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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: 29 new diaper covers! :) on: December 13, 2007 04:41:48 PM
I am wanting to cd so bad and have been researching patterns on line.  I ENVY YOUR STASH!

Question:  Do you have a snap setter or do you send yours out?  and What pattern or dipe would you suggest for a skinnyish baby with big fat legs?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Baby Shower Gift, door wreath and diaper cake (img heavy) on: December 13, 2007 04:37:59 PM
Ok, call me ignorant but what is the significance of the umbrella?  Is it just to protect the baby?  I'm assuming not as it's all McFancied up and wrapped up in tulle while "inflated"?  It all looks beautiful.  Some diaper cakes look sad, but yours is fantastic.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: hi-tech bunny on: August 05, 2007 07:17:42 PM
It's so funny that someone earlier mentioned Concordia Language Villiages as I was just about to ask the same question, as yes, they are ridiculously strict about not allowing any target language stuff into camp. 

I actually worked at one as I went to Concordia College (French).  Do not even attempt to smuggle out the foreign money either!  Someone will rat you out and they will know for sure.

The "cool" kids always hung outside the little smoking cabin just behind the counselor's building.  Loads of fun.

Back the crafts, I must commend you on your creative choices.  The bunny looks completely Japaneseish-style and the earbud hole makes the whole thing all the more subversive.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Digital Camera? What kind is best on: August 04, 2007 12:37:57 PM
My father is a professional outdoor photographer and so I tend to trust him on a lot of camera stuff.  This is the jist of what he's told me about picking a digi-cam

1.  Megapixels:  You don't need more than 3 or 4 unless you are going to prints your pics at larger that 8X10.  The bigger megapixel cameras don't have much difference than 3/4 MP at regular snapshot size.  Plus, more MP means more memory taken up on your memory card and your computer when you store them.  If you have a lot of pics, that's a lot of memory.

2.  Choose optical memory-the highest you can afford.  Digital memory just closes up on the picture, it doesn't actually bring it in closer.  Essentially, digital zoom does the same thing that a photo-editting software, like PhotoShop, will do.  It's amazing the difference that higher zooms can make in a shot.  But don't solely rely on that for getting close.  MOVE YOURSELF first.  The closer the camera is (within reason) the better the closeup shot because you're not stretching the camera to the ends of its range.

3.  Contrary to most other comments, I prefer AA batteries.  I use rechargables and if you leave them on the charger for a while after it looks like they are full, they'll be a lot more full and last a long time.  I travel  a lot and there is nothing worse than running out of batteries.  The ONLY WORSE THING is having some special battery that you can't buy of spare of anywhere and so can't take pictures all day until you get back to the hotel/house/what have you to charge your batteries.  With AA's, you can just pick up a spare pack pretty much anywhere and keep shooting.

4.  I have a FujiFinePix S5000 and love it.  It's a "pro-sumer" camera. Meaning, it's for more than the point and shoot consumer and has a lot, but not all of the features of a professional camera.   It looks like a digital SLR, but it's not.  So it's not heavy, doesn't take fancy batteries, you can see each shot after you take it (which you can't do on most Dig SLR's)  It's also got White Balance, timers, great zoom capabilities and manual settings for everything if you really want to get into it.
   The software that comes with it is great and it's very sturdy.  Mine has been on two European tours, an Alaskan cruise and different canoe trips.  It's been dropped in a lake after our canoe tipped and it's still ticking.

5. Also, you can maximize your batteries by using the viewfinder instead of always having the LCD window on.  Don't go through all of your shots over and over through out the day, wait until the end.  The more you make that screen work, the quicker your batteries die.

6.  Many people loose all of the money they sink into their digi cams by dropping them.  Nothing is worse, especially on an expensive vacation that you'll never have pictures of now that the camera's busted.  USE YOUR NECK STRAP!  You can get great neoprene ones that are comfy and cooler.  I made it a hard and fast rule at my house, if you are using the camera, the strap is around your neck, and my camera has never been dropped.  I'm a middle school teacher and my students have used my camera for a lot of presentations, projects, etc.  My camera is now about 5 years old and still working great.--thanks to the neck strap.  Think about how many times you may have dropped your cell phone!  Cameras a way more fragile!

