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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Matching Suit and Dress for Prom on: March 21, 2005 12:57:03 PM
I love your ideas, and I bet you can make at least the jacket for the boy and the dress for yourself - if  you know what you're doing.

If you can, though, have the boy try on a similar jacket with the tie like the one you're picturing, because I'm having trouble envisioning a nehru jacket with a skinny tie (don't get me wrong, I LOVE skinny ties, but I think they go great with the three button suit look, and nehru jackets with no tie.  But what do I know?!?

Here's a picture I found, to help others (who know more about sewing) in the group to suggest patterns or places to shop for patterns:
 
http://britnett.net/ozone/listings/85.html

Good luck!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Darkening hair? on: March 15, 2005 02:15:39 PM
I have HEARD (never tried, so confirm this before you try it) that coffee can darken your hair.  I guess you would brew up a super strong pot of coffe, let it cool, then soak your head!  There was talk on another thread about mixing hair dye with conditioner, so maybe mix the coffee with conditioner and let it sit on your hair under a shower cap for awhile?
Also, I don't know if you consider henna as icky as chemical dyes, but they do make it in colors other than the traditional red.  I had a friend who used black henna with success.  It didn't turn his hair black, but made it darker.  Good luck!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Craft Corner Deathmatch? on: March 14, 2005 02:01:08 PM
I caught this for the first time over the weekend and LOVED it.  I also especially liked the "this is what they might have made if they didn't have only ten minutes and a screaming audience to deal with" segment and the "history of rhinestones" piece.  There are CLEARLY some very hip and clever craftsters behind the scenes working on this show.  I encourage anyone who thinks they would hate it to take a look and give it a chance - it is HILARIOUS.  Little touches like the planeted guys in the audience high-fiving and belly-bumping like they're at a pro-wrestling match are great.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: cool candle idea! on: February 28, 2005 01:13:21 PM
Hi, if you and your friend are not very religious and won't be offended by kind of a take-off on an otherwise religous thing...

I've seen in many many stores blank versions of religous candles.

You could take two of those and make a Meg candle and a Jack candle.  Maybe work with photoshop and make some pictures of the musicians slightly more saintly than they already are?  I would put the picture on the outside of the glass.  There is stuff called photo transfer paper, or something like that, that you can print on with an inkjet printer and then put that image on glass, I think.  Someone here on craftster should be able to tell you how to put a photoshop image on glass.

Look, I found a link to a site that sells the religious candles I am thinking of, I'm sure you've seen them around...

http://www.mexgrocer.com/catagories-household-religious-candles.html

Good luck!!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Turn floss into wood !!! on: February 25, 2005 08:29:31 AM
That bag is great and your embroidery is gorgeous!  When I first saw the picture I though "<gasp> a fingerprint?!?! I love it!"  But when I read "wood" I thought, "oh, of course, that's clearly looking like wood."  But now I am going to make something with a huge fingerprint on it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: skirt on: February 25, 2005 06:30:09 AM
It looks well-made - I can't really tell too much without seeing it on a person; the waistband looks a little small to be worn slung low on the hips, which is how I think a skirt like that should be worn.  But it looks like it could be really cute (on the right figure, with the right top, tights, boots, accessories); but it's not one of those things you can just throw on with anything.  You know?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Homecoming mums on: February 22, 2005 11:24:14 AM
Oh, your request just threw me back 15 years to high school in Dallas!!  I've lived everywhere else since then (NYC now) and haven't thought about mums in forever!!

You're talking about the big 'ol ones, with streamers and ribbons and everything, right?

I've never made one, but I would suggest finding cute trinkets (ties to the ribbons) that really match the personalities of the people to whom your daughter will be giving the mums?  And remember that you can't overdo it!  When in doubt, add more glitter (in the school colors, of course).

Also, does she have any friends that are goth/punk/emo/whatever-the-sad&angry-kids-are-into nowadays?  It might be cool to make a "coutnerculture" mum, with doll heads, fake razor blades, etc.

If she's giving them to music fans, there's probably some really cool way to use an old 45 as the base...maybe not.

I hope more people read this thread and post pictures!

Good luck!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's not a shrug, but what is it called? Help me, please! on: February 22, 2005 10:53:14 AM
Thank you everyone for such kind assistance!!  I'm sure the thing we saw was the Magic Scarf and, yes, Subloke, we played with them A LOT in the store - but I don't remember the details of how it worked.  I just remember thinking it was way cool.  Neither one of us got one because her husband (who was with us) is in the toys/costumes/giftable-accessories wholesale trade (he sells to retailers) and is a drag to have on a fun shopping trip because pretty much anything you see he says "You know the store paid 1/4 of what they're charging for that..."  (top-notch fellow in all other respects, though).  It's like, "Yes, I know of mark-ups, and I imagine the rent on the main thoroughfare in Breckenridge is pretty high..." but still it makes you not want to buy things, or else I'd have a Magic Scarf in front of me right now and I could tell you all about it!  I don't quite remember how it could be so long as a regular scarf and not super-bunchy as a cowl or shawl.

I'm thinking I will make my friend the three-way scarf from Coats & Clark (thanks Knitrageous and melidomi), and a Moebius scarf for myself (thanks GloryB)!


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's not a shrug, but what is it called? Help me, please! on: February 21, 2005 12:36:14 PM
Hi - I don't know the name of something that I'd like to knit.  A dear friend of mine was admiring these in a store in Breckenridge, CO and I'd like to knit one for her.  But I can't find a pattern and I don't know what they are called.

It's basically just a knitted tube that can be worn like a scarf, a cowl, a cape, a shrug, a hood, I think even a skirt (but I might be wrong about that).

I'm looking for the name of this item, and would also looooooove any leads as to where I might find a pattern.  I'm thinking of just knitting up a tube and seeing what happens,  but could some more experienced knitters recommend a yarn weight and/or needle size for this experiment?

Any help at all would be so very greatly appreciated!

10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: leg hair on: February 15, 2005 01:19:45 PM
I have dark, persistent leg hair and I've been using the Nair 3-in-1 for a couple of years now and I love it.  I use it every three days or so.  By the fourth day, I've got about the same growth as one day after shaving (I shaved every day for many many years).  I also waxed for about a year and find that the grow-back rate with Nair is about the same - but at $6 for a jar that lasts two applications as opposed to $50+ per wax visit - I am happier.  It is very easy to use; just smear it on, sit for 5 - 10 minutes, and wash it off in the shower.  Every few applications or so (or whenever I have a little extra shower/beauty time), I do a vigorous exfoliating scrub of the legs BEFORE Nair-ing and this really helps the product's performance.  I've tried the other Nairs (not 3-in-1) and other similar products (Veet, Neet, etc) and do not like them so much.
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