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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids valentines swap? on: January 01, 2013 05:36:09 PM
Anyone want to do a kids valentine swap?

both adult and kid would craft for another kid. 
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Rainbow! on: November 04, 2012 04:42:21 PM
Levi was a rainbow this year!  I made the costume from felt, the front is the same as the back.   Snaps at the shoulders so his big head could fit in it.  I also put shiny raindrops hanging from the bottom.  He loved it and got lots of compliments!  AND he (I) won first place at the Zoo's costume contest - thats 4 first place wins in a row, he's won every year that we've been!

He also wore rainbow babylegs, some fingerless glove I made from cut-up t-shirts, and 2 different colored shoes.    I made 2 different hats, a mini rainbow and a sun.   

13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids summer swap? on: May 19, 2012 02:32:51 PM
What about a summer themed kids swap, to kick off the summer?

It would include something made by adult for kid, something made by kid for kid, and maybe some summer themed store bought extras.   

Summer stuff like beach bags, decorated flip flops/sunhats, summer clothes, summer reading, outdoor play stuff, or just stuff with summer themes - beach, watermelons, sunshine, flip flops , no school, etc. 
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / learning at home swap? on: March 12, 2012 08:09:02 PM
I was thinking of a homeschool swap, but not sure if there would be enough homeschoolers here. 

So what about a "learning at home" swap?

Swap anything learning/education related.   I know I have ton of stuff on my pintrest that I plan on using for homeschooling at some point but don't always have time/skills to make it all.  Could also be stuff to help organize school related stuff, school supplies, etc...
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / kids outfit swap? on: March 11, 2012 04:27:42 PM
How about a kids outfit swap?   There could be 2 options - 1 to make the outfit from scratch, and the other to embellish a store bought outfit
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I Speak for the Trees! A lorax outfit! on: March 05, 2012 06:54:24 PM
I took Levi to the "Lorax" movie, and made him an outfit to go with it.   I was worried it would look like pj's but I think it came out alright, what do you think? 

Here is more on my blog: http://thelittlesewingshop.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-speak-for-trees.html
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Handmade light box on: December 26, 2011 07:12:12 PM
I saw this on play at home mom blog, and thought it was really cool, so I made my own!

Its a light box we can use for homeschool activities, and arts and crafts for tracing and whatnot.  It also looks pretty neat.  

It was very easy to make, its just a plastic box lined with foil and filled with christmas lights I got on sale, The lid of the box is lined with parchment paper to spread out the light.   It cost maybe $7 to make, much cheaper than buying a $75 light box!
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / smoke allergies on: December 12, 2011 11:09:39 AM
Twice now I've received items that smell like smoke.   Sad  I'm super allergic and have had breathing issues both times, and even after washing the washable parts I can still smell it.   Not to mention that I have a chemical sensitive young child with lots of allergies who I don't want exposed to even third hand smoke. 

I put in my questionnaire every time, very clearly that we are very allergic to smoke.   I'm allergic to cats too, but not to the extent where it will make me stop breathing (just makes me sneeze) so I don't even include that because I can deal with it, but smoke is something I can't handle!   

So either the organizer partnered me with a smoking home, or the smoking home didn't disclose their status. 

Spraying things with febreeze or airing them out doesn't help me any, the smoke is still there!  (besides my son is allergic to frebreeze and similar)   So if you are a smoker, or if anyone in your house is, or if there is ANY chance your crafted items will be exposed to smoke, please let the organizer know so people who are truly allergic don't get packages that make them sick!    It also sucks because the items I received both times were really nice, I just couldn't use them!   
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Christmas outfit! Christmas in Florida Theme on: December 11, 2011 02:16:05 PM
We are going to stay home in florida this year for christmas, so I made Levi a Christmas in Florida theme outfit!




20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / EVERYTHING play table, a little imagination needed :) on: December 08, 2011 08:41:25 PM
 I usually make a lot of Levi's gifts, but this time I wanted to make sure it was something he would actually play with!   He has all kinds of little toys that don't get used often so I thought I'd find a way to get them used.  The play table I came up with can be used for setting up little scenes to play with, which is great for him to use his imagination with!  Its also something I can continue to add too when I come up with new ideas.  

I also did not want to buy anything at all for this project, and it needed to take up 0 space b/c he and I share a room so I keep the "stuff" down.  

I started with a pointless shoe rack that lived in our bedroom, and found some wood in the garage to build a top for it (I'm sooo not a wood worker, but I tried!)   Then I used some felt, and fabric scraps to make all kinds of little things to go with it!  

Here is what 4yr old Levi is getting!  (I also made him a quilt, but I think this is more fun!)

Down on the Farm:  Piggys are playing in the mud, made from puff paint and felt.  Sheep by the pond and the farmer plants carrots on the felt field (they are pickable!)

Wizard of Oz scene:    Inspired by the outfit I made for Levi here:
I made the road from felt, stitched with a brick pattern (a bit hard to see in the pic!), and then painted for color variation.  The rainbow is made from wood and painted.  

Now, because we live on the Space Coast, here is a rocket scene:

On earth ready for lift off (felt earth)

Arrived on the moon, with stitched and painted in craters. (flip side of the earth).  Sequins make nice stars too.  

Did I mention that the table top isn't attached?   And notice that it doesn't have a edge piece on one of the short sides?   Here is why!

Lift the blue bar for a race!   Levi loves to build ramps so I thought this would be fun, I tested it several times and it works wonderfully.  

Or for a regular roadway, I made little felt pieces that can be put in any shape.   I even made a cross-walk because I found little cross-walk signs.  And the little red rectangles are puff painted with dots, just like the bumpy things by cross walks.  (bonus points if you knew what those are called:  Trunkated Domes)

Or we can have a pirate island:  Made from felt with foam inside, and an X marks the spot!

Or maybe the treasure is in the pirate cave (also made from layers of felt)

Or we can dive down to make an underwater scene:

This is a wave in a bottle, oil/food coloring/water

The cave could be an underwater cave too, with a lobster in it:

Meanwhile, back on the shore, we have a relaxing beach scene with felt rocks and sand.  I made a beach towel too, and I'm working on a sand castle

Back in time to the dinosaurs!  The sand flips over to make dirt, the fire is also made from wood like the rainbow.

Or maybe we have a jungle floor, infested with bugs!

Or just monkeys: (the dirt can be a mountain background too!)

And here is my version of Angry Birds,  these bird guys aren't angry, and are propelled by a catapult that Levi made by himself using the contents of the recycle bin and a glue gun (cold melt of course)

We have a slingshot too though:

And here it is all put away, the shelf under it is perfect storage for all the little baskets I found to hold it all (I had to take a picture of this, once Levi gets it, it will never be this neat again!)

Thanks for looking!  

Oh and if you have any "scene" ideas for me, let me know, I want to keep adding to this!   Next up, is a Egyptian scene, he has little Egyptian characters in his advent calender soon.

All the pics here: http://s169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/crafts/playscapes/
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