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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Love Always, Charlie Swap 2 Gallery! on: September 13, 2006 04:11:50 PM
Dear Charlie
There was the usual fanfare when your letter arrived. (which was a few weeks ago, but my computer keeps blacking out on me so I have not logged in on Craftster as often as I want to) My daughter found it on the doorstep and thought it might be something for her. So -  Ha ha. It's MINE! Mine I say!
I loved the story. College roomate horrors are one of those things that I blissfully missed out on. I went to my first year of college with my boyfriend and got to share an apartment with him. Woo woo. Anyway, for some reson it made me think of the way the cartoonist Lynda Barry tells stories from her childhood. Just the way the details are put and the way the story is wrapped up. Very funny.
The only thing going on here for me right now is Project Runway. It's so sad - I need a life. I was so darned excited when Angela was ousted AND Jeffrey won - ugh - I cried tears of joy! Yes, I am a loser. (I hope that you know what I am talking about and aren't just scratching your head right now)
I am really looking forward to seeing how your present your next installment - no pressure. Anyway, gotta go before this darned machine cuts off again.
Your friend

12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Anyone interested in a Tute for a Sally NMBC costume? on: August 13, 2006 03:12:37 PM
Sorry for the delay folks. I have not been on Craftster lately. Darned life! Why must it get in the way of Craftster?
Anyway my Sally looked like this

It was very simple to do - like cake.
I started with a vintage slip. A really plain one because I could not bring myself to ruin a fancy one. It is a good idea to start with one that is a little large on you.
Starting with a few screen shots from the film I collected pieces of fabric as close to the original patterns and colors as I could find.
I put the slip on a dress form and just using "draping" techniques I then pinned the scraps to the slip in the arrangement/ shapes they were in on Sally's dress.
After I got everything pinned I sewed all of the scraps onto the dress with embroidery floss in black - using all of the 6 strands and being very UNcareful with the stitching - looking at the pictures as I went along.
Be sure to keep trying the slip on as you go to make sure you have not pulled the slip too much in some of your stitches. You can pull the material quite a bit and then make the slip too small to fit you (Thus the reason for getting a slightly bigger slip).
For the arms and legs (since hers are kinda blue) I took two pairs of white tights and sprayed them with aqua colored fabric spray paint and watered them immediately so the color would be as light as possible. Then I cut the crotch & toes out of one pair so I could fit them over my head and hands. (Head in crotch hole- hands in feet)
I took both pairs of tights and sewed stitch lines on them with black embroidery floss  again, looking at the picture of Sally as I went along to make them similar to the lines in her skin.
It's just that easy. Remember - she's like a rag doll -so the perfection is in the imperfection, but keep looking at the pictures so you don't get off track.
The wig was a really carpy one I bought from the D-ney store and it was awful. It was their "Sally" wig and it looked like Raggedy Ann, that's why I have my Jack hat that I made on with it in the pix.
If there are any questions - please feel free to ask. If I did a carp job describing it - let me know too.  Wink
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Love Always, Charlie Swap 2 Gallery! on: August 03, 2006 08:40:29 AM
Dear Charlie
I have to say that you are the most creative correspondant I have ever had. I want you to know that I sincerely appreciate your making it interesting for me to pick up my mail. I like to do the same sorts of things with mail and I also really like sending little surprises to people out of the blue. I promise I will send you something once the Charile event is finished, ok? (Is it against the rules to mail back to Charlie's address while we are doing this?) Even my daughter gets excited when she sees that you have mailed.
I am so sorry to hear that you suffer from migraines too. I was never one to get even mild headaches until about two years ago when I had my first migraine. Now I get them at least once a month and it causes me to lose days. There is the day before the event when I know it is comming - then the day I have it and then there is a hangover afterward. It sucks to lose so much time I could be spending doing something other than barfing and feeling like carp. I have to say that I have never had to go to the emergency room though (My MD has hooked me up with drugs for home). What an awful place to be when you feel like that, but they can hook you up with the really good stuff.  Wink Oh yeah.
You always mention that I asked for a funny story - so I have one for you. Last night I made spaghetti and my son wanted Parmesian cheese, but he actually asked for "Vagina cheese". I do not see the connection between Parmesian and vagina, but I was not going to inquire - I just corrected him - once I stopped laughing. I will never be able to put grated cheese on my food again with a straight face.
I hope that all is well for you-
Love always,

14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Young Ones Swap Gallery! on: July 11, 2006 08:06:20 PM
It's not mentioned at all in mine either, should it be yet?  Huh
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with funky under-c-section tummy issue on: July 08, 2006 03:21:09 PM
I had a hysterectomy and I have a large scar in what I believe is the same area. I have the blob that juts out there too. It can get downright uncomfortable at times and the only thing I have found to remedy it is light to medium support underwear. It holds it up and in.
I agree with tickle... (above) - women in previous generations, going very far back, always wore "Support garments" and I think that went out with women's liberation, but it was not necessarily a good thing. You do not need to corset yourself - just support. I have not tried the Spanx, but understand they are great. I just use these light support panties I got at WalMart - 2 for $8. (Yes, I wear Wal Mart underwear)  Cheesy
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: More Music To Craft By Swap Gallery on: July 07, 2006 08:26:41 AM
Is there going to be anotehr round soon? I just finished up a swap and am ready to swap again!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Young Ones Swap Gallery! on: July 07, 2006 08:14:09 AM
Smoker is the grooviest swap partner! Please forgive me for my delay in posting pictures - I have been without a computer for an entire week. (OH NO HEAVY - techno fear...)
I am going to make an attempt to link the photos of all of my recieved goodness ...

Painted and decopaged cigar box. There are many cool details on this- including marble "legs" on the bottom wiht little Brit flags underneath.

(p)Rik 3D magnet - he has good company on my fridge

Absolutely fantastic SPG stuffed toy. (My daughter has hijacked him)You know he only has the carrots so he can stick them in his trousers to impress the girls.
Thanks so much for the great craftiness Smoker! I love all of my things-truly and I hope your baby will like his t shirts - good luck!  Wink  

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Young Ones Swap Gallery! on: July 02, 2006 01:41:31 PM
My Husband saw me making those Onesies and he said "Nobody is going to put those one their baby...'cept maybe you." and told him - "Trust me baby, they are as weird as I am - sometimes worse."
I am SO glad you liked 'em smoker!
I can't wait to see everyone's goods.
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Anyone interested in a Tute for a Sally NMBC costume? on: June 27, 2006 08:30:23 AM
Hi all. I am so glad that I am not the only one who is worrying about Halloween in the end of June.
I was thinking about my costume from last year- which was Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and I thought there might be interest in it here more than anywhere else out there.  Wink  It was kinda easy to make and I would be willing to post a tutorial if there is any interest. I don't want to waste bandwidth if no one is interested, but I will go for it if anyone wants me to.

20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Young Ones Swap [Sign-ups: 5/16 thru 5/31 Send-outs: 6/30] on: June 24, 2006 09:43:09 AM
I finished mine up this morning and will be shipping out on Monday! (darned weekend postal). I am so excited/ nervous I wanna send out now. I hope my partner will like 'em.
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