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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: A crochet book for making stuffed animals? on: August 04, 2005 09:16:05 PM
Hey-- those "Forest Friends" are pretty cute... thanks!  Now if I could only get a grip on this granny square thing...
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / A crochet book for making stuffed animals? on: July 21, 2005 04:03:11 PM
I've been looking around for awhile now, but I just can't seem to find a beginners crochet book that teaches amigurumi... I'd like to learn to crochet while learning how to make these really cute animals and NOT afghans and sweaters and hats.  Does anybody know of such a book, or maybe a really, really simple pattern for amigurumi animals or animal-type shapes?  (I already sort-of know how to crochet from the various knitting projects I've done.)
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie Monkey! on: April 27, 2005 01:20:10 PM
I finally finished the project I had been planning since summer!  Green socks + felt + red buttons = ZOMBIE MONKEY!

Here's a close-up:

And here's his BRAIN!

I want to make many, many more, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to make him better.  Whattaya think?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Avatar: Talk about craftiness! on: February 28, 2005 08:51:33 PM
My avatar is a picture I drew of myself.  I update it every few months or so (I cut my own hair a lot).  My other one had glasses...
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: tiny felties and a wolfman on: February 26, 2005 09:57:42 PM
That wolfman is just wonderful-- I was laughing so hard looking at his cute little surly eyebrows!

Isn't felt great?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: piercing ears on: February 26, 2005 06:27:59 PM
I've had piercings done just about every way mentioned... so if you care to hear about it, here goes:

When I was 5 my parents took me to the pharmacist and my ears were pierced with the piercing gun.  There weren't any problems with that-- no infections-- UNTIL I got one of them stuck to the carpet when playing hide-and-seek with my brothers.  Yeah, really stupid.  I know.  It bled a little, healed, and was okay in a couple of days.  (By the way: I have a history of getting stuck to the carpet.  One word: braces.  Don't ask unless you're REALLY curious.)

When I was 14 I went with a friend to a beauty salon and they pierced the upper cartilage on my ear with a gun.  This was without my parent's permission, but they did it anyway... I guess the whole operation was kind of shady, especially since they still used a piercing gun.  The initial piercing didn't hurt, well, much anyway, but it took a long time to heal, and I couldn't sleep with my head tilted to the side for probably a year.  This was, like, around 1992 or 1993, and I was young and dumb and didn't know that cartilage should NEVER be pierced by a gun for many, many reasons.

When I was 15 I put a second hole in my left ear, DIY-style.  I used Hydrogen Peroxide, a safety pin, and an orange (so I wouldn't stab my neck).  I think I may have numbed my ear with ice, but I don't really remember, to tell the truth.  Yeah, again, really smart.  The thing didn't really hurt at first, but the next day it hurt like a mother.  I kept the earring in for years-- I only took it out about a year ago now-- but it kept hurting on and off, even though it never got grossly infected.  And by the way-- I also pierced it crooked.  The hole was slightly BELOW the first, and it always really bothered me when I looked in the mirror.  Not like anyone else really noticed it, though.  But I didn't want to take it out, probably because it was like, "Hey, look how punk I am with this ear I pierced myself."  God, how LAME. 

So, then there's five years ago, when I got my nose pierced in Madrid.  This time I was actually smart-- I knew other people who were pierced there and knew someone who worked there.  I saw how they autoclaved everything, and even watched when other people were pierced.  I was pierced with a needle, and it only stung a really little bit-- enough to make my eyes water a little-- and then it was done.  It has NEVER hurt, and healed in less then a month.  To this day I have NEVER had problems with it.

So, the moral of this story is this:  Stay away from the guns, and go with the professional piercers.  Just cough up the money because, let's face it, you're JABBING SOMETHING THROUGH YOUR SKIN THAT REALLY ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE THERE!  Foreign objects have a way of getting rejected, you know what I mean?  Give yourself EVERY CHANCE to get a piercing that will A) not get infected and B) will not be CROOKED.  I think $20 is a small price to pay to prevent infection, and worse, illness.  (My boyfriend's a bacteriologist... I've seen the gross pictures of staph infections... ever wonder what gas gangrene looks like?  *Shudder*)
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: November 14, 2004 06:49:57 PM
I'm funkstart.  As in "funk" - my last name - and "start" ... um... start, I guess.

It sounds like "jumpstart."

It's kinda fun to say.

