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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: Merry Christmas, from a baby?!? on: January 08, 2009 10:37:28 PM
I started doing this a couple years ago with all my baby formula cans too...I save every can/container I get my hands on.  Now I cut brown paper bags or random leftover paper in the size to wrap the can and have my kids paint, color, and stamp stuff all over it.  Then we wrap the can and send.  Last year we did all of our holiday cookies in 'one of a kind' snowflake stamped paper with a few 2 year old handprints....every one loved them.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Meal Ideas for me and my kid? on: October 14, 2008 02:16:20 PM
All such great ideas!  Here's what we do to try and stay on the healthy AND easy side of things. 
I use a lot of the turkey products...ground turkey, meatballs, sausages (hot and sweet), italian seasoned.  and make pasta dishes, lasagna, tacos, soups ...
I usually pick out whatever veggies that are in season AND on sale and incorporate them somehow.  I  add black beans and corn to ground turkey and lots of seasonings to make tacos.  I use the crockpot ALOT for convenience.  The quickest two recipes I have are super simple...put chicken breasts (or beef)in the crockpot and cover with jarred salsa verde..cook for several hours on low or about 4 hours on high...the meat will be super juicy and I tear it up and either put it on a taco salad or make burritos or tacos.  The other is bbq sandwiches ..simply put your chicken breasts or beef cut in the crockpot and cover with your favorite bbq sauce...cook throughout the day and put on hoagie rolls for dinner.  I usually add a simple veggie with either.  Hope these are helpful ideas..
ooh, one more...not the healthiest but not bad.  We buy the fresh-baked french loaf from the bakery, cut in half ...add spaghetti sauce (or any pasta sauce) then cover in cheese and veggies and anything else you want...put in oven for about 10 minutes when cheese is melted.  We usually have this with a simple salad on "pizza fridays"  ..my 2 yo helps make t his one and it's fun...and did I say easy?!!  cheers!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pregnant and DUE on Halloween on: October 07, 2008 10:46:06 PM
Last year I was very pregnant on Halloween and dressed up as a deviled egg.  I wore devil horns and draped a white sheet on/around my upper body and my belly.  I wore a tight bright yellow shirt that completely covered my belly and some white tights.  It was a cute idea...but I ended up staying home eating all the candy because my (now 2/12 yo) came down with the flu. 
My cousing was going to dress up as a pig..she bought a pink sweatsuit and painted baby nipples black and sewed them to the front of her sweatshirt.  She never wore it because she gave birth on the 29th but I thought it would have been cute with pig ears, ringlets and a bow. 
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween costume ideas for 2008 on: October 07, 2008 10:37:54 PM
One of my favorite costumes I made was Ms. Galaxy!  I had a few variations for the three different parties I went to that week.  I bought a bunch of eyeballs and put them on glitter wire and stuck them all over in my hair...wore a tiara..had a wand...and made these great big eyeballs that were basically a bra..I used paper plates and silver rope and aluminum foil (lots of hot glue and some tape).  I found some random christmas sparkly floral arrangemnt stuff with silver balls all over that I twisted for "eyelashes".  I made a sash that said Ms. Galaxy and wore some strappy shoes and a short black sparkly dress with some shiny gloves.  I got a lot of attention for having these gigantic eye-boobs and it was a cute costume.  I just varied the dress...one time I wore a metalllic dress and another I was just an alien with no tiara..a ton of eyeballs in my hair and I wore dressy disco pants and a black tank.  Of course it could have been over the top cool with some type of pageant dress. 
Will try to attach a photo?!?  By the time of the night the photo was taken I had lost quite a few eyeballs...check out the evil knievel costume too..that was a cool one! 


5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted bowls - dinos, Army men (BUGS & more dinos added 8/2) on: October 07, 2008 09:41:41 PM
I love this idea!! I saw a bag of eyeballs that looked plastic or rubber at the dollar store last week...I wonder if they would make a super cool halloween dish...could probably add some other creepy things.  YOu really inspired me!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Quick Fix on a Sofa on: October 07, 2008 09:37:40 PM
What a crafty idea...maybe I will pull the slipcover off my poor couch and try something funky too.  How is it wearing?  I have two kids so I might try doing a design with a blanket stitch around it to secure it more...that will take the modern look out of it though...hmm I will think on it.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dog food bag into Doggie bag?? on: October 07, 2008 04:25:53 PM
That is such a great idea...I love it.  My big dog goes through so much dogfood and I cringe everytime I throw one away...never even occurred to me to make it into something.  Thanks for the idea. 
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: It started life as a leather skirt @ Goodwill ....... on: October 07, 2008 04:22:14 PM
Super cool!  Definitely..makes me think of all the things I can do with the old pleather (eeek) skirts I have.  The stencil really makes it.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a totally frickin' cute owl bag!! on: October 07, 2008 04:20:02 PM
LOVE IT.  The color combos are great...very funky.  The little owl makes me melt.  I need to learn to make sweater bags ..they are just so cool.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super-Lucky, Quick & Dirty, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Tote on: October 07, 2008 04:16:59 PM
What a great idea...I have a trader joes bag made from the same type of plastic that is really durable and I found myself using all the time..I put some grommets in the bottom so water and sand can drain out and I use it all the time for the kids toys..going to the beach...everything.  I will have to start searching for rice bags now. 
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