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11  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Pie? on: September 27, 2005 10:20:43 PM
  Okay, now I'm gonna sound dumb.   How do you make homemade pumpkin pie?  Please stop laughing.  I know how to "gut" my pumpkin for carving, and I know how to pull out the seeds to roast them.  Yummy!  But the only way I've made pumpkin pie is with canned pumpkin.  Soooo...how do I prepare the pumpkin mash to make it filling for my pie?  Do I just beat or mash it until smooth, and then add spices as usual? 
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Jack and Sally shirts-advice? on: September 22, 2005 03:31:20 AM
First of all, sorry if similar questions have been answered.  I didn't happen to find them, but please point me in the right direction.

I'm thinking of making matching Jack and Sally shirts, from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The Jack shirt would be for my boyfriend, and I'm thinking about giving him it for Christmas.  The Sally shirt would be for me, sorta like a his and hers squishy romantic thing.  However, at the same time, they can be worn seperately.  I'm also thinking about going into photoshop, etc, and adding the quote, "We can be like jack and sally if we want"  It's from Blink 182's Miss You, and that happens to be our song, as we laughed and sang too it when it came out.  Sap, sap.

So, my questions are as follows:

Anyone know any website,etc, where I can find easily transferred pics of Jack and Sally?  It can be movie stills, or anything else.  It can even be unusal, as in someone's original art, etc (don't worry, I'd credit them).

Has anyone photoshopped any of their transfers in here?  Any advice, tips, etc?  I haven't transferred in a LOOONNNG time.

Also, I'll be looking around in here for any tutes you awesome craftsters have provided.  Your shirts all look awesome, and I want mine to look nice as well (especially if it's to be a romantic gift!).  Any and all tips and advice would be appreciated, as would your opinions on this idea.
13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / shampoo concentrate? on: September 05, 2005 04:13:58 PM
   Has anyone tried this?  I read on a frugality website that you can buy shampoo concentrate from local beauty supply stores by the gallon, thus making yourself about eight gallons of shampoo.  Not only would this be a big savings it would be better for the environment because I wouldn't be using all of those shampoo bottles.  And I could scent my shampoo too!  But I'm worried it would be rough on my hair.  My hair isn't high maitenance at all, but it is a bit on the oily side and I'd hate to make it greasy.

Any advice, tips?
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Anyone making ornaments? on: September 01, 2005 11:13:40 PM
  I just came up with a nice and (nearly) free idea for Christmas ornaments.  Instead of making one post just for my idea, I thought I'd see if anyone else had any projects for the tree.

 All you need are pictures (magazine clippings/photos, anything), clear contact paper, a hole punch, and thread or ornament hooks.   Take a piece of paper, paint the back of your art, or leave it plain.  Sandwich the contact paper (sticky side out), the paper, and the picture, and place the sticky side of the contact paper down again.  Leave extra around the edges to punch a hole for hanging.  Make sure edges are sealed.

Okay, it isn't the most amazing idea.  I came up with it looking through a Hallmark catalog, thinking that the ornaments were amazing but I didn't have enough money to spend $20 a piece.  That's when this project came to mind, using the catalog so I can have my DIY version of a Hallmark Christmas!  (I have a mini tree so the ornaments will be well proprotioned- use larger pics or collage together if you use a catalog.)
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Floor Rug-Advice and Experimentation on: September 01, 2005 02:32:45 PM
   I'm in desperate need of floor rugs for my apartment (the carpet is cheap, stained, and generally blah).  The other day I lucked out and curb found a nice sized rug.  It's in good shape (not to well worn, no rips or tears, solid back) but it's beige and black, and on the beige there are multiple stains.  These stains look like merely dirt or mud, and some came off of the rug with a good vacuuming.  But a lot of them remain.

  The easiest solution is to cover or remove the stains.  Does anyone have any good advice for doing this?

  If the stains won't come out, I have a few more ideas. 
  1.  Use paint or fabric markers, color designs over the stains
  2.  Somehow dye the entire rug
  3.  Somehow adhere another fabric to the top of the rug, essentially making a new rug.

Anyone have any advice on paints I could use, or any experience dying a floor rug?  Any advice on the most durable fabric if I decide to make a new rug?  If I go that route, I'll probably pick a furry or shaggy fabric so that I can staple the fabric down and still be able to use the rug, as well as not seeing staples.  I don't think that sewing is much of an option, as I have no sewing machine and the rug is pretty thick.

