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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bubble Bobble Clock on: July 11, 2009 03:32:23 PM

I played BB so much that there for a while, the theme song would make me violent.

22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Bedroom on: July 08, 2009 03:14:53 PM
So, I too have a frustrating old house and after three years of struggling to fix it up only to have an ugly disaster on my hands, I only have three things to say to you.



23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Re: Polaroid Lightbox on: July 03, 2009 11:18:09 AM

BF has enacted a strict No Crafting In The Kitchen rule and regards the lamp with suspicion. Otherwise, he's gotten over his brush with death.
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Polaroid Lightbox on: July 03, 2009 08:48:03 AM

Sneak Peek!

The lamp unlit.

The lamp when lit. Oooo.

This little project was thrown together in desperation for my Alternative Processes class. On the day that it was due, I somehow found myself with almost $200 worth of Polaroid stock both old and new and no working cameras to use. Fortunately, a friend brought by her relatively new camera and since I'd bought out the very last of Walmart's stock the day before, I was able to cobble this together in about an hour.

First, I took my polaroids and tossed them in the freezer while they were still developing and left them in for a few minutes. Then, out of the freezer and into a pan of almost-boiling water. Both of these processes cause a bit of color distortion, so timing is really up to you...when you've got the effect you want, take them out of the water and dry them off.

Detail to show the pretty color distortion. Blues are bluer and reds are redder thanks to cooling and heating the image while it's still developing.

Now, cut along the edges of the Polaroid so you get rid of all of the white border. You should be able to peel the layers of the Polaroid apart so you're left with the transparency, which is the top layer.

There should be a powder on the back of the transparency. I washed most of this off with hot water (using the same pot I'd boiled them in, which almost caused my BF to break up with me*). The more you wash off, the more light will shine through, but be gentle, too much will cause you to lose your image. I also gently scraped the back of the image with a scrubby sponge. Again, this is all based on your tastes, so feel free to experiment. Another guy in my class left the powdery film on and etched into it with a pin with amazing results. He etched halos around his subjects' heads that were only visible when he turned his light box on.

This one shows the scratches made by the sponge to the back of the polaroid.

Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the light box...it was a silly Target lamp I've had since high school. You were able to switch the transparencies out so it could say "Occupied," "Lounge" etc...I just glued the polaroid transparencies to the back piece. I used hot glue, which was a big fail, since they're starting to come loose.

*If you're going to boil Polaroids, I recommend not using the pot your BF uses to make his favorite food, Velveeta Shells and Cheese. If you go ahead and use said pot, I REALLY recommend washing it thoroughly afterward. If you DON'T wash it thoroughly afterward, I recommend warning BF not to use said pot, preferably sometime before a Shells-and-Cheese-loaded fork is heading toward his mouth. Extra rage may occur if you actually helped him make the Shells and Cheese without once mentioning that you'd poisoned his cookware.  Undecided
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tampon Roll? on: June 20, 2009 11:53:07 AM
Love it! I love how discrete OBs are, but hate having to dig thru my purse for them. That's such an awesome idea.

BF calls them "Twat Torpedos" and likes to flick them at my head when he finds one in my purse.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Clothes for the runway show! on: March 20, 2009 07:16:12 AM
AAAAARGH! That close-up of the patient has totally ruined any chance of me getting a peaceful night's sleep this week.

These are gorgeous...the detail and the craftmanship are really top-notch. I could imagine seeing these on an actual runway.

(also, the photography's very nice too!)
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Dull and rotten bench gets sexy! on: March 19, 2009 11:46:08 AM
Mmmm...if memory serves me correctly, UK kitkats are infinitely better than US kitkats, so I'm very jealous of A. your kitkat, B. your lovely refurbished bench and gate and C. the fact that you get to live in what I consider the most gorgeous country on Earth.

My busy day in the garden pales in comparison to yours!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help for unruly roses! ETA: AND help for forgotten bulbs! on: March 18, 2009 07:38:52 PM
I went ahead and planted them. I figure if they're already sprouting outside of the ground, there's no reason why planting them now will cause them to stop growing. I'm hoping that keeping them outside over winter has the same effect as storing bulbs in the fridge to force them. Some were obviously not healthy and several were outright rotten, so I tossed them but the ones I planted for the most part looked pretty sturdy. I figure there's really nothing to lose by planting them...it's either that or throw them out.

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help for unruly roses! ETA: AND help for forgotten bulbs! on: March 18, 2009 04:26:08 PM
Thank you so much! We've just started to get warmer weather and there are no buds yet, so I'll go ahead and trim them back.

Another question: I bought some clearance tulip bulbs last fall and, in typical gardening fail fashion, left them in the bag on my front porch all winter instead of, um, planting them. I just checked on them and to my surprise, they're sprouting. Unfortunately, there's tiny little bits of what looks like white mold on each one.

Can they be salvaged? It looks as tho the mold can be scrapped off. I suppose I could just plant them and see what happens, but I don't want the mold to spread to other plants if that can even happen.

I really should just start a rock garden. Apparently, you can't eff up rocks.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Help for unruly roses! ETA: AND help for forgotten bulbs! on: March 18, 2009 03:20:35 PM
So, my parents planted some rose bushes in my front yard about three years ago when I first moved in and then neglected to tell me I need to annually prune them.  Undecided I've just now developed an interest in gardening so it's never bothered me before, but now I'm just embarrassed over how shitty my poor roses look. Plus, they literally attack me when I sit on my porch.

Every online guide I've read has been for annual prunings, not OMFG MY ROSES HAVE GONE APESHIT AFTER THREE YEARS OF NEGLECT prunings, so I wanted to ask just a few things before I dug right in there and started hacking stuff away.

My biggest question right now is when. Can I go ahead and fix them or do I need to wait? I've read that both mid-summer after the first bloom and fall after several frosts are the best times. I know that after three years, another several months of letting them go nuts isn't going to make much difference but lord, they're almost creepy looking.


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