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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Call for all math lovers on: November 13, 2006 06:55:37 PM
I have seen a few posts of people trying to start science related swaps, but I am wondering if anyone would be interested in a math related one? I would really loooooove to swap mathematically inspired things, like math stationary, pencil cases, calculator cozies, mobius scarves, etc.

Together we can prove that math is fun and creative!
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Crafty Show at MassArt on: September 28, 2006 08:16:06 AM
A friend of mine recently encouraged me to go see an art show at MassArt that after going I thought was totally awesome and I want to share it with other Boston area crafters.  Here is the description from the MassArt website:

Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery
September 5-October 14, 2006

Massachusetts College of Art presents Crafty, an exhibition that examines the work of twenty-one contemporary artists who re-appropriate materials and/or methods that were traditionally defined as "craft". This multi-disciplinary exhibition includes sculpture, video, painting, site-specific installations, and public art that creatively reference craft in a challenging, subversive, and relevant way. Artists include: Elaine Bradford, Nick Cave, Rob Conger, Samantha Field, George Greenamyer, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Kent Henricksen, Christian Holstad, Imi Hwangbo, Christina Mancuso, Ruth Marshall, Ruvim Mogendovich, John Newman, John O'Reilly, Paola Pivi, Isabel Riley, Fred Sandback, Lara Schnitger, Beverly Semmes, Yuken Teruya, and Randal Thurston.

Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m."

link: http://www.massart.edu/calendar/

It is only running for two more weeks but I definitely reccomend it. If you are reluctant to go because you don't like the idea about wandering around an unknown campus do not fret it is really easy to get to! It is right off the 'Longwood Ave' stop on the Green E-line. And it is Free!!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Matching hat and scarf! and scarf! on: February 08, 2006 10:59:59 AM
For Christmas I made my brother a scarf and then had some yarn left over so I made him a matching hat for his birthday. This is my first successfully completed hat and I am so psyched about it!

Hat and scarf on chair:

Hat on me:

Oh! and since I never posted it before, I made this scarf for my sister-in-law last year for Christmas. It has pockets on the end!
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / So you need a theme for your Halloween Party... on: October 10, 2005 11:04:51 AM
So every year Halloween rolls around and I want to have a theme party. Halloween and costumes are really big in my family. However, I work in theater so I can't really ever have a party cause I work at night and on weekends.  So I am going to give all my Halloween party ideas to you craftsters in hopes that you have a fun time with them. 

1) Come as your favorite classic video game character. 
Costume ideas: Mario Brothers (toad, Princess, Yoshi, Bowzer, gumbas, the ghosts that only move if you aren't looking at them, etc.) , Sonic the Hedgehog, Linc and Zelda, pacman and his cronies, Paperboy, the Castlevania dude, frogger, Donkey Kong, duck hunt, etc.
Music ideas: collect or download the soundtracks to videogames.  You must have the classics like the Mario theme, Bowser theme, and the orchestrated Zelda theme.  Oh and System of a Down wrote lyrics to the Zelda theme which are totally awesome too!
Decoration Ideas: decorate your trashcan like a green pipe, hide gold coins all over your house, label the drinks as life potion, set up a classic Nintendo, Sega, or Atari to a tv in the living room.

2) Come as your favorite 80s teen movie character.
Costume Ideas: I am sure there would be a million Duckys, but anyone from the Breakfast club (I would be Ally Sheedys character, pre-makeover), Pretty in Pink (Molly Ringwald in the hideous pink dress), Better Off Dead, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Buller, Weird Science, St. Elmos Fire, One Crazy Summer, Say Anything.
Music Ideas: The hit singles from all the movies above and other great 80s dance tunes.
Decoration ideas: High school prom.  Or just a high school in general. Have the movies playing on a tv on mute, everyone knows all the words anyway.

3) Quentin Tarantino theme party. (I know it was done on Gilmore girls, but I had the idea before them, I swear!)
Costume ideas: anyone from Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, Dusk till Dawn, Pulp fiction, Reservoir Dogs.
Music: Soundtracks to movies above
Decorations: lots of blood, and food from Burger King (must have a Royale with cheese and Le Big-Mac)

4) Mad Hatters Mad Tea Party. (I actually had this one in High School many moons ago. I was the Mad Hatter)
Costume ideas: Alice, caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, March Hare, Queen of Hearts, Playing cards, tweedldee, tweedldum, white rabbit, dormouse, crazy flowers, walrus, carpenter,  etc.
Decorations: tea (spiked perhaps;) ), crumpets and other tea party food, things that say drink me and eat me. Playing card garland, mirrors.

4) Zombie party.
Costume ideas: Be regular everyday people, but in zombie form. For example, zombie postman, zombie cop, zombie teacher, zombie hair stylist, zombie doctor, zombie girlscout, zombie bus driver, zombie Dunkin Donuts employee.

5) come as your favorite rock star.
Costume ideas: David Bowie, Bjork, Kurt Cobain, Mick Jaggar, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Marley, Jim Morrison, Pat Benetar, Courtney Love, Lisa Loeb.
Music: find out who people are coming as in advance and make a mix of those artists biggest hits.

And the random theme list:
Favorite sci-fi character.
Alfred Hitcock theme
Favorite Deity
Favorite movie bad guy
Favorite comic book character

Ok thats all I can think of right now, but if anyone else has some awesome Halloween party theme ideas that they have had bouncing around in their heads for years, post them here!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Loopy Scarf on: August 01, 2005 08:17:10 PM
I actually made this scarf for my boyfriend a while ago during a blizzard where I was trapped in my house with nothing but scrap yarn left over from christmas presents and a hook (ok that's a tiny exaggeration Wink) But anyway, this is what I came up with:

and a closeup of the stitch:

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bodger Monster on: April 11, 2005 10:28:33 AM
So here is my first attempt at a monster:

I made him for my boyfiend. His name is Bodger and he is a booger-monster (tee-hee).  Bodger enjoys ice-hockey, flying through the air, and layin' around and his favorite thing to say is "I may look scary, but I'm snot!"  He also enjoys really bad puns.

I never noticed how naked looking Bodger is.  I may have to make him some clothes now.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Pacman Shirt on: April 11, 2005 10:19:18 AM
Here is my tribute to Pacman, embroidery style. I had this plain black and white t-shirt and decided to spice it up. 

The shirt:

Pacman, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde in closeup:

For some reason, Clyde isn't coming up too orange in the pic and instead looks like Blinky's twin, but in real life he is orange.
I have been thinking of redoing Pacman in yellow felt or fabric to help him stand out a little better, but I have been wearing this shirt for 8 months already so I probably won't. But hey, it's the thought that counts, right?
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