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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first dress from a pattern=success! on: August 30, 2005 07:03:01 AM
it's an apartment in an old graystone in chicago, which i am sadly moving out of tomorrow Sad

i'll miss it.  this apartment was sweet.
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: August 10, 2005 09:09:26 PM
oh my god that asparagus spear is the most amazing thing i've ever seen.

your heart is adorable, too.

but jesus christ ASPARAGUS!!!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: DJing a wedding on: August 04, 2005 07:43:20 PM
it's good to hear other people have pulled this off relatively successfully!  i was planning on just using iTunes because it can blend seamlessly between songs and it's easy to set up playlists and shift them around a lot.

bekmonkey, you're suggestions were super helpful, especially about playing songs in sets.  it makes perfect sense but i hadn't really thought about it.  and the practicing.  holy crap will i need to practice.

to answer a couple of questions: it will be mostly just a dance party.  the bride and groom are just 23 and 25, respectively, and there will be a lot of people our age there just drinking and having a good time.  the bride is renting a karaoke machine because she's totally into that.

also, i got a sound engineer friend to LEND us the equiment.  PUNK ROCK!

thanks for all your help guys, and keep the suggestions coming!  i have very little experience with wedding receptions (i'm only just entering that phase of life where all-of-a-sudden you have a zillion weddings to go) so all input is appreciated.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / DJing a wedding on: August 02, 2005 10:56:49 AM
this isn't really a craft, but it's very DIY so i was hoping i could get some help from you guys.

a friend of mine was lamenting how hard it was to find a DJ for her wedding--they were all really expensive and they all seemed kind of lame and dorky.  so i said, "hey, why don't i DJ your wedding!  i am free!  and i have good taste in music and i have a computer with a crapload of music on it!"  she was totally into this idea, probably because it saves her about $1000.

so now i'm DJing this wedding but I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING.  i have ideas for a lot of songs i want to play, and i'm obviously going to sit down with the bride and have her give me songs she really wants me to play, but i'd like to hear input from people who have thrown wedding receptions/been to a lot of wedding receptions.  any songs that are really big hits?  anything in particular to avoid?  anything you really wish you'd told your DJ before your wedding?

also, does anyone have any idea about what kind of equipment we'd need exactly?  in my head right now i'm just cobbling together a big stereo system with my stereo receiver, my computer, and a lot of speaker wire connected to a couple of sets of speakers spread around the room.  i also need to figure out how to wedge a microphone into that setup.  anybody got AV experience that could give me some advice?

and one more thing, just so that it's more crafty, as my wedding gift to the couple i'm going to burn CDs of every song i play at the reception, in order, and i'm going to put it into a home-made CD booklet along with polaroids that i take of people dancing at the reception.  i'll post pictures when it's done!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: July 21, 2005 03:04:44 PM
i love my wrist tattoo with all my heart and LOTS of people have wrist tattoos these days so it's not so much of a stigma anymore.  to be safe i cover it with a wrist-cuff or braclet when i go on job interviews, but no one who sees it ever has a problem with it.

my wrist tattoo hurt more than my others, but all pain is relative.  i never really know what to tell people when they ask if it hurts.  i tell everyone it will hurt less than you think it will, which i believe to be true.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: polka-dot tube top--now with text tutorial! on: July 14, 2005 11:42:44 AM
wow i love your tattoo, i mean the shirt is really cute too, but i've been really wanting to get a tattoo and have had some ideas but Im super nervous, and so that drew my eye immediately.
do you have any other tattoo's?
-Alex

i do.  i have a total of for 4 now, all of them from children's books.

i have two from "a wrinkle in time" on the insides of my upper arms:
http://flickr.com/photos/letsread/25959730/in/photostream/
http://flickr.com/photos/letsread/25959731/in/photostream/

and one from "figgs & phantoms" on my inner right wrist:
http://flickr.com/photos/letsread/25959729/in/photostream/

i love all of them to death and will definitely get more, although i got the last 3 really close together so gave myself a 1-year moratorium on tattoos so i don't get out of hand.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: polka-dot tube top--now with text tutorial! on: June 30, 2005 10:29:32 AM
hey, a uchicago -er!  I was too (but am not anymore) where did you live?  I lived in the shoreland.

i was about to say i'm not anymore either, but i guess i still am.  finished my undergrad last year but i stayed for a year to get my masters.  i never spend time on campus anymore, though, so it feels like i don't go there, even if the tutition statement i got in the mail yesterday says otherwise.

i always lived in weird fake dorms.  i spent my first year in max mason, which closed that year so i switched to stoney island.  yay for people who never actually lived that close to campus!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: polka-dot tube top--now with text tutorial! on: June 29, 2005 10:20:02 AM
I like that you hid the hooks n' eyes on the sides. Cleva cleva! I heart the polka dot fabric - I have a hard time finding cool fabric like that, tho. Tongue

thanks!  that fabric is one of my all-time favorite thirft-store finds.  i found a good yard of that red and blue polka-dot fabric and i also found another yard of an almost identical fabric, only the dots were GREEN and blue.  the whole lot couldn't have cost more than $2.  unfortunately, a lot of it was sacrificed in a botched reversible-tank-top project.  so it goes...
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: June 28, 2005 10:06:29 PM

I'm very proud of my first tattoo (sorry the picture is so dark)... don't see many punctuation tattoos out there.  Can't wait to get another!  I get grabbed whenever I wear a tank top with people asking what quote is on my back.  (And the angle is bad- down looking up.  I'm not actually a hunch-back!) 

Love this thread!



i love punctuation tattoos!  my best friend and i went on together to get our punctuation tattoos.  i have an ampersand on my wrist (not really so much punctuation as an abbreviation, but close) and she has a semi-colon on her ribcage.


<<<edited to remove images from quote>>>
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: May 27, 2005 05:15:19 PM
My first tattoo was on my arm - a palce that's more usual for guys to get tattoos.  Stung a little but no big deal.  My second tattoo was on my ankle - a place that's more usual for girls to get tattoos - OW OW OWWWIE OOOWWWWWW! Kinda funny.

I should disclose, however, that when I was getting my VERY PAINFUL ankle tattoo that there was a guy across from me getting stuff filled in on his chest that looked like he was *dying*. I think the amount of pain you experience has to do with how much flesh there is between the work & your bones. If I had to do it over again I woulda bulked up beforehand!!

all 3 tattoo artists who have tattooed me have commented on how girls handle tattoo pain waaaaaaay better than guys.  we've got the childbirth pain to buck-up for, so a little needle isn't so bad.
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