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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / treble problems on: April 22, 2006 07:16:52 AM
I'm a beginning crocheter and I'm working on a blanket or afghan or whatever you want to call it, and it's...well, basically it's doing this thing where the corners seem to be too big. does that make any sense? I'm doing three trebles and a chain, and then for the corner, three trebles, three chains, three trebles. i know this is very vague...like i said, je suis un beginning crocheter, so my description is not the best.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jaywalkin' on: April 22, 2006 07:10:23 AM
if i had socks like that, i would never wear shoes. i'd just walk around in my kickass socks all day. great job!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: beaded bud vases on: April 14, 2006 05:26:10 AM
those are gorgeous! i've seen similar things in stores, and i always wished i could do something like that. excellent job!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: stenciling with gum wrapper on: April 11, 2006 06:06:03 AM
hey, what you want to do is peel the silver stuff veeeeeery carefully away from the wax paper. You need a few millimeters of fingernail for this. once you get the piece off the wrapper (generally you'll get a bunch of little strips before you get a big giant one), there'll be a silvery side and a dull, sticky one. put the wrapper sticky-side down onto your surface, and carefully rub it flat with the back of your nail. et voila!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swooshy skirts turn heads on: April 10, 2006 04:23:44 PM
super cute! excellent job.
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: First attempts - burgeoning needle felting addict! on: April 09, 2006 05:44:27 PM
Eee! That elephant is the cutest thing ever! How long did it take to make those?
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stenciling with gum wrapper on: April 09, 2006 07:32:54 AM
(originally posted in more art less craft but moved because, hey, stencils!)

many of us learned this in middle school: if you use the edge of your fingernail to peel the silvery stuff off gum wrappers (carefully, of course, without crinkling or wadding it), you can use the back of your nail to press it flat against other things. awhile ago, i was trying unsuccessfully to quit smoking and i found myself bored out of my mind with some stencils and a few dozen gum wrappers that i'd saved for god knows what reason. so of course i decided it was time for a crafty project.

numero uno:



for this guy here, i traced a stencil i'd made of elvis onto a piece of thin, uncorrugated cardboard. veeeeeery carefully, i pressed the silver stuff inside the stencil lines, using my fingernails to define the rough edges. it took damn near forever, but i finally got it! the facial features were too delicate for that particular medium, so i just used sharpie to color them in. i like the two-tone better than i would have liked monotone, too, so it was a lucky break.

numero dos (sorry it's flipped on its side):



same thing, except i stenciled it onto the side of my bookshelf, right next to the pillow on my bed. i woke up the next morning, saw my beautiful deer-head stencil, and felt happy. then i got up and realized how badly my back ached from hunching over to do this project for like four hours, and then felt a little sad.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: College/Cheap but not horribly unhealthy ideas on: April 09, 2006 07:26:25 AM
man, this thread makes me wish my kitchen appliances weren't limited to a mini-fridge and an electric teakettle. i've spent most of my three years at college being insanely jealous of anyone with a kitchen. that said, here's a quick, cheap and easy recipe for some super yummy pasta that i cook whenever i'm around a real kitchen.

it's very customizable, and pretty instinctive if you even sort of know your way around a kitchen, which is why i'm not including specific quantities (also i don't really know them, since i've always done this by feel, and it always turns out delicious)

angel hair/capellini pasta
unsalted butter (salted will taste weird, trust me)
shallot

start by boiling water for your pasta. salt and oil the water. while you're waiting, chop yourself some shallots. like i said, this is a mostly instinctive recipe, so eyeball how much pasta you're going to use and then just estimate. shallots are some kind of garlic/onion hybrid or something like that, so the flavor is pretty strong. once the water starts to boil, put the pasta in and then toss some butter in a pan with your shallots, cooking at medium heat. the pasta should be al dente, and the butter-shallot sauce should...well, it should look done. anyway, strain your pasta, put it back in the pot, mix in the sauce, et voila! easy peasy. this goes really well with prawns and salmon, once you get out of college and have some disposable income. mmm.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: RED SOX FANS!!!! on: April 08, 2006 06:14:09 PM
love the johnny damon shirt...i saw it and i was all "ooh, BURN!" hee.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: it's hard to be humble when even your dorm room is rad on: April 08, 2006 09:46:19 AM
i actually used a removable adhesive, so i can save the pictures at the end of the year! i use the 3m clear adhesive squares, which don't harm the picture (occasionally they leave little greasy marks, but they're not bad).
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