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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 21st Birthday Party: Geeky/Nerd Themed! on: September 03, 2012 08:16:52 AM
I'm turning 21 this month and I wanted to have a geeky nerd themed party for all my geektastic friends. We are part of a gaming group on campus so I figured I'd keep them all from feeling out of place with a ridiculous party, and instead have a friendly environment at my parents' house. I invited 20 people but I'm only expecting 10 or 12 to show up.

I hoped to order sheet pizzas and serve grilled hot dogs, macaroni salad, chips and dip, and maybe make geeky appetizers or finger foods. Any suggestions for foods I could make?

I want to have games played (Dominion, Settlers of Catan, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).

I plan to serve non-alcoholic sherbet punch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jones Soda (if I can find any) to the underaged kids (19-20), and to the of age friends (21+) I want to serve gamer-esque alcohol (Hobgoblin beer, etc).

I was thinking about making a Rubik's Cube cake and/or Minecraft Creeper cupcakes, or possibly have my cousin's wife make me a Hello Kitty cake (it's not geeky, but I LOVE Hello Kitty/Sanrio!) with geeky cupcakes. Any suggestions for cupcakes I could make? Or cakes?

Then there are the "favor bags". I don't know if I am too old to give these out, but I was thinking something age appropriate, like shot glasses, and nerds rope (because they're "nerdy" and look like DNA) or boxes of nerds. What else could I give to my guests? I was thinking maybe a 90s themed favor bag since most of us were born in the 90s. What could I give them?

What other ideas do you have? Decorations? Games? Foods? Anything. Thank you! =)

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Please Help Me! mini-envelope book ideas needed on: January 12, 2012 05:15:42 AM
I'm trying to come up with some ideas to make my boyfriend a mini-envelope book for Valentine's Day. I have a bunch of things, and no ideas, really. I see all these gorgeous books on YouTube and they have ribbons and scrapbooking papers and removable tags and all this cool stuff, and I don't want to copy their ideas. I just want some inspiration. Anybody have any ideas of what I could do? So far I have:

~an idea for a ribbon corset page
~cute romantic, vintage, and hand-carved geeky stamps
~ink pads
~aging/antiquing/distressing pads
~red, black, and white solid cardstock
~coin envies (250 golden colored ones)
~heart stickers and love stickers
~gel pens in assorted colors (mostly pink)
~6x9 envies (golden colored, about 5)
~some cardstock/scrapbooking paper (a sheet with floral hearts, a sheet with lip-prints & hearts) but nothing romantic-looking
~paper cutter
~circle punch
~scalloped circle punch
~heart hole-puncher
~some flower embellishments
~white flower brads
~red and pink heart brads

I was thinking maybe doing a red, black, and white theme? Instead of just red. I could paint the coin envies and then put the white and black themed cardstock down, or make tags from the red cardstock or something. I was also thinking about putting black&white photos of me inside and I could color something in red (we don't have any pictures of us together yet)... I just can't focus! Please, can anybody help?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What Stitch to Use? on: August 02, 2010 11:23:46 AM
I want to get into sewing dolls and plushies, but I have no idea what kind of stitch to use (I'm sewing by hand) when sewing the body of the doll. I've been using tight straight stitches on practice dolls and so far the stitches keep showing through when I turn the body inside out. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Thanks!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Junk to Jewelry! =) on: July 23, 2010 09:46:45 AM
So I made some new necklaces and earrings because I was in a crafty mood, and I like how they turned out so much. I made them mostly from recycled pieces from old necklaces, watches, and bracelets I had lying around as well as from friends. I did use a few store-bought charms but overall everything is at least half, if not more, made from recycled parts. Please tell me what you think! Do you like them? Hate them? Think they're overdone? Thanks for looking! =)

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help With Craft Room! on: March 14, 2010 06:20:26 PM
I'm moving the crafting portion of my bedroom from sharing the room to having it's own space in the basement (YES! Grin) and I need some help because the color scheme is similar to my bedroom, and I don't want it to be. I need help with the furniture layout of the room (room layout pic further down), creating storage space, ideas for wall murals I can paint, and picking a complimentary color to the following color scheme:

I was thinking something like this:

The walls are the blue, floors are the grey, trim is the black, and I believe the ceiling is white. I'd use that accent color to paint the mural on the wall(s), and I was thinking I'd do a big tree silhouette (I know, how original!) in the accent color with grey or black heart-shaped leaves. Any ideas? I'm a big movie fan, too!

Here's the room layout:

No measurements but it's the accurate shape of the room, all socket and door locations accurate as well.

My furniture includes two bookcases (one short and wide black, one tall and thin white), a long rectangular table (roughly as large as the space between the right of the door and and the right wall), a small square table (could almost fit between left of door and left wall), a small sewing table with attached machine (could fit between left of door and left wall), a stool that can slide under the sewing table, a regular straight-backed chair, and a tri-pod.

I have a light box that could fit on the small table, a camera for the tri-pod, a serger, utensil mug, button jars, and thread spool organizer. I was thinking I could have my first ever inspiration board. Any ideas how to go about creating one? Or links to interesting ones? How about yours?

