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11  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by chucklikesart on: May 27, 2008 12:40:27 PM
I rarely make it to the hairdresser-- I never seem to find the time or money to go, so I just take care of it myself.

Back in 2005, I got my hair cut like Natalie Imbruglia's in this picture:

With a year of growing out and no one cutting it but me (to keep the layers and fringe) it turned into this:

which continued to grow, with me trimming, to this:

and then this: (I am sorry for the uglyness)

At that length, I designed this updo to wear to prom with a Regency Ball gown I made. I didn't end up wearing the dress, or my hair this way, but I have worn my hair that way a few times just for fun. It's really easy, and I did it based on Jane Bennet's hair in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice.

The day after Prom, I had it cut like this and donated it to locks of love. This had been my first professional hair cut in about a year and a half:

Not long after that, I began to dye my hair myself. First, it was just subtle: (loreal exellence creme in 8RB Reddish Blonde)

Then it was Electric: (Garnier 100% Color in Bright Auburn Blonde)

I have only had it cut once since Prom, and that was about 6 months ago. The rest of the cutting, I've been doing myself. I trim my bangs different every time I cut them.

Sometimes I wear it curly-- all it is is sponge rollers and anti-frizz gel. (I don't remember what color this is)

This is the last time I dyed it-- a little lighter than before: ( Clairol Nice 'N Easy Perfect 10 in 6R Light Auburn)

And this is me as of today: (My Favorite Color! Garnier Nutrisse in Light Reddish Brown "Summer Berry")

I love my new blunt bangs-- they took quite a bit of trimming to look just right. I'm trying to grow my hair out again, but I do love it short, too. I dye my hair in the bathroom about once every 5 weeks. As of today, I'm three weeks into my latest color.

I think I'm secretly a natural redhead. I've been teasing my hair a lot lately, like in the picture. I've really been into Retro/Rockabilly fashion. I think the look suits me Wink
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12  Re: Juno Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by chucklikesart on: May 21, 2008 02:26:08 PM
Yay! I'm first with pics!

Recieved a lovely package from cumber1137 today!

Here's what I got:
 The Group Shot

A cute tote bag:

A frame:

Buttons! (already on my purse!)

An I-pod decal. I don't have an i-pod though Sad

Panties! With Juno quotes on them!

(my favorite pair--- Cautionary Whale!)

Thanks so much, cumber1137! You rock!
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13  I'm just CRAZY about Tiffany's! in New Swap Theme Ideas by chucklikesart on: May 15, 2008 04:41:14 PM
Anyone up for a Breakfast at Tiffany's swap?

Can't you just see it now?

Sleep Masks and tasseld ear plugs. Pearls and sunglasses. A notebook covered with one of Sally Tomato's weather reports. A bracelet that resembles Holly's crazy key ring. Black gloves. Cat and Dog masks. A stuffed Cat, or perhaps a fabulous collar for a real cat.

Isn't that just a fabulous way to beat a case of the mean reds?

I'm eligible and willing to organize!
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14  Yo-Saff-Bridge Shawl with Pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by chucklikesart on: May 06, 2008 08:56:44 PM
I went to Dallas ComicCon on Saturday the 5th of April, and I had a blast! I wore the Saffron costume that I had worked very hard on, which was great because Christina Hendricks, the actress that played her, was there! My experiance meeting her was priceless.

I'd never been to a convention before, so I was a little nervous. When I walked through the door, I approached a fellow dressed as Mal because he looked like a man who knew what I needed to know. Turns out he did, but his price for the information was a picture with this Devil Woman. He led me right to her table, where there was a relatively short line. I waited patiently for a few moments, listening while the lovely Miss Hendricks talked to the people in front of me. She is so beautiful in person! (she is my ultimate girlcrush). But, and this is where the really cool part starts, I kid you not, half way through a conversation with another patron she caught sight of me out of the corner of her eye. She STOPPED talking to the person, went "Ooooh!" took out her camera phone, and snapped a picture of me, them went back to buisness as usual.

I waited a few more minutes, and then finally it was my turn! She kept going on about my attention to detail and how accurate I looked! She loved my shawl-- I took it off so she could see it better and she just went on and on about it. She knits too! Hearing her compliment my work meant so much to me! She even signed my autograph to "my twin"! She really made my first convention amazing.
After posting pictures of my costume, I received an overwhelming amount of reqests for the pattern on livejournal and at Ravelry, so without further ado, the Mrs. Reynolds Shawl pattern.

