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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / waterproofing boots? on: November 22, 2008 11:28:34 AM
So maybe its not really a craft, but I need to know how to waterproof boots.  I need a pair for in snow and slush, and can't decide on going with big, ugly already waterproof boots, or with sleek, leather, waterproofable boots.  Can waterproofed leather be as effective?  Is there a crafty way to waterproof boots (especially without changing color or texture)? 

ps.  There isn't a non-craft related section to this board is there?  I can't find one.  If there isn't one, there should be.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Handmade Christmas at 99% on: November 02, 2008 05:28:12 PM
If you're still looking for ideas... I've got one for her 3 month old, at least http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=cat1_gallery_4&listing_id=16363074.  I guess most of mine depend on how goofy she may be.  I have a few ideas for the cow theme- You could crochet her a blue scarf with a cow at the base, could crochet her a cow-face potholder, or a full body cow toaster cover.  If you want to try something new, simple embroidery isn't too hard so you could make her a couple of cow embroidered blue dish towels, something like this ridiculously cute one- http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12020056

I find that with people with strange obsessions like cows (my SIL is a sheep nut, my mom is a DOTD fiend), they REALLY love and appreciate ANYTHING that goes with the theme.  So I say go with cows!!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Mod Baby Room (long) on: October 12, 2008 08:52:50 PM
I swear to god this message looks a lot more complicated then it is!  I guess I cant really expect anyone to respond to anything this big, but I wanted to try.  For those with little time, try reading the short version.  For those who are bored stiff, read the long version (Im a talker).  There arent as many links as it looks like they aretheyre just really long links.

Short Version: Creating a modern baby room, want opinions and suggestions on these themes (ie.  What fabrics you like, ideas for accessories, which theme you like best, what color youd paint the walls)

Long Version: Alright, so Im going to be an aunt for the very first time in April!  Im extremely excited about it.  I guess Ill give you a backround story cause I feel like telling it.  My brother is 24, his wife is 22.  They just got married august before last, then my SIL graduated college, then they bought a fixer-upper house, then adopted 3 cats, then the SIL started training to go into her career, then they decided to get pregnant.   This has all happened in a little more than two years.  My brother is graduating with his bachelors this December, and is currently jobless.  The SIL just quit her job this week because she hated it and has been really depressed lately, and is apparently much happier this week.  I guess to put this lightlyits a pretty intense (edging on insane) situation, and were all trying to stay positive. 

My mom and I are still really excited about the baby, and have decided to turn my moms office into a baby room.  Im pretty stoked, since Im much more likely to visit my moms house than travel to my brothers (neither is more than an hour away, but Im a lazy driver).  We also are excited about this room because we are obsessed with interior design, and basically arent getting any say in the babys main room (ughhhhhlack of taste overload).

Me and my mom are NOT normal people, so this will , by no means, be a typical baby room.  No baby prints, no Winnie-the-pooh (although we are trying to make that the theme of the main room), noboring.  My moms house is all DOTD and Mexican stuff.  My apartment is filled with Indian tapestries, cowboy stuff, and a random nautical bedroom.  Both of us are insane animal print fans (she does leapord,  I do zebra).  Needless to say, we dance to our own tune. 

Sorry, that was long but I always like having back stories.  On to the room.

The Theme?: Looking for opinions, thats why Im here.  Just going to start with the idea for a girl (they dont know the gender yet). 
   -ALL these themes are centered around having white furniture.  The accessories are basically examples of what Id use, and I will make them myself if I can. All non-fabric accessories would be white in all themes. 
    -The Crib:
         ^This actually looks a lot cuter in person, its adorable.
     -The Toddler bed- http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_9990000006826511P?vName=Baby&cName=Nursery&sName=Furniture

    -Theme 1: The Mod Mermaid
          -Somewhat of an ocean theme based on this awesome fabric -         
          -I like this theme because of the bright colors and the whimsy, but I think this is still something a little girl would love.  Who DOESNT love mermaids? 
          -Accessories-   http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=10&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=15084783&parentid=A_FURN_LIGHTING&sortProperties=&navCount=9&navAction=poppushpush&color=

     -Theme 2: Pop Floral and Wallpaper
          -Pop Flower inspired by these fabrics-   
                     http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabric-shop-by-category-retro-mod-quilting-fabric-bell-bottom-bell-bottom-casey-scroll-lime.aspx ,
            -Wallpaper theme based on these:

          -Love this theme because its very girly, but has great colors on classic prints. 


