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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / BNL concert t-shirt collection into one skirt on: September 06, 2006 08:37:29 PM
Hi all!

So I've been a Barenaked Ladies fan for ages (or at least I WAS, until this recent adult contemporary transformation...ick). I ALWAYS buy t-shirts when I go to their concerts, but... I never wear them. I know this, and yet I still buy them. Why? Who knows! But the fact remains, I had a drawer full of 'em, and they rarely sak teh light of day. The solution? Make them into a skirt! I don't have the BEST pictures of them, but you'll get the idea.

Basically, I cut them into strips... wider ones around the graphics, and then narrow ones from the plain t-shirt portion. I made them all different lengths, and attached them to a simple waitband I made from the waistband of an old sweater with an elastic sewn inside. Kinda ghetto, but it worked fabulously. At least, I think so.


P.S. I just spent the last 20 minutes trying to find a picture of myself wearing it in Paris, where it went over very well. Wink No luck, though.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / (barely) Reconned skirt on: September 06, 2006 07:13:47 PM
I bought a plain old knee-length blue skirt at Value Village AGES ago, and AGES ago I did a little work on it. I'm finally getting around to posting now because I'm feeling productive.

Basically, I cut some slits in the sides and hemmed 'em up nicely, trimmed it with some leftover black crinky fabric I had cut from an old brromstick skirt, and painted a little design on it.

Here's a close-up on the design...

I don't wear it all that often, but I thought it turned out pretty well. I should really do more things like that... I like to paint, but really don't haev the wall space to do much on canvas any more.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monkey the Zombie Sock Monkey! on: September 06, 2006 07:03:42 PM

It was my zombie-loving friend Devin's 30th birthday recently. We always try to top one another present-wise. I think I succeeded.

Introducing.... Monkey the Zombie Sock Monkey! YAAAAAYYY!

He was inspired by KeenBean's Steve the zombie sock monkey. Gotta give credit where credit is due!
I also have to give credit to Michael's craft store... I bought the cute little monkey boxers (complete with tail hole) from them.

Monkey's Trogdor t-shirt! I had to do it... I gave Devin a real one for his birthday a few years back.

Monkey's delicious braaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnssssss.....

*I'm thinking of doing a whole series of themed sock monkeys for friends' birthdays this year. Right now, my list includes a pinup monkey (with lacy garters), a surly teenager monkey, and perhaps a turquoise fashionista monkey. I shall keep you posted!


4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Making family Christmas parties easier and much much cooler... on: November 23, 2005 02:13:34 PM
Hi all!

My (large) family are trying this year to reduce the workload on our annual Christmas Eve dinner hostess while still keeping up the tradition of having an AWESOME party. I thought I would share some of the ideas my mom and I (this year's hostesses) are cooking up (pardon the terrible pun), and see if they inspired any ideas that you might be willing to share.

Cooking the turkey ahead -- apparently my uncle's new girlfriend knows some method of cooking a turkey where you can slice it and cook it in the morning, and heat it up at dinner time, and it stays all juicy and delicious while reducing the amount of work needing to be done before dinner. I have no idea how this works, but apparently mom does.

Drink of the year -- we're a mostly-drinking-age family, so cocktails are naturally a part of the party. Every year someone is chosen to come up with some kind of fancy-schmancy cocktail to serve, and they choose the next year's bartender. It's fun, because we're a pretty creative bunch and like to make drinks that bubble or glow or do something equally strange.

Appetizer-style everything -- We decided the whole sit-down dinner thing is getting kinda tired, especially now that my recently-married cousins have started popping out the little ones. SO, we're planning to serve all our usual dinner favourites in a finger-food style. PAR EXAMPLE: We're going to buy little plastic ice cream dishes, scoop mashed potatoes in them with a melon baller or small scoop, drizzle gravy over them and put a cranberry on top. Voila! Mashed potato sundaes. We're open to any other ideas you might have, and hopefully some of you will use this one.

