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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / purple & gold zebra craziness on: January 06, 2008 08:50:16 AM
Once upon a time a girl saw stretchy zebra fabric at the craft center at school, and then spotted some gold lam, and 4 hours later, a dress was born...


And the dress was free! The zebra and gold stuff were from the craft center and the purple fabric and sparkly flower were from a hideous 80's dress my aunt gave me.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / skipper/crew appreciation present on: November 27, 2007 12:31:34 PM
//EDIT: Okay, I thought of a present. Neeeeeevermind folks. Thanks for taking the time to read this if you did though. You can ignore from here down.

I'm on the sailing team at college and we're having a skipper/crew appreciation party this thursday where you get your skipper/crew (the other person in the boat with you) a present. One of the suggested ideas was to dress up as them, and I asked my skipper about it today and he was planning on doing something different. He's a music major so he's writing me a song. So now that he's set a high precedent, I have to think of a really cool present, possibly sailing themed, but not necessarily.

He's a sophomore, likes music, plays piano/guitar, is in a band, likes sailing (obviously), and is kind of a pothead. I think I gave him pneumonia, so that made me think of the stuffed animal viruses/bacteria but I don't think he's really the stuffed animal kind of guy. Any ideas?

I'm limiting myself to something less than $20, but we have a craft center here at school (it's amazing), so I have access to lots of crafty stuff and could silk screen him a shirt or something.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / beer fairy-ing costume (pic chubby maybe?) on: November 09, 2007 03:58:41 PM
I don't remember who else has posted a beer fairy costume on here but that's where I got the idea: THANK YOU! Everyone thought it was great (and one of my friends heard someone talking about my costume after the party  Grin). I had so much fun making it too, though I got a little injured from exacto-knife-ing the beer cans. Onto the pictures...

Okay so let's see. I got a white curtain valence thing from goodwill, cut off the gross lace at the bottom, and put beer can tabs around the bottom (they were attached with wire). The corset thing was 1 layer tank top (not the one I was wearing in the 1st and 2nd pictures), 1 layer duct tape, 1 layer beer cans, and 1 layer clear plastic tape to keep everything from falling apart and me from cutting up my arms. It looked better without the tanktop but it had a tendency to slip down which, when combined with being slightly inebriated, would probably end badly so I wore a tanktop underneath. The wings were just a beer box decorated with glitter. Wand is self explanatory, and so is my jewelry, which got me quite a few request for beer bottle cap earrings. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / white trash party dress on: October 29, 2007 10:36:34 AM
The frat I usually frequent here at college had a white trash party. At first I was stumped for an outfit and I didn't want to do the typical super short skirt/shorts plus brightly colored bra under white wifebeater. Next step: go literal! I raided my roomie's stash of plastic bags and came up with this...

(excuse the crappy picture)

1 delias bag + 4 target bags + 1 random pink bag = cute dress that I want to make a fabric version of because I liked it so much. The little pink thing on the shoulder is a heart with "K-Fed" inside.

The best part is it's water beerproof! Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pattern suggestion needed- lowrise flare pants on: October 23, 2007 10:55:21 PM
I recently saw a pair of corduroys which I'm now DYING to have however I'd really not prefer to pay $150 for them when I could make them myself (obviously). I was wondering if any of you brilliant crafty people have suggestions on patterns for pants that are low rise and bootcut/flare at the bottom. Any tips or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Plugboards on: January 15, 2007 08:59:36 AM

What on Earth is a plugboard?
A plugboard is a site or a page on a site that has an array of buttons, allowing you to post your button and link for free. An example of a plugboard is http://www.plugboard.org

You can use them to advertise your site and they are free and easy to use. Usually you need a little graphic  (88x31 is a common size) but sometimes you can just list your link.

How do I use one?
Take a look at the list of plugboards at the bottom of this documentation and pick one to start with. You'll need a button before you do anything. Got your button? Is in 88x31 pixels? Upload it to a site so you'll have a URL for it. 88x31 is usually the acceptable size for plugboard buttons. Pick a site, make sure you read the rules if there are any, and type (or paste) your button url into the correct box. Now type or paste your site url into the box for it. Hit Enter or Submit and you're all set!

Usually plugboard owners request that you only add your button once until it has been pushed off; after this, you can add it again. There is no limit as to how many times you can do this so long as your button is only on there once.

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I hope this helps!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Pine-needle Sachet on: January 08, 2007 06:57:22 PM
My family's pretty lazy and we haven't thrown out our Xmas tree yet, so it's just sitting in our living room. I was down there Saturday morning and had a sudden brilliant!idea to make pine needle sachets for my grandma's birthday. I "accidentally" jostled the tree and collected a bunch of pine needles, which I put out to dry. The only problem is that they don't smell as pine-y as I thought they would. My dad suggested putting pine oil on them, which I've never heard of. So question time: Has anyone tried anything like this before? If you used pine oil, did it work? Did you have enough fragrance without it? (maybe I have a cold and can't smell) I'm afraid the moisture from the pine oil would cause the pine needles to get moldy or something...

Oh, and if pine oil was successful, where did you get yours?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Heating metal for bending on: December 20, 2006 01:18:39 PM
My friend and I found this really cool bracelet (http://cache.wists.com/thumbnails/f/ff/fff160e4f856ac81abbc2371cd0fb5df-orig) and we want to try making them. Our question is how would you go about melting silverware? Well not melting, but heating it up so that we could bend the fork tongs. Does anyone know?

Thanks. Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Flipflop Coasters on: December 19, 2006 03:27:37 PM
I'm one of those dorks who reads Skymall magazines in airplanes, and when I saw this product advertised, I knew I had to share it with someone.
http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=102176487&c=10450 Aren't those the cutest? They're so summery and they don't seem to hard to make. My guess is you'd cut foam in the shape of a foot, cut 3 little holes, and glue foam strips to make the straps.

Well anyways, they're a bit out of season for anyone in the north (or antarctica) but I figured I'd share this cuteness with you all.
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