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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / can't paint? Try a ribbon wall! on: March 22, 2005 12:38:20 PM
My fiance and I wanted to do something to add some color to our plain white rented walls in our bedroom. We have a loose asian theme happening and he had saved all these asian pictures from a history of asian art class a few years back, which formerly were used as flash cards. So we put some of them on origami paper backgrounds, printed out some additional pictures of prints from art.com and bought a bunch of red ribbon. I also got some of those sticky photo squares found in the scrapbooking aisle at Joann. So, I got a whole bunch of different widths of ribbon, all of it red, and went crazy making criss cross lines on the walls. At many of the intersection points we used the photo squares to put up the small pictures. We are moving in a few months, so it will all come down then, but its a nice way to add color for now.

You can see pics here:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mandy.hinds@sbcglobal.net/album?.dir=/227c&urlhint=actn,ren%3as,1%3af,0

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Here's my wedding info so far--ideas? on: March 20, 2005 10:19:09 AM
I am getting married in November, just after Thanksgiving at our local conservatory. They have a room called the Palm House which a green house area at the end of the building (that's oh so pretty) and we are having the wedding and reception there. Daytime formal, string quartet, plated luncheon. You get the idea. There's a nice pic of the ceremony site at this page: http://fpconservatory.org/ewedding.html

This is the dress I am wearing: http://tinyurl.com/656xm

My maid of honor is wearing this dress in "apple": http://davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_bycolor_detail.jsp?stid=1575&sid=4746&cfid=8

and my matron of honor and two bridesmaids are wearing this dress, also in "apple": http://davidsbridal.com/bridesmaids_bycolor_detail.jsp?stid=442&sid=2865&cfid=8

Also, my fiance is thinking about this:
http://tinyurl.com/3jnus

I'm not sure how we ended up with this wedding--we always wanted something simple but then once we chose the conservatory and I saw that dress, it sort of all started falling into place.

Anyhow, many many things are going to be made by me and others:
invitations, save the date cards, place cards, favors (marble magnets? I have been making a lot of those lately) centerpieces, decorations, possibly even the cake topper (my mom is making our cake)

I am an English major and my fiance is a math major. We also have a love for anything oriental and since everything is red so far, this would be easy to throw in here and there...AND my fiance is super-good at origami so we were thinking of incorporating origami cranes somehow. I love the 1000 paper cranes story but I'm not sure we will get around to it. We were thinking possibly origami swans as cake toppers though.

Sorry for my rambling. I have had a lot of ideas for different things, but I sort of want to do everything. I though perhaps someone who hasn't been planning my wedding for the past three months will have some fresh ideas.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / first (good) book purse/clutch on: March 18, 2005 07:47:33 PM
I just love all of the book purses and clutches people are making. I work at a library and have lots of access to free and cheap books, so I decided to try it. I made one with a reader's digest condensed book first but it didn't turn out so well, so this is my second attempt. I'm much more happy with this one. It is a pretty turquoise book I found that has the author's name imprinted on the cover (elizabeth goudge? I've never heard of her). I got some cute purpley fabric from joann and used ribbon (the type you'd use for a belt) and d-rings to close it. And best of all, its holding up great even without any sewing. I can see many more of these, especially some with handles, in my future....

Here's a pic of the front of the book:
http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/bc/420d50b3_158df/bc/craft+pics/DSCF2126.jpg?BCSP6OCBUMHMVMiR

and the inside when the clutch is open:
http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/bc/420d50b3_158df/bc/craft+pics/DSCF2127.jpg?BCSP6OCBQyMJoLzV

and here's a top view when its closed:
http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/bc/420d50b3_158df/bc/craft+pics/DSCF2128.jpg?BCSP6OCBX8F9Joqt
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / White Stripes T-shirt on: March 18, 2005 11:13:51 AM
This is my first attempt at making a stencil using freezer paper. It was so much easier, but I had higher hopes for this shirt.

shirt:
     

closeup:



I don't know why I didn't think about the fact that the red shirt might show through the white paint--what is a better way to get a crisp, bright stencil on a dark shirt with light ink/paint?
15  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Columbus area--best source of fabric? on: March 14, 2005 05:14:28 AM
I just wanted to find out if anyone knows of cool stores which sell fabric. I live near Easton, and since Hobby Lobby near us closed down, as did Hancock Fabrics, all I know of is Joann (well, and Wal-Mart is rumored to have fabric, but I try not to step foot in there) Are there any smaller places around which sell fabric, especially cute/different fabric? I am a little bored with the selection at Joann....
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / book clutch pricing info on: March 07, 2005 10:38:08 AM
I recently made my first book clutch and I just love it! (I'll post a pic soon) I showed it to my boss at the library where I work, and she suggested I speak with the manager of our Friends of the Library group to possibly sell them in our bookstore/gift shop. I think that would be awesome, but before I speak with her about it I wanted to try and narrow down a price. It only cost me about...oh I don't know. It couldn't have been more than $7 or so. I want to try making some with handles though and I think that would jack the cost up to maybe $12. I guess what I am wondering is how much profit do people usually shoot for when selling items? I sell baked goods a lot, and I know a general rule for that is 3 times the cost of your ingredients. Is that about right for crafts as well?

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / contact paper on walls? on: February 26, 2005 09:28:44 PM
I have seen some people mention using contact paper on their walls or ceiling, and was wondering if anyone has done this and actually had to take it down afterwards? I live in a no-paint, minimal holes apartment and would like to do this but didn't want to cause any damage if I can help it.
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