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[16 Apr 2007|01:43pm]

im wanting to purchase my mom a button maker for mothers day. ive looked on amazon.com but im not entirely sure on what im looking for exactly.
if anyone knows of websites that have reasonably priced(the one i looked at was nearly $200!) button makers then please direct me towards it!!!!

x-posted to: craftgrrl, diytilwedie, & diyculture
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Introduction [09 Apr 2007|01:51pm]

*Your name

*Where you're from
Georgia, USA

*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about
Anything, particularly things related to sustained living

*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about.
I don't know much about anything, just here hoping to learn.
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SOURGRAPES: A zine of substance! [04 Feb 2007|08:31pm]

Hi there,
My name is Sam. I help run a zine called SOURGRAPES ZINE. We're a local zine based in Lexington KY. We focus on teaching kids about D.I.Y. ethics, being posi, and why its important to support local art and music.
I wanted to write not only to introduce our zine to the livejournal zine world! But also to explain our predicament. You see, after a lot of pulling out hair and craziness we've decided to hire on a full-time zine team. We used to be submission based but it was pretty hard on our (then) small team.
So now we're looking for like minded zinesters and punks who support self publication, D.I.Y. ethics, posi beliefs, and who are interested in having some fun creating a great zine and keeping the underground press alive!

We're looking for:

- Columnists
- Interviewers
- Record reviewer **
- Zine reviewers **
- D.I.Y. guide writers **
- Survival guide writers **
- Bike Repair guide writers **
- Cover artists (for upcoming covers)
- Photographers
- Cartoonists (full-time strip)
- Proof readers **
- Printers
- + more!

If you think you could help us out or would like to become apart of our team, we'd love to have you! Write us at SOURGRAPESZINE@GMAIL.COM or through our myspace: http://myspace.com/sourgrapeszine
Once again we are looking for FULL TIME writers/artists (which means we will be interested in your submissions for each issue) were poor and cant pay you but we can offer free ad space, zine copies, zine reviews, and whatever Sam can knit you!



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intro! [04 Feb 2007|07:38pm]

*sartell minnesota
*i have an open mind :)
*i dont have much knowledge except on making gluebooks, earrings, book cozies, and stuffs like that
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Intro Post [10 Dec 2006|11:59am]

*Sydney, Australia
*Anything really. Looking forward to seeing what is shared here!
*I don't think I have much to share at this point in time. Hopefully I can contribute in the future.
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Living "Off the Grid" an overview [23 Sep 2006|08:05pm]

[ mood | informative ]

I wrote the following post in May of this year, and cross-posted it to my personal journal and the peakoil_prep community.

A while back, it was suggested that I write up a small post about the things to think about in regards to living off-the-grid. By this I am referencing the ability to not need connection to the electric company for your house.

Now this is a wide subject that can fill volumes, so what I present here is just a brief overview, to give you some thoughts about what is available along with some books and publications on the matter.

So without further ado, Living Off the GridCollapse )

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[23 Sep 2006|05:34pm]

Name: Cal
Location: UK

*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about: Anything & everything! I want to be self-sufficient eventually, so knowing pretty much how to do everything for myself is necessary.

*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about: I'm no expert at anything really, I crochet a bit, I make jewellery, I can sew, I can cook, I'm just getting into gardening although I don't really know much about it, Photography, HTML & stuff, and I make most of my own beauty products.
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[19 Sep 2006|10:51pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

As I just joined, I'll follow the rules and post a little about myself. ;-)

Name: Brian

From: I am from Tennessee and always will be, regardless of what state I am currently residing, hence the TN in my name. I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grow up, so I am currently finishing up my 5th and final year of architectural school, after having past lives as a salesman, an auto mechanic, a draftsman, a security guard, a cartographer of cemeteries, and a Russian, Serbian, and Croatian Linguist whilst in the Army.

Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about: Always interested in learning new techniques and skills on just about any topic.

Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about: Anything is fair game, but time is currently limited for composing long, detailed entries due to school. I have written posts for other communities on Living off the grid, and tend to be a jack-of-all-trades about many things.

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[19 Aug 2006|11:05pm]

[ mood | tired ]


I am Phil,
I live in NYC and the Adirondacks,
I'm starting to learn more about Gardening, short-season especially,
and I know a respectable amount about home restoration and repair and country/rural living

Nice to be here!

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[08 Aug 2006|02:36pm]

*Your name - Daysie
*Where you're from - Originally from Las Vegas, NV now in Charlotte, NC.
*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about - I would love to learn about things in general to do with my hands.
*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about. - I am kinda DIY Random. I paint, make bead necklaces, make ash trays, porch garden, cross stitching, sewing... My friends have this saying about crafting @ my place... If it can't be done at Daysie's house, it can't be done. This community seems FANTASTIC! I'll post my latest project as soon as I can get batteries for my digi-cam. :D
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Another new Portlander :) [07 Aug 2006|11:44am]

My name is Julie.

I reside in Portland Oregon.

My top things I want to learn about are making things with bamboo, and backyard chicken care. Also, any sort of (period-specific) home improvement stuff for the tiny little 1920's bungalow my gf and I just moved into! And permaculture stuff.

