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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Not to be Confused with Strawberry Shortcake! on: October 30, 2006 10:16:57 PM
I love the dress! 
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Matryoshka Dolls on: October 30, 2006 10:12:07 PM
Very clever idea.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mary Poppins rocks the children's library on: October 30, 2006 10:07:08 PM
Definitely an awesome costume!  Mary Poppins happens to be one of my fave characters and movies!  I so wanna "snap and the job is done!" 

As to being a librarian...do you think they would let me *live* at the library?  Not so sure I wanna help everyone, but pretty sure I could just *live* there.  Books--one of my addictions.  Guess I'll settle for a degree in accounting and just visit the library when I get a chance.  My days off are taken!  If you need me, I'll be at the library!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Scooby-Dooby-Doo Where are You? on: October 30, 2006 09:55:47 PM
<running out to spray paint her boots>

Too cool!  Love the outfit!  I so want purple boots!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Marie Antoinette, la Reine de France on: October 30, 2006 09:46:50 PM
I *so* LOVE your dress!!!  You did an awesome job!

Love the idea with the necjlace, too.  Great costume!  And after Halloween, you can wear it to Ren Fairs!!!!  I would so beg you to let me take a picture if I saw you at a Ren Fair!!!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Giant Ball-O-Yarn on: October 30, 2006 09:30:22 PM
Definitely creative!  The idea of the treat bag being knitted from her as the ball of yarn was bonus!!!  I love you idea!!! 
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Costumes From the Past on: October 30, 2006 01:41:54 AM
Smiley  I always thought the Coke can and light bulb were the most original costumes ever!  My Mom did the Coke can in felt and I am still impressed with the cursive writing in felt.  The other really neat part about it was the tab on top.  Can't see it very well, but it was perfect!  She drew the part that the tab pushes down in a dark gray, but you can't see it in the pictures. 

I'm sad that we didn't get better pictures of the light bulb.  I went to the costume contest and trick-or-treating holding a flashlight and was illuminated. 

How about the Aunt Jamima?  BTW, she is a white female and is pretty slender.  I thought she did a good job with that one!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Past "My-Way Afghans" on: October 29, 2006 11:40:37 PM
Just so you guys don't think all my work turns out like something a first grader gives to their grandparent, here are pics of two of my past ghans:

For my ex's cousin's graduation (her fave color is pink).  It was my first time doing front and back post work.  After the two rows, it made me really pause and wonder if I *really* want to do a "basketweave" blanket.  That's a tedious stitch!



My fave was a blanket that I did for my friend that takes care of my horse in Colorado.  Her fave color, like mine, is dark purple.  I used worsted weight purple and white, then to add a difference in texture and contrast in color, I put in Simply Soft teal.  It was really neat how it turned out--the pictures, taken with a camera phone, don't do it justice.  I met up with my brother unexpectedly and showed him the blanket.  He and his girlfriend (now wife) fell in love with it, so I gave it to them and told myself I would make another one for the friend in Colorado.  I haven't gotten around to making another  Undecided  One of these days...

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Finally Done With "My-Way Afghan" on: October 29, 2006 11:25:09 PM
I call them "My-Way Afghans" because there is no pattern I use.  I just start and go with the flow.  This one isn't the best Sad  To me it resembles something a 1st grader would have put together.  Good thing the guy I made it for has known me since I was in 1st grade and most the time still treats me as though I were 6 years-old.  Another plus is that the blanket does fold into a neatly folded piece and hides the quirky parts...not that it will probably ever be folded with him, most likely it will end up wadded up and thrown in a corner unless he's using it to cover up with.  Either way, it works out well. 

It's all done in Simply soft.  I crocheted pretty loosely; it didn't help that I made the top piece and the two sides and then filled in the center.  <shrug>  As I said, he won't notice anyway.  When I give it to him, it will be like a child handing a drawing to their grandparent to put on the fridge--no matter what it is, it gets put on the fridge.  What's the saying?  "It's built for comfort"?  Personally, I think it's a great one to snuggle up with on the couch. 

Anyway...not very impressive, but it's huge and I *finally* finished it.  I was so sick of it by the end that I only did a single stitch in black for the border. 

P.S.  I won't tell him, but it's also like a piece of art in that it sorta has a meaning.  The colors were chosen because he told me his fave colors were teal and red because they were my fave colors.  I used that, along with the black, that is actually what he tried to say his fave color was until I told him that wasn't a color, it was all the colors put together.  The stripes signify his and my relationship and how it goes through thick and thin times.

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Original Patterns (graphs) -- Consign or Sell Outright to someone else? on: October 29, 2006 06:05:12 PM
I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on a new idea I had.  I love working with graphs, and make a lot of my own.  I sometimes use a graphing software, but I usually end up piecing the works together to complete something new. 

Anyway...
I was wondering if there is someone that I could consign the patterns to that would take a part of the proceeds for advertising and other costs involved with marketing; or would there be someone that I could just completely sell the patterns to for a lump sum and they would get all rights to the pattern?  Which would be the better option?  If I sell it outright, what would be a fair price--to both me and the buyer.

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

Mali
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