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321  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Eggs) - Image Heavy on: April 18, 2005 11:48:53 AM
Those are beautiful! I also love the chinese characters- well done with the strokes and their proper sizes. I would also like to see a tutorial when you get the chance. Great job!
322  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beatles in plastic pearls on: April 18, 2005 07:50:45 AM
WOW. That is absolutely amazing. Such a dedication to your project, kudos!!!
323  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Tip if you have an older or single mom on: April 18, 2005 07:07:58 AM

I try to write to my family, but the major problem is the language barrier. I speak Chinese well enough to communicate, but writing is a whole different story. Add on the problem that my dad's side of the family live in a region with HEAVY dialect accents, I feel like sometimes I am just doing the nodding my head and smiling thing when I speak to some family members. I ask them to repeat stuff all the time, but when I have to ask them the fourth or fifth time to say something again, I kinda just give up.

I'm huge on living life by learning from other people's mistakes and triumps (and my own of course), and a lot of the older people I meet haven't had the perfect life (come on, who does??). It's refreshing to be with people who were younger in a different time- the old lady I mentioned in the previous post lived in India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with her late husband in the 60's and 70's. They partied and dined with dignitaries and diplomats, and she even used to volunteer for Mother Theresa... how "moviesque" is that? I love it!! Her stories just take me back to a time when life was more simple than it is today. And she is so alive and quirky, sometimes she says the most shocking things!! :-D
324  Texas / Texas: Northwest / Re: San Angelo or Abilene crafsters? on: April 18, 2005 06:54:34 AM
Sounds great :-D
325  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My wedding invites. Printed, assembled, and ready to mail out tomorrow! on: April 18, 2005 06:53:37 AM
Those are beautiful, nothing beats homemade crafts. Wish you and your future hubby the best!
326  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally, after five years, I've replaced those ugly blinds... on: April 14, 2005 12:53:52 PM
Thanks for the tips on the rings and shower curtains!
327  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Tip if you have an older or single mom on: April 13, 2005 02:27:29 PM
I have four "moms" in America. My biological mom, a long time friend who is the same age as my mom (50), another friend who is 84 and who's husband passed away 1 1/2 years ago (they were married about 60 years!!!), and my fianc's mother.

Last year I made a cake and delivered pieces with some nice garnishes of strawberries and mint to all four of these amazing women on Mother's day. I used to see the elder friend every Saturday morning and help her do errands and yard work (I moved last year to another state). I love befriending people who are much older than me (I'm 22), you learn sooooooo much from them. Especially if they were part of "the greatest generation" of Americans. I wish I knew my grandparents and rest of the family (on both sides) better though, they all live in China and I visit every few years but it's hard to get to know people when you only see them for a few weeks (and when my Chinese isn't that great to write long and detailed letters Undecided)
328  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally, after five years, I've replaced those ugly blinds... on: April 13, 2005 02:12:22 PM
That's much better Smiley

I'm thinking about making some new curtains too for my fianc's new place, do yours slide easily by doing it like that? I was thinking about putting grommets on the ones I will do, that way they don't bunch up when it gets towards the end.
329  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: See through curtains- aesthetics or functional? on: April 13, 2005 09:24:02 AM
I'll have to look into this at the stores, and maybe figure out a way to construct it myself... lol, after all, we are all crafsters. Thanks for your help!
330  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / See through curtains- aesthetics or functional? on: April 13, 2005 09:01:50 AM
My fianc isn't into see through curtains (according to him, "what's the point of having curtains that don't keep the light out?"). I like them because fabrics like that really help soften up a room.

Are there any ways to hang two layers of curtains, with a thin layer right next to the window, and then more of a thick one on the inside? That way if I wanted more light, I can tie back the inner layer, and untie it when I want to keep light out.

My only problem would be how to hang the curtains on the rod- can I have both layers on one rod, or do I need two so that they don't get tangled up on top of each other?
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