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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions About Hairstyles! on: January 11, 2012 08:19:20 PM
soooo i'm interested in cutting my own hair (not anyone else's yet). i'm interested in any resources. helpful textbooks, youtubers, shear recommendations. i am not paying for cosmetology school. i learned makeup on my own and it took years but i'd say i'm beyond competent now.

where do i start with cutting? i have long hair that gets razored to thin it out. i'm only interested in trims and thinning, no major style changes as of yet.

i've watched a few videos. i've read a few articles. i am feeling more dedicated to my would-be craft. share!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Halloween 2011 on: August 09, 2011 09:06:11 PM
Is anyone else getting excited like me already??

I'm thinking about Sara Goldfarb from Requiem for a Dream...I wonder if anyone knows of techniques, links, videos on making skin look older. Like with glue, liquid latex. Not like 14 trying to look 18, like 30 trying to look 60.

I want something scary and completely unrecognizable.

What other Halloween ideas do people have?
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Re: Pillow Cover Swap- 1 angel needed on: August 04, 2011 12:37:58 PM
if she still needs an angel, i'm up for it.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Game of Thrones (Song of Fire and Ice) swap? on: August 04, 2011 12:34:26 PM
ott= one tiny thing, a very small swap commitment Smiley
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Make up brushes on: July 16, 2011 09:04:16 PM
Michael's is a great place to get brushes. A good brand is Loew-Cornell. If you go to YouTube, people have made videos about which brushes are dupes for MAC brushes.

Here's the good about Craft store brushes:
cheap, easy to replace, last a long time, you can get two of each brush, find a 20%+ coupon and make a major haul on brushes

Negatives? They're not made for your face. So at times, they feel pokey. It's not a $40 brush (there's good and bad to that too), I have the fake 224 and it's not wearing nearly as well as my real MAC one. But for $2, I could buy a new fake 224 every other year for awhile to make up the cost of an authentic 224. The handles are different so you might be sensitive to the change.

Good brushes are important to getting specific results.

I have a few MAC brushes and it's true, they are superior. If you're heavy into eye makeup, start with the 217, 239, 224. You can return them if you don't like them or buy yourself one per month for a few months. I spend $30 on a lot of crap each month so one good quality brush is an investment, but truly an investment that will last you many years.

If you want good quality (maybe even professional quality) for cheap, check out Crown or Sigma. They're both great brands with kits, single brushes and the like. To my knowledge, you can only buy either brand online. I only have one Crown brush and it's pretty nice.

So the question you have to ask yourself is: am I going for professional results? Am I just looking for some okay everyday tools or do I want to be able to create media/bridal approved looks. Either way is fine, but don't spend $30 on a brush that you could have had suit YOUR PARTICULAR NEEDS for $3. 

HTH Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Three Tiny Movie Things RND 2 - (SIGNUP 5/9/11-5/23/11 ; MAIL BY 6/27/10) on: May 14, 2011 08:26:35 AM
just signed up. and movies are.....

1. 500 days of summer
2. kill bill vol 1 and 2
3. ghost world
4. lion king
5. magnolia (not steel magnolias, just "magnolia")

i think i can recite all 5 of these movies.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! on: May 14, 2011 08:11:30 AM
my timshel tattoo. picked out the font from dafont.com (leaf1), the word is from a steinbeck novel. i love gradients.

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: So you want soft hands, huh? on: May 14, 2011 08:05:38 AM
threading at home is super easy too. i've been doing it for about 3 years.
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Candy Coated on: April 11, 2011 03:36:42 PM
Pursebuzz did a tutorial on glitter shoes. Search hers on youtube. She used tacky glue + hairspray. Seemed safe. Hth!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fake Shashi. Cass-shi bracelet. Linen + Metal bead bracelet, boho/Indian. on: April 04, 2011 10:44:08 AM
I got inspired by looking at these types of bracelets. I stared at it for awhile trying to decide where to start with the project. Do you start at the square knots with the beads? Do you start at the left or right end with the final/starting knot? How do you do that slider thingy?

I made my own bracelet using linen and square metal beads from JoAnn for $4 supplies (I have enough linen for infinity bracelets and enough beads for 2).

I used a few videos on YouTube to refresh on my ole' square knot (for hemp bracelets). The realization for me came when I realized that knot for the slider is a SEPARATE piece of the bracelet (the tutorial I looked at had two separate colors to emphasize this).

It's not *perfect* but for about a dollar in materials, I'm happy with it. It's also supposed to be simple and kind of messy. A little carefree, boho-ish.

Waxed Linen: $2 for a huge spool (used about ~14 feet?), thinner is better. you can experiment with other string options. I Looked for Nymo but didn't find it. I also didn't look that hard.
Silver square beads: $2 (22 pc, used 12 here), bigger holes are better. The bead will need to go through two carrier strings of whatever type of string you decide on...
I would also suggest a clipboard/board+nail for the project. It's hard to keep the knots stable.

1. Make a small (1/2" or less) loop by tying a knot in two equal length pieces of waxed linen, about 3-4' each, halved to 18"-2'. Do a square knot to start the bracelet.
2. Then place your first bead on the carrier strings. square knot it to secure it.
3. Leave about 3" empty space (no knots) then make a regular OH knot. This is where your 10 beads will start.
4. Square knot, bead, square knot, bead til you get your 10 beads threaded. Finish the 10 beads with a square knot.
5. Leave another 3" with no knots to match the beginning of the bracelet. This is the end of the bracelet and the beginning of your slider closure.
6. After the 3" blank area, leave another 2-3". This is where your adjustable area will be (it needs to be bigger than your wrist in order to get the bracelet on/off).
7. Thread your final bead into your last square knot, make another small (1/2" or less) loop to match the other end. Trim excess.
To make the slider closure, view the Slider Knot closure tutorial. You can use a contrasting color or stick with the same color. Either way! I left the ends a little straggly on the slider closure.

I'm NOT a master jeweler. I'm totally a novice. I'm sure anything you made would look more cleaned up, professional and cute but I wanted to share the skeleton of this project to anyone who doesn't want to spend $18+ on a friggin' linen bracelet.

Next round, I'm going to try pink embroidery floss and metal beads. I want a whole stack of 'em.
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