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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Acres of pale pearlescent pink pleather on: November 16, 2006 02:01:25 PM
I'm soon going to be the proud owner of 11+ yards of the stuff (54" wide). It's stretchy and not too thick, and more or less apparel weight.

Pink is not my color. At all. Does anyone have any ideas? I saw a really cute pattern for a tank top, but like I said, pink - and pleather, for that matter - just aren't me.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Reasons why crafting is better than dating (PG-13ish) on: August 29, 2006 09:19:16 AM
On the "You Know You're a Craftster When..." thread the other day, I said "...you'd rather craft than date."

Someone threw out the comment that this would be another terrific thread. I agree!

The first reasons given (not by me!) were:

-a project never stands you up

-if something goes wrong you can cuss all you like

-you don't have to be awkwardly polite to an unsuccessful crafting attempt at a party later on - you can just throw it out

-after successful crafting, you have something useful and/or decorative. After successful dating you have an expensive, high maintenance pet (spouse)

Here are MY reasons why crafting is better than dating:

- You don't have to explain to your craft that you "Just don't feel like it."

- Your projects are always there to welcome you home.

- You can sell or give away your crafts. Dates occasionally have to be forcibly ejected.

- No need to worry about finding your sewing machine in bed with your knitting needles.

- One craft will never get jealous of another.

- Crafts will never criticize, judge you, steal your clothes (!), or hit on your friends.

- If a craft disappoints you, you can always tear it apart and re-make it exactly as you want it.

- Crafts don't care if you snore.

- It's much easier to juggle multiple crafts than multiple partners.

- Crafts don't take you out to dinner then complain that you're gaining weight.

- If you get sick of a craft, you can put it in a box and forget about it.

- It's virtually impossible to get pregnant while cross-stitching.

- There's a LOT more variety in your selection of crafts.

- It's perfectly legal to put hot glue on it, stab it with an awl, pierce it repeatedly with a needle, and sew its ends together.

And my favorite reason why I'd rather craft than date:

- A thimble goes on more easily than a condom, and offers better protection against pricks.

Meta "Bitter much?" Murph
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / My Thanksgiving Jewelry Binge (image heavy) on: November 29, 2005 07:56:21 AM
I spent Thanksgiving day making jewelry and watching movies, since everyone in my family had other places to be. Can't blame my parents for vacationing in the islands, though.

What resulted was a quiet day of no one bothering me - imagine that!

Here are just a few of the earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc., I made:

Labradorite and matte blue glass pearls:

Peridot leaded crystal with wired silver connectors:

Cracked glass in bicone and button, witha painted glass round in the middle:

Opalite faceted round, fire polished faceted rondelle, and Czech glass bead:

Something goofy! Silverlined red seed beads and a fire polished red round:

Gold cones and red "hurricane glass" hearts:

Foil beads from Blue Moon:

Garnet chips and tubes:

Fluorite and gold findings (the model is really small - the jewelry isn't that big!):

More fluorite:

Emerald and gold seed beads, teal glass beads:

Two pretty lampwork beads with Swarovski crystal and gold findings:

I haven't taken pictures of the rest, but I will. Thanks -

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Finally dumping my boyfriend - sigh. *LONG RANT* on: November 29, 2005 07:16:06 AM
So I've been bitching about my bf for roughly the last year or so, since it's really only been within the last year that his colors have REALLY come out. We've been together since June 2003, and I've stayed on in spite of his being irritable, nasty, and just generally an unpleasant person. For example, when I told him I'd read some of the books on Oprah - you remember the whole Oprah book club thing a few years back? - he immediately returned, "Oprah Winfrey's garbage. She's a piece of sh*t and should be shot and killed."  Um...ok. I don't feel any love or loyalty towards Oprah, but wasn't that a bit harsh?

And his MOUTH. Everything's f--- this and f--- that and he can't refer to women as "women" - they're all bitches or whores.  "Yeah, me and Mike and Joe saw these bitches walking down the street..." Or it's "Hey baby, look at all the whores hanging around..."  Every time I'd ask him to watch his mouth, he'd just laugh me off. He treats his parents like garbage and the only time he ever watches his mouth is when he's around MY parents, because he knows that my mother, in her genteel southern way, would emasculate him. My father doesn't even have to say a word - he just glares. And when Pop glares, the lights flicker.

He's not all bad, in spite of things. I'd like to think no one really is. But I've reached my end with him and his mouth and his horrible "opinions" that he thinks everyone is entitled to. Here's what happened last Tuesday:

I came home from having Mel (my sweet 11 year old Maine Coon kitty) put to sleep. He had a cancerous tumor in his abdomen the size of a softball and couldn't keep anything down. He had gone from a majestic 18 pounds to just 7, but from the time he was born until he took his last breath he never stopped purring. He was a big fuzzy baby who liked to have his butt rubbed with a hairbrush, and that's how I like to remember him.

