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1  Re: HGTV crafters coast to coast IN MILWAUKEE!! in Wisconsin: Southeast by smokingmonkey on: October 18, 2005 11:25:55 AM
hi carol lynn...

I haven't gotten a call yet either...
sockmonkeysuit, as in the suit i'm wearing in my avatar over to the left there.

here's a better shot:

except they want it to be kid sized. I guess they thought it would go faster. Not really, same amount of work, but smaller. So, my boyfriend's 11 year old daughter gets a sockmonkey suit.

....and still anxiously awaiting my rather large order of ragg yarn sweaters to make several suits out of....
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2  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by smokingmonkey on: September 18, 2005 07:43:40 PM
Last year:

made it out of sweaters and foam (the bike wasn't part of the costume)

year before:

rented the suit, added the fez, chest, diaper, oversized cigarette, lunchbox full of Baby Ruth's to throw at people, and a liter bottle of rum and coke. It was the most obnoxious thing I have ever, *ever* done.

year before that I was a 6' pink bunny peep. gotta dig up the picture of that.

any ideas for me for this year?

I've seen the priest and little boy gag, and the year I was the baby fez wearing drunk monkey, a friend was Roy being attacked by the tiger... amazingly, both looked very very similar to the pictures here. No maxi pads though.
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3  Re: Jewelry Making Supplies Storage in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by smokingmonkey on: September 08, 2005 09:09:46 PM
Started out with a few of those top loading snap close trays that you could put into a transport bag but quickly grew out of that. Went out and got hardware storage cases which are working out nicely, although I may need another one soon. I put little labels on the front of the drawers with the prices, and you can divide the drawers into sections. Anyway, here's a pic:

If I want to work in another room, I just pull out the drawers I need, and they stack on themselves for easy transport through the house.
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4  Re: Show me your craft "room"!! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by smokingmonkey on: September 06, 2005 11:12:38 PM
I just posted this on a different crafting board - so sorry if you've seen this already Wink

Back story: Moved into boyfriend's place 5 months ago. He owns a multi-use building which is commercial space on the first floor where his mastering studio and his friend's recording studios are. The second floor is 2 apartments which we're in the process of gutting and combining into one big apartment. Nice benefit of living in Milwaukee is that real estate isn't ridiculous. His whole mortgage is what you'd pay to rent a tiny studio apartment in Manhattan.


For the past four months, he and the cat have been living with this:

We started gutting what will be my office over Memorial Day weekend - and have barely touched it since so over Labor Day weekend I decided to take over a different unused room until we get the office finished. Here are before and after shots. A coat of paint, some curtains, and unpacking of some of my stuff and I have a workroom! Yay!



(I'll try to get some better pictures than this faux 360 shot)

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5  Re: Placemats as bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smokingmonkey on: September 05, 2005 10:50:53 AM
This is what they start out looking like:

They're strung together with nylon fishing line and strips of plastic. I cut them apart, polish them up a little, and put them together with 16g sterling wire.
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6  Placemats as bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smokingmonkey on: September 05, 2005 09:03:45 AM
I've been making these for a while, the dark ones - started out as a placemat. When I went looking for more of the placemats, I discovered that they came in other colors, and that the placemats were featured on an HGTV craft show, and that the $2 placemats were being sold on ebay for $15! After more searching, I found more for way less, and so now I'm making them in three shades - I'll probably sand and paint some too.

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7  Re: Neck Bangles in Beads: Completed Projects by smokingmonkey on: September 02, 2005 10:56:20 AM
Thanks again!

I sold the shell necklace yesterday along with 4 pairs of these earrings to coworkers (mostly to one person who wanted them for gifts:

Apparently I need to rethink the pictures because everyone says the necklace looks completely different in person. I may have to rethink my photo set up.
Hmm... Any ideas? I guess I'm doing them the way I am now because I get frustrated with photos where I can't see details.
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8  Neck Bangles - Updates - 10-26-05 in Beads: Completed Projects by smokingmonkey on: August 30, 2005 08:56:51 PM
Sold the other two but have materials to make duplicates. Here's some new stuff, the teal pieces I'm selling to support ovarian cancer research (50% of price) so I'm trying to start a whole line of it. (my mom has it - teal is the support ribbon color). I've been so busy getting materials together for "That's Clever" and prepping for Art vs. Craft it's been hard to post things here...



(sorry about the boob shot)

similar, but mutli strand and short:

***old stuff***
Ok, so I've never posted any projects here - it's a little intimidating you know, because you're all so talented.

This is a shell on a chain, and bronze wire mesh strand strung with glass pearls, and a light green wire mesh strand with new jade. I'm not sure what I think of it. I'm so used to making things that are visually heavy, and even though the main shell is big, it's kind of dainty.

...and this one is Amber (I think! there was no tag when I bought it saying what it was, but it was expensive) and Red Aventurine linked together with stering silver and an adjustable clasp.

I try to make at least one thing every night, so I'll take the cue from a few others and just add onto this when I make something new.
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9  Re: Show off your hair! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by smokingmonkey on: August 26, 2005 08:32:16 PM
Four month old dreads and extra dread extensions. Been thinking about dying my natural hair dark brown - closer to my natural color. I had neopolitan ice cream hair for a while before this and the bleaching took its toll, so while I have the dreads I may just let it rest for a while. I have to get the extensions tightened eventually, and I might have them swapped out for a different few colors... although I seem to have amassed a lot of blue and turquoise shirts and sweaters in the past couple of months.

with kittypants...
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