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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: everyone loves a half-jewish girl on: May 10, 2006 10:22:17 AM
Heh, I laughed when I saw this.  I think I might need one.  And so does my roommate.  Though my other roommate would need two...
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My flirty summer crochet dress! on: May 04, 2006 07:38:44 AM
Oh wow, that's absolutely beautiful!  I *love* the lace pattern!  How did you modify the dress?  Was it to make it more fitted?  Whatever you did, it looks great!

oooh... you're inspiring me to learn more crochet!
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: APRIL Birthday Month Swap --Signups Now til April 30 on: April 22, 2006 10:27:30 PM
Whee!  I'm finally posting my list up here.  My birthday was actually the 3rd I turned 20 but this time of year is always so ridiculously busy, I never get to celebrate it!  Anyway, I would adore a late birthday present.  So... bio!  I grew up in Alaska, but I'm currently going to school in Pittsburgh.  I'm still sort of finding my style basically I'm trying to move away from utterly boring and plain.  I like a lot of different sorts of things, but I usually lean toward boho, retro, and vintage stuff.  I really don't go for super-girly things, but feminine is good, and I wouldn't say no to lace, ribbon, or ruffles.  I like rich and earthy colors greens, browns, blues, and I'm starting to wear small amounts of reds and oranges.  I don't mind brighter colors if they're part of a pattern, but I can't really handle pinks or oranges on their own.  I'm very thin and petite if you need measurements for something, just PM me!  Here's my list.  Thanks in advance!! Cheesy

1.  fun skirts.  I don't think I can really handle minis, but anything in the knee range (+ or - 6 inches or so) is always good.  Something longer would work too, maybe a neat tiered skirt?  Right now I have precious little I've only recently discovered the joys of skirts.

2.  warm-weather tops.  Coming from Alaska, I have far more sweaters than I have tanks and tees.  Next year I'm planning on spending a semester in Ecuador, so I'll have to remedy that!  I have a few very plain tanks, but I would love some more variety.  Maybe halter tops, or just something in a fun fabric, I don't know.  I'm pretty small chested, so nothing too low-cut, but emphasizing shoulders, collar bones, or back is all great.

3.  totes or messenger bags.  I am in need!  If it could also hold a laptop, that'd be amazing, but not necessary. 

4.  fun and funky jewelry.  I would love some fun earrings, necklaces (especially chokers) and bracelets.

5.  sewing supplies.  The nearest Joann's is way too far away, so I don't have much right now.  I would love any fun fabrics, ribbon, lace, buttons, zippers, d-rings, etc.  I'd also like anything with great reconstruction potential maybe a neat huge tee?

6.  tall stripey socks!

7. fun underwear.  All right.  So I'm sick of plain panties.  I'd still like them to be regular bottom-covering panties or boyshorts (no thongs please) but something a little more fun cool fabric, picture, applique, I dunno.  Cotton is a plus.

8.  neat beads, or other jewelry-making stuff.  Actually, I have a terribly low supply of silver eye/head pins.

9.  yarn, but I can't wear wool/mohair.

10.  fingerless gloves.  My joints ache when my hands get cold, so I've taken to wearing fingerless gloves and wristwarmers.

11.  something embroidered?  I do so many different kinds of crafts, but somehow I haven't gotten started embroidering yet, but I'd love something you've done.  I adore insects, spiders, reptiles, and amphibians, anything bizarre, anything crafty...hmm...I'm going through a bit of a bird phase...I dunno.  Anything!

12.  and lastly...a surprise!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: A really long zipper... on: April 20, 2006 07:30:22 AM
If you like that, you should check out the stuff from artist/fashion designer Cat Chow.  She made entire dresses and skirts out of 50-100 yard zippers (and she's made plenty of other amazing garments, as well!)


The zipper dress is the second one down, in pink.

I love her art Cheesy
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: I've put it off long enough... on: April 16, 2006 05:38:02 PM
I would also definitely say no to Mariposita.  You want a business name to be extra-clear and easy to talk about (and, thevaticant, yep, there are Mariposa stores in the US too).  I would also probably say no to Yellow Lotus, because it brings up Asian associations in my mind, and that doesn't sound like what you do (though if that's just me, or that IS what you do, never mind!)  I like Vivista a lot--it really rolls off the tongue nicely, and as a play off of the words for living and seeing, it seems like a good choice for a large variety of fun clothing.  Dreamic would be my second choice, and if you want the most original, it gets the fewest hits on google by far (so someone searching for the name would be able to find you easily).  Good luck!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wedding dress on: April 15, 2006 09:34:54 PM
Very lovely!  Also, if you're trying to figure out how to post images from flickr, it's not too bad.  Just log in and go to one of your images, and then click the "all sizes" button, choose a size, and then scroll down, and flickr will have generated the link to the photo itself as well as a bit of html for you to plunk in a blog.  Or you can simply control-click/right-click the image and choose "copy image address" or its equivalent, depending on your browser.

Great job!  Your friend must have been so happy.
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted grocery bag shoes! (Now with an attempt at a tute!) on: April 13, 2006 04:07:26 PM
All right!  Finally had a nice day out, so I wore my bag-shoes to class.  I wore them all day, from about 8:15 to 6:15, and I did quite a bit of walking during the day.

The contact points on my shoes are showing a small bit of wear, but pretty minimal.  These shoes definitely won't last forever, but it looks like they'll have a decent life.  They got more comfortable as I wore them, too--softened up a bit.

They're a little slippery on marble and on some other smooth floors, but not too bad, and they're fine on pavement, dirt, carpet, etc.  It feels great to walk on grass with them.  I walked over gravel and rocky areas too, which wasn't too bad.  I have pretty pathetic feet--I can't walk on gravel barefoot, but it was okay in the shoes.  I also walked in wet places and in puddles, but the shoes dried out just fine.  I had no problems with them melting on hot pavement, though the temperature only went up to mid-high seventies, so that could still be an issue.

My feet did get VERY dirty by the end of the day, but they didn't get sweaty or sticky at all.

On the whole, I'm pretty satisfied with the shoes.  It's sort of like wearing thick socks, which is nice--you get a really good sense of the terrain underneath your feet, but the shoe gives enough protection to keep all surfaces comfortable.

I'm thinking, though, maybe I can come up with some sort of sole to sew on.  I could probably crochet the shoe double-thickness, and that would extend the life a fair bit, but there ought to be a better solution.  I think whatever I add really ought to be recycled, too, to keep with the spirit of the shoes.  Any ideas?
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: universe earrings + other earrings on: April 09, 2006 10:56:59 PM
Heh, whoops--I saw that last post in the "recent posts" section, so I didn't even see the original until just now!

I think I like the pair of "universe earrings" with the smaller ring and the danglies even more.  Very neat!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: universe earrings + other earrings on: April 09, 2006 10:53:36 PM
I really like the 5th pair down, the circles with 3 lines extending from them.  I haven't really seen earrings quite like them, and they look very symbolic somehow.  They make me think of crop circles, or maybe some sort of hieroglyphs.  For whatever reason, I'm drawn to them!
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Handspun on: April 08, 2006 10:12:28 PM
Oh my, I absolutely love Pattie...it's so earthy and autumny.  I'm not usually attracted to golds/oranges but this combination is just stunning!  Yum!

Now if only I wasn't wool-sensitive...  What does camel feel like, anyway?
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