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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Dragon Painted Shoes on: May 29, 2008 10:48:26 AM
My friend bought some dull white and kinda ugly shoes (they were like sperry top siders crossed with slip on vans)  so after a few well placed comments on how much cooler i could make them he allowed me to paint them (and cut off the really ugly lacing stuff that made them look like top siders, bleh)

so he is really into dragons and loves "girly" colors like pink and purple...  He wanted chinese dragons and since this was done on a whim one night i didn't research and just went off what i knew...
enjoy!  comments always appreciated

big pic of the shoes:



sorry its dark, theres not very good light in the dorms....

Detail of the design:



and sorry they're both sideways, for some reason any pic i take on my camera phone turns sideways on my computer......
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / creative work clothes for strict dress code on: May 03, 2007 10:11:37 PM
i work in a hospital......we have a very strict dress code, and of course i'm a little punk and want to show it.

basic downers of our dress code:
everything must be in "Good taste"
colors must coordinate
closed toe shoes and sock must always be worn
nothing torn or frayed
no buttons, pins, slogans or anything that could potentially offend

i work as a maid so i cant really have much hanging off of me, its just not practical....

the best things i've found so far are fun earrings..... 
so i guess you can see where its hard to think of a way to show personality through such a dress code....HELP!!!!

thanks for any comments or suggestions....
love always
starg*rltheskagirl
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Thrifting Tips and Etiquette on: April 28, 2007 08:50:17 PM
I searched craftster and since something like this didn't come up on the first five pages i figured there wasn't a thread like this already.  Moderators feel free to move, merge or edit this accordingly.

We all know that thrift stores are a great and cheap way to find blasts from the pasts to wear alone or to remake into our own awesome creations but sometimes i see things that i believe are completely rude to do while thrifting so heres my thoughts on etiquette take it or leave it...

While thrifting today with my boyfriend i realized that he wasn't quite up on the etiquette for thrifting.  He payed for a bag of skeleton hands priced at 25 cents with a twenty dollar bill, and he had a single he could've used, I don't know about anyone else but for me this is a kinda no-no.
so that brings me to my general etiquette for thrifting:
   -bring a bunch of small bills, a lot of people who cannot afford new clothes come to thrift shops and I always feel like its rude to rub money in their faces
    -Don't pull stuff off racks and not put it back, a lot of stores just have one person on duty at a time to stock, cover the register and answer the phone
    -Bartering or "Talking Down" is only appropriate in some places
         Appropriate Bartering Places:Pawn shops, flea markets or antique stores(but unless the person is owner of the booth they're ussually only authorized to knock off 15-20%), any place marked "Buy/sell/trade", garage/yard sales, and swap meets
         Innappropriate Bartering Places:  charity stores like the DAV of Goodwill (goodwill usually dosent need bartering because theyre fairly cheap anyway), Chain secondhand shops like Platos Closet, and independently owned and operated consignment stores
     -dont critique the cleanliness or the store, most places are shooting to make a sale, not to make your buying expierience pleasuable, besides if the spent a lot of money cleaning they'd have to charge more
     
General Tips:
 -Germ-x is your friend between shops
 -wearing old clothes are good because they probably will get dirty
 -wash anything you buy BEFORE you wear it
 -bring a buddy because they may spot something you dont notice
 -be very careful how much you spend: when you get more bang for your buck, you're more likely to spend more bucks

places vary on cleanliness (and i promise this will be the last thing)
so i have made a cleanliness meter
cleanest=chain stores (Plato's Closet being the biggest)
pretty clean=consignment stores (where people sell their old clothes and the store just gets a portion of the profit) and well-known "downtown" thrift stores
kinda clean=antique stores and flea markets (they can be anywhere from here and down)
a little crusty=garage sales (can be anywhere from here to the rest of the way down)
dirty= thrift stores for charities



i would really like it if other people had tips of whatnot to add to this!!!!
i hope this comes in handy sorry that i ramble so....
love always!
starg*rltheskagirl
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / SUPER EASY AND SUPER CHEAP BONDAGE STRAPS!!!! NO SEW!!!! (img heavy) on: July 20, 2006 11:48:24 AM
ok.....well i was looking through my pile of junk the other day and found a pair of black shoelaces, a pair of white shoelaces, a skull shoelace, and a checkerboard shoelace.....just for kicks i decided to see what they looked like as bondage straps....AND THE LOOK ALMOST EXACTLY ALIKE!!!!

to prove this i wore these shoelaces to rockfest 2006 in springfield , mo.   (btw if you have or know someone who has pics of rockfest please tell me....i forgot my camera)   and no one even noticed.....one guy asked me where i got them and when i pointed out they were shoelaces he complimented me on them.....so yeah....

