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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It's a bird, it's a plane, it's....A Praying Mantis! on: September 06, 2005 05:22:48 PM
Since I love the Praying Mantis, and I (albeit very briefly) had one as a pet when I was little, I decided I should embroider one on a onesie.  I searched on google images and found a scientific drawing of a praying mantis.  Then I blew it up in photoshop and simplified it into a basic line drawing.  I printed it on an iron-on transfer, embroidered, and voila:  (sorry for the really bad photo; my camera is starting to deteriorate).

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Let's Trade Craft Crap Gallery! on: September 06, 2005 01:06:49 PM
I got my awesome package from princessandthebead today!  I'm about to run some errands, but I'll take some pics and put them up when I get home.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: joining fabric pieces with crochet??? on: September 06, 2005 12:35:36 PM
I LOVE that wrap too!  I have no idea what I'm talking about, but it seems to me that maybe they cut out strips of fabric, and then crocheted really long skinny strips, and then used that stitch to attach them.  I don't know how to crochet though, only knit, so I may be totally wrong.  But I think my method could work though, no?  If you decide to make this, please post!  I'm definitely interested.
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: cheap good t-shirts...do they exist? on: September 04, 2005 05:29:32 PM
American Apparel T's are fairly inexpensive. If you have (or know someone who does) a tax ID or are willing to give your SSN, you can order them wholesale if you buy a few at a time. That is where I get mine.

I have to second this.  American Apparel tees are not the cheapest possible, but they are actually cheaper than stores like The Gap, and they fit really nicely.  They have a massive variety of colors and styles, and they are good for embellishing because they were actually originally designed and sold for things like concert t-shirts, etc. (If you look at the tag of some of your concert t-shirts, I'll bet you'll see the name, or the name "Classic Girl," which is also their line).

The other good thing about American Apparel is that they are sweatshop free, pay their employees health insurance, pay living wages, etc.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Kitty House--my first post of a project--Finally with photos! on: September 03, 2005 12:36:51 AM
OK, I searched and searched and finally found the name of the pattern.  It is: Butterick 5903 "Pet Beds," and it's out of print.  But it looks like you can buy it from the Butterick website:


Maybe you can buy it elsewhere too.

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Kitty House--my first post of a project--Finally with photos! on: September 03, 2005 12:20:47 AM
Is it hard to make? This might something I would like to try.

It actually wasn't that difficult to make.  I realized a few days ago that I lent the pattern to someone and never got it back, so I'll try to look online and figure out which pattern it was.  The hardest thing is sewing through the foam, but I made that on a rather old machine before I got my new one, and it seemed to do fine.
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Pear Green and Chocolate Brown?? on: September 02, 2005 04:51:41 PM
Excellent idea!  When my husband and I got married, we tried to kind of do things our own way, and we were much happier for it.  Brown is one of my favorite colors, and I adore pastely type colors (like pear green) in contrast with the brown.
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of conditioner? on: September 02, 2005 04:17:31 PM
Try the Burt's Bees intense avocado conditioner.  It's a deep conditioner that you let soak in for a bit, then rinse out.  You don't even need to buy it, though--you can make a homemade one.  I like to get my hair damp, and then coat it with coconut oil mixed with avocado or avocado oil.  Then wrap your head in a hot damp towel and leave it in for as long as you want (I do it for like 20-30 minutes).  Then take a shower and wash it out. 

Smock--I also LOVE Alba Botanicals.  I use a lot of their products too.  Their revitalizing shampoo would be a good one for dried out hair.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: A Little Favour on: September 02, 2005 04:06:44 PM

I like the design.  My only suggestion is to choose a darker font color.  I'm only 29 and don't even have that bad of eyes, but I had a hard time reading the font on my monitor.  And since reading light font gives me a headache, if I were to randomly come across your site, I would probably just skip it to spare myself the pain  Wink.  I think you can still use a very similar color, but just make it a tad bit darker for people like me.  Otherwise--nice design.

30  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / My first Sublime Stitching project! --Dia De Los Muertos Skull-- on: September 02, 2005 12:43:26 PM
I posted my first embroidery (a freehand heart) the other day, and you guys gave me a ton of good advice.  I put most of the advice to use on my next embroidery, the skull from the Dia De Los Muertos kit.  I think it actually came out OK this time. 

Here it is:

I don't know why the photo came out so dark.  Anyway, if anyone has advice for improvement, let me know.  I was going to make this into a pencil case for a friend.  That was the original plan, but now I feel kind of attached to it, and I might use it to make something for me  Wink.
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