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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old broken crayons? on: September 21, 2009 08:14:06 PM
Take crayon gratings (cheese grater!) and melt them between waxed paper. I've seen place mats made this way (bind the edges somehow - sew, glue on paper edging, whatever), and I've also seen little shapes (like hearts) cut out of the waxed paper and used for various purposes (like gift toppers). Here's some cute ideas:

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/crayon-stained-glass-heart-cards-with-blaney-and-meghan?autonomy_kw=crayon
http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/crayon-hearts?autonomy_kw=crayon
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/crayon_wax_spatter_painting_2
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Vinyl bags linen comes in on: July 19, 2009 01:03:44 PM
The bedsheets I recently bought came in those zippered vinyl pouches, and I use them to store WIPs in, especially my knitting.  That way I just throw the vinyl bag in my (very much stuffed!) tote bag and don't have to worry about the yarn tangling up in eveything or the project unraveling. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Missoni-like patterns? on: July 14, 2009 01:02:50 PM
Thanks for your help!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Missoni-like patterns? on: July 12, 2009 04:35:01 PM
I love Missoni's stuff! They're all amazing works of knitted art. But they're a little out of my price range. I have been trying to look for patterns that look a lot like a real Missoni, but I haven't had any luck. Does anyone know of any?  I particularly love this skirt http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/22808?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Custom-_-Link-_-Builder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-z1cO0Jg5_urio2xwhq9qbw, and I think I'm going to attempt to make it. I have been looking for some really beautiful knitting stitches that would work for it, but I am having a hard time finding anything that resembles the green scalloped row, the pale pink row, or the white/purple rows. Any suggestions?
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Plastic Bag Purgatory..... on: January 01, 2009 09:08:06 AM
You can melt them and make bags - http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html.  You can also cut them into strips, tie the strips together and then knit - I've seen purses and doormats made this way.  Good luck!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hello Kitty cushion on: November 16, 2008 10:58:37 AM
I think I need to make one now. I love Hello Kitty!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: easy re purpose wall bracelet holder on: August 29, 2008 01:32:08 PM
Oh my goodness! I've been organizing my closet, and I have been searching the internet in the past couple weeks for a diy bracelet rack to hold my (always growing) collection. Thanks for the idea!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Three-piece tote bag set on: August 29, 2008 01:18:39 PM
This is the first project I've posted (and the only one I've finished recently). It was all part of a knitting kit I got. This is only the second knitting project I've done, and my first attempt at purling. Because of my lack of experience, I really messed the pattern up sometimes. I would literally tear out and redo the same row eight times, then stash it in the closet out of frustration, only to come across it months later. LOL. Finally, I finished it, a year later! I'm quite proud of it. I gave this one away, but I'm thinking of making another one in cornflower blue/dark brown/gray.

It's a three piece set: tote bag, eyeglass case, and makeup bag. Sorry I don't have a close-up picture.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OWS 37 Gallery on: August 29, 2008 12:53:03 PM
I received a knit headband from poerava a week ago. (Couldn't find my camera, forgot to upload... you know how it goes). Since I'm growing my bangs back in, she also threw in a bunch of fun bobbypins and an extra storebought headband. I love them, and they're so handy! Thanks, poerava!


She made the headband on the left:



10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: zillions of t-shirts on: August 17, 2008 04:53:22 PM
Like Chelsea K said, use them as fabric.

If some of the shirts are cute, recon them. When you get sick of reconned clothes, use the cute shirts for a t-shirt quilt, backpack, purses, pillows, anything where you want to see the design.

For all those junk shirts or solid shirts, use the scraps. Rag rugs like radiationbaby said, or a shag rug like I'm doing. If you're daring, use the scraps in a crazy quilt (definitely on my to-do list). I've seen checkbook covers made out of scraps, I've seen knitted items, just about anything.

I like the book Generation T. It has lots of ideas, and instructions for a some of the things I mentioned above. I did a quick Amazon search and there were a bunch of t-shirt recon books. Have fun and good luck!
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