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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Ideas Needed Please on: May 05, 2016 06:12:54 AM
Hello everyone!  The annual family reunion is coming up and I have been drafted to be in charge of games for the little ones.  My youngest kidlets are teenagers, and I am no longer familiar with what entertains the smidgies.  Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

The reunion will be at an outdoor pavilion at a park (roof but no walls), in northern Ohio, in August.  Past events have seen sweltering heat or freezing rain.  There is no way to know how many will attend. 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Challenge109 Entry on: August 10, 2015 05:49:00 PM
For this challenge, I'm submitting the package  that was sent out for my very first swap. 
It was in the Ongoing Wish Swap Round 115, which can be found here:

I claimed Grab a coffee for a recipe binder and some Christmas gift bags.  (I made 2 binders, about a dozen gift bags, and sent a few extra items as well.)  For the recipe binders, I started with two 3-ring binders and made reversible covers for them.  The wider binder has a fabric pocket on the outside front, for quick access to notes or things being worked on.  It also has pocket on the inside, and a cord to use as a bookmark.  The fabrics are: a brown to match her kitchen, and a floral-on-cream with gold glitter (she mentioned liking cream with glitter).

The smaller recipe binder (for desserts and special occasions) is covered in a cream fabric that has very small gold glittery speckles all over, and a touch of wide cream lace on the corner.  I added gathered lace and a button that looks like a wood circle (she is collecting wood circles for a project).  The binder has the floral-on-cream fabric on the inside, plus reverses to the floral-on-cream outer covering for a different look.

Before the button was added:

Inside shot, special occasions recipe binder:

Since Grab a coffee had mentioned holiday gift bags,  I made some in various sizes and with various fabrics and trims.  Some have drawstring closures, and others have velcro. 

I tucked a few magazines (on her wish list) into a gift bag, added some Starbucks coffee (on her list), some local chocolate and postcards, and a circle of wood for her project (on her list).
** See her pics in the gallery here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438694.440

It was a wonderful experience and I hope Grab a coffee liked the items as much as I enjoyed making them for her. Smiley

Thank you for reading! Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for Burn Victim on: August 04, 2015 06:13:23 AM
Recently our nephew was involved in a fire and is in a hospital burn unit with 25% of his body covered with 3rd degree burns.  His recovery will be long and painful.  (Prayers and good wishes greatly appreciated)  I would like to make something, but am stuck for ideas.

He is in his late 20s, married, with preemie twin girls.  They are understandably overwhelmed. 

The only thing I can think of is a remote holder/organizer for an armchair.  Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Alternative Cake (gluten free) on: April 18, 2013 11:07:22 AM
Our daughter wanted everyone to be able to enjoy themselves and partake of the goodies at her bridal shower and wedding.  Several folks had medical issues or food allergies, so the cake was not a traditional one.  This is her gluten free cake, made from Fruity Pebbles!  The "cake" was covered with a fondant (easily removed for diabetics) that gave the look of a traditional tiered cake.  Fruit Rollup was used for flowers and ribbon trim.  It was colorful, tasty, and received lots of compliments. 

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Recycling Small Stuffed Animals - Suggestion on: April 27, 2012 03:44:01 PM
Every spring and fall, my children go through their belongings, and weed out the outgrown items.  Clothes and toys get donated, repurposed, or sold in a garage sale with the money going toward their church camp fund.  They like helping others.  They also like that "responsible feeling" of deciding what happens to their things.   Most of their stuffed animals don't actually get played with.  There is the favorite cuddle-friend that gets hugged and lugged (slept with and taken everywhere), but others sit on shelves or in toy boxes.  Small ones especially. 

Some friends in law enforcement and in EMT/ambulance work said something that stuck in my mind.  When an incident involves a child (car wreck, for example), that child may get separated from the parent for some time.  Most ambulances don't transport multiple victims.  A small stuffed animal for the child to hold, can give comfort during this frightening time.  My friend's EMT/fire dept. crew keeps a small stuffed animal on their rig for such moments.  The crews don't get the critters back, and they need replenishing.  If you are looking for a place to donate your outgrown but good softies, this would do.   There isn't much space on an ambulance so please consider sizes.  Contact your local fire departments for a dropoff time.


*Sorry if this is in the wrong place.  Mods, Please relocate as you see fit.*
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello everyone! on: May 30, 2010 09:41:12 PM
I am Jeanne from Ohio and I love creating simple, useful things.  One day my goal is to make a quilt -- that takes lots of patience lol.  This site has terrific people and infinite ideas.  It will take time to maneuver about, but looking forward to learning.
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