I need to think of skills I can share. I know I have some! Sewing-for-lazy-people, perhaps? I've made some cool stuff and rarely use patterns. And I successfully transplanted and moved 5 tomato plants and 3 peppers across town, which no one thought I could do! Hmm. I'm sure I'm going to be learning a ton in the next year or so with this house, so I can share that too.
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Hi, I'm new! [29 Jul 2006|01:19am]

*Your name: Cherrie
*Where you're from: currently, the Portland-metro area of Oregon
*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about: Right now, I want to learn more about crafts, particularly crochet, embroidery, things like that. :)
*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about. I have taught myself to bead and have a small jewelry business that my fiance and I both work on. We started to do it mostly for extra money, but also because I always have so many ideas on designs that I don't see in normal stores, or if I do, it's completely out of my price range. Designing jewelry has been really fun and makes me feel like I'm really doing something constructive, which is why I want to learn things like crochet--eventually I'd love to learn to sew but I don't feel quite ready for that. I just want to be able to design more wearable items, I guess. :) Not just for selling to help support my family but also for myself. :)

I'm so happy to find a community like this! I hadn't found a community before that talks about diy in all parts of life. :) yay!
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Introduction [05 Jun 2006|04:04pm]

*Your name: Beth

*Where you're from: Portland, Oregon

*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about:
In a broad sense: Home renovation/repair, gardening, crafts, furniture, etc.
Very specifically: Radiant Floor Heating (install yourself type) and beekeeping.
Possible future interest: Solar heating

*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about:
Printmaking, art techniques, cooking and baking, camping (camping food specifically). As I learn more about my other interests, I'll share those too. Future possibilities: papermaking and bookbinding.
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new. :) [02 Jun 2006|11:28pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

*my name- Davida, you can call me Vida.
*where i'm from- Hawthorne, CA
*areas of DIY you are interested i'm learning about - anything and everything i see. lol. i'm pretty open. I joined to see what new things i can learn or things i can help out with. or new ideas.
*areas of DIY i'm interested in sharing your knowledge about. - I'll try to look around to find anything I can help with. Um, there is something about Zine's in Elle Girl June/July 2006 issue (Adam Brody on the cover) If anyone is interested. I saw on the info page that you're lookin for something on Zine Production.

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[29 Apr 2006|10:56am]


*Your name - Annie
*Where you're from - Northeast Georgia, USA
*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about - anything and everything
*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about - I don't really know how to do much, which is why I'm here, lol
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need design help [12 Apr 2006|10:23pm]

i am hemming some of my friends pants and she handed me a pair of pj pants that she wants into club wearing type top....
her measurements are 44-38-42
any ideas or directions to maybe a tutorial???

thanks in advance...

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[25 Mar 2006|12:41am]

Just found this community in a fit of LJ-time suckage. I'm excited!

*Your name: Kara!
*Where you're from: The Boston, MA, USA area (really, closer to RI)
*Areas of DIY you are interested in learning about: I'm a knowledge junkie, so anything I don't already know! Specifically, I'm really interested in car care lately. I resent how much money mechanics take from me!
*Areas of DIY you are interested in sharing your knowledge about: I'm pretty artsy-craftsy. I'll be sharing some of that soon!
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In case anyone's interested: [09 Feb 2006|11:19am]

So I'm at Regional Occupational Program, taking a class in Computerized Accounting, and my teacher just did a thing where she showed all kinds of websites about doing your taxes and getting academic discounts on software and stuff since we're in school. And I found all kinds of cool places with articles about govt benefits and the board of labor (last year I had to sick the BOL on a rotten employer who refused to pay me what she owed me) and stuff. So I think I'm going to add a lot of these to my daily web reading and get educated.

Here they are in case anyone's interested:






Crossposted a lot.
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an introduction, if you please... [03 Feb 2006|08:26pm]

greetings and salutations :)

name: sarah
age: 28
location: southwest michigan

a bit about my diy interests for your viewing pleasure:

- i'm currently learning bookbinding and papermaking. i love papercrafts and collect interesting papers. i'd like to learn more about screenprinting and lithography.

- i have a huge green thumb. i work mostly with container gardening, since i live in an apartment that was built in an old industrial neighborhood. i like to can and preserve the extras from my garden and give them as gifts! i'd really like to start a seed collection. i'd be glad to swap for heirloom seeds. i don't have any myself, but i have plenty of other interesting things!

- i make shadow boxes. i'm really inspired by joseph cornell's boxes.

- i like to modify my clothing, although my knowledge of sewing is near non-exhistant. i'd definitely like to learn to sew. i love to stencil.

- i'm a pretty talented cook. i'm a vegetarian, so it's always fun to come up with interesting ways to get my friends to eat vegetables.

i'd really love to find a penpal (real life writing). especially someone interested in gardening and diy ethics. self sustainability is one of my biggest goals... i'm currently living in michigan, but hoping to move to oregon within the next year. perhaps there is someone out that way that would like to share correspondance? also, i'm interested in finding an intentional community in or near portland... any suggestions?
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[17 Oct 2005|06:46pm]

Hey everybody,

My community is
dead. And I'd like to bring it to life with a space for zines, local music,
intelligent discussions, art, expression, alternative stuff, etc. I was
wondering if anyone had any insight you'd be willing to pass on. Anyone ever start a zine library or run a distro, create a community space, or anything similar, or just have some ranom advice or comments?
I really don't know the first thing about starting something like this. But I'm excited about doing it.

If you HAVE done this (or something similar) before:
How much did it cost to get going? What was that money used for? What amount of
time/level of dedication did you have to put into it? What steps did you go
through? How did you get it all going? What would you do differently?

Thank you so much!

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