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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Penpals Take Two on: April 07, 2006 06:22:06 AM
Hi!!!  So im catching onto this a bit late... but I really really love penpals so Im hoping someone (or lots of someones!) will want to be mine!

My name is Brooke. Im 21, I will be 22 in July.  I live with my boyfriend TJ in our own apartment.  Its a cute little complex, where we can go for walks and bike rides, it has an indoor pool( and an outdoor one), tennis & basketball courts....yea im a bit obsessed with it.  I love shopping for fun things for the apartment. 

My boyfriend is really my best friend, we are big dorks together. He makes me laugh & smile a million times a day.  I have an awesome awesome family, im the oldest of 4 kids.  Also three little cousins and all 7 of us grew up together basically... so its been crazy but i love it.  My parents are awesome too.... actually you could consider my fam my other group of best friends.  I also actually have real friends too, theyre pretty fun.

Im into all types of crafts.  I love decorating things.  I love my sewing machine, I make bags and little wallets and pouches mostly.  I love fun fabric, I want to learn how to make clothes more easily.  I also silk screen, I like to make fun tshirts and girl beaters mostly. 

other loves & likes.... the beach & being tan.  learning something new everyday. reading fun girlie books mostly. going to the movies. most music. taking pictures.  i actually like to work. nice people.  going away to warm places. tiki bars. i wear flip flops only, all year long.  making up words. cleaning. hot tubs. the feeling you get after going for a long run. my dogs that live w/ my parents - a golden retriever named whiskey and a black lab named jake. going out to dinner. babies & MOST little kids.

I donttttt really like.... politics.  i know its sad, and I should be more interested, because it REALLY DOES MATTER, but i just can not get into it.  you are welcome to try and convert me though. dont like being cold.  dont like mean people. people who dont share. CANT STAND fake people. dont like birds(includes chickens, roosters, parrots ect.) HATE everything bagels(random). dont really like most little tiny animals - hamsters, ferrets ect. does that seem mean of me? dont like weird or different smells. or people who talk way too much.

i WANT to.... always be happy. learn more. especially about crafts.  I want to get better at everything i love. learn about photography. live at the beach. actually i already do somewhat. spend an entire summer camping.

I would really really love a new penpal.  I promise I will write, and my letters wont be boring.  Also as I mentioned im pretty much a dork, so I will most likely make you stuff and send it to you also. I also want to get more involved in swaps ASAP. PM me if youre interested and leave me your adress or ask for mine. oh yea, i live on long island, new york, US.  I will write with anyone from anywhere in the world.  Unfortunatley, I know no other language than English, but if you know English and are willing to teach me your language.... Im down!

