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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 12 foot tall caterpillar eating a tree! Aggh! on: October 16, 2006 05:07:19 PM


Me next to Caterpillar with its model. I'm 5'8".

(I hope you can see the pictures OK. I lightened them a little in photoshop; hope it helps)

I made most of it last night. It's entirely cardboard, hot glue, and spray paint. It's free-standing :-)

Hope you like!

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift for asian hosts... culture experts help help HELP! on: August 25, 2006 07:54:41 AM
I am going to China with a friend of mine. His grandparents and parents have done a lot to see to our trip, and are giving my friend spending money to pay our way around China for 2 weeks. I leave Monday and will have a 12 hour flight plus layovers to do this stuff.

I would like to give them an appropriate gift. I can't afford too much because I am still a student, I feel like if I bought something it would seem cheesy and cheap to them.

So, I'm gonna *get crafty*

I have read up on it (since my friend has been no help!) and found that gifts representative of your hometown or homeland are acceptable and appreciated. Here are the people and some tentative ideas:

Grandma (China born and raised)- an embroidered scarf, with an image of a Luna moth (native to the US, really beautiful)

Grandpa (same)- Huh

Uncle (same)- Huh

Mom (born in China, lives in US)- something like grandma?

Any help would be much appreciated!!

I will buy something if that is a solution, as long as it's not too much.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for any input.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / LICORICE YARN on: July 16, 2006 01:23:52 AM
Okay so the Joann's Sensations line included the lovely 100% wool Licorice, a GORGEOUS bulky varigated slub yarn that I loved so dearly until they discontinued it...

BUT i think it's back now! I was at a JoAnn's today and saw a stock of it, including 2 new colors (a lilac and a new favorite: neutral [an alluring earthtone combo with blues and browns])

I am pumped.

PS I do not work for JoAnns. But they should pay me. IN YARN
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted black jacket: Shanghai Pudong skyline on: July 12, 2006 03:10:10 PM
OK yes I love Shanghai, so pretty! Here is my wearable tribute (on a 50 cent thrift store find!)

On me:




I'm making similar skylines on black skirts that I hope to put on my etsy shop. (I wanna call the "line" Skirts in the City. Or something.)
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / offensive coupon book on: July 12, 2006 03:05:25 PM
Buahaha I love digging my coupons out of this baby, right in front of the old ladies in line at the grocery store.

the back:

and the more innocent-looking front:

Coupons are the best! ModPodge is awesome! And getting funny looks from the cashier... oddly satisfying. I'm sure it makes their day more interesting at least.
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Prohibition Party on: June 20, 2006 09:06:13 PM
OK so, I searched and read a thread about 1920s parties and got some good ideas there, but I was wondering if anyone had anything to suggest for my friend's 21st birthday party with a prohibition theme?

So far we are gonna make flapper dresses out of tshirts (from Generation T) and dim the lights. We were going to decorate with bottles with humorous lables printed and glued on.

Any suggestions for the following:


Cocktail Ideas

Labels for the bottles

misc decorations

Thanks for your help!!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Generation T: best craft book EVER on: June 07, 2006 07:27:55 AM
I've seen this book mentioned in some other threads after a search, but I feel it deserves its own topic.

I came across this book by accident when I was looking for another one. It's relatively new so I don't know how many people have heard of it but it's GREAT!

The instructions are very simple and clear, plus it's written in a lighthearted and fun way, including tshirt trivia! The drawings are easy to follow. There really are 108 patterns, not just 20 ideas with slight variations (they include variations and count them as one project). There;s even a pattern for making a wedding dress out of tshirts! (and it actually looks pretty good!)

Anyway, I've got a pile of goodwill tshirts lined up at the sacrificial tshirt recon alter awaiting slaughter (after their ritual cleansing that is) and I can't wait to get started.

Anyone else have thoughts on the book?
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Where in the heck can I find glycerin? on: May 29, 2006 07:40:35 PM
OK so I would like to make homemade bubbles and bubble wands (out of wire and beads) with the kids at my education center. Trouble is, I can't seem to find the over the counter glycerin called for in the recipe.

I've tried WalMart, a CVS, a werid local grocery, and a Kroger. Walmart was going to special order some for me, but their supplier no loner carries it. The other places didn't know what the hell I was talking.

Any pointers or knowlege of a chain that carries it would rock. Thanks a bunch in advance guys!

29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / shaping wire on: May 23, 2006 03:55:06 PM
I am trying to think of a clever way to shape wire into a neat semi circle or into a neat circle (for headbands and tiaras) for a new businessy-type venture where I need to make a lot of one item.

Does anyone have a clever solution? I've thought of a coffee can maybe, but do you guys have any hints? Thanks!
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / "Cat Shelf" window seat for apt. kitties! on: May 21, 2006 09:57:10 AM
My kitty Melba just moved in with me in my nice but ghetto-ly located apartment (hence the window bars). She is rather corpulent and doesn't fit well on the window ledges, yet she loves to stare out the window. I am not able to give her all the attention she wants because of work and school, so I wanted her to be happy and entertained while I was not there:

I made this window shelf for her for less than $5. I bought a shelving board from Lowes. While there I also picked up 2 big eyescrews, nylon rope, and snatched a variety of carpet samples in different textured.

I then cut the board to the width of the window. I drilled two holes on either end of the board. I laced the nylon rope through it and put a vinyl cover over the last few inches of rope (so it won't fray over time). Then, I hammered the carpet squares to the board so she can dig her paws into it and lay on it/grip when she jumps up on it. After I carefully knotted the rope (with a macrame bead for extra safety), I suspended it from the board the rental company allows me to drill into. Voila! A window cat seat for 5 bucks and under 1/2 hour of work.

I also attached one of her toys to the board, and dangled some things for her to bat at from the curtain rod. There is some pet grass for her to gnaw on too since she was chewing my seagrass mat (bad kitty!)

Whaddya think?
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