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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Retirement party...help!! on: June 15, 2007 02:25:50 PM
A man is retiring at the office my mom and I both work in, and I've been put in charge of coming up with a fun, whimsical gift/display item for the party.  She originally wanted to do a calendar of Corvettes (because he's a corvette nut) with pictures of him photoshopped in...but I definitely don't have time to do that!!  I am totally at a loss for ideas.  I just need a fun, cool idea to show off what he's done and what he likes. 
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Decorating a fire pit on: June 04, 2007 02:56:09 PM
I am building a fire pit in my backyard using a deconstructed metal grill and patio paving blocks.  My question is, the blocks are a bit plain - just a simple gray, and I would love to jazz them up a bit.  Is there something I could use on the outside (aka, side of the bricks facing outward) to paint or in some way decorate them?  I don't want to use anything that could melt or emit toxic fumes, but I would also like it to be permanent (in other words, I'm thinking more permanent than sidewalk chalk).  Does anyone have ideas?
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Nervous...is etsy a good start? on: June 29, 2006 10:10:44 AM
I'm just beginning to sell what I make, and I'm very nervous about expanding to internet sales.  Is etsy a good place to start?  I'm sure this question pops up all the time, but I trust craftsters, and I want to know if you feel etsy is at all risky or not worth the effort.  I'm not looking to make huge profits right away, but I figure if I'm crafting as much as I am I might as well sell some of it. 
As far as fees go...they just take a commission of your sales, right?  Or is there more to it than that; are there hidden charges?  I'm just an incredibly cautious person and don't want to jump in without some opinions.  Thank you!!!
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Death Cab for Shoe-tie (hahaha...just wait, you'll see) on: April 05, 2006 11:43:37 PM
Ok, I had a sudden flash of inspiration and ran out to wal mart where I purchased these booooring tennies...

And painted images on them from two of my favorite death cab for cutie songs!

The left foot is from "Marching Bands of Manhattan" and the right is from "I Will Follow You into the Dark."  I'd post the lyrics, but if you're not a dcfc fan already they probably wouldn't mean much to you.  I hope you like them!  I know I do! Smiley

P.S.  sorry for the pic quality, my camera's battery was low
P.P.S.  they were still drying when I took the pic, which is why the laces are out.  Imagine them with laces, please! hehe.

EDIT:  ok, I was looking at this post and decided I wanted to share the lyrics that inspired the shoes anyway Smiley

"If I could open my arms and span the length of the isle of Manhattan, I'd bring it to where you are, making a lake of the East River and Hudson"

"If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied, and illuminate the 'no's on their vacancy signs; if there's no one beside you when your soul embarks, I will follow you into the dark"
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES / Elementary school teacher...GONE BAD!! *Caution: some adult doll content* on: February 03, 2006 05:52:21 PM
Ok...I felt very strange doing this...but this is definitely me.  Elementary school teacher by day, teaching the children, reading a book to them (apparently about bugs)...

Long skirt, conservative top, pearls...

Then, when she returns home, she is a BAD, BAD girl!!  Here she is, showing off her latest lacey purchase to her man (she kept the pearls on for an elegant touch)...and yes, she is holding what you think she's holding...

Please don't call the kids' parents, lol...it all stays well behind closed bedroom doors...

hope you weren't too disturbed!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / drawstring laundry bags? on: January 16, 2006 12:16:55 PM
Does anyone have a pattern or know how to make sturdy drawstring laundry bags?  I spend much of my time transporting laundry and clothing from home to school and back again so I'd like to make a set of bags that will last me for a long time (and the ones you buy at stores are BORING).  Any tips are appreciated!!
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Should I be annoyed? on: January 08, 2006 11:25:05 AM
Well, this topic isn't specifically about business, but I need some opinions.  I recently started making handbags and I am very proud of my work...my cousin loves them and said I should try to sell them around campus.  I figured it was worth a try so I started making a bunch as "models" to advertise...I'm not expecting much to come from it, but the idea intrigues me and I don't think it can hurt.  My mom, who is generally supportive of my crafty endeavors, is not really supportive of me selling...I think deep down she just isn't impressed with my bags.  That's fine, as long as she keeps it to herself, you know?
So yesterday I went to Joanns to pick up some zippers...my mom came along.  Now, as confident as I am in the bags I've made, I'm really nervous about selling and showing others what I've done.  I think that's normal.  I was in the zipper aisle when my mom approached me holding this hideous purple bag.  It was small and made of super cheap material...that shiny quilty stuff and a black papery lining with nylon lanyard handles.  Not only was it ugly, it was clearly very cheaply made.  My mom holds it up and says "not to crush your hopes, but isn't this just like those bags you make?  except they're selling them here for $5" (my starting price is $15).  I don't think she realized how much that really got to me.  Not only did it look NOTHING like the bags I make, why on earth would you say that to someone??  I told her it was nothing like my bags because that was all I could think to say, but she responded by laughing and saying "ok" in a patronizing way.  Has anyone else dealt with this?  It bugged me so much I actually started thinking about cancelling the whole thing...would other people think my bags looked like that??  Maybe I'm overreacting, but I just wanted to get it out there and hear opinions.
I also want to acknowledge that I can accept criticism, I have no problem with people criticizing my work, but somehow this is different.  What do you think?
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for the boyfriend who's leaving? on: November 26, 2005 11:00:23 PM
Ok ok, I know there are endless "what do I get my boyfriend" topics, but I'm really at a loss and could use some inspiration.  We've been dating for over a year and a half, we go to the same university, he is two years older than me, and he is preparing to leave to do student teaching in 3 weeks.  We live apart over breaks, but during the school year we are used to living about 50 feet apart from each other and spending time together daily...I think we're both having trouble adjusting to the idea of him being gone all the time.  Not only that, he is very nervous about student teaching (music, high school and middle school) and starting an "adult" life.  I have a couple ideas on what to get him for Christmas, but I feel I need something more...I want to give/make him something really meaningful - either something that has to do with us being apart, or him student teaching, or his time at college ending, something like that.  Obviously, he's into music and bands, science, teaching, shakespeare, his friends, stuff like that.  He's not really into super-duper coupley stuff (like write-back books, the "things I like about you" jars), but he does appreciate our relationship and take it seriously.  Any thoughts at all would be very much appreciated!
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Presents for multiple co-workers? on: November 02, 2005 10:06:19 PM
I'm an editor at my university's paper and for Christmas I would really like to do something *little* for all the editors (I can't afford anything big).  There are roughly 14 people, roughly 9 boys and 5 girls ranging in age from 20 - 28.  I'm thinking some kind of food or drink, but I'd love to do something more creative than that...any ideas??  I'm completely stumped.  Thanks guys!
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / rat diapers? on: October 17, 2005 09:53:54 PM
ok, I know, that sounds weird, but my rat is very young and I want to let him roam around but he'll poop and pee everywhere.  I'm thinking I'll make one out of fabric/terrycloth/plastic lining with velcro fasteners and just washing it, but I was wondering if anyone had done this and whether or not it worked.  Thanks!
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