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1  Re: big boob( jugs, melons) ladies out there please help me get the right dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by nightal1031 on: August 10, 2008 08:00:44 PM
hmm. i always do well with a V neck or scoop neck dress, because it gives attention to my collarbone/neck instead of my boobs. of course, you do need to make sure it doesnt show a lot of (or any) cleavage, cause then i guess it would be counterproductive.
a princess seam would work, as would a wrap dress... i have a friend who wore a wrap dress the other night to dinner, and one of our guy friends wouldn't get over how good she looked (and i agreed with her on how good her boobs looked while not appearing to be huge)
a flared skirt will always balance the figure, making the waist look small and cute, therefore emphasizing the waist instead of the chest.
i found that if i can get some sort of neckline design that is below the actual neckline, my boobs look smaller just because the line makes the size seem less.. grrr i'm going to have to draw a picture....

(i'm not talking about like a lacy frock looking thing or anything like that, just some sort of trim, maybe some embroidery or piping or something)

i hope that helps, i'm still on the lookout for some de-emphasizing dresses for more conservative outings (being a DD and 19 is nice for going out with friends, but sometimes you gotta go to lunch with your grandma) and this is what i've come up with so far in my search. Smiley
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2  My Wild and Wonderful Home (Lewisburg, WV) in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by nightal1031 on: March 05, 2008 07:01:06 PM
OOOOKAY. First of all, I really didn't have time to make this, but I am super homesick this week (I'm going to school in south carolina), and I had to do it (even though I have midterms this week... ack!)

I am from Lewisburg, West Virginia. It is the county seat of Greenbrier County, and was founded by General Andrew Lewis in 1751. Lewisburg is a small town (though large by my end of the state's standards) with a population of about 3500 people. The thing about Greenbrier County is that the towns are really small, so you know almost everyone not only in your town, but in the towns around you, and each part of the towns around you are part of your own town's identity.
Lewisburg is a very arts-influenced town. We have a Carnegie Hall Smiley (one of my second homes), a black box theater, and one of the few Ostheopathic medicine schools in the country.
My favorite part of Lewisburg is the large lawn shared by the community college and carnegie hall, just a few blocks from my house, where everyone goes to enjoy a nice day. Smiley
We are stuck in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, and sit on the Greenbrier River, and host the State Fair of West Virginia every August.

For my project, I wanted to show elements of my hometown (kind of area) and tie them together with one large element.
Here's what I came up with:


These three (right to left) are the symbol for the dance company I was in when I lived at home (Trillium), a rhododendron flower, which is the state flower of West Virginia, (this has special meaning to me, we have a huge one in our front lawn that blooms every spring, it used to signal that it was about time for school to let out and summer to begin Smiley ), and the spring house at the Greenbrier Hotel. The Greenbrier is a 4 star resort that employs most of Greenbrier County. We can't afford to stay there :S but we do go and walk around the grounds because they are so beautiful and the food is excellent  Cheesy.

The final two images (again, right to left) are a ginko leaf and a corinthian column. In the college yard that I mentioned earlier, there is a huge ginko tree that I have always sat under, no matter the weather or the day. It is my favorite tree in the world, and coming from a huge outdoor freak like I am, that is a big deal Smiley. The corinthian column symbolizes Carnegie Hall, which funds the arts in my community and made my love for art grow. They have an art day camp for younger kids that I used to go to, and then I volunteered teaching there. I learned how to weave, throw clay, cook, print, collage, paper mache... it was endless and amazing.

Suprise! the letters turn over to spell...

