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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Fantastic Boyfriend going on Long Vacation on: May 13, 2005 03:26:46 PM
My new(ish) boyfriend and I are completely, thoroughly smitten with each other. Head over heels in smit. In deep smit.  Wink You know the kind of relationship where you think about each other all the time, and there's an almost palpable sound of electricity crackling when you look at one another?

He's going on a vacation (very soon) to England for three weeks. What should I make him while he's gone? I'm planning to keep a journal to give him, so he doesn't feel like he missed out on anything. I feel like I should do something a little bigger though; he's awfully amazing. Also, any ideas on stuff I could give him before he goes? He'd love that. He's vacationing with his siblings and parents, so it can't be anything too sappy or racy.

A few details that might help:
- He's British and in his early 20's
- We're both about to graduate from college
- He's a photographer; I'm a writer
- He's a lighting design major - does complicated theatrical lighting
- Neither of us are sappy-hearts-flowers-sad-eyed-puppy kinda kids; we do, however, have "our song(s)" ((the mix cd thing has been done to death though))
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first stencil was tri-color on: March 05, 2005 08:19:43 AM
My bulletin board had a design I'd painted on it when I was about 14, so it was a little dated until I put spray paint (and a little acrylic for the background) to it. This was so easy and came out pretty well, I think, for a first stenciling job. The letters were freehanded onto a folder with pastels and sliced out with my handy dandy exacto knife.

If you use too much black paint like I did when I tested it, it looks eerily like my ex-boyfriend. I'm not sure why. I ended up incorporating it into some artwork for his band. With normal amounts of black paint though, it looks nothing like him. I don't get it either.  Smiley

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hunter S. Thompson tribute t-shirt on: March 04, 2005 10:41:42 PM
I LOVE Hunter S. Thompson's work. And the fact that he was a raving loony on top of that just makes me love him more.

Two days after his suicide I made this shirt...it's far from perfect, don't get me wrong. Especially the lettering...eek! But it's the first stencil I've ever done on a t-shirt, and I've already had half a dozen people ask me where to get them!! I'm hooking them up with free ones. Somebody wanting something I made makes me *glow.*  Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pretty Batik Lamp! on: March 04, 2005 09:14:55 PM
I bought a cheap floor lamp from Target with plain white bulb covers (what in the world is that part called anyway??). I thought the starkness wouldn't bug me, but it seriously was only out of the box less than ten minutes before I got annoyed with how plain it was.

I used the crayon-batik method somebody posted before to make a big abstract drawing on butcher paper, then sliced it into strips and decoupaged it on the bulb covering. The pictures are kinda eh, but I'm excited about finally having a camera so I can share stuff with you guys anyway!  Grin

...and lit.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help! Lampshade forms? on: March 04, 2005 10:44:53 AM
I swear I think I've looked everywhere. Where can I find a wire lampshade frame? I guess I could just mangle some that I already own, but I don't have enough for all the projects I want to do! Can anyone help?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin Question on: February 03, 2005 04:34:22 PM
I'm not sure how many of you use resin...I've played with it a little, but I've only made little things like magnets. I don't know what kickstarted my imagination; I suddenly got all sorts of ideas and not enough practical knowledge of resin to follow through (yet).

If I wanted to make my own mold, what would I use? Would wax work? Clay? I don't have a dremel, so the easier it is to make smooth, even surfaces the better.

Also, has anyone ever made a picture frame before? If I want it to be a standing-type frame, how would I create the back?
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