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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chef Key Hanger on: July 24, 2008 10:49:41 AM
I've been wanting to do chefs in my kitchen for the longest time but the few things I found round my way were always a lil outta my price range.  At the beginning of my search I DID find a toothpick holder for $1 and a cutting board for $3.  Then I found a towel/oven mitt set for bout $5.  Great, huh?  That was all I found so I decided to take things into my own hands.  hehehe

No offense to anyone, but I don't like cows.  I mean, my fave drink is a nice cold glass of milk, and those mooing clocks are cute, but the whole kitchen full of cows?  Nope, don't think so.  Same for roosters.  Down here it seems ALL kitchens use cows, roosters, or fruit cause it's mostly what I've found.  After I started doing my kitchen I found the coffee theme which is cute AND I saw less expensive chef things, BUT it was that shiny porcelain which I don't really go for either.

I bought some stove thingie covers...forgot the name and gave them some chef images.  I bought a cow plaque for about $3 or $4 and gave it a new coat of paint, some chef pics I had seen and loved (Sassy Chef by Mara Kinsley), and key hooks.  Now I'm working on a switchplate and images for the cabinets (I moved in about 2 months ago and the kitchen is smaller than in my prev apt and the cabinets are no only dull but not in great condition).

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Business Question on product searching...a lengthy story on: May 07, 2008 09:53:50 AM
From the beginnning right quick...was offered a school supply a little while ago but when I went to go see everything seemed old and used and a couple of the equipment needed something or other fixed.  I had already had some money but decided against it, especially sionce the area had 2 other school supplies.
So, then I decided lemme do my own things, with "dh" (not legally).  I of course wanted to set up my own boutique (LOOOVE clothes...and bags...and shoes).  But honestly, there are a lot of those round my way....and even so many have come, and many have gone...so not the best way to invest, huh?

So, I loooooove computers (if not where would I have found Craftster?  Wink ).  So down here, meaning the whole island of PR, there's a couple of cybercafes.  In my city, there were none.  So, I decided to do that, one because it seems to be taking off, two there are still a LOT of people that don't own their own puters, and three people gotta eat.  And trust me, people here eat A LOT. Cheesy  So, were searching and researching and would you believe, a cybershop opens up before we do.  Of course dh and I went over to stake out the place but wouldn't get in because they had late hours.  What we DID see from peeping in through the windows was that it had a more formal-like feel to it.  I wanted more of a sit-back and relax feeling.  So, we then decided to check out the other cybershop we know of which is out of our city in a touristis area.  Not only was it tight (I didn't go in...I get kinda claustrophobic sometimes though I may've been okay in there)...they didn't really offer food.  So, we decided ONWARD!!!   Grin

We found a nice place, at first I thought it may've been too big, but after purchasing began and whatnot I feel it may be too small BUUUT we went to other foodshops (what-a-word) and they also seemed small but where comfortable enough.  We're basically gonna be a sandwich/coffee/cyber shop.  We'll also offer smoothies, pastries, as well as computer services such as printing, internet, scanning, faxing, ummmm...retail (flash drives, etc.)  The feel for the whole things is CYBER.  hehehe  We got names for the ladies (the puters) and we have a separate lounge area in case you want to just come in with your laptop to study.  Okay I don't know how you guys feel about shopping but I LOOOOOOOVE it...even if it's not for me, I can be one of those personal shoppers, just spend spend spend!!!  You'd think I'd have a closet full of new stuff but I actually don't.  Though I admit, my crafts room is a mess (besides the fact that I'm currently unpacking from a move).  Anyways, one of the things I'm most into is that I get to decorate the place myself.  I told dh you're in charge of everything that goes on in the kitchen, we share Admin, but I decorate everything.  Isn't that like heaven?  Which is where you guys come in (finally, huh?)...

I found some cool things on other sites and they sort of gave me ideas of what to do.  One of the things I'm having trouble with is frames.  The kind you'd put photos in.  I've been to a couple of stores here and they're soooooo expensive.  I'm looking for normal plain black frames.   Unfortunately what is apparently "in" is brown so we''ve been having a hell of a time finding black things, especially frames.  Do you guys know of any trustworthy sites maybe, or a store, or maybe even a way to make them.  Oh yeah, we have no Joann's, Michaels, Lowe's, and Home Depot is kinda sucky.  Just in case.  We have Walmart and Kmart though!!  Roll Eyes  hehehe

