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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / tent cross stitch pattern on: July 07, 2012 10:49:29 PM
Hi there,
I'm new to cross-stitch, and I'm having a lot of trouble finding a certain pattern (which would probably be stupid easy to create...except...I'm new to cross stitch  Roll Eyes ) so I'm looking for a super simple uncomplicated pattern (chart, graph, whatever) of a tent. simple tent, boy-scout style. like the one seen on the right here: http://olsonvisual.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/165803_10151716539740386_1098676625_n1.jpg i would like it at a bit of an angle, but at this point I'll take what i can get :/ thanks in advance!!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with maps onto blanket! on: May 02, 2011 04:09:08 PM
thanks for replying A2JC4life Smiley
yeah, i thought about crayons, but I wanted it to look really well done, and I am no artist lol.  I actually ended up doing a method of iron transfer paper, then painting over the faint lines it left.  super annoying, but it worked at least.  I tried carbon paper also, but I couldn't apply enough pressure to the fluffy blanket to make it transfer.  I do love me some carbon paper though, i definitely use it for all my embroidery work.  caution though-it doesn't really wash out easy, and the pen carbon paper (i have some for typewriters? i think).  thanks for your feedback though!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Baby Shower Cupcakes on: April 14, 2011 01:07:57 PM
these are great!!!  i thought they were polymer clay from the thumbnail-i'm still amazed they're edible!!  good job Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / funny faces on: April 14, 2011 01:03:33 PM
so the boyfriend doodles these little faces everywhere (literally-homework, notes, bathroom mirror, fog on windows), so i finally stitched a few up.  I'm really happy with how they turned out-they're really close to the originals Smiley
Afro dude:

mini man (this is a really small hoop-that's all two strands of thread or less)

mustache man! (he's my favorite from this batch i think...he seems like he'd be a laid back funny security guard to me )


thanks for looking-any comments or criticism would be great!!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Racecar blanket...for big boys! on: March 19, 2011 04:54:22 PM
I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS THE RIGHT BOARD!!!  if it's in the wrong place I will gladly move it, just let me know Smiley

Alright, it finally got sunny enough to take pictures of this project! I made this blanket about a month ago as an anniversary present for my boy, who is obsessed with cars and top gear Smiley.  I had a heck of a time with it too :/  The blanket is bought (it's kohls brand, got at goodwill for like 5$), The pattern I put on it is racetracks from around the world (i found somewhere online that someone had made a font out of them, which is where I got the images from.  I'll try and find it again, or send the files if someone wants it Smiley ).  The pain was gettin the darn things on there!!  I originally thought freezer paper stencils, but after realizing just how much work that would be (I did about 45 different tracks...would have been a lot of cutting!) I tried to do some sort of iron-on transfer.  Since the paper would have been too expensive, I got a Sulky transfer marker.  that...didn't work.  Well, it kind of did:

yeah, not so easy to see.  But it provided me with an outline to paint over (with so soft brand fabric paint and a teeny paintbrush) so that's what i did!!  most of this was done in one day when the boy went out of town ( i think i went through 5 movies?  haha, and a very tired back).  I am very happy with the result Smiley  I would like to finish it someday and put tracks on the rest of the squares too, but for now he likes it, and it looks good, so i'm happy Smiley

full blanket. sorry it's hard to see, it's not actually faded like that, the material is just slightly shiny so the sunlight bounced off :/

close-up.  this is true to color, with the tracks being a very solid black.

'nother close up
and just for fun, a couple bags I made and stenciled for friends for end-of-school presents.  it's Robert Downy Jr. and Winston the cat

comments and crit welcome!!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Breakfast Bars on: March 05, 2011 01:36:03 PM
these are DELICIOUS!!  I made a batch to take on a flight/to school and they held up really well, and were very filling, which was great for those 4 hour flights when i refused to buy their over-processed gross food  Roll Eyes
I made mine the same as the original, except I used dried cranberries and pineapple instead of raisins and choco chips, which turned out super yum
I do have a question though...mine developed a weird sort of...layer on the bottom.  It seemed to be milk that had sunk down and sort of...caramelized?   It gave them a bit of a peanut-buttery taste, which wasn't bad at all.  Guess i"m just wondering if anyone else has had this happen, and what might be done to prevent it!  I would be afraid to leave out some milk, since they were already a wee bit dry on top...
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / help with maps onto blanket! on: February 13, 2011 03:14:48 PM
alright, so here's the sitch:
I have a blanket that I got at goodwill (it's khols brand) that's regular material on one side, and super soft fuzzy on the other.  It happens to be filled with down, and quilted (stitched? whatever) into squares, 100 in all. 
what I want to do is put a picture (outline) of a race track on each square as a present for my auto-obsessed boyfriend (anniversary).  the problem:  That's a whole lotta work!!  and i have zero time. I originally thought stenciling would work, but then i realized that's just ridiculous, since I would have to cut out all the freezer paper, print the images, then cut out all the stencils, then stencil them all x100.

here's an example of the images btw: http://www.cartype.com/pics/7017/full/racetracks_2_europe-africa_b.jpg
so I want each track to be on each square (i've split them into separate printable files, and they're about 3x5" each)

so what I'm wondering is, is there some sort of pen I could use to perhaps trace over my images, then iron them on the blanket?  They're rather pixilated, so it would be best if this was possible.  If there's some sort of pen for that, whats the best brand?

any other suggestions would also be super appreciated!!  thanks!!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Celebrating Motherhood on: February 03, 2011 11:26:22 AM
these are sooooooo precious!!!  i adore them, lovely work Smiley
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair--Dyed, Cut, or Styled by Yourself! on: January 12, 2011 06:56:15 PM
I have heard, from a hair stylist, that sometimes that weird hard to get rid of tint comes from the minerals in your water.  He said the solution is vitamin C! in your hair, not just taking it (though that's good too:))  I believe he said to buy the powder (in bulk i guess, sorry, i didn't pay a ton of attention cuz it wasn't directed at me) and like make a paste and put it in your hair?  I HAVEN'T DONE THIS, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HAPPENS!! but, i'm fairly certain that even if it doesn't work, it won't damage your hair at all.  anyways, maybe something to research more or try!  besides that the only option i know of is, like thekster said, to use a purple or blue toner ( i didn't use well white...i think i used quick blue and it worked well, maybe try that one, i don't think toner is that damaging)and/or purple shampoo (a brand like shimmer-lights).  some people swear by the purple shampoo.  make sure that the shampoo you're using doesn't have a yellow tint either, mine did for a while (doi).  smoking, or being around smoke a lot, can also give your hair a yellow tint (don't know if that applies here, just trying to cover everything!) 

white hair is haaaaard to get though, and pretty much fries your hair (esp the upkeep of it).  I had it for one short summer, looked awesome, but just not worth it to continuously damage my hair to keep it.  so make sure you're using a good conditioner, and a mask (and a few days) in between doing anything to it (bleaching, toning, etc).

hope this helps!!  feel free to pm me if something wasn't clear!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: silly earflap headband thing on: December 31, 2010 09:13:43 PM
thank you so much!  scarves...are pretty much my kryptonite.  i despise them and always have to re-do then several times before i get the rhythm down.  crocheting in a circle is actually a heck of a lot easier to me, since you just  go until you hit your marker Smiley I made a hat a day this season for presents...and the one scarf i made took well over two weeks. so don't give up!! I'd recommend trying a hat or something round (perhaps a circle scarf?) Smiley
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