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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Long distance relationships, anyone? on: September 03, 2005 11:55:33 PM
It really does seem like a recipe for disaster: 2 university students, in love, poor, 1300 kilometres, one time zone and two provinces apart, and completely committed to staying in the relationship. 

I want to do little things for him.  I'm going to take thousands of stupid pictures of everything and send them to him in the daily email, make him cards, write him letters etc.

But, I'm wondering if any of you who have been in LDRs (so called on those annoying relationship websites) have anything creative, unexpected, touching, and/or cheap to contribute.  I'd love to always have something on the go for him, but then I think about the cost of my textbooks for first semester and I want to throw up.

I bake, knit, sew, crochet, and do really bad collage art.  I am willing to learn anything, however, as long as it'll end in something neat to send my guy.  Undecided  Any tips would be forever appreciated.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / This ain't your average pillowcase skirt. on: June 23, 2005 02:18:24 PM
I figured the easy version of the pillowcase to skirt thing would look a bit shapeless on me (no hips!) so I switched it up a little.  No, a LOT.  It took like 5 hours, but that's mostly because apparently I don't know how to operate a sewing machine.  Roll Eyes

Side view!  With buttons pirated from a shirt of my dad's that I'm hoping he doesn't wear anymore.  I am simply too lazy to learn how to sew a zipper in.

Hooray for skirts!  Of course, the second I finished it, the sky clouded over and we got a thunderstorm, so I haven't worn it yet  Tongue

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Grad banquet + awesome present = jewelry binge! on: May 26, 2005 09:13:47 AM
My grad banquet is this Friday!! I'm sooo excited. I spent all weekend making these to go with my dress:

This isn't a very good pic - it's one of those layered necklaces that hangs down quite far. The front of my dress is plain and I needed to snazz it up a bit.

Hooray for blurry photos!  Roll Eyes

Et la piece de resistance ...

This is a crocheted-wire bracelet, with the beads added after the initial form was made.  It's based on this gorgeous design by Cockatiel.

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / The Shins!! (or, my first eventful foray into the world of iron on pens) on: April 16, 2005 01:36:25 PM
I wasn't quite sure where to put this - it didn't really fit under 'stencilling' or 'iron on inkjet transfers'.

Sooo ... It all started when I picked up some Sulky transfer pens.  I wanted to try them, so I went to all these stores looking for a cheap t shirt that had 35% polyester.  Eventually I discovered an old tee from Michaels that was 50/50 so I decided to have my fun.  I printed out the Shins stencil, colored it in, and ironed it on, only to discover that I had forgotten to put a layer of fabric in between the t shirt.  Cry So I kinda ruined that shirt, but I  had another one, so I tried again.  This time it didn't transfer darkly enough. I had just re-colored the same transfer cause it says on the package that it's possible, but it totally didn't work.  So I used a Sharpie.  Hooray for Sharpies! I even remembered to put cardboard in between.  Grin

Then I remembered this spray bottle of fabric paint I'd bought a year ago and never used.  I figured it deserved better than sitting unopened in my drawer, so I made the background.

Whew!  All that work was worth it for the Shins, though. Long live the Shins.  Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yet another springy skirt! on: April 16, 2005 11:51:01 AM
Spring is FINALLY here, after a few false starts and a crapload of snow.  Of course I had to celebrate:

My friend and I found this store that accepts old fabric ends from people and sells them for $2 a metre, with the proceeds going to charity.  They had lots of awesome vintage prints.  Interestingly enough, right after I bought this we went to Old Navy and found some clutch purses that were made of almost exactly the same print.  It was weird. I guess I'm 15 minutes ahead of the trends.  Wink

Oh, and I should mention, I made it using this tutorial.  But a word of warning! When I cut out the circle, it looked smaller than my hips but turned out to be like a poncho.  It was at least eight inches too wide so I had to use pleats.  Be really careful when you're measuring and stuff.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Astronauts and Scuba Divers on: March 17, 2005 10:38:42 PM
Ever since I saw an awesome postcard with an astronaut doing laundry on it (random but somehow one of the coolest things I've seen!) I have wanted to make a shirt with an astronaut and/or scuba diver stencil on it.  I've Googled and Googled with no luck. Anyone know of anything that would help?   Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute brown corduroy purse with applique on: March 17, 2005 05:51:38 PM
I wanted to make my friend Laura a purse for her 18th birthday.  Despite never having made a purse and not knowing any purse-making technique at all, it turned out OK:

Here's a close up of the applique:

I decided to line it at the last minute, and I came up with a (so I thought) genius method of sewing the straps, lining, and zipper all at once.  Here's a closeup of the lining, with my hand cleverly hiding the part that is now coming unstitched:

Hooray for no technique! Ah well, I'll fix it tonight.  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Beach Day! top and hula skirt on: March 06, 2005 02:46:19 PM
It was beach day at my school a week ago. I needed a shirt, so I made one from this vintage fabric I bought for 50 cents at a rummage sale, and some lace and ribbon for trimmings:


Then my friend came up with the idea of making garbage  bag hula skirts in protest of all the girls who inevitably use beach day as an excuse to dress skanky (skankily?):

That's my sweetie Harper in the corner. awwww. I wove the ribbon through the holes in the lace and left some extra to make a bow at the side.

Tell me what you think!  Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / green dangly earrings on: February 20, 2005 03:15:13 PM
I needed some earrings to go with a skirt i'm wearing to my school's Big Band Ball.  i'm gonna be onstage performing for most of the night, so i wanted something sparkly and noticeable. i was inspired by some earrings at le chateau that were definitely not worth $15. So i made these!

Here it is dangling sideways in my tree.  Wink  sorry about that. Ignore the bit of tigertail sticking out at the bottom ...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 12 cent belt! it's green! on: February 17, 2005 09:38:54 PM
well after lurking around and posting replies to you other crafty kids, i figured it was time to get up offa my bum and take some photos of completed projects! i was never one for math, but i think this belt cost me about 12 cents (cdn). I was searching for grad dress fabric one day - didn't find that, but I did buy this lace on sale at 5 metres for 99 cents.  the button was at the bottom of my mom's sewing box. snip, snip, sew, et voila!

it happened to go really well with this shirt i bought recently. hooray!!

i've made lots of things, but i'm a bit overwhelmed by the whole picture posting thing - i think i'll go to sleep and post them soon. nighty night!
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