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101  UNITED STATES / Pennsylvania / Youth Leadership Conference - Central and Western PA on: February 06, 2006 01:32:35 PM
Hello Ladies (and gents),

I am very active in an organization called HOBY- The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership traninig seminar for High School Sophomores.  For Central PA, I am a facilitator, and for Western, I am the director of facilitators. 

I am in need of donated items for both Central and Western.  For Central, I need items to give to my group (8-10 kids), and for Western I need 2 sets of 16 items for my faciltiators.  I need ideas on where to go to ask for donations/wher to go to purchase cheap stuff.

Also, we are still in need of Facilitators for Western PA HOBY!  Facilitators will be assigned a grup of 8-10 students, as well as an Associate Facilitator.  Facilitators must be at least 21 yrs of age,and are NOT permitted to leave the facility for the duration of the seminar.  You will sleep in the dorms with the students, eat with the students, etc.  This year our seminar will take place at Duqesene University from June 15-18, with facilitators expected to show up the evening of the 14th. If you are intersted in more information or if you want to be a facilitator, please let me know!!

102  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Small/inexpenisve ideas for group gifts on: February 01, 2006 11:22:26 PM
I'm a volunteer with an organization called HOBY (http://www.hoby.org) and will have 8-10 High School sophomores for a 4-day long seminar in May. It is traditional that the facilitator gives small gifts daily to each student in their group, and a LOT of candy/snack food. (heh).  Last year, I took Dollar Store messenger bags and glued on a patch as their "big gift" and then stuffed it with inexpensive school supplies, but I was thinking this year it might be fun to make them something. 

Right now I won't know how many boys or girls I will have in my group..last year I had 2 boys and 6 girls, but it's possible to have all girls or all boys as well. 


Any ideas on what I can do for them?  something inexpensive, unisex, and that would apeal to 15 yr olds? 

103  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / How to make a bath pouf? on: January 28, 2006 05:50:44 PM
I was given a bath pouf in my Christmas stocking, and it's completely unraveled itself already. As opposed to buying a new one, I thought I'd see if any of you know how I can fix it, or re-create it.  The pouf unraveled into one long doubled strip about 3" wide.  I've tried just tying it in a series of knots, but those all seem to fall apart once I actually use it. 

Thanks!
104  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Make your own Sun-In! on: January 28, 2006 05:48:06 PM
I made up this mix about a year ago, and it's great to not only lighten my hair in the sun, but it also acts as a leave-in conditioner. 

First, a background story:

I have always had long, very dark brown hair with red natural highlights, and when I was in college, I rebelled and chopped my hair to chin length, and dyed it red.  I loved it, but soon got tired of short hair, so I let it all grow back....only, the hair on the bottom was a nice shade of red, and the hair coming in was brown. No problem, I re-dyed.   I dyed my hair pretty regularly for several years and then decided I wanted my brown hair back...only, I had a slight problem. Constant Dying + spending hours out in the sun = bleached hair.  My hair from about my ears down was a lovely shade of auburn, nearly strawberry blonde, wheras the hair on top was dark brown. I tried dying the auburn to match the brown, but the bleached part wouldn't take the dye.  I really didn't want to use more dye on the brown part, for fear that as soon as it grew out, i'd be stuck with the same problem.  A friend of mine suggested I use sun-in on the top to lighten it.  It took sevreal months to finally locate some sun-in, and I wound up with one of the generic brands, but it didn't matter...it worked.  My hair was starting to look "normal"...and then I ran out of sun-in.  I was unable to find it anywhere else, so I started looking at the ingredients in the Sun-in to see if I could recreate it.  I figured at this point I had nothing to loose, and if i screwed up my hair too badly, I could always re-dye or (*shudders to think*) cut it again.  It worked!  So, I thought I'd share it with all of you Smiley

You will need:
Water
Peroxide
Lemon Juice
Detangler or Leave-in conditioner (Dollar store detangler works well) (also don't use a heavy leave-in conditioner)
Spray bottle

mix one part peroxide with one part lemon juice and 2 parts detangler.  Depending on how light you want to make your hair/how dark your hair is, add 1-3 parts water.  Blow dry or go out in the sun! 

I will add one warning:  Make sure you apply it to your hair while you are either wearing a robe, towel, or something white.  If you plan on leaving it in to go out in the sun as opposed to blow drying it off, make sure you wear a baithing suit, or something white on top, as the peroxide content WILL BLEACH CLOTHES. 

It's been working for me for the past year or so, and I hope it works for you!
105  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / help! I'm on a strict budget and need ideas! on: January 26, 2006 01:19:32 AM
Ladies,

I'm on a *very* strict budget right now, resulting from my job temportarily not having any work right now and me overspending on the boy's christmas present and birthday (His birthday is at the beginning of november). between his b-day and christmas he got from me:

*Lord of the Rings, return of the king extended edition dvd
*BNL tickets
*Guster tickets
*wireless keyboard/mouse
*2 cheap dvds (demolition man and i forget the other one)
*I paid for his share of the hotel room when we went to Niagara Falls for New Years
*an XM MyFi plus one year of service (service is $12.99/mo, $6.99 because I already have a unit)
*an entire stocking full of little stuff like tolietries, candy, etc.
*flannel pj pants (his mom kept asking "Why no top?" hehe)
*a lightsaber

My budget currently stands at zero dollars. I *know* he's going to either be buying me a digital camera or a "flashy shiney" as we call them

He is well aware of the current status of my funds, and even has told me to just cook him dinner for V-day....but I really want to make him a few things with items i have on hand. 

