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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Tips on Mailing a Terrarium!!? on: October 12, 2010 03:37:07 PM
I want to mail my boyfriend and my brother both a terrarium and they are away at college.
I'm thinking the best way to do it is to package the individual components in plastic bags and they can assemble them themselves with my crafty directions of course.  
(They are roommates (only a tiny bit awkward haha) so I only have one box to worry about.)
I know the jars will be fine, the stones, and probably the charcoal will be fine in bags.
Mailing takes two days (say I send it on Monday, it gets there Wednesday afternoon every time without fail).
But what about the moss and the soil? I think moss and soil should be fine in a plastic bag since thats the way you buy them at a store yes? But I don't want to suffocate them! Poor moss.. And anyways, I believe that moss and soil bags might have air holes in them at the store.
I know that plants will most likely die being in a dark box for two days that is thrown around at the post office so I think they can pick their own and add them.  They live in Southern California so it's not like they don't have selection!  Cheesy

Would moss and soil be okay to mail I guess is my question? (hmm.. oddly phrased sentence)

Also if you have any other ideas to include in my hopefully mailable terrarium (some possibly mailable plants perhaps?), please include them!!

Thank you!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Satinized fondant? on: May 24, 2010 02:13:49 PM
Went to the cake store and asked for Wilton Fondant (doesn't taste that great but works fine). The lady there was like oh no we only sell satinized fondant now! Tasted it and it was SOOO good!!

What is the difference between fondant and satinized fondant? it probably tastes better because it doesn't have all those preservatives in it but oh my god it was just really good! It looked like they maybe make it themselves and sell it or maybe they order it in huge tubs and put it in smaller packages I don't know but I want to know it's secret Huh
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Could I make a poodle skirt out of muslin? on: August 07, 2009 01:38:50 PM
I am in dire need of a poodle skirt... Have to have it by seven tonight. I have five and a half hours! and a lot a lot of muslin. should i just skip that and head to wal-mart to see if they have some felt or should i attempt to make one out of muslin? i would like to use up all this muslin cause i have so much but i just feel like a muslin poodle skirt would be flat and boring..  Undecided thoughts?
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: BARBARA ANN'S INCOMPARABLE OLIVE CHIP DIP on: May 28, 2009 05:54:04 PM
hahaha i really agree with your final note! junk food all the way

this looks delicious i'm gonna go make some
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swwweeet Fabric... What to do!?!? on: March 22, 2009 06:35:17 PM
oh wow! i should have searched it... hello!! haha well thank you for that! its so cute! it does look amazingly comfy. i am almost certainly going to make a dress haha you have me convinced almost completely with your pictures! it looks great! thank you   Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swwweeet Fabric... What to do!?!? on: March 22, 2009 12:21:26 PM
oh thank you for the new suggestions! i love half sleeves! but do you think the pattern would be too much for a dress with half sleeves?

i have been looking at tulip skirts and skirts with paper bag waists and i was thinking if i do a skirt maybe something similar to the one below?


i think it would flow somewhat the same?

heranje: i would like to see a photo if you have one of your flannel dress? if its not too much to ask... i'm really liking that idea! if you don't want to go to the trouble to post one though thats okay too!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wall Letters! Inspired by thankyoulocust (pic large) on: March 21, 2009 01:49:27 PM
Thank you everyone!!
Yeah that website is really awesome! They have some really creative and amazing fonts and some really fun ones too. I had a really hard time deciding which one to use haha
The cardboard worked really well! Make sure you have a good and sharp exacto knife or else trimming it to the size of the paper letters is a real difficult trick. It won't look nice either unless its sharp.

It's amazing, can you tell me the step by step procedure for making it, i really wish to try it

i'd be happy to post the step by step procedure. its really pretty simple.
here goes:

1. I went to dafont.com and decided on a font (i picked casual). I installed it on my computer and then in microsoft word i typed "emily". I made it size 800  Shocked so there would be one letter per page. some of the letters went off the page a little bit because i couldn't move them over any farther. this might be remedied by reducing the page margins but i still think there would be a little cut off. so for that part i just improvised a little and drew it in.

