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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Present: Refrigerator Ransom Poetry Magnets (images insides) on: December 05, 2009 09:12:29 AM
What a great idea. We are doing a craft session with my Cadettes and this would be perfect. If you are making these as a gift, how would you present them? In a bag?
Also, did you work from a list of words that you thought you should have? Thanks!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Not your typical wreaths on: December 05, 2009 06:05:50 AM
Thanks for the comments and ideas. I like the idea of the multi-colored raffia Dragonflywer! I'll definitely play with it more. The tie wreath takes 19 ties all told, but if you ask family and friends and check the local thrifts, it's not too hard. There are many, many ugly ties out there. You could probably do a whole novelty Christmas tie wreath if you had the patience and gumption. I may collect those for next year. I will post a picture of the seat cushion that I am making with the left over tie scraps later today!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Food Gift Ideas on: December 03, 2009 01:08:17 PM
I discovered this recipe from a friend a few years ago. It is really good and really simple. It looks pretty, so don't let the ingredients fool you. You could add toffee pieces for some flair.

Chocolate  Bark
Saltines
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 to 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
Foil and lightly grease a sheet pan. Line the pan evenly with saltines. Boil 1 cup
butter and 1 cup brown sugar for 5 minutes stirring frequently while boiling. Pour
evenly over saltines and bake in 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Immediately
remove from oven, put chocolate chips on top and frost after melted. Sprinkle with
chopped nuts if desired. Refrigerate and break into pieces when hard. Tastes best
when served cold.


My daughter and I made bath salts one year using some pretty bottles, scented oils, lavender and some pretty bottles. I thought I would throw that out there even though this is about food.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Not your typical wreaths on: December 03, 2009 12:52:44 PM
I love colorful Christmas wreaths and if I can't go for the fresh green ones (which can be expensive); I figured I would think outside of the circle so to speak.
These three wreath projects were inspired by a magazine article I read last year. I wish I would have worked on them sooner. I also liked the idea of reusing items I already had or were easily available. If I can get my act together, I may do the Christmas card wreath next year for my Girl Scout troop. I'll just have to remind everyone to save their Christmas cards. If anyone is interested in a tutorial, I'm happy to add that.

This is made with old Christmas cards and a large snowflake punch. I still haven't found the right bow for it.




This is made from old ties. I tried to stick with red, green and gold. I'm pretty happy with it, although looking at the picture, I realize my front door needs to be painted badly! : ) Oh well.



A different version of the tie wreath with more of a quilt colors feel.


I'm still playing with this wreath idea and trying to find the best way to hang it since it doesn't really hang in a circle. Still, I'm pretty happy with it. I used a thin metal wire and Christmas ornaments to tie together. I know I can do a better job with this, but wanted to get this up and see if anybody has any good ideas.


Thanks for looking. All comments and ideas are appreciated and welcome.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Circling the drain (um, pix tubby) on: April 28, 2009 04:07:59 PM
Wow! I love Modge Podge! This is such a great idea! Fabulous. I have a square maker, but the round is so much friendlier--although now that makes me think that instead of using tile for a backsplash--I could use squares and modge podge! Thanks!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: FREE chair re-upholstered for a new life on: January 30, 2009 04:45:22 PM
This is so utterly fantastic. I would love to do this but know nothing about  re-upholstering. Can you recommend a tutorial anywhere? I have a chair that needs done, but i wouldn't know where to begin! I can sew, I've got cool fabrics, but it just about ends there!

Well done!!!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: even more photos! I made my bed! And I'm not just talking about the sheets on: January 28, 2009 06:06:06 PM
Fabulous!!! What kind of paints do you use?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Bottle cap Christmas tree on: December 11, 2008 05:37:34 AM
way cool! I totally love it! How did you do the bottle cap ornaments?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Twilight Series Swap, Round 4 GALLERY on: October 23, 2008 01:17:28 PM
WOO HOO!! I received my package this afternoon!! I had promised to wait until daughter got home from school, so we opened it together. I had to fight her off, because it is such a great package!! You are very talented Silvana!! I love everything. Everything was tied to some of the best quotes in the book: I got a great T-shirt with one of my favorite ideas on it; the coolest and cutest key chain pair featuring a lion and a lamb; a beautiful bookmark that is an amalgam of the Bella bracelet, a journal (which is great because I am a writer!) and a set of magnets featuring the Cullen clan (and one werewolf!!!--he has always felt like family after all!)
I'm sorry if my pictures don't do justice--it was dropped and hence doesn't do close-ups very well!

the whole package

the shirt

the key chain and bookmark

the journal

the magnets--sorry for lame pictures




I wanted to be the swap angel simply for the good karma and I got that and more!!! I love everything! Thanks so much!!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Twilight Series Swap, Round 4 GALLERY on: October 23, 2008 05:59:07 AM
Yeah!!! I'm so glad you like everything. My daughter and I had so much fun coming up with the cookie kit! (BTW--the shells are mighty tasty too!) And yes, the bling is courtesy of my daughter. She was jumping up and down when she found them. The bracelet looks GREAT with the ring!!! I'm so glad you like it--it almost didn't happen. I had a heck of a time finding everything. I didn't have the time to order the charms over the Internet and I searched high and low for wolf charms. A jewelry making friend finally came through for me!

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