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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / almost school girl skirt on: January 16, 2011 01:02:34 PM
I found this fabric in the remnant bin and knew it was destine for a skirt.  I almost did pleats but I didn't need it to look that much more school girl-esq (and I couldn't figure out how large or small to make the pleats and I didn't want to do math.)  I need to go to joann's and get a ribbon to put through the eyelets instead of the frayed piece of fabric. And I need to redo the hem because the tension was totally off (I was just given my grandmother's old machine and haven't fully figured it out yet.) I also want to do another line of stiching at the top for a little more detailing.  It's way to cold to wear now, so I have some time to work on it I guess...
What color ribbon should I use?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / internet "meme" glasses (and rainbow shot glass) on: December 04, 2010 10:31:11 AM
My boyfriend's birthday is Tuesday and I painted him these glasses as part of his present.  I guess these pictures aren't exactly memes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme) but I can't figure out how else to describe them.  The boy always goes on about how he needs a mustach like the first gentleman and whenever he sees the second one he cracks up for an unnecessary amount of time so I figured they were appropriate.


I also painted this shot glass for my friend.  I was excited about the edges of the colors fading into each other slightly!

These are the first time I've painted any glass but I think they turned out well in a kitchy sort of way.  I also have no clue how to best photograph glass.  I wish I still lived with my photo major roommate..
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / silent hill birthday/ christmas gift for bf on: October 25, 2010 09:35:07 AM
My boyfriend's birthday is the beginning of December and the Christmas will spring up on me in no time.  I have all my ideas (silk screen ties [day-glo pterodactyl!  anyone?], a pillow with his face on one side and mine on another based on a link his friend posted on good ole' facebook, and a beer mug w/ an etching.)
I'm having issues w/ the mug though.  His favorite video game is silent hill but I know very little about it but I want to use that as the theme.  I just can't find any good images, logos, ect that are simple enough to do an etching with (especially since I haven't actually done it before.) 
Or even any other small ideas to round everything out.  He likes video games, horror movies, beer, metal, cooking...
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / kenmore machine sans manual on: September 04, 2010 10:33:34 AM
After my Grandmother passes away I asked my Grandfather if I could have her sewing machine.  It took about a year and a half for me to acquire it, but it's now in my possession!  BUT- Grandpa couldn't find the manual.  He said he'd keep looking for it but until then it would be nice to use it.  I figured out how to thread it but I can't even figure out how to get it off zig zag stitch.  This worked for some things, but not everything. 
Does anyone know where to find a manual for model # 158.19141 without having to buy one, or at least show me how to switch it to a straight stitch?  I tried searching on here but couldn't find anything and google wasn't a lot of help either.  I'm sure the manual will turn up by Christmas when I see him next...
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / gangsta ducky hand towel on: May 21, 2010 11:11:26 AM
my best friend and I worked at a Girl Scout camp for two years (well, I did for four..) And we all had "camp names"  mine was monkey and hers was ducky.  Her favorite song to blast in the car is Get Low ("to the window to the wall" if that's any help...)  I'm impatently waiting to start my summer job so I figured I should get crafty of course.  Thus, gangsta ducky.  Complete with shutter shades and a chain.

You can't quite tell but the chain is silver metallic thread combined with black (because metallic and I don't get along, but I couldn't NOT use it for this.)  The shades didn't turn out as well as I hoped but I'm the crafty one in our friendship so I know she won't care.  I'm considering adding lyrics from the song ("shortie crunk, so fresh, so clean" [I had to look up the song!])  But do you think it needs it?  or should shortie just stand alone?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / is a gift even necessary? on: May 08, 2010 08:40:42 AM
I've been dating this guy for a little over a month and he's graduating from college next weekend.  I just realized this morning I should make him a grad gift, but I'm not sure if it's to early for something like that.   Huh  I AM going to the ceremony so I feel like I should acknowledge it some how, even with something small, I just don't know what.  Plus it's finals week all around, so I need something I can whip up in a couple evenings... any ideas?
I should add, he's an audio engineering major, a metal head, a gamer, and likes cooking and beer.   
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / fibonacci plaid on: March 08, 2010 06:35:04 PM
I'm pretty sure this is the first thing I've posted on this board...   For midterms I had to make a project for my "math in art and nature" class using one of the concepts we've talked about in class.  I used the Fibonacci sequence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number) to determine the size of the squares.  I outlined them in black with a stem stitch and filled them in with just a running stitch (or is it called something else?)
The picture isn't that great but I have no sunlight.  And doubt there will be any for a while...
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / altered book ideas on: February 28, 2010 10:52:46 AM
so I guess this would be the right place to ask..  I'm thinking about making my first altered book and rather than just jumping in I wanted to have a theme to go by.  I've decided on "words of encouragement"  but I don't want cheese lines.  I'd rather have silly or just not cliche ones.  So far I have one my best friend told me last week-  "You are better than a booty call"    sigh...
So if any one has funny/ ironic/ maybe not even useful words of encouragement I'd love to hear them!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / bread transforms into pudding and croutons on: February 07, 2010 11:45:46 AM
my roommate had a pretty bad day yesterday, so i did the only thing I know to do to make someone feel better and got to work in the kitchen.  I went and bought some french bread and cubed it last night so it would dry out.
this morning i used this recipe to make bread pudding (http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1612,158178-247200,00.html)  except i used cinnamon instead of nutmeg and brown sugar instead of regular sugar (I really don't know how I ran out of something so basic..) i also added a banana, but that was a bad choice.  It wasn't the best bread pudding I've ever had but it was still pretty tasty. 

one of my banana slices was purple and I kind of freaked out, then I realized it was probably just touching a raisin...

I had a lot of bread left over so i melted some butter, mixed in some pesto and extra garlic, coated the rest of the bread and put it under the broiler mixing every couple of minutes for i think about 8 minutes total and made FABULOUS croutons!

croutons in their element.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / texas/ cowgirl 21st on: August 28, 2009 08:16:12 AM
so my birthday isn't until february, but since it's my 21st i was it to be awesome (and i need that much time to convince my roommates this is a fabulous idea)!  I go to school in Chicago but I'm from Texas so I've decided it would be great to bring a little of home up north with me.  We're all going to dress up and I've got food, music, and decorations down.  But I don't know what we're actually going to DO (other than eat bbq and drink beer.)  I'm not chill enough to just have everyone over and then see what happens and I really don't like drinking games.  So...  What are some activities that aren't going to make me feel like a 10 year old but aren't typical 21st bday activities?  And what are some sugestions to make everyone dress up?  I'm planning on buying a bunch of bandannas to pass out, but that's it..
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