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61  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / hand made book on: August 27, 2005 04:00:43 PM
for my creative writing class, we had to bind a collection of our work however we saw fit.  so, having made nothing more than a card or origami out of paper before, i decided to make a real live hardcover.  i wish i had taken pictures of the process--cooking paste, making bookcloth, sewing the binding, etc.  but oh well.

front cover

inside--poem from eighth grade

inside back cover.  inside front is the same, but it didn't come out as nicely.  i love the paper--it reminded me of lemony snicket. 
62  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making shirts in a dorm on: August 24, 2005 03:19:58 PM
inspired by evolvefish.com and all the baptists chasing me down outside and even coming to my dorm door, i have decided it is of dire importance to me to make lots of shirts to offend the right.  problem is, i live in the world's tiniest dorm.  i have a roomate too, so it's got to be small and not very messy.  i was thinking of hand-applique, but that will take SO much time.  any ideas?
63  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / studentworkplan.com on: August 22, 2005 07:33:53 AM
in wandering around campuss yesterday, i found a flyer for www.studentworkplan.com, which wants me to pay $35 for a list of companies who need people to do things like stuff evelopes.  i'm asking here because it also said it had listings for companies who needed people to sew/craft things.  i'm probably going to skip studying to craft anyway, so i figure i might as well get paid.  having to pay for it seems a bit scamish though.  anyone ever used that site?
64  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ocelot! on: August 16, 2005 10:53:53 AM
this started out as a quick, spur-of-the-moment, i'm-sorry-things-suck-right-now-but-i'm-always-here present for my love, but i just HAD to over-achieve.  so, a week or so later:

head-close up.  i love her smile.

her little tag says "made with love"

the reason she took forever.  the head and body were machine-sewed from two old patterns modified and combined.  then i hand sewed the head to the body, and hand-appliqud every last little black bit on.  also hence why she looks a little loved already.  that and feed dogs aren't kind to fleece.
65  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / random project button on: August 04, 2005 07:29:47 PM
you press the button and get a random project.  good for those times when you want to make something really, really bad (like i do right now) but have no idea what.
66  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / painted rain boots-help me! on: August 04, 2005 12:29:49 PM
I've just spent the past week painting some black rain boots from walmart with cretaceous sea life.  And I LOVE them.  So, before I sealed them, I went for a test walk out to the mailbox.  And then all the paint cracked and fell off!!!   Cry  It seems to be the stuff that I used white as a base for got the worst of it, but that may be just because they're around the ankle.  I know other people have painted boots, so what do I do?!  I used acrylics, new paint, same brand.  Help me please!
67  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Motherboard clock *with tutorial* on: August 03, 2005 02:28:29 PM
I saw something like this (but not nearly as cool looking) on the internet for $45 awhile back, and I decided to make it for my dad for father's day.

Old motherboard (call computer repair stores and ask if you can have one. most have a couple sitting around)
clock kit
something for the numbers
drill with bits made for thin metal
masking tape
hot glue
tweezers, hammers, wire cutters, and other things good for destroying bits.

1. When you get the board, it will most likely be covered with ports and such.  You can leave that alone, and just use the other side if you don't want to rip it off.  I personally think the side with all the stuff on it looks much neater.  But, all that junk is heavy and it will get in the way of your clock hands.  So, use whatever you can to get most of it off.  The ports on the edge were the monitor, keyboard, etc would be plugged in will not come off.  Really.  So don't try.  Little pieces will be flying everywhere, so wear goggles.  This is the hardest part.  It took me an entire day, but it was fun.

2.  Now that your board is fairly clean, mark the middle with sharpie.  Put a piece of masking tape on top of this (you can see through it) on both sides of the board.  This is to keep the board from showering you with splinters when you drill.  Secure the board to your work surface somehow.  I clamed it to wood blocks and then clamped the blocks to the table.  Pick a drill bit the same diameter as the clock shaft, and drill your hole.

3.  Assemble the clock with the board according to the instructions that came with it.

4.  Add the finishing touches.  You can use whatever for numbers.  I thought the "F" keys off a keyboard would be really neat, but I didn't have an old keyboard, so i made keys out of polymer clay.  Glue your numbers on, and it's ready to hang on the wall!
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