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3291  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tween Fashion Room on: September 01, 2006 10:02:51 AM
Maybe something like butterick 4677, a storage ottoman, would be a good option?  You could put a decent amount of crafting stuff in it, and it would work as a place to sit while you craft.

The thought that I had when I first started reading was that it would be really cool to do something like paper dolls either on the walls or on a dividing screen. When I say paper dolls, I actually mean like a fashion croquois (model) where you could try your design ideas by making smaller versions and "try them on"  the models on your walls.

Wow, that was a really horrible explanation.  The original idea came from two books that I've been considering buying for my 12 year old daughter:  Paper Fashions (by Klutz), and Casual Chic by Jayne Miller.  They both come with stencils for making clothing designs without drafting skill, and I thought it'd be a fun idea to do something similar to the stencils on your walls, but ideally it would be better if they were bigger than the ones in either book.

Hope this helps!
3292  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow eye make-up on: September 01, 2006 09:04:35 AM
I could see doing this with something like the face painting pencils I've seen, but I'm not sure I would try this with anything that isn't labelled "NON TOXIC" (in big letters). 

I hope your eyelashes grew back! Shocked
3293  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Extremely EASY Solid Perfume (using Vaseline) on: September 01, 2006 08:57:32 AM
I've actually heard of doing this (making solid perfume) with Crisco (the solid shortening, not the vegetable oil, obviously). It's supposedly a really good skin softener, and is better for you than vaseline because it's not petroleum based.

Incidentally, the source for this didn't make recommendations for quantities, but all they used was perfume and shortening. I haven't done it myself (DH is sensitive to perfume) so I don't know how well it works, but thought it might be useful information.
3294  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Shower jello is born! EDITED-New Transparent Schmello picture! on: September 01, 2006 08:49:14 AM
This looks really cool!  Since I haven't made soap at all, I wouldn't even know where to begin to make this stuff.  Does it have actual jello in it, or is the name just a reflection of its gel-like qualities?

3295  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lip Gloss is Forever (along with some kissing advice from the Frog Princess) on: September 01, 2006 08:40:13 AM
Oooh, love the cinnamon honey idea!  It figures that I threw out a half empty tub of petroleum jelly last weekend (with no lid).  Will definitely have to try this as I bought lots of candy flavorings a year or two ago, and the kids don't like the taste of the flavors  (I want Jolly Rancher to make candy flavorings!). 

Thanks for the recipe!  I might make a trip out for petroleum jelly to make some for when DD gets back from grandma's. 
3296  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Glass board! on: August 31, 2006 08:20:51 PM
Alas, it seems like all my projects are needing a band-aid board.  If I'm not burning myself cooking, I'm pricking my finger with a beading needle, or cutting myself with my rotary cutter, or cutting myself while cutting someone's hair...   

I think I need a live-in nurse.  Smiley   At least I haven't hurt myself crocheting (except for repetitive motion injuries) yet.  Roll Eyes
3297  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Glass board! on: August 29, 2006 11:35:23 AM
I'd be interested in a glass board as well.  I haven't actually done much of anything with glass (a little bit of etching, and some beading with glass beads that I bought), but I love stained glass!  It sounds like a wonderful idea to me!

3298  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: DROOL! Deliscious Embroidery Thread Organization! on: August 14, 2006 03:16:02 PM
This looks SO much more worthwhile (and workable) than my photo album pocket pages (the ones with little pockets to put all the floss bobbins in, but if you try to put in a bobbin with a whole skein of floss, it bulges the pocket out so it falls out when you flip the pages)!  I'll have to get some of those rings!  Did you use the paper bobbins or the heavier weight plastic ones?
3299  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stained glass patch tutorial on: August 14, 2006 03:11:12 PM
These are really cool! Thanks for posting this.

It really does make a difference to separate out the strands before you stitch with embroidery floss.  I was in a hurry once and tried to use it as one piece, and there's no comparison in the finished product.  Incidentally, it's really easy to separate the strands if you cut your piece, then pull them from the end. The rest of them will bunch up at first, but don't usually knot up (no matter how bad it looks while you're pulling out the strand).  It works much better than trying to separate out by pulling from the middle (where you get knots on both sides that don't relax back into shape).

I found this while looking for something to do with the new "Light Effects" floss from DMC (no affiliation, just think they're spiffy).  This gives me a good reason to ask for lots of the new variegated floss colors for Christmas (or buy them now to make stuff for Christmas.)   Smiley   

3300  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Just moved to Ann Arbor on: July 16, 2006 09:39:22 PM
There are lots of good suggestions in the other Ann Arbor thread.  If you're into beading, one place that's not mentioned is Findings, which is on Jackson Road near Wagner. They also offer classes (and their class schedule is online at www.beadseekers.com ). There's also a Viking Sewing Center on Jackson Road (maybe 1/2 mile down the road from Findings) that I haven't been into, and a fabric store called Cloth Encounters on Plymouth Road  (www.clothencounters.com).

There's also the standard Michael's at Arborland (on Washtenaw), Joann's on Carpenter Road and Ann Arbor-Saline Road, and Hancock Fabrics on Maple Road (near Jackson Road).   

The current movie theater at Briarwood Mall happens to be a "dollar" show if you're interested, too (Briarwood's on Eisenhower at State Street, and has a website at www.shopbriarwood.com). 

Hope that helps you find something to do.  Also, this week is the Ann Arbor Art Fair (in the downtown area).  It's a pain if you have to find a place to park, but there's definitely lots of stuff to look at (or was the last time I went to look, which I'll admit was close to 10 years ago).

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