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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ideas to save money at the holidays on: August 30, 2014 04:18:13 PM
I am in America, so Christmas is usually our holiday. But I know other craftsters who like to make homespun gifts for their families...gifts from the heart. I hope we can use this post to celebrate the reason for the season...LOVE.

I need to save money this year, and giving all my hard earned cash to the "cash cows" that promote crazy things are not for me. I would rather spend the dollars on items to make hand-made candles, soaps, pillows, and food goodies. Son is getting PJs. {along with a few toys}. Some of those materials will come out of my stash. (I save old candles and re-melt them  Wink)

This is not my photo...snagged somewhere off the internet, but it looks like it could be made with leftover {used and broken} sweaters, and be good to use as package toppings and tree ornaments. That way you can skip the bow...those just add to our never ending garbage dump at this time of year.

Embroidery floss to wrap the hands and ankles. Small foam ball for the head {you could add a face if you wished with fabric paint?} easy to trace and make your own pattern. Looks like it would be easy to stitch by hand, and the more handmade it looks, the better. Charming.

My gifts will be wrapped in brown paper bags. With garden twine on them. Oh, of course I will rubber stamp some fun designs  Grin

I also go to our local newspaper printing place, and for $2.00 I get an "off-roll" with lots of unprinted newsprint. It is great for making larger fabric patterns, or protecting the table when the kids do their crafts. Or at Birthday parties I bring out the markers, and they all get to draw on the 'tablecloth'  Grin

Another holiday idea for everyone is to put a white linen cloth on the table, and let all the guests sign it with  fine-line sharpie...then embroider it later for a keepsake. Great at weddings. Just ideas.

Now I would love to hear yours!

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery hoop question on: July 09, 2014 05:02:59 PM
Question for my wonderful crafty friends?
Most of my hoops are the old fashioned spring metal hoops. I have given away most of my wooden ones for hoopla's.

Do any of you know a method where the metal does not mark the fabric piece? I have that trouble with some. I have washed with salt and baking powder on the hoop. Soaked in vinegar with baking soda, that sort of thing.

I am thinking to glue on thin felt to the hoop, and stretch the spring a bit. Or maybe just paper the cloth with kitchen parchment, and cut out the middle for stitching?

Any other ideas? I don't have money at the moment to buy more hoops. You all seem to know better than me what is going on. It has been years since I did embroidery with my Grandmother. She is the one who gave me the metal ones.

They probably date back to the days of her mother and grandmother. They don't have a turn screw...just the spring. Hopefully a member knows what I am talking of. And no, they are not leaving me. I will re-hoop with the woodens when it comes time for my share  Grin Sorry. They mean a lot to me.


13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: June 15, 2014 01:17:18 AM
I am building an iSpy quilt for my future grandbaby {not yet in the oven, but I am ahead of the game}  Grin
I have done some private fabric trades, and am getting my stash together. Things are moving along nicely.
I need help knowing the best, easiest, and most importantly...how to do them so the points come out nice.
You know...all lined up and square-ish...not wonky. I know there is an easy way to piece the top, but I don't have cable, and can't watch all those good quilting shows.

If anyone can share links for things that address the hexie pattern, it would be greatly appreciated. Or if you know how to do them, and could just share that? And the sashing will be an issue, too. I have a hint of what I am wanting in my signature line, so you can see what I wish for..sort of. Mine will look similar, but different. Got the photo in  Grin

And I am open for fabric trades for this. I have a huge selection of fabrics {cottons} for quilting. If you have any iSpy type fabrics, I would be happy to trade out. Just PM me, and we can work out details.

For those not knowing iSpy...each quilt hexie has a different image that children can study and find. As in, "I Spy a banana, I spy a rooster, I spy a lollypop, I spy a green monster." That sort of thing. It is a lay on the floor board game for young ones, basically. Good for about 2 years old to 5. You can start a bit younger, you just have to help them learn how to pick things out. And start with the easier images that they know the names of.  Grin And do a lot of repeating, where they remember and gain confidence to keep trying.

It is fun with kids. I look forward to this project. I just need to learn how to get my quilt started. Any helpers  Roll Eyes


This one is not mine...I snagged it off the internet. But, yeah! I got a photo to go in! Cheesy
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ever "pounce" your art? on: April 05, 2014 04:23:24 PM
 Cheesy For small items I use my pouncer.
For making the marks onto cloth, or anything else.

Let me describe it. It keeps you from having to outline your areas with pencil...it works on fabric or paper.

Put your pattern down...and pounce the outline.

Here is how you make your pouncer...

Baby sock  Grin With powder inside. Or make a similar bootie style thing. With an old sock kind of fabric. {we all have extras of those...why does the washer eat them?? Grin}

For other colors than white for my darks, I grind up colored chalk. I currently have a white and yellow.

