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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How do you decorate the OUTSIDE of your home for the holidays??? on: August 13, 2008 04:18:49 PM
Anyone have neat projects, crafts, or decorating planned?

What do you do outside???  I just love looking at what others have done!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: August 11, 2008 06:56:05 AM
It's a small book, that has the quilt and bag instructions.  I have a copy of the book, what part of her site doesn't work? 
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Boys Halloween Birthday Party -- Help me brainstorm! on: August 06, 2008 07:55:14 AM
My son is 7, inviting all his friends and cub scouts to his birthday party here at the house.   All the kids will be dressing up in their costumes.  Probably having it the weekend before Halloween.

I cant make it scary-gory as it will be a bunch of 1st graders, but want it to be Halloween-y.

We think we are going to have it at night so they can play flashlight tag...

Any ideas for decoration (frugal appreciated), games, activities, crafts, etc???

I saw on here someone made a giant spider web using rope and zip ties.  I'm definately doing that one!  I saw the eyeball wreath.  I treied to make the eyeball wreath, but mine looks like a 3 year old made it.  Sad  LOL

I'd love some ideas on what to do to the front yard.  It's a small front yard, but I want it to look really really cool. 

The problem is, the cool stuff is too scary for 1st graders.  And the non-scary stuff is too babyish.  He'd kill me if I decorated with winnie the pooh or somehting, LOL

Can anyone help me???



4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: August 05, 2008 11:34:15 AM
OI posted this on the other christmas thread, but thought I'd reply here too since this one gets more participation...


I just finished these lastnight.

I'm going to fill them with supplies (super cheap right now) and give to the kids' teachers at Christmas. 

Since I used fabric I already had, this was a CHEAP but nice project!

What do ya'll think?



To give credit, the pattern came from the book (www.zippystrippyqui lts.com). 

I love making these!  Each one was under 30 minutes to make!  My only problem is that there is NOBODY in my family that would appreciate these.  The teachers are the only one's who might. 

Doesn't it bite to have family that dont appreciate homemade???





NOW, for an idea for the MEN-- my kids came up with this and I thought it was BRILLIANT!

If you have a man that goes camping/outdoors alot, the stores sell fleece bags that you put inside your regular sleeping bag to make it warmer.  My boys wanted them and I kept telling them no.  Well, they saw my big fleece pile in the closet that I never got around to using, and they came up with making those fleece bags! 

What a great gift idea for men!  And a great way to use up that fleece when it goes on sale super cheap!

Just a thought!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas/Winter holiday presents for 2008? on: August 05, 2008 11:29:21 AM
I just finished these lastnight.

I'm going to fill them with supplies (super cheap right now) and give to the kids' teachers at Christmas. 

Since I used fabric I already had, this was a CHEAP but nice project!

What do ya'll think?



To give credit, the pattern came from the book (www.zippystrippyqui lts.com). 

I love making these!  Each one was under 30 minutes to make!  My only problem is that there is NOBODY in my family that would appreciate these.  The teachers are the only one's who might. 

Doesn't it bite to have family that dont appreciate homemade???
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / what do to with a bunch of 1/2 size mason jars??? on: August 02, 2008 08:40:34 AM
These aren't the regular size, they're half size, kinda short and squatty.  I have a bunch of these, hubby is threatening to throw them away if I dont use them.

I dont can, nobody trusts homemade canning around me anyway... "botchulism"...  Roll Eyes they'll just throw it away if I can something, and I dont want to waste all my time, money and energy to have it thrown away.   Embarrassed  Veggies and fruits are sooo expensive here, even at the farmers markets anyway.

What can I do with these cans? 

I'd love to do something at Christmas time but they're so small.  Only about 3-4 inches tall, regular width. 

Any ideas?  I went through all my craft books, all I could find was jams, seasonings (too expensive for jars that big), etc... 

I thought about the dry cookie or muffin mixes, but they're too small for that.  (even tried it myself)  And I'm kinda burned out on that craft project anyway.

I thought about some infused booze, but it's so small it's not really a gift, more like a giant shot.  LOL

Crafts are good too if theres some kind of craft you can do wtih these.

Any thought appreciated!

HELPPPPPPPPPP!!!   Grin Grin Grin Grin
7  COOKING / Dessert / Need cake ideas a 9 year old and 7 year old can make for contest on: July 18, 2008 05:14:08 PM
I need to find some boyish cakes that are simple enough for boys to make for a cake decorating contest.  They're supposed to do as much of the work as possible (I do the oven stuff to keep them from being burned, but otherwise it's all them)  So it does have to be easy but I really want something DIFFERENT.

Does anyone have pics or ideas for us?

Thank you so much!


This is what one of them did last year for cub scouts and won silliest
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Do Raggy strip quilts count? on: June 28, 2008 09:07:32 PM
the width of the strips depends on how big you want the quilt.  There's a mathmatical formula (ok, little chart)  LOL that shows how wide to make your strips depending on how many strips you want, and how big you want the quilt.  I hate math, so the book really helps.  LOL
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Do Raggy strip quilts count? on: June 28, 2008 04:09:38 PM
I made my first ever raggy quilt. 


Did it for my boys who are obsessed with Finding Nemo.  Now I wish I had made it larger since they all 3 fight nonstop to be under it at the same time!

From start to finish, got it done in under 5 hours, and that's with 3 boys helping!  That's about all the time I can manage nowadays before I put it in the corner and forget about it.  (dont look in my closet of shame, please!)

Here's my next project I plan to copy in CORDUROY!  OOOH, I just LOVE corduroy!  I can't wait!


Used the book from
www.zippystrippyqui lts.com
 


And no, I'm not the author, it's not my site.  I just really like making these!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Presents..? on: June 28, 2008 03:52:58 PM
I'm also going to be doing alot of baked goods. 

Homemade fudge, homemade snacks, homemade breads...  People seem to really like them and they are easy on the pocketbook.

My side will be swapping ornaments (bought a BUNCH after last Christmas sales). Except my parents and they might get a quilt.

Hubby's side doesn't appreciate homemade anything.   Huh  Grinches.  For them we'll probably give them their favorite gift-- gift cards   Roll Eyes

Have a few cousins and nieces and nephews.  Quilts, some arts and crafts stuff and they'll be set.

One tip I learned a long time ago.  In July or August, Walmart and the stores will come out with the back to school supplies.  Crayons glue, scissors, paper, fingerpaints-- go on sale CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.  Buy anything you can and make ART KITS for the kids.  You can make some neat kits for SUPER CHEAP!  And the kids always go crazy over them.  I have a feeling ths will be the stocking stuffers this year for my 3 boys.  Plus the nieces and nephews will get some.
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