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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / parents are so darn hard to shop for. on: December 02, 2006 03:13:19 PM
I'm completely stumped as to what to get for my parents. Quite honestly, they already have everything they need. They are also fairly minimalistic people, who appreciate things that are useful, as opposed to decorative... Well, my mom is, and my dad is always getting in trouble for his "dust collectors".
In anycase, I need two presents for the mother, because it's her birthday in a week too. She is an architect, reads a lot, but also seems to have every book I could imagine, skis (but I've already made her warm ski clothers), does generic housewifey things like cooking, one of those people who is interested in a lot of things.
My dad is also an architect, with a specialization in landscaping. He's currently designing waterparks, and gets way too excited about it. A total kid at heart. Into cars and trucks and that sort of thing. He's also a glass artist. And draws and writes a lot.
Another thing I might be able to draw ideas from is the fact that I just moved from Vancouver to Montreal, so bring them back something french canadian. I thought about this, but quite honestly, the one thing it seems you can get here that you can't get back there is cheap, high percentage beer, and I really dont think that'll fly.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / a hair story on: July 05, 2005 10:05:01 PM
I did my hair in yarn extensions.
I had a friend braid my hair into tiny little braids.
Then, she used a darning needle to poke yarn (3 pieces) through the top, and folded them over, so each braid is like a chunk of braided hair and 6 pieces of yarn....
She braided that, and knotted the yarn.
I waaaay underestimated on the time it would take. My hair is quite long normally, and there is a lot of it, and the entrie thing took about two days, includsing an all-nighter, but really, once you are half-finnished, you arn't about to stop.
Now I don't have to brush my hair for a month.
Here are some pictures I took with my webcam, but due to something funny with the lighting, the colours didn't show up at all. The braids are bright briight red, yellow, orange and pink...

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big shirt and I had to go do long sleeves at the beggining of summer on: May 13, 2005 11:02:46 PM
So, I had this big oversized shirt...

and of course I just had to change it around and make...

But then I asked myself why I am making long flannel sleeves at the beginning of summer.

So, I got some requests for a tutorial...
I kinda did things in a weird order, so it might be tough, but I'll try my darndest.

1. I ripped the sleeves off the original shirt with a stitch ripper. This is a little time consuming, but it let me use the old sleeves for the cuffs on the new shirt (I'm not sure if that shows up in the picture or not)

2. I used a shirt that fits me really well to help me modify the sides of the shirt.

3. I cut sleeves out of the plaid fabric. I used a pattern I have for another shirt for this. ( I also attached the old sleeves as cuffs at this point.)

4. I stitched those sleeves up, and then onto the shirt body

5. I stitched up the sides of the shirt

6. I stitched up the armpits by hand. I hate armpits.

7. I drew the neckline I wanted in chalk, and then cut it out.

8. Oh, and hemming, of course

I used a serger for the whole thing. I also did most of it in the wee hours of the morning. I hope the steps I wrote out are coherent, but feel free to ask if you have any questions. Mostly I just held it up to myself to figure out what worked and what didn't.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Energy Protein Shake on: May 08, 2005 05:54:35 PM
You need:
2 tbs hulled hemp seeds (these are high in energy and protein)
1 cup enriched soy milk (protein, calcium, and whatever else it is enriched with, I usually use unsweetened, and count on the sugar in the fruit)
1 fruit (really, whatever you feel like or whatever is in season - I used a banana this morning, this is for flavoring and vitamins, and all that lovely stuff in fruit)
A blender

So basically, you mix everything together in the blender and drink it.
This is an awsome way to kick start the day. It really gives you a lot of energy, and it fill you up too... I drink them most mornings for breakfast. The ingredient list is fairly simple, so it allows for a lot of space to throw in other things to add some variety.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Etched Vase on: May 04, 2005 09:43:12 PM
4 days til Mother's day, and I was yet again totally stumped. But last night, surfing crafster, ideas started to form in my head.
Today I went downtown and bought a simple glass vase, some etching cream and some stick on letters and returned home.
I logged on to www.houseofquotes.com and clicked on the category "mother"
I found a quote by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my Mum's favourites.
I wrote the quote on the vase in stick on letters.
I put some tape on in funky patterns (I used some of those shaped hole punches too to create some fun shaped stickers)
And then I lathered on the etching cream (there are several tutorials on here for doing that already)

I was pretty happy with the result. I think I'll get some flowers to go inside for actual Mother's day.
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