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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Maneki Neko Swap Gallery on: August 11, 2005 09:00:14 AM
I know it was a small swap, but I still want to see what everyone made!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift for my "Granny" on: February 24, 2005 04:50:55 PM
I want to make something nice for my grandma (we call her "granny", it's kinda corny) but the problem with my family is they don't like anything. I cant think of anything to make for her. I can knit pretty well, Im a beginner sewer Ive tried pretty much everything else at least once (origami, decoupage, macram, etc). I can draw pretty well.

I have a ton of jewelry making supplies but that doesnt really work for her because she likes expensive stuff (you know like pearls and gold ritzy, o la la.)

My granny is kinda... crazy... it's hard to explain. She basically likes shopping, watching TV, eating, expensive art, and Scottie Dogs. I know she can knit and do needlepoint stuff like that - but I don't think she does much of it anymore.

She currently has a pyscho Australian Shepard that is totally out of control. I was thinking I could make dog treats but the dog eats people food (what the hell?) and I doubt it would eat them. And she is really fat (the dog).

I usually buy my family books or CDs, but she's so much older and I'm not sure what she listens to or reads. Plus I want to make her something nice because she's really lonely and depressed. She's old - like 70 or so.

Usually, in a situation like this, I would make cookies - but she's really obese and trying to lose weight so I don't want to make it harder for her. Plus she lives pretty far away so it has to be something that can be mailed.

My other no-fail gift is a scarf but I honestly dont think shed wear it. She lives in Florida so its not like she needs it anyway. Oooh, there is another important one she lives in Florida. Shes kind of into Florida themed junk (like alligators and flamingos).

She also has a pool.

Thats all I can think of. If anyone has any brilliant ideas theyd like to share Ill love you forever. (Okay, not really. But Ill be extremely grateful.)
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Asian style "frame" thing (I can't explain, see pics) on: January 20, 2005 11:39:09 AM
Okay... I have this old thing... It used to have a calender in it... my dad brought it back from Japan.



Closeup on detail:
http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL603/3026367/6367659/81844185.jpg

I know that one of the legs has fallen off... but I still have it and can just glue it on. The only thing I can think of doing with it is making into into a picture frame, but I don't really want to do that.

So... does anyone have any ideas? It's too cool to throw away but I need to start clearing out my piles of junk.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ferret Coat on: January 01, 2005 07:49:17 AM
This is the only project that I've ever knitted that wasn't from a pattern. Pretty simple, but I like it. Mostly, I just want to show off my ferret, because she's so cute  Grin



5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / German candy wrapper wallet + duct tape digital camera case (w/ stars) on: September 02, 2004 08:18:03 PM
Candy Wrapper Wallet
(Ritter Sport is a German chocolate company)

Full of stuff:
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/168348/wallet6.jpg

Empty:
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/168348/wallet3.jpg
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/168348/wallet4.jpg

Closed:
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/168348/wallet.jpg



Duct Tape Camera Case
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/168348/starcameracase001.jpg
http://home.ripway.com/2004-9/168348/starcameracase002.jpg




This is my first time posting anything I've made  Smiley

Tell me what you think... and if you have any tips to make 'em better.

I used this tutorial for the wallet: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9299.0
I've made duct tape wallets before but I really liked the unique way this one closes. Thanks teriyakimoto for the awesome tutorial!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know how to make a candle mold? on: September 02, 2004 06:26:03 PM
I don't mean like "you can use a paper cup"... Like, are there any substances that you can pour onto something and pull off so it's a mold that would work for a candle? Has anyone ever done this? Any advice?
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Mica on: September 01, 2004 03:15:49 PM
I have tons of mica, and my mom wants to throw it away. I can't think of anything to do with it... does anyone have any ideas.

In case you don't know what mica is... it's this rock (i think it's a rock... crystal maybe?) that forms in thin sheets. It's silver, shiny, and the thinner chunks are a little translucent. I took a few pics so you can see what it looks like:


I have pieces ranging from 4" by 6" to small pieces 1" by 1". Most of the pieces are about 1.5" by 2".

Also, a lot of the Mica has dirt stuck inbetween the layers and I don't know how to remove it. It's a bit fragile... I don't want to ruin it.

Any advice as to what to do with this stuff would be greatly appreciated.
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