I really wanted to get him a new wallet and a watch, but I know I don't have the funds for either. I'm going to hold off on the watch for now since I can't afford that.  As for a wallet - I thought of doing a duct tape one, but all the tutorials i look at confuse the crap out of me. Sad 

He's into Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, and Star Wars
He loves playing Chez Geek, and I thought about making him some cards, but I'm not sure what to put on them if I did that
His favourite animal is the Porcupine
He's in his last year of college

Any ideas?
106  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Matching Jewlery Set! on: January 24, 2006 12:34:29 AM
I made these tonight for my friend in Australia:






close-up of earrings.

It took me about a half an hour to do all three. I actually wound up taking apart the first bracelet i made so i could make it match better and have enough teal and purple beads to make the earrings. 


107  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My First ATC's! on: January 23, 2006 12:47:52 AM
A friend and I started a ATC trading community on Live Journal called tiny_arts, and we're having our first swap!

Our theme was "my favourite things".








108  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Scrapbook Weekend! on: January 22, 2006 11:54:44 PM
So, just to give you a good idea of how MUCH scrapping I did this weekend..we started around 4pm on friday, went to bed at 4:30am (12.5...minus maybe an hour for breaks, so 11.5), woke up at 7, went and took a nap at 1 (6 hrs minus .5 break = 5.5), woke up at 4p, went to bed at 5:30a (13.5 hrs minus 1 hr break = 12.5), woke up at 7a, packed up and left at 10a (3 hrs minus .5 for cleanup = 2.5 hrs) so.... 11.5 + 5.5 +12.5 +2.5 = 32 hours of constant scrapbooking.  it literally was nothing but sleeping, short breaks for food, and scrapbooking.

I did 58 12x12 pages, 8 5x7 pages, a journal cover, and 4 ATC's. 

Firstly, let me say that the food SUCKED.  How hard is it to keep a box of veggie burgers in the freezer for when the camp has vegetarians?  You're telling me that if there was a vegetarian camper for the summer, they'd have to live off of salads and side veggies?  Ugh.  Right. so Friday night we had our own food. Saturday breakfast I had eggs, but obviously no bacon, and there was no toast available. Lunch time was Steak sandwiches and "italian salad" I had a steak roll with cheese on it and salad.  Dinner..oh, this was great.  Hamloaf, Salmon, rice pilaf, snow peas, tortellini salad.  The salad was out because it has bacon in it, I tried the salmon (since I'll occasionally do pesco-), but it had hollandise sauce on it, which is made with chicken broth. the RICE PILAF was made with chicken stock. you could smell it coming off it in waves, and the snow peas were soggy.  Also, theer was NO caffiene other than coffee/hot tea.  So I lived off of the snack food people had brought to share - cheese spreads with crackers, grapes, veggies/dip, etc.  Ugh. 

Secondly, we had a bit of an electricity issue. half our rooms didn't have electricity. Well, we had it, but it went off at one point and then those peple had to wait 3 hours for itto get fixed.  My problem with the electricity was i was in the middle of my shower  (both times) when JUST the light sin the bathroom went off. I don't know if the heat lamp was wired wrong or what, but mom had to flick the switch (the lightswitch was outside the bathroom) several times before the light went back on. (speaking of heat lamp - MMMMM. must get one installed in y bathroom.)

Thirdly, we were told we had to be quiet past 11PM because of the other retreat people that were there...only those people were SO LOUD until about 3AM that we could hear THEM from inside our room. 

Anyway...On to the pages! Sorry if they're out of order chronologically, I was having issues with my photos.

pages I made for my uncle:





Birthday Beach trip:





Christmas Cards:

as suggested by someone on LiveJournal,  though I weaved the red and green strips together as opposed to using individual squares.  I took a 1.25" square punch and punched out sections of my Christmas Cards and then mounted rthem on their own 2" square. It's amazing what kinds of small details you find when you are trying to fit stuff into small squares.  Every single card I recieved this year is in my scrapbook in some capacity.

Because I have a TON of photos, I thought I'd just link you all to my LJ entry with the rest of the photos:
http://annaonthemoon.livejournal.com/818008.html, or if you want to  be able to click on the pages one at a time, the directory of pages is located at  http://www.beccajanestclair.com/scrapbook/januaryscrap

You can also feel free to add me on LJ if you want Cheesy

~Becca


109  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wine Glass Tags! on: January 08, 2006 05:00:41 PM
I wasn't sure where to put these, and I ran a search and didn't find these posted anywhere else (unless I searched wrong?) Anyway, I decided to try my hand at wine glass tags for my best friend as an apartment warming present.  All-in-all, i think I spent less than $10, possibly even less than $5, as some of the beads I already had on hand:







Not bad for my first attempt! Smiley 
110  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / 12x12 scanners? on: December 28, 2005 09:33:40 AM
I really want to scan some of my pages, but my problem is my scanner isn't large enough. Does anyone know where I can get an inexpensive 12x12 scanner or a place that will scan for me inexpensively?
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