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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: December 12, 2013 08:14:10 AM
I dyed my bangs red and I want to do the rest as well. (I bleached it and then used Manic Panic dye.) I have more bleach, but I don't have enough "creme developer" to bleach the rest of my hair, and I won't have time to go to the store for over a week (finals and no car).
What does creme developer do for bleach? Do I need it? For instance, if it's just for the consistency, can I use conditioner instead?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Can't Stop the Signal" notebook on: August 13, 2013 08:40:22 AM
I go to the University of Notre Dame, the one with the Golden DomeTM and the big ego. (I actually think they might have trademarked "Golden Dome." It's the sort of thing they'd do if they could get away with it.) I picked up a free notebook from Admissions when I was hosting a prospie, because I like notebooks. This one had "ND" on it in raised letters and said "Home is where the dome is" on the back. Inside, interspersed with the actual paper, it had inspiring, romantic, gag-making, drunk-on-kool-aid quotes about Notre Dame, which I tore out as soon as my prospie wasn't looking. Seriously, our admissions propaganda is indistinguishable from my older sister's parody of our admissions propaganda. It's very sad.
I finally got around to painting it:

Because I like space and Firefly and free speech.
This is what it looks like open:

I'm pleased with the symmetry given that I free-handed it, only looking at one side at a time, but I wish it didn't look quite so much like the gravity funnel from that episode of Doctor Who where they're orbiting a black hole.
Here's a detail of the planet and the writing:

You can still sort of see the pencil guidelines. Oops. I wish I could get rid of the "ND."

What do you think? Comments are always appreciated! Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Making the basement a habitable tornado shelter - Part 1: Lots of "Before" pics on: June 19, 2013 08:25:37 PM
DH is an exterminator and he said that the bug you found was a centipede.  I disagree with him b/c the legs are so long!  But then he told me if I didn't believe him to look up 'centipede' on the internet; and I didn't really want to.   Tongue

Haha, I totally support that. Thanks for the info!

But I also would have given up on living there after finding all the issues wrong with the wiring, etc...
Luckily most if it's not connected to anything any more, so it's just kind of funny. Smiley
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Making the basement a habitable tornado shelter - Part 1: Lots of "Before" pics on: June 14, 2013 09:18:21 PM
My sister and I and a friend are renting a house near our college while I take a summer class and they have summer jobs. We're in the Midwest and the other day we had to sit in the basement for a tornado warning. The basement is super dusty and my sister has allergies, and also I like disaster preparedness and making my own life difficult, so I appointed myself to be the basement into a decent tornado shelter. My sister extracted a promise that I wouldn't become a crazy stockpiler, and I started cleaning. Here are the "before" pictures, and I'll update as the place turns into somewhere we can comfortably sit out tornado warnings and sleep if necessary.

Oh. My. Gosh. This basement hasn't been cleaned in years. I, on the other hand, am going to get cleaned ASAP.

Hi guys.

So here's the basement before any serious rearranging and decorating, but after a lot of cobweb-removal. You start down the stairs:

Okay, it's kind of grubby and the stairs themselves aren't in great shape, but it's an inexpensive rental for college students. No big deal.

You keep going.

There's something HVAC-y leading out through what used to be some sort of door. And yes, that's a coat hook holding the ex-door shut.


You turn the corner and come out into the basement proper:

Okay, slightly sketchy college-student basement. Whatever.

There's some basic basement stuff: random things previous tenants left, the furnace, a no-longer-functional laundry sink. There's also water pipes coming out of the ceiling and draining into...

...a trash can with a pump in it. Why, what do you have in your basement?

Also we have a tank that holds or used to hold some sort of gas.

Peace, y'all. (ETA: Turns out it's part of a water softener. Thanks, Housemate's Father!)

You know that scene in all those movies where they take the hero down into an incredible janky basement and plunk him in a chair and interrogate and/or torture him?

Yeah, they filmed it in my house.

Today I mostly swept dust and cobwebs out of the rafters. There are diagonal supports going between the rafters that collect so much dust the first time I swept a clump down I thought it was a dead mouse. I'm betting that by the time I'm done sweeping I'll have a pound or two of dirt to throw away. And speaking of cobwebs, look what I found in one of them:

Does anyone have any idea what it was when it was alive? (ETA: Turns out it's a centipede. Thanks, LadybugsAndBumblebees!)

Next I'm going to sweep off the walls and the air pipes, then wash the windows. I'm also going to do something about the wiring. The ceiling is full of about thirteen different systems of electrical wiring, most of which seem to date from a century before the house was built. Here's a taste:

But that really doesn't do it justice. Imagine if you were staying at someone's house and borrowed their computer, and then went to them and said, "Why have you installed Internet Explorer and Firefox and Chrome and Opera and Safari and Seamonkey? Also, you have a Linux virtual machine on which you're using Wine to run IE again. WTH?" and they just said, "Don't ask, man." Yeah, that's what the wiring in my basement is like.

Once it's decently clean, I'm going to fix up some shelves and store some food and water, flashlights, first aid kit, that sort of thing. I'm also planning on retro Civil Defense signs to label the shelves. Wish me luck!


I wear size nine shoes.
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to make shoe soles? In any way, shape, or form? on: September 28, 2012 10:07:36 PM
When you say rubber mats, what sort of rubber do you mean?
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Hunger Games hat! on: September 28, 2012 03:19:22 PM
Way back when, when the Hunger Games movie came out, I wanted a Mockingjay pin, but I didn't feel like shelling out ten dollars for one on the internet, so I made myself one out of shrinky-dink. Then I decided on a whim to make myself a military-style beret and wear the pin as a beret flash.

I'm in the rebel army now! This is also the face I made for my passport photo.

They're showing the movie on my campus so I dug the hat out again, and then I put on makeup and took webcam photos 'cause I didn't want to study Chinese.

This is the snapshot I send home to my family in District 11.

Military people out there, please, judge not my salute.

Don't you know there's a war on?

It turned out way too gathered and ruffly to look properly military. Oh well. Also the blue reminds me of U.N. peacekeeping troops, which reminds me of Peacekeepers, so it's sort of a fail. But that's the fleece I had on hand.
Thanks for looking! What do you think?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sailor top, and new buttons on my shorts! on: September 02, 2012 11:40:51 AM
Thank you! Smiley
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Mechanical Owls on: August 23, 2012 04:06:12 AM
These are all so cool!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sailor top, and new buttons on my shorts! on: August 19, 2012 09:15:37 PM
Thank you all so much! Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sailor top, and new buttons on my shorts! on: August 14, 2012 05:13:22 PM
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them. Smiley
If it's the insert-y part in front peeking out above the collar, something non-stretchy like twill tape or a woven fabric's selvedge or something sturdy that keeps its shape like clear elastic threaded through the top seam might keep it from gaping if it is.
Ah, that helps a lot. Thanks a million!
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