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31  Illinois / Illinois: North / Columba College? on: October 02, 2006 01:08:34 PM
Ok, I know some of you HAVE to go there. I do. Just saying hi!
32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / World of Warcraft Swap on: August 22, 2006 07:25:59 PM
Thats World of Warcraft for you nonplayers out there.

Just throwing the idea out there, what do you all think? I know there are some players on here, I have seen the crafts to prove it!
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Back to School swap on: August 19, 2006 09:30:15 PM
I only looked at the first two pages of ideas...sorry if this is already taken...

How about a back to school swap

I'm starting my last year of my undergrad career here, and am feeling a bit sentimental

Also, my final swap is wrapping up here soon, and the alure of organizing one (Maybe with some experienced help) is far too much for me.

You know, stationary, book covers, planners, pens, paper.

I was thinking both college and high school are obviously welcome, but should college send to college, or what???

I am looking to make it so we get all our schooltime swag near the end of september, you know, when the new school smell has started to wear off and we all need a little pick-me-up. Or maybe that is too soon. I dont know. What do you think?
34  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Glass Head on: August 16, 2006 06:33:17 PM
I got this at a yard sale for a dollar. Now what do I do with it? I was thinking lamp? It's just that the how to of that kind of boggles me.

It's got this funny kind of lip on the bottom...if that helps the mind any. It looks like it is supposed to be a woman with short hair.

What the heck was this used for before anyway?
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Resin Noob Learns a Lesson on: August 13, 2006 11:49:04 PM
My boyfriend is out of town, and his computer desk was getting very worn, so I decided I would decorate the top and then cover it with resin. He is a musician, and a smoker and a drinker, so beer spills and cigarette ashes are the norm, and I wanted the desk top to be ultra protected

I should have know this project was doomed from the start!

I was going to do a cool artsy colage. Finding the images was easy enough, and even getting them tacked on to the table was allright, but then instead of resin I bought...I dont even know. Something for making sculputres. Good thing I did a test run, or the whole desk would have been poop brown.

I did the keyboard tray first, as a kind of tester. A good thing I did, I learned that the resin will actually soak into the edge of the images, causing them to be kind of  seethrough and funky along the edges and any creases, so that was less attractive than I would have hoped. Also, the edge of my images began to curl up, and stick out of the resin.

To add insult to injury, I guess I should have added more catylist, because this tray is now still tacky after 24 hours.

So today I set out with this knowledge to do the main desk. I coated the thing in spray gloss stuff to better water proof it and protect the edges, and then I went to mixing my resin.

I would be doing the whole big desk top now, so I use the remander of my resin, which needed right around 220 drops of catylist.

Counting 220 drops of liquid is almost impossible while breathing in those kinds of fumes...I probably added way to much.

I go and pour out maybe 1/3 of my container on the desk and begin to push it around to a suitable thickness...

then I go back to my contaner...the rest of the resin had turned into a glob!!!!!! There was so much in there with so much catylist, it heated up too quick and reacted WAY to quick.

The brick is now so hot I have it sitting in foil in my bathtub because I am afraid of what it might do to any other surface. Im saying burnie to the touch. I have no idea what to do with this thing.

I had left SOME resin unmixed...I go to try to finish my desk and dont have enough to cover the whole thing, just the important parts, but not the ammount of catylist I should have had really...

In the crazyness it got all over my hands, which is sticky AND scary because this is strong stuff. My boy comes home in 3 days, and I think I ruined his desk.

May this be a lesson to any future resin users. Dont be a dummy like me, mix in small quantities!
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversable Pink and Black Mini Messenger Camera Bag/Purse IMG HVY on: March 17, 2006 09:25:49 AM
I'm not a purse girl, I am a pocket girl usually, but the latest onslaught of home made clothing in my wardrobe (in which I stupidly didn't put pockets) has created a need. That and I needed a bag for my camera because I lost the strap.

LOOONG straps so I can Carry it like a messenger bag


Oh Schnap...what's this? It goes reversi?!?

And then I found this pin on the ground the other day, so now she has a new home. I think I like this side better anyway...

I did this late, so the sewing got a little sloppy at the end. That and I was also watching Wonder Showzen, so the attention was a bit averted. That and I am new at sewing, but I will stop the self depreciation.

Tell me what you think.

that pink fabric is my greatest find ever, I got it for fifty cents a yard at walmart, I ended up getting like 5 yards of it. No I didn't use a pattern. Really I just needed a camera bag for the next day because a friend of mine asked me to take pictures of his band durring a show. The sewing on it actually is pretty good, I am just learning a new sewing machine. I learned the straps are a little long, so I need to fix those. Other than that, just some strings here and there...

next is a skirt, I got a pattern on ebay for like pennies and a not to bad shipping price. I just made my duct tape dress form to use to. Rock.
37  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ben and Jerry's swap on: March 09, 2006 02:12:04 PM
I went to their websight and saw that they had this thing you could lock your little pint (are they pints...sorry, I'm stupid) of ice cream so your grubby room mates (gurrr) dont eat it.

and some how this made me think of crafting ben and jerry's stuff. Why...who knows.

Just a thought.
38  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some Computer Art on: February 24, 2006 04:04:35 PM
I just did this for my productions management class. Some how were going to  shape it into a flyer. I wasn't supposed to make the flyer, we were all supposed to make something by today and post it on our online fourm and vote...but so far mine is the only one there...hmm.

Tell me what you think. It's for an event called "rock the block." It's our version of a block party in downtown Chicago.
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / What to do with all the Valentines leftovers---IMAGE HAPPY on: February 18, 2006 12:50:07 PM

Oh yeah, theres a little fabric in there too. All went well, except I got a case of the paper+glue warbles. See:

If anyone has a cure all trick to get rid of that, let me know. It is honestly the bain of my existence.

I used mostly mod podge...mod podge is my friend...but on the fabric I used fast try tacky glue. I also used the tacky gule to glue the pink top (The underside, the warbly part) to the top top. I Held it down for a while, but I was more worried about the corners and edges. I still maintain it did it when I wasn't looking. I am so OCD about paper ripples, I swear.
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Valentines Chocolate Boxes Swap on: February 16, 2006 08:30:45 PM
Ok, so I know when I am done with the box of chocolates I get from whoever each year (and with out fail, I do...if not for Valentines day, 4 days later on my birthday...) I like to craft up the box into something cool. Usually it involves modge podge.

Send a buddy the box you got this year, and be surprised by what kind of neat thing comes back. Variations on this would be cool as well.

Also, I'm a total noob, I could be strange.
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