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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Essentials tips to include in article about making a wedding dress on: March 20, 2007 10:21:29 PM
Hi everyone.
   I work for my college newspaper and along with our regular paper we also publish "guides" such as graduation guide and wedding guide. I'm writing an article for the wedding guide about making your own wedding dress (as a former apparel design major and current journalism major and editor I am very excited about this) and just wanted to see if anyone had some absolutely essential tips or techniques that you feel must be included. It's not going to be too in-depth, as space won't permit, but I hope to cover pattern selection, fabric options, and general sewing/cutting tips.
So, anything you feel potential dress-makers must know?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / What kind of plant is this? on: January 12, 2007 08:12:46 PM
I hope this is ok to post. It goes with gardens, which are crafty right? I just bought this plant and the place I bought it from didn't have markers and I didn't ask the name. Unfortunately I have misplaced my camera cord to upload photos so I don't have any. But, at first I thought the plant was lavender. It has a large bunch of purple flowers that are very scented and smell, to me, like lavender. However, the stalks are really thick and look like tulip stalks, with the long leaf-like parts extending upward. The flowers are also larger than lavender and are much more waxy feeling. Any ideas? Sorry, I know that description wasn't the best and it's hard without photos, but I'm trying to look up how to care for it.
Thanks in advance!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Help! family crest related gift ideas needed on: December 13, 2006 06:33:00 PM
Hi Everyone,
   I need a gift for my grandparents and originally I was thinking of etching the family crest onto glasses, but we have like 5 and they are all too complicated to etch. Can anyone think of an easier way to do this, or something else I can do with the crests?
This also needs to be accomplished within the next day or two (very short notice, I didn't know I would be seeing them) so the faster the better!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / What do you think of these gifts? on: December 10, 2006 08:27:28 AM
I made these for some friends, the bags are lined with satin (well, fake satin) and the little tins have their initial on the outside, and a piece of vintage jewelry inside, which I forgot to take a picture of before I wrapped them! Two are lockets with cameos on them, and the other is a really pretty brooch.
The problem is, those tiny tins do not fill the bags, and I was hoping for some ideas as to what else to put in there. I don't have much time or money left, but would like it to be crafted, and to kind of go along with the other gifts, i.e girly. Any ideas?

 I made these ornaments using this pattern http://littlebirds.typepad.com/little_birds_handmade/   (Thank you!), and was thinking of making little sets with more ornaments (felt mittens and stockings), but I'm starting to think these look more like hershey's kisses than trees (no offense to the creator of the pattern, her's are beautiful, along with everything she makes). They would be gifts for my grandmother, and possibly my mom and boyfriend's mom. What do you think?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / book related crafts for the boyfriend on: December 05, 2006 07:15:37 PM
I ordered my boyfriend a book subscription to McSweeney's (fiction collections) He'll get four (really nice)  books over the next year. I want to craft something book related to go along with it, but I can't think of anything other than a bookmark, which I don't want to do.
Any ideas?
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / tons of cat food cans!! on: December 04, 2006 12:48:49 PM
I go through one can a day with my new kitten, and I always feel so bad just throwing the cans away. Anyone have any ideas for what to do with them? Gift ideas would be especially great, with the holidays coming up and all. I've thought of melting wax in them to make candles, or punching holes in the sides to make tea light holders, but that's all I've got. Plus, those don't really disguise the fact that it's a cat food can, it just looks like I left one out on accident.

They look like this, but silver:
And just for fun, Virgil, the one responsible for the abundance of cans:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Newest Martha Stewart- Nov. 2006 on: November 08, 2006 08:35:14 PM
Have you guys seen the newest Martha? I know some craftsters don't like Martha Stewart, but this issue has this really great section about felting sweaters and making small gifts out of them. My favorites are the stuffed animals and the quilt. I plan on going to buy some old sweaters tomorrow to make the throw pillows or quilt. Anyone else like it or have other recycled sweater ideas to add? I think they're such a great medium to use, and the perfect way to use up that beautiful sweater you find at a resale shop that somehow is always 5 sizes too big.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / First Day of Autumn Party on: September 19, 2006 07:28:52 PM
Hi everyone,
  I love fall and would like to have a sort of "Fall Party" on saturday, the first day of Autumn. The problem is I live in Houston Texas and it's still literally 90 degrees outside. (I grew up in Pennsylvania and miss having actual seperations of the seasons).
That being said, I need some ideas for foods/drinks etc that aren't HOT. So far the only ideas I have are burning pumpkin scented candles and drinking apple cider (not hot, the alchohol cider). I'm not really planning on having a huge party or anything, just a small amount of friends over for drinks, food, etc. Any ideas? I haven't completely decided on doing this yet, do you think I should wait until it's actually cold outside? (if ever, I'm not counting on it) It seems like that may make more sense...
any help is appreciated.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / please help! crafty no more! on: July 18, 2006 03:12:34 PM
Hi everyone,
  so lately I've been in quite the craft rut. I usually love to sew, my major was apparel design for a while, but lately when I get out my machine and start a project I get so incredibaly frustrated and discouraged, and always manage to make a huge mess that I never feel like cleaning up, and my started project ends up in the trash. Also, every time I sew with my machine my back is absolutely KILLING me by the time I'm through. I've tried remembering to sit up straight, but I dont know, I guess I still hunch. Anyone have any suggestions for that? I'm only 19, so it can't be from my age or anything. (at least I hope not!)
I also usually love to scrapbook, I seriously think I was addicted for a little bit, and love making cards and paper crafts of all kinds. Lately...not at all!  I crochet too, and same thing there. I picked up embroidery for a little while, but, you guessed it, no desire to work on any of my half finished projects. I tried cooking too, but my kitchen gets so hot in my texas apartment, that that is out of the question! I'm so sick of not crafting, but I don't know what to do! I'm thinking maybe if I can find a craft that's quick and entertaining to work on it can bring me out of this funk. Anyone have any suggestions for something fast and fun? I don't really want to buy a ton more supplies because I fear they'd just be wasted with the way things are going, but I have a fair amount of most craft supplies, and would be willing to buy a little more if something sounds promising. So, think you can help me? All suggestions are welcome, and thanks in advance!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Boyfriend's mom's birthday this friday.. Help! on: July 16, 2006 11:26:53 AM
Hi everyone,
   I need some help thinking of something to make for my boyfriend's mom's birthday. She's been incredibly generous to me throughout my relationship with her son (4 years) so I'm trying to think of something nice I could give her. It doesn't have to be huge and extravagent- for example, my origanal idea was to mosaic a flower pot and give her a really pretty plant because she loves to garden. That idea is still kind of in the works, but I don't think I'll have the time. I have until Friday.
A little about her:
  She likes to cook, garden, likes antiques, loves the store antrhopologie, so anything made in that sort of style would go over very well. Her house is decorated in kind of a pottery barn/ anthropologie style, so that might help with ideas related to her tastes in things. She loves decorating her house. They also just got  a beach house, but my bf's and I's past few gifts to her have been things for it, so I'd kind of like to stay away from that this time.

Along with my time, my budget is sort of limited. Anyone think they can help me out with a great idea?
All comments are greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance.

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