THEN as we were talking about the menu, dh made me a sandwich...actually half a sandwich (I'm not much of a sandwich person I go to the sandwihic shop and ask for buttered "water" bread "almost burnt please"...I thought no kids will be able to finish this...so I decided I wanted to offer a kids meal.  DH says of course he had already thought of that.  So, later when we were at Mickey D's as I opened up my Happy Meal (yes, I still order those)  I thought I want a kids meal in a box with a toy.  So, KidsBox (still pending) is supposed to be in an actual kids box.  I didn't find one to go with the shop but I found these adorable kids meal bags, like when Mickey D's runs out of Happy Meal boxes (does that happen over there?).  You know with the games printed on them.  They're gamer-like (did I mention we're also going to have like chess sets and a 360?)  and they're adorable.  Other prob:  Can't seem to find a toy that's small yet not so small a small kid can swallow it.  I've been searching online and novelties seem very small...I found these plushies that are about 3" tall, but honestly they look like someone  ran them thru super hi on the washing machine.  Others are way too big for a meal toys (6"-8").  I thought of monthly items also or seasonal ones, but even those seem too big or too small.  Do you guys have any ideas of places I can search?  I've tried Oriental and another one that skips my mind right now, but they seem more like Chuck E. Cheese's prizes that kids meal...oopps sorry Kids-Box. Wink 

I'd really appreciate any help you guys can give.  And if I posted this in a wrong section please lemme know!!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cast Tape? on: January 11, 2007 09:51:33 AM
I was at the clinic with the guy that keeps following me around n his kid bro n they were replacing a cast.  Now I've never broken a bone nor have seen this b4 so imagine my face when the guy that keeps following me around says "Isn't it cool how they do that?".  I'm stupid and still kinda  Cry about an older woman being there also so I was like "huh?"  When I saw, the doc (nice-looking one too) was wrapping the kid's arm in this white liquidy tape and he kept sort of massaging it.  He then took another pack, opened it, wet the tape, wrapped it, and massaged some more.  I felt like an ass cause the whole time, I'm like awwed...we get out, I'm looking at the kid's cast and touching it and while he's still sorta cryin cause he was scared I'm telling the guy that keeps following me around "you could CRAFT with this!!!".  To which he replied sorta not surprised "I imagine."   Roll Eyes 

Has anyone used this?  Got pics?  How? 
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / BODY PAINTING on: November 20, 2006 06:12:43 AM
I've been on the net searching for like an hour already and my butt's kinda tired, plus I got dishes to do...that's why I decided to check in here.  Anyone has links on tutorials or how-to or whatever.  Basically what paints are good for what (for ex. if my model's going on a daytime fashion shoot, or at a club, or fashion show, or a shoot in the ocean), how to prep, etc.  I'm taking a basic make-up course and one of the areas I'm looking forward to is fantasy make-up.  I'd like to go all out though since I'm taking pictures of my models to build a portfolio.  I'm sure someone in all of us has a little sun'in-sun'in they can share.   Grin  THANX!!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Pottery kiln?!?! on: November 13, 2006 07:24:38 PM
** MODS:  I don't think there's a pottery area and this isn't really polymer clay so I hope it's ok that I put it here.  If I'm mistaking please advise.   Smiley **

I was w=seeing "That's Clever" today on HGTV.  Not watching, seeing.  I'll explain.  TV was on mute and I was working so I could only glance at it once in a while.  Anyways, this one project I didn't put much interest in it cause the woman was doing one of those pottery vases.  You know the clay and the spinning wheel and so forth.  So, since I knew there'd be a kiln involved...something I am NOT planning to get any time in the next following 5 years (that I know of at least) I paid even less attention.  So this one glance that I do, there's like one of those aluminum trash cans and there's fire spitting out.  I went back to my notepad and when I looked back up, she was removing the vase from this can.  Shocked 

Did I see this wrong?  WAS that an aluminum can.  Cans can't get as hot as a kiln can they?  Is this a homemade kiln?  hehehe  Should I go out and get a trash can? Wink

I tried checking HGTV but it basically says HOW to make the vase, nothing about what she used.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Spinned dresses? on: November 08, 2006 06:37:33 AM
The guy that keeps follwoing me around called me an hour before I usually wake up today.  Lord & Taylor I was wondering if he was out of his mind.  He was at a clinic with his mom in the waiting area and he was watching this program called "Despierta America".  He called me and goes "Quick ma put the tv on 11!!"  So with one eye open I searched for the remote and flicked it on.  Still with one eye open I say "Camel hair?  Cool.  It looks like spinning."  "That's not camel hair...it's human."   Shocked  So both eyes opened and bolted up there's this designer...shoot forgot where probably somewhere in FL...whose store makes dresses (and hats btw) out of HUMAN HAIR.  At first I thought...eew Lips sealed...but then again, some wigs are made out of the same thing.  And honestly some of the dresses were REALLY nice.  Some of them seemed to be sort of crochet (which I guess they spin it first, right?  I have no clue) but others were ya know...NOT spinned.  I mean the guy was BRUSHING the model's skirt.  I'm trying to find pics online.  I've seen condoms and trash...not I've also seen hair...HUMAN hair. Grin   hehehe  The woman used to be a stylist.  From that to clothing designer...with HUMAN HAIR.  Grin

