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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / any suicide survivors? on: March 20, 2005 10:21:28 PM
alright, i posted this orginally under oregon and put out a call for portland suicide survivors . . . i feel this was a mistake on my part.  i really want to do a zine on remembering loved ones who comitted suicide.  5 years ago my best friend barry killed himself and it fucking still hurts.  alot.  i am getting involved in suicide prevention.  on april 23rd i will be attending a convention that is supposed to help me prepare to be a speaker.  what this all means is that when i am ready i will be talking to youth (14-24) about suicide. this frightens the crap out of me because i am terrified of public speaking but i feel as if i MUST do something.  silence is the biggest barrier to suicide prevention and i want to bust the stigma and shame that surrounds suicide.  one way that i feel would be really helpful is to put together a zine to remember people like barry.  i would really like your help in making this possible.  if you wish to honor somebody you love who killed themselves, here's your chance.  i would love submissions of artwork, prose, poetry, photography, pretty much anything that can be photocopied and stuck in a zine to be distributed to coffeshops around portland and if you are from a different area of the country i can send you some copies to distribute as well.  please post here or pm me (if its just too personal for you to post here) and let me know what you think.  also for those of you who haven't had to deal with this unimaginable pain, but want to help out . . . well you could certainly offer up some advice on how i could make this happen.  i've never done anything like this before and i'm totally unsure of how to go about this.  also i need help on a name for this zine . . .i was thinking anomie (pronounced ANN-O-ME).  if you're unfamiliar with sociological terms, it pretty much means the helplessness/hopelessness/feeling of disconnection from society that contributes to suicide.  i really like this term but i'm not sure if a zine about suicide should convey more of a sense of hope. . . .
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift for awesome guy on: March 20, 2005 07:46:00 PM
alright, i'm going to see what ideas you wonderful crafty folks can help me come up with . . . i'm sort of hanging with (ugh, really need a better term than dating) this really fantastic guy and i want to make him something cool as a sort of "yay, you're an instructor" gift.  next term is his last term in college and get this the boy is teaching a class that is accountable to both the women's studies and sociology departments.  his class is on masculinity and interpersonal violence.  yes. he. is. super. cool.  he also is a part of a men's group that focuses on anti-sexual assault and sexism.  and seeing as how there really can't be too many guys who do shit like this, i really hope nobody on this forum knows the boy.   Embarrassed  anywho,  he's really nervous about teaching this class and i have a very cool plan to show up after his class the first day with an awesome gift.  the problem is i don't know what to make.  here's some more info besides the obvious fact that he's really into feminism. 
he is a drummer for a hardcore band.
he listens to hardcore music (snapcase. . . uhhh . . . .stuff like that, yeah)
he wears a lot of black, but likes dark deep reds, blues, purples, greens and he's really into velvet apparently  Smiley
he loves his drums a lot
he likes the stars and snuggling . . .
he's a vegan
(again, i really hope nobody knows him because there really can't be too many boys like this and that would be just plain embarassing)
he likes his bike and rides it everywhere
he likes harry potter and his dark materials
his hero is michael kimmel
he's hot. . . . Cheesy
uh, yeah. . . so i was thinking of making him a journal with a drumset on it, but any other ideas would be much appreciated . . . .
help, please!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / combining asian flair and punk decor . . . ? on: March 18, 2005 09:10:09 PM
well, after a breakup with my bf of 4 years, i have to move out of my beloved apartment.  i am moving into a house with some girl.  i love my new space, it has a built in shelf and drawers, a lovely cubby storage space for my crafty items, hardwood floors, and lots and lots of windows. . . . its on the second floor and as its the only room up there, it sort of has a lovely attic feel.  here's the problem. . . .i used to have a whole apartment to decorate with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom and now this has all been reduced to a single room (granted it is large and spacious but alas it is sitll a single room).  i love asian inspired decorations with lots of red, but i also love the punk look too. . . only i don't know how to combine the two . . . any help, suggestions?  oh and the other problem is my damn bed.  it totally doesn't really fit either looks . . . its a queen sized maple sleigh bed . . . any ideas on how to make it less damn country would be appreciated as well . . . 
4  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / suicide survivors in portland who want a way to remember their loved ones? on: March 18, 2005 06:50:37 PM
i have no clue where i should post this. . . so i'll post it here and hope that this works.  alright, my name is robin and 5 years ago my best friend barry committed suicide.  i am now in the process of trying to figure out how i can be more involved in suicide prevention . . . i am going to some speaker training thing-a-ma-bob to get all qualified and stuff to go to schools and talk to kids about suicide.  the biggest barrier to suicide prevention is the stigma and silence that surrounds it.  now to the reason i'm posting here on craftster about it . . . i have this idea that i would like to put together a zine or something like that with poems, artwork, photography, prose, etc . . . that survivors have created to remember their loved ones.  i would like to keep it fairly local, hence the reason this is posted under oregon and why i have requested portland survivors.  i'm not sure if there is any interest in this, but if someone you love committed suicide and you are interested, either post here or if its too personal pm me.  i'm not sure which direction i really want to take this zine thing, but i really think it would be a great way to break a bit of this silence shit.  if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to post away.  i'd really welcome some input as i am so unsure of how to put this whole deal together.  i'm thinking of calling the zine thing (for lack of a better term) anomie but i'm not sure.  for those who aren't familiar with the term anomie, its a sociological term for the sense of helplessness/hopelessness/disconnection from the community that can lead folks to commit suicide.  i like the term, but i'm not sure if the zine thing should have a name that invokes more hope . . . . . so there you have it.  i hope theres an interest.   
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Chinese Zodiac Swap Gallery on: February 28, 2005 07:27:34 PM
I know we have a few quickie swappers . . . . Smiley  so heres the gallery, post away . . . . can't wait to see the goodies . . . Grin
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / CHINESE ZODIAC SWAP (CLOSED) Sendout date: Mar 31 on: February 13, 2005 09:31:39 AM
Swap name: Chinese Zodiac Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: urbankitty
Sign-up date range: Feb. 13 - Feb. 23
Date to send item by: March 31

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 15

Non-U.S. participants allowed? yes, if people are willing to ship outside the u.s.

