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41  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / UGLY HAIR HELP!!! on: August 02, 2005 12:28:21 PM
Okay, so here's the issue. For the past seven years, I have been going through these cycles of growing my hair really long, and then getting it cut supershort. Well, this last time, I let the stylist do "whatever" (big mistake). She gave me a really weird asymetrical cut I liked for a few months, until I realized there was really only one way to cut it. Well, I got it fixed for a wedding so I wouldn't look too silly. But now I hate it. I hate it so much, I want to cry. For the first time ever, I really miss my long hair. It was always a rats nest, but I loved it. Cutting off tweleve inches never bothered me before, but now it does.

But enough bitching, here's what I'm stuck with. I have thick, wavy hair. The longest layer reaches just past my shoulders if pulled straight, but flips out just above my shoulders naturally. The shortest layer is just above my ears. There are no in between layers. In another inch or so, I could get a little ponytail with lots of bartettes. So I REALLY need help while it's growing out. I think I will be coloring it in September (when I'm not living with great-grandma). I just want something I can look at in the mirror. So I guess I'm asking for any suggestions on styles, as well as ideas to make it grow out faster. I have been looking through show off your hair, and it's helping, but some direct feedback from other who've had the same problem would be great.

Thnaks so much.

*UPDATE* Okay, I guess I wasn't very clear. It was asymetrical, but now it's not. I already had a stylist fix it, but now there are two layers that are very different lengths. Another cut, and I'll be closer to bald then I want to be.

But I do have another question. How do you get those fun chunks of color, like big sections of purple and blue, without them blending?
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / bag inspiration on: April 18, 2005 06:44:17 AM
So when you're stuck on what purse to make next, check out this site for ideas;

43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 3 month swap gallery on: February 02, 2005 09:02:23 AM
Well, five packages have been sent, and two more are going out tomorrow, so start posting pics as soon as you get yours.

44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / please HELP with bag... on: January 27, 2005 07:27:54 AM
I found a bunch of bags I like at Urban Outfitters, but I am cheap and don't want to buy them. But here's the real trick. There are features of two bags that I want to combine, and I'm not sure wuite how to go about it. So if anyone could point me in the direction of an appropriate pattern, tutorial, or anything that could help, I would love it.

The fishnet bag (1st link) rocks. I love the wide strap and the style. However, I plan on using this bag over the summer, so I want it to be more bike-friendly. I want to alter this purse to be shaped a little more like the second purse I have a link here for, but a bit bigger, like massenger bag size. I'm going to use it for paints, sketchbooks and lots of tools, so pockets are good too. Sooooo.... I guess if anyone can help me in anyway, that would rock. If I haven't described it well enough, please ask me any questions you need to to help.

Thanks everybody!!!




This bag is kindof what I'm thinking of, but horizontal instead of vertical.
45  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 3 MONTH SWAP!!! (sign-up CLOSED, send by feb 1, march 1, april 1) on: November 29, 2004 05:45:32 PM

Swap name: 3 month swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: stellato_escuro
Sign-up date range: november 29 to december 13 (or until ten more people sign up)
Date to send item by: first day of February, March and April
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): ten in addition to the seven reserve spots
Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes
All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages!!!
Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES
Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap: This is my first attempt at a swap, so please bear with me. Basically, it's a three-month long swap that's very open. You can make whatever you want to for each person, as long as you understand the long-term commitment. The survey is a bit more extensive so you have more to work with. In addition to the regular survey, please also answer the ten survey questions. This will not be a secret swap; you will know who is sending to you. Also, I know the first deadline is far away, but that's mostly because it's over a busy holiday season, and I'd rather have a long wait then no time to make something nice.

I am strongly encouraging you to e-mail the person you are swapping with to furthur personalize gifts. Do you like sewing shirts? Do you live for painting shoes? Ask thier sizes!!! If you feel like you still don't know what they'd like after reading thier survey, find out. I want everyone to be thrilled with their gifts.

