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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "Scary" shark stencil on shirt. Ridiculously cute. on: January 13, 2006 11:45:18 AM
Got this pattern from Stencilry (under "Misc." in Kurt Hasley's stuff).  Reeeeeally easy, and turned out pretty well methinks.  Although it's the first time I've used textile medium and I have to say I'm not impressed... but I hope you like!

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Tattoo Q: Sleeves! Pricing, artists, etc. on: August 26, 2005 11:11:50 AM
I'm finally doing it.  I'm sleeving my arms.  Both of 'em.  Yep.  But I've got a couple questions for those of you who've already inked your arms, before I start this tedious process.  

1) Price?  I'm talking full-on sleeves, shoulder to wrist.  Obviously I'll do them one at a time, and they'll take quite a few sessions, but I'm curious to get a ballpark figure.  I'm counting on $3K-ish each...? Tell me if I'm way off.

2) Artist recommendations? My art in the past has been b&w, so I'd like some color recommendations.  There's a girl in Saugatuck I'll probably go to (she did my bf's tats, which turned out great), but I'm open to recommendations around Michigan, Chicago, etc.  I'm also taking a trip to Korea next spring, so I'm open to some in Japan as well (probably Tokyo/Kyoto areas). Got any?

Thanks for your help.  Most people I know with sleeves did them over a looong period of time (years), so there's no way to price them, or they got a "really good deal" (a lot of help that does me!).

It's funny... my grandpa has a bunch of ink from the war (he's an old sailor... he's got some fun ones, like "Don't monkey with my cock," etc. LOL), and he thinks it's hilarious that people pay what they do today.  I guess he paid like $50 total for all of his art.  Lucky bastard!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "The Young Ones" swap! (??) on: July 10, 2005 01:28:55 PM
No, not that awful movie.  The BBC show!  It's my favorite in the world!  Ever!

Come on... someone else has to like this show, or at least Vivian.  I've had a crush on him ever since I was little.

*crosses fingers* Hope this gets replies...

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Troma swap! (??) on: July 10, 2005 01:19:52 PM
Ooohhh... I'm making my bf some Troma stuff (also painting a Toxie mural on our living room wall, mayhaps), and thought this could be interesting (or creepy. whatever.).

Partners could specify their favorite Troma movie(s), since there's so damn many of them.

Anyone in?  Or am I the only one who likes this sort of crap?


PS - If this swap's already happened, I'll be sad.  Sad
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Military "care" package? for friend who just *had* to join the Army on: July 08, 2005 07:16:31 AM
Well, not a care package per se.  My best best best friend is in Basic right now, starting AIT (advanced individual training, I think) in a couple weeks.  I'm allowed to send anything in a box smaller than a shoebox.  I've been sending some much-coveted candy bars lately, and some photos of his dog that I'm watching, but what else can I throw in there?

Also, I'd like to make him something for his graduation (this isn't limited on size), the first time we'll see each other in 5 months! Any ideas? I liked the link (somewhere on here... I have dial-up so I don't want to take half an hour to search) where someone made a writing care package (a case with pockets for pens, paper, envelopes, playing cards, etc.), but was thinking of more of an "I've missed you a lot, asshole! You suck for joining the Army!" package (LOL). We're kinda-sorta-maybe getting married, so it can be sappy. (long story - don't ask, you'll regret it)

Any ideas? Throw 'em out here, no matter how stupid you think they are.  I guarantee they're better than anything I've thought of.


Oh, if there's already a thread to this effect, my humble dial-up apologies. Takes too long to search through the bajillions of links sometimes...  Grin
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Newbie at fairs... does it get catty? on: June 23, 2005 11:37:53 AM
We all know there are bitchy people EVERYWHERE, but I'm really nervous about doing my first craft show.  I'm pretty shy and modest about my stuff, and I'm worried about things getting catty.  Is there a pretty good community spirit at most craft shows, or do other vendors get the holier-than-thou (craftier-than-thou?) thing going?

Granted, I know criticism is to be expected, but you know what I mean....

Any words of wisdom?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My little brother's duct tape tux! (You're SOOO jealous) on: June 23, 2005 11:25:07 AM
I was going thru my digital and found this! How awesome is a 15 year-old (now 17... old pics) guy who makes his own tux!
PS - Sorry for the tiny pic - he's REALLY camera shy and that's the only one he'd let me take!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My BADASS Michael Caine stencil (lots-o-pics) on: June 16, 2005 11:52:53 AM
I looooooooove me some Michael Caine  Grin.  This stencil was a bitch and a half to cut, but I did it!  Hooray!  I'm actually embroidering over it, but despite the half-assed paint job it turned out pretty sweet! I saved the stencil and I'm gonna throw him on a T-shirt next.

Hope you like.


PS - I'm also getting Sir Michael Caine inked on my arm next month - maybe this love affair has gone too far....


Stencil (post-paint... looks kinda cool):

Result (yay!):

Bag (pre-embroidery):

I'll be posting the final results under (what else?) embroidery whenever I finish.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Harry Potter and Star stencils (plus pattern links b/c mine suck) on: June 16, 2005 11:45:10 AM
I'm still honing my painting skills, but here are 2 new shirts I made.  The first is from Harry Potter and I got the pattern from (sshhh!) www. sherbet-lemon.com.  They have iron-on transfers to print, and I reversed them.  The next is from http://ainfos.de/downloads/schablonen/index.php (thanks Zombie_Teeth for posting). Looks great, but it's too low on my boobs Sad

Hope you like, and hope someone else can do justice to the HP ones.





10  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Grand Rapids stained glass (and Jo Anne's) on: June 03, 2005 09:30:47 AM
I know there's another place in Cherry Hill (on Cherry just off of Lake), or there used to be, but there's an awesome glass place behind Schuler's (in the same building) on 28th St. (store is actually on 29th St.).

I'm not much of a stained glass person myself (a little to hard on the budget), but they have tons of great glass scraps and pieces they sell by the pound (I usually get a giant boxful for $10 or so).  Really fun for suncatchers, mosaics, birdbaths (although you have to grind down the edges so you don't cut the birds' feet), etc.

It's always nice to find somewhere better than Hobby Lobby (I HATE that store, but sometimes it's the only choice!), although I'm still pretty partial to Jo Anne's...

By the way, if anyone reads this in the next month, Jo Anne's is having sales on lots of cool "Retro" homeware, like salt and pepper shakers, plates, etc.  It's all 50% off, and most of it was priced $1 to begin with.  I just furnished my new kitchen for $20! Just a thought...

Enough of my tangent.  Hope this helps someone out.

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