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3761  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: study of a compuslive skin picker ((NOT A macro entry, just a macro collage. on: April 22, 2008 09:00:31 PM
You are brave for sharing and thoughtful for explaining.  I especially like the one of your hand on the table.  The lighting, the tension in your pose and the composition are quite nice.  If you do almost any kind of creating or building on a regular basis - you're not going to have soft smooth hands.  Mine aren't damaged to the point of bleeding, but I like to see the evidence of what I've created in the marks on my hands (which get bloody from other events).  Most of us earn our skin.
3762  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: A Jar of Mini Whimsies Swap Gallery on: April 22, 2008 06:53:58 PM
A friend of mine has an old payphone - it took dimes and has been wired to work as a home phone.  I just realized that it's not in use at his house (now that he's married with 2 kids and a new house) - I'm going to have to ask him about it.

AND speaking of oldies:

[sung to the tune of Leaving On A Jet Plane]
My box is packed
it's ready to go
it's standing there
beside my door
can't wait to pick it up to say goodbye

I'll ship tomorrow and send the DC# to all appropriate parties.  And yes, in fact, Peter, Paul and Mary is a little before my time, but not so much that I didn't pick up a bit as a kid.

3763  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Celtic-influenced Monogram (no peeking, rockstarmom!) - 6 images on: April 22, 2008 04:53:58 PM
Thanks y'all!  It was fun and satisfying and I hardly ever jabbed myself!
3764  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beautiful Use Swap Gallery on: April 22, 2008 04:52:41 PM
Yes!  Great swap, great organizers and great partner for me!  Happy Spring to all in the Northern hemisphere!
3765  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Sublimation mugs! on: April 22, 2008 09:10:40 AM
That first one is hysterical!  It totally reminds me of something you'd find on foundmagazine.com.  [Sigh] good times.  I bet your clients are going to EAT THAT UP, especially at holiday times.  Hit 'em up for Mother's Day... dog moms need pics of their dogs on stuff, for sure.
3766  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: pot holders PART 2! (word warning) on: April 21, 2008 07:03:15 PM
Those are great!  Your stitches are so even and tidy!
3767  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Celtic-influenced Monogram (UPDATE: rockstarmom's reaction) - 6 images on: April 21, 2008 02:24:32 PM
I just completed this for a personal swap and I'm really pleased and relieved at how this turned out.  I was unsuccessful at using carbon paper (how the heck did Aimee Ray do that towel in Doodle Stitching?) and only got the vaguest shadow of the parentheses-like parts of the "M" so I mostly had to wing it using the print out of the font.




I had to add a few stitches to that to make it look a little nicer, since there's really no hiding it.  I'm not completely pleased with the back, but it's a lot better than it could have been had I not been paying attention.

In progress:

The more I worked this the more I saw a stylized hairdo (with widow's peak) in this part of the "M".

The font that the monogram was based on:

Mine is not an exact replica, but I'm pleased with how close I could get. 

UPDATE!  She loved it!  WHEW!  I was most worried about the color of the towel, but she likes it enough to be asking where I got it.  YEY!  I was pretty confident about the style of the monogram, but you can never tell until it's all said and done if you've been understanding each other - especially w/o the benefit of hand gestures, facial expressions and tone-of-voice. 

3768  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: plain navy blue corset on: April 21, 2008 01:25:28 PM
Fantastic!  I love the surprise lining; that's one of my favorite things to do and have.  I've a pair of shoes that I always show the inside of to people who comment on the outside.
3769  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Covert Urban Composting Bin on: April 21, 2008 10:32:53 AM
How sad is this?  Mostly what I have to compost is coffee grounds and fruit peels!  I don't cook and I use my the mulching setting on my electric lawn mower so I don't have clippings and around here it's a badge of honor to let your lawn go dormant in the summer instead of watering it.  I might not be a good candidate for this, after all.  But I LOVE IT!  You're like a super hero in disguise with your Undercover Composter!

You can still compost with coffee ground and fruit peels. My stuff in my bin is mostly coffee grounds & kitchen scraps. I don't have a lot of yard waste either  so I use shredded junk mail & paper from my recycling bin for my nitrogen source. Other stuff I compost is dirt from my sweeper, dog fur tumbleweeds (my dog is the long hair guy in my avatar. Come summer or after I brush him he sheds a lot!), cotton dust rags (I used the leftover scraps from t-shirt surgery as dust rags), and recently a compostable corn based plastic coffee to go cup (the coffee shop just switched to paper cups with corn based plastic tops and said they'd compost. So my husband and I brought ours home and tossed them in our compost bin to see what will happen.)   

You can make quickie compost by mixing coffee grounds and ripped up/shredded paper (junk mail is a great source of paper for this.) I did this last spring (before I made my compost bin) for my potted herb plants and it worked out well. 

Junk mail!  That's something I have more than my fair share of AND I tend to shred anything remotely "personal" so that my identity can't be stolen from my recycling bin.  Great idea!  I use these corn-based sweeping clothes  with my O-mop (Method's version of a Swiffer) that are supposed to be compost-able, too.  I heard that my city is going to start allowing kitchen scraps in the yard debris recycling, too! 

Anyway, I may have to give this a go.  Thanks so much for sharing and being attentive to my questions, etc.  Good luck and please keep us posted on how it goes with your compost and your condo police.
3770  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: That Needs A Cozy Challenge on: April 20, 2008 05:00:50 PM
There sure are!  Someone had what amounts to wheel and tire cozies that were on the tires of a car!  They knit or crocheted them for a class and didn't call them cozies, but they totally could be called cozies.  Totally.

I was at The ManFlesh's sister's mountain cabin over the weekend and was reminded of this, one of the most rare of cozies, the Vacuum Cozy!  When your cabin is built in the 1920s or thereabouts you don't have a lot of storage for things like vacuums, so why not disguise it with a creepy lady?
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