Please do not sign up if you doubt you can do all three months. If for some reason you have to drop out, PLEASE let me know a.s.a.p. so I can take over the crafting or find someone who will.

Since signup space is limited, don't assume that just because you contacted me, you are in. I will e-mail you wether you get in or not. Either way, thank you so much for your interest!!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

fave colors/patterns/styles;
skills you have/don't have;
anything imprtant material specs (i.e. wool or metal allergies);
other stuff you want them to know;

1. What hobbies do you have outside of crafting?
2. Fave animal?
3. Fave cartoon?
4. If you were a color, what color would you be?
5. Fave drink/food?
6. Home/ room decor?
7. Birthday/zodiac sign/ruling planet, etc.
8. 5 words others use to describe you?
9. Fave season?
10. Fave type of music/singer/band?

46  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 3 month swap on: November 15, 2004 07:34:14 AM
For those of us who aren't brave enough to risk a year-long swap yet...Who would be interested? I wouldn't start this until Jan. because of all my homework and other swaps, but I think it would be fun. I plan on doing one of two things, and I'd love some feedback on what poeple would prefer;
   1; A specific theme for each month. One idea is a home state, i.e., make something relating to person's home state.
   2; Make a more extensive survey, like ten specific questions (fave food, movie, hobbies, etc.). Then for each month, you would pick one of their answers to use as a "theme."

Feedback please!!! Then come back in Jan and sign up!!!
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / MedicAlert on: November 05, 2004 07:20:46 AM
Okay, I have a theme idea, and I want to know what everybody thinks before I try to set up a swap for it.

I have to wear one of those medic alert bracelets for my many allergies, and I hate it. Mine is okay because it's a kids one with polka dots, but I want something with more style. What would you guys think of a medical jewelry swap? I was thinking just make something with the emblem really prominent, but not nessicarily with all the info. Huh But I guess that's why I'm asking around to get ideas.

Thanks guys.
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HOODIE HELP!!! on: September 21, 2004 06:20:41 PM
I want to make a really cool hoodie, and I know a few of you have patterns. I don't really have a specific one in mind (just one with a big enough hood to cover my head). I know some people make them and sell them, and I could really use some help. I live in a small town, and the Jo Ann doesn't carry the hoodie pattern I want. I am a little poor at this point, so very cheap and maybe even free patterns would rock. I only want to make a hoodie for me and maybe a Christmas present, so if you sell them, you don't have to worry about me competeing with you. At this point, I'm really frustrated with hoodies and how they are always too short, the hood is too small, etc.

Also, if anyone has any hoodie-making pointers, they would be appreciated. I plan on using it for the upcoming very bitter northern Minnesota winter and my trip to Iceland this summer, so material ideas would help me out also.

Thank you for your help crafters!!!
49  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / HELP!!! Re-vamping old cooler... on: May 12, 2004 02:40:11 PM
First, the specs on the cooler. It's about 12 inches wide, 21 long and 14 tall with chrome handle and latch. There are two problems. 1; the inside liner of the lid is comign off on one side and 2; the top of the lid is covered in rust. There are no holes or weak spots, so I'm pretty sure there's a clean surface under the rust.
1. How would I go about fixing the inside, and maybe even adding insulation?
2. How do I fix the rusted part and re-finish it?
3. What other ideas do you guys have about uses for a cooler?

Thanks for any ideas and instructions!

50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Resin questions... on: March 20, 2004 09:38:34 PM
I was just channel surfing and saw something really cool (but I don't know what channel it was on). Thay had all sorts of different housewares made from resin, and the one that really caught my eye was a clear table that had pens, pencils, paperclips and all sorts of other office supplies embedded in it. But when I heard the prices or resin pieces, I almost cried. I want to re-create that table when I move out of the dorms, but I'm a little lost. I did some small-scale embedding in sixth grade, and some resin inlay during high school jewelry, but nothing that big. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience and could tell me how to go about this project. I'd like to know cost, technical difficulties and overall, how to go about this. If I ever find out where that show was or find pictures, I'll post again.

Thanks to whoever can help point me in the right direction.
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