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:  Alright, folks, here's the deal.  you get your swapee's information and their sign (animal and element) then you make them something.  No more than 3 crafty goodies.  If you make just one, make sure it incorporates both the animal and sign.  If you make more than one, one crafty goody can represent the animal and the other can represent the element.  Got it? 

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:
your chinese zodiac sign:
if you don't know your sign; click here to find out - http://www.tuvy.com/entertainment/chinese_horoscope.htm

these questions are optional, but it might help -
Colors you HATE:
shirt size:
Pant/skirt size:
wrist measurement:
ring size:
Neck measurement:
Allergic to something that your crafter should know about:
anything else . . . . :


Also remember you must get delivery confirmation and send it to me (urbankitty) via PM.  Thank you! 
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "In Memory" shirt and girl's bathroom sign shirt on: February 04, 2005 05:34:58 PM
Well . . . . I completed these awhile ago, but it takes me a long time to get film developed.  The first shirt is in memory of one of my best friends.  I met Barry in 95 (when I was 15) and he changed my life forever.  He was more like my older brother than a friend.  He was always there for me.  He committed suicide about a little over a week before Christmas '99 and shattered my world.  Its been over 5 years and it still hurts but I consider this shirt to be part of the healing process.

front of shirt - underneath barry are the words "Rock Star" for no other reason than he was my rock star.   Smiley  oh, and the details in the face are better than they appear in this photo.

back of shirt - bear's full name and etcetera . . . Don't think this will show up very well . . . too small probably . . oh well

This next shirt was just for fun.  I used the girl's bathroom symbol and put the korean word for girl/woman underneath it. 
weeee. . . . stenciling is fun . . .

Yes, yes . . . I realize I'm a piss poor model . . . I felt incredibly goofy "modeling" for these pics . . . .

Anywho, I'm awfully proud of these two shirts, especially the first.  Bear means a lot to me and it was good therapy for me.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for a Chinese Zodiac swap? on: January 26, 2005 07:01:50 PM
So . . . I'm totally addicted to swapping . . . and I'm totally pissed off that I missed the zodiac swap . . . to help satisfy my swapping needs and to dull the pain of missing the zodiac swap, I was thinking that it would be ultra cool to do a chinese zodiac swap.  anyone else agree.  I am a metal monkey . . .  Wink  Just think of the possibilities . . .  one of these elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) is combined with one of these animal signs (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig).  the possibilities are endless for some super cool crafty goodies . . . If you're interested go here to check out what your sign is . . http://www.tuvy.com/entertainment/chinese_horoscope.htm

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / chococat tealight candle holders . . .etched glass on: January 02, 2005 11:31:57 PM
I'm a newbie. I've been on for a little while gathering wonderous ideas from all you talented folks, but just didn't have photos to post.  I decided that this holiday season I would make everybody's gifts and I somehow managed to do just that.  I have a couple of friends who are HUGE chococat fans.  You'd think that would make shopping for them easy, right?  Just go to any store that sells sanrio and voila - relatively inexpensive gift that they'll love.  WRONG!  True chococat geeks that they are, anything I could find in a store, they already have.  Except, chococat tealight candle holders made with love by me.   Grin  I simply used contact paper and armour etching cream to creat these candle holders.  I included a ton of scented tealights because the image looks better with a tealight rather than a votive. 

The first candle holder shows up much better, I actually preferred the second one which was a last minute decison.  I had done such a great job cutting out the stencil that the piece I cut out was clean with no ragged edges.  It worked wonderfully as a sticker, so I could create a candle holder with the same image but in reverse.  I so love etching cream . . . .
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / some days you feel like a rebel and other days you feel like an imperial on: January 02, 2005 11:09:47 PM
Hi all,
This is my first ever post.  I have always loved making stuff for people but this holiday season was THE year.  You know, the one where you say you're going to make everybody's gifts and THEN you actually do it.  *gasp*  I knew what I had to make the bf - he's a star wars freak and the rebel and imperial symbols were just begging to be stenciled.  Soooo . . . that's what I did.  Folks, I have discovered my GOD and its name is freezer paper.   I simply printed the symbols on paper, glue sticked the paper to freezer paper (non shiny side of course) and then used my trusty exacto knife to make my stencil.  I then ironed the freezer paper to a tee and used Speedball silkscreening paint and followed the directions.  I am awfully proud of my first attempt at making tees and this is definately one project that I will repeat.  I'm already gathering ideas for tees for me.   Grin  Think the triforce symbol from zelda or the womens' bathroom symbol with the word for girl in Korean, but my real dream is to make a shirt with a picture of one of my best friends Barry on it and the words "Rock Star" under him (he died 5 years ago Dec. 16). Let me know what you think of my first attempt at stenciling. 

white speedball fabric paint on a black tshirt

white speedball fabric paint on a grey tshirt (looks black, actually a smokey grey color, that's why the paint appears sort of blue)

Oh, I also made him a spiderman shirt as he is a big spidey geek as well. 
white speedball fabric paint on black tee (think Black Spiderman after the Secret Wars)

Thanks for looking. 
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