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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Popsicle stick loom? on: October 09, 2006 11:29:31 AM
I was at an art festival yesterday, and a woman with some gorgeous woven items gave me some advice when I told her that the reason I don't weave is because I can't afford a loom.  She briefly described a "popsicle stick loom," and it seems simple enough...but a little TOO simple, if you know what I mean.   Undecided

Has anybody tried this?  Is it worth the time and effort, or does it suck?  Does anyone even know what this is?
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Changing Seasons on: May 05, 2006 05:17:46 PM
Eep!  I hope I'm not too late!

At first I wasn't going to do this challenge...that is, until I found this GORGEOUS picture at Texas Thrift for $1.88.  It was actually so pretty that I considered not doing anything to it at all, and picking something else, but ultimately I decided to go with this one.

Here's the before:



And here's the after:



I made a point to use only items that I already had at home, so this cost nothing more than the picture itself!  The background was blotted on with stencil paint on a paper towel.  The stars and moon are beaded, and a little faux fur make her collar, trim, and muffs.  The earring is a heart-shaped charm.

Now that I look at it, I wish I had been able to figure out something to do with the cute little cabbit thing, but I didn't have time.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Handmade soap mold? on: December 21, 2005 11:13:42 AM
I have a really interesting idea for a mold, but I can't find anything even close to what I want.  Cry

Is there a way that I could maybe make my own?  I would have no idea what sort of material would be appropriate.  Has anybody tried this?  I'd really appreciate any input anyone might have on this.

Thanks!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Donut Pillow!! on: December 20, 2005 12:53:19 PM
This is actually my first project to post up here.  Sorry I don't have a better picture, but I just felt the need to show this off.

Every year, my office has a White Elephant gift exchange for Christmas.  Turns out that the guys have all had a long-standing competition to see who can bring the strangest gift.  This was my first Christmas at this company, so I decided I'd have to do something extra-strange.  Using Julieko's tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46368.0, I made a huge donut-shaped pillow.  About halfway into cutting the pieces for it, I decided that this could only be a hemorrhoids donut.  It was the perfect shape, and just about the right weirdness level for my coworkers and employers.

It's at a really bizarre angle in this picture, and you can't see the sides or back, but the front (frosting) part was made from a cream-colored faux leather jacket I had lying around, and the back was made from a pair of my mom's old chocolate brown pants.  The stuffing was cannibalized from an old pillow I was just going to throw away, and when I was done, I embroidered little sprinkles on the frosting.



(modeled here by Aaron, the lucky recipient)
It was a huge hit!  Although I think it will probably get more use being thrown at people's heads here at the office than for relieving hemorrhoids.   Cheesy
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Get Smart! on: October 26, 2005 12:12:00 PM
My husband and I have decided that even though we don't have anywhere to go, we're going to have to dress up as Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 from Get Smart, in honor of Don Adams' death a couple of weeks ago.  His costume will be easy as hell...black suit, black tie, shoe phone...

I'm a little concerned about mine, though.  First of all, I'm pregnant...not showing much, but enough that a black catsuit would look funny.  Does anybody have any ideas for what I could do?  I'm not really looking for obvious...after all, nobody's going to know what we are right off the bat, but anything that's just really sixties like that?  Any and all suggestions welcome...

Also, my husband wants to go all out and dye his hair black, but he's concerned about the color not washing out (his natural color is sort of a dirty blonde).  Any suggestions there?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for an Eclectic Musician on: June 22, 2005 08:43:33 AM
My brother's 20th birthday is coming up next weekend, and soon after that he'll be moving out of our parents' house into his own apartment.  I'm very proud of him, and I want to make him some cool stuff for his apartment.  Now, he's a professional musician, and all he really cares about in life is his music.  Right now he's really into Tom Waits, and has been for a long time, so here are the ideas I have so far:

An LP (record) ashtray
The CD nightstand idea on this forum

And I'd really like to do something regarding Tom Waits.  I also have a whole bunch of those little clear plastic CD's that come on the top and bottom of a stack of blank CD's from the store, and I'd really like to use those too.  Any ideas?  I'm not as interested in being thrifty as I am in making something cool and unique that he'll want to keep forever.
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