Any other ideas anyone would like to throw out?  I'm open to anything.  It's going to be placed under our dining room table for now, so it's not necessarily going to be constantly walked on, but I do want it to be functional.  Thanks!
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / What's everyone doing for Halloween this year??? on: August 28, 2005 01:57:35 PM
Well, seeing as how it's nearly September and Autumn is in the air (well, I wish it was here in CA!), I thought I would start a Halloween thread to see what everyone is planning.  I love Halloween, and even though usually we don't do much and I can't decorate my entire house this year (roommates, ugh) I'm not letting anything get me down.  I've got my costume picked out (I'm going out Clockwork Orange style, baby!  My hair's perfect for the part, and all I need is the derby hat and cane, and to put the design under my eye.), and I have a balcony to decorate this year!  I'm going to carve a couple pumpkins (I'm using all these cool designs as inspiration), make a wreath, put up some spiderweb and maybe make some gravestones.  I think I'm going to make record bowls as candy bowls.  And of course, I'm breaking out the cool punchbowl set my beau bought me last Halloween.  My boyfriend is probably going to compile a Halloween CD like he does every year.

Now, the only thing I don't have worked out for certains is how to make this holiday a bit more cozy and romantic.  We don't have a ton of friends, and sometimes the boy gets depressed because our roomies (who used to be close friends, but now...eh)like to party with asshats.  So I'm thinking we'll be retreating into our quarters the later part of the evening to enjoy some classic horror movies, etc.  But I'm trying to find a way to make it feel like more of a special occassion.  Our bedroom is already decorated like halloween (lol) and we already watch the scary movies quite often.  Any ideas? 
I'd love to hear what you guys are doing!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The Crafty Side Of Working on: August 28, 2005 03:27:17 AM
  I think that everyone has a crafty, or creative side, to their job that supplies free random goodies or in the very least, inspiration.  Even working in the lowliest position in retail can provide you with shoeboxes for decoupage or paper clips for sculpting.

I work as a janitor, and even though it can suck sometimes there are many perks to the "Custodial Arts".

1.  (If you're a little evil Wink) free cleaning supplies
2.  Free toilet paper and paper towels.  You don't even have to be evil for this one.  My boss' policy is to replace the rolls if they are more than half used.  No waste wasting the rest.
3.  Dumpster diving without the dumpster.  I find all kinds of things, and the more you look and think in that crafty mindset the more that you can use....empty soap containers, kleenex boxes, bottles, even use the paper for mache'.
4.  Recycling.  Whether you use the cans and bottles for crafty purposes or to cash in to go to the thrift, it's still worth bringing home.

So what's the creative side to your job?
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Vinyl book coverings tinted my windows! on: August 01, 2005 04:11:25 AM
  For awhile, i've been trying to decide what to do with the bedroom window in my apartment.  I hated the blinds, I wanted access to the sill, and I'm poor so I needed a cheap solution.  Eventually the solutiion I came up with was removable covered vinyl, which my boyfriend found and brought home to me.  He found it in the school supply aisle in the Savon he works at (it's to cover schoolbooks).  I cut strips of the vinyl (two purple, one blue) to fit the size of my window.  He stuck it on, taking out the bubbles as he went.  It took me about one roll of vinyl per stripe, for a four by four window.  It's great and makes lovely coloring in my room in day or night. 

I also used the vinyl to cover a milkcrate in my bathroom that is used for storing our towels.  It has stayed on well, especially considering the uneven surface.  That project took one purple roll of the vinyl, plus a small smidgen on pink.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Um, it's sorta like decoupage on: July 25, 2005 07:12:05 AM
   Wellll, that's the best way that I can describe my newest home decor project.  I have a large glass dining room table (the glass is removable).  And, I dunno, it needed something.  But I didn't want to do anything very permanent.  So, in the end, with a glue stick and a dream (and quite a few magazine clippings) I reformed my table into a work of art.  Okay, really all I did was glue the pics (picture side up) to the back (bottom) of the table.  Now it looks as if the pics are resined inside the glass, and the table is still fully functional and cleanable. 

Sorry I have no pics, but they wouldn't really turn out as the glass is slightly tinted.

20  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting For Awareness-Free the WM3 on: July 15, 2005 08:31:54 PM
   I know that this forum is full of a lot of socially and politically involved people, and add tp that I see a lot of love for individuality and creativity here.  That's why I think that this would be a wonderful place to try to raise awareness about the West Memphis (AR) case.  In the early nineties, three young boys were found brutally murdered.  Three poor, outcast teenage boys were convicted of the crimes, despite a total lack of physical evidence linking them, and in fact some evidence that may point to the contrary.  This is a case I've been following for a few years, after renting the first documentary knowing nothing abourt the case.  The offical website is www.wm3.org, and they give tips on lots of ways to become involved as well as providing legal information so that you can form your own opinions.

If anyone is interested in becoming involved to help this case, I thought this would be a nice thread about making WM3 items that could raise awareness (jewelry, clothing, stickers and banners,etc) that could be sold to finacially aid the case (anything you crafty business folks might like to make and sell at your booths and businesses) and to just generally make our voices heard (homemade postcards for the postcard campaign, quilting or similar item petition campaign, gifts for the families or boys, etc).

I've always hoped to get more people involved somehow, and after visiting their website with this one following, it was like a light bulb went off ontop of my head.  So thanks!
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