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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know about cosmetic tattoos? on: December 11, 2005 12:35:09 PM
I've posted here before that I have a scar that really troubles me, and I recently found out that new innovations allow you to get a tattoo over a scar so that it looks like your normal skin.  This would be much less costly (from what I understand around $500 as opposed to around $5000) and much much less painful than going to a plastic surgeon, but I am wondering if anyone here has done it or knows about cosmetic tattooing for this purpose (or any other similar purpose).  Did it cover up your scar (if you have before and after pictures, that would be great!)?  Are you happy with it?  Would you recommend it to a friend?  Where did you get it done (dermatologist, permanent cosmetics person, tattoo parlor)?  How much approximately did you pay for it?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bleach accident and how to fix it on: December 10, 2005 08:38:49 PM
Somehow I managed to get bleach on my new polo shirt.  Yes, it was $6.99, but I still love it and want to wear it again, but the bleach stain is kind of obvious.  Is there any way I can get the colors to bleed so that it covers the spot, or should I invest in some Rit dye (costs almost as much as the shirt, but I really, really like this shirt)?  Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Thrift store impulse buy...what to do? on: September 25, 2005 06:13:49 PM
Alright, I am not getting married in the near future that I know of.  But yesterday at the thriftery I found a really awesome wedding dress (it may be a debutante dress, but when I put it on I got the overwhelming feeling the original owner bought it to get married in) with the original tags still attached.  Let's just say it was a steal at $14, which was about ten percent of the original price.  It definitely doesn't zip up in back for me (I have a much thinner friend who is about six sizes smaller than what the dress is, and when she tries to zip it up it's so tight you can see her navel piercing through it).  I was thinking of putting a panel in the back.  Since it is white, I don't think it's too unrealistic to find a matching shade.  The dress also needs to be steamed to get the wrinkles out, but I can do that. 

Anyway, I have three ideas for it:
1. Dress it up (a LOT) and then either wear it as a costume or save it for a rainy day.  Some of my ideas for this include (after I alter it to fit), sewing lace over the top part of the dress or adding a beaded fringe to the collar.  I would love suggestions on how to pimp this dress.  It's a very simple white dress, and I love that, but I would love for it to be a little more.

2. Dye it, dress it up, and wear it to formal occasions.  Any ideas for this one?

3. Sell it on Ebay.  Does anyone think I could get more than I paid for it?

And here is the dress:

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / minor setback...*sigh* on: June 08, 2005 06:54:05 PM
I was doing my first big sewing project (given up on so many in the past...).  It was a skirt, a Simplicity pattern if you must know.  I cut everything out properly and smiled even though it took FOREVER.  I even took time to lock my cats up when they decided they liked the crinkly paper the pattern came on.  I went to sew the first two panels together, and I was doing great.  I was so proud of it.  In the dim light I held it up, and it looked great.  I showed it to my mom when she walked by, and she admired it.  I was right about to go show it to my dad, who is most excited about the fact that I'm sewing.  And then I looked closer and noticed that ONE OF THE PIECES WAS ON INSIDE OUT!  So now I have to rip out the seams and start over...what a brain fart I had.  I'm sure this will be funny in about ten minutes...actually it's a little bit funny now. Cheesy

So laugh with me, cry with me, do whatever...just don't let my stupid mistake be in vain!  Remember to check and make sure the fabric is facing the way it should be on BOTH pieces!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Going away gift for a friend in the military on: June 04, 2005 01:32:10 PM
I have a friend who just joined the Army and will be leaving in August.  He's a really great guy, and I want to make him something as a going-away gift.  We've known each other about three years, and he's really been there for me a lot and I like to think I've been there for him, too.  We don't hang out together all the time but I'm still really going to miss seeing him around.   Cry

Right now I primarily knit and crochet, but obviously if he ends up someplace hot it might not be practical to give him something like that.  I also draw and paint but am not good enough to give him something I did.  I've always wanted to try stenciling but haven't gotten around to it yet.  I am always open to new crafts and am willing to try almost anything.