(this is by no means screen-accurate, but if it's good enough for the REAL Saffron, its good enough for me Cheesy Oh, and I don't own anything related to Firefly, Serenity, or Mutant Enemy-- that's all Joss's territory. I just obsess over it...)

Mrs. Reynolds


Finished Garment Measurements:
Width across top: 65"
Height from center point:40"
Length of side: 55"

2 rows (one repeat): 1.5"
3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc = 1 1/2"

3 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver <100% Acryilc/ Worsted Weight/ 4 Ply/ 364 Yards> in Ranch Red
I/9 /5.50mm Crochet Hook

Double Crochet:
Yarn over hook, insert hook in the next stitch to be worked, yarn over hook, pull yarn through stitch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook,
pull yarn through last 2 loops on hook (one double crochet made)

Treble Crochet:
Yarn over hook twice, then insert hook into next stitch. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - (there are four loops on the hook). Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now three loops remaining on the hook). Yarn over hook and draw through two loops.

dc- double crochet

Just so you are oriented, you'll be starting with the back point of the shawl and working your way to the widest part.

Ch 6, turn. You are now working on the wrong side of the shawl. Even numered rows are the Right Side, odd numbers are the wrong side.

Row 1: Work one dc in the 4th, 5th, and 6th ch from hook. Ch 5, turn. You are now working the right side of the shawl.
Row 2:Work 3 dc in first dc of the previous row, skip 2 dc. In top of the begining ch6, work 3 dc, ch 1, and work one treble crochet. Ch 3, turn. Wrong side of work is now facing you
Row 3: Work 4 dc in ch-1, ch 4, skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch-loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn.
Row 4: Work 3 dc in first dc, in ch-4 work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3dc, skip 4 dc, in starting ch work 3 dc, ch 1, and tr. Ch 3, turn.
Row 5: Work 4 dc in ch 1 from previous row, ch 4. Skip 6 dc, 4 dc in ch 3 of previous row, ch 4. Skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn.
Row 6: Skip first dc, 3 dc in next dc, (in next ch 4 work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc) 2 times, skip 4 dc, in top of starting ch work 3 dc, ch 1, and tr. Ch 3, turn.
Row 7: Work 4 dc in ch-1, ch 4, * (4 dc in next ch 3, ch 4) 2 times, skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn.
Row 8: Skip first dc, 3 dc in next dc, * in next ch 4 work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc; repeat from * across, end skip 4 dc, in top of starting ch work 3 dc, ch 1, and tr. Ch 3, turn.
Row 9: Work 4 dc in ch 1, * ch 4, 4 dc in next ch 3; repeat from * across, end ch 4, skip 6 dc, 4 dc in next ch-loop, dc in 3rd ch of same loop. Ch 5, turn. Repeat Rows 8 and 9 until you have completed a total of 38 rows, ending with Row 8 as the neck-edge of your shawl. Do not cut yarn.</div>

Picot Border:
Turn to work across side edge in pattern as for Row 9. Continue around entire perimeter of shawl, creating one complete rotation, ending at the same place you started. Begin down side edge again: Slip stitch in corner, ch 3 for first dc, in same corner work 3 dc, * continuing along side edge in next starting-ch loop work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc *; repeat from * to * to bottom corner, in each of two points at center bottom work 3 dc, ch 3, and 3 dc; repeat from * to * across next side edge, end 4 dc in last corner. Continue in pattern across neck edge. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

In groups of 3 18" long strands, create tassels in points of every third picot. Place tassels in all 3 points of triangle.

Now, go get yourself a husband to steal!
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15  Re: FIREFLY / SERENITY SWAP ROUND 7 in The Swap Gallery by chucklikesart on: March 31, 2008 11:22:02 AM
So, I'm FINALLY posting pictures. Sorry it took so long Wink

My swap partner, Scarmouche, is flipping amazing!

I love Jayne, Kaylee, and Wash, so she crated for me with that in mind.

This is my favorite item she sent!

How cute and cuddly is that little mercenary?
And the back, with an awesome quote:

Here's this super cute shirt:

and what's that? Is that a Firefly Class Ship hand-drawn onto the back?

she did an AWESOME job!

