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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids fall/halloween swap? on: September 24, 2014 06:42:03 PM
any interest in a swap for fall/halloween? 

Adults would do the majority of the crafting, for a kid.   Kid would make 1 small.   
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Binding a fabric book (busy book)? on: July 19, 2014 08:36:32 PM
What is the easiest/best way to bind a fabric book?   I'm planning on making a "busy book" for a 3yr old with fabric, but I'm not sure how to best assemble. 
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 99 ENTRIES / Tiny Tooth Fairy Note on: June 07, 2014 09:49:34 PM
My almost 7yr old lost his first tooth!  So for my tiny thing I made a teeny tiny tooth fairy note.   Its just made from regular paper and tiny "tooth fairy handwriting".   The envelope I decorated with red and blue like the old air mail envelopes used to be (at least from what I remember).   I put a little glitter in there as well!     He loved getting the tiny note and was so careful opening it to read.  

In case you can't read it, it says " Dear Levi,  Congratulations on loosing your first tooth!  Remember to brush at least twice a day.  Love, The Tooth Fairy"

I also made the pillowcase with pocket to put them in.  





4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Spring/easter/easter basket theme kid swap? on: March 06, 2014 06:43:34 AM
Anyone interested in a swap for kids easter/spring stuff?   i.e. things to put in easter baskets?   My kid is allergic to candy, so I try and do his easter basket/eggs filled with handmade things.


Maybe something like 3 smalls, and 6 easter egg stuffers?   Maybe a medium as well, but I don't know if that would be too much? 

I can organize this if there is interest, but I'd like to get it going soon!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / A waldorf treehouse (made from gingerbread!) on: January 02, 2014 01:58:00 AM

I made a gingerbread house based on waldorf tree houses/gnome houses.  Its made from 4 batches of gingerbread, using a few different recipes to give different colors and sturdiness.  The details are made from melted sugar, edible clay (made from scratch of course) and food coloring.  The only non-edible bits are the base (which is a shelf I got out of the closet wrapped in wrapping paper!), some toothpicks and a bit of string.  Everything else is all food! 

I have a tree house with 12 gnomes, a play house, checkerboard, swing, picnic table, bench, book, 2 tables, 4 chairs, fire pit, garden, well/pulley system, ladders, a staircase, sugar greenhouse, a slide and sea saw, and a dock with a fisherman and lake. 

I painted the gingerbread with cocoa and food coloring to make different shades to make it look more like wood.  The posts were also painted with a layer of watered down gingerbread dough and re-baked to give a bark like texture. 

I tried to get pictures from all sides:







 
This little green gnome is sitting a toadstool table.

 
Two gnomes sitting at another table on another floor.
 

A gnome manning the pulley system for the well, and a bright red ladder.
 

This is the well made from gingerbread and painted.  The rock is holding the string for the bucket/pulley system.  Green archway in the background is one of two.
 

The pulley system holds this bucket, with a tiny gnome inside!
 

On the top level, there is the swing off one side.   There is a picnic table with a chessboard and grey gnome, a little playhouse, and another gnome reading a book.
 

Gnome on a swing
 

Gnome on a yellow bench.
 

The little yellow gnome is fishing on the dock.  The fish is hand painted, and there are two more in buckets (the orange/green one made by my 6yr old).  The water is poured sugar over tin foil.   Behind is the path, hand painted with cocoa.
 

Here is the greenhouse that I made from poured sugar.   There is also a carrot patch and a basket of carrots.   In the background is the staircase and playground.
 



Here is the fire pit.  Its got "ash" in the bottom, rocks surrounding it (for safety of course), and logs and flame.  The teal gnome is roasting a marshmallow.



Another shot of the firepit, staircase, path and carrot patch.


Here is a 360* video (mute it please!  There is no sound other than my sister watching house hunters!)
http://s169.photobucket.com/user/leighi123/media/baby/December%202013/gingerbread%20house/100_6635_zps2155a46a.mp4.html


I even made a smaller, completely allergy friendly house for my 6yr old Levi to decorate:


I worked on this for over a week, it was a lot of work but lots of fun to do!  Hope you like it!!! 


(and just for fun, here is the giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, by Disney)


Thanks for looking!!!

6  COOKING / Dessert / I need a good gingerbread house recipe on: December 19, 2013 03:05:59 PM
Does anyone have a tried and true gingerbread house recipe?   Something that doesn't spread, is sturdy enough to build with, and looks nice when baked (i.e. doesn't crack, or get holes in it)   Something simple and easy.   

I'm not concerned with taste as no one will eat it!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A House for Hermit Crab on: November 09, 2013 07:37:39 PM
This year, Levi was debating between a "llama" and a "decorator crab".  I talked him into the crab idea!

