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1  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.

2  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:

(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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hat and iPhone Case on: March 22, 2009 05:09:40 PM
With midterms and spring break I haven't had time to picture or post my recent projects, so here's several:

This beanie was made using the N.u.a.g.e Pattern by Marie Sauvagnac

I improvised a pattern for an iPhone case based on the gauge of the yarn and needles I happened to have on me while at my boyfriend's house:

Any feedback, comment, questions, musings are welcome!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My First Henna on: March 16, 2009 07:57:58 PM
   I recently traded for some henna at a local Rainbow Gathering, and looked up patterns at hennapage.com for inspiration, but still tried to do something different. The tip of the mylar cone I tried to roll was way too wide to make a thin line, and I totally should have sifted the powder before mixing it, but I know for next time.

Here's what I did (inspired by the North African series of patterns):
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Ever Knitted FO Post! on: October 03, 2008 11:22:39 AM
I've been knitting for about a year now, but I still haven't posted any of my finished projects! So after getting into ravelry, I have some pictures!
 First we have my first two dishcloths:

Next is a snood/wimple I just kind of winged:

An armband for a classical guitarist friend of mine:

and finally, a cozy for my water bottle:

Thanks for viewing!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black/Gold Brocade for first corset! (Big Pics) on: May 15, 2007 03:52:58 PM
This is my first sewing project with a pattern, all by myself (usually my mom would help, but not this time)!

I originally wanted to make Satine's black diamonds costume, but realized that I should wait until the summer to do all that crazy beading. I couldn't keep myself away from the pattern I had bought (Simplicity 5006), so I decided to make a corset just for fun!

I made a mock-up first, made some changes to it (brought in the waist area) and then decided to make things more difficult for myself (of course). I wanted to line the thing and have a strength layer in it, which the pattern didn't provide for. So I used thin black cotton for the lining, thick cotton + interfacing for the strength (to which I attached plastic cable ties for boning) and this amazing brocade for the fashion layer. I french seamed the brocade, to help prevent fraying/falling apart, and put it all together. The hardest part was definitely the neckline, its really hard to get a nice point and nice curves when you've got that many layers.

So onto the pictures!

This one isn't impeded by anything else, but I hadn't laced it up all the way, so it doesn't look as nice.

This one shows the colors the best, but is myspace-y and the camera strap got in the way, sorry.

And the back.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / What kind of pattern to use . . . on: February 02, 2007 06:10:12 PM
Well, I'm helping my curvy friend make her prom dress, and I was wondering if I could get some advice seeing as I'm not curvy myself.

Would it be better to use the plus-size pattern (like Simplicity 5207)

or the regular pattern

(she wants this style of dress)

thanks in advance!

EDIT: perhaps I should clarify . . . would it be better to use the regular pattern in a larger size, or does the plus-size pattern have some sort of design advantage?
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