She also made an awesome Kaylee-insipired makeup-type-bag

and filled it with strawberry candy, a "Serenity" Key chain (already on my keys), and some plastic dinosaurs (one of which is hanging from my rear-view mirror on a chain).

Dinosaurs in Action:

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

And a group shot:

Thank you so much, Scaramouche!
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16  Re: FIREFLY / SERENITY SWAP ROUND 7 in The Swap Gallery by chucklikesart on: March 28, 2008 12:39:39 PM
I got my package from chucklikesart today and everything is so amazing.
I'm glad you like everything!
At first there was the box that made the post office guy giggle. As soon as a told him my name he was like ''Oh de firefly box'' turned out he really love the show and the package Cheesy
My post office guy is a browncoat, too! He loved the box, and was very reluctant to put packing stickers on it because he didn't want to "cover anything up." Wink
I don't know if I told her or not but I'm a writer.
You totally did tell me Wink
Thanks for my awesome partner chucklikesart!
I'm so glad you like what I sent! Cheesy I had a great time crafting for you

I took some pictures, too, before I sent, so here they are:

The T-Shirt:

the stencil was made from this image: http://home.att.net/~sanguine1/sail-view.jpg

The notebook and pens:
Front (parasol from episdoe "Serenity" except the green and the yellow are flipped...)

Back ("Shindig" dress)


All together

A fan and some chopsticks:


I had a hard time parting with that little guy! He's one of my favorite projects, EVER. I think I'm going to make the entire crew.

And a group photo:

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17  Re: FIREFLY / SERENITY SWAP ROUND 7 (SIGNUPS 2/7-2/17: SENDOUTS 3/23) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by chucklikesart on: February 21, 2008 12:35:15 PM
I saw this on another message board, and I thought it would be fun to do it here!

There are over 40,000 Firefly class transports in the verse and if Mal and the gang had ever run across one, who would you want to see on it?
You are NOT recasting the Serenity with another crew. You are choosing a crew for another ship in hopes of someday meeting up with Serenity for an adventure, a bit of petty thievery, some smuggling, or a party.

1. You can't use any of Serenity's current crew members.
2. You'll need at least one of each of these: Captain, Pilot, Mechanic, and Mercenary.
3. Crew must be actors/actresses - no sports or music celebrities.
4. Crew can number no smaller than 4 and no larger than 12.
5. Terrifying Space Monkeys don't count as crew.
6. Name your Shiny new (or old) transport.
7. Be sure to list what each of your crew does and feel free to expound as much as you like - you can include a story arc if you like, but it's not mandatory.

Captain: Brendan Frasier as Rick OConnell (The Mummy)

My Firefly, The Endeavour, is Captained by a man who prefers to do what is right, but wont hesitate to cross the line into unlawfulness if one of his is in danger. He is stubborn and valiant to a fault. He prefers not to run, but if things turn to dire straights, he will. He loves his ancient flying hunk of go-se more than the air he needs to breathe.

Pilot: Justin Bartha as Riley Poole (National Treasure)

The pilot is young as wants to make his name known, not as the guy who stood behind the Captain, but as his own man. He is loyal, but cracks jokes at his shipmates expense, and prefers the strategy of run and hide over anything else.

1st Mate: Lucy Liu as Alex Munday (Charlies Angels)

The first mate is a beautiful woman with a promising past. She could have been a lawyer on a central planet, but ended up as the first mate on a semi-outlawed, flying death trap. How that happened is something kept between the Capitan and herself.

Mercenary: Lena Headey as Sarah Connor (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)

The mercenary has many secrets and trusts no one. She rarely connects with other people on the ship, but the captain believes he can trust her. She is as violent as she is beautiful and only sometimes hesitates to kill. She, like her Capitan believes in protecting those she is allied with, but she is more likely to err on the side of the outlaw.

Mechanic: Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)

The mechanic is young and nerdy, and extremely funny. He is awkward in social situations, but valiant when necessary. He prefers engines to people because he can easily understand how they work, find a problem just by looking at it, and fix it with a bit of tinkering. People arent so easy to take care of.

Doctor: James McAvoy as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (The Last King of Scotland)

The doctor is a young idealistic sort of fellow, who chose to make his way serving the people. His logic behind taking the job on a ship rather than training on the central planets was that hed be out on the rim planets, where people needed a good doctor. When ever the crew has a job, he makes it a point to treat as many people in settlement as he can. Hes a very emotional sort of guy and he falls in love easily and quickly.

