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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Marathon Completion Party Ideas? on: April 22, 2009 11:27:06 AM
My mom is running her first marathon in a few weeks and we're having a big party to celebrate. We've tried to find some running-themed party decorations, but they don't seem to exist. Does anyone have any interesting ideas for decorations we can make?

So far we're making a "finish line" to hang up, we have cones that have the name of the race stenciled on them, and we bought 100 chocolate sneakers. What else can we do?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the IKEA skirt (lots of pictures!) on: March 23, 2008 09:33:41 AM
My friend is the president of our school's FCCLA and she persuaded me to join. There's a conference every year that has competitions in a lot of areas, including fashion design. I wanted to come up with something really unique, since she said most people use solid colored fabric and generic looking patterns.

So I did my fabric shopping at IKEA.

Yeah, the Swedish furniture store. They have fabric downstairs, and they cut it for you and everything. It's probably meant for curtains and pillows and reupholstering chairs, but I thought they would make pretty sweet skirts. So I bought a yard of this bright, springy fabric and got to work!

I created the pattern myself, making the edges at the bottom circular and the tops rectangular. I have sketches if anyone's interested in seeing them. I put an extra seam in the back to make it flow a little more. I made a waistband with a pink knit, and I also put a zipper in the side. I made a bow out of sheer pink fabric. I really love this skirt and can't wait to wear it! The judges loved it too...they gave me a silver medal and kept telling me how interesting and creative it was to go fabric shopping at IKEA.

See how much I stand out compared to some of the other participants? Even though they all made BEAUTIFUL and amazing garments.

This is me on the runway: (we actually had to model...it was...weird.)

Here's the skirt and my silver medal!

I hope you like it! And if you want a tutorial, I'll be glad to scan my drawings and explain the pattern pieces a bit more!

As per request, here's my drawing!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Maybe I watched too much Project Runway this morning... (lace-up shirt!) on: July 12, 2006 06:58:50 PM
...Because I made this shirt in like an hour. But I originally intended for it to be open and laced up in the back... and wore it the wrong way just to see how it looked and I like that better. I may alterr the front and then maybe wear the laces in the back. But tomorrow I'll wear this shirt to camp and see what kind of reactions I get. Well, before that, what kind of reactions will I get from craftster?

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Writing--Be Brutal. Make Me Hate This. on: November 21, 2005 04:23:37 PM
I've seen some posts on here get way out of hand. I know you're an opinionated bunch. I wrote this and I want to enter it to our school's lit. magazine. But I want you to tell me about the WRITING... not so much about the opinions expressed in it. They aren't exactly what I think... it's what the person speaking in the story thinks... and I'm not that person. Don't lose sight of that. Anyway, here it is:

An Artist's Rendition

An artists rendition of what something is supposed to look like has always bored me. Countless times Ive gone into art museums and left feeling unimpressed. Surely I shouldnt critique the paintings after all; theyre hanging in a museum, so surely there mustnt be anything wrong with them. But as I wandered the art museum that one Sunday morning, I sawfor the very first timethat all artists are liars.

Art is simply a perception of what the world doesnt look like. They say art imitates life, but Ive yet to see any art like that. Everything I saw that one morning in the museum was so far from what the world really is. The sky isnt that perfectly blended shade of bluehavent these people heard of pollution? Havent they ever seen a rainy, overcast day? And the grass! Oh, dont get me started on the grass! Grass isnt green, people! Seriously, grass is mostly a muddy shade of brown-yellow-green, all blended together in the most disgusting fashion! Ive never seen grass that perfect color they always make it bright and fresh and artificial. I bet they even used paint named, Grass Green and Sky Blue, which is so stupid, since the sky isnt always that color, and neither is the grass!

Maybe I just cant relate because Ive yet to see a piece of art that looks like my life. My house isnt a nineteenth-century Victorian, and I dont have a white picket fence. My flowers never look so bright and fragrant, and my home-grown tomatoes always get eaten by rabbits. I never make my bed, and I never leave my slippers at the foot of it. Why, then, does every picture I see depict these little moments? Why are all the beds covered in heirloom quilts and feathered pillows? Why is every house surrounded by a white picket fence? Why are all the flowers always alive, even when it appears to be a picture painted of December?

Why dont any artists show what life really entails? Why am I always staring at a portrait of a beautiful person, and never a plain one? Why isnt there a painting of rundown apartment buildings in sight?