And stuff.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steve Buscemi Bleach Stencil on: June 18, 2004 09:54:50 PM
Wow!  This is SO cool... now I have to try it.  Maybe with Charles Bronson?  Steve McQueen?  Maybe... Walken?  So exciting!
9  UNITED STATES / Wisconsin / Re: Wisconsin Thrift stores.... on: June 16, 2004 01:41:28 PM
Hey, since Slinger was mentioned, I grew up in Hartford (only ten minutes away on hwy 60) and there's a St. Vinnie's right downtown (across from the mondo-huge Mineshaft restaurant/bar, Main Street being connected, I think, to hwy 83).  It's pretty big... two floors, and tons of stuff.  The people who work there are a little weird (townies... *shudder*) but that's the way the local thrift stores are, right?  I don't go there often... I only go back to Hartford to visit the folks, and then I try to bust out of there as quickly as possible (you know how revisiting the old homestead is, y'all).

Oh, and as for the vintage store rental thingy, seriously, don't bother checking 'em out.  The place, I think, is just called Vintage something, and it's on Gorham right off State St.  The rentals there are really nothing special.  It's just stuff like old futball/basketball jerseys of good players (you know, Walter Payton Bears jerseys, I think I saw a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey there too, which is totally sweet but for rent?!) or authentic tour shirts from bands like Pink Floyd or Black Sabbath... you know, all really cool stuff to find for, like, $5-10 at a regular thrift store, but completely nonsensical for renting.  I understand the Halloween rentals (they do a lot of that), and some of that stuff is pretty cool if you want to rent a costume (I like making my own, personally... hey, we're all pretty crafty here, right?) but otherwise, this place is lame.

I think I know which vintage store you meant... I think it's really near the one I'm talking about, called, like, Godiya or something, but it's really small and kind of lame...  Has the same sort of stuff as Ragstock, which used to be cool, like, six years ago or more, but now it's totally lame (no offense to anyone who likes it, I just think it's not as cool as it used to be... downstairs they used to have boxes of clothes that you could dig through, and, if I remember correctly, you could buy by the pound... literally, "Ragstock").
10  UNITED STATES / Wisconsin / Re: Wisconsin Thrift stores.... on: June 13, 2004 08:37:54 AM
Here are some of my favorite thrift stores in Madison:

House of Thrift
474 North Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-0889

House of Thrift rocks.  The elderly people who work there are so nice, and the prices are cheap as cheap.  It's small, so it's one of those places you can go back to repeatedly and find something.

Saint Vincent de Paul
1309 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-0673

Everybody in Madison talks about going here, but sometimes things are good and sometimes they aren't.  They don't get in shipments of clothes and such all the time, so you could come back a week later and find the exact same things on the shelves.  Oh yeah, and the people who work there are really, really cool (one of my best friends in the entire world works there, so sometimes I just hang out and talk with him) but that can actually hinder the pricing process... you know, like these guys really do know how valuable a Vanilla Ice boardgame is, so they price it at, like, $20 (whereas at some church flea market the thing would be 50 cents, you know?).

Saint Vincent de Paul
1900 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53713
(608) 250-6370

Now this place is the ultimate deal.  To all those who know it well, it's called the Dig and Save because, well, you literally have to dig through piles of crap to find stuff.  It's like an archeological expedition!  Just make sure to wash your hands afterward... yuck.   Some of the best finds to be had here, y'all.

Oh, and there are, I think, 2 more St. Vinnie's in the Madison area, but I've never been to those... let me know if they're any good, those of you who have had the pleasue.

1880 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 240-0768

I really like Savers.  It's huge, and they have a very, very high turnover, so there's always something new.  And you can always find great things.  Check this out:  I went there last week, and I found, on a stuffed animal rack, a Gloomy bear in practically new condition with its tags still on from Cubeworks (a Japanese toy company) for $2... and if anybody here knows anything about these toys, they're, like, $20 and you'd have to usually ship them from Japan or some specialty store/site in the states... I never have luck like this!

Okay, as for Goodwill, they do really have high turnover and you can always find something cool, but the problem is prices, as you all well know I'm sure.  I didn't list them here (there are like 6 in the Madison area) because I'm pretty angry at the rising prices myself, but anybody who wants those addresses, let me know, and I can provide them.

Oh, and I'm sure you're all hip to this info, but in Madison especially, VINTAGE store vs. THRIFT store means a difference between a $30 sweater vs. a $3 sweater.  I know this is probably about the same in other cities, but I've found the markup especially bad in the Madison area.  Oh yeah, and there's this vintage store off of State St. that actually rents used clothing.  tell me that's not ridiculous!  I'm not going to rent an '85 Walter Payton jersey to wear for two days!  I want to actually buy that jersey to actually have... sheesh.
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