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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / looking for anime portrait site on: July 26, 2006 10:04:28 AM
 Huh hoping someone on here can help me - awhile back, i saw an ad in the pages of either Ready-Made or Bust for anime portraiture; it was a small company (i'm hoping it might even be one of you craftsters!) that takes your photograph and turns it into an anime portrait. i looked for the ad (which i tore out and misplaced), i checked both Bust and Ready-Made websites, i've done google searches, even craftster searches...nothing. does anyone know what i'm talking about? any help would be greatly appreciated, i'd love to get one of these done for my friend of his daughter, for his birthday. Huh

thanks everyone!

-mellyp
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / can we as swappers submit feedback??? on: March 17, 2006 10:59:25 AM
i searched this board for awhile and didn't find the answer to my question - i apologize if i am posting something that has already been discussed but i couldn't find anything quite like what i was seaching for: there are many threads relating to organizers posting feedback from swaps but nothing really for actual swap participants to give feedback on their partners.
i noticed that a recent swap partner of mine is currently MIA from a swap right now, so just out of curiosity, i did a random search for her username and there were at least 3 previous swaps that she was either MIA/extremely late without asking for an extension or being flagged as a potential flaker. i know we can't expect organizers to have the time to check each swap participant this way - especially if their profiles don't reflect this info. when i started to have problems with my partner i was in contact with the organizers and while they were very helpful i was disappointed to see that my partner received "positive" as the feedback on her profile for our swap, without any mention of her lateness or the multiple attempts to contact her that went unanswered. i am just wondering if there is a better way to keep track of this kind of participant history...is there some way that we can help the organizers to weed out potential flakers? maybe some kind of a feedback form that we could complete at the end of each swap, it could be pm'd to the organizers when we contact them to let them know we received...?
thanks for listening -
-mellyp
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Love shrine! on: February 21, 2006 04:55:52 PM
this is my first photo post although i've been a member for a long time - these photos were taken with my camera phone so the lighting is not great, but you get an idea.

the box held mints in it's previous life. i used acrylic paint, glitter paint, mod-podge, a loteria card and red plastic rhinestones. the inside is a photo of my boyfriend and myself and the wording is "en fuego". this was his valentine's present and he loves it - i'm so happy to have an appreciative craft recipiant  Smiley

thanks for looking!

-mellyp







4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ideas for clocks? on: December 13, 2005 12:11:56 PM
So being the brilliant planner that I am...I decided on clocks for christmas presents this year. I bought a bunch of the workings but now I am stuck as far as what to make into a clock. Anyone have any ideas for cool reworkings/repurposing? I did the record bowl thing last year so I don't really want to use records. But since I am stumped I welcome any ideas.
Thanks from a crafter with a not-so-well thought out plan Smiley
-Mellyp
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tips for smooth, flat trims...anyone? anyone? Bueller? on: November 17, 2005 12:05:17 PM
is there a trick to getting a trim to lay flat around a curve? specifically i am sewing a strip of double-sided fabric around the collar, chest and waistline of a shrug...kind of like making my own seam tape. the fabric for the trim is a silky brocade and the shrug itself is a thin knit. tips are welcomed and appreciated!
thanks!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ideas for Samhain celebration on: October 07, 2005 12:26:12 PM
I wasn't sure where to put this as it's not really Halloween but it is related (I think it would get lost in the Christmas shuffle if i posted in "winter holidays").

I know there are some swaps dealing with Samhein but I am looking for ideas for actual celebrations and crafts for these events - I took part in a really amazing Samhain retreat a few years back and I'd love to host my own this year.  I am familiar with the history and purpose behind this celebration but for this year I am going to lean more toward the general aspects of it (the harvest, new beginnings, growth, etc) rather than the Pagan - I totally respect the Pagan ideas but I think that my girlfriends may not be as savy and/or open to them as I am and I'd like to be sensitive to that. I think I can focus on the idea of creativity and how we all get stuck  - this will be an opportunity to help each other get unstuck in the coming season Smiley

For crafts I'm thinking: making small altars, decorating blank books for journals, small candle holders for use on an alter...

If weather permits I'll have a bonfire and I'd like to have a small ceremony - I'd love to hear ideas for this (crafts,decorating the space, food to serve)...anything you might think would make this a great celebration.

Thanks so much!

MellyP
7  California / California: North / NEW Crafting Group in the East Bay area? on: November 29, 2004 04:22:59 PM
I know there have been some posts for this in the past, but the most recent ones I found were from September. I am dying to meet some other crafters like myself - none of my friends here craft at all (how can that be?!?)
I live in El Cerrito but I am a few blocks from Albany and just a mile or two from Berkeley. I have a small house and can host a craft night, I'd love to start up a weekly rotating group.
My name is Melissa, I'm 27 - I don't descriminate against any crafts and right now I am working on handmade christmas presents. I have found too many great ideas on this site and I am trying to whittle down the idea list!
Or...if there is already a group in my area please let me know!
Thanks!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Oh wise crafters, I need some help with this! on: October 05, 2004 10:55:11 AM
Hi everyone - I heart craftster and love all of the amazing ideas you come up with. I hope some of you can help me out with my current project. I am making a fake neon sign for my boyfriend's birthday party and I would like to make it as realistic as possible. My ideas so far are to use the thick posterboard (with the reinforced foam inside) painted black as a background. I bought some red and blue "neon" craft paints to paint the words on it. But I'm not satisfied with that. I want to try using some clear rubber tubing from the hardware store, painting that with the neon paint and then running clear or blue christmas lights through the tubes and setting them to blink, if I did this I'd have to come up with a good way to mount the tubing and lights and obviously use something stronger than posterboard...so if any of you have any advice, ideas or just think mine are crap, please let me know - any comments are appreciated!
Thanks so much,
Melly P
Huh
9  COOKING / Dessert / chewy candy recipes? on: July 14, 2004 12:25:47 PM
anyone have a recipe for chewy candy? the final product needs to stay chewy - like starburst texture. or if someone has tips on working with sugar to get this consistancy - i'd really appreciate it!
thanks - this is my first post!
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