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1  Re: New years project- Boombox Pedal Box! (PICS!) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by DorkasaurusRex on: January 30, 2006 09:55:35 PM
My boyfriend played out for the first time since we made it, and he was so excited that despite the fact that it was an acoustic show, he brought it along just to set it up on the stage anyway.

(If it doesn't work, it's probably because I stole the image from his myspace:   http://www.myspace.com/jamespeel2)

If you squint, it almost looks real........
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2  "Read Between the Lines" Simple Mix CD Cover in Completed Projects by DorkasaurusRex on: January 30, 2006 09:50:31 AM
I made my long distance boyfriend a CD that reminds me of him, but I wanted him to hear the lyrics that made me think of him, so I copied the lyrics and mod-podged them into a track listing on the outside cover.  It's just a simple CD case made from a strip of an airborne express cardboard envelope that I turned inside-out and folded twice.  I folded over one side and hot-glued the top and bottom edge of the brown part to hold the CD and glued paper over the part that still said "Airb.."  Then I just folded the other flap on top as the cover.

Inside (I had been practicing a fancy J for his name for a letter I wrote him for this project: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77158.0

Outside.  Mmmm glossy mod podge.

Ta da!
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3  Good-Luck Not-Pocket-Sized Shrine (GLNPSS) for Long Distance BF (V. Image Heavy) in Completed Projects by DorkasaurusRex on: January 30, 2006 09:49:52 AM
My boyfriend of 2,200 miles away had a show on Sunday at a bar near his house, and he hasn't played out in a while, so I thought I'd make him something to let him know I wish I could have been there.  I was inspired by the pocket shrines I've seen on here, and his concert poster, which looks like this:

I liked the entomological theme and was originally planning on pinning everything into a box like they were bugs on display, but didn't like it once I'd layed everything out.  I used the butterflies though:

So I painted a wooden cigar box black and mod-podged the heck out of it.  You can tell I used glossy in the first pic.

These are a couple of little details.  I carved our initials onto the lower back corner of the box.  It reminds me of the animated Robin Hood, which we both grew up watching.  I also free-cut a shamrock and mixed the mod podge I used to secure it with the black acrylic to blend it in a little more.  It resides on the "binding" of the box.

We're inside!  All of the lucky "artifacts" that are collaged in the corner were all the things I was originally going to pin down like butterflies, evenly spaced, etc.  It looked bad.  Also, I bought it all on ebay, except for the wooden ladybugs, which I had laying around.  The horseshoe is cast iron and I got the four leaf clover in a lot of four from some guy in Akron who picks them in a park near his house.  The text is all quotes that pertain to music or talent, i.e.:

"God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use."
"Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. "
"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame.  If it comes at all, it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after."

I pinned all of the quotes down with flathead pins.  Fortunately, I put two layers of cardboard underneath the blue velvet before I glued it down.  The envelope on the left is stenciled with a linear-ish horseshoe and held in by black photo corners and holds a little love letter to him.

Also, I was really proud of the lettering on the label.  I feel awkward posting his full name, but it's already on the poster and he's on myspace anyway (http://myspace.com/jamespeel2, the first song is a cover he recorded for me on my birthday).

Unfortunately, he didn't get it before his show (No thanks to the $22 I paid for express mail.  Next time I'm fed-exing).  He'll be getting it today, and hopefully it's still good late.  Also, the entire thing was constructed almost completely during Project Runway reruns.  Thanks for looking!
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4  New years project- Boombox Pedal Box! (PICS!) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by DorkasaurusRex on: January 04, 2006 12:07:36 PM
I have been biting my nails all day to post this- I love it so much.  I went to see my boyfriend over New Years, and he was working on a pedal box for all of his new electric guitar toys he got for Christmas.  He asked me to stencil something on it, so of course I searched stencilry and we decided to go old school on it. 

My favorite part is that the handles line up so it looks he's carrying a boombox around to all his gigs.

The pedals are going to velcro onto that plexiglass eventually.

He also did a damn fine job of building it.  We enlarged the stencil to about 12x24 and printed it on 3 sheets of 8.5x14 legal paper.  I cut each section out and then he lined them up and taped them together, and I cleaned up the overlapping shapes.  We spray glued the heck out of it, ate some queso while it dried, and then spray painted it in silver onto his black pedal box (to match his guitar and amp- natch). Then he screwed on all the hardware while I cleaned up all the fuzzy lines with a black sharpie and a ruler, and TA DA!  Instant Rock.  I love that man.
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5  Re: Tell me about Ohio.... in Ohio by DorkasaurusRex on: July 10, 2005 07:34:21 AM
I dunno guys.  I've lived in Cincinnati my whole life.  I currently live in West Chester, a suburb on the north of Cincinnati, which is growing really fast and they are putting in all kinds of new stuff near my house, but it's large chain stuff like Target and Michaels.  I am down in Clifton all the time.  So much that I am looking for an apartment there for the fall (speaking of which, if anyone knows a good place, with cheap cheap rent, please hook me up, right now I'm looking at a place from Uptown Rents.  Sorry, plug!). 

Anyway, I do like Clifton/Northside area, where, aside from the slight ghettoness which has subsided a lot lately, there are some awesome places like Avant Garage, a vintage store that is only open form 8-midnight on weekends.  It's located next to The Coment, which serves the best grey goose martinis and burritos the size of your head in town.  And right down the street there is Jacobs Bar, with 80's night every Friday.  And then up the hill is Ludlow, and Clifton, where I eat at Myra's Dyonisus all the time, and Dowtown Vintage a couple doors down.  Oh man, I hope no one stalks me because I am giving away all my hangouts.

There is that cool stuff, but it's all in that one area.  A lot of the time, especially before I knew where to look, I just feel like this:

(From http://www.toothpastefordinner.com. I love him, he lives in Columbus.)
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6  Re: My So Called Scarf & Cross-Hat-ch in Knitalongs by DorkasaurusRex on: April 01, 2005 08:22:15 PM

This is how far I've gotten.  I cast on 20 stitches on size 17 needles, and it seems to be doing very well.  The yarn is going really fast though, so I'm going to have to move beyond my 2 skeins if I want to get the length I'm thinking of.  I want it to be able to wrap twice around my neck, and I don't want to leave the ends plain, but I don't really want to just put on a fringe.  Any suggestions, other than pom poms?
I sat with my "coffe-shop grandma" for 15 minutes figuring out the stitch pattern, but now that I've got the hang of it, it's remarkably easy.    The only problem I've been having is my metal needles slip out of the yarn and I freak out about the dropped row, but the yarn is stiff enough to pick them back up again. 

Do you think it would be possible to add a yarn-over to this pattern, and make it look really crazy?  I don't want to try it on this scarf, but maybe the next one......
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