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2001  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk swap (Sign-ups closed, partners announced 7th Send Feb 5) on: January 13, 2008 10:51:41 PM
I'm almost done with my first item-and I didn't used a single gear.Still think it's kind of nifty(crosses fingers).
2002  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Any alternative looking people over 21? on: January 13, 2008 10:44:18 PM
Annh,wow,I don't think I could have shaved my hair.What a supportive thing to do for your friend! To all of you-I'm really not so anti coloring one's hair as I came off-I just needed to vent.It's the expectation that women my age should dye that bugged me.Well,that and the nagging from my mom...Yes,children,even when you're all grown up and a geezer,your mom will always act like,uh,your mom. Grin Hee,I'll chop it all off short one day and shock everyone.And if coloring your hair makes you happy,go for it!
2003  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Any alternative looking people over 21? on: January 10, 2008 10:50:10 PM
I'm 47,and my mom still bugs me about my hair.No,it's not a funky color.I've committed the cardinal sin of not dying to cover the gray.Plus,it's fairly long. I hear a lot about how cute it would be short,and I would look so much younger with a dye job.Now, one of these days I'll decide I want a drastic change & chop it off,or want a different color.But I won't be doing it to fit in! I did use to dye it auburn,which I liked.But I hate touching up roots,& I admit I can't afford a beauty shop dye job. I've discovered I don't mind gray.Why should women be pressured to try and look young forever?Men with silver in their hair are handsome,distinguished,ect-but a woman is an old hag.My MIL used to have her color touched up every week.When she got too busy to keep it up,she discovered her hair had turned the most gorgeous shade of silver,and she hadn't realized it!  She quit dying it,& it looks better than ever.Some of the most beautiful women I know aren't afraid to look their age.
I love thrift shops.I don't have a particular label that describes me-I think your sense of style evolves with you all your life.I love finding beautiful,unique clothes,I'm a sucker for pattern and texture.I have boatloads of solid color silk blouses-and since I didn't pay more than 2.50 each for them,I wasn't afraid to wash them myself instead of dry cleaning.My favorite thrift item is a men's green leather bomber jacket for 8.00,closely followed by the lovely purple blouse I brought home from a trip 12 years ago-I've never seen another quite like it,and I feel great in it.I love jewelry from vintage rhinestones to funky rusty metal pendants.My daughter loves to thrift because she loves finding unique clothes.I stress quality to her,won't buy anything damaged or faded-heck,we found an embroidered denim jacket for 5.00 that still had a 70.00 price tag on it!I tell her thrifting she gets 3 times the clothes(at least) for the same money.I don't make her shop only at thrift,and I'll get her something new & trendy sometimes if she really likes it.I don't want her to think the only reason to thrift is money,and I want her to feel free to develope her own style.I want her to think back and go wow,shopping with mom was fun,all the things we found,remember those jeans with flowers all down the leg I wouldn't part with after I outgrew them-and not,yeah,I had to buy used clothes,it was awful.So far so good.
Sorry for the long post-I had to vent a little.I do think it's funny that when your young,they make you feel like a freak because you dye your  hair,then when you're middle aged,they made you feel like a freak if you don't dye your hair!
2004  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk swap (Sign-ups closed, partners announced 7th Send Feb 5) on: January 10, 2008 08:15:19 PM
I have one item started! And plans drawn up for the second.Grrr,stupid printer doesn't work,file doesn't want to download,must go to Kinkos,grumble.On the bright side,I can then  print 2 copies,and make one "something" for myself,too! ;DCan't wait to get my printouts and get started;it's going to be something fun!(crosses fingers)

I got the container of watch gears I ordered-trouble is,they're so incredibley tiny,I don't think I can use them for the craft I had planned.I think I'm going to make myself some delicate earrings later on.Partner doesn't have pierced ears,or I'd make her some,too!
Putting my thinking cap on to come up with another item to use them on...hmm....
2005  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk swap (Sign-ups closed, partners announced 7th Send Feb 5) on: January 07, 2008 06:12:35 PM
I am going to start crafting tomorrow! Yay!
Hmmm,I didn't have much luck at the thrift store either-word must be getting around Grin.
Oh no! We've started a trend!
2006  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego *updated with photo of back* on: January 06, 2008 09:44:19 PM
This christmas I  bought my daughter a Carmen Sandiago game,new in the box,at Goodwill for 1.00.I hid the box rather than recycle it,with the vague idea of doing something with it.The graphics were too bright not to save! Now I know what to do! It's a different game,and a smaller box,so I'll have to add to it.Off to read the tute...
2007  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Salvaged watch necklace, a letter for Cthulhu fans on: January 06, 2008 09:14:53 PM
I just had this website reccomended to me.
    
Re: Steampunk swap (Sign-up Dec 22 -> Jan 5 Send Feb 5)
Reply #91 on: January 06, 2008 01:49:46 AM
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Quote from: bookstorebabe on January 05, 2008 10:27:54 PM
Question-where do the rest of you find gears? Aside from taking apart watches and clocks.I perused the hardware ailse and found zip.
I did have a thought tonight-spirograph! It's full of little plastic gears.I can't take my daughter's set away from her,but I could "borrow" a few to trace,or ink and stamp.Worth a try...


It's a bit on the random side in what you get but I go here:
http://www.mantofev.com/miscemb4.html(This is from badluck,on the steampunk thread-the quote didn't catch that)

I just ordered a small tub-90 or so pieces-of watch parts from them this morning.Don't know what it'll be like,and it's the first time I've bought from this site.But I figured if another craftster reccomended them,I could give it a whirl.The website is definitely worth a look.Hope that helps.
2008  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap - Sign-ups 1/1-13, Partners 1/14, Send-outs 2/ on: January 06, 2008 08:35:20 PM
Happy birthday,Karenlouise! Have you ever poured Kaluaha over good vanilla ice cream? Mmmm...
Here's a birthday present for you-
http://www.mantofev.com/miscemb4.html
I just went there this morning and bought watch gears and misc.stuff for funky jewlery and shrines,ect-talk about vintage epherma!Some kind soul at the steampunk swap-badluck,I think,suggested it.Now I'm 26 dollars poorer,and on a new mailing list. Grin
I love your purses.I have a big stack of old albums I painstakingly picked out one day last summer,with the full intention of making purses.Someday...
2009  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk swap (Sign-ups closed, partners announced 7th Send Feb 5) on: January 06, 2008 09:43:38 AM
Darn it,I just spent all morning on that site,and spent 26.00.You all go look too. Grin
2010  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Steampunk swap (Sign-ups closed, partners announced 7th Send Feb 5) on: January 06, 2008 05:50:04 AM
I just bookmarked that site.Thank you!
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