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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / What to make for a guy who makes stuff? on: September 07, 2008 06:40:57 PM
I have this friend who's turning nineteen in maybe 20 days. He's a potter, and ceramics are about the only thing he does. He also likes coffee and clove cigarettes to the point of ridiculousness--in essence, he's your stereotypical art student. 
I was thinking about throwing him a mug for his Mate, but he's about a thousand times better than i am.
Maybe something for his tools? Or his cigarettes?
What do you make for a guy who crafts too?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Debutante Ball? on: March 23, 2008 09:42:23 AM
Yes, it is what it sounds like. I, devoted craftster and unashamed freak, am debuting. It's all for my mom, I guess it will make her happy, but really, what the hell?
The worst part is the dress. It has to be white, can't be formal-length or mini, and has to be appropriate for a cocktail party, which just doesnt make any sense. Naturally, I want to make it, and i want to stand out, but I'm strapped for ideas.
Do you have any on what kind of dress would be appropriate for me, but also suitable for a fancy-schmancy society function?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / finding Ostrich feathers? on: February 12, 2008 04:34:59 AM
So I'm in the market for some ostrich plumes for a fascinator, and all i seem to have in my stash are goose and peacock. Michaels predictably has nothing, and I'd rather not order off line.
Any suggestions as to where i could find ostrich feathers? do they count as notions, or would a different kind of store have them?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / dying a beaded dress?? on: February 07, 2008 01:58:22 PM
So i found the most amazing dress for prom and only want to make a couple alterations for it. The beading pattern is incredible and everything, and I want to keep it, the only thing i don't like about the dress is the color.
It's a lime-green dress with sheer black chiffon over it, so it reads forest green, but the chiffon fades out and there's this random foot-high bright green rim around the bottom. It looks like I put on my gorgeous cabaret-trapeze-girl dress and hopped in some toxic sludge.
So what I'm wondering is is there any way I could dip-dye it so the green part would be dyed a darker green?
Would it work if i used only one pack of black rit so it dyed transparent?
Would all the beads fall off?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Boring pattern I happen to love, Suggestions please? on: January 29, 2008 02:37:05 PM
So for Prom I've (thanks to Kaitlinigain) almost decided on this gorgeous dress, <img/src="http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/20000/itm_img/V7365.jpg">
Probably in a grey satin. I am absolutely in love with the first back (or lack thereof) on there, with the crazy pleat-bow-ruching butt thing.
The one thing is, I think the front is deathly boring and looks like a slip. It needs...I dont know. Ruffles? Sequens? Feather Boas?
How should I spice things up so it looks all neat and fancy up there and keeps with the rest of the dress? P.S here's the link. http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V7365.htm?tab=evening_bridal_includes_designer&page=7
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom dress options for rail thin DIY child? on: January 13, 2008 01:30:21 PM
I'm going to my senior prom in a few months. I'm 5'7 and 100 lbs, and have an impossible time getting clothes to fit me, because I have really long legs and no upper body.
I've heard so much about what's flattering for "curvacious craftsters" and curvier girls, but what about those of us who have no boobs or butt?
What can I do for Prom that isn't your typical strapless beaded shiny thing, that'll I'll be able to look dashing and dance the night away in?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / scarfcurse strikes again!(or: what to give an ex) on: September 04, 2007 01:52:14 PM
I was dating this guy for two years when he dumped me for another girl. i dont mind, we are still essentially best friends, he just said it was time for something new. the weird part is i had just finished knitting him a scarf.
he loves it when i craft for him and i want to make something to show him that i still care about him (but not in a creepy pathetic way) that isnt the scarf, because of the scarfcurse.
any suggestions?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Boyfriend going to college "remember me" gift? on: May 23, 2007 08:35:07 AM
So my boyfriend is going to college next year. He'll only be an hour or so away, but doesnt that seem like forever when you can't drive?
I want to make him something nice, especialy as this is going to be a whole long-distance relationship thing, and i know those never work.
I also thought i'd add that our relationship is not really a conventional BF/GF relatioship. I won't go in to detail, but he's more like my best friend than somebody i would want to go to prom with or worry about him cheating on me with some drunken cheerleader.
I can sew medium-ly, paint, and do most other craft things except those that involve toxic fumes or yarn. And I have the entire summer to work on this. I'd like it to be something practical, so he'll use it and think of me, rather than, i dont know, a scrapbook that he'll never look at and won't have room for in his tiny dorm.
So what should i make him?
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / dry skin remedies that actually work? on: March 05, 2007 07:00:37 PM
so i have the most terrible snow-white translucent dry skin that comes from nutritionally unsound. currently i am using a regemin that includes 4 coats eucerin and aveda about twice a day and i shower about three times a week (not as gross as it sounds because i NEVER sweat) but my skin is still very dry. and by very dry i mean flaking off in awful patches all over my body. it's really sensitive too, which means i can't use anything with any kind of fragrance in it, so i'm looking for some natural remedies that actually work. any suggestion?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / anybody know a simple raincoat pattern? on: February 23, 2007 07:11:35 PM
so i found this amazing clear ladybug vinyl, and since i'm going to be spending 10 days in germany and prague and its supposed to be wet, i was thinking of making a little rain slicker to keep me nice and dry. problem is, all i can find are stupid complicated buisiness suit coat things.
what im looking for is something simple with a hood, and snaps up the front. if anybody has any ideas, could you help me???
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