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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Star Trek Themed Birthday Party - Need help on: May 04, 2011 11:17:40 AM
for food use spaghetti and meatballs and call it gaknar(?) from the klingon world.  (Usually eaten while its still alive)
I'm sure a quick google of star trek food should yield results.

If he's got any star trekky stuff lying around use it in the decor.. hang up ship models, put his borg action figure standing on top of the cake...etc.

Put lights on magnets on the fridge (food replicator!)
hang gray or silver tablecloths on the walls and paint little lights and control panels on them

Have his favorite movie/episode playing in the background (or go film festival style and show them all)

as far as gifts,  collectible action figures, tickets to a trekkie event, coffee mug with with a star trek quote on it. (Today is a good day to die. -worf, He's dead, Jim -bones, To go where no man has gone before....), tricorder cell phone case, a nerf gun hacked to make a phaser gun (bonus if it still works),

Have fun with this, I'm sure your boyfriend will love it!

32  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: An Old Globe on: May 03, 2011 01:46:59 PM
i used one, cut off the top half and used it as a lampshade.
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: May 01, 2011 03:52:49 PM
meleriffic, love the poppet, great work!

CraftADDchick - i adore the book clock, may have to wist that

I finished the one tiny WoW thing and my cuff bracelet, just need to post the pics.  I've got the crafted things for my jar of whimsies  done and a massive amount of stuff for the jar. I scored a lot of great whimsy when I helped with my moms yard sale. Now I need to decorate the silly jar!  The only problem is that when I was brainstorming for the jar, it led me down another project path that is not a jar, and requires a new skill and new materials. So now I want to quick decorate the whimsy jar so I can learn all about wiring electronics so I can light up some test tubes and make them flash to music without electrocuting myself.  (I'm nothing if not ambitious Roll Eyes )
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: April 26, 2011 09:24:44 AM
thanks! The artwork was straight from my wists. now that i've finished those swaps I'm joining 3 more:

i am kstaron
I am joining the one tiny thing World of warcraft swap
for one tiny thing
Send outs 5/15

I am joining the cuff bracelet swap
1 cuff bracelet
send outs 5/21

I am joining the jar of whimsies round 9
1 large (4-5 cups) filled decorated jar including at least 3 crafted things
Send outs 5/16
(This is a good excuse to replenish my random bits of stuff!!)
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: April 25, 2011 07:23:53 PM
I am finished with not one but two (fake) swaps!

first my found object windchime/mobile swap:

I made it out of a CD, bits from an old kitchen faucet, an old belt buckle,  a diary key, some awesome chandelier crystals i've been hoarding for over 20 years, an old watch, a whole bunch of sterling silver wire and random beads leftover from other projects.  It's delicate, so my partners putting it in her sunroom so strong winds won't break the crystals. But it makes the most fabulous tinkling sounds ever and glints in the afternoon sunlight!

Second my small steampunk swap:

Ok uh we went a little overboard here.  It was supposed to be a three point swap but i think it turned into a 5 pointer.
First up are the steampunk area pictures printed on dictionary pages and framed with antique lace.

detail of the lace matting:

Then there is the madam of the sewing room.  A swimsuit form covered in pattern paper and then dressed in a velvet corset, leather waist cincer, and silk skirt. added bits and bobbles to the cincher. topped off with a velvet and lace choker. 

detail of the baubles

All of this is now hanging in her craft room above her desk. 

And then as a extra I got a "fancy" ala the gibbous shop.  This a patchwork of fabric scraps scrunched and sewn onto a velvet backing. Added a glorious amount of embellishments and it can secure in her hair with two clips.  It turned out more victorian gibbous than steampunk, but it's wonderful! she tells me she wears it everywhere!   Tongue

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: April 17, 2011 04:39:45 PM
yes gesso is a type of primer, makes things able to stick even on pliable surfaces. 

If you want a smooth textured stone, there was a marbling technique by the christopher lowell tv series a long time ago  involving three variations of the same color paint, and stippling thinly so its smooth in a diagonal way, dipping in one color stippling, then in another without wiping off the first color to get a blended look.  then he took a color for viens and used a tiny brush and shook as he painted like he'd had waaay too much coffee.

good luck
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: April 13, 2011 02:15:41 PM
Tanza, about making stuff look like stone. i've had good luck gesso-ing the piece, letting it dry, then dabbing on three or so colors of the stone changing colors as I go and pouncing the brush. i use thick paint so it stipples up giving it a texture like stone.
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: April 05, 2011 02:56:34 PM
I'm kstaron

I'm joining the small steampunk swap
Date to send item by: 5/17/11
it's a three point swap I think I will do a small and a medium

I'm also joining the found or recycled item windchime swap ,
date to send item by 5/18/2011
I'm making 1 large item
39  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Fairy Costumes: Need Feedback on: March 28, 2011 07:43:51 PM
I think these could sell well at ren faires, burning man, any kind of pagan event, and definitely around halloween.  Models would help. from the picture I can't tell if it's for a toddler, child, teen or adult, which would affect how much i would pay, and if I would buy it. 
40  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: 1940's lame lamp to steampunk stylin' source of light on: February 09, 2011 05:34:12 PM
Thanks everybody.  When I get a chance I'll post a pic of it being used, sheds a goodly amount of light over my sewing area.
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