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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 'Theme Day' at work.. need to make CIRCUS costume? on: June 27, 2006 11:37:54 PM
Hey craftsters-
    I LOVE my job, but working at a coffeehouse fond of cheesy humor and full of small-time musicians and future cosmetologists as employees has its drawbacks.
   This Thursday is the first monthly THEME DAY at my work, and it's CIRCUS DAY. That means I have to have a complete costume. I have NO idea what to be (someone else is already going to be a lion, and someone else the ringmaster, and someone else a mime), but I want it to be relatively cute/sexy and not too embarassing. I need something I can sew up/ fashion from things I have already in the next couple of days.

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / The perfect DIY pads... Lunapads-style with removable inserts on top! Woot! on: June 15, 2006 01:12:42 PM
I know my sewing is guerilla style, but I have made the absolute BEST set of pads! After trying all sorts of different patterns and figuring out that they weren't for me.. The ones with the inserts that go inside stay wet all day (ick), the one-piece ones are way too bulky, etc... I figured out how to make an awesome, Lunapads-style pad that's thin, super-comfy and very absorbent!

I remove the top insert and replace it during the day. Each insert is made from 3-4 layers of terrycloth wrapped in cozy red flannel, but I'd recommend making more, thinner inserts than that because they dry more quickly in the dryer. The elastic is just a ponytail holder cut in half, but you could use something fancier! I just safety pin 'em on, but you could use snaps if you want! Check out my rock'n'roll menstrual gear... There's no pink flowers here :-D

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Cheap, easy home dandruff remedy! on: June 13, 2006 06:59:27 PM
I had this awful scalp thing goin' on, and I kept trying things that people said would cure flakes... like apple cider vinegar, which made my hair smell TERRIBLE. Finally, I came up with this quick scrub and now my scalp is healthy and the dandruff and gross stuff on my scalp is GONE! Voila...


1/2 C. sea salt (or any kind of salt, if you want)
1/4 C. olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional, for yummy smell)
the juice of 1/2 lemon
10-20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (some dandruff is caused by a yeast-type infection on the scalp, this helps kill those bugs)

Mix ingredients up- I used an old jar that I put everything in and then shook it up. Use enough olive oil to make it the consistency you want.
Get in the shower and wet your hair. Get the scrub on your fingertips, move your hair out of the way as you go and SCRUB your scalp all over. Don't miss any spots!
Now, rinse it out. Your hair will seem kinda oily from the olive oil, so give it a good wash and scrub your scalp with your regular shampoo.

Woo! Now your hair should be beautiful and flake-free. You can also use the stuff on your skin to make it super-soft, but don't use it on sensitive or broken skin. My hands were kinda broken out from washing them 1,000 times a day at work, and the scrub STUNG on them! Be careful!

I'm not sure how long this will last, but I don't see any reason you couldn't put it in a pretty jar with a ribbon and give it as a skin scrub for a gift! It's super-cheap, especially compared to those fancy scrubs at places like the body shop! 

Good luck! :-) Let me know if anyone else uses it/likes it!

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / help! homemade seitan gone awry! on: October 11, 2005 07:44:41 PM
Has anyone ever made seitan at home before? If so, have you had this problem??

I was doing so well, with all the kneading and rinsing and whatnot, and then i set it gently in the simmerin water and i go back to check on it and AHH! its like practically falling apart, its got little bits coming from all sides. it looks nothing like the perfectly-formed ball in the cookbook.

What happened? Did i not rinse it enough? I pierced it with skewers like the directions said.

Help! Sad
5  California / California: South / Orange County college student crafters.. on: September 13, 2005 09:24:32 PM
Hello my fellow crafty ladies (and gentlemen)

I'm an avid craft(st)er and I also go to Saddleback College. I'm the editor in chief of the student newspaper there and, well, I admit I am pushing my own interests because I want to do a full back page on the crafting renaissance among young people and make it really cool with photos and the like.

Does anyone here go to Saddleback or Irvine Valley College? If so, can I interview you? Even over e-mail would be fine if you're busy/ net-addicted.

Thank you so much!

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / tattoo re-do... on: September 10, 2005 02:07:51 AM
hey all,

i got a tattoo done a while ago that i'm going to get touched up tomorrow... and i was thinking about asking the guy about the color of part of it.
i asked him to make it pink, but he added a little red ink to make it less 'super duper outragoeusly bright pink..'  and well.. it turned out RED
not pink, red!
does anyone with tattoo experience know if he could maybe dye over to make it brighter/more pink??

Thanks for your help!
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / curly dyed hair on: September 08, 2005 10:24:58 PM
hi all...
forgive me if this one's been asked before...

i have kind of fuzzy-curly hair... its brown and about shoulder-length and loosely curly

i am SO BORED with it i am thinking about dying it a very bright color and cutting it SHORT

however, i dont know how either of these things would look on curls!!

anyone have curly hair and have brightly-dyed hair or supershort hair?

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / rainbow and ska-checker pillow on: June 06, 2005 12:42:51 PM
I made this pillow for my darling boyfriend's eagle scout celebration :-D. I got the che doll to go with it at the hammer museum in LA. This was one of my very first sewing projects... It's pretty "homemade-looking" but he loves it.

Here's the front:
And the back:
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fellow craftsters... i need help with school!!! on: May 12, 2005 08:10:30 PM
please help, friends! Smiley

I picked a 'clothing design' class for my last elective in high school. i can basically make anything i want but i have to do a couple of projects by tomorrow. i have been around craftster and usually stick to REALLY simple (painting or handsewing) crafts but i got a singer and i have to actually sew something. i tried to make a shirt but i am PMSing and ended up crying over my sewing machine.... ehhg.. how embarassing.

anyway, i am looking for something REALLY EASY and impressive-looking to make... FYI: my teacher for the class isn't even a sewing teacher, so it doesn't have to be too fancy!!

Thank you!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ideas for dying fabric easily on: April 24, 2005 03:47:20 PM
I'm new, so I'm sorry if this is an old subject for you guys, but I tried searching with no luck...
I was looking at the shaving cream cards idea and was wondering if you guys know of a similarly easy way to dye fabric... I picked up an old cream-colored soft cotton skirt at a garage sale and I've been wanting to dye it / tie-dye it but I've been intimidated.

Thanks for your help and ideas Smiley
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