     -Theme 3: Adorable Pop Asian
             - Fabrics:

        -Theme 4- Mod Prints
                 -Accessories: Can go with any, I think.

Opinions please?  I can't, for the life of me, decide!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First forged metal project (pic heavy) on: March 14, 2008 10:25:36 PM
Congrats on the A.  At my school it is all silver, all the time.

You can check out the school's site at http://www.studiometallo.com


Wow, the stuff on your schools website is absoloutly inspirational!  Thank you so much for showing me!  Now I can't wait to get started on another project Wink
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Eskimo dress (pic obese) on: March 13, 2008 11:56:51 AM
That top/dress looks exactly like the one that Cameron Diaz wore in Charlie's Angels Full throttle, I think. It's the opening scene. It looks amazing!

Wow, I can't even remember if I've seen that movie!  Guess I'll have to rent it now! Maybe I can pretend thats what I meant for it to look like in the future Wink
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: "8 stars of gold on a field of blue"...er tarp on: March 13, 2008 11:46:30 AM
i've turned into such a snob since i left.... "these mountains are crap, the food here sucks, and i miss the totem poles.  hmmph."

Oh god the food!  I miss eating fresh fish. Being land locked is just awful! 

You know what else I miss a lot?  Musk Ox.  Nothing like that down here, haha.  Everybody is always like "OMG, an ELK!  Lets pull over to the side of the road and stare at it for hours!"  That isn't cool wildlife.  Alaska has the cool wildlife.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First forged metal project (pic heavy) on: March 13, 2008 11:41:16 AM
You were learning and getting those basics is very important.  Your next project will be even better next time!  Your first project looks great though so you can only go up from here!

But I understand how you feel.  I am taking a similar class.  This afternoon I am going to continue to work on pendant project that everyone loves........I hate and I want to just start over.  But I think I need to see it through for the experience.  But since I am working with sterling silver that is an expensive lesson!


Oh god I know that feeling.  I won't even buy silver because I'm just afraid I'll mess it up!  But I need a lot of brass for my current project (love, love, love brass!), and it's $20 per square foot right now!  And I've already messed up a whole bunch, haha.

BTW...got an A on the project Wink
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Eskimo dress (pic obese) on: March 05, 2008 10:46:41 PM
Most excellent...I'm going to have to make one of these for some reason or another.

If you did it without the puffed skirt (just straight down), it would be a reall cute tunic-like dress, and would be much easier to go out on the town with.  One of my original intentions with it was for it to be like a night gown...don't remember how that would work.  I'd wear this one around a lot more if it weren't for that darn zipper.

Another good thing for it is you can make up a theme party that has to do with it, haha.  That's what I do when I have a good costume and nothing to wear it for!  Or just lounge around the house in it...I do that one when I'm cold Cheesy
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Denver loves beer!!! on: March 05, 2008 09:55:28 PM
Ah Blue moon is delicious!  You can't just ignore the greatness that is inside of the cozys! 

I'm in Fort Collins, which is a HUGE beer town in CO.  We've got Budweiser, New Belgium, and Odell.  Without a doubt Odell is my favorite Colorado beer...they've got Easy Street Wink  Not one to be missed!

Beer is such a great way to represent this state!  I would have never thought of it, but its absoloutly the foundation of our world, haha.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: "8 stars of gold on a field of blue"...er tarp on: March 05, 2008 09:41:19 PM
Oh boy I am glad to see my home state represented!  I'm from Anchorage, now located in dreary Colorado.  All the newbies to Colorado wonder how I can be dissapointed with it...but nothing compares to Alaska!  They call these mountains?  Pish posh.  They call this snow?  Whatever.  Colorado can suck it. 

I don't even think I could count the number of tarps we had back home...and the moment I saw your post title I got the Alaska Flag song stuck in my head.  I think its funny that we allknow it so well Cheesy

And I love your jacket!  Looks like it'll be nice and cozy!

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