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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Celebrating entrance into womanhood!- updated with pictures! on: March 17, 2006 06:06:20 AM
Hello to all!

I am having a craft conundrum. I am looking to do something to celebrate my younger sister's entrance into womanhood. She isn't there yet, but I want to be able to celebrate her when the time comes.

So many women remember thier first bleeding with disgust and shame. I never want her to feel that way. I want her to feel like she is moving into another phase of her life, leaving some parts of childhood behind and picking up a few pieces of womanhood.  I wish that someone had thrown me a shin-dig when I started bleeding!  We don't live in the same place, so I'd have to either be able to send her things or do them when we are together.

So far I was thinking-
send her a copy of 'our bodies our selves'
plant a tree/shrub
send her a red piece of clothing ( shirt)

How were you celebrated? What would have you wanted? What did you do to celebrate your sisters/neices/friends/daughters?


Ok...so after 10 pages of amazing ideas and stories and two years of thinking and procrastinating on the package...it finally came together! I am pleased to report that it was well recieved!

The package finally contained:
a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves
a journal and pen
homemade heat packs
red and black period panties
bag to hold pads/pons

There was so much more that I could have put in and considered doing so. I think that I will continue sending her books, articles, fun things that celebrate her as a woman and person. I would have like that!

Just want to say thank you to everyone for your help, suggestions, and stories. Thank you for sharing.
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / textile medium, acryllic paint and cracking on: January 20, 2006 11:40:07 AM
Quick question to all of your crafty stencilers!

Do you find that you get more or less cracks in the paint when you use acryllic paint and textile medium?

When ever I just stencil with acyrillic paint, it never seems to crack. When I add textile medium, it does. Am I doing something wrong here? Does anyone else have this problem?

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / No! I won't make/fix/sew/knit your....!! on: January 17, 2006 12:49:51 PM
I have come to realize that my friends and co-workers may only love me because of my skills with a needle. ( I'm kidding. Maybe) I've helped more than a few people with costumes, hemming pants, sewing patches, making hats, knitting scarves, sewing buttons, and there seems to be no end in site.  The person whoes pants I hemmed blammed me for them now being too short despite the fact that she chose the length to be hemmed  at. Grrrr.

I don't mind helping people and teaching them, but many people don't actually care to learn and just want it done for them. I hate having to rearrange my schedule to help people with their clothing emergencies.

How do you all let others know that you won't be sewing/knitting/crafting their latest whatever? Especially when they don't care to learn? Do you try to teach anyway or pass them off to someone else who knows? I don't want to be really snarky, but I feel that may be the answer. I am also NOT ok with loaning out my sewing machine. ( yes, people have out right asked to borrow it when they are not sewers. um..no!)

There has to be a better way than outright snarkiness!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Box of goodies for support/love/feel better on: January 13, 2006 07:14:00 AM
I am hoping that all of you crafty folks can help me with a care package/feel better/no matter what you do I support you box..( that was a bit long..yikes!)
My good friend is going through a rough time right now, with work, just breaking up with the boyfriend, car problems, and a health scare , ect..
She is 23, a 1st grade teacher, loves the color green, into romatic comedies, chick lit, penguins, and the color pink. ( I sound like I am writing a personal ad for her! ha!)
I want to put together a box of things/stuff to help her and let her know that she is loved. Essentially, what I am asking is...what would you want during a rough time that you make you feel better or stress less or reassure you that you are loved?

So far I am planning on sending her lotion that she loves, a card, chocolate, ...

Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks in advance you craft masters!

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knit shrug/bolero jacket thing on: January 04, 2006 02:26:36 PM

I'm hoping that one of you fabulous crafty people will be able to help me out. I am looking for a way ( pattern..ect.) to knit a shrug. When I say shrug I mean..sleeves of a sweater plus a back to cover shoulders, but no front.

I was thinking I could essentially knit a scarf then sew it up, but if there are patterns for this kind of thing...I'm in!

16  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / birds and banner on: November 28, 2005 03:47:11 PM
Here is one of my embroidery projects and my second picture post to Craftster! My apologies in advance for the picture!

 The jacket is from Target and I bought it to embroider. It makes it so much more fun to wear! I have since filled in the banner...it now says Crafty in gold metallic thread. ( what a pain to work with!)

17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / pirates and wings..oh my! on: November 28, 2005 03:24:04 PM
Here are my latest stenciling adventrues. The pirates were inspired by my 11 year old sister and the wings by some rockin' Crafster member.
Criticism and advice and any thing else is handy!

( I have my fingers crossed that this picture thing works. I am NOT a computer master.)
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Fake Blood (threads merged) on: October 19, 2005 10:12:15 AM

I was wondering if anyone knew how to make fake blood for Halloween. I am planning on wearing the blood and needing plenty of it, so I figured that it would be easier to make than buy tube after tube after tube!

Also- does anyone know how to create a black eye? I know that there has to be a make-up master here that has some tips!

Any help at all is really appreciated! Happy Halloween crafting y'all!
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Excuse me?!?! Dumpster Diving on: May 12, 2005 11:39:33 AM
It is the end of the semster here and everyone is cleaning out their dorm/house/apartment. This means that there is tons and tons and tons of free stuff just lying around! People seem more willing to throw stuff away then donate it or take it home with them.

I went by the huge dumpsters that the school puts out for large items and came home with so much awesome junk! I went looking for an egg-crate for my bed and came home with 2. Plus silk flowers, posterboard, a cool new t-shirt, giant post-it note paper and cd's!

There are futon frames, old posters, more wood than you can shake a stick at, folders, art, clothes, craft supplies, and so much more!

I would were closed toe shoes if I were you ( you never know what you are going to find in a dumpster!). Lots of stuff is just sitting on people's trash piles too.

So much good stuff for the taking!
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