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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Framing a BIG map-- help, please? on: July 23, 2006 02:02:25 PM
I just moved, to go to grad school, and I'm trying to pull my apartment out of the realm of student-hood into a place that looks like real people would live in it.  I've decided the key to real-people-apartment vs. student-apartment is not the type of art, but the fact that it's framed.  So I'm framing all my beloved maps and posters.

But I've reached a problem.  I have an awesome map that I want to put up, but it's BIG-  50" x 32".   I haven't found any poster frames that large, and my budget is, well, still student-sized, so I can't afford the custom route.  Any ideas for how to frame something this big?  My dream is just a nice, simple black frame, nothing too fancy, just something other than sticky tack.

All suggestions will be appreciated!  And for anyone who can figure out a way for me to actually frame this sucker without breaking my bank, my wall, or myself, I'll be really grateful. 

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / It's summer. Another halter. on: May 04, 2006 09:08:55 PM
So, I always kind of thought I couldn't wear halter tops, because I'm... well-endowed.  But you know what?  Screw that.  It's summer.   Halter tops all the way.    Grin




Now here's the question:  Because of the whole- I probably will never wear this anyway- feeling before I began, I used a shirt with a big 'Education Unlimited' logo.  Which is okay, I guess, I'm all for education (it was a camp I taught at last summer), but I would prefer something less logo-ish.  But what?  It's too big for a cute patch to cover it up.  But now I really like it and want to wear it!

Any ideas on what to put on it to make it a little more stylish, add some interest and cover up the logo?

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help! Earring findings?? on: April 10, 2006 01:07:35 PM
I don't wear earrings-- no pierced ears.  But I want to make a few pairs as gifts.

The only problem is...  I have no idea where to buy the part that goes through your ear, or what to look for.  I searched on the internet, and they come in all price ranges--  $1 for 10 pairs, $10 for 1 pair.  What's the difference??  The material, I assume, but do I need a more expensive material?  Can I buy the cheap ones?

Also- as I don't wear earrings--  I'm not even sure what SHAPE most people prefer.  There are 'kidney-shaped' ones and 'french hook' ones, from what I can tell.

This is the link I found with many options:

I'm sorry if this has been asked elsewhere, I couldn't find it.

Any and all help would be GREATLY appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two (almost) No-Sew Skirts! on: March 30, 2006 07:54:27 PM
Okay...  I tried to post this earlier today and kept getting kicked off the forum, so hopefully I won't wind up with three identical posts or something.  Here goes.

I probably look at the clothing forums most often, but being sort of sew-challenged, this is my first post here!  Two very low-effort skirts.

First one, it was a long jean skirt, very much not my style.  I chopped it off to make a short skirt, and attacked it with a ten-pack of multicolored sharpies.

The front:

The back: (because who doesn't want an achor on their butt?)

And then a close-up of the doodles:

Next one is just that ten-second t-shirt skirt that was all over the forums for a while, I'm sorry I don't remember where I found the tut.  I took a men's medium (probably a large would have worked better, the waist is a bit tight).  It was plain grey, so I wanted to add some decoration-- but no fabric in the apartment and no fabric store within walking distance!  And it was midnight.  What to do?  Well, the answer to all quandries at midnight in my neighborhood is:  Walgreens.  Which did not have fabric, but had these multicolored patches to sew onto pants and things.  So I bought a pack in pants-type colors, cut out some stars, stitched them on, and voila:

Beach skirt!

I want to put some stars on the back, too, because it looks a little too much like it used to be a tshirt...

What do you think??
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Valentine on: January 26, 2006 04:00:13 PM
I'm working on some valentines.  When I should be working on some school work.  Whatcha think?

Do you need three pictures of the same card?  No.
Do I like having a digital camera a little too much?  Oh yes.  Smiley
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled Christmas Ornament on: December 10, 2005 07:15:46 PM
This is a present for a friend who moved into her first apartment this year, so it's her first year with her own christmas tree!  It's a normal styrofoam ball, covered with quilled poinsettia flowers and green leaves and scrolls and things.  I haven't added the cord to hang it on the tree yet; I'm going to buy gold ribbon or string.  

And to show how big it is:

Let me know what you think!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / quilled ornaments: how to protect/strengthen them? on: December 03, 2005 08:05:25 PM
So generally I make quilled cards and stationary, but it's holiday time, so I've started in on ornaments-- snowflakes and the like.  They're coming out beautifully adn everyone who's seen them wants one.  Which is good.

But they're still just paper.  which means, first, that htey're really fragile, and second, that htey will eventually discolor and fall apart.  I'd really like to have them last more than just one season, but I'm not sure how to strenghten them.

Does anyone know if any spray finish kind of thing that I could get that would help make them more secure, keep the pieces together, and just add a protective coat to the whole thing?  I heard somewhere that hair spray works...  is that true at all??

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Crazy Quilt Question.... on: June 04, 2005 03:45:28 PM
So about a year ago, I decided that I really had to make a crazy quilt, because they're beautiful and don't require measuring lots of little squares.  And so the saga began.

I planned to make a full sized quilt, and bought lots of muslin.  I wound up making about ten 12" x 12" squares, all covered in fancy fabric that I scrounged from everyone I know.  I've only added embroidery to three of them. 

The problem:  I realize now that I will never, ever, ever finish this quilt. BUT:  the squares I have are REALLY pretty.  The fabric is great, lots of velvet and satin and niceness, and it's the first embroidery I've ever done, so I'm proud of them.  I don't want them to live in the back of my closet forever!

So-- HELP!  What can I do with them??  Other than a wall hanging, which I may do if I can't think of anything else, does anyone have any ideas for what to do with 12 x 12 squares, all pretty and crazy-quilted?

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled Cards-- first post! on: May 07, 2005 11:55:28 PM
So I've been lurking awhile and finally decided to register and post some things.  There are some beautiful things on here, but not too much quilling.  There are some cards and a few Christmas ornaments (I know, wrong season) I've made.  Hopefully the link works.  If not, let me know.  Please comment!


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