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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2011 :: ONGOING on: January 08, 2011 02:12:23 PM
This year I think I'll try to actually stay on topic, that should help me actually get things done Smiley
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about Materials for Bookbinding on: January 08, 2011 08:06:47 AM
Hello everyone,
This past week I've had the flu and have been unable to do most everything.
So in all of my free time, I wrote a collection of original fairy tales for my future children. I want to illustrate them and bind them as a book, but I was wondering what would be the best materials to use?
I was thinking water-color paper because I wanted watercolor illustrations, but aside from that, I am clueless as to what I should use and where I would get the supplies for that matter.
Also, would laminating the pages before binding be a good idea?
Thanks!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: December 25, 2010 10:17:05 PM
I'll update this later, but here goes nothing:
1. 10 Starbooks
2. Learn to Knit
3. Knit scarf
4. Knit hat
5. Learn to Crochet
6. Crochet an amiguruni
7. Make a small sized terrarium
8. Learn to Make Soap
9. Make Candles with globes like http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294283.0
10. Work Weekly on an Altered Journal
11. Make a fixture from which to hang bags and scarfs and whatnot.
12. Learn to use my sewing machine properly.
13. Sew a purse
14. Make a skirt
15. Learn to embroider
16. Make a wallet for my younger brother and sister
17. Make a custom purse for my mother
18. Make 20 ATCs
19. 3 Leather cuffs with a floral design
20. At least 10 Original Photography photo-shots for my portfolio
21. Make this http://curiouslycrafty.wordpress.com/milinery/ hat.
22. Make a mouse toy for my nephew.
23. Dog biscuits for my puppies.
24. cat scratcher for the cats
25. Christmas Presents for about 20 people
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift Ideas? on: November 22, 2010 07:56:07 PM
Little felt hair bows are quick, and very cute. Mixed Cds, provided you then make custom cd cases for them (that's the most fun), String art, where you take nails and nail them in a connect the dot fashion and then weave embroidery/cotton thread around them to make cool patterns while still forming the image that you intended. (You can then frame it and it looks really cute)

My friends and I have a tradition of giving bracelets to each other every year too, as a sort of momento of time gone by. You can scour the internet for different ideas, I make bracelets for my very masculine male friends as well, so it's not a strictly girls thing.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is that nacre? on: February 10, 2010 04:36:21 PM
It looks a lot like abalone, but abalone itself is similar to nacre.

You could always drill holes in them and use them as buttons or pendants.
Hope this helped! Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1 on: February 07, 2010 08:39:38 AM
In the spirit of last months theme, I'm still making little stocking stuffers and ornaments (I have a rather large family, it makes more sense to just get them all out of the way now)

I made four ornaments, both for siblings of mine who plan to get married this year, and play makeup for my oldest niece. (It's really simple, just find some old makeup containers that are either empty or that you no longer use and fill them with nail polish... It takes a couple of days to dry/for the smell to go away, but the finished product is really nice.)

So without further ado, here are some pictures...







I plan on making a bunch of mini books in the courtesy of http://papernstitchblog.com/2008/12/22/charley-harper-notepad-tutorial/ today, so everyone's stocking stuffers can finally get off my to-do list.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1 on: January 31, 2010 12:49:47 PM
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT.

Between the color and the owl pattern, that coffee cozy is utterly perfect.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1 on: January 30, 2010 05:53:34 PM
In between shoots today, I finished a couple of ornaments and some magnets for my sister for her stocking... Hers are a bit more artistic looking, imho, so I'll get pictures up tomorrow morning.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has managed to whip up last minute before January ends! Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1 on: January 25, 2010 05:12:54 PM
I love how your salt dough plaques ended up. They are simply gorgeous, your mom will love them.

The Zipper brooches are also amazing, I've been wanting to make them for ages, but I can't quite get my mind around the concept.

And of course, those socks look so toasty and quite comfortable Smiley


Tonight, inspired by karin_'s post in the Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 ideas, I made my little brother a set of 8 apple key-board magnets.
He's a bit OCD about making sure every assignment and appointment date is on his white board calendar, and I thought that these magnets would be a great way for him to post little notes about certain days on the board to make them more recognizable.


They're pieces off an old apple keyboard, since we all own macs. I thought they were very appropriate. Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1 on: January 17, 2010 05:02:59 PM
I like it because it's cheap, easy, and a total stash-buster. Going through the linen closet, I managed to find 3 pillow-cases perfect for little girls and two football themed pillow-cases (that I picked up to make togas with, albeit extremely basic togas that were totally awesome, while we were studying ancient Rome and Greece.)

I might keep the football ones for game days, but that makes me think, could a guy appreciate a bag in this form? I almost think that if the straps were long enough, it could be worn across the body messenger bag style, and it could be a man-tote or satchel.

Indiana Jones used a satchel!

What are your thoughts?
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