I imagine artists dont intend to lie. Maybe they are really just idealistic always seeing what they want to see and never looking at reality. Or maybe they want to balance out the imperfection they see everywhere. Maybe theyre like editors, who fix all the mistakes and dont think twice about itits their job, after all. But nonetheless, art never shows what reality is like.

And for once, Id like to see a perfectly painted picture of imperfection.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I'm Going to be a Pirate! (Some questions, some pictures) on: September 05, 2005 06:23:52 PM
I know, I know. Halloween is more than a month away. Yes, well, starting this stage of planning the week before is called procrastination, and that's not good. Anyway, I have some ideas for my costume already. I made a whole big planning thing with pictures on my blog (http://home.comcast.net/~kerris4321/2005/09/its-pirates-life-for-me.html). But my question is this:
What on earth is this skirt called?

I LOVE it.... I plan on wearing it even when I'm not at a Halloween party. And I was wondering if anyone knew of a pattern or anything like it. Even an idea of what the skirt might be called if I were to ask/search about it would be helpful. Thanks!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photography=My Life (more, new pics!) on: August 19, 2005 03:26:41 PM
Hey everybody! I LOVE taking pictures. Here are a few of the ones I posted on my website (see bottom). Thanks for looking! I'd love any comments, opinions, etc.!

 I had to show this one because according to my friend, it's the picture that "freakin' wins everything!" It was publiched in our school's literary/art magazine, and again in a local newspaper. The newspaper one made me happy, since I got to meet the head photographer AND I got $25.

I have no idea why some of those are different sizes. I must check my HTML 'cause I've got OCD like that.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / taking trash-picking to an all new level... on: August 05, 2005 08:22:10 AM
I'm sure a lot of you have taken people's trash from the side of the road, right? A lot of really cool recon-ed stuff was someone else's trash first. But how many of you have had people go through your trash? Not just picking through your bulk items on heavy trash day, but like, seriously opening bags and taking stuff? I was shocked when my mom told me the garbage men were taking stuff out of the bag I threw away of crap that was in my room. I mean, seriously... I'm not famous... yet.

Well, anyone have any good garbage-picking stories? Surely you found some cool stuff to make better through craftiness on the side of the road! Share your garbage picking finds here... and, if possible, tell us what you did--crafty wise--to make it better.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I hate, hate, hate this dress (sing it with me, people!) on: June 08, 2005 03:09:28 PM
This dress is so hideous. I might as well paper bag--it might be more form-fitting than this dress! I look like I weigh a million pounds when I wear it, and I look kind of snobish. It's something you'd wear to a country club (yeah, I've done that), funeral (guilty of this, too), or maybe a wedding (actually, two weddings). And I need something to wear to my friend's sweet 16 on Saturday, June 18. Yeah... a little over two weeks away. Can somebody please help me?

This picture was taken into a mirror, with another one at an angle behind me. So you get a back/side view, too. This picture would look better if there was no laundry behind me, the lack of a flash didn't discolor the whole thing, and I didn't look so huge.

Please excuse the clutter on my desk. Actually, it's really neat. My friends think I have OCD.

Bring on the ideas! I can sew by hand and with a machine... so don't rule out any options! Thanks in advance!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I Wanna Mosaic! on: May 28, 2005 12:46:15 PM
Hey everyone!

Every summer I try something new. This summer, I REALLY want to make mosiacs. All this started when I went on a trip to a glass-blowing factory and I saw some mosic house numbers. They were beautiful... and I wanted to make stuff like it. (see pictures below) Also, I've been watching shows, and I looked at EVERY thread about mosaics on here. I've also looked at a few books. Well, all that research didn't do much except inspire me. I know I need tile nippers, a glass scoring tool, glue, and grout. Well, the last two confuse me the most. Every show/book/etc. shows a different type of grout. I know there are people on here who make mosiacs... can you help me? Another thing is that I don't want to spend TOO much on this. Here is one of the numbers I talked about earlier. It basically sums up the type of mosaicing (is that a word? lol) I want to do. There are ceramic tiles, glass, beads, shells, and really unique bits in there.

to those of you who were too lazy to read all of that: I didn't make the above craft!
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Pop Tabs... on: May 22, 2005 08:12:35 AM
Not really a craft, but since so many people are making stuff out of pop tabs, I thought it was appropriate. The Ronald McDonald House collects these tabs and gets money for them. They help sick children and their families. At most McDonalds, there is a collection box. I don't eat McDonalds, but our school collects the tabs. Some churches might even do this. Next time you feel like making a purse out of pop tabs, I challenge you to donate them instead.
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