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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Chalk Pastel on Canvas on: July 28, 2010 08:15:29 PM
Hey fellow Craftsters! Long time no post (although I've been lurking around to see all the pretty things). I have a Q.

My loving boyfriend created a lovely painting for me. His medium of choice is chalk pastels and he does wonders with them. However, he wanted to experiment with pastel on canvas for my gift. It turned out very nice, but I'm concerned about the longevity of the artwork. As you know, pastels can be messy and on a primed canvas, it doesn't adhere well. He gave me a can of fixative and told me to spray it several times a day. But how many times do I have to spray it before it's protected from smudges and dust? I asked the woman at the local Michael's store and she said that canvas can't be mounted under glass. Any solutions, my friends?
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / What is this costume?? on: October 22, 2008 10:29:08 PM
I saw this beautiful costume while browsing through Flikr. Someone took a picture from a Con and I have no idea who this character is supposed to be. Obviously, I'm not a Con-goer, but I am in love with this outfit! The title says something like "Aurora Blaze." Love the saphire blue and peacock feathers. I want to know if there are any other pictures of the character that I can use for reference. Anyone know who this is character? Sorry, I've looked for hours and can't find the photo on Flikr now! Please help. Craftsters to the rescue!

edit* duh, I can just post the pic from photo hosting! Here it is, unfortunately I still can't find it on Flickr:

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Special gift for Bride and Groom??? on: April 05, 2008 10:17:20 PM
Hey all,

So I've been surfing the net to find unique gifts for my friend and her soon-to-be husband for their wedding. They have registered, but I want to make them something from the heart. And it's the beginning of next month (May), so I need to hurry!

Some things about them:

My friend is graduating (actually the day before her wedding!) with her Master's in Speech-language pathology, like me.

She and her fiancee enjoy World of Warcraft very much. I really don't know much about it, but I was thinking of doing something associated with that because I know they both like it.

They have a cute cat.

They like "natural" looking decor, ie bamboo, wood.

They're pretty fun and goofy people. Ecclectic gifts would be right up their alley.

I come to you, dear, Crafsters. Any ideas of what I can make for them? Hopefully not too expensive.  Smiley

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Groovy Golden birthday party on: January 01, 2008 07:24:25 PM
Hi all and happy new year!

My birthday is coming up this month, and since it's my golden birthday (meaning my age coincides with the date, in this case age 24 on the 24th) I wanted to do something special. I want the theme to be "groovy". I like a bunch of 60s bands, especially the Beatles and Monkees. Inspired by aliastriona_angerboda, I'm going to attempt this psychedelic cake:


I was amazed to find this wonderful lava lamp drink dispenser, but I don't know what drink to put in it to look kind of like colorful lava. (click pic to enlarge)

It has to be non-alcoholic. I'm not sure what it should be. Something fruity would be nice. Here is where I turn to my wonderful fellow Craftsters to the rescue. Surely you all are clever! Please help! Oh yeah, and what party favors could I give out, for both genders? Really any suggestions for the party would be most welcome. Thanks!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Violet Baudelaire costume from former prom dress on: November 02, 2007 11:43:36 PM
I've wanted to dress up as Violet Baudelaire from Series of Unfortunate Events for a couple of years now. I finally did it! Or rather, I should say that my wonderful mother did it for me. I want to learn to sew so badly!
Anyway, I was getting discouraged about my costume because it was the night before Halloween. Then I remembered that I had a prom dress in the closet that I never even wore that had a fitted bodice and the right color.
Mom added sleeves and an organza layer on the skirt. Then I just bought the fishnet top, the tights (that I adore) and the boots (from Goodwill !). And as an added bonus, my mom just happened to have a necklace that looked like an eye! Fans of the Series will understand the significance of the eye. It may not look exactly like Violet's dress from the movie, but I must say I like my version. I was a rather morose Violet (which is a good thing.)

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Neat ideas for small spaces on: June 24, 2007 07:35:08 PM
I was browsing the net and came across this article about a guy who designed his small NY studio apt to maximize his space. I thought some of these ideas were pretty nifty, and despite my brother's jeers at the designs, I wanted to share the site with my fellow Craftsters. I think you all will appreciate what this guy has done and take some inspiration from the place. Note the repurposing of furniture. Also, note how he uses vertical shelving.

Here's the link:

I really really like the idea of his table. I'd so buy it. Does anyone understand how to make the words? Looks like it's been etched into the surface. Great stuff. If anyone has any insights into making the table, please let me know.  Smiley

Enjoy. Hope this helps.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Shh! Do not disturb pillow on: May 09, 2007 09:17:35 PM
I was in the craft store today, looking for an iron-on transfer pen. And I found one! However, the box said that the material that I used it on had to be at least 35% polyester for the transfer to be permanent. Luckily, there were these little door hanger pillows for just $1 and they were 100% polyester. So, to initiate my pen, I made this:

The image is a Kurt Halsey from stencilry. Love his work.

Hope this keeps the roommates at bay. Kidding. Sort of.  Wink
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Scrabble sofa on: April 16, 2007 07:59:40 PM
OMG! I so want this sofa. *drools*

I can do the pillows and I'm almost certain that I will. Does anyone have any ideas on where I might find those kind of sofas? Ikea, perhaps? They would look great in a play room or any room, really. Oh how I wish I had my own place!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Daddy's lamp on: January 19, 2007 04:40:11 PM
Inspired by this thread:


This is a present I gave to my dad for Christmas. It was labor-intensive because I did not have traditional slides. I attempted to be sneaky with this project, so I asked to borrow his photo portfolio for a bit. Then I scanned some pictures from the portfolio into my computer along with some pictures from my family album. I printed them on transparency film and strategically cropped them to fit 8x8 glassless slide mounts. That was the hardest part!! So tedious because I cut the pics to go around the holes that were already drilled in, so as not to disturb the metal rings! Afterwards, I cut parchment paper to the same size and configuration of the photos to line the back of the pics so one can see them better and brighter. Parchment also helps with the heat of the light, although I used a cooler energy efficient  bulb. Then I hooked the slides onto the metal circle frame from the ugly lampshade that the lamp came with. Thankfully it fit perfectly without gaps! Lots 'o' work, but so worth it to see my dad's face. *teary eyes* lol

Here's our family album in lamp form...

Shot of the inside:

Illuminated result!

Comments welcome.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / mp3 Jacket!! on: January 19, 2007 04:07:43 PM
I stenciled this for my friend as a Christmas gift. I was inspired by this stencil:


And then I fiddled with it to make this:

I'm not saying it's an iPod, but it does kinda resemble it.  Wink
The music player is supposed to look like it is in the front kangaroo pocket.

Comments welcome.
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