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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knock-off Star Trek Captain Bathrobe on: November 18, 2012 08:48:16 AM
Just dropping in to complain. I haven't been able to get this amazingly cool bathrobe wholly out of my mind ever since MistressT posted it, so a few weeks ago I picked up a shawl collar bathrobe pattern at a sale. Then I made the mistake of asking my husband what color/job he'd like to have, assuming he'd go for either command gold or "operations" red. He picked science officer blue. Guess what color is hardest to match?

Gold fleece is easy to find. I can find suitably red flannel or fleece. Science officer blue is so elusive I may have to go with the "periwinkle" fleece at Hancock's, though it's not quite right and I have a hard time imagining Mr. Spock wearing anything called periwinkle; still, it's better than the powder blue, which is what I mostly find.

Solutions would seem to be:
1. Give up. Don't make super cool ST robe. Allow husband to continue stealing my plush winter robe.
2. Live with fact otherwise super cool robe is inadequately blue.
3. Present husband with robe in color of my choice, saying "But you're the captain of our little Enterprise, honey" or "You know you have an engineering mind and, besides, Scottish accents are sexy".
4. Make myself a gold robe first, then tell husband he has to be a redshirt because I'm the captain and I say so. Any insubordination and he'll be sent on an away mission. Cheesy

There's also "Continue dithering until cold weather is past, then expand search to include less warm fabrics", but that seems like less of a solution and more of a delaying tactic.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: turned a neckline from a mens t shirt into a female one on: September 11, 2012 07:17:45 PM
What a clever idea those folds are! It gives an interesting look, while solving a common problem.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Netted Mobius Scarf with matching fingerless gloves on: September 03, 2012 07:18:27 PM
Very nice!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Elastic Waist Dress on: September 02, 2012 08:28:14 PM
I like yours much better than the inspiration piece.
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Faith Hope and Love in China on: September 01, 2012 12:28:10 PM
This is beautiful.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 31, 2012 10:28:33 PM
I also wanted to say I really enjoyed the summer semester at Hogwarts. It was cool seeing all the different stuff people came up with for the assignments. I didn't get to all the assignments I planned to do, but I had fun with what I did. I liked peeking in here during a hectic week, like this past one. I also got some good ideas for later. One take-away I'm glad for is eiseldora passing on the idea of "blessing bags"; I'd never heard of them before, and, although I seldom encounter homeless people, I've already passed the idea on. Thanks to pinkleo for starting this.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 31, 2012 10:14:27 PM
I hope everyone who might have been in Hurricane Isaac's path is safe and sound.

Jenleahlynn, I really like your swirly sweatshirt. I need something with swirlies like that.

CHughes, I like your Gryffindor badge. I may be a Ravenclaw, but I do love a lion rampant.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 31, 2012 10:04:13 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Shirt Called Charlie Brown
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Muggle children used to be very fond of an animated character called Charlie Brown; sitting in front of the moving picture box and watching this poor loser try to put on a Christmas play used to be a cherished part of the build-up to Christmas for Muggles (in America, at least). Charlie Brown always wore the same striped yellow shirt, and I've made a loose replica for a little wizard of my acquaintance.
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29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 31, 2012 09:51:43 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention with Snape
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: First Attempt at Hairsticks
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Several years ago, when I made a few sets of wooden knitting needles from dowels, I also cut and sanded down dowels for two pair of hair sticks that I never made. (And an additional set of knitting needles.) There was too much time spent sanding these things down to discard--really, they're nearly as smooth as a baby's bottom. Last week or the week before one of my beloved old, wooden, commercially purchased hair sticks cracked. None of the stores I visited had any, so I figured I had to make some. I filched some chopsticks from a Chinese restaurant before I remembered these ready to paint and tip ones. They're colored with metallic bronze Sharpie and tipped (poorly) with copper polymer clay. I like the bronze color, but I need to do better with the top part on my next pair.
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I'll be seeing people in Detention next semester.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 31, 2012 09:36:27 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fibonacci-striped Square
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I used the Fibonacci sequence to select how many stripes of each color to use on my small afghan. I found this Gryffindor colors Jiffy Lion Brand (how apropos!) yarn in a thrift store ages ago, finally decided it wanted to be a back-of-the-couch afghan this winter, and finally made it this summer. I ran out of gold yarn on the last set of stripes and, multiple trips to stores later, discovered the gold color had been added to the clearance section of LB's website; anyone who wants any should buy it now.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Timely Reminder
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Medievals liked to make pictures with a "memento mori" (remember you will die) lesson to them. I figure moderns could use the reminder too, but I'm not much of an artist. I made memento mori sachets stuffed with dried rosemary from my (now dead!) rosemary bush; rosemary is for remembrance, according to Shakespeare, old herbals, and some modern research.
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The back of the sachets have another reminder.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bad Omen/Good Omen
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I wasn't going to do anything for Divination, but then I got interested in the wording of the assignment--a good or bad omen. I assume it meant one or the other, but I got interested in the idea of something that could be both. And I thought of crosses and crucifixes. They were originally a device of tortuous execution and the object of horror and shame, because of the pain, death, and criminality they would be associated with. But under Christian thinking they became associated with good, because Christians believe that a particular death on a cross became the pathway to life--that the worst thing that could possibly happen (God took on human flesh and humans brutally murdered him) became the best thing that could happen. Since then crosses and crucifixes have taken on cultural associations with goodness, such as the power to turn back vampires in classic horror fiction.

I made a purple bookmarks (purple has an association with Jesus' Passion in Catholic culture), one with a cross and one with a crucifix. (The cross one was a gift to departing co-worker and earned me a hug!) I also made a purple cord dangling crucifix for my rearview window, sort of an alternative to the more common looped over rosary.

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