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1  Little paper snowflake ornament (and a larger one too!) - 8 Big images in Winter Holidays by mintbamboo on: December 20, 2008 04:24:46 AM
I'm a bit of a craft masochist. I see something and decide that it's not nearly small enough, so I scale it down and drive myself crazy trying to get it to work. It took me a good 2.5-3 hours to do this:

(Craftster and/or Photobucket is/are being weird about portrait-style images, so I'll have to make them landscape)

I got the instructions for the non-traditional paper snowflake here. Having been warned by the blog that the end result was "pretty big," and being too cheap to use up six sheets of printer paper just for one flake (though a low supply of printer paper and an impending philosophy paper contributed as well), I made a 1/4th sized version:

Still way too big! (Though it's happily hanging on my closet). Had to go smaller. So I made the 1/64th sized version:

The middle of the small one is a bit wonky, but I'm quite pleased with it. So much so that I feel the need to emphasize the smallness of it and what I had to do to glue the tiny parts together  Wink

Artsy shot for good measure:

Massive post, sorry!  Smiley
These are really quite easy to make if you don't make them so small. I started a 1/16th version and it wasn't very difficult at all (I just thought it was still too big Tongue)
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2  Re: Show off your dorm room! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mintbamboo on: September 28, 2008 09:31:06 PM
Finally finished decorating. I'm in apartment style accomodation, so I have my own bedroom  Cheesy

I'm not big on posters, but I invested in a few that I know I will like for years to come. I love travelling, black and white photography, and Andy Warhol (shown in another picture).
I bought tissue paper in my favorite colors and cut it into two sizes of squares (ok, rectangles... I didn't have the patience to be picky) to go with my squares bedspread. The tissue paper was not my idea, I was inspired by this.
The red pillow clashes, I know. But it's fuzzy. I also have a red and orange rug that goes with the pillow, though it's currently MIA.

Most of you have purse holders... I only have 2 purses but a terrible scarf addiction, so I have to have a scarf holder! I only brought some of my scarves from home, the ones I wear the most. I made 3 of the 6.
I also have two dry-erase calendars on my desk; one is a 4-month one and the other is 1 month. They give them to us when you move in, but I cut off the distracting advertisements.
My magnetic circle kind of goes against my square theme, but it was a gift that I love and it comes in handy  Smiley. I have another rectangular magnetic dry-erase board by my door.

The fabric draped on the mirror was a belt/sash type thing that came with a pair of shorts I bought years ago.

My closet door is ugly and broken, so having it closed wasn't really a desired option. I have a whole bunch of stuff on the two shelves in there, including dusty suitcases, and I didn't want to be showing those off, so I hung up a shower curtain (I couldn't find any real curtains that were cheap, and I don't have any sewing equipment with me to make some curtains out of a bedsheet like Ransom did).
I save $1.50 every time I do laundry because I use a collapsible drying rack  Smiley

Hanging storage for extra towels, sheets, and yet-to-be-needed winter items. My room is actually pretty good for storage - the closet has two shelves, the dresser has four drawers, and there are three drawers under my bed.

Old placemats can be decorative  Wink

I didn't have a pen/pencil holder, so I cut a cardboard box (in which a coffee... thermos? came) in half and wrapped excess tissue paper around it. I have another one holding computer stuff on the next shelf up.

I only used one thumbtack in the wall (in a pre-existing hole), everything else is held up with sticky tack or temporary adhesives. There were a bunch of paint chips on the walls, so I tried to cover up most of them with the posters and tissue paper without going overboard. I decorated my room last year similarly, but found I had too much going on. I only used about half the tissue paper I used last year.

Sorry for the massive post!
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3  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mintbamboo on: April 01, 2008 10:30:31 PM
That is a serious belly dancing face  Cheesy

I've been lurking for quite a while, figured I'd actually post some of my stuff. It's my first digital camera, I got it in December. Nothing fancy, I just have a thing for my camera's macro function and nighttime snow (which, sadly, wasn't from December, but about 2 days ago...)

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4  Re: Suggestions/Advice etc. Kind of a long story in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by mintbamboo on: February 01, 2008 09:44:33 PM
i think you're amazing for doing this, and i wish you and your siblings (and your fiance) all the best  Smiley.

i don't know if you were thinking of decorating their rooms or not, but if you don't want to pay for paint,you could always use tissue paper. sounds a bit strange, but it has a pretty neat effect. being away at university, i can't damage/change my walls, so i bought some colored tissue paper from the dollar store and some sticky tack and stuck it on. it's a cheap way to add your favorite color to your room (though to be honest i don't know how young too young would be to have tissue paper on the walls, i'm childless with no younger relatives; still, it's an idea).

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5  Re: Disposable Camera (Color Theme) Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mintbamboo on: December 18, 2007 09:21:19 PM
finals are over which means freedom! and pinkness! (courtesy of cheebz)

my favorites:

the rest can be viewed here:

thanks cheebz!
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6  dried acrylic paint, anyone? (2 moderately big pics) in What the heck can I do with THIS? by mintbamboo on: May 20, 2006 07:01:22 PM
so i enjoy painting. all i have is acrylic, and my pallet is an old butter container lid. this means the excess paint (i seem to be a bit of a piant-waster) on there peels off quite nicely when dried, and since im an absolute packrat (with oodles of things packed away in my closet waiting to be used -- but thats another story) i feel sick just thinking about throwing the peelings away. i like the swirlyness of the colors.

they arent that thick, and the top part has dips and swirls and thick parts and thin parts, bumps and the likes as the texture, whereas the backpart of them (the part touching the pallet) are nice and smooth, and usually different colors than the top parts (its a small pallet, and im too lazy to clean it often).

some examples (bear with me- first time posting a pic, and the paint was scanned, so the quality might not be that great):

the top part of the paint

the back part of the paint

i usually have ones with nicer colors and combinations, but those are somewhere in that closet...

so, what the heck can i do with them? any ideas appreciated!
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