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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Trouble with Fake Trees/Plants/Foliage... on: May 20, 2008 09:22:47 AM
First I'll give a brief summary of what's going on.

I'm working for my dad who owns a hotel. I've been doing a lot of maintenance and menial work since we haven't been very busy at all. [Hopefully things will pick up in the summer] One of my jobs was to fix up the fake trees/plants on the 4th floor where the pool is.

We have about 10 fake trees around the pool that seem to think autumn has struck and decided to shed their leaves. I've tried hot gluing the salvageable ones back on and fluffing them up a bit, but they're shot. The hot glue only melts the plastic causing even more leaves/branches to fall off.

My question for you guys is...is there a good type of glue out there that doesn't have to get so hot, that will stick quite quickly?
How about maintenance and care...they're in a humid environment that gets lots of sun, which cause them to fade and get brittle.

Or, have any of you been to any stores where there are cheap[er] fake plants? ['Cause I know that most likely these trees will look pretty pathetic even after I've fixed them up a bit. Wink] My dad just doesn't want to spend too much on fake plants, even though they really do spruce up the place a bit.

I wish I had a picture of the tree I started to work on...it looks so sad. LOL!  Smiley

[In case you're interested, here's a link to the hotel's website which is being renovated, so it's pretty plain right now. My other task is to take new pictures of everything for the site, which I'm excited about. Smiley]
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Scan or Take Pictures of Visual Journal Entries? on: January 27, 2008 07:23:57 PM
Which way works better, or which way do you prefer?
Do any of you have tips when it comes to lighting, not getting a glare from the flash, ect. when taking a picture?
How about scanning - how can I get a good scan when the spine of my journal doesn't bend that well?
Any and all tips would be appreciated! Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Tons of Images for Paper Crafts! [Flickr Community: Collage Images] on: December 18, 2007 12:03:12 PM
I just found this amazing group on Flickr where people can scan and post images of all sorts of things [old family photos, advertisements, book pages, keys, letters, ect.] for others to use.
Click me, please!
There are literally thousands of photos! I'm so excited, I can't wait to go through them all and save/print them for future use! Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What's Your Crafty/Artsy/Design Oriented Job? on: September 18, 2007 01:03:44 PM
I'm a lost college student.  Embarrassed

I'm wondering what all of you guys do for a living, and how much training or college classes you took to get there.

I'm taking my general ed classes along with classes I find interesting at my local community college. I was leaning toward Fashion Merchandising, but now I'm second guessing myself. I'm taking a Graphic Design class this semester because I thought it might be something interesting, but I just don't know!

So, to sum it up, I'm interested in how you have been able to use your craftiness/art and design sense in an occupation.

Thanks so much for you're answers!  Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Martini Recipe Book [Kyou Don't Look!] on: August 15, 2007 09:53:02 AM
This is a Martini Recipe Book [based on this book/set by Pink Polka Dots]. Kyou asked for it during the Ongoing Wish Swap 22, but was flaked on, so I stepped in as a Swap Angel.  Smiley

[Cover]












I'll be sending it out tomorrow...I hope she likes it!  Cheesy
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Flowers, Fast Food, and a Muffin. on: May 22, 2007 01:18:27 PM
I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I had to use 2 hands to hold the camera and keep it steady, (for some reason I couldn't stop shaking...caffeine maybe?) so they aren't that great.  Grin

I made (for my brother a while ago) a shirt of those weird talking fast food items. Wink
   

This one I made just the other day. I made the stencils out of a picture of fabric found at reprodepotfabrics.com that I thought was pretty. It wasn't easy to cut out. My index finger hurt afterward.
   

Threadless design. It was a good image to stencil...didn't take too long, and didn't require brain power.
   

And lastly, this was a shirt I made using a lino-cut print instead of a stencil. I kinda re-con-ed it as well.
   

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Linoleum Prints (9 Pictures) on: February 18, 2007 11:12:21 AM
These are a few prints I made 2 summers ago with the non-profit organization ArtWorks.


My group took a walk to a local park to gather inspiration, and these prints are what I came up with
   

   

^ I think that one is my favorite. The girl is me, from a picture when I was about 4 years old. Next is just a prety design, and after that is a texture assignment
      

They also made a calendar of some of the prints that were made. Here is mine, for November:
   

Thanks for looking! Smiley

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Mood Art Gallery - Stencil Friendly Images on: February 14, 2007 11:23:32 AM
 Shocked Mood Art Gallery

They've got some great black and white images to use. They may be kinda small, but you might be able to work with them.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Favorite Band/Music Swap? on: February 14, 2007 06:54:40 AM
Would anyone be interested in this kind of swap?

Would anyone be willing to organize?

I did a Favorite Band Swap back in the day and it was pretty fun. Cheesy
Just crafting in the theme of your partner's favorite band/type of music.

Post any feedback!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I like stripes. (6 pics) on: June 27, 2006 01:20:33 PM
Here are a few things I made a while ago...just some simple recons. Cheesy

This one I made for school last year. It was made out of a huge red/white striped shirt and a huge grey shirt that said "Dick's On The Grand Poker Run" with an image of people rafting along with playing cards. (The only reason this is significant is because I live in Grand Rapids, MI where the Grand River is.) It doesn't have a seperating zipper, it stops at the bottom.  Roll Eyes A little inconvienent, but that's ok.  Smiley

   


This one was made just for kicks, out of a solid blue shirt and a yellow/white striped shirt.

   


I had stenciled this image onto a grey t-shirt but when I washed it, it got waaay too small for me. I cut out the stencil and put it on a t-shirt that fits. I suppose this doesn't involve too much skill. Smiley

Before: Mainly a close-up picture of the stencil in detail

After:


(It really bugs me that these pictures aren't the same size. I'm weird like that.)

Thanks for looking!
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