2. After I printed them out, I painstakingly started cutting them out with the exacto knife. It wasn't very sharp and I kept messing up and getting ragged edges until my dad came over and said you really need a new blade. and pulls one out of nowhere! and then it went perfectly. yay!

3. Then, I taped them to the back of the scrapbook paper and cut that out too with the exacto knife.

4. Next, I separated the printed letter and the scrapbook paper letter (from the tape I mean). I put them on the cardboard (a box I dismantled) and traced them.

5. From there, I cut them out with scissors. Not the best but the exacto knife was too difficult and small.

6. After the cardboard letters and the scrapbook paper letters are cut out then put rubber cement on the front of the cardboard and the back of the paper. You have to work even faster than lightning speed because it dries like no other. That may be because I was working on the driveway in the sunshine. but still work fast! and put them together. the two layers of rubber cement make it stick better than just one. but one is okay if you want.

7. once you have your letters get your exacto knife back out and trim the edges down so that they look all nice and neat! because scissors don't do a nice enough job.

8. finally you can paint the edges if you want, as thankyoulocust suggested in her tutorial. I tried and it didn't look all that great because the cardboard has holes in the middle between the layers you know?

9. then i hung them up with blue painter's tape in her room! that let us try out different arrangements and spacings and pick which we liked best.

i think thats it! i don't have any pictures of the process (dumb me) but if i make a second set and you want pictures then i could take some then... If anything needs clarification let me know and i'll try to explain better.

thank you for your comments!! good luck!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swwweeet Fabric... What to do!?!? on: March 21, 2009 01:02:24 PM
i've never had a flannel dress! but it does actually sound pretty comfy to me! that sounds like it may be it! or a skirt. i am a total summer person and live in my bathing suit haha

i would make a bag but seeing as how i have about 5 million bags i wanted to make something else.

thank you all for your suggestions! when i get around to making something i'll post it! Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wall Letters! Inspired by thankyoulocust (pic large) on: March 18, 2009 10:57:34 PM
I made them too! for my sister
But i was cheap and didn't buy wood letters.
or maybe not cheap resourceful?
i dont' know... I cut up a cardboard box.
But that did allow me to choose my own font for the letters!
Which was way fun!

here we go... the colors are a little off but i think they still look okay.

Whole name:

Whole name again: Look!!  Shocked There's severus snape!! hehe

letter e: my favorite!

and letter m: why i don't know

What i did was go to dafont.com. They have tons of awesome fonts. So i installed one called casual and the put it in microsoft word and printed out one letter per page. in light gray to save some ink. yeah! and then taped those to the scrapbook paper and used my trusty exacto to cut them out. so then i traced them on cardboard and cut those out and rubber cemented them on the cardboard letters. and then trimming lots of trimming! oh and i made a flower too! and just hung them up with painter's tape. ha but thats cool i guess because then my sister can arrange them however she feels. i tried painting them but they don't look as pretty as thankyoulocust's because cardboard has holes you know?

thank you so much to thankyoulocust! you are awesome for coming up with this idea!
let me know what you think! thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Swwweeet Fabric... What to do!?!? on: March 18, 2009 10:10:46 PM
i have the most fabulously happy fabric!   Cheesy
i saved it from my mom. She was going to throw it away! *gasp* i can't believe her!
yes so i took my seam ripper (used to be sheets and shams) and now i just have a few yards of this awesome fabric.

Pictures to demonstrate awesomeness:

it's not as dark as in the pictures. pretty much primary color brightness.
and i thought maybe it could make like a cool high waisted skirt or something!
except its FLANNEL! which could work i guess... i'm not 100% convinced as of yet though. and maybe that would look too little kidish?

does anyone think it has potential as any sort of clothing? besides pajama bottoms? if not then i'll certainly turn it into some. but i was hoping for something more exciting!!


Thank you!!

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