The tacky auction -- we've been doing this for over 7 years now, and it's probably everyone's favourite part of the party. Everyone buys or makes something horribly tasteless and tacky (past favourites include a light-up Elvis toilet seat cover, puce vinyl bird-cage liner, and giant ceramic frog with light-up warts). We use a new order every year, taking turns either unwrapping a new tacky gift or stealing one from someone else. We laugh for hours, especially when a terrible gift from the previous year returns. It also takes the stress off of buying gifts for relatives that you love dearly but know little about. Usually my aunts buy for each other, and aunts and uncles buys for nieces and nephews, but there's no pressure to get anything.

Hope everyone has a looooovely holiday season.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Concert tees into one wicked skirt??? on: August 26, 2005 09:27:36 AM
Hi all!

I've got a big ol' pile of Barenaked Ladies concert tees that I LOVE but never wear because I'm not really a t-shirt person. I've been planning for a long time to combine them all into a skirt, but haven't been able to decide on the best way. Right now, I'm thinking about making a waistband from stretchy material (probably the bottom of one of the BNL t-shirts), then cutting the pictures from the tees into long strips and sewing them around the waistband to make a long skirt. I was even thinking of cutting them in the shape of ties to make a cool zigzaggy bottom. Does this make sense to anyone? Does anyone have any better ideas/threads discussing this?

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Don't it make my blonde hair blue...? on: August 21, 2005 04:58:03 PM
OK, so I've got really long blonde hair. It's what I guess you would call golden blonde... I've been dying to do the underpart of my hair blue for ages, but I'm afraid : if I use permanent blue dye, I won't be able to get rid of the colour without dying my entire head. If I use semi-permanent, I'm afraid it'll stain my hair and again, I'll have to dye my whole head. I guess I could just suck it up and do that. Smiley

ANYway, I'm just wondering if any blondies out there have died their hair blue, and if so, what did you use/how did it look/etc? Bear in mind that I'm in Canada... we should get all the saem products as the US more or less, but perhaps not the UK. Although I'll be in Paris for a week in September...

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crocheted purse with felt tree and stars! on: March 30, 2005 01:17:44 PM
Hi all!

Well, i've made a lot of stuff, but this is (I believe) the first time I've actually posted. So here it is!

I'm a big crocheter, but this is the first time I've attempted a purse. I just crocheted a big rectangle, folded it in three and crocheted the sides together, leaving the top flap unsewn (obviously). I hand-sewed the felt design and sequin stars onto the flap. I did a crappy job on the lining, but it came out all right in the end. I just sewed a little pocket with flat sides and bottom, slipped it inside and sewed the top of it to the purse. Oh, and before I put the lining in I sewed the strap in.

I'm going to make a few more and perfect it, but I'd love to attempt to sell them (as I'm sure we all would). Any suggestions on construction, pricing, etc would be greatly appreciated.

Eventually I'll get off my butt and post the pics of all my other stuff (mostly recon clothes).


8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Anniversary gift for parents!! on: February 07, 2005 06:44:37 PM
My parents' anniversary is coming up on Saturday. I don't usually give them anything (this is the POOR time of year for me), but I'm feelin' crafty. I've got some ideas, but I thought I'd see if you kids have any ideas.

Dad is a big outdoorsman... he loves long cycling trips (like Seattle-to-Mexico long), hiking, and is planning to climb a mountain in the spring. He listens to classic rock of the Beatles/Simon and Garfunkle persuasion, and also enjoys new country.

Mom loves to paint (cottages and gardens and such) and redecorate our formerly overly flowery house. She's the ultimate mom (think Kitty from that 70's show, but without the drinking problem). She also enjoys our mutual passion for Patrick Stewart and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

They both like kayaking together, and travelling to Mexico and Greece.

Let's see what you've got!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ear cuffs... help!!! on: February 04, 2005 10:18:09 AM
Hi all!

I used to wear several small, simple ear cuffs. I'm an actor, so I'm hesitant to pierce anything, and ear cuffs were a perfect solution. However, I spent a summer working at a camp in the US, and through various adventures (some G-rated, some not...<grins devilishly>), I lost ALL of them. I searched jewellery shops everywhere and couldn't find any! ARGH! Any ideas on how to make them? I'm talking about little plain hoop-type ones, not wide flat hoops, but just thin ones. I guess I could always wait till I'm back at camp and talk to the silversmith there (it's an arts camp)... but I want them now! Smiley Any help would be appreciated.

Mehtare Smiley
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