Companion: Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens (Greys Anatomy)

The companion has had love and lost it, and because of this her emotional scars run deep. Just after her training ended, she chose to make herself an exclusive companion to a young politician. When the man was gunned down by a radical on his way to a parliamentary meeting, her heart broke and has yet to heal. She now makes her living traveling with the crew of the Endeavor, using her training to mask the fact that her heart may never be able to love again.

Holy Man: Heath Ledger as Alex Bernier (The Order)

The Shepherd who has made his home on the Endeavour is very young. He chose the ship as a place to do his first bout of missionary work and has learned many lessons in his short time out of the Abbey. Living with heathens has opened his eyes to a new part of the world and has made him begin to rethink his devotion to the church.

Crazy Psychic: Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko)

The psychic is a very young, troubled man. He is kept awake a night by visions of one ships malfunction ending the galaxy. Crew members often find this handsome young man talking to a second personality. He sleepwalks and actions that often appear to be destructive end up helping the greater good most of the time
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18  Re: Knitty's Dahlia (Winter 2007) in Knitalongs by chucklikesart on: December 29, 2007 11:13:01 AM
I just started the cables last night Cheesy

I love this pattern, and I'm using Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Blue

I'm sort of allergic to wool, and this yarn is SO soft.

I've been looking at the pattern and I'm thinking about making the skirt much longer. I'm not sure if I'll have the patience, but I think it would look pretty. We'll see.
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19  Re: Luna Lovegood's radish earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by chucklikesart on: July 19, 2007 11:58:01 AM
I used your pattern to make my own!

Here they are:

A bit wonky, but I love them!
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20  Luna Lovegood's Crocheted Cardigan Pattern from Harry Potter in Crochet: Completed Projects by chucklikesart on: July 18, 2007 07:11:12 PM
Like many other people on this site, I often find myself watching movies not only for the plot, but for the costumes as well. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix certainly fit this category, as I found myself taking costume notes on any and all pieces I could find in my purse. I found myself most taken with Evanna Lynchs wardrobe, and wanted nothing more than to dress like Luna Lovegood. My favorite item of hers had to be the crocheted purple sweater purple (which appeared blue on my movie screen).

So, whats a girl do when she wants a sweater like the one in the movie? She goes to Wal-Mart at 9:30 at night and buys two skeins of yarn and a crochet hook, then gets to crafting Wink

So, I made this sweater to fit me, and Im not really good at figuring out sizes, but Im pretty sure it will fit most people the way it is its not really a fitted shirt. The hem is meant to fall at your natural waist. This is my first pattern, so bear with me.

Here are some pictures of my final result:
Forgive the squinty eyesand red face-- it's hot and bright in Texas. Also, my hair is normally dishwater blonde, not pink-- the dye from my Tonks costume has yet to wash out.

If you have any questions, comment or message me and Ill do my best to answer!

Here are some helpful links:
http://www.io.com/~cortese/crafts/raglan.html-- A Guide to Raglan Sweaters
http://www.crochetme.com/easy-crocheted-button-covers-- How to crochet button covers

My measurements for comparison
Waist- 31
Hips- 41
Bicep- 12

Finished Garment Measurements-
Bust- 42
Waist- 34
Shoulder to Hem- 15
Center back- 13
Neck- 18
Neck to Sleeve Hem- 12
Sleeve width- 19

2 Skeins of Caron Simply Soft Brites! <100% Acrylic/Worsted Weight/4 Ply/ 315 Yards> In Berry Blue 9606
(Youll use all of one skein and most of the second)
I/9 /5.50mm  Crochet Hook
4 or 5 1    coverable buttons.

