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461  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Turn my classroom into a Rain Forest! on: May 23, 2004 06:56:15 AM
OOO OOO How cool! You asked the right person! ;-)

When I was in middle school, I painted my room like a rainforest. Here are some pics. I don't know if you'd be allowed to paint, but it would be a fun thing to get everyone to contribute!

Even if you could just paint one wall... or if you have one of those large corkboards or a flat space you could buy something to cover the walls and then paint if you were so inclined.

Here's pics of my room if you want some ideas. Sorry, I made these 6 years ago and my skill has improved since then ;-D

Also for my room, I strung these butterflies I found (cheap @ Michael's) from the ceiling with fishing wire to make it look like they were floating around. Even better, you could have the kids each make a butterfly or other insect of their choice, or perhaps a bird.

You could get a few houseplants, they really add to the feel.

I'm sure you can come up with more! Just a few suggestions :-D
462  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: homecoming dress on: May 12, 2004 04:09:21 PM
I love the dress!

Also, I love your icon! Where did you get that pic?
463  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Henna Tattoo Jeans on: May 12, 2004 07:57:57 AM
Oooo... intriguing... girlshop.com, eh?

I had never considered going through someone else. Do you have any experience with these people? I am sure I can get all necessary info from them but I was wondering what kind of experience you or someone you know has had with them...

464  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Microscope slide necklaces on: May 11, 2004 07:16:56 AM

just... awesome.

I like the way things look under a microscope... maybe a variation would be to get pics of bugs or pollen or microbes and other things that look sweet under a microscope (from a medical magazine or something) and use those.

A healthy love for science and fashion come together!
465  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Necktie Skirt!! (Pics + Tutorial) on: May 05, 2004 09:29:48 AM

I never wear skirts, but if I make one of these I sure as hell will! I'll post mine if I ever finish it.

If anyone has others that they or their friends have made, please post pics so I can get a feel for different lengths!
466  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / bubble bath!? on: May 04, 2004 10:50:28 PM
Can anyone hook me up with a recipe for bubble bath? One that is cheap and easy to make and doesn't suck? Thanks!
467  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Henna Tattoo Jeans on: April 29, 2004 08:19:25 PM
Henna is a paste that is usually just for staining hair or skin, I don't think it's strong enough to dye clothing, or at least dye it very well. I used designs typically drawn on the skin with henna, but exectued them with fabric paint.

As for obtaining henna if you want to use it for your skin, make sure its result on your skin will be brown. anything else (like black) is unnatural and often has harsh dyes that can cause very bad reactions. Traditional henna is made from the dried and ground leaves of the henna plant, and the other ingredients vary depending on who you talk to (family recipies for henna are prized secrets!).

I get mine from an exotic food market, where they sell for around $1.50 a tube. Kits are usually about 9 times that much, so watch what they're charging! Wink
468  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Henna Tattoo Jeans on: April 28, 2004 08:10:21 AM
Thanks so much you guys :-)

BTW, Carson I actually did use tulip paints. They are cheap and good. As for the shineys, I just used pearlescent fabric paint. I thought rhinstones might be too much (plus they fall off) so I just dabbed a few shiney dots here and there.

Shade n Shadow, I adapted  some traditional mehndi designs in a book I have.

Coolbeans, as for the paintbrush, I just used a couple of cheapo acrylic paintbrushes.

Thanks again for  your opinions and questions! Good luck guys, I'm sure your jeans will be awesome! Be sure to post pics here if you do some of your own so I can gush over them!

469  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:acryllic paint on a tshirt ??? on: April 26, 2004 09:39:57 PM
Under the clothing projects category, I posted some jeans I painted with fabric paint.

Originally I had used acrylics (I am a painter and acrylics are my favorite) because I can't tell you how many articles of clothing I've ruined with paint that won't come out, so I figured it would work.

 But sure enough, when I washed them for the first time it faded like mad. I then redid them with fabric paint. I used brushes to apply it so that it wasn't puffy.

Hope that was somewhat relevant!
470  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Henna Tattoo Jeans on: April 26, 2004 09:32:56 PM
Thank you Smiley

First I sketched the designs with light chalk. Then I just used fabric paint by squirting it out of the tube and using a brush to apply it.

It's held up in the wash, by the way, in case you guys were wondering.
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