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2801  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics on: April 28, 2011 04:01:37 PM
Update!  Omg, you were not kidding when you said that these were addicting!  I sat down last night and starting making these at 8pm.  Three hours later I had 22 bows.  The only reason I stopped was because it was past bedtime.  I'm off to a great start!  Mother's day is going to be bow filled!  My brads are small and pointy and I haven't had a problem pushing them threw the paper one by one and not using a seam ripper.  Yes, I've stabbed myself in the thumb with the brad a bunch, but at least it wasn't with the seam ripper!  Yikes, that has to hurt! 
2802  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: light healthy breakfast? on: April 28, 2011 12:44:59 PM
If sugar messes with you then definitely protein!  I also have a hard time with my blood sugar.  Eggs and cheese are a great thing in the morning!  There is a recipe I've been using off allrecipes.com that I love called Oven Omelet .  It is super easy to make and you can throw just about anything you want in there, like any veggies, cheeses, and spices.  I always put dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in my eggs.  Mmmm.  You could also just use egg whites and shred an unpeeled potato into it if you are going for a more health conscience version.  Eating the skin of a potato helps you digest the sugars from the inside of the potato.  (I work for a chiropractor, constantly bombarded with health information.  ^_^)  You can make it up ahead of time and then keep it in the fridge and then just cut off a small portion and microwave.  It is so good!
2803  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Fornication Hat on: April 28, 2011 12:24:27 PM
That is too funny!  I want to learn how to knit just so I can make this hat!  So awesome!  Crafts with a sense of humor!  Awesome!!  Thanks for sharing!
2804  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter Loom Scarves on: April 28, 2011 12:21:51 PM
Thanks everyone!  Loom knitting is so easy to do!  You usually find me knitting throughout the summer making presents for christmas.  ^_^

OOh I have wanted to try loom knitting for so long! Are the scarves tubes that are closed at the bottom by fringe or are they one layer?
I actually used the long loom to make this scarf instead of the circular scarf.  Then you just go back and forth with your yarn on the loom and it makes a nice solid scarf.  I've found that my scarfs roll in on themselves when I do them on the round loom.  That long loom is perfect for scarves!  They have really long ones, too, that you can make a blanket on.  Instead of going back & forth you just weave around the entire outside of the loom. 
2805  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first quilt - Denim Quilt - PICTURE HEAVY! on: April 28, 2011 11:10:58 AM
Thanks everyone!  I'm glad you all like my first quilting attempt.  I'm not great at it, but it worked!

Brilliant!  I love the look of the different shades of blue.  How on earth did you manage to cut all those squares by hand!?
It definitely took some time!  I've learned my lesson.  ^_^  Its fun to get different shades of jeans.  I'm pretty sure one of my old pairs of jeans was sparklie.  Teehee.

Yeah the quilt was really big and heavy and I had a hard time getting the batting in there without climbing inside.  Then again, I think I've done this with the second quilt I made as well.  Just making sure it all laid down like I wanted to.  Yeah, I'm crazy.  ^_^
2806  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stray Sock Sewing: Pig, Zebra, and Kitty on: April 28, 2011 11:06:49 AM
Thanks everyone!  ^_^
2807  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Wax Paper and Crayon Hearts written w/ Love on: April 28, 2011 11:04:25 AM
Thanks everyone!  ^_^

Beautifully-done and so easy to apply to other uses!
That is very true, kcart!  I made so many hearts and have a bunch that I didn't write anything on.  They could be used on cards, scrapbooking and other crafts, too!  I haven't found a use for them yet, but I will!  I think once we get tired of them being up I will take them off the lines and punch a hole in the corner and make a little book out of them for saving purposes.  We took a couple strands down so that we can get in & out of that door easier.  Tongue
2808  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Wax Paper and Crayon Hearts written w/ Love on: April 27, 2011 07:41:45 PM
This last valentines day I wanted to make my husband something.  I scoured for ideas here and other places and in my inspiration ultimately came from  Martha.  My original thought was to do something with reason's I love him.  A long time ago I gave him a bag full of Riesen's candies and each had a tag hanging off of them had "reasons" I loved him.  Get it?  Reasons on Riesens?  Anyway.  So I kinda wanted a throw back of that idea.  I wanted to do something that hung off the ceiling in the living room in our tiny apartment.  Ultimately I decided on this:


They are hearts made from wax paper with shaved bits of crayons melted in between from an iron.  I got the crayons for really cheap at Michael's and I only used the pinks, purples, reds, grays, silvers and whites (you know, valentine's colors).  The tute from Martha is above.  On each heart I wrote things I loved about him and us as a couple.  BTW sharpies are really difficult to use on wax paper.  The wax paper kinda ruin's 'em, too.  Perhaps a paint pen would have worked better, but I'm not sure.  I measured the height of our sliding window and taped 10 hearts onto a strand of fishing line, leaving extra line to tie to the top.  I made a little sign and attached it to the top.  Wa-la!  Its done!


Here is a close-up of the sign that went ontop.


Some of them read: "our differences", "reading together"


 And: "That you love me"


And: "Being a nerd w/ you"

The sun was shining brightly when I put them up.  They looked really pretty.  Kinda like stained glass hearts.  After each sheet of melted crayons I would hold them up towards the window and smile.  So pretty!  I hope you all like them and they bring you inspiration!  Thanks for looking!
2809  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: It's a LOG! on: April 27, 2011 04:58:54 PM
Wow, that is cute!  Then it opened up and I'm sitting here thinking how all those critters fit in that log!  That's crazy!  Its like magic!  I absolutely love the log!  (I, too, started to sing the log song from Ren & Stimpy to myself when I first saw it).  Thanks for sharing!
2810  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stray Sock Sewing: Pig, Zebra, and Kitty on: April 27, 2011 04:55:38 PM
I <3 The Stray Sock Sewing book!  They have such wonderfully fun and easy to make ideas in there!  It is also just a fun read as well.  It has great pictures and descriptions.  Someone had fun making this book!  I also have the Stray Sock Sewing, Too book, but I haven't had a chance to make any of the ones in there yet.  Here are a couple darlings from the first book that I made for my niece's birth.


Here we have a zebra, kitty, and pig.  They are made from kid's and baby's socks.


The kitty was made with a pair of adult ankle sock that I got at JoAnn's.  Everyone once in awhile they have a pair of socks in there for a dollar, generally in the line for the registers. They had some great animal prints and I picked up all the styles.  You need one sock for the entire body and then another for the arms.


The zebra is made with the above mentioned ankle socks from Joann's.  I used one whole sock for the body and one whole sock for the head and had to use a little white from another random sock to make the little arms.  She has buttons for her nose and eyes and some soft pink yarn.    In the book they cut the yarn so it is spiky, but I really like the looped look so I left it.


The pig was made from a kid's sock that had sparklie stripes and hearts.  This was one of the bigger pigs that I did.  I made a set of them, this being the mommy and she had like 4 or 5 babies.  I don't know if I took pictures of all them (must have been going crazy!) so I can't post 'em.  The set turned out really cute.  I used baby socks for the baby pigs.  They were so small and cute!  They are my favorite of the stray sock animals to make.

I'll post pictures when I get around to doing some from the second book!  Thanks for looking!

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