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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Projects! on: September 20, 2010 12:55:13 PM
So I've never really posted my work here before, because I'm pretty shy about telling people in general that I do creative things. I've only been making jewelry for about a year now, anyhow. However, no time like the present right??

Here you go! I work mostly with glass, chain and some gemstones. As you can see, I kinda like natural materials, texture and chunk a LOT!

Sorry, this photo in particular is quite busy:

This one in particular is probably my favorite:

As you can see, my designs are pretty simple in construction, but I'd like to think they are kind of unique looking.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What color background would you use... on: September 20, 2010 12:15:32 PM
to photograph this?

I feel like the white is getting lost in the light wood color. Also, if I make it brighter, the white really gets lost even further, but as it is, I feel the picture is really too dark.  Black seemed like the other obvious choice, but would it overpower the wood beads and then the rich brown color would also be lost? Possibly red? But would that make the picture have an overall too red tint?  I'm really new to the crafting for profit realm and have no photographic skill whatsoever. Obviously everything can be edited, but I'd like to minimize the amount of time correcting my mistakes because I'm not that great with photoshop.

Any ideas?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Graduation Gift for my Major Professor? on: May 05, 2009 12:13:47 PM
Help! I'm running out of time to get a graduation present for my major professor. I've been working with him on my master's for the last two years and need to do something for him to say thank you for his efforts. Since he's done so much for me, I'd like to make him something handmade to make it a little more special. Here's a little bit of info:

40ish, male voice (classical singing) professor/instructor at a major university where he teaches a large voice studio, also professional singer as well. He and his partner are definitely BIG gourmands but I'd rather not go the wine route as I've given this to him before.  They also entertain a lot by having people over for dinner. They're style is kind of modern, but comfortable and they have IMPECABLE taste, so it needs to be something that doesn't look too "crafty". They do a lot of work on maintaining their gorgeous house, and stuff with music is always appreciated. I know they are also interested in homeopathic remedies for illnesses and stuff.

Any ideas? I'm fresh out!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A fabric question for those that have made the infinity dress on: April 30, 2009 06:15:13 PM
Did anyone use anything other than cotton jersey to make this dress? I'm thinking of making this to wear as a gown for some concerts that I'm singing in Italy this summer, and I'd like to know if anyone has used another fabric to make this. From the looks of how it's constructed, it seems like I might have a few options (perhaps silk charmeuse?), but I'd like to know before I go and spend the money on nice fabric if anyone has suggestions or horror stories!

I could probably make it in matte jersey, but if I like it, I might be inclined to more than one anyway....
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Using peanut butter in a scrub? on: April 22, 2009 10:22:19 AM
Does anyone have any experience with adding peanut butter to skin care, particularly a sugar scrub? After realizing I had no coffee in my house, I came up with the idea of a peanut butter-chocolate scrub after my favorite food combo. Are there any pros and cons to adding this to a body scrub? Would anyone suggest anything different in place of peanut butter to achieve the same flavor/smell combo? Perhaps using peanut oil and combining with cocoa or cocoa butter? Any ideas? I might have already started experimenting with this, but I'm not happy with the first batch, so I'll wait to post pictures until I feel like I've gotten it right.

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Newbie facial scrub question on: April 20, 2009 10:26:07 PM
This is my stab at bath products, being only recently introduced into the crafting world by way of a new sewing machine this christmas. I'm branching out now and trying more new things, and was given a sample of a homemade sugar body scrub at my store during one of our normal Saturday demos (I work for Whole Foods). It was AMAZING, and I remember that the recipe called for coffee, sugar and Vitamin E (I think?). Is there anything else in the house that might work instead of the Vitamin E? I'd like to make up some more, but I'm kinda limited on funds at the moment. I read somewhere else that Vitamin tends to last longer than some other oils. Is there something else I could use with a similar shelf life that will get my skin looking as fantastic as the Vitamin E?

BTW, I just have to comment that I've posted on other kinds of forums, and I LOVE how helpful, kind and supportive everyone here seems to be of others' work. It makes a noob like me feel comfortable enough to ask questions from the more experienced!
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