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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / More cuddle-able in felted form (pic heavy) on: August 20, 2012 10:31:04 PM
This is my third needle-felted fella... meet Portico. =) He was made for a dear love of mine, who happens to be TOO FAR AWAY right now...

My mom commented that his butt was too big. Too bad. I like big butts. =P

He also traveled with me a little. He's a worldly little polar bear.

Just for reference, my first and second projects, left to right respectively.

I'd love to get better at this craft! I'm finding it SUPER satisfying. Any comments/criticism is greatly appreciated! That, and perhaps some knowledge of where to get more roving.... And are more needles required? I've only got the one that the first kit came with.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Jazzing up some rainboots on: April 29, 2012 05:26:20 PM
I work outside a heck of a lot, and one of the things I always need (and always wear out) are rainboots! It's hard to find a pair that you can actually run in, so when I found a pair, I bought them... even if they're just plain grey. Just in case you're wondering, they're the Kamik brand, which are surprisingly snug, not boxy and floppy at all like most rainboots.

I had a silver DecoColor marker lying around... and approx 20 minutes later, here are the results.

Note: Not sure if this'll actually hold up in the rain or not, no promises. Could probably be done with a silver sharpie if I had one on hand. The silver color here is RIDICULOUSLY reflective - super eye-catching. I personally love it and think it'll be perfect for cutting through those foggy, gross days. Also, you can easily tell that I drew this without sketching and in a short amount of time, hahaha, no laughing at my wonky fish. =P
The lighter silver color is actually from the marker running out. Whoops! It worked out well for trying to fill in the shoal of fish, though.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Jellyfish (Man O' War) hat? Construction help needed! on: October 09, 2010 12:16:50 AM
Instead of trying to transform my whole body on a budget, why not just have one of the most infamous jellyfish (colonies) sitting on my head, tentacles cascading all down my body?


For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Portuguese Man O' War Jellyfish is a conglomerate of a few jelly species working together to create a biological fiend. Stringing tentacles that can reach up to 30m long trail along under a buoyant sail of a body, trapping unfortunate animals in its wake (Well, they just drift, but whatever).
They're SUPER pretty too, so look up a photo on google images or something. The colors on their sail are INCREDIBLE.

I'd really like to create a little hat like structure for myself to wear. I figured I'd just wear all black (leggings and top), with this cascade of ruffled fabric cascading down, perhaps some wool dreads if I learn to make them. Mardi gras beads or those curtains made of beads would also give me the other tentacle type.
But what of the sail?!

my beautiful paint image of what I'm somewhat imagining. Hahaha. I think that beigestuff would come down more like earflaps - maybe the sail could be mounted on a hat with earflaps?

Is anyone familiar with any sort of material that would be stiff, malleable, and translucent enough for the sail? Could I maybe just make it with plastic and something hot (and how many dangerous fumes would that release)? Any feedback much much much appreciated!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Logistics - how do you get hard oils out? on: January 06, 2010 10:27:56 AM
Hahaha. I know it's a silly question, but seeing as I've been scraping at cocoa butter with a spoon for a really long time to make random things, I figured I'd see if anyone had any tips. C'mon, someone's gotta know something, right?

I figured heating the spoon (the way you do it with ice cream!) worked alright, but just was wondering if there were any other tricks of the trade worth noting.
I ran my metal spoon in a plastic bag under hot hot water, if anyone was curious. This way, I avoid adding water to my delicious smelling oil. Mmm...
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Basic Sketchpad/Journal created with with all salvaged dorm stuff on: September 12, 2009 10:34:54 PM
So, my Developmental Biology professor (btw, COOLEST subject ever) is really nifty and wants us to also think about the different philosophical issues and ethical arguments in the course, as well as just observe daily things around us that have to do with the course.

For this, she requested that we maintain a journal of sorts, though she wanted it on unlined pages, to allow us to draw and scribble whatever whenever, as well as utilize it as a lab journal. (we also made our microsurgery tools out of our own hair, pretty darn sweet).
Funnily enough, my school and the local supermarket do NOT sell any sketchpads. So what's a desperate student to do, but to create her own?

I've never really done any papercrafts, so I utilized this tutorial and adjusted it to fit my needs.

Cereal Box
Paper (cut/folded/adjusted to size, made from these huuuge academic calenders they slide under everyone's door. Most end up as scrap paper, in the recycling bin, or worse, in the trash can >.<)
More cardboard (from the back of the calender)
Needle (from my sewing kit, to fix rips and such...really more of a necessity for college kids than you'd realize =P)
Thread (also from sewing kit)
Ruler - I found one in my dissection kit
Pushpin (instead of an awl, drill, whatever. Used for making the holes for binding)
Binder clips (for holding the thing - grab some bigger ones. I got by with just 3 binder clips of varying sizes, but I wished I had larger ones, and more).
Scrap piece of ribbon (not necessary - was added because I messed up in the binding)
Tape (used to bind even tighter, since I couldn't find ANY liquid glues)
Rice (make yourself some rice glue by taking a small bit of rice, adding a bit of water, and smooshing it well. You'll know when its good when it sticks your fingers together. Makes a great eco-friendly, biodegradable glue, haha)

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Slapdash Insect Repellent - mixing it into lotion? on: August 20, 2009 12:45:12 AM
So, my mom decided she wants to explore the great outdoors with my father and I, and signed us up for a nice little vacation on a whim.
I've realized that the rashes that are getting progressively worse during the summer are not simple heat rashes, but rather a lovely bout of eczema.

