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1  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Looking for Artist Resources in Raleigh-Durham Area on: January 08, 2010 04:20:04 PM
Hello everyone!

I am looking for figure study or meetings for artists who just want to get together and sketch.  I am taking a class at school and I realize that my sketching skills need a little practice.  Does anyone know of any small groups or places where they hold nightly or daily sketching groups or figure studies?  I have seen some private lessons, but that is not what I'm looking for.  Thanks!!!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / T-shirt Printing on: April 13, 2009 07:51:26 PM
I have some cool designs that I want to get printed on t-shirts, bibs, etc.  They are my own drawings, and I am researching custom printing companies online.  I have checked cafe press, and I cant seem to find any others that look like someone I would want to use to print my stuff.  I want to shop around before I take the plunge. Does anyone have any suggestions or have a printing company that they have heard about or are happily using?  Will that company allow you to customize your items and use your art?

Thanks so much guys!! 
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunkish Jewelry on: April 10, 2009 07:58:23 PM
Hello all,

This is some of my new stuff.  I haven't been on for a while.  Hope you like :  )







4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Ideas for display on: April 10, 2009 02:12:26 PM
Hey guys!

I need some input.

The salon I go to is willing to sell my art piece necklaces for me. 

However, my thing is, how will I display them?

Here is my idea, and please if you have other ideas, let me know, I am open to suggestions :

Shadowboxes.  Line the back of the shadowbox with a complementary fabric or paint, with or without glass in the front.  Kinda frame each necklace like art.  Then i could hang a few on the walls.

What do you guys think?
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Remedy for Deodorant stains on Clothes - Natural Laundry help please on: February 07, 2008 04:37:48 PM
Hello all!

I dunno what to do.  I seem to end up with icky deodorant stains on my shirts.  Then, to make it worse, an almost shirt will still smell after I wash it. It will smell bad too.  And once again, I don't smell bad  Wink  I dunno what is going on.  I don't smell and I'm very clean, LOL  Cheesy I don't like to use laundry soap with alot of additives in it since I'm sensitive to the dyes and fragrances, but I don't want my almost new shirts to smell bad and give me a complex when I sit at work all day and wonder if I smell.  I know I have washed things with vinegar before to get animal stains and smells out, but I dunno if that would work.  Plus washing things in hot water just makes things fade, I wash my shirts in cold.  Does anyone have a good natural alternative to harsh soap or chemicals that may work?  Or has someone tried the vinegar and not ruined their clothing? 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Call me stupid but... on: August 08, 2007 07:07:13 PM
Hey guys!!  I hope I don't sound too stupid, but I have been wanting to learn how to knit.  But, I have looked up instructions and books, but I just can't seem to wrap my mind on how the yarn goes or where am I supposed to have my fingers, etc.  I even looked at a wonky kids book and couldn't figure it out. And I have really tried this too.  I seem to be handy with everything else. Sigh.  Has anyone learned how to knit with a cool book or some other technique that you could share?  Like a written for someone who can't seem to knit kinda book?  LOL, and yes, you may laugh at me!   Grin Wink
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My First ATCs!! Jack has an identity issue. on: July 12, 2007 04:13:00 PM
Hey guys!  Please check out my first ATCs.  I made them today.  Since I am obsessed with Halloween, I have made a set entitled " Jack's Identity Crisis".  Poor Jack O'Lantern, he has no idea if he is coming or going.  He doesn't think he wants to be a Jack O'Lantern anymore.  So he tries on some different things.  First, he tries to really go incognito and tries out for a modeling gig.  Turns out Pink isn't his color and he was going to have to change his hairstyle. Then maybe a stint as a gardener may work, but he just ended up in the garden himself.  Then he thinks he may run off and join the circus with his cat friend Petey, but I couldn't come up with a clever slogan for that one yet and Jack took Petey's advice and moved on.  Seems that Petey, even though he is a cat, is afraid of heights.  Then Jack though that maybe his best bet was just to stick it out with what he knew. Jack went back to his little witch friend Cassandra and Petey agreed that it was the best idea of all.  Boo!!  They all lived happily ever after!!



The story corresponds with the cards if you look at the cards from left to right.  There are 4 cards total.  Hope you like them!!
8  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Calling Crafters in Cary, NC on: July 06, 2007 03:35:59 PM
Hello all my crafty peeps!  I am looking to possibly start a Cary Craft Mafia soon.  I am a jewelry based crafty new business, and I need two others.  What happens is that we have three founding members/businesses from different crafts.  I do Jewelry primarily, so I need two more who do something else.  Once we submit to Craftmafia, we have 30 days to set up a website, then there is a 50.00 register fee.  Once all this is completed, then we are able to use the Craftmafia name and we would appear in Craftmafia literature, website, etc.  I need peeps from Cary since Craftmafia likes it to be from cities and not just from regions.   Any one interested??? 

For more details, craftmafia.com
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My Faux Solder Pendants on: June 20, 2007 07:23:28 AM
Hey guys!  I made these a few weeks back and I wanted to see how everyone liked them and also share. 

Here is my Beg for mercy Lady:



My Hot stuff lady:



and my Simply Spectacular Gal:



I made them with glass slides, images, and a sticker or two.  then I sealed the edges with glue, and once that was dry, i trimmed them with sculpey, beat the sculpey up a bit to make it look like solder, inserted a jump ring, then baked.  The low temp to bake the clay didn't burn anything because paper doesn't burn at such a low temp.  Then I added ribbon, a chain, and a very cool vintage chain that I made by piecing together a gold necklace that had very ugly beads on it.  Please let me know what ya think, and it was easy peasy!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My Tacky Scorpion Pin on: June 01, 2007 09:31:40 AM
I love tacky and cheesy things.  This is my scorpion pin.  The image is from a deck of Loteria cards, and I put glitter around the image.  I then poured some resin.  It's in the lid of some little trinket box that I had lying around.  Then I couldn't figure out what to do next so I took a handfull of sequins and just threw them in there, then I cut some stiff black felt and glued it to the back so the sequins don't fall out.  I was thinking of putting some big fake flower petals on the back too, just to make it more over the top, but i dunno.  Here it is:



LOL, action shot:

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