90-Degree Increase:
In the corner, make 2dc-ch1-2dc. Make the next set of increase stitches in the ch1-sp.
Double Crochet:
Yarn over hook, insert hook in the next stitch to be worked, yarn over hook, pull yarn through stitch, yarn over hook, pull yarn through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook,
pull yarn through last 2 loops on hook (one double crochet made)
Slip Stitch 1, Ch3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, slip stitch
Fishnet Mesh:
Ch3, sc in center of ch3 from previous row, ch3, sc in center of ch3 from previous row, etc.
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
I recommend frequent trying-on as you go, to make sure it fits how you want it to!
Getting Started:

 First decide if you are going to have four buttons or five buttons, because that will dictate how you turn the edges of your sweater. Lunas has five, but I made mine with 4 because I only had access to four coverable buttons, and I have no concept of patience when it comes to finishing a project Wink

Chain 59
Row 1: Dc In 3rd chain from hook. Dc in every chain to end. Ch6 turn
Row 2: Dc in first 7 stitches.  In eighth stitch, make a 90-degree increase. Dc in the next 13 stitches. In 14th stitch, make a 90-degree increase. Dc in the next 12 stitches. In 13th stitch make a 90-degree increase. Dc in the next 13 stitches. In 14th make a 90-degree increase. Dc to end. Ch3
Row3: *Dc to the center chain of your first 90-Degree increase. Make 90-increase in center chain, then continue in dc to next 90-degree increase, where you will make another increase . Work in this fashion to end. Chain 3 and turn
Rows 4-12: Repeat row 3
This is what a 90-degree increase looks like in the FO
A NOTE ON BUTTONHOLES: If you chose five buttons, you will chain 6 at the end of your 5th and 11th rows, rather than the standard 3. If you chose 4 buttons, you will chain 6 at the end of your 7th row.
You should now have , when laid out flat, what looks like a large square with a split in one side and a square hole in the center. This is the yoke of your sweater! YAY!

Forming the body:
Row 1: dc to the first 90-degree increase. Going through the chain in the center of the increase, join with the chain in the second 90-degree increase, bypassing the sleeve stitches. Dc across the back and repeat this procedure with the other sleeve.  Dc to end. Ch 3 and turn
Row 2: Dc to end, ch3 turn (if adding 4 buttons, ch6 here instead of ch3)
Row 3: Dc 32 times, skip 1, dc to end, ch3, turn
Row 4: Dc 32 times, skip1, dc to end, ch3 turn  (if adding 5 buttons, ch6 here instead of ch3)
Row 5. Dc 32 times, skip 1, dc 3 times, skip1, dc 3 times, skip 1, dc to end, ch 3, turn
Row 6- 10: Repeat Row 5 (ch6 at end or row 9 instead of ch3)
Row 11: Dc to end.

Now, without turning, slip stitch along the inside of the sweater, along the buttonhole, from the base to the collar. When you reach the collar sc in every loop across the neck. At the end of the collar, slip stitch down the inside of the sweater. Bind off at bottom edge and weave yarn tail in to the sweater.


Time for sleeves!(this is where it gets weird. Ask me, seriously, if you have any questions)
This may be a little confusing, because it was confusing for me to make Tongue

You are going to start off with a total of 54 stitches,
Starting at the underarm,  join the first and last stitches of the sleeve.
Chain 3 Dc 27 times, chain three, sc back into the 27th stitch, ch3 then continue dc around the sleeve  to beginning. Dont Join. Ch3 and turn.
Row 2: Dc in first stitch. ch3, skip 1, dc to 1 stitch before ch3 in previous row. Skip one, ch3, sc in center chain of ch3. Ch3 more, sc in center chain of next ch3,
 Continue in this fashion for the next 10 rows,  Every time you approach the fishnet area, stop one stitch short of the previous row, ch3, and start the mesh across. At the end of the mesh, you will chain three extra and skip a dc, then continue in dc across the piece to the next triangle of mesh.

In the end your piece should look like this:


*stole this from yelley at craftster.org. Thanks, love!*
My finished sleeve:

Every row, your dc area should get smaller, and your mesh area should get bigger.

For your final round, youll slip stitch your way across the bottom of the sleeve, making a picot in every loop of the ch3 mesh, rather than in the stitches themselves.

Bind off, then stitch up the back of the sleeve. Weave ends in.

Repeat for other sleeve

*I know this part is more than a little shaky and wonky, but Im making my self available for all questions you may havecomment me, message me, e-mail me (maggiemae88@gmail.com) and Ill do my best to answer all of the questions you have to the best of my ability).

Now all you have to do is cover your buttons using the instructions at the link I posted at the beginning, and then sew them on, and youll be finished!!!
Here are my Buttons:

Oh, and just for fun, my Raddish earrings I made to go with the sweater:
I used RedMenace's pattern, which you can find here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182000.0
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