EDIT:  The woman like I said is a stylist.  She cuts her client's hair and uses THAT for the dresses.  WHY do they not use that hair and donate it for wigs I don't know...but whatever.  They were still kinda cool.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / Robeart - The Little Metal Bear on: October 05, 2006 08:43:14 PM
In the land of Br, lived a bear named Roboter Hersteller.  He was an old bear that never had any cubs.  All the cubs of Br loved Roboter, and though he was very fond of all of them, he longed for a cub of his own.  One day he decided to finally construct one for himself.  He planned to make one of wood but preferred making one of metal because it would last longer.  Roboter then used his old science notebooks to create a layer of something similar to his own skin and fur to cover the metal surface with.  Roboter named his new cub Robeart and he loved him with all of his heart.  Unfortunately, what Roboter didn't know was that as he was locked away in his workshop creating his cub, others in Br were dying off due to a strange virus that would first kill the bear it infected, revive it, and then slowly eat away at its skin until nothing was left.  Robeart was around enough long enough to see what was going on, but he only was able to spend a couple of days with his father until finally Roboter was also victim of the virus.  A few weeks later and Robeart was found alone.  Since the virus had nothing to feed on, it soon died.  Robeart decided that with his fathers old notebooks and textbooks, he could create a family of his own and create a new generation of bears to live and thrive in Br.

I didn't realize we should've taken "in process" pictures so apologies.  I WAS gonna take pictures of the mess I left at my desk, but didn't think it was such a good idea.  Wink  It's the first time I work this type of project and I'm quite happy with the results.  I had the help of the guy that keeps following me around which was very cool since he usually doesn't have much thought on anything crafty.  Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pincushion Storage on: September 23, 2006 10:19:55 AM
1st - I posted this here, but it's not really a toy, so if this needs to be moved then go ahead.  I wasn't sure where else to put it.  I saw the "not to be confused with completed projects made out of felt" warning so I thought this would be my best bet.

This was my first project once I started actually crafting again, so it's quite a few months old (earlier this year) so it's a lil' dingier looking than when I first made it Undecided.

I saw the felt cakes and decided to get my own.  I searched for a real cake photo and saw one with basket weave frosting/icing/whatever-it's-called (not a cake eater Tongue) so I thought it would be cute.  THEN I thought it would be a bitch to do the weaving on a small.  THEN I wanted two-stories.  THEN I thought what the hell am I gonna do with a huge @$$ pincushion?!  So I decided to make the bottom part a storage for my tape measure, tracing wheel, hand needles, etc.  Honestly all these thoughts just kept coming and leaving as I did it (it happens a lot when I'm crafting and honestly, it's annoying sometimes Angry).  Well by that night I was done...well actually, I may have done it quicker but I had things to do in my home also and I kept meaning to do my things and leave the cake for the next day, but once I get going and it keeps giving me probs I just gotta keep going.  "Yeah, I'll start cooking...ok, I'll get food ready in a sec...I'll eat later...bring me the food...yeah, I'll go to sleep in a sec...okay, I'm going to bed right now, lemme just finish sewing this...#$%#@% hold on!!  I'm almost done...Ba' I'm done, I'm so tired and sleepy, my bad but I ain't takin a bath( Grin), you wanna c it?"  Like any normal human being that works early in the AM would actually get up at 3am to see it.LMFAO

Well I liked it when I finished it.  The guy that keeps following me around was impressed (next morning though).  He ain't know I actually LIKED crafting and I was pretty good.  Shoot...at that moment he had been with me for more than 2 Halloweens (yeah I go by the Halloween's cause I don't remember Grin) can ya believe that?!?  I had to use all the stuff I had lying around cause it was gonna be "just for practice", but I liked it and it came in handy.  Anyways, I said a little more than I needed I guess. Roll Eyes 

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Book Paper? on: August 24, 2006 06:15:25 PM
I've heard of bookmaking and what not, but I have a question:
What is the name or type of paper that is used in books like paperbacks?  I mean I know it's some sort of thin paper but I haven't been able to find it at Office Max (yea I know not great but it's what I got to work with Undecided)  I've also tried Ebay and Yahoo but most of the types of papers that show up are handmade papers.  Which of course are beautiful, but I'm really wondering what type of paper is that.  Its name or, I don't know, coding or whatever it's called (I've noticed some papers have a letter and a number, i.e. A4 and I'm clueless what that is).

I'm not sure if I explained myself right.  Huh

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi doll? on: August 14, 2006 05:21:28 PM
Okay so I've never done this and I've seen so many animal patterns that are so freakin' adorable!!!!  But I was wondering, (I've searched but haven't been able to find anything), are there any patterns around for amigurumi dolls?  By dolls I mean an amigurumi human, not a teddy bear, or bird, etc.  Although they're adorable I'd like to make a little girl for my sister.  I know how to crochet, but I'm not all that great at creating patterns, unless they're like 2d like dresses or hehehe blankets. Wink  If anyone knows where I can find any, or maybe a post that I may've missed I'd appreciate it.
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