Thanks for reading!!!  Grin
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I WANNA SILKSCREEN! on: March 19, 2006 10:11:59 AM
could someone please explain to me the effects of under exposure and over exposure...? like, how can you tell if you underexposed and/or overexposed your screen?  I THOUGHT i had overexposed my screen because the emulsion wouldnt wash off after exposure.  so i tried again, this time for a much shorter exposure time.  this time, MOST of the emulsion washed off but there is still a stubborn layer! is this underexposure??? thanks.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: question.... frustrated!!! on: March 11, 2006 11:22:18 AM
thank you so much, that helps alot.  for some reason, even though i KNow of the term "over exposure" i feel like i though that burning the image for LONGER would make my screen easier to rinse-taking the non-exposed emulsion off.  it was hard the first time, and long but it worked well.  this time i burned the screen even longer because i thought it would actually make it easier - i see it has actually made it harder. thank you so so so much for your help Smiley
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I WANNA SILKSCREEN! on: March 07, 2006 05:41:04 PM
i did dry it, in complete darkness the entire time( a week). is it possible to actually let it burn for too long?  has anyone ever used a 200 watt bulb? if so, what length of time worked best? i used a very thin layer of emulsion b/c i felt last time that i used too much. also, do you think that maybe i just let it sit too long, so the entire screen was so dry that now none will come off?
uuuuuugh so frustrating.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I WANNA SILKSCREEN! on: March 07, 2006 03:56:04 PM
i put a thin layer of photo emulsion on my screen, and was suppossed to let it dry overnight.... but i got busy and forgot, so its been like a week....used a 200 watt bulb and a transparency for about an hour.... i can see the image burned onto the screen, but it will NOT wash off.... seriously with a very strong water pressure ive been washing it for like over an hour..... any ideas? did i let it burn too long? was it b/c i left it for like a week? HELP!!!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / question.... frustrated!!! on: March 07, 2006 11:24:41 AM
hi all, i am getting super frustrated so i figured i should just ask to see if anyone can answer me this...
about a month ago i bought a silk screening kit, with the screen, paints, photo mulsion ect....
i covered the scren with the photo emulsion, let it sit in a dark closet, covered, overnight... came back th next day and burned my image onto the screen using a transparency and a 200 watt bolb, for a about 45 minutes.
it worked almost perfectly... after rinsing the screen(took about 20 minutes) i realized i should have left it under the bulb maybe a little bit longer, because it was a bit hard getting a few "specs" off the image. the
image came out pretty good on the fabric though.
sooo i went and purchased a bunch of screens online. i used the same photo emulsion(its says it can last up to a couple monthes) but i let the screen dry for i guess almost a week(i got kinda busy - oops!) and did everything else the same.  i burned (a different image) for about an hour this time, and when i went to rinse it off - didnt work.  after about 45 minutes, when the image wasnt rinsing at all - i lind the transparency back up and burned it for about another half hour - still the imag wouldnt rinse off at all.

does anyone have any ideas?  did i let the photo emulsion dry on th screen for too long? is it possible to burn the image too long? somebody help?Huh
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painted ballet slippers. on: February 20, 2006 07:36:29 AM
 i would say.... acrylic paint or fabric paint.  and the outline and writing could probably be done with the pointy "tip-end" of a fabric paint bottle, just by hand... does that make sense?  that would be my take on it .
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brown & Pink Vinyl Long Wallet-Clutch! on: February 15, 2006 02:04:27 PM
where do you purchase your "vinyl appliques" that are on some of your clutches on your website?  I cant ever find them locally, and whenever i search online, i only find cheesy "flower patches", butterflies, ect.  Not that those are bad, they just get boring after awhile.  I really like the silhouettes you use.  Any ideas where I can find them, either online or a craft/fabric store?
Thanks Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Where to Buy Vinyl Appliques on: February 15, 2006 01:47:10 PM
Anyone know any good places to purchase Vinyl Appliques???
I live on eastern long island, there is not THAT many places - a bunch of typical arts&crafts stores, and fabric stores - i always seem to find those "flower" or "butterfly" appliques, im guessing because i am in stores more geared towards arts&crafts.  I am looking for actual appliques made out of vinyl, such as a silhouette of a shape or design.

Does that make sense?
I CAN travel into the city, takes about an hour & a half, not very often though - what about ordering online?
Thanks so much Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brown & Pink Vinyl Long Wallet-Clutch! on: February 15, 2006 12:49:08 PM
awesome.  i basically taught myself how to sew, silk screen, make my own jewelry, ect. so its really frustrating me to not be able to figure this question out.

QUESTION : i cant seem to figure this out, or find an answer anywhere on here : HOW do you sew on those tiny buttons(or even sequins)Huh  I usually just end up hand-sewing them on, but its long & annoying, and i never get that "perfect" look.  See the way the buttons look on this wallet, you can tell they were sewed straight along with the seam.

...now that im looking super-close, maybe those arent buttoms, but just "cut-out fabric circles"? i dont know, but either way, does anyone know how to sew on buttons or sequins with a sewing machine, and not by hand??? Pretty please?

Thanks oh so much Smiley
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