Lewisburg West Virginia Smiley

The top of the mobile (I guess it would be a mobile?) Is cardboard, that I painted to look like mountains. The New River Gorge Bridge is in between two of the mountains. Okay, technically, the bridge isn't that close to my hometown (about 50 miles away), but it is a symbol for homecoming for me (I drive over it to get home) and is one of the most beautiful places in West Virginia. I couldn't resist, and I wanted a way to represent my love for the river. Smiley
I wrote on there "My Wild and Wonderful Home." This is a play on a saying on signs here "Wild and Wonderful West Virginia"
The strings that connect the pictures to the mountains are Blue, Red, Orange, Burgundy, and Gold. Blue and Gold stand for the state colors, and red, orange, and burgundy are colors that remind me of fall, my favorite season in West Virginia.

Smiley I hope you liked it, I didn't get to spend that much time thinking about it because I have midterms and a project to finish by the end of the week. :S

P.s. wow, i just previewed this, and the photography is horrible... i'm sorry, I'm in a very small dorm room and the door was the only blank place to take a picture of it. :S the colors are a lot better IRL.
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3  inchie-inspired self portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by nightal1031 on: January 31, 2008 06:12:52 PM
I have been seeing everyone's inchies on here (and loving them).  I don't know exactly how you put them all together, but I remember seeing a post where someone had them all one one page and then cut them out after they were colored... this gave me an idea. So, as I normally do when I have a million things to do, I sat down and started this self portrait.
I took a 5X7 picture of myself and cut it into 1inch by 1 inch squares. I labeled them in rows, like A1, B2, etc. and shuffled them around on my desk.
Then, I took some marker paper and cut that into 2 inch by 2 inch squares.  I took my markers and colored each square separately, without looking at the other squares as to how they lined up. Then, I referred to the numbers I had and glued them alltogether to make this funky self portrait Tongue

(I still need to modpodge over it and glue it to something so it will lie flat, but I was so excited about this that I had to share now! Tongue)

and here's the poor picture I cut up for reference:

This was sooo fun, and it only took about 3 hours... I used prismacolor markers on marker layout paper, and glued it to some plain 11X14 white drawing paper.
Oh, and I trimmed the edges, so it isn't exactly 11X14.

P.s. when i printed the picture, the words "fire chief" did NOT show up on the picture... I wish htey had, now, because that would have been fun to see how it turned out. Embarrassed  oh well. I'm definitely inspired to do more of these!
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4  Is anyone else having this problem? "Black Hole" in Craftster Itself by nightal1031 on: December 23, 2007 10:39:05 AM
I've dubbed this the "black hole"... its this random gray stripe that has shown up on threads... mostly in the "hottest new topics" category... when my mouse hits the stripe I can't scroll down the page anymore. (This has been happening for about a month now). Not exactly the worst thing in the world, but it can get annoying...

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:


Is it a problem with the site? Or could it just be my browser? I use firefox, but it hasn't happened on any other sites.
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5  Anybody play guitar? NEED HELP with making a guitar strap! in Discussion and Questions by nightal1031 on: December 05, 2007 01:04:48 PM
So, my brother asked for a guitar strap for Christmas, which I feel like I should be able to do... but I want to make a thicker strap (with padding, etc.), so the most common way of making the strap adjustable (with the little plastic toggle thing... which probably has a name) isn't really an option. After searching for different types of adjustable straps, I found something that looks like this:

How does this work?  Huh I really want to do something similar to this... or is there another way that guitar straps adjust (strings, or something... when I look at the adjustable straps, some use different methods, but I really can't figure out how they work... there's not really any good pictures of the adjustable piece, and most of the pictures are really small.

I had planned on going to a music store and looking at the different straps, but I am an out of state student and I can't find any stores around here (and I'm not that familiar with the area)... of course, I found the fabric/craft store quickly  Wink... but that's getting off topic.

