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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Present for guy I'm dating? on: December 07, 2009 02:55:11 PM
Ok, so there's this guy at work that I'm friends with, but I don't know him that well yet except for a few things (like he's a total nerd like me).  I was thinking of getting/making him something for Christmas, but then he complicated things a little by asking me out.  We haven't actually gone on a date yet (day after tomorrow!!) and like I said, I was still thinking of a giving a gift when we were just friends status, but what do you give a guy you work with and just started dating and don't know that well yet?  We work at a movie theater and he's lead projectionist and is always lurking about the hidden rooms of the theater (a while ago we had a bit of a Phantom of the Opera/haunted theater joke going on) so I thought a little Phantom plushie to keep him company in the booth would probably make him laugh, but I'm totally second guessing myself ever since he decided to kick our friendship up a level.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Shopping Rant on: July 28, 2007 09:24:27 AM
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Ok yeah, I get paid to do what I'm doing, but I'm not an employee with a grudge.  Normally I go to work smiling and come home smiling.  This was just a collective of things that my co-workers and I consider rude,  because whether a person is paid or not (and forget the whole putting stuff away issue, the other stuff is far more annoying than that) nobody likes their job to be harder than it is.  But I don't want people to think I'm un-happy being paid to do my job, so never mind.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Scared to cut, scared to sew on: April 26, 2007 02:37:56 PM
All right, this isn't a sewing phobia actually, my first project was a circle skirt with a gathered elastic waist that was made in a fiendish stretchy knit that had the capability to run the way nylon stocking do.  And it doesn't look half bad though I don't dare throw in the wash.

ANYWAY, that's another rhinocerous all together.  My current project is to sew two costume pieces for a renaisance faire on May 12.  One piece is a surcoat to be worn over an actual shirt of chainmail for my boyfriend.  I have no pattern, though it's a simple design, and the material is thin stretchy velvet which I predict will take some very careful sewing.  I have measurments from my boyfriend for shoulders, hips, waist, and length, and he was supposed to make me a simple mock up garment from a sheet but never did and probably won't.

The other costume piece is a cropped shirt for myself as my costume has more of an Arabian inspiration.  This is easier as I am reconning a t-shirt and I will be able to put it on and pin it whenever and whereever I like, unlike my boyfriend's costume because I only see him about once a week due to work and school.

Below is a VERY basic drawing of what both garments will end up like.  What I need from you all is advice on how to proceed with no pattern, very little experience (despite the fiendish skirt described above) and some words of wisdom on how not to ruin stretchy velvet.  We're not trying to hard for the most perfect or historically accurate garments, we just want something that'll look pretty good.

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Two questions about creating and glossing on: April 02, 2007 05:16:07 PM
Ok, I just recently started playing with polymer clay, I'm really just casually playing figuring things out, no tools, no books, just messing around.

So, question one - I've been messing around with celtic knots, litterally rolling a "string" of clay and weaving the knot.  My first attempts are not too bad, I'm quite pleased and I know my boyfriend to whom I'll be giving the finished product will find it cute.   But it's quite a twitchy process getting them to be as tight or as loose as needed and getting all the loops even.  Anyone got any suggestions?

And question two - I have no gloss intended for clay at all and no clear nail polish which I've heard works fine as well.  So being resourceful, I used mod podge glossy and it seems to work great, adds a nice coat of shine.  I was wondering if I can keep doing this (as the buget is tight and I already own this stuff) or should I invest in something specifically made for clay?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Arrrg to clay! on: March 28, 2007 10:45:43 AM
So I was making a skull barrette with polymer clay and I made the skull seperate from the barrette then glued it on with hot glue (being the only glue I've got at the moment).  I was watching tv as I painted gloss on, then I sat back to watch the rest of the show putting my feet up on the table.  And snapped my skull off my barratte.  Fortunately that was the worst of it.  But I felt so stupid, what if I had totally busted it with my feet?

Now I'm making matching earing, this time in white clay (instead of the black I originally used) and I wasn't paying attention to my red flannel pj's, so now I'm scraping bits of red fuzz off the white clay.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Difficulty level on: March 09, 2007 09:20:36 AM
One of my Christmas gifts was a set of those plastic "Niffty Knitter" looms (you know the kind where you wrap the pegs and loop the yarn over and presto a scarf!) because I had expressed the desire to learn how to knit.

So I made a couple simple scarves and hats for friends and family.  Now I really want to learn how to knit properly with needles and I was wondering how much a jump in difficulty level I'll be experiencing.  Obviously I know better than to buy my first needles and boldly decide I want to knit a sweater, I know it'll probably be some more simple scarves to begin with, but how hard is it to jump from making a scarf on the loom to making a scarf on needles?  (not that hard projects scare me, I adore difficult things)
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