heres pictures:



tummy pudge is not a crime!!!!!  besides its hard not to pudge out a little when bending over to take a picture of your front....





hope you like em!

stargirl the skagirl
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / create a stencil from almost any picture! with tutorial on: July 05, 2006 08:57:08 AM
ok so i wanted to do a stencil of a sink with the plumbing underneath showing and everything....obvio usly that wasn't a very popular thing to stencil, in fact the way i got the idea was by trying to think of something that hasn't been stenciled......inne r-dialog:   "they've stenciled everything but the kitchen sink!"  "wait!  thats it! I'll stencil the kitchen sink!"

okay so while trying to create this stencil (normally i like to make my own, no worries about copyright and someone else having the same stencil)  i have found out a few tips....all you really need for one of your own stencils is MS Paint!

1)  pick an image you like  (generally the more contrast/starker the colors are the better, but it dosn't matter too much with this)

2) right click it and select "Save Picture As..."  and put the image in a place you'll be able to find it

3)  Open up microsoft paint, and then go to file; open; and find/select your image

4)  use a think paintbrush, straight line draw-er, and/or curve line draw-er to go over the most important lines  (for me it was the edge of the sink, edge of the basin, drain, and faucet/knobs) 

5)  go to file;save as...   and enter a different name for your image (ex: sinkb/w)  and pull down the drop box underneath the name, from the choices select: Monochrome bitmap......this will turn your image black and white(not grayscale!  stark black and white)....   a promt box will come up waring you that you will lose color information, just hit yes....

6)  this will be the part that makes you happy that you went over the main lines....there will probably be some random chunks of black or white, but the main image should  still exist, anyone with basic knowledge of paint should be able to get rid of these either with eraser or (for the larger chunks)  a rectangle selector(not to be confused with rectangle draw-er)

don't forget to draw bridges to the islands in your picture!!!!

the best part of doing it this way is that if your are really talented in paint then you can add parts that you want  (like the plumbing for my sink)

i guess thats all.......if this is in the wrong place i apologize!

stargirl the skagirl
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I have to make twelve of these! help! on: June 27, 2006 12:00:12 PM
okay, lets lay this out....our colorguard team has, how much was it??? oh yeah!  NO MONEY!!!  so since our past uniforms are not very good for this year i was going to make our uniforms out of two colored t-shirts....we'll be able to get the t's for about 2 bucks each, but i'm not quite sure how the design is going to work for me to make the whole thing....the shirts are going to be red and yellow, and what i was planning was for them to cross over each other and tie on the other side.......so the finished shirt would be half of a red shirt and half of a yellow shirt, i was thinking two crossovers from each, four in all...i have a paint image that can explain it but i cant get it on here, but i am going to try again....in anycase i need any help that would be offered

thanks a million!!!!

stargirlthe skagirl
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / recon clothing craftalong on: December 27, 2005 09:46:20 AM
ok, i figure everyone got something for christmas that is on the "i may never wear but am too stingy to throw away" list......well mine was a white cardigan, i have had a friend for over a decade who claims they have never seen me wear any form of a cardigan....well i figure, lets craft up our not-so-wanted gifts......we can bounce ideas off each other and when we're done we can all post pics............... ................... ................any one in???




stargirltheskagirl
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / HELP THE EARTH! the crafty way on: September 21, 2005 02:13:38 PM
im looking for any and all enviornmentally friendly crafts....i saw a movie today and with the rate were destroying the earth....well, im scared shitless...
i want to do whatever i can to help....so that means getting crafty and saving the enviornment....plea se post ANY TIPS TRICKS OR CRAFTS THAT COULD HELP!

im planning on getting a bicycle so any help dolling that up too would be greatly appreciated.....

my tips:
recycle
buy things that are reusable (esp rechargable batteries)
carpool and/or walk/bike (this also helps with gas prices)


ok im done
PLEASE HELP!
stargirl the skagirl
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / wiccan crafts? on: February 05, 2005 09:45:10 PM
ive noticed a few wiccan related crafts on here, but i noticed they didnt really have any certain place to put them........i didnt think this would be the right place for this topic, but it seemed good enough.....im going to post pics of a salt dish i made once i get it glazed well......any other wiccan/pagan/neopagan crafters on here who would be willing to post their creations???

stargirl
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / wire all year round xmas tree on: January 21, 2005 08:37:25 PM
i saw this really neato christmas tree at an antique store...it was metal and at the each end it spiraled to put ornaments on....its kinda hard to describe, but i'd like to try making one so i can just leave it up all year round plus i think the whole thing about real christmas trees is soooooo wasteful..... any ideas....i was wondering like, sheet metal and tin snips or really thick wire?Huh  grrrrrrrrrrrr.....t hanks for any contributions
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