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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I want to make this shirt on: May 26, 2006 05:47:25 PM
I have been holding onto the photos for the longest time and really want to make a shirt that's identical or somewhat similar.

I'm not a great seamstress, I can put a zipper in and throw in some darts. I don't know if I could accomplish pintucking.

Any ideas? Please? I am assuming the fabric is linen or another lightweight woven cotton.

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Papa John's Garlic Sauce recipe?? on: October 29, 2005 06:58:28 PM
it's more of a butter-flavored oil with garlic seasoning. i looked up the nutrition info to see what was in it. Papa john's site didn't say what was in it but with 150 calories and 17 grams of fat for the little tub, I'm pretty sure it's just oil.

like the previous poster said, melt some real butter and throw in some garlic powder and you have the same thing.

i love the special seasoning you get with the thin crust pizzas.
3  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Re: memphis SnB on: October 09, 2005 11:44:59 AM
awesome! I'll check it out. I've wondered if there was one around here.
4  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Re: TN Festivals & Events on: October 09, 2005 11:44:03 AM
Repair Days Weekend
October 14, 15, and 16.
National Ornamental Metal Museum
Memphis, TN

Bring broken metal items for skilled craftsmen and women to fix! jewelry, kitchen knives, any sort of object made of metal. There are hands-on activities in which you can cast things, make jewelry, and learn blacksmithing.

It's free to get in and watch the work, and if you have a repair reciept you can visit the musuem for free. The hands-on activities have a minimal fee. All the money raised goes to the museum.


5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Artistic-y jobs, anyone? on: October 09, 2005 11:34:55 AM
I followed somewhat the same path as batgirl.
I work as a registrar in a museum. Meaning, I got a degree in art and I don't wait tables.

Seriously, though. I started as an intern/volunteer. That seems to be a big starting off point. Most people who have these kinds of jobs stay in them forever and as much as I hate the term, if you want to succeed and move up and get lucrative positions, networking is key. (networking is the term I hate). When I was an intern, I came 3-4 times a week and worked almost a full day. Mainly I wanted to get my internship over, but I was dedicated to what I was doing. At the time, I developed an educational booklet for students about our museum. (oh, by the way, this is the museum I work for http://www.metalmuseum.org ). I ended my internship and got my degree. I was called back 4 months later, asked if I wanted to catalog slides. I said yes, because it was much better than working at sporadic catering gigs and leasing apartments. I don't get paid much, but I have medical insurance. Which is good, because 2 months after I started I found out I was going to have a baby. So I sat and cataloged slides in a really bad database. Then I went on maternity leave and when I came back 4 months later I was made the registrar. The lady who had done it before didn't really do much in all the years she was there so she was not there any more.

I got to completely overhaul the library, slide management system, and website. I campaigned to get an easier collections software for our library and archives. The one we had before was obsolete and not very user friendly, besides it was geared toward law and corporate libraries, not museums. I also handle incoming and outgoing loans, accessioning new pieces to our collection, and keep paperwork for exhibits and permanent collections. I work on the website when I can. And like batgirl, I also scan and catalogue a library of about 25,000 images from slides of metal art, architecture, processes, etc. I catalogue books for the library our museum is opening in 2007. It's a big job, and one I feel will set a foundation for my career in other museums. Then hopefully I'll be able to demand a higher salary. I plan to go back to school and get at least a museum studies certification, if not a master's degree. My family and I are hoping to move to southern california in the future.

If you want to work in museums, I suggest checking out the American Association of Museums. They have a lot of special interest committees and resources for people working in the museum field.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: cherry blossoms stained glass embroidery on: September 16, 2005 12:37:15 PM
thank you so much you guys.

I actually entered it in the regional fair because i wanted to blow those grannies out of the water.

I have been playing with the mucha print and I think I'm satisfied with the pattern. It's going to be about 7 1/2 " wide and 10 inches tall. It's going to take me forever! I've simplified it for my own sanity, as you can see. It's going to take long enough as it is without minute details that I am not confident in doing, like the detail in the sleeve and on the dress (the pattern), and some of the flowers to the left that look like carnations. My daughter's middle name is Lily, so I wanted to focus on the lilies. I figured it would be ok for me to take some liberty with it. At the end of the month I will have extra money to buy the floss colors I dont have yet and get sharp needles and maybe a sturdier fabric than I worked on with the cherry blossom piece.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: cherry blossoms stained glass embroidery on: September 12, 2005 11:19:56 AM
aww, thanks everyone! I'm quite proud of it, I didn't know how I would do with such a detailed project. It came out exactly as I hoped, and you can't ask for anything better than that!

Ming, I've been doing embroidery for a few months now. I've done some tshirts for my baby but never anything this complicated.

Cherry Blossom --I love art nouveau too. My daughter's middle name is Lily so this will be for her. I have to play with it a bit in photoshop to block it out so I can create an embroidery pattern from it. I've been playing with it but it may come down to freehand blocking.

Adaquinn- It's about 7" x 7"
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / cherry blossoms stained glass embroidery on: September 11, 2005 02:37:11 PM
This is my first large scale embroidery project. I have had it mounted and framed since this picture was taken and it's for a friend's wedding. I completed it in about 3 weeks.

This is the picture I worked from. I transferred the pattern from a print out of the image, with carbon paper taped to the back. I used a small blunt tool to trace it out onto my fabric.

this is the pattern transferred

and various stages of progress:

And completed!

9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / My kid's shirt goes Vroom! on: July 14, 2005 08:55:44 AM
this is my first ever embroidery project, on a shirt for my 8.5 month old daughter.
I haven't ironed it or put interfacing on the back yet, it's hot off the hoops.
I'm addicted. Seriously, I can't wait to start embroidering everything.



10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / cutting vinyl albums on: January 14, 2005 06:54:51 AM
what is the most precise, efficient way to cut vinyl albums?  handheld tools, please, as i have no access to jigsaws or bandsaws.

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