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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  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.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / stuffed felt monsters: the tiny voyager on: April 08, 2006 08:51:51 AM
here's my little guy:



he goes everywhere! in this picture, he's exploring the dense underbrush of my dorm room. right now he's inspecting my dvd collection.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / gum wrapper as a medium on: April 08, 2006 08:48:38 AM
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.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / it's hard to be humble when even your dorm room is rad on: April 08, 2006 08:32:35 AM
This is how I decorated my otherwise boring dorm room last year.



The "Perversity" poster is actually a cover of a pulp novel that I put through the Rasterbator (and can I just say hallelujah for the Rasterbator? That thing is awesome.) I did two other similar posters, but that one was the coolest. On the right, I covered that entire wall in small pictures I cut out of magazines, posters, postcards, coasters, guitar picks, anything I could find that looked good. It made the room look smaller, as large dark masses on walls will do. But I made sure there were a lot of mirrors and light sources to offset that.

 I've done the same thing with my room this year, and I added some awesome maps (can you believe some yuppie boutique was selling gorgeous, vintage-style maps as wrapping paper???) and two globe lanterns above my futon/bed.



The reason I added the globe lanterns was because I felt like there was way too much open space between the ceiling and my mattress, and it just didin't look right. Adding the lanterns actually worked out really well--they're pretty when they're on, and they balance out the space when they're off.

Also, for you craftsters looking to add some color to bare wall space, you might ask your local independent music stores if they have any posters they're looking to unload. A lot of times, record labels will send retailers posters to put in their windows. You can pick up some pretty rad stuff for cheap or free if you ask the right places. I peeked in the "free posters!" boxes of my favorite record stores for three months, and found posters from M.I.A., Spoon, Neko Case, Missy Elliot, Jesse Sykes, Mando Diao and Hank III.

Next year's dorm room is gonna be even cooler! I can't wait!
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