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651  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my summer "TV" distraction on: August 30, 2005 12:24:00 PM
That looks great! I started a shrug for my tv project too! I think I'm actually even using that same color!
652  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: i want this to be the scariest halloween eva! on: August 22, 2005 06:34:10 PM
How cool you are having a scary Halloween party! You can really do a lot with that! Here's what I do every Halloween: We make a haunted house in the garage!  (Keep in mind, we've been doing this for years, so we have lots of stuff we've bought over the years)

We have all the walls covered in black plastic, including the door windows, because the neighborhood kids all want to see it before it's done! We sectioned off the garage into 3 small rooms and a hall. Put a strobe light in the hall, black lights in the other rooms. Then, get your friends to dress in costume and scare the trick or treaters!

Some of my fave rooms: The Prom Queen with the slashed throat and her date who comes out of the shadows with a bloody knife; The Tea Party (which was four stuffed "people" and one real ghoul who jumps out and chases you as you go by), The Faceless mask who just follows you (it really creeps out people), Chainsaw (with the chain removed. Your parents might not want you to do this)

We use a fogger in front and in one place in the back, so everything is all spooky and eerie. Made a graveyard in the front yard with paving stones I moved from the garden and some mulch spread to look like a fresh grave. Made a giant spiderweb out of clothesline. Hung a ghost from the tree, where the wind would catch it and make it blow out at people. After they go through the haunted house, the person in the last room gives them their candy. (Except really little kids. I just let them get the candy without going in.)

This seems like a lot of expense, but you can do this without spending a lot of money. We use black trash bags on the walls. Once the white light is off and the fog is going, it looks good. We have wooden walls now, but the first year, we used cardboard that we got from Best Buy (refridgerator boxes). Cover them with black plastic, too. Black lights are important, but they are about $1. Fogger is an expense, but you can get the same effect with a couple of bucks worth of dry ice. Most of the other decorations you will already have, if you decorate for Halloween. (Spiderwebs 3/$1, tops) But the most important thing is the people. You will have so much fun scaring people and you won't believe how scary it is! We have people ask us "are you doing the haunted house this year?" every year!

653  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make a skirt? on: August 14, 2005 05:30:17 PM
Ahhhhhh. I think I know what you're saying! That should be pretty easy and quick (which suits my skills/time frame!) too!

I love Craftster! You guys are so great!
654  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make a skirt? on: August 14, 2005 05:13:41 PM
Can anyone help me? I am making a pirate costume for my teenage daughter and, true to my own procrastinating form, I have waited until the week she needs it to start! Here's what I want to do... I want to make a sort of pull on or wrap skirt with uneven hem. Trouble is, the fabric she bought is striped. It looks layered and pieced together, so it has potential. But I seem to remember my home ec teacher scolding me for buying striped fabric for a skirt.... ("You'll look like a barber pole!!!")

Two months ago, when she asked for this, I felt confident I could do it. Now, I'm slightly intimidated by the memory of old Mrs. G from home ec class.

655  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Re: Indianapolis gal lookin' for a Stitch n Bitch to join or start on: June 28, 2005 12:32:32 PM
Count me in! I'm on the south side. Where are you?
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