It had been a rough day anyway, then I found out my 13 year old niece (who lives with me) had been lying to me about using the computer. She's grounded from using it until her grades come back up, but somehow someone managed to send a video game guide to the printer and LEAVE IT THERE. Since she's the only one around who plays the video games... But no...she lied about it, swore up and down it wasn't her, she didn't do it, lalalala.

So now with the double stress of Mel's death and my niece's continual lies (yep, she does it enough to make it a concern), I call my bf for some consolation and a friendly voice. At the news of Mel's death, he said, "I'm sorry to hear about that." Which was nice of him. But when I told him about my niece's lying, here's what he had to say:

"You need to stop that sh*t now, man. It's f*cking ridiculous. She does that sh*t now, no telling what kind of sh*t she'll be doing later. Somebody needs to f*ck her up, man. Just f*ck her ass up, bruise her face all up and sh*t, mess her up real f*cking good. She won't do that sh*t no more."

I told him he was a piss-poor human being to even say something like that about anybody, much less a little girl. Then he laughed. I hung up on him. He called me again on Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't speak to him. He hasn't called me again, and I haven't spoken to him since. I don't plan to speak to him again. Kind of an unspoken dumping, I guess.

He said those awful things about someone I love more than anything in the world...so why do I feel so horrible now? Am I jumping the gun? Is it long overdue? He didn't like my crafty ways - said I had too many hobbies. My going to the Goodwill literally started fights between us, and I've been pissed at him in the past for saying things like "People who do that crafting crap all have mental illness." He believed touching my knitting needles would make him less of a man.

It just kills me. I'm 31 now and I don't make friends easily, since I'm the kind of shy that makes for a good hermit. When I try, I'm always guilt-ridden and beating myself up after for possibly saying/doing/being everything wrong. I have ALWAYS been mental - too self-conscious, too scared, too worried, too frightened of everything to feel like a normal person. I think having a boyfriend made me feel normal, even if he wasn't the most pleasant person in the world. This last week has been difficult and awful and lonely. I spent Thanksgiving alone, since my niece was with her father and my parents are vacationing in St. Martin until this Thursday. Nothing like spending a family holiday alone when you're depressed to make you evaluate your life.

But I crafted. Boy, did I craft. On Thanksgiving alone, I made more than a dozen pairs of earrings, four bracelets, three necklaces, and since then I've experimented with memory wire beyond what would be considered reasonable (I'll post some jewelry soon in completed objects). I've been knitting another scarf in seed stitch while pondering singledom and trying not to feel lonely.

I feel optimistic when I craft. I know that in the end, when it's all over, I will have something nice to hold onto. A homespun scarf is a wonderful thing, as is a pretty gemstone bracelet. I still owe a wonderful person a swap package (that I COMPLETELY forgot about an embarrassing number of months ago, and that will be going out this weekend thanks to my productive holiday). A finished craft reminds me that I still have things to do and things to look forward to.

But if I EVER have another man in my life, he will knit. He will do so proudly, and I will make sweet sweet love to him wearing only the socks he has made for me.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Joann's gift certificate and internet blackouts on: October 06, 2005 10:09:11 AM
So I'm ready to spend my Joann's gift certificate, and I plan to do it online, except that when I sat down to do it (at work AND at home), I couldn't access the website. I don't have a problem at all with going to the store, but it'd be nice to do from home all the same. So I tried again the next day. Still nothing. Today? Nothing. I'm really hoping that it's just a problem with the site, but I don't think so.

And then I read this high-drama article - http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5889592.html) -  wherein two internet service providers are trying to bitchslap each other. This actually explains some of the problems I've had over the last few days with the net in general.

The article in a nutshell (at least this is how I read it - feel free to correct me!):

"I'm better than you!"
"You're SO not! I'm better than YOU!"
"Oh yeah? We'll I'll make it so your users can't use MY network!"
"Yeah? FINE! I'm doing the same!"

So screw the rest of us. I'm only thankful I can still get to  Craftster. Otherwise I'd sit in a corner and eat yarn.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 80s Fantasy Movie Swap (Signup CLOSED; send by January 21st) on: November 18, 2004 09:51:50 AM
Swap name:  80s Fantasy Movie Craft Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Metamurph
Sign-up date range: November 17th - December 15th
Date to send item by: January 21st

---> I've extended the signup date on this swap until the 15th of December <---

Limited to a certain number of people? All are welcome. Please join us!

