wow, these are great! For some reason I am on this hu-u-u-ge felt kick. I will have to make some of these for my sis, who just bought a new coffee table and her husband is so obsessed with the finish o_O
Pink and white peanuts, cool! I'd string them at Christmas to make garland, or Valentine's Day, which is coming up. Of course, garland is kind of obvious. They would be kind of fun glued, mosaic like, to some surface that doesn't get handled much, but they feel so cool, I'd be playing with them all time. I have to think about this, for some reason I am intrigued by this one.
Adorable and so clever! I have been going to make a clock out of some old kitchy LP's for a few weeks now, and was trying to figure out how to make them look finished. The fringe was a very good idea. I was also trying to think of a way of incorporating the album itself...any ideas? I was thinking pendulum, but that would be one big pendulum. Maybe I'll just use the album for a separate clock, it already has a hole in the middle!
joygasm - I am a fellow packrat (I think there should be a Packrats Anonymous,) and now I have older kids who seem to have inherited the disability. In fact, the last time I moved I almost had a breakdown because I had accumulated so much stuff - it took five weeks to get it all packed and moved. A NIGHTMARE. I found a website that is somewhat helpful, when I can actually apply myself to the excellent advice found there. I don't know the URL offhand, but the woman's name is Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer. The site has a forum and is very supportive. My personal advice to you, and this really did help me: Imagine a wildfire threatening your home and decide what you would take if you had only one hour to get out of there. (I actually thought of this last year when we had so many terrible fires here in Cali.) Figure out how you use this stuff, daily, regularly, occasionally, etc. and organize it accordingly. Then, if you still have space, imagine you have another hour, and so on. Leave yourself some room, because you know you will accumulate again ^_~ I hope this helps some. Packratism, though often amusing to our friends, can be a real source of trouble in our lives when it gets out of control. By the way, many creative types have ADD, which tends to lead piles and unresolved collecting issues, myself included.
I'm in a similar situation this year. Inspired by some of the projects on craftster I bought some cheap felt and had a ton of embrodery thread on hand - started making these so cute little purses and pins in the shapes of animals. My little one went ape over them. They don't take very long either, which is nice. When strapped for cash, and sometimes just for the heck of it, we make potato stamps with different holiday designs and use whatever paint/ink on hand to make our own Christmas cards. My son & I designed a logo when he was little that we use on the back,people love to get them. Suddenly I feel motivated - we're going to bust some out this weekend! I make gingerbread and put a thin plain glaze on them and hand paint them with food coloring, those are incredible looking (wish I had a digital camera!)They can be very personal fun gifts. Men are always hard to make gifts for, food is always a good option there - good luck!
I had a really lovely vintage round christmas tablecloth that didn't fit any tables I had. It was red with gold silkscreened designs and gold fringe, on a really nice cotton fabric. After using it for a couple years as chair slipcover I finally decided to make a tree skirt out of it. I just cut a slit to the halfway point and made a little hem where the cut was. It looks gorgeous and couldn't have been easier! I suggest checking out the thrift stores, that's where I got mine.
It can't be time consuming OR expensive? Yikes! If it's not one it's usually the other, lol! Did you see the movie Elf? I love the decorations in that movie - they strung cotton balls on string, lots of white paper chain-link style grarland (I'm thinking computer paper, which we all seem to have a lot of) and those snowflakes we made as kids by folding paper (again, the ever present white comp paper) all over. It was really cute, probably not at all expensive and would be less time consuming if you have friends,kids, little bro's or sisters or neighbors to help out, besides, it would be a fun Christmas "together time" type thing!