7.  Go to a camera store and try out a lot of different cameras, find out what is comfortable for you and what feels right and easy to use.  Ask a lot of questions, if the sales staff can't answer them, who cares, you're not going to spend your money there.  Buy your camera on-line where it's cheaper and they don't have the expensive return policies and you can get a longer warranty a lot of times for little or no money.

8.  Once you do finally get your camera, USE IT.  If it's small, carry it with you all the time.  The best pictures in my albums came from those little every day events that make up most of our lives.  It doesn't need to be a fancy event to take pictures.  Real life is great for memorable pictures that you'll look at again and again.

9.  For longer vactions or big events, don't put all of your pictures on the same memory card.  They fail, get lost, break down, what have you.  Buy a number of smaller cards and switch cards at some point.  That way, if the one card fails, not all of your pictures are gone.

I hope this helps.  Good luck.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Sunburn Help on: July 15, 2007 07:47:24 PM
Ok, Sisters.  I am about as white as that little dog on my avatar and will burn every single summer until I die (probably due to skin cancer!)

How I deal with the burn:
1.  Advil 4x/day
2.  During the day, some kind of aloe get with the lidocaine in it to kill the burn.  Just aloe will not work for me in serious cases.  (Sorry natural types!)
3.  At night, and this is going to sound so bizarre but it's the best thing ever, SLATHER yourself in Noxema (well, I use the Target generic, but whatever) I mean slather.  Like you are a cake and it is the frosting.  Do not rub in.  Put on a clean soft t-shirt to sleep in.  When you wake up in the morning, the Noxema will have absorbed into your skin, moisturizing it so you won't peel (as much).  Also the menthol and camphor oils in it kill a lot of the sting.  This has saved me from so much pain.

Believe you me, I've tried the tea, oatmeal, vinegar, whathaveyou, NOXEMA WORKS.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: bath and beauty websites? on: July 15, 2007 07:33:16 PM
I second www.fromnaturewithlove.com
There selection is great, prices awesome, quality superb and they have a resources/library section with recipes, techniques etc.  They are my one-stop-shop for soaping and body product crafting.
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Say no to CROCS!! on: July 12, 2007 10:36:14 AM
People, people, please.  CROCS are the biggest CROCK of crap!  (In my humble opinion of course.)  They are incredibly ugly.  A large block of foam on a foot does not an attactive line create.  Just look at the profile of an adult wearing them.  They look like they have a cinder block on their feet in day-glo colors.

Yes, they are comfortable, but so are Birkenstocks, which while being more expensive, last longer, are more attactive and the manufacturing process does not create violently toxic chemicals which will NEVER break down in the environment.

I agree with the craftster who said they look fine on small kids ie <7 years old, but still the toxic factor is there.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Wrap pants... on: June 14, 2007 07:02:00 PM
Actually, they turned out great.  They actually are really flattering.  I'm a 28/30 and very busty.  These are very flattering pants.  Except if you walk with the wind coming at you.  Then the side flaps catch the wind and flap open and you look about 4 feet wide from the back.  Eww.

On the flip side, the wraps are generous enough that they don't gap.  I do however have to do some stretching to get them up and around when putting them on.  These are not pants to where when going on a plane or anything like that.

I'm at my parents for the week or I would post a picture. 

(I think that means I real Craftster addict.  I'm on vacation at my parents and spending all of my time on Craftster!)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Wrap pants... on: June 12, 2007 02:20:20 PM
Oh my gosh, this is too funny.  I"M WEARING THE EXACT SAME PANTS RIGHT NOW!  I sewed them up for a cruise I took a week ago and they are super comfy.

I used a BURDA pattern though.  It went all the way up to size 34/36-super plus.  So that way even curvier girls can where them!

BURDA pattens are from Europe and have multilingual and have somewhat different methods than American.  Also, they never go on sale, but the styles are super cool.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: I'm making a clarinet!! on: March 02, 2007 09:39:13 PM
Yeah.  I made one of these too. . . well a similiar one.  From a website that called it the "Fantastic, Plastic, $5 Clarinet". 

It was plastic alright but it didn't cost $5 nor was it fantastic.

I made it for a Masters in Education program I was in and almost flunked cause the dang thing didn't make a sound.  Well unless you count the sound of dying giraffe on the Serengeti.  I used an alto sax reed as it's large and I played the clarinet when I was in school so I thought I'd be good to go.  No dice.

I wish you better luck that I.  It's really hard to get it to work.
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