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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: September 09, 2005 06:11:11 PM
One year, my co-worker, Suzette and I, went as "Assault & Battery".  I dressed up as a Morton's Salt can, and she dressed up as a Duracell Battery, hence "A Salt & Battery". Get it? Hehehehe.  .....
Kristina

There's a store in NYC with that name...................... Should get a picture @_@

LOL, I just found it on Google, at www.asaltandbattery .com.  That's awesome!  New York's Best Fish and Chips.  Hmmm, maybe I should forward our picture onto them, kind of as an hommage.  Thanks for telling me about that!

Kristina
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: September 08, 2005 06:04:06 PM
One year, my co-worker, Suzette and I, went as "Assault & Battery".  I dressed up as a Morton's Salt can, and she dressed up as a Duracell Battery, hence "A Salt & Battery". Get it? Hehehehe.  Here's a picture of it:



I'm the one on the left, with the glasses.  It was pretty easy to make the 'barrel' costume, so if anyone wants to know how we did it, feel free to contact me through craftster.org.

Also, one year, I went as a sunrise.  Yup, here's how I did it (sorry, no pics, was about 6 years ago).  I had gotten a half sun mask at Goodwill that I wore on my face.  Then, I wore black tights, and a black skirt, that I put glow in the dark star stickers on, up to my waste, with silver glitter glue throughout.  Then, I got a white long sleeve cotton shirt (it was October, in NE, ya know?), and I painted on it the colors of a sunrise: dark blue at the bottom, then pink, then orange, then yellow at the neck and collar.  If I remember correctly, I had gotten fabric dye to do this.  I had blended them all together on the shirt, including the sleeves, to look like a sunrise.  I had made one part stay white, where I had left a stenciled crescent half moon, right over my boob.   Wink Then, I put my hair up, and spray painted it gold (with that gold hairspray that comes out for halloween, makes your hair really sticky), put the mask on and voila!  a sunrise.  Of course, I did spend the rest of the night explaining to people what I was, the conversation would go something like this:  "So, what are you supposed to be?" asks non-right brained good ole NE boy, "I'm a sunrise, see dark on bottom, sunrise, then sun at top.  Get it?" answers me so sweetly. "Oh, I see....so what's up with that gold stuff in your hair?" " Sigh," as I walk away to get another beer.  But, no one else was a sunrise, so chalk that up to creativity, eh?

Kristina
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Please post your best costume... on: September 08, 2005 03:29:28 PM
One year, I went as a sunrise.  Yup, here's how I did it (sorry, no pics, was about 6 years ago).  I had gotten a half sun mask at Goodwill that I wore on my face.  Then, I wore black tights, and a black skirt, that I put glow in the dark star stickers on, up to my waste, with silver glitter glue throughout.  Then, I got a white long sleeve cotton shirt (it was October, in NE, ya know?), and I painted on it the colors of a sunrise: dark blue at the bottom, then pink, then orange, then yellow at the neck and collar.  If I remember correctly, I had gotten fabric dye to do this.  I had blended them all together on the shirt, including the sleeves, to look like a sunrise.  I had made one part stay white, where I had left a stenciled crescent half moon, right over my boob.  Wink  Then, I put my hair up, and spray painted it gold (with that gold hairspray that comes out for halloween, makes your hair really sticky), put the mask on and voila!  a sunrise.  Of course, I did spend the rest of the night explaining to people what I was, the conversation would go something like this:  "So, what are you supposed to be?" asks non-right brained good ole NE boy, "I'm a sunrise, see dark on bottom, sunrise, then sun at top.  Get it?" answers me so sweetly. "Oh, I see....so what's up with that gold stuff in your hair?" " Sigh," as I walk away to get another beer.  But, no one else was a sunrise, so chalk that up to creativity, eh?
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pimples, zits, whiteheads, pus pockets... on: September 08, 2005 03:12:12 PM
Ok, I tried the Elmer's glue thing last night.  My Elmer's was too runny (and kinda stinky, can Elmer's go bad?), so I washed that off and tried Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.  All I can say is.....OWWWWW!  I managed to pull out every single facial hair that came in contact with the glue.  Then, there were all these 'holes' in the 'strip', were it looked like it didn't adhere to the blackheads, like they were too oily to stick too?  So, pulled out facial hair, didn't touch the blackheads.  Sigh, disappointing, and really painful.  So, I did a clay mask after that, to make sure that no glue was stuck down in my pores....can you imagine?

So, if you are really into pain, try Aleene's Tacky Glue.  Guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.

Kristina
Who will be sticking to Pond's Pore Clearing Strips in the future.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Artist Trading Card Swap on: September 04, 2005 05:17:20 PM
I wanna try, too.  I've been reading up on ATC's, and I, too, tried to join up at nervousness, but they are still having technical problems with their server, so the site isn't up.  So, whenever you're ready, I would really love to participate.

Kristina
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: first timer please look and respond on: September 03, 2005 11:40:55 PM
hey, if you all want to read the story, it's published online at http://www.online-literature.com/franz-kafka/metamorphosis/.  It's a short story, so you shouldn't get a headache from reading off the computer.  However, be prepared, cause, you know, it's Kafka, dark, depressing, sad, tragic, all that good stuff.

I am just amazed at your talent, Lubee.  I would never thought of making an altered book for a project when I was in high school, you've got creativity to spare.  You 'transformed' the story, literally, and made it your own.  And considering that the story itself is so dark, and the transformation of yourself dying could be considered dark, the overall art in your book is light and full of hope.  I don't know if you meant to do that, but I love the contrast.  I always interpreted the story to mean that this sad little man, with no life to speak of, was finally turning into what he really was, just another cockroach, pretty meaningless in the grand scheme (see, I told y'all it was dark).  But in your metamorphosis, you seem to be showing that life doesn't have to be that way, it can have vibrancy and meaning.  Again, I don't know if you meant to do that, but that's what I get out of it, when I compare it to the story.