Hold your pattern down, and pounce the edges. No tracing...then you know where to cut or how you wish for things. If it is wrong...just sweep off the chalk, and start over.

Fill your pouncer, and tie the top end. That way you can refill as needed on your pouncer bag. Than smack, smack, smack..to get your outline where to cut, or where placement will be. And it will all wipe off in the end. Grin

Just a thought.

15  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Could I put in a request for RAK cards here? on: February 18, 2014 03:42:44 PM
It is a program in the current copy of  Women's Day March 2014. page 26, bottom right panel.

Girls Love Mail is requesting notes of love and support to recent breast cancer diagnosed patients.

girlslovemail.com  has more information, and wording suggestions if you aren't sure what to say.

Mail your love to:

Girls Love Mail
2330 E. Bidwell St. Suite 200
Folsom, CA 95630

They will forward your card or letter of encouragement to their list of recipients at hospitals/clinics.

My Mom is a breast cancer survivor. And as women, we need to stick together for this cause.

I also posted this on the breast cancer site that I found here, but I wish to get the word out.
Sorry for the double post. But I feel a need to share this.

It seems to be a great program, and I plan to make several cards and letters to share there.
I hope other members also do the same. You can send your letters all in one envelope...they will re-envelope for you, and they ask that you only put a first name and last initial in your signature for the card or letter. You are anonymous. They don't share your personal info. This is a RAK. {Random Act of Kindness}

Please go to their website, and they can spell out the rules for this. They do not want talks about death, etc.
These cards are for ladies who are recently going through the steps to help heal from breast cancer {men, too...sorry guys...didn't mean to leave you out} You may share some experiences, but nothing that would scare. It is meant to be upbeat...a have a happy day experience.

16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / How crazy an idea is a year round holiday tree? on: February 04, 2014 04:55:33 AM
I have seen them done before. I have a table tree that is still up  Grin I love the twinkling lights. I am thinking to decorate it and re decorate it for the various holidays. Am I a total nut to do this? I think it might be neat and festive for this next year. Most holidays I can cover, but am at a loss for Mother's Day and Father's Day. Any ideas? I thought maybe just a spring time tree...and a 4th of July one. To bridge the gap. Then move on to a back to school theme, and halloween, thanksgiving, and back to Christmas. Please share your thoughts.

17  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Tie dye time on: January 04, 2014 12:10:25 PM
 Grin I have cloth napkins in a wonderful Barbie pastel pink color. Hate it. Imagine a gentleman to put that on their lap?
I wish to dress them up with tie dye. They are a cotton/linen blend, light in color, but it has been a while since I worked with the dye. I know Ritz is the go-to...but any other ideas? I know some of the scrimp and pinch and tie arts. Rubber bands...string...that sort of thing.

Anything else to share that has wowed your socks off??? Interesting folds different than just the regular rings of hippy? Vinegar sets color. I know that trick, too. But is anyone else smarter than me? With some words of wisdom to help?

I have googled it, and there are many tutorials there. None that I really like. Please share your results and what has worked for you?

Picture: just to pop into that catagory, too  Roll Eyes

Thanks, ~T

Whoops...here is where I found the photo http://www.layoutsparks.com/pictures/tie-dye-0  Wink
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Music Thread? on: December 27, 2013 03:10:15 PM
I love to dance, sing, play music...did I mention dance and sing?  Roll Eyes And that I am an all around play around. Art is fun, and I believe we need a spot here for music, as well. Several members have agreed with me. It is fun to listen to while we craft.

I use YouTube often, but love to hear what other music is out there that I don't know to go to.

And those belly dancers! WOW. The costumes are so pretty. And that plays into the art of things, too.

So how about it...anyone else want to ride on my wagon, here? If enough wish for it, too, we can possibly make it happen.

Thoughts for it would just be open additions of links to songs, or ideas of links to look up that people like. With a small description included for what the song was about. And perhaps a brief description of the artist who created it. If it were my board, original songs would be included, too. Not mine. I have not recorded, yet. Just for anyone else who may want to share.

So who is game? C & C allowed. Like? Don't Like?

19  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Anyone in Sparta or Cookeville? on: October 27, 2013 01:12:22 AM
Crossville is a bit of a ways from me, but that is the closest I see here for me. McMinville is an even longer hike. I do lots of different crafts, and would love a crafty friend to join "forces" with, trade and share localy, and face to face crafty meet-ups.

Posted a sample pic, so this pops into that catagory as well. The view with pictures one. I just recently found this thread. I never knew it was here! BTW...all the states are listed!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Birds, and how they build on: October 15, 2013 12:36:44 AM
This is an interesting "beak" tutorial. So if you think you can't sew or craft...take a look at these critters. Weaving and clay arts by beak. Very interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5nLDXweZqI
Gives you a good reason to use your hands, now doesn't it?  Cheesy

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