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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Vacationioning in Chicago--HELP on: July 08, 2007 08:36:39 PM
Hey Ladies and Gents! My boyfriend and I are going to chicago in august for a week. We are going to Lollapaloza on Saturday and Sunday. We are staying at a bed and breakfast in Oak Park. We want to eat dinner out a lot and have neighborhoods with a good mix of shops to explore. We are not night owl people and love a good vintage or thrift store. I would LOVE some reccomendations for restaurants with good dinners that average about $20 a person. I would also love some good breakfast places!
Next, what are some neighborhoods that we can just walk the streets and pop into all sorts of different shops?
Any favorite thrift stores that aren't in the suburbs? Any yarn or knitting stores in the metro area? Any discount fabric stores?

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / owl stamp print on: June 11, 2007 06:10:11 PM
I made this for my partner during the owl swap and since I just sent I figured I could post pictures of it now! It's carved into linoleum and I haven't done a project like this in a few years so I was really glad it went well on the first try.

Actual stamp

Image it makes

I would say it's about two by three inches. I am really excited about re-discovering print making in the manner (i usually silkscreen) I hope to do some more larger scale projects soon!
Oh, yea, the owl is my own design too.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / art light plate switch covers on: June 06, 2007 07:45:34 AM
Light plate swith covers are my new obsession. They're dirt cheap and they make rooms so much more interesting. Here are five that I did for me. I made ten more for a friend and sent them to her! She was very happy, but doesn't own a screwdriver yet so can't switch them out.

I was a speculative art history major so I was drawn to these. You can use anything. I used mod podge to adhere and seal them. I used an exacto knife to cute out the holes and center.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / my first yarn on: June 06, 2007 07:41:43 AM
I spun this on a drop spindle I got in a kit from Raynbow. I think she said the roving was a merino/alpaca blend. I could be very wrong. Spinning is so much harder than it looks But as soon as I find more already carded roving then I think I will be addicted.

It's very short yarn. Probably only fifty yards. I might make a necklace out of it using an icord.

5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Batiks I have made on: June 06, 2007 07:34:35 AM
I used to batik ALL of the time (back when i didn't have to work two jobs and go to school...) and I wanted to share some of the batiks I did. I actually found craftster combing the internet for other people that batiked and back then all I could find was 'wallet made out of batik fat quarter' SO I am very excited that this board now exists. It was also an excellent thing I found craftster =)

I use Dylon cold water dyes which I am no longer crazy about because the greens aren't very rich.

I should hang this one up today The Kanji means 'graceful'

Two little ones that I meant to turn into pillow covers for friends

One I sent to a friend from canada in scotland this year because I thought it might remind her of home

I made about twenty five others that I gave out as gifts or sold. I hope to have a free summer again someday for things like this!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record-phile's solution to vinyl record storage. on: October 31, 2006 10:29:17 AM
No tasteful albums were harmed in the making of this...

My boyfriend and I have a pretty large collection of vinyl records so we decided that instead of storing them in old wine crates, we would build a shelf so that they could stand up straight and not weigh each other down (important.)

 So we used my father's power tools and built a simple shelf out of plywood...it was boring. So I decided that I would try to build doors out of the piles of scratched albums I had lying around waiting to be turned into bowls. It turned out rather well!!!

To begin you need a simple square wooden frame for each door. We braced ours with a cross brace at the halfway mark. We laid the records out on it until they fit how we wanted them to. We originally wanted the albums to be cut off at the edges so that it would look more polished, but discovered that albums crack when you cut them with power tools. (my dad later discovered how to do it with a metal hacksaw....maybe when we move we can make a nicer one.) We then used high strength epoxy meant for plastic and vinyl to literally meld the records together (ventilate well for this part!) Then we drilled tiny holes in all of the edges that touched the frame work and put in tiny silver thumb-tacks (the decorative type) to hold the record panels to the frames. We also put some tacks in the centers of the records to hold the middle row to the cross frame. We used a combination of full size LPs and 45's but would have only used full sized LP's if we had known how to cut them correctly at the time. Here are some close up pictures. Everyone who comes over remarks on how awesome it is!

If you have any other questions or would like a tut, just let me know, I'd be more than happy to oblige.

Thanks for your time-- comments are much appreciated!
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