I need a sort of filing or storage system to keep my business information organized and easily accessible (I currently have big yellow envelopes with invoices, supplies lists, and an assortment of receipts from past purchases).

I have a small budget, so any ways to recycle or upcycle would be wonderful, and any inexpensive store links would be great, too. I also do personal swaps if you have an item I could use and would like to swap for it. I can make holes in the walls and I can paint them but I don't want to blow the money on paint.

What I need storage for are my:
idea jar
inspirational manga
fabric paint
acrylic paint
a treasure chest with other old inspirations
button jars
embroidery floss jars
Bolex (film camera)
film supply
the movies in DVD cases Ive made
thumb tack jars
knitting needles
crochet hooks
index cards
sewing pins
hand-sewing needles
sewing machine needles
massive amount of old clothing I wont/cant wear anymore which will become something else
jewelry-making items
yo-yo manufacturing supplies (pre-cut circles and bag for finished yo-yos)
fat quarters
paint brushes
composition notebook idea journals
sketching pencils
sketching erasers
scrapbook/scrap paper
Thanks so much! Cheesy
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / DNA Storage Containers on: March 10, 2010 06:31:01 PM
I have these containers I got for free, measuring 1"H x 2"L x 4"W, and it wasn't specified what type of containers they were. When I picked them up, I saw they looked like this:

They haven't been used, but they're supposed to collect saliva samples for DNA testing. Now I have a box of about 100 of these and absolutely nothing to do with them. I thought I'd move my beads into them, but these are kind of hard to open and I don't want to have beads exploding everywhere whenever I decide I need some for a project. I suppose I could use these as molding trays, or to store small bits of ribbon that don't fit on a spool, or actual empty thread and ribbon spools.

Please help!! Any ideas of crafts I could do with these or storage ideas?
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Tagging Your Items & What You Search For When Buying on: March 08, 2010 06:46:42 PM
I like to think I'm good at tagging my items, but for some reason my items aren't getting much traffic. When looking for a necklace or earrings, what do you generally type in? "Fun earrings" or "sophisticated necklace"? Stuff like that? Any tips on how to tag my items better?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What a Rip Off! on: March 06, 2010 11:32:15 AM
As if hospitalization wasn't bad enough, now I feel like a jerk after going over the numbers of what I should charge for my items with my father. I end up charging something like 50 dollars for a bag I wouldn't pay more than 30 for, or 12 dollars for a 5 dollar pair of earrings. This formula is the most effecient I've used as of yet because it really catches all the significant ways money adds up, and I feel like I'd be ripping people off if stayed with the prices I got from my calculations. Undecided

I charge 10$ per hour for sewing and 8$ per hour for jewelry-making, and the bags seriously add up fast! I also feel like I'm stealing business from the crafters who craft as their primary source of income, while I'm only crafting to get some extra funds to pay for college.

I don't know what to do now. Please help me out, someone, because I don't want to be the jerk who rips off people for products that I don't feel are worth as much money as they should sell for. I need advice. I feel absolutely awful! Cry

If anyone needs to know, I used the following formula:
Design of template(1$/hr) + material cost + production time(8$-10$/hr) + listing price(.20) + packaging(1$-6$) = lowest sale price * profit(20%-40%) = asking price

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How to Describe Items on Etsy? on: March 05, 2010 06:29:04 AM
I just got out of the hospital and am now way behind on my schedule to open an Etsy shop. I'm trying to write descriptions of my items, but everything sounds so superficial and like it doesn't have enough information or enough oomph! to get someone to want to keep reading.

I know to include the size, materials, type of home it came from, any special qualities like hidden pockets, if it comes with a free gift, my offer for gift-wrapping, how it will be packaged, and the disclaimer that some parts may be upcycled/recycled.

It's the describing the actual product in an appealing way that is so hard, and I sometimes don't know what my materials are as some are upcycled. Here's an example of what I'm talking about (please ignore the poor picture quality--I'm building a new lightbox over the weekend):

Earth tones bring out the natural beauty in every woman. Release yours with this hand-woven pendant on a raw-hide rope. Tie it tight to show off your collarbone or let it hang loose with a comfy tank top. You'll catch the light with the sparkling green and blue beads that make up the pendant's outer design.

The diameter is roughly two inches and the raw-hide rope is fifty inches long. This product comes from a smoke-free home.

You will receive this item packaged in a recycled green jewelry box with a hand-written thank you note and a few other surprises inside a vintage button bag.

Please remember that because this item is handmade from some upcycled materials, there may be some irregularities. Thank you for your support!

Spend more than $45.00 and receive a special gift of the month.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand-Painted Tank Tops: Cerulean, Black, White and Grey on: January 21, 2010 09:22:17 AM
I made these last year when I was still in high school and in a silk-screening phase. I never silk-screened anything, but I used freezer paper and fabric paint to produce these pieces. I used bleach to make the rings on the second one.

At first I thought about selling them, but I kind of like them too much to want to sell. They're also a bit sloppy, so I don't know if I want to sell something like that to someone, even if I'd only charge seven to ten dollars a piece.
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