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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: J.C. on: July 10, 2008 05:08:42 PM
Ha..I too grew up in Indiana- Bloomington by way of Brown County. My father went to HS with "the coog" and I remember when I was a girl going to some adult parties at the home of one of my parents friends , and there he was in all his Hoosier glory, sitting on a bar stool, singing and playing guitar. This was way back when he was called JohnNY Cougar and wore eye make-up on his album cover. I think someone at the record label was trying to pass him off as new wave. Also, one of my good childhood friends, Stevie, had a prominent part in the "Pink Houses" video.

So, needless to say- I love your piece. It brought up some good memories and made me homesick. Art moves you, right? Thanks.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Pinhole Camera madness! Warning - tons of pics! on: April 18, 2008 07:00:01 AM
these are so great! I love b/w photography. i grew up with a dad who had a drkroom- so I have fond memories/a soft spot for it.

I esp love the 2nd 2 b/w, and the very last one. To me they have a ghostly, almost other-worldly feel to them that I really like a lot.

I made a couple of pinholes when I was a wee lass (w/ the help of my dad)- but that has been 20 yrs ago now. I had no idea you could convert junky 35mms. (I also like those because the plastic lenses of the really cheap ones give a cool look- you can even scratch them a bit- or CAREFULLY rub with sandpaper for a neat effect. it is something fun to experiment with with cheap thrift store cameras) Once I get my thesis turned in I will have to try it out.

Thanks for the super cool post- and the great new idea.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Tofu question - Chinese take-out? on: April 17, 2008 10:38:06 AM
Yes, baking it works well. Also, if you live somewhere that you have access to a Asian supermarket- you can get all kinds of pre-packaged tofu that is great for adding to home cooked dishes. It is always v. firm and yummy (sometimes you can get cubes that have been pre fried, not the best in they way of health but so yummy!)- not the kind in the carton with the gross liquid. If you can get it- try the kind called "dry tofu" it has a dark brown skin- and it is so delicious. Slice it super thin and stir fry it with your fave veggies.

best part- it is usually v cheap- like 1.50 for enough to make 2 meals.

good luck
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Target Ankle Bracelet on: April 15, 2008 05:24:25 AM
That is a v. cute idea. Can't wait to see the belt. I love it when one craft idea morphs into another (or sometimes, many others.)

Did your experiment work w/the mag pages? I have had that same idea, but haven't tried it yet. if it works and you like how it turns out- please post a photo!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: "DoggieBag" on: April 09, 2008 05:47:36 AM
this "rocks" for sure.

Your ingenuity is apparent here- as well as the fact that you are a super friend. All wrapped up with a cute dog inside.

You made my morning- well done!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme Birdhouses and Lawn Ornaments made from reclaimed wood. on: April 09, 2008 05:35:30 AM
AMAZING. That is one of the best, coolest things I have seen in a v long time. The fact that it is done with reclaimed wood makes it that much better.I read things all the time about people recycling wood, window panes, fixtures out of oul homes- but this is definately one of the most original ideas I have seen.

Thanks for sharing.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recoloring/dying/other a leather purse on: April 08, 2008 06:15:29 AM
There is this stuff you can get, usually at shoe-repair places- it comes in a spray can and you spray it right on the object you want to color. I used it to color a brown leather jacket ages ago, and it held up very well. I do not know if it is paint, dye or what- but I never had a problem with flaking.

Also you could do a search for "tandy leather" on the web. It is a leather supply shop (yardage of leather, tools, etc.) They used to have a storefront where I live, but it closed ages ago. If they have a website, I am sure that they will have something suitable.

But, try the shoe hospital idea, if they do not have they spray, they might have on-site leather dying services.

It is a cute purse, I hope you can find a solution.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: A "statement" necklace on: April 08, 2008 05:30:10 AM
I love it- I would wear a necklace like that in a heartbeat. It will definately make a BOLD statement paired with a simple black dress. Your friend is one lucky girl.

good job!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: CHANEL Knockoff Bag..Picture Heavy ^__^ on: April 07, 2008 07:51:01 AM
I looked at the profile for the person who left that mean/unnecessary post- they have not been active on this site since they left it. They must have decided craftster wasn't for them. Besides, she has many facts wrong. There are PLENTY of Chanels made of fabric- and yes, they do make totes (I know, I am a fashion mag junky- have subs to harpers, w, etc- I know my brands, even if I can't afford any of it).People have weird motivations for things they do, that even they might not understand. But really, that post was just mean.

Besides what girl doesnt love a chanel, real or otherwise (I am a head to toe tattooed psychology graduate student who thrifts or makes nearly everything I wear- and i have tons of "chanel" jewelry that I have gotten at swap meets, etc- they look great with my 40's dresses and granny glasses!)

I thought the bag  was v. sweet, keep it up.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Woodland Super Cute Girls Set on: April 03, 2008 06:52:56 AM
that cape is the best thing ever! I'm 36- and I'm thinking of making myself one!

The whole outfit is adorable. The colors remind me of something I would have worn crowing up in  the 70's.

love it.
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