Does anyone have any cool gift ideas for stuff I could make him?  I was thinking something with a military theme, but we became friends over rock n roll, so maybe something to do with that.  He made a silent movie and let me be in it, so I also thought maybe something film-related.  Let's see...he's 19, kind of intellectual and very creative and interesting, and I need ideas...
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Reconstructing cap and gown on: May 28, 2005 09:51:40 AM
Okay, I just graduated from high school, and I have no idea what to do with the cap and gown thing.  The one thing I don't want to do is keep it in my closet forever collecting dust as a memento.  It's really tent-like, and the fabric is too crappy to make an outfit out of (it doesn't even have washing instructions because it would fall apart!).  It is a really pretty, shiny green color.  The hat I am content to keep in a box to show my kids one day, but the gown I would like to cut up and do something with.  If it's a one-time-use outfit, fine, but if I ended up making something other than clothes (like maybe a pillow?  Or I could keep it and use it in a quilt?) then that would be cool, too.  I see some potential here.  Has anyone reconstructed a graduation outfit, or do you have any ideas for doing so?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Old scars on: April 17, 2005 01:16:55 PM
I have some really nasty scars on my leg that have been preventing me from wearing shorts and skirts without stockings for the past eight and a half years.  My dermatologist told me plastic surgery (not the kind with a laser) would get rid of them, but I'm scared this won't work, either (willing to try it, though, if it really is my only option).  They're of the "caterpillar" variety (you'll know if you have any... it looks like a nasty pinkish white bug is crawling on you) and in a spot that's not all that easy to hide.  Other people say they aren't a big deal, but I feel sick every time I look at them.  I know I need to work on that, but maybe if they were less noticeable to me it would be easier.

Does ANYTHING work on old scars?   
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with frumpish oversized long sleeve tees? on: April 17, 2005 12:57:53 PM
I recently purged my closet of all things I considered frumpy and unflattering, but I had some shirts that I felt I could save, so I stuffed them in a drawer until I could decide what to do with them.  They are all plain long sleeved t-shirts in several different colors.  My chest measurement is much larger than my other two measurements, so nearly every shirt I own is baggy around the waist and makes me look much bigger than I am.  Also, because I have to get such a large size despite being fairly petite, the sleeves are obnoxiously long, but I know how to fix that.  Is there a way to take in the sides below my bustline so as to give the shirts more shape?  I would also like to do something with the generic t-shirt necklines (not sure exactly what they're called).  Basically I would like to add as much femininity to these clothes as I can.  I do have a sewing machine at my disposal for all of this.  All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks Smiley
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pasta in the microwave? on: March 08, 2005 03:33:14 PM
Does anyone know a way to cook pasta (especially spaghetti) in the microwave?  I'm going away to college and will have a microwave but no access to a stove or kitchen.  Pasta is a huge part of my life--I have spaghetti for dinner at least twice a week.  It reminds me of home, it's part of my culture, and I just like it, so I want to be able to have it next year homemade without my mom having to FedEx it.  Does anyone know a way to do this on a microwave?  Ramen noodles aren't good enough.
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / What crafts have you been inspired to try by this site? on: February 06, 2005 02:40:44 PM
Craftster has so many different types of arts and crafts on it... it's impossible to do all of them, but I like learning about as many of them as I can.  I came here looking at the record bowls and t-shirt stencils and soon found a bunch of cool knitting patterns, so since I knit I stayed around.  Then I decided to learn to crochet partially because of all the things I wanted to make that I saw in the crocheting forum.  Today I was looking at the embroidery forum and decided that maybe I should take up cross-stitch again (I loved it when I was about eight and then moved on to other things). And I would love to take up quilting and maybe tatting (does anyone here actually tat?  Where do you buy your supplies, such as tatting shuttles?) and silkscreening.  And I'm also going to make my own Prom dress, which is a huge undertaking, but I think I'm ready for it.

I love that there's something for everyone here and such a wide variety of people who all enjoy what they do and are willing to help others whom they have never met learn to do the same thing.

So, has this site inspired you to try anything new?  If so, what?
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