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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock monkey test lab, look what the kids made! on: July 15, 2016 12:19:12 PM
When you need a pair of socks for monkey making but can only find them in a multi-pack it's time to teach the kids how to make sock monkeys.

A mess of ears and limbs, sockarnage!

They did such an incredible job, 9, 9, and 7 3/4 years old. Amazing! It's the 9 year olds first time sewing anything, ever. Can you believe it?
I crocheted the cap with braids, next lesson will be clothes. Oh, and they need eyes, lol.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Kaliedescope swap on: July 15, 2016 06:42:11 AM

There are so many ways to make them and so many pretty little bits and bobs to use for the viewing image. I'd be interested in challenging myself to use a material I don't usually craft with like wood or stained glass, poly clay, paper clay, they could even be covered in fabric.
I know it's early to propose a swap for fall but I'm too busy to organize until Sept/Oct. Any interest?

Here are two basic tutorials but google handmade kaleidoscope to be really inspired Smiley.


3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Making pompoms, plain and eyeball. Tutorial included. on: July 14, 2016 03:29:01 PM
This is a fun craft to do with kids.
Cut 2 of this sort of disk shape from stiff cardboard.

Start wrapping with yarn.

If you're finding it awkward just fold the edges of your form out of the way.

Lots of rounds will make a denser pom in the end. Different results come from smaller or larger forms, centre holes, thicknesses of yarn and how much you wrap.

Wedge scissors blades between the two disks and cut all the way around the form being careful not to let the yarn fall off.

Put a long piece of yarn between the disks and tie it very tightly in a knot catching all the strands.

The pom will be very fluffy and silly looking so trim well with scissors. Just keep turning and trimming to even out the shape, shake the pom and fluff it up now and then. You can trim off the long strand or keep it to hang the pom pom from later.

This is messy, if you can do it outside all the better. Catch the trimmings in a bowl for easier clean up.

Ooh, pretty!

Ready to try some fun shapes? How about an eyeball?

Some black for the pupil (you could even do a small spot of white in here for a highlight).

Cover that with the colour of your choice.

Cover all with lots of white.

AHHH, the hairy eyeball!

Trim lots and voila! I gave it to my teenager, he totally approved. High praise indeed Smiley.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Alice and the Red Queen, topsy turvy dolls on: July 03, 2016 05:08:36 PM
Made for the recent topsy turvy swap, this was a bunch of fun.

The clothes are pieced together out of scraps of fabric and trim from my stash, draped and stitched into place on the dolls. The jewelry is bits and pieces from stash, wire wrapped glass beads for the rose necklace and mushroom bracelet.

A couple of close-ups:

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / A new house means a new garden. on: July 03, 2016 04:43:25 PM
4 cubic yards of soil carted by wheelbarrow to the back yard. The chiropractor is my best friend right now.

The back yard is nearly all concrete.

Side yard. All the tomatoes and squash came from a friend's compost pile so no idea what they'll be aside from organic, heirloom and amazing.

Sweet potatoes the squirrels like to dig up. I shook a generous dusting of cayenne over the soil, hope that keeps the wee evil diggers out of there.

Cucumber! I ate it, it was delicious Grin.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sock doll pattern, FREE! on: February 09, 2016 06:51:20 AM
I was looking for something completely different and stumbled onto this blog with incredible patterns, all free, downloadable PDFs, just WOW!
I thought somebody here might appreciate these.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cthulhu action figure set kickstarter, OMG on: June 09, 2014 12:03:14 PM

Their last one was a Masters of the Universe thing too.

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Excellent felted hats on: March 02, 2014 04:56:28 PM
I love this one but most but really they're all fantabulous!

9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Where corset meets armor.. on: February 16, 2014 08:52:31 PM
These are incredible and I'm sure somebody here can make one for us to ooh and aww over Wink.

10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Huge list of free resources! on: February 03, 2014 12:18:40 PM

mods feel free to move or delete if this is a repeat Smiley.
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