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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Holiday Crafting List on: October 02, 2015 05:57:01 PM
Mmmm that compound butter sounds delicious!

I'm knocking quite a bit off of my list, thanks to co-ops I'm in (authentic lokai bracelets for $2 each, which are all donations to charitable organizations. no way i'm passing that up)

& a closeout $1 sale at a local discount store rounded off a couple more gifts. Even picked up my sister's birthday gift (10/29) from that sale. I'm going to come in so under budget. & considering I'm officially 8 months pregnant- I'm happy with the idea of not having a massive craft list.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Holiday Crafting List on: September 15, 2015 08:46:33 PM
Congratulations on the new house, immaculata! Smiley

I haven't made any progress on the craft front, but I picked up a few clearance items for gifts. So, it's a bit of progress.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Laundry Room Renovation on: August 31, 2015 01:22:09 PM
It looks so fresh and new! Love it. My laundry room is in the basement & looks really eerie. lol
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Holiday Crafting List on: August 28, 2015 11:07:23 PM
... and I still have no progress. lol I've been too busy with getting ready for baby boy due in November. I probably should get started on SOMETHING soon.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Any ideas for "Handmade production line gifts"? on: July 16, 2015 09:59:51 AM
bumping this very old, but awesome thread!

- Personalized pillar candles, embedding tissue paper designs (photos, quotes, art, etc.)

- homemade moisturizing itch cream

Mosquitos are really bad this year and everyone keeps asking me for my homemade moisturizing itch cream. I think I might make some for everyone. Use on bug bites to neutralize the itch or on dry skin to stop the itching/flaking. It's the best, in my opinion. & Then, they have them and I don't have to make all year round.

Mix some coconut oil with a few drops of tea-tree essential oil. Stir. That's it.

I think I do about 1-2 tbs coconut oil + 2-3 drops teatree essential oil. I mix them up as I go, aka when someone asks. I always have the ingredients on hand. I bought little reusable snack bowls from the dollar tree to package them (pk of 10 for $1. They come in square or round shapes). Those are the containers I give to them throughout the year, if I go the gift route... I would use larger containers or a set of several small containers. Mostly so I don't have to make them year round; which is what I do now for my family/friends lol. 

- Decorated tea towels or handtowels Smiley I'll add these into a couple holiday basket. Several ways to do this. Embroider, stitch interesting fabric onto them, or the easiest...

Buy "flour sack towels" from walmart $4.88/5 they are 30x30". Wash + Iron. Print out a quote, image, monogram, etc. Place behind the flour sack towel. Use a fabric marker and trace. You could also use stamps with fabric paint. OR use 1 part fabric paint to 2 parts water, stamp or paint design to get a "washed out look". heat seal in the dryer! Iron and fold, wrap with ribbon or a cigar-band style cardstock label.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2015 Holiday Crafting List on: July 15, 2015 11:14:17 PM
What are you making for this year's holidays? I haven't saw a thread started for this year, and I want to get started...
Post your lists for ideas/suggestions.

Black=ideas, green = supplies bought/work in progress, red=done



-5 3 memorial candles made with the embedded tissue paper technique. (for sister, mom, aunt, great aunt, + one to keep) http://www.discountqueens.com/candle-image-transfers-perfect-mothers-day/

-Stenciled shirt (superhero or funny) for BIL, may buy instead

-Painting (for my dad)
-Gift for my dad's December birthday (not sure yet)


Son #1- 4.5 yrs old: abc puzzle, number puzzle, robotic claw grabber thing
Son #2- 3 yrs old: Dino puzzle, robotic claw grabber thing
Son #3- he's due nov: OS cloth diapers for him to grow into and a few small stroller toys.
Nephew- 4 yrs old:
- 2 nephews (around 7 & 9 yrs old.)
- 2 young daughters of a cousin's gf, if they are still together at christmas. 

*Gifts my kids will make to give away, not sure what yet.

....not sure what I'll do yet, suggestions welcome.
I've decided to put together a holiday basket for one of the local shelters, aka the dog warden. Ours is ran solely on donations/grants. They have a wishlist and we'll be putting together items for that nov-dec.


-"Cookies for Santa" plate
-Kid-friendly ornaments, probably from felt.
- Stocking for son#3
- Christmas Cards
- Various Holiday Baking
- Cemetery decorations, like a headstone saddle for my grandparents gravesite.

Non-crafted gifts:

- Bone, toys, etc for our dog

- Gift-cards for my 2 stepsons

Family I still have no ideas for...Primarily because they don't need/want anything

- My love Smiley
- Best Friend B- will be shipped (I'm in OH, she's in Cali)
- Cousin's Boyfriend.


- Sister: Clear Lokai bracelet, Black Slouchy beanie, 2 candles
- Mom: Blue Lokai bracelet, 2 sport bras
- Best friend M: Pink Lokai bracelet
- Best friend J: Clear Lokai bracelet
- Niece J (5 or 6?): Bath-set I think? Don't remember! Had my mom pick this gift up for me
- Niece M (1): Toy

- Aunt: Coffee cup with an "M" *Bought clearanced at Michaels* to be paired with Candle and Fuzzy Socks! (like a mini comfort themed basket- may add coffee/creamer later)

- Great Aunt & Great Uncle: Contents for 1 couple giftbasket> 2 Bath & Body Works handsoaps clearanced for her (her fav soap brand), one "S" coffee mug for him *Bought clearanced at Michaels*, & 2 candles may add food items later, nothing sugary because of her diabetes. maybe nuts or something snacky.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: 2 paintings. Comments/Criticism? on: September 05, 2014 11:00:35 AM
How exciting!  There is such a lovely dreamy aspect to your pieces of art, what medium do you use? 

I think you can come out of the closet Smiley

Aww thanks. They are both done with acrylic paint on canvas.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 2 paintings. Comments/Criticism? on: September 05, 2014 09:38:29 AM
These are my first 'public' displays of art. I'm a "closet" artist, not many people even know that I enjoy drawing or painting. I really only create art for myself or as gifts. These two works are each 5"x5" to be displayed at the Tampa Museum of Art (in Florida) on 10/17. They are for a fundraiser for scholarships for the Art Council in their county. I'm in Toledo, OH. No one I know will actually see them. Thoughts/criticism welcome. I feel really nervous about a lot of people seeing my little paintings.  Undecided


This is a little surreal, but I love it. My favorite 'type' of art to create. My buck silhouette represents My boyfriend who travels for his job. In the far distance is the doe and two fawns (me and our 2 boys), barely visible in the distance. So far away that they are indistinguishable.  


This is a nightscape that I created. I am calmed by all of the elements within (trees, waterfalls, and the night sky). I created this one to show that even in the darkness, life can be beautiful.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 106 Gallery on: August 30, 2014 05:54:28 AM
Everything is awesome so far Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Wavy Stitch Afghans on: August 27, 2014 08:30:31 AM
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