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3681  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Onesie Extravaganza! on: August 21, 2005 11:17:30 AM
I finally have pictures of some of the onesies that I have done!  All of them used sublime stitching patterns except the Celtic knot.  I think my favorite is the palm tree.  It is for a friend of mine who is due at the end of October.  She and her husband have had SO many tropical themed parties over the years that I'm calling this one Baby's first mu-mu!!!!

If the pictures don't post for some reason I have back up links below too. 








Here are the links.  I hope they work if needed!
http://www.kaperak.com/needle/onsies.jpg
http://www.kaperak.com/needle/monkette.jpg
http://www.kaperak.com/needle/knot.jpg
http://www.kaperak.com/needle/palm.jpg
http://www.kaperak.com/needle/robot.jpg
http://www.kaperak.com/needle/carrot.jpg
3682  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Confused! on: August 18, 2005 06:34:50 PM
I got the onesies en-mass at Target. I think they were changing the brand or carters was changing their packaging...some such nonesense.... but I did not care about the reason! oh no! I was just glad to find lots of cheap onesies! They were having some kind of clearance sale and with just about everyone I know about to give birth, I cleaned them out! I got a variety of sizes too since babies grow so quickly. Now my friend's kids all have cool outfits for the next year or so....or will very soon. Let's just say I have lots of works in process.

Photos soon I promise!
3683  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Embroidery blanks - ideas? on: August 18, 2005 06:20:09 PM
I have used cheap five for $3 Wal Mart hankies for a couple of projects. They are a nice size for something relatively small that you may want to frame or hang on a wall. 

I also have a big piece of unbleached muslin that I keep around just in case inspiration strikes.  It is a good stable fabric and is cheap.  I did just about the whole SS I Love Veggies package on the muslin and have them framed on my wall in simple black frames in my kitchen. 

I promise photos soon.....maybe I'll have a stitch photo shoot this weekend so I can post all of my stuff!
3684  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Mermaid Satin Stitch on: August 15, 2005 11:22:25 AM
That is incredible! My satin stitch always comes out goofy and uneven! That is just beautiful!  Grin
3685  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Confused! on: August 15, 2005 11:09:09 AM
I bought stabilizer, for the back of stretchy fabric, in a quilters supply shop.  I bought a type that has a peel off backing and sticks on to your fabric and that you can peel off when you are finished. I live in a relatively small town too so I was surprised to find a specialty shop let alone find what I was looking for in that shop!  Smiley

With the exception of the time I bought onesies in bulk, this has been my most expensive stitching purchase at $22 a roll.  However, a roll lasts me for many many many projects and not all projects require stabilizer. In fact I've made so many onesies for all of my pregnant friends that I'm on my second roll of stabilizer!   Grin
3686  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: high school reunion on: August 15, 2005 10:49:55 AM
I just went to my 20. Scary.... The yearbook photo name tags, although frightening, are necessary because you'll have no idea who half the people are otherwise! It is amazing how different people look even after 10 years! I can say this too because I had the horror of haircuts for my senior picture.....the bi-level haircut aka a mullet! I cringe at the sight of it! It is AWFUL! But, I understand the pictures are necessary.

Also, do a slide show some sort of a then and now.  Here is a link to ours. 
http://www.kaperak.com/reunion.zip  You'll need powerpoint to view it.  There will be music added to it within the next week.  There was music when it was presented.  It is just not on the web site yet.  The slide show was presented during dinner then played on a loop without sound for the remainder of the evening.  I asked for pictures for weeks before the reunion.  Most were sent electronically thank god! I dug through all of my old pictures then scanned them and scanned the yearbook because I didn't have enough variety ans set this presentation/slide show up.  The photos at the end are from the Friday night happy hour event and I was able to put them in the slide show for the Saturday night dinner event. 

I got the music from either my personal collection or from I-Tunes then edited with some software (audio edit deluxe) my husband found on-line.

My 10 year reunion was held at a resort.  All of the events were at one place. It was great! Expensive, but great! The 20 year was held at a bunch of places and I would have preferred to have it all at one place.

The gift bag had a bunch of stuff but the BEST item was a CD someone made with songs from the year we graduated. (1985)

The coordinators are now compiling a CD with contact information, the presentation, and photos.  I think they are selling it for what it costs them to produce....less than $10.
3687  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: 80s theme party on: August 15, 2005 10:32:58 AM
If you get VH-1 Classic at home record "I Love the 80s" and/or "The Alternative" and play the 80s videos during your party.  You don't necessarily have to have that music playing, you can turn the sound down and play other 80s music, but having authentic 80s images will make a great visual impact. The Alternative is on Sundays, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11 (am & pm).  I love the 80s......I'm not 100% sure when it is on but if you check VH1.com I bet it will tell you!

