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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlocks on: February 08, 2006 12:50:49 PM
How do you get synthetic dreads to stay in? By the way, it looks like you have a very pretty face!

Holy crud - month late responding to this - sorry!

The synthetics are pinch braided and then dreaded - meaning they take a chunk of fake hair, fold it in half, wrap it around on of the real dreads, braid it a little bit and then tie with string. When it's attached, it's then dreaded which is really easy since synth hair is plastic and they backcomb, twist, and then heat it with a steamer to kind of form the plastic into a dread. You can kind of see it on the blonde ones, where it's tied onto the dreads.

And thanks for the nice compliment.  Cheesy
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlocks on: January 02, 2006 02:02:59 PM
It's been a while so I thought I'd post some updated pics since someone requested pictures in a different forum, blah blah blah. Smiley

They're about 9 months old. I got them via a free dreadperm at hairpolice (hair model for a class), and about half of them are synthetics because my hair is really really thin. The reddish spindly ones are my hair, the thicker blonde and dark ones are fake. They're getting a little more length, but mostly because I take a crochet hook and pull them out when they start growing into themselves or shortening. It makes them a little fuzzy but after some palm rolling with tightening gel, all is well with the world again. I had a hairpolice former employee do maintenance on them a couple months ago.

http://www.secondaryhighway.com/_randomimages/newyeardreadies02.jpg
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3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Show me your craft "room"!! on: November 29, 2005 01:26:39 PM
Yeah, I can't work in a mess either. I'm a slob so things go downhill, but then I have clean up days like, once a month to get all the clutter out. My memory isn't so good, so I have to do it, otherwise there's a lot of stuff that gets totally forgotten about.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: CRAFTERS COAST TO COAST - SEASON 3 TALENT SEARCH! on: November 23, 2005 07:59:39 AM
but it is just too much with all the awful camera cuts and angles.  I tried to go back to it a few times, but couldn't bear it.

After going through a taping I think I understand why they do so many fast cuts. The people on the shows are not professionals (hell, I'm certainly not, I actually hate cameras - yeah, good choice for me to do the show Tongue) and in order to get something even mildly interesting, and make it make sense, there's a lot of cuts and a lot of editing to get a lot of fumbling around to look even remotely smooth on the part of the crafter.

I didn't have to do anything over the top silly, but it's really hard to remember to look pleasant, remember your lines and speak properly, and project enough, and look in the camera when you're talking and not on what you're doing, plus put your craft together. After 6.5 hours of taping I was totally exhausted, and worried that when the final product is put together that it will make sense. How do you present something that would normally take two days to put together and show it in 10 minutes?

Anyway, they're trying to make ordinary people with no TV or acting experience look more interesting. If they held the camera in one place and the person wasn't acting a little silly, it would be totally stiff and boring. Also, the crew taping season 3 is completely new, so hopefully it looks a little different than previous seasons. I didn't notice any camera twisting or anything obnoxious either, so keep your fingers crossed!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Placemats as bracelets on: November 19, 2005 06:42:30 PM
Sweet!
I looked a while ago and didn't find them. The ones I ordered weren't quite the color I expected. I'll have to go check that out! Thanks!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Placemats as bracelets on: November 16, 2005 09:52:13 AM
Nope, no glue, there's two sets of holes through each tile and the wire goes through them, kind of like how a watch band is made.

Sometime after February, you can see me on "That's Clever" on HGTV making one of these. Cheesy
(Unfortunately I put it together really fast, so the one they show on tv is really crooked. wah!)

I've got so many of these tiles now, I might start selling little kits to make your own.
(Like - $6 for Tiles and instructions or $12 for Tiles, instructions, and pre-cut sterling wire.)
7  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Re: HGTV crafters coast to coast IN MILWAUKEE!! on: November 11, 2005 11:39:51 AM
Had the prep meeting this morning and I think poor Arlington is overwhelmed by the sockmonkey. We'd get through a set of steps and then a whole new set of steps would make everything more complicated. In the end, there was no talk of any silliness. It took two hours just to figure out what we were going to do to show all the steps. Total they were there for 2.5 hours between both projects and drooling over motorbikes. I think my intro will be me riding around on a bike.

Funny note: I've been fighting off illness for a while, and the area we were working in is pretty cold. Well, I was kind of sniffly and at one point felt something drippy, and so I started wiping it away when I realized I'd been standing in front of A and K sitting on the floor looking up at me with a wad of snot in my nose. ugh. So embarassed! I'll have to be sure to tell everyone to please let me know while they're taping if I've got any bats in the cave. I'm so disgusting. Tongue

Anyway, I'm excited now - they're great people to work with! Yay!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Pricing questions... on: November 11, 2005 11:27:18 AM
Nesse - there's nothing wrong with politely reminding her that you said you wouldn't be able to do it right away. You can offer to explain to her how to do it herself as well. I've found that once people actually *see* how much work goes into something, they have a better appreciation for the time and skill involved. I also have no hesitation to make an on the spot estimation of how long something will take me to do, and then tell them I usually charge $xx per hour, but would be willing to give them the "good guy" price. (Which changes depending on what skill set of mine they require). If someone is going to push something on you and expect it for free, they can expect to wait for me to have the time to finish it.

I can do this now after years and years of freelancing as a graphic designer. As more and more people wanted to pay me because I did good work, the less I offered to do things for free. I'm also a big fan of bartering, but those projects still have the caveat of being lower on my list of priorites than something that pays.

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: better booth setup on: November 11, 2005 11:11:06 AM
That's the suit in my avatar with me wearing it. It's made of upholstery foam and sweaters - that would be a dang lot of socks.
I'm actually taping a segment on Sunday to be on "That's Clever" to show the world how to make them - it'll air in March sometime.

Hopefully it goes over well - it was the idea of the organizer to do the "photobooth".
Think $3 is ok?  Or should it be $2? $2 will cover the cost of the film, $3 will also pay for the camera (if I use up all the film).

I'm a little worried about stuff getting swiped, but there will be at least 2 people in the booth at all times. I'll take pictures if it all goes well. (Sorry for hijacking this thread! I just had similar questions and don't like starting a bunch of new topics. Tongue )
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: better booth setup on: November 10, 2005 01:35:07 PM
Cool, we're actually going to be set up like a cozy living room, with a central feature of a 6' tall sockmonkey person you can get your picture taken with. ($3 polaroids like sitting on Santa's lap) The "sockmonkey photo booth" is the main feature but we'll also be selling sockmonkey suits, crochet items like scarves and hats and lapghans, and then jewelry. Items for sale will be set out on stacks of suitcases, bookshelves, and little tables. It's indoors, so no tent, but we'll have a backdrop.
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