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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / New boy... comic nerd! on: May 12, 2011 08:32:23 AM
i've been seeing this guy for just a few months and we're still casual (no bf label or anything) but his birthday is coming up and I'd love to make him something unique and memorable!  He is a HUGE COMIC NERD!  And while I am a nerd, comics and graphic novels are out of my league so I really am clueless. He already owns a zillion books so I'd like to rule that out. 

If it helps he's also into good indie music and vinyl. I am considering some record bowls but would like something else as well.

I looked through the generic bf thread but all those ideas are too coupley. I can't do any photos or scrapbooks or anything.

Any ideas, especially comic oriented would be appreciated!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: My needle isnt catching my bobbin thread!!?!?! on: October 19, 2009 07:48:25 AM
Thanks for the info!

I had a free estimate done at a sewing machine repair shop and they said the "hook timing" was off and it would be $50 to repair.  I might try to repair it myself but am still buying a new sewing machine anyway. I figure I might as well get with the times.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: My needle isnt catching my bobbin thread!!?!?! on: September 09, 2009 08:33:45 AM
This is happening to me on my brother vx-1120.  i have no idea what is wrong.

I was zigzagging on denim.  I went over a seam and heard this kinda clunk noise, so i put the presser foot up and removed the thread, then started over and from that point forward, my needle wouldn't catch the bobbin. It looks like the needle isnt even going far enough down to pick up the bobbin.

i took apart the bobbin case (front loading), rethreaded EVERYTHING, changed needles, used different weight thread, and still it is not picking up the bobbin thread. 

could this be a timing issue?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cardstock sanitary? on: December 08, 2008 04:13:24 PM
Okay, I was thinking of using this tut (http://www.skiptomylou.org/2007/01/18/valentines/) to make paper packets and put individual servings of homemade hot chocolate mix into the packets then give them out as gifts.  Rather than the bulk jar method. 

Probably a dumb question, but will the packet (using cardstock) be sanitary enough to put the powder mixture into?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Chalkboard Paint Success! [pics] on: March 25, 2008 08:27:28 PM
1. $9 chalkboard paint at lowe's
2. $1 document frame at a dollar store
3. Blue tape off a square
4. Apply 3 coats of chalkboard paint using a 3" brush
5. Wait 24 hours
6. Use $0.64 cent colored and white chalk bought at walmart (not found at target =/)
7. Nail up scrabble tile holders to hold the chalk






6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Great, Quick last minute Chocolate Cherry Gift Mice (complete w/ photos) on: November 26, 2007 02:32:36 PM
I am going to try to make these with peanutbutter balls because I don't like the cherries so much and then just black licorice for the tails.

This recipe looks doable:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peanut-Butter-Balls-III/Reviews.aspx

I was thinking, just put in the licorice before the pballs go in the fridge, then they might hold better while I dip them.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Succubus Costume (WoW) on: October 29, 2007 02:53:20 PM
a few people actually got the video game reference, only about 3 didn't know what a succubus was at all, but that is easy to explain really quickly. 

the tights were ridiculous:  we used the red powder dye and brushed it onto the tights while i was wearing them.  BUT... because we didnt want the dye to stain my leg, we wrapped my leg in saran wrap, then put the tights over them.  Then i had a friend paint the flames.  It was a bit tedious.  And they got all dirty and will probably have to be redone next year. 
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) on: October 28, 2007 02:19:55 PM
A succubus inspired by the character in world of warcraft:

I bought all the pieces separate and we painted everything that is painted: the top, the wrists, the wings, the horns, the bottoms; we even used red dye on the tights and just painted it on.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Succubus Costume (WoW) on: October 28, 2007 02:16:51 PM
omg somehow i managed to pull this off!


Improvements I am going to make next year:
Sturdier bracers, more secure horns, and a better way to attach the wings or stronger safety pins.

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Succubus Costume (WoW) on: October 25, 2007 09:49:59 AM
Okay this is currently in progress and I should finish it up tonight.  Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures as I went along, but I will take completed-project pics this weekend, since I will be wearing it to our halloween party. 

Here is what I bought:
  • Black Bustier/Corset (with removable straps) - $15 target
  • Black Boy Shorts - $5 target
  • Package Black Socks - $3 walmart
  • White Low-Rise Footless Stockings - $2 walmart
  • Black & Glittery Purple Bat Wings - $15 Party City
  • Rubber Horns - $3 Halloween Adventure
  • Purple Body Paint - $3 Halloween Adventure
  • Light Yellow, Turquoise, Purple Fabric Paints - $2.50/each Michaels
  • Set of acrylic paint brushes - $7 Michaels
  • Plastic Bull Whip - $5 Halloween Adventure
  • One Box of Powder Red Fabric Dye - $2 Michaels

I painted the corset as the top, the boyshorts as the bottoms, the socks have been cut into bracers (wristbands), and the stockings will be my legs and have the flame painted on them.  I added some purple accents to the wings as well and plan to safety pin them to the corset, since I cannot use the elastic straps.  The horns will be painted purple/black and will be attached to my head via a black elastic headband. 

I already own a pair of black knee-high boots so I'm just using those.

The painting of everything has been going well so far.  The material is a bit difficult to make even strokes but after a few coats it ends up looking just fine.  I think I'm going to end up needing two bottles of the yellow since we use so much of it.

I'm going to paint the flames on the white tights tonight using fabric dye and will try to paint them (well have a friend paint them) while they are on me, as to avoid the weird stretching thing.  Let's see how that goes!

Oh, this really didn't take that long.  I spent about two hours shopping to buy everything, then my friend and I spent 5 hours painting on Sunday and will spend about that again tonight to finish everything up.

Okay, next post will have incredibly awesome pics!
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