My favorite glue ever is Liquid Nails, it's not drippy and it bonds things super, duper tight. I would use the marbles to cover the base of a lamp, one right next to the other, leaving no visable trace of the lamp underneth. Start with a inexpensive lamp bottom, one that isn't all curvey, then start gluing! Once your done gluing all the marbles on you could grout in between the cracks with a colored or white grout from the craft store. You then wipe away the excess from the tops of the marbles. I also cover the frame around a mirror with the same method, I've done this with beach glass and it looks to cool.
Oh, door beads! So many possibilities! If you have a large supply of bottle caps you can use pliers to fold them in half, sandwiching them between fishing line and tying them to a dowel rod (a couple dollars at the craft store). You can also use a sheer piece of fabric and make a curtain separating the two rooms. Or, you could purchase a whole bunch of wooden beads (usually pretty cheap) and roll them around in paint to coat them (the color of your choice) and string them onto fishing line.
Paint-by-number kits(dollar store) and lots of STICKERS!! Don;t forget the scratch and sniff kind! Oh, and to go with the googly eyes and pipe cleaners someone else mentioned....one sock each to decorate and make puppets!!! Oh, how I want to be a kid!
I really like it! It pays homage to the least pleasant thing I do. Your mini-cleaning altar has inspired me to actually clean my bedroom closet, and for a reward (after it's totally done) I want to make a mini altar of my kitchen.... dirty dishes and all! (I'm really not as messy as I sound...more like cleanliness challenged)
has lots of embroidery patters, I use them all the time for my felt stuff. I print out the image, I like the flowers, then I cut out the image so I just have the shape. Then I trace around what I cut out to the paper side of iron on fabric stabilizer. I then iron the stabilizer to the felt and cut out the image. The stabilizer is so wonderful to use because it make the felt not so flimsy and way easier to cut. Afterwards I use Fray Check around the edges of the finished piece, it dries so you can't tell it's there and the edges are then really crisp.
Liquid Nails is my very best friend...it remains flexable, yet so strong. You may need to roughen up the spot on the leather were you are applying the glue....I would use a fine sand paper. Just to make sure the glue sticks the surface and make sure that the leather is clean of dust or any loose fuzzies other wise the glue won't stick in some places.
The totally evil GAP has something simular in thier spring/summer collection....a duffle style army bag, but they come in way better colors. You may want to check it out at the store and take a mental pick of it for how they constructed it.
I like the idea of going to get them color copied at Kinko's or something...what if you then transphered the image onto fabric?? Does anyone out there know what I'm talking about?? I think you can iron on the image after printing it on special paper. THEN it could be an even more durable bag and you can still grommet the heck out of it.
I think I know how to fix this.... it may be similar to the above post...but pick out a color that is similar to the decorative stitching, measure the length of fabric you need to make the sleeves long enough and wide enough, plus extra room for when you sew this piece on. Take off the cuff of the existing sleeve, so that you have a raw edge. Create a new cuff with the new fabric. Just fold the fabric over and pin it to the sleeve, matching up the seams and sew that baby on. You could make the piece twice as long and slightly flared at the bottom of the sleeve to that he can fold the cuff up.
I hope this helps, I'm more of a visual person, it's sometimes hard to explain exactly what I mean without showing pictures.
You could go to the craft store and find those rinestones that attach with prongs or, since they are canvas, you could use fabric paint on them. If you use a thin enough coat, you could achieve nice results in a contrasting color (maybe stripes?).