needle I missed picking up, so I was always careful not to leave any glasses out.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Crafts and Pets: a warning on: August 30, 2008 09:47:28 PM
I want everyone here to learn this very important lesson.  Late last night, my kitty Vince accidentally swallowed a threaded sewing needle that had fallen on the floor probably several weeks ago.  The emergency vet found it embedded in his esophagus, and was unable to remove it.  I rushed him to vet after vet today, and no one was able to do anything but take more xrays, suggest yet another specialist, and give him more pain meds.

With full surgery he only had a 50/50 chance of survival, at a cost of over $2500.  I had to make the decision to let him go peacefully and painlessly before the needle found its way into his heart or lungs.  There was no third option.

It's amazing how something so small so carelessly overlooked can devastate, and how quickly it can happen.  So please please please look over your crafting stashes and put anything that can possibly harm your pet securely out of reach, keep your pets out of the area while you're working with potentially harmful materials, and clean up after yourself thoroughly.  I don't want anyone else to ever have to go through losing their best friend over one tiny sewing needle.

If anyone else has any experience with other craft supplies that can be harmful to your pets, especially the kind people wouldn't think of as harmful, please share them here.  There is no reason for anyone else's pet to be injured or killed by our hobbies.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fill-A-Box Round 8 - THE EPIC GALLERY! (USA Flat-Rate Box, Sendouts by 8/23) on: August 14, 2008 07:14:55 PM
I do not know how Daniethanas got all this stuff into one box!
(Clicky for piccy)

I wanted to do the multiple pics but my camera battery promptly died after the first shot.  Embarrassed  But I'll tell you everything she managed to cram in there:

A ton of fabric swatches and a dress and a shirt to recon
Silk flowers
Paints and brushes
Votive holders and candles in little wicker baskets
3 complete little cros stitch kits which I'm totally going to play with tonight
A thick stack of peel-off sticky magnet sheets
10, count 'em, TEN spools of ribbon, one of the light greens happens to be the exact color I was looking for for some wedding accents
Big brass jingle bells on a gold and burgundy cord, and I'm a total Christmas freak so these will be put to good use
A tube of star glitter/confetti
Fat sharpies!  Oh how I love sharpies!
Two mixed packs of awesome glass beads in blue and purple
A bunch of packs of beading cord
Gold beading thread
A cute little book: Hot Dogs & Cool Cats
A ton of stickers!!  Grin
Pretty animal postcards
Adorable greeting cards
A really beautiful card with a photo of grasses on the front, which I'll probably end up framing because it's so pretty, and inside was a bookmark from Rumi's bornintocolor.blogs pot.com project

You are the most awesome swap partner, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fill-A-Box Round 8 - THE EPIC GALLERY! (USA Flat-Rate Box, Sendouts by 8/23) on: August 13, 2008 05:28:45 PM
Everyone's boxes are so awesome so far!

DIY ho's arrived yesterday, I can't wait to see what she thinks of it!
And I just checked and mine arrived at work today, but I had the day off.  I can't wait to get to work tomorrow!!  Cheesy
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Alcohol/Bar Related Swap Gallery on: July 29, 2008 07:32:51 AM
Got my package from rira today!
Thanks for doing this swap, it's been fun.

Sorry about my crappy webcam pics, my camera was doa when I tried to use it.


A picture frame, cute flower shaped bottlecap coasters, and a "beers of the world" journal


Guinness windchime. It didn't survive the trip so well, but it still sounds nice.


More of the coasters and a "Big Bad-ass book of shots" that will definitely get lots of use  Wink

Thanks rira!  Cool
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