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121  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Those rubber bracelets that are for causes? on: November 09, 2007 01:46:51 PM
I need some ideas for this as well. I have about 10 though, so... I'm DESPERATE for an idea!
122  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Plastic Grocery Bag Totes on: November 09, 2007 01:08:09 PM
How did you add the lining??
123  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / Re: Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...) on: November 07, 2007 11:51:35 AM
I LOVE your bag!! If you don't mind, I'm going to steal the idea for a Christmas present - using an old Chutes & Ladders board.  But I do have to ask - how did you get the game off the board without ripping it?? 
124  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Long distance boyfriend...ideas? on: November 07, 2007 09:43:42 AM
My husband and I had a long-distance relationship for the first 1 1/2 years we were dating - he in Chicago and me in SD.  Some things we did:

We had a decorated shoebox that we would hide for the other one each time one of us visited. It was filled with little trinkets that we had picked up that reminded us of the other one, plus a letter or something. I had things like silly keychains in the shape of a duck b/c that's what his "sound" was when he came on AIM, etc.  It was kind of fun to try and find the box after he'd left to see what he'd added to it. We still have the box and go through it from time to time.

I took a small piece of paper - credit card-sized - and wrote something like "Eternal " on side (I don't remember exactly what it said), taped a locket of my hair to it and then kissed the other side with lipstick. Then I went and had it laminated, although packing tape or contact paper would work, too.  Then he could carry around a bit of me in his wallet, plus "kiss" me whenever he was super lonely. He still has it in his wallet and we've been married 2 years! 

Take a piece of paper and draw the outline of your hand on it.  Mail it to him and he can trace his hand on it as well so you're "holding hands". 

I remember I did an online search for long-distance, and found a bunch of sites for people who had loved ones deployed overseas and the ideas that they could send to them, etc.  It gave me a lot of great ideas - cheap! 

If I remember more, I'll post again!
125  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: November 07, 2007 09:33:34 AM
OK, made it through 22 pages....  Grin and getting some GREAT ideas. 

Stumped on a couple though.  Doing a sort of gag gift for a close friend of mine that I also happen to work with.  I want to make a Super-Hero Kit for him.  So far this is what I've come up with.
-Mask and Cape (which I'll make)
-Pair of Tights (hoping to find some pretty gaudy ones)
-A photoshop'd picture of him and a sidekick. If I was REALLY good at comics, I'd make a book with story, etc., but I don't know if I could do that.
-Something that personifies his "power" and his "kryptonite"

Anything else for this one??

2nd one - My sister-in-law just got a new job as a nurse in Labor&Delivery where she's half-time on the floor and half-time doing home visits with new moms (wellness checks for newborn and moms).  And I want to throw together something for her.  Any nurses out there?? I'm thinking maybe
-comfy scrubs that I can make
-chapstick
-lotions
-anti-bacterial hand gel
-maps of area for her home visits
-gas cards
But I can't think of any more. Anyone??
126  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Scarf Crochetalong on: November 05, 2007 04:14:05 PM
I want to join in! I just started a pocket scarf last night.  The ends are done over so your hands fit in a pocket - or at least it's supposed to! We'll see.  If this 1st one turns out, I'll probably make a few more before switching projects. What a great, fast gift!  I'll post pics when I'm done!
127  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Learn Along (First-ish Projects?) on: November 05, 2007 04:10:04 PM
OK, I'm starting a few of my Christmas presents and the first one is pocket scarf.  It was a Red Heart free project sheet from Walmart or something. I had it in with my stash of patterns - always planning!  It's really cute, just like a scarf, but the ends of folded like pockets.  I think it will make a great gift for a few of my friends. Smiley Bought the yarn last night and started - looks good already! If this first one turns out, I'll make a couple more, before switching projects.  I'll post pics when I'm done!  Grin
128  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Learn Along (First-ish Projects?) on: November 03, 2007 07:52:43 PM
I would be interested in joining a Learn Along. Smiley I taught myself crocheting this summer and have been on-again/off-again depending on time, etc.  Mainly doing afghans b/c they're the easiest! LOL   Grin Want to make a cute hat and sweater set for my niece for xmas (she'll be almost 4 mos then).  So, as soon as I get a pattern, I'm in!
~Melissa
129  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quiet books... on: November 03, 2007 07:08:50 PM
I know this post is a bit old, but as we get into the 2007 Holiday Season, maybe someone else is searching as I was:

Found a short article, with some basic directions, on motherearthnews.com - especially helpful if someone is looking to use up some fabric scraps they already have - reduce/reuse/recycle.  I think it's a bit late for me to get started now (I am an overwhelmed-type who would've had to start in July otherwise would try to kill myself to get it done for Christmas!  Wink), and I did find one on amazon that I'll order this year. BUT I'm keeping the pattern for use in future years. 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/DIY/1992-06-01/Design-Home-Sewn-Quiet-Books.aspx

Melissa
130  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Little plastic dinosaur toys...in a rainbow of colors! on: November 03, 2007 02:52:16 PM
You could try your local Freecycle group.  There's probably a child who would LOVE to have a ton of little dinosaurs to play with!


www.freecycle.com

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