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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / easy hat and patterns for beginner on: September 11, 2005 02:56:17 PM
I'm a beginner at crocheting and I'm kind of bored of the simple scarves I've been doing.  I decided I want to do something a little more difficult and try out a beenie style hat.  I've never done rounds or anything other than very basic stitches, so I'm looking for something pretty easy to help me learn.  It'd also be nice if it was fast.  I'm really into instant gratification crafting.  I want something I could finish in an afternoon if possible.  If I like the way it turns out I might make a bunch for my friends for Christmas.  So...any free online patterns you think I could do?  I'd also like any other easy patterns, even if they aren't hats.  Thanks!  Grin
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / no fabric challenge on: September 11, 2005 12:43:10 PM
So, what if we did something along the same lines as the no yarn challenge, except with fabric?  A challenge where participants make an article of clothing using little to no fabric.  Maybe they could use fabric as an accent, but it couldn't be the main part of the clothing.  Instead they would have to use duct tape, yarn, garbage bags, and things like that.  The dress made of condoms I once saw on here comes to mind.  It may not be very practical, but I think it would have some creative results.   Wink

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3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / cordless telephone on: September 10, 2005 12:55:35 PM
Our old phone wasn't working too well so we got a new one.  I asked my dad if I could use the old phone for something  and he said yes.  Any ideas for what to do with it?  I also have the...erm...charging thing it sits on when not in use.  I cannot for the life of me think of anything I could do with either of these two things.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / help with dead ballerina costume on: August 27, 2005 06:31:02 PM
So, I was thinking this year it would be fun to be a ballerina for halloween.  Grin  I would buy a leatard(sp?), make an awesomely poofy tulle tutu (the bigger the better), buy some ballet flats, and wear my hair in a bun.  Then I thought to make it more halloween-ish I could be a dead ballerina.  I could make my face really pale, possibly add some blood, and maybe tear up my clothes a bit (though I really don't want to ruin the skirt).  The problem is I live in Wisconsin and I'm guessing it will probably be cold.  For my legs I could crochet some legwarmers, but I don't know what to do with my top so I won't freeze.  Any suggestions on this and the costume in general?  I also don't know how to make my candy bag look like part of the costume.  I'd appreciate your help!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / golden 14th birthday in December on: August 02, 2005 10:27:50 AM
Yes, I realize this is really early, but it never hurts to plan in advance!   Cheesy  I will be turning 14 on December 14th this year and I want the party to be really special.  I'm not really into themes, but if you have a really great theme idea that's not horribly complex I'd be happy to hear it.  I'm mostly just looking for fun, random ideas that all of my friends would enjoy.  I want a fun party that costs as little as possible, since we're on a budget.


The party might be in November or January, since December is a busy month for lots of people.  It will be a co-ed party with approx. 10-20 people.  I want it to be something that would involve as little parental supervision as possible.  This will be especially tough with members of the opposite sex there.   Roll Eyes 

A sleepover at my house is not an option.  There is no where we could go in my house where my parents wouldn't be kept up by the noise.  A bowling party might be kind of fun, but I'm really bad at bowling.  Tongue  None of my friends are into crafting, so a crafting party wouldn't work.  I'm not interested in a scavenger hunt type of thing. 

One of my ideas was renting a hotel room and spending most of the time swimming in the indoor pool.  Then we could go up to the room, eat pizza, and listen to music or watch TV.  Unless we rented an extra room for my parents we wouldn't be able to stay up late and have a sleepover though.   Tongue

Another idea would be just to hang out at my house.  We could play in the snow for awhile, then listen to music, watch movies, play video games, play foosball, possibly go in the hottub, etc.  That might get a little boring though.

As you can see, none of my ideas are particularly interesting or creative.  Any suggestions about anything related to the party would be great.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / x-acto knife for duct tape on: July 10, 2005 05:17:50 PM
I love looking at all of the duct tape creations on craftster and it makes me want to start crafting with duct tape myself.  So far I've made two crappy wallets that were a huge pain to cut with scissors.  Roll Eyes  I hear that x-acto knives are good for cutting duct tape.  Before coming to craftster I had never heard of x-acto knives (being a crafting newbie).  So, what exactly can these knives be used for, how well do they work, how reasonably are they priced, can I get them at Micheal's, and is there a specific type I should get for duct tape?  Yes, I realize I'm a dork, but I'd appreciate a response, especially since tomorrow morning I'm going to Micheal's(sp?).  I'm very cheap and want to get my money's worth out of everything! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / duct tape skirt--help! on: July 06, 2005 09:28:03 AM
So...I've been looking at all of the duct tape skirts on craftster and I must have one.  The thing is, I want one I can actually wear for long periods of time (like to school).  I heard that because duct tape doesn't absorb sweat like regular clothing does it becomes really hot, sticky, and uncomfotable.  I was wondering if by simply covering a cotton skirt (wouldn't cotton be best, or does it matter?) with an elastic waistband with duct tape I could prevent all of this.  I mean, it would still look pretty much the same.  Who would know?  It seems like it would be ten times easier than making the duct tape sheets, measuring myself, trying to figure out how to attatch a zipper, etc.  Also, I could cover the waistband with duct tape, but it should still keep it from slipping off, right?  Plus it seems like it would be more comfortable.  Would this really work?  Any other suggestions? 
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / The Art of Makeup on: June 29, 2005 10:43:34 AM
I hope this is the right section to put this in, since it's not exactly a project...  Anyway, I am one of those people who considers makeup to be an art.  I especially love funky, outragous, and bold makeup, though I don't really wear it that often because it doesn't go with my...erm...style I guess you could say.  Since this is an arts and crafts website I thought it would be safe to post this here.  I was thinking it would be cool if people posted pictures of themselves with their coolest makeup on, kind of like on this site http://limecrime.net/ (extras:makeup), or just kind of explained how they like to do their makeup. I guess it doesn't have to be quite as wild as lime crime, but if people could share how their favorite ways to do their makeup I'd appreciate it.  I love seeing the creative things people come up with.    Smiley
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / I'm sorry this isn't really crafty but....that color pulse stuff on: June 21, 2005 06:25:20 PM
I want to dye my hair but I'm afraid of being stuck with a color that ends up looking horrible on me for months (I'm not one for commitment).  So, my brilliant solution is to try out those mousse things by Loreal(sp?) that wash out in 8-10 shampoos.  My hair is medium brown and I was thinking of doing chilled plum, funky cherry, and black.  I've heard some people say that they turn out horrible, especially black, so I really want to know if someone here has used this stuff, or knows someone who has, before I give it a try.  I hope this isn't out of line since this doesn't have much to do with crafts, but I would really like some help.  Come on now, don't make me beg.  Wink
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / cheap sharpie knock-offs on: June 20, 2005 06:52:16 AM
I love sharpies, but they're pretty expensive.  Does anybody know of some cheaper permanent markers that work just as well (such as RoseArt)?
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