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11  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas to colourize my wedding dress on: August 01, 2007 08:51:14 AM
anyone know if its possible to dye my silk dress in cold water with koolaid? I am nervous about it shrinking in warm water. its been drycleaned before, and fits really well. I would hate for it to shrink.
12  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas to colourize my wedding dress on: July 31, 2007 12:04:40 PM
Its been hemmed before and I have the scraps to practise with.
This koolaid vinegar idea sounds wicked!
13  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / ideas to colourize my wedding dress on: July 27, 2007 02:24:52 PM

I have my 100% silk tricotine wedding dress, (very plain style) I bought with the plan to cut short and dye so I could rewear it. I thought I could get it dyed at a local cleaners, but apparently I have to ship it out half way across the country at a larger cost than I actually paid for the dress.

so, I think that I want to attempt something funky in redying it myself. I heard black is hard to achieve, so I was thinking a blue, or a red, or dark brown.

so my questions:

when I was a kid I used to dye my jeans with rit dye. but I hear there are tons of options at places like Michaels now. any recomendations on a brand?

I need some funky ideas, and you guys seem the place to ask, whereas everyone else just freaks out that I am dying a wedding dress. (hellof a lot better alternative to it wasting away in my closet I think). any cool techniques other than tie dye?

I was thinking maybe painting something on it like a pattern with wax -how to do you get the wax off after?

is there something you have to use to set the colour in so it wont wash out?

any ideas would be so helpful! I would rather screw it up myself with a blotchy dye job, than let it waste away in my closet. if it comes down to that, I'll paint the whole dam thing with a cityscape or something...........hmmm, thats an idea!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / ideas for kids SHREK birthday party on: July 04, 2007 10:02:31 AM
I need ideas in planning a shrek birthday party in my back yard for my daughter who is turning 6.

My ideas so far:
-hanging signs to our back yard that say "land of far far away"
-cut out large pictures of Donkey, for pin the tail on the donkey games
-she wants a fairy tale castle cake, which I'll probably stick little shrek dolls on
-cut out shrek character faces for kids to wear

any other ideas?Huh

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ugly Kitchen Need Help!! on: June 22, 2007 02:58:49 PM
I would pull out some sandpaper and paint....

paint the cupboards a colour you like such as sage green, do a similar colour for the walls?

or as something different paint the cupboards and walls same colour (thats a different type of paint though) but paint the inner panel of each door white.

or remove the inner panels of each door and fill with window screen (painted or not?) or tin.

you can buy wood laminate flooring that snaps down for the floor for cheap.

add a new ceiling light bought and revamped from a thrift shop- possibly something painted the same colour as the walls...ala marthastewart. it can make the ugliest light fixtures funky and modern when painted up to match neutral tones in a room.

you can go to a discount end-of-roll wholesaler for laminate for counter tops
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: renovate wedding dress into what? on: April 04, 2007 08:18:57 AM
sorry, should have made myself clear. I want to make a keepsake thing for her, but something not too 'frou frou grandma craft' like.

Her house is an extremely small ocean side cabin full of funky PierOne type stuff. she is the type of person who you dont expect to have kept their wedding dress, let alone anything white or lace. She has limited wall space, so it cant be anything for her walls.

She isnt having any more children and neither am I, so christening gowns is out of the question.

she is not into anything too 'weddingy', (or white at all) which means it cant be a pillow cover, she has her own wedding album she kept when she was married 30 years ago. (so I cant cover her album with it).

hence why I am desperate for a really origional craft idea!! I would really like to turn at least part of it into something for her, I just dont know what! sigh.


17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / renovate wedding dress into what? on: April 03, 2007 03:02:53 PM
I cant find the previous thread like this, but,
I was looking for ideas of useful things to make out of my moms wedding dress. she is not a 'keepsake' person. I was origionally trying to renovate it to wear myself, but the fabric isnt holding up and is falling apart. instead, I want to make some sort of heirloom that is useful.

my only idea is xmas ornaments.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gift ideas for boss's wedding? on: March 30, 2007 10:51:11 AM
they have no registry Sad
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Photo Booth? on: March 30, 2007 08:49:38 AM
I am doing this same thing!!!!!!!!!

I bought a 4' X 8' piece of white foamcore, as the backdrop. I have a bit of a movie theatre theme to my wedding, so we have a large 'wedding crashers' sign attached to it thats removable, withour wedding date. the sign flips over to the back if people really dont want it.

but when people stand in front its exactly like the wedding crashers movie poster.... and they are our wedding crashers!

beside it out of camera view is a bucket of props (sunglasses, feather boas, fake champaign bottle, large grannie panties, xl bra, silly hats, sunglasses, fakenose and eye glasses) I also made up about ten different foamcore signs saying things like the wedding date, (to hold like mug shots),or sayings like 'congratulations' 'we came for the cake' 'we came for the bar' 'we love you' and stuff.

other things i have done is a 4' X 4' piece of foamcore for the floor, which i have penciled in a border so people know where to stand, and have asked a really outgoing creative friend to be my photographer all night with my digital camera.

I also have a card made up for the photographer to hand out to my flickr site so they can go later that week and download their own photos from the party.

I had a polaroid camera origionally, and nixed it because of the film cost. digital is much cheaper, and i can use the images to print up thank you cards.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift ideas for boss's wedding? on: March 28, 2007 08:09:19 AM
The couple has everything they need, but we would like to get them something other than a nice bottle of wine.

I have never seen his house, so I dont know their style.
All I know is that they are renovating their basement.
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