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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings!!! on: January 05, 2008 07:16:39 PM
I specifically learned how to make earrings, because I planned on making all my gifts this past Christmas, and my mom loves earrings.  WOW is it ever addicting!  I made earrings for some girlfriends' b-days.  I made earrings for each of the girls at daycare.  I made earrings for my lovely neighbor.  I'm still new, but I'm learing and lovin it!
The set I made for my mom:
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Happy Mobile :) on: January 05, 2008 07:10:30 PM
My father is really into happy faces, (He's a happy face kinda guy!)  I saw a plastic decoration in the dollar store that had plastic happy faces all in a long string that a kid might hang 5 or 6 from their door.  Not exactly dad, but I thought I might come up with an idea for it.  And I did!  Stiff floral wire, fishing line, and some pliers, and I came up with a mobile!  He loved it!  But it was really hard to photograph.  Ah well, here's my attempt at a pic!  Merry Christmas all!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Craftster Inspired Placemats on: January 05, 2008 06:56:59 PM
I may not be creative, but I can copy soooo well!  And I enjoy it!  They do say that copying is the highest form of flattery!

This Christmas my mom knew that I was crafting all my gifts.  So she mentioned that she always enjoys using different placemats when she hosts dinner parties.  With the challenge in hand, I scoured craftster for inspiration, and came along this fab post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208120.0

Duly inspired, hints and tricks given, I produced a set of six for my mom.  She was almost moved to tears!  (Mainly because I'm really new to this whole sewing thing).  Many thanks to Mimiw!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Pony Bead Ornaments - Great for kids! (& Mom's Gift!) on: January 05, 2008 06:46:47 PM
Oh I wish I bookmarked it.  Someone posted these great and easy ornements, and I had a craft night to host with kids aged 4 to 10.  I scoured Craftster for ideas and this is the one I found.  (I just wish I could find the original!~)

Anywhoo, it worked out FAB!  All ages could do it, and the older kids put good thought into their patterns.  I wish I had taken pictures!  I had to bring my two year old with me, and he could do them too!  (He could also make a good mess of the beads ;P).  I made one with them, and I liked the result so much that I decided to make a set for my mom for a stocking stuffer!  Plus I gave her the ones my little guy made.  Here they are:



Next, ready to wrap for the stocking:



Two from my ds, Aiden (Two yrs).  One we made together, the other he did ALL BY HIMSELF!!!  Really!  I put the pipe cleaners together, and then let him at it!  What an awesome craft!


Merry Christmas!!!
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little quilted taggie take a long baby blankie on: November 30, 2007 05:55:40 AM
So, my first try at quilting was a success!  It's not a quilt, though, just a tester.  I made it with this soooooper soft stuff, and I love it!  It's part of my handmade christmas, and will be for a little 3 month baby boy named Brayden!  But BOY did that soft stuff walk around!  (Meaning whenever I tried to pin, it wouldn't be straight!!!  soooo frustrating!) Ah well, that just means that when I try cotton, it will be a little easier!  lol!
Merry Christmas to All!




16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Letter Book! - Now with small Tut! on: November 30, 2007 05:49:48 AM
Three cheers for the handmade christmas!  I just finished a felt book for a little girl who's not quite two yet!  Each page is the letters of her name, (Georgia).  I can't find the insperation link to this one, but there are some gorgeous ones on craftster.  I didn't have quite as much time, so mine's kinda simple.  I still am really happy with the results!  

Merry Christmas to everyone!










TUTORIAL LINK: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211040.msg2273903#msg2273903
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet Bunny. My first crochet project! on: November 18, 2007 08:13:48 PM
On my ongoing quest to craft all my Christmas prezzies this year, I surfed craftster and found this...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199301.0
Then and there I decided to learn how to crochet, (I have a family member who loves rabbits), and though I did not succeed in creating a bunny quite as wonderful, I'm still pretty proud of my own mini success!  And I'm sure the recipient will appreciate that I learned to crochet just for them!!!




Yay Craftster!
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Teacher's College Student, Etched Ceramic Mug? It can be done! on: November 10, 2007 07:25:42 PM
So I have decided to go on an uber budget to pay off my credit card.  This translates to not spending any money on anything not needed to survive.  It won't be forever.  But in the meantime, all my friends keep having birthdays!  I love 'em so much, so that's why I found this site so I can learn how to make gifts.  I tell ya... I'M HOOKED!  I think I'll be making all my gifts from now on, budget or not!

I've seen some great glass etching on here, and followed some great tuts, and came up with this idea.  I was hoping to find a glass mug, but no such luck.  So I decided to experiment with ceramic, and it worked!!!  Still, as a back up I bought a candy jar.  I etched on his favorite quote that he made up himself.  I thought maybe he could put it on his desk and toss candy to students who came up with the right answer.  I bought some hard candy and filled it up before giving to him.  Dollar store mug, dollar store jar.  Etching cream and letter sticker cost a bit, but it's better than giving a cheapo $10 gift... Way more heart in this, and I do have cream and letters left over for another project, so a good investment!  His name, btw, is Mr. Steenburgh...




Thanks for all the inspiration, craftsteronies!~
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My very first crafted jewelry - It worked! (Earrings) on: November 10, 2007 07:17:27 PM
So I have decided to go on an uber budget to pay off my credit card.  This translates to not spending any money on anything not needed to survive.  It won't be forever.  But in the meantime, all my friends keep having birthdays!  I love 'em so much, so that's why I found this site so I can learn how to make gifts.  I tell ya... I'M HOOKED!  So, I found some of those swartski crystals that I bought a while ago, for an incompleted idea.  I sought them out because I saw a fab gift idea on here, and researched and made some similar!  I am so happy with the results, and had so much fun!  Each of the three recipiants loved them, and put them on right away.  The aunt that rec'd the long pair has worn them, like, ten times since she's gotten them, and that was less than a month ago!  It's so encouraging!  To save money, I made the gift boxes out of paper, (finding the fold in an origami book given to me a while ago)  Total current cost, (cuz everything else was found around the house) $1.00 for the hooks, and $2.00 for the wire things.  And there's lots left over!  Guess what christmas prezzies I have planned!  Oh, I do wish I had more  white tissue paper on hand.  The earrings looked so much better presented on white...  Thanks again Craftsteronies!




20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dora's Backpack: My first sewing project! on: November 10, 2007 07:04:46 PM
Hello all!
I have been so inspired this past month with all the wonderful posts and ideas here!  I decided to attempt at making my friend's little girl Dora's Backpack for her third birthday.  I did buy a backup, because I attempted this without a pattern, and because I can't really sew!  But yay!  I can return the store bought one!  There are many mistakes and imperfections, but there is a lot of heart!  And the little girl didn't seem to notice my mistakes!  As a working single mom, this really was an accumulation of many midnight work a thons!  But I think it was worth it!



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