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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Travel Pillow on: June 06, 2010 03:01:23 PM
this is absolutely lovely! as for possible improvements to the venice part: maybe you could add more wave motifs, in a very light blue? or try and add more bricks to the buildings, in a very close color?

Really, it is very beautiful as is, though.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: New Henna on: August 16, 2009 09:36:56 AM
whoa, that is so cool!  how long does it stay?

Anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on how much you wash your hands and how much you do with your hands. Basically, anything that would exfoliate the skin on your hands would make the stain go away faster.

And thanks for the compliments everybody!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / New Henna on: August 15, 2009 08:52:20 PM
In celebration of my significant other arriving tomorrow, I've done some henna!
I did it last night, and after doing some chores around the house, I found I needed to retouch my fingertips, which is why the paste is on them in the following pictures. The pattern on the palm is from hennapage.com, with the rest improvised.

I used powder, mixed it with warm hibiscus tea and about two tablespoons of sugar, then added lemon juice until it was at a creamy consistency, waiting until the next day to use it.


4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Brokenhearted first afghan on: July 28, 2009 11:50:36 AM
It's awesome that despite all of what you're going through, you're still willing to let the afghan go to someone who needs it! And I know how you feel . . . I had made a lot of stuff for a guy, and afterward it was almost like I didn't even want to craft anymore! And like a previous poster, I kept going in the relationship even though I knew it wasn't going to work, so I second 'knowing now is better than knowing later'. Besides the fact that it's a beautiful afghan, you're obviously very strong for posting this and sharing your heartache with all of us, and if you're strong enough to do that, you're strong enough to do anything.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Two new hennas + my current recipe [with pictures] on: May 01, 2009 07:36:38 AM
Very nice! I usually buy those premade tubes. Where do you get your supplies, do you have to have them mailed to you? Is it costly?

Well, these particular attempts were done with henna I got by trading at a Rainbow gathering, so I don't know where it came from specifically, however, I have received some henna from hennapage.com which I have yet to try out. I would say  that the stuff over at hennapage.com would be of the highest quality (at least from the examples they have on the website), though you often can find henna at Asian supermarkets/specialty stores, usually between $2-5, depending on the store and where you live. Usually, the stuff sold at the stores is older and more 'stale' so it doesn't give such a great stain. As for the cones, I buy the mylar gift wrapping paper wherever I can find it.

If you're starting out, I would say go with the cheaper stuff: it's not too much of an investment if you don't like it, and the stain isn't as strong so you can henna yourself more often and practice!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Two new hennas + my current recipe [with pictures] on: April 30, 2009 05:25:29 PM
These two are my most recent henna attempts using the same paste recipe, in chronological order:


http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j116/kantorlight/Forum-Ready/Photo48.jpg
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j116/kantorlight/Forum-Ready/Photo3.jpg
(sorry for the blurriness)


I put several tablespoons of henna powder in a bowl, and added lemon juice until it was all consistently moistened, then added a little less than a teaspoon of brown sugar (what I happened to have in my dorm at the time). I then added lemon juice until it was at a honey-like consistency. Then I put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, let it sit overnight, put it in cones, and then applied it. The second was done with a more thinly-rolled cone, which made it easier to make the thinner lines.

edited to add: I also did an Ohm symbol on my beau's hand, but he's to busy playing the piano right now to let me get a picture!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Panties (exactly what it sounds like) on: April 14, 2009 08:18:17 PM
These are soooo adorable! The cut of the legs is perfect, and the band width is really nice!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Convertible dress: UPGRADE! on: March 27, 2009 06:58:43 AM
oooo, I have had a similar problem with the cold-weather 'pointedness' on one of my dresses, I think I'm going to go find some foam bra cups! It's a lovely dress and those are very insightful improvements!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Bustle on: March 27, 2009 06:57:18 AM
Wow! That's pretty awesome! How long did it take? Can you wear it around or is it pretty much a sculptural piece?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Kwila planter bench on: March 27, 2009 06:50:57 AM
It's beautiful! It's so balanced looking and zen -like, I would kill to have such a nice bench on my porch! Happy anniversary too!
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