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71  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / lyrics swap? on: September 04, 2008 06:45:47 PM
to me, music isn't real music unless it has lyrics i can sink my teeth into (which drives my tubular bells loving dad insane). i have a few collections based on lyrics i really love. in the song Born Again, Manson's got the lyrics "the valley of the dolls, is the valley of the dead", and i've started to collect a zombie doll collection. in Voltaire's Goodnight Demonslayer, "there's a creature that lurks behind the door" i've started to collect an art collection of monsters to put on my door.

personally, i've always wanted to make a alt-barbie based on the lyrics to Tori Amos bouncing off clouds- "wrapped in metal, wrapped in ivy", i've heard the song once and it's poked at me forever, but i don't actually know anyone who likes tori amos. or stencil a sexy girl for Queen's fat bottomed girls.

i would be totally willing to organise the swap, and the questionairre would have a "is there anything you find personally offensive in lyrics" as to not pair for example myself and my love of the Antichrist Superstar album with a devout catholic.  Smiley

so, what lyrics do you like?
72  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / i love my fandom swap on: August 24, 2008 04:00:16 AM
i was thinking, sort of like the movie buddy swap, but to the extreme. if you're in a fandom, whatever it may be, explain why to your partner. explain everything you love about your ship, why it works and what your ship cliches are. explain what holes are missing in canon, and why you feel the need to close them with your own fic/art/vid. in some cases, explain how you go beyond the norm (harry potter fandom and wrock, spn/rps-spn going to expensive confrences to meet j-squared, star trek and making their own movies.)

personally, i love finding out about a new fandom i've been missing. every new fall line up i add at least one more.  Smiley i'd love someone to make me a ice and fire scarf because movie!verse xmen bobby/john works so well. or a reaper "vessel" charm bracelet. think of the possibilities!
73  COOKING / Dessert / raspberry cookies on: July 29, 2008 03:08:33 PM
*shrug* they're just basic raspberry chocolate chip cookies, with a bit of raspberry extract. i just really like them because my parents first reaction on walking into the white kitchen in our white house with white carpet and white curtains was "why does everything have to be colourful?" (my bedroom is fushcia, navy blue, and baby blue with walls dripping in art)
and then my best friend, who gets everything i make, when he opened the tin he was like "what happened to them?"


sad though, when i had the dough, it was like a bright bright fuschia. rockabilly hardcore colour. but then once they cooked, they turned this lighter pink. is there any secret to getting food colouring to hold it's intensity?
74  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / daycare cool on: June 25, 2008 04:43:53 PM
i like a lot of rock and punk bands, and like a big portion of the population i like skulls and skeletons and sexual innuendo. however, i work in a daycare, and there's a pretty strong "don't wear stuff that will give children nightmares" dress code policy. i have maybe 7 shirts i can wear that won't frighten the kids at this point. so i'm trying to make a cross between stuff that the staff/my friends won't roll their eyes at, and stuff that's kid friendly.

here's a closeup of the fabric of the sleeves:

i might paint on bigger versions of the 4 flowers across the bust. it might take away from the clear outline of my bra. what do you think?
75  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / catharsis on: June 24, 2008 01:38:52 PM
so, i have epic drama with my mother.  Undecided so much drama, abandonment from my perspective, massive dissapointment from hers. and between being born and being around 12, i never owned a single peice of not-sewn-by-her clothing. when she tried to teach me, any time i messed up a bit, she'd tell me to go away and she'd take over and fix it (completely ignoring that mistakes are the way you learn) so i associate sewing with her and all the angst we have.

the problem is, about 6 years ago, she became clinically depressed and 3 years ago she started losing her sight. so she's got about 85 packing boxes of fabric, all the supplies, and no will to use them. and i'm such a thrifty person the idea of tossing the fabric was killing me. so i decided to try again.

i used a pattern she drafted for me in 9th grade. i also tried to use her advice, but trying to talk her into coming into the sewing room was about as useful as trying to talk a rock into walking into the sewing room. i didn't know to prewash the fabric, i didn't know to turn it inside out before cutting, i didn't know how to thread a double needle, i didn't know how to do the collar. but in the end, i did it. and i'm gonna keep on doing it, and make myself a whole wardrobe.

and so... orange is the colour of pain, and this was emotionally painful, but i'm working through it, hence the title catharsis...

i'm also really happy because the second time i used the pattern i had to trim off 4 inches from the stomach. i've gotten thinner since high school!
76  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / time! on: June 23, 2008 09:54:08 PM
i was reading this great book called abarat; in which every hour of the day was an island. 2am was Idjit, a land that is never visited sober, that encourages excess and a happy kind of foolishness. 6 pm was Babilonium, an island that had every form of fun that ever existed on it. 1pm was Hobarookus, where you can buy the best food from the best cooks. etc.

point being, i think it would be fun to have a challenge about time. crocheted night owls vs morning birds. making record clocks. taking apart watches to make jewellry. stencilled quotes from linkin park's "minutes to midnight". a papercrafted calender. artwork of the four seasons. photography of the day and night. it could go anywhere your abilities do!
77  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / cupcake & vitamin on: June 11, 2008 08:36:45 PM
on many a person's wists, i've seen a shirt about cupcakes and vitamins making a good breakfast. but now, when i really want to get a good look at it, i can't find it. anyone know the shirt i'm talking about? 
78  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / insane hillbilly swap? on: June 08, 2008 10:10:52 PM
i was watching backwoods today, and it occured to me in my top ten horror movies, 4 are about crazy hillbillys attacking those that come into their woods. the other movies are zombie movies, and i'm already in a zombie swap, so i thought crazy hillbillys deserve their chance too.

anyone else love house of 1000 corpses/devil's rejects? wrong turn? the hills have eyes 1 or 2? if we're getting old school, then deliverance?

anyone want to join me in a hillbilly swap? it'll be great!
79  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adding a hood? on: June 01, 2008 04:37:04 PM
several years ago someone drafted me a raglen shirt pattern to help me pass the sewing part of my sewing & interior design class. after i made the shirt, i basically stopped sewing. but about a week ago i decided to give it another go. since the pattern fits perfectly, i'm using it until i feel more comfortable about sewing. i still hardly know how to find the grain, and the first thing i tried to make i forgot to cut inside out.

i've figured out how to play around for length of sleeve, as well as how to gather or split them. what i want now, is to add a hood. of course, i have no idea how to go about doing this. i assume you have to measure the neckline for part of your hood dimensions. any suggestions, espeically from those that are used to reconning and changing things just by looking?
80  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stencilling with stamps?? on: May 27, 2008 09:47:42 PM
i've been making normal stencilled shirt for over a year now. i'm in canada, so i use printer paper 'cause we don't have freezer paper here. hence, i'm not too worried about having a perfect seal from stencil to clothing.

but my question is, if i tried to use the paint and fabric medium mixture and dip a stamp into it, do you think it would leak out the sides of the stamp and get really messy?

i got a few custom stamps for christmas, and i'd love to have a shirt covered in them. problem is, the stamps are about the size of a pack of gum, and really detailed. so it would be difficult if not impossible to cut out the fifty stencils of this pattern.

besides worrying about the messiness and clarity of the stamp once pressed, i'm also not sure if it would take properly. the whole point of the special stencilling brush is that it pats the paint into the fabric. i'm not sure a stamp could do that.

thoughts? is this feasible? has anyone else tried it?
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