Please, let us all know how you did.....you better have gotten an A.  Smiley
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: I foudn essential oils at the dollar store? on: September 02, 2005 11:04:41 PM
Yeah, I doubt the stuff sold in the Dollar Store are 'real' essential oils, the real deal.   For example, it takes 1 lb of rose petals to make 1 drop of essential oil, and a tiny vial (1/8 fl. oz) of real rose essential oil is about $14.  Since the process for making some of the essential oils is just as tediuous (although maybe not as expensive), it's hard for me to imagine that 'real' essential oils made it to the dollar store.  Who knows, though, maybe some of the essential oils that are easier to make, like lime, orange, pine, etc., could be overstocked enough to head to the dollar stores.  Like everyone else said, try one bottle out....mmmm, especially lime, that's my favorite essential oil (that, and grapefruit), cause they smell like candy to me.  Grin  I think I'm gonna have to check out my local dollar store now.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pimples, zits, whiteheads, pus pockets... on: September 02, 2005 10:54:39 PM
LOL, I love reading all these responses.  I, too, get tremendous satisfaction from popping zits.  I don't why, but it just feels better to get dirt and gunk out of your skin.  Like you get some control over something that can make you feel so yucky ("Ha!  Take that, you skin deforming bastard!), or something like that.   I don't get a lot of 'real' zits (meaning, infected and painful), but my chin gets tons whiteheads, and has since I was 14.  I just started using the generic version of ProActive, and it seems like my skin is worse now, where things are coming to the surface pretty quickly.  I assume it's cause it's killing the germies, and the gunk is coming to the surface. I just hope it gets to the point where it really will get better, after it's been going through it's worse phase.  I mean, it's been a month.  Maybe I have a lot of gunk to kill. 

I've also noticed with those painful undergrounders (the cysts), if I just leave them alone, they are gone in 3-4 days.  I don't even bother with trying to bring them to the surface anymore, cause my immune system just gets it all cleaned up, if I'm patient.  I started doing this, cause if I messed with them, it just got more and more painful, and red, and glaringly obvious (one dude called me "Unicorn", after I tried, unsuccessfully, to pop one of those undergrounders right between my eyes.  No amount of makeup in the world would cover that sucker up).  After it would finally healed, 2 weeks later, I'd have a really ugly purple scar, where my body put up a wall of scar tissue to prevent the infection from going anywhere else.  I hate those scars, they take forever to go away.  At least this way, a little Bare Minerals covers up the redness, and it's not really noticeable (I love Bare Minerals!)

I also just recently discovered the Revlon blackhead remover, lordy, it's a zit pickers dream.  You just drag the loop over the surface where something is kinda stuck, like a blackhead, and it just comes on out, without all of the damage of trying to get something out with tissue covered fingers.  I then alcohol and bleach the hell out of the remover after each pass. I've been using it on my nose, and there is stuff that comes out that I couldn't even see on the surface of my nose (like whitehead stuff that never showed up on the surface....ewww).   Another thing that works for emergency zit control is camphophenique.  It dries the zit up, and since it has an analgesic (pain killer/numbing agent, like in anbesol), it helps it to stop hurting. 

And am I the only one here that loves those Biore strips?  They don't get nearly enough blackheads out of your nose, but after I pull it off, I'm just amazed to see those suckers all stuck there.  I just wish there was a way to get your pores to close up tight after you get the blackhead out. I try witch hazel, but the pores are still wide open, which sucks, cause I know that they are just going to get more dirt and oil, and I'll have to do it again.  Sigh, the things we worry about. Wink

BTW, bleaching a pin for at least 20 seconds, followed by a hot flame, will sterilize any piece of metal...it's the technique that I used in the bacteriology lab that I worked in the prevent cross-contamination.  However, you can't kill all the bacteria on the skin, and certainly not in the zit when you push a pin into a zit, so yeah, you can end up just pushing more bacteria into the pore, which can make it worse.  Use at your own discretion.

Wow, this turned into a long post.  I guess I just needed to share my twisted love of zit picking with you all.  So glad I'm not alone here with my compulsion. Hehehe, Thanks! Smiley
9  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Re: colorado springs on: September 01, 2005 07:35:10 AM
To all you Colorado Springs gals (and guys, if you're out there).  I just wanted to let you know about a brand new craft store on the east side of town.  It's called Quilts and Crafts, run by a mom and daughter team, Omega and Trina.  It's a quilting and scrapbooking supply store on the NW corner of N. Carefree and Powers, next to Diamond Shamrock.  They are having a grand opening on Sept. 1st, 2nd and 3rd, with discounts, and they are also giving away prizes, including a crazy expensive quilting sewing machine (Trina said it's worth over $1000).  You can enter anytime between Sept 1st and 3rd and you don't have to be there to win, they'll call you.  Omega will be teaching quilting classes and Trina will be teaching scrapbooking/altered books/stamping/etc classes.  The store is very well organized, with some scrapbooking and quilting supplies that you apparently can't get anywhere else (like this very pretty stained glass paper that Trina was showing me).  Very cool, so check these ladies out before you head to the big stores, especially for all you east-enders, since it's in the same vicinity as Joann's and Micheal's.  Support your local craft store! Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 30th memory box/birthday card for a friend on: August 28, 2005 07:57:53 AM
I just love this....I love how you layered all of those photos....it would make me happy too, to look into a box and see a crowd of my friends/family, all looking happily up at me from the front lawn of a castle.  If I got this, I would cry, too.  You did an awesome job!
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