I used "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle as inspiration.  This is a type of hermit crab that decorates its shell with various things for camouflage.

It consists of:
- a full body suit/jumpsuit with a front zipper and elastic hood.  Eyes on stalks attached were hand sewn and googly eyes attached to the ends. 
- gloves with cardboard inside to give them a claw shape
- Pull on body sleeve that has a dimensional chest piece, and attached legs with wire inside to give them shape.
- Shell, made from a giant long stuffed tube of fabric swirled into shape.  It goes on like a back pack, and has a waist tie that slips under the body sleeve.   On this is a bunch of decorations including seaweed, gems, starfish (which Levi helped make), a snail, sea annenomes. 

Here is a video of a 360 view, its pretty hard to photograph to see everything!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4C1y6ZWbD8&feature=youtu.be

At the zoo:


Back:


Front:


Eyes:


Here is is laying down (he was being silly waiting for the zoo train):


And this is just the jumpsuit:


He LOVED his costume and got lots of compliments!   Happy Halloween everyone!    Grin
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / tension issues - new brother PE 770 on: March 19, 2013 08:16:07 AM
I have a Brother PE770, I got it in January, so its pretty new. I was doing a bunch of applique designs, and did 5/6 of them, and noticed that each one I did, then tension got a little more off. By #6, it was a huge mess!

The upper thread is super loose, its loopy on the top, and on the back, no bobbin thread shows at all, its just like 1 piece of thread going through all the back and forth of the upper thread. So on the back, all you see is loose, sometimes tangled, upper thread. Its eating through tones of thread.


I tried:
- new needle
- cleaning everything including in-between the tension disks
- changing the upper tension everywhere from -8 to +8, the whole range it can go.
- tried a few different designs
- different thread
- removing bobbin and casing, cleaning everything (there was no fuzz) and putting it all back
- adjusting the screw slightly on the bobbin casing
- different hoops
- leaving it overnight to see if it would magically fix itself in the night
- and finally, yelling at it.

Nothing made any difference at all.

Now what???

The nearest "Brother authorized" dealer is 2 hours away, and this thing is basically brand new. And I need to finish this outfit by friday!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Kids Valentines Swap on: January 28, 2013 09:34:42 AM
Gallery for the kids Valentine Swap!!! 


Partners:

Lizabiz08 (Gavin)  sends to r.forslund (Jae)
r.forslund (Jae) sends to szuzu1969 (Phoebe)
szuzu1969 (Phoebe,) sends to Lizabiz08 (Gavin)

 szuzu1969 (Polly) sends to r.forslund (Mia)  
r.forslund (Mia) sends to szuzu1969 (Polly)

mom2em (Emma) sends to deathbeforedishes (Madelyn)
deathbeforedishes (Madelyn) sends to Momof2! (Anna,)
Momof2! (Anna) sends to mom2em (Emma)

patty_o_furniture (Sariah) sends to  pinkmichk (Molly)
pinkmichk (Molly) sends to patty_o_furniture (Sariah)

leighi123 (Levi) sends to plaidpineapple (Brian)
plaidpineapple (Brian) sends to leighi123 (Levi)

deathbeforedishes (Katelyn) sends to szuzu1969 (Paige)
szuzu1969 (Paige)  sends to deathbeforedishes (Katelyn)

RhymeswOrange (Peri) sends to jenleahlynn (Lori)
jenleahlynn (Lori) sends to RhymeswOrange (Peri)

plaidpineapple (Lindsey) sends to Makaylalee (Kierra)
Makaylalee (Kierra) sends to plaidpineapple (Lindsey)

patty_o_furniture (Afton) sends to jenleahlynn (Leah)
jenleahlynn (Leah) sends to patty_o_furniture (Afton)
...

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Using a USB to get designs onto machine on: January 12, 2013 05:04:08 PM
I have a brand new Brother 770, and my computer is a Mac.

I found some free embroidery designs online, and I downloaded it, dragged it onto the USB icon on my computer, and then checked that it was in there.   Then I ejected the flash drive and put it in my machine.   

I saved it (the same design) in 2 different formats, PES and DST, the book my machine came with says several formats will work.   

On my machine, I click on the USB symbol, and 2 things come up, one for each of the 2 formats.  1, the PES one comes up as a silhouette of the design (a penguin) and 2. comes up as the name of the design (dst format). 

Either one, I click on it and it darkens indicating its selected.   And then?   Nothing.   I don't know what to do next to get it to use that design!  I tried pushing various buttons but none will embroider the design or go to the screen that the built-in designs have to adjust the orientation, size etc. 


So what am I doing wrong and how do I get my designs from my computer onto the flash drive, and then onto the machine in a way that I can actually use them?   I followed the directions, so I'm not sure what I did wrong!
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