Thanks in advance for any and all help!!! Once I figure it out, I'll put up a picture of the finished product Smiley
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6  Happy ThankZgiving in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by nightal1031 on: November 05, 2007 03:09:03 PM

this is my first ATC and my first venture into the world of zetti.... though I teach collage and art classes to elementary kids in the summertime... so i've had a lot of experience making interesting combinations.

my turkey's tailfeathers are made of magazine, newspaper, and take out menu pages (some colored). the arms were drawn in black ink, the body was 3 layers of acrylic paint in various colors.  the hat and face were a cutout I found in my scrap box, colored with some markers... the background is construction paper. Smiley
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7  first try at fair isle in Knitting: Completed Projects by nightal1031 on: October 22, 2007 04:27:16 PM
ok, so this is my first post on the knitting board...
i started knitting about a year ago, i taught myself from a book (and i'm a continental knitter, at that...
i've never finished anything great, i'm still learning and halfway finishing millions of projects.

i'm currently working on my "first" FO, a blanket (afghan?) for my boyfriend for christmas, but i figured i'd take a bit of a break today and use up some of my extra yarn and try some fair isle (i've never knit with two colors before... :S)

and here's what i came up with:
(not very exciting, but i'd like to get some feedback from some of the more experienced knitters, because my roommate is not exactly the knitting pro...)

A "mu" iclicker holder!!!!! yay physics geek...
the iclicker is something we use in lecture, its a remote so the professor can quiz us during class... i have a joke about (the greek letter) mu with my friends... so i figured my iclicker could enjoy a sweater (it is fall...)

(actually its just a knit practice square i sewed up the side... i'm not happy with the seam)

close up of the mu

the top part (i did moss stitch, using white for the purl and blue for the knit stitches...)

the iclicker peeking out, all lit up because he's warm Smiley

sorry for the crappy webcam pictures (and my creepy face and dorm room peeking out the sides  Undecided, but the digital camera is out of batteries... as usual...

so, how does it look for a first-timer Smiley
comments/tips welcome!
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8  Re: Little girl in a random forest, doodle of boredom, for a coloring-a-long! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by nightal1031 on: February 16, 2007 06:04:03 PM

:S the image didnt work at first.

its kinda wrinkled cause i did it with watercolors in the background. foreground is with sharpies.
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9  Captain Planet, he's our hero... in Halloween Costumes by nightal1031 on: November 04, 2006 03:54:27 PM
For Halloween, I made both my brother's costume and my own costume.  My costume ended up looking nothing like what I wanted it to, so I'm entering the costume that I made for my brother.  He decided he wanted to be Captain Planet...
Here's the picture I worked off of for reference:
he was the earth-conscious superhero of the early 90's who nobody remembers... unless you were super cool.

I made the suit out of a light blue little boy's sweatsuit (so it was nice and spandex-like, without the cost of searching for a full powder blue spandex suit)
Then i created the "underwear" and the cape out of a 4X red tshirt that i cut up to fit each situation, and sewed those on.
The Earth badge and belt were made of yellow felt, and the belt was made out of leftover black fabric from my own failed costume attempt.
The gloves were a pair of red gloves that i attached to two red sweatbands to make them longer.

For his hair, I got a blonde wig, cut it into the mullet like shape, and sprayed it green with the green hairspray stuff...  The face was just a LOT of blue eyeshadow.

The boots were my real sense of pride.  I used a pair of flip flops, cardboard, and 2 rolls of red duct tape.  They were beautiful and held up suprisingly well... I had to cut them apart a bunch of times because they didnt fit him correctly... sigh... they look orange in the picture...

last week was homecoming week, too, and we had a "dress up as a superhero" day... so he wore his costume.  needless to say, he was the most original... most people wore a superman tshirt... he stood out really badly:

he's in the middle... of course, not everyone else has a blue face...
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10  first toy ever made in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by nightal1031 on: June 02, 2006 06:12:38 PM
i made a stuffed sheep for my friend who is graduating this weekend. we have an inside joke about how one sheep should be called a shep... nobody understands.

i made the body part out of this fuzzy white yarn.  i wove it using a cardboard loom, and then i gathered the woven part on both ends and connected little felt legs and a head.  in real life, he's really soft and his head doesnt look that freakin' deformed. Smiley

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