How are these related? We'll need bug repellent, haha. And we're bringing some, but I'm just worried that my body's going to say NO to that, and that my vacation will just be me being an itchy, uncomfortable, oozing sort of mess. Hot stuff.

I've figured out which lotions I CAN use, and also have a bottle of Citronella EO (and random other ones that may have some anti-bug effects). I sort of figured it probably wouldn't be hard to grab a lotion bottle and add in some, shake it up really well, and use that (extremely regularly, like every hour or more). Is this POSSIBLE though? Will the EO actually get dispersed, or will it simply sit on top of the lotion? Should I heat the lotion up and then add?
How much EO to how much lotion (for instance, 20 drops to 8fl oz of lotion)? I remember people saying that lemongrass is uncommonly pungent and strong - does this need to be taken into account for citronella, since they're pretty similar (of the same genus, even)?
Do you think that amount of EO would be irritating to the skin?

And last but not least, because we're bringing along my puppy (who's really 9.5 years old, but who would know Wink ), do you think it's safe to place a drop or two of citronella and such on her collar, on the outside? I've never read citronella being contraindicated for canines (though I believe it's so for felines), but if anyone has had experience otherwise, I'd love to hear about it. She's also got all her shots and will have freshly applied Frontline and worm pills, so this is just extra precaution.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for an Over-the-Knee/Tall Stocking pattern on: March 03, 2009 12:13:59 PM
Hey all,
I'm just looking for a really basic pattern for that type. I really like illusion knitting and want to make a DNA strand (I'm a bio major/dork, haha) running up either the sides or the back of the stockings, but can't find anything that is simple enough for me to modify it. Aka, I have no idea what type of yarn I should use (DK or sport, maybe?) nor how many skeins of it I want. Haha.

Any suggestions?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Liquifying DIY dry laundry detergent on: February 19, 2009 04:13:17 PM
So, I recently got really excited about finding out that you can make laundry detergent with CP soap, borax, and washing soda (all things I have extensive amounts of in my house, haha). And I did just that.
I found a recipe calling for 1 cup shredded CP soap, and half a cup of borax and washing soda each, I think. Something similar to that.
However, when I'm utilizing it, I keep getting little shreds of what looks like soap stuck on my laundry - looks almost like snotty bits from a kid rubbing his nose on my blanket, so I'm not exactly thrilled with it. I THINK it's the soap - maybe I didn't grate it fine enough? It's 100% castile... is that too um, oily or something maybe? I figured if I could liquify the powdery mess, it might work a bit better. However, if I dump it all into a pot, add water, and heat it up/melt it down.... would that cause some reaction or anything? Has anyone tried that before?

(I really should just look at what's in everything and solve the chem equations myself. Haha. here I am, procrastinating for studying for my organic chem final... lalala)
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / How do I cut cured soap? on: January 20, 2009 08:43:03 PM
Haha, I know that sounds like a silly question, but I've been buying handmade soaps like maddd recently, for a wide variety of reasons. There's a couple that I told myself I'd split in half and give part to a friend/family member, just so I could buy bigger bars (and be surrounded by even more soap, really. I swear this is a disease.)

However, the normal knives won't cut them well, just sort of grate away, and my mom refuses to let me use her big butcher knife, haha. What do you guys do to keep a variety of soaps in the shower without seeming like a nutjob?
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sprouting Moss [pic heavy] on: January 05, 2009 06:27:38 PM
One snotty art teacher, an inability to cut straight lines, and only two materials allowed to be used creates some really strange "art" pieces.

The task?
We were to be inspired by something small, and utilize only the materials bamboo and cellophane wrap. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of plastic and "ecofriendly" bamboo, haha.
Ludwika Ogorzelec had done an installation for my college (her work is FANTASTIC! http://ludwika.ogorzelec.free.fr/35_wieden_site/pages/4.htm for example) and so, we basically went with that! He kept emphasizing these micro structures like bacteria and DNA and crystals, and even mentioned that most plants and animals weren't abstract/whatever enough.... so I just had to choose poor, understated moss.

I tried to make it as dramatic as moss could be, which is pretty darn dramatic, when you take a look at the dangling sporophyte heads way up high.

A more comprehensive look

It was sort of fun to make, just a bit tedious and frustrating, since well, no glue = finicky EVERYTHING. It'd be cool to create something like this again with old driftwood pieces of all different shades and textures, and perhaps pulled plastic bag strips. I might try something similar, and base it actually off one specific genus of moss or something.
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