Also, have some Aqua Net or some other cheap hair spray handy to make big hair and have some cheap make up to put on that 80s make up.  Maybe have a hair and make up station for your guests?  The boys can be made into rock stars and and the girls can be made into 80s girls BOTH with that big crispy 80s hair and 80s make up. Boys and girls looked a lot alike in the 80s.  Lots of big hair and make up for both! It's fun to play with but I'm SO glad it is not in style anymore! It was so bad for your hair and skin! The music was GREAT but the hair and make up OY! Living through it once was quite enough!
3688  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Turning 13 maybe want an 80's themed party on: August 15, 2005 10:22:39 AM
If you get VH-1 Classic at home record "I Love the 80s" and/or "The Alternative" and play the 80s videos during your party.  You don't necessarily have to have that music playing, you can turn the sound down and play other 80s music, but having authentic 80s images will make a great visual impact. The Alternative is on Sundays, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11 (am & pm).  I love the 80s......I'm not 100% sure when it is on but if you check VH1.com I bet it will tell you!

I also agree with the others that said, have stuff for people to dress up in.  Also, have some Aqua Net or some other cheap hair spray handy to make big hair and have some cheap make up to put on that 80s make up.  Maybe have a hair and make up station for your guests?  The boys can be made into rock stars and and the girls can be made into 80s girls BOTH with that big crispy 80s hair and 80s make up. Boys and girls looked a lot alike in the 80s.  Lots of big hair and make up for both! It's fun to play with but I'm SO glad it is not in style anymore! It was so bad for your hair and skin!  Smiley
3689  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Favourite theme party(ies)? on: August 15, 2005 10:07:50 AM
I'm a frustrated party planner so I have a bunch of ideas for you.....

I have always loved traditional theme parties held at non-traditional times of the year.  Like a Halloween party in March or a Christmas Party in July or 4th of July in December.  How about a February beach party theme? That way it's original and not played out plus then you're not competing with other parties and you won't have party hoppers...you know people going to several parties including yours on the same night!  I hate party hoppers! It's so rude but sometimes, especially with Halloween and Christmas parties, it is unavoidable, some people are just going to be party hoppers! By having your classic theme party at an off time of year you eliminate party hoppers completely!

I have always wanted to have a "proper" late 1950s early 1960s cocktail party.  Think Jackie O meets the early days of Playboy!  Everyone would dress in proper cocktail attire. I'm talking, gloves, hats, the whole sha-bang! I'd serve cocktails such as martinis and manhattans and other classics.  I'd play "lounge" music and serve classic hors devours!

One of the BEST parties I ever had was a toga party my sophomore year of college. There is no shame in going with the tried and true. 

I'm having a football watching party in September.  I live in Tallahassee and we are big FSU football fans so we have made it a tradition to have a party for the first away game of the season.  It is your basic tailgate theme.  However, I'm going to try to work in karaoke for halftime since I have become a recent karaoke junkie.  One year a friend of mine who is a former majorette in the FSU band did a complete halftime show for us! She even broke out the white majorette boots!!  It took a lot of cocktails to get her to do it but it was great!

That's another theme....a karaoke party! The X-Box (and PS-2) version of karaoke allows a REALLY awful singer like me have fun without making a total fool of myself in public!  The trick to get other people involved is (1) Lots of liquid courage aka Booze and (2) I go first and they see how bad I really am and that's gives them courage to give it a go! I have goofy clothes on hand for costume changes to make it extra fun.  Like my wedding veil for "Like a Virgin" and this dress that looks like a dish rag for any early 90s grunge song and a dress that looks like a disco ball for any disco song and/or motown or Diana Ross song!  I wear cowboy boots for sweet home Alabama and break out bandannas for other hard rock songs too.  The sillier you are the more fun it is and the more likely people are to participate.

A friend of mine at work just suggested a theme where everyone picks a persona out of a hat and they have to "BE" that persona all night.  The persona's would be off color things like "close talker" and "crotch watcher" and "innappropriate comment maker".  This, of course, would only work with the right kind of crowd.

This one takes preplanning but if you have the time and can make it work, it is awesome! Make a list of characters or costumes and divide them up in two.  Then have all the people at the party pick one of the costumes and then they have to find their match at the party.  Some example are classic TV shows like Gilligan's Island and one person might dress up like Gilligan and the other like Ginger and then they have to find eachother at the party, all they know is they both have Gilligan's Island.  Some others are the Munsters, Gangsters, Football player/cheerleader, Holy/religious Icons, punk rocker, Flintstones, the list can go on and on....... I went to a party lie this once and picked gangster and the guy I ended up matching with and I looked almost identical it was a hoot!
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