Non-U.S. participants allowed?  Of course. It's a small world, after all.  Tongue

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages - preferably those with a heated nostalgia for the 80s!

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: You'd better believe it. Flakeouts suck BIGTIME.

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: Yep.

Details of swap:  The 80s gave us some of the coolest fantasy films ever - The Dark Crystal, Neverending Story, Princess Bride, Labyrinth, Ladyhawke, Legend, and Willow. This swap is all about making a craft to celebrate your favorite fantasy movie. You can work in any medium, and there's no size limit. For shipping's sake, you might want to keep your crafts a reasonable size, but your imagination's the only limit. I'll pair people up based on their favorite movie. Sound ok? PM me with ideas!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Favorite 80s fantasy movie? (choose from the list above)


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet little ladybug dress on: September 12, 2004 07:07:15 PM
I made this dress for my boss's granddaughter (who lives out in California). She *loves* ladybugs, and I found this remnant at Joann's for next to nothing, so...


I made a scrunchie to go with it, but I'm told she prefers to use it as an ankle bracelet. This picture just gives me a warm fuzzy.  Smiley

Verizon, who's hosting the pic, is acting a little strangely tonight so let me know privately if you can't see it. Thanks!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Halloween & Dark Doll Swap - (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 10/16/04) on: September 03, 2004 08:17:23 AM
Swap name: Halloween & Dark Doll Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: metamurph
Sign-up date range: 9/3/04 - 9/13/04 - Ten day signup period so that we can get rolling on this!
Date to send item by: 10/16/04 so everyone has them by October 31st. If you plan on sending Express or Priority, use your best judgment. But October 16th is the goal.

Don't forget to send me the delivery confirmation number once the item's been mailed out!

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No limit. This will be a straight swap, so as long as we have an even number, it's all good.

Non-U.S. participants allowed?  Yes, as long as you're willing to ship internationally if I can't match you up with someone in your own country. I will do my very best!

All ages allowed? Or 18+? Let's say 14+

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Details of swap:

Halloween & Dark Doll Swap - ALL MEDIUMS WELCOME - CLOTH, CLAY, PAPER, ETC. JUST JOIN IN AND ENJOY! We'll be swapping dolls that fit the mood or spirit of the Halloween season. Other holidays (Dia de los muertos, for example) are certainly welcome, so that there's a lot of room for imagination and no one feels boxed in by the Halloween label. Some examples: vampires, skeletons, witches, mummies, ghosts, zombies, scarecrows, beasties, critters, darklings, costumed-up-trick-or-treaters, not-so-innocent children, creepy clowns, wicked women, bad boys, or mix and match. Anything your little heart desires, so long as it fits the category of a Halloween and/or a dark doll.

No size limitations. Just have fun!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?


I am ALWAYS open to ideas and input, so PM me!

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Halloween / Dark Doll swap on: August 30, 2004 07:18:51 PM
Hi there -

Would anyone be interested in participating in a Halloween or a dark doll swap? It could encompass other seasonal dolls - Dia de los muertos, for example - so that there's a lot of room for imagination and no one feels boxed in by the Halloween label. Skeletons, witches, mummies, ghosts, scarecrows, beasties, darklings, costumed-up-trick-or-treaters, not-so-innocent little young-uns...yeah, I REALLY love this time of year.  Cheesy 

I was thinking about this while in my local A.C. Moore craft store today, strolling down the aisle that had Xmas stuff on one side and Halloween stuff on the other. I bought spiderwebs and mistletoe. I have plans for them.  Lips sealed

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My weird wild doll on: August 18, 2004 08:59:35 AM
Hi everyone -

This is only the second doll I've ever made, and I love the way she turned out. I made this doll in response to a challenge in a Yahoo group I belong to, but I despereately need to show it to someone right now and say "Look! I made this!" I hope nobody minds. The pattern was made by Phyllis M. Robinson, listmom of the Yahoo group - a very cool and talented lady!

There's still a pin or two in her, but I have to be patient while the glue is still drying.

Her name is Nagaya. She's made from a pair of pants I bought at a Goodwill in Lancaster, PA - the only one I've ever seen with a Bargain Room! Every stitch of clothing in it was fifty cents. Except for the thread, paint, and gel pens, everything about this doll is recycled right down to the chenille stems in her fingers. Her staff is a chopstick wrapped in a suede lace I yanked out of an old vest; then I wrapped that in wire I took off the back of an old picture and embellished it with beads I snipped from more Goodwill bargain room stuff. Her hair is leftover yarn from a friend of mine that owns a massive loom and gives me the waste pieces. Her clothes...yep, Goodwill.

I'm sorry the pictures are so big - didn't have time to resize them before leaving this morning.




Have a wonderful day, everyone!
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