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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hershey Kiss Roses on: October 10, 2006 09:08:49 AM
Okay, I actually made these a while ago for my mom, but I just found the picture again on my computer (yay!) so I wanted to post.  It's a dozen Hershey Kiss roses made of cellophane, floral wire, floral  tape, and leaves. Smiley  The bottom of the vase is filled with pink flat glass marbles.  I arranged them by placing tape over top of the vase (kind of hard to explain, my roommate at the time helped me with it):

12  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Eggcrate mattress topper? on: October 08, 2006 06:25:59 PM
My bed in my apartment last year was horrible, so I bought one of those mattress toppers that is made like an "eggcrate" with "holes" in it. (Like this: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_16/601-8881829-8018512?%5Fencoding=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B000BXU3KS)  I gave it to my fiance and his roommate, thinking one of them could use it...  But since it's been rolled up and propped up in the corner of their apartment all semester, I guess not.

Any ideas for what I can do with it?  I thought about cutting it up and making pillows or something, but I don't think it's thick enough.
13  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Yarn substitution for bunny slippers? on: October 04, 2006 10:28:41 AM
Has anyone tried other yarn for the bunny slippers?  My town woefully lacks a good yarn selection, so no one has what is recommended, and I don't want to order online. 

I would still like to felt them, if possible.

Thanks in advance. Smiley
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need parade costume ideas on: September 26, 2006 06:23:00 PM
Hey crafty ones! Smiley

I'm VP of my university's Red Cross Club.  For Homecoming, we have decided to be in our school's parade and pass out information about the Red Cross and donation...  And since Homecoming falls close to Halloween, why not dress up? Smiley

I'm trying to think of costume ideas that would be related to Red Cross stuff and blood donation.  So far, I have vampires (because we're out for blood, lol) and doctors/nurses as ideas.  Does anyone have any other ideas for things we could dress up as?  They can be homemade ideas or store-bought ones.  I'm open to anything, it just has to be relatively kid-friendly since a lot of families attend the event.

Thanks in advance. Smiley
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Melting beads = good stress relief (bowl inside) on: September 13, 2006 08:36:04 PM
So, I hate graduate school, and I've been a little down lately.  What better way to relieve stress than melting things?

This is the first thing I've ever melted.  I'm going to use it as a candy dish.


The beads arranged on the pizza pan before melting.  I baked on 350 for 25 minutes.



I turned it over while it was still on the foil onto a foil-covered bowl and shaped it.  That's why it's not perfect - I couldn't see what I was doing.  Undecided







As for the fumes?  I didn't think they were so bad.  I have a one bedroom apartment, and I turned on the oven fan, the ceiling fan, and a tower fan, plus I opened the window.  It just smelled bleach, faintly.  Nothing I couldn't handle.  I have asthma, and the smell of actual bleach really bothers me...  But this didn't.

I'll try it again sometime! Smiley  It's kind of addictive!

(edited to correct some grammar)
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first machine projects! Quilted bag with tampon case and checkbook cover :) on: June 15, 2006 07:34:07 PM
Okay, I'm hoping I'm not double posting this, because I had technical difficulties.

I recently received a sewing machine for my birthday, and having never really used one, I decided to make a purse first.  I figured that it would be easier than a clothing item, because it wouldn't have to fit.  Well, the first pattern I got was truly awful, and the interfacing was a nightmare...  I got frustrated and gave up.  Mom was at Jo Ann's the next day and bought me a yard of two-sided pre-quilted fabric, because she thought it would be an easier start for me because it would be pre-lined.  Well, for the most part it was. Smiley  

The pattern is Simplicity So Easy 4729.  It cost about $16 to make.  I trimmed it in pink bias tape.  The checkbook cover has a pocket (which I didn't take a picture of) and I would make it smaller next time.  The tampon case doesn't have a closure yet, but I think I'm going to use velcro.

Okay, enough yapping, here are the pics!:


Front


Side view


Interior (pocket on the side, and covered canvas in the bottom)


Checkbook cover (left), tampon case (right)

Go easy on me, please! Smiley
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mario Inspired Pin Cushion on: April 24, 2006 07:13:22 PM
Well, I needed a pin cushion because I lost the ugly tomato one, so I decided to make one.  I love Mario and Nintendo, but hate mushrooms, so this is what I came up with (appropriately leaning against my DS):



Now I can stick pins in a mushroom to convey my hatred!  Mwaha. Smiley

It's just felt, filled with polyfill.  I used a sprite I found on Google as a pattern.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Study abroad gifts?? on: April 15, 2006 08:55:59 AM
My boyfriend of almost 3 years is leaving next month to study abroad in France for 5 weeks.  Let me tell you a little about him.  He's 22 years old.  He'll be graduating in May with BAs in Math and French, and a minor in Computer Science.  He likes French (obviously), video games, sports, dogs, etc. 

I want to make him a little something (or a few little somethings) to take to France with him.  I had considered Knifty Knitting a blanket before, but I'm afraid he wouldn't have room to spare for it in his luggage.  I'm going to give him a phone card, and I'd like to somehow include pictures of us.  A (small) cuddly gift would be good as well.  And maybe some kind of French themed gift?

I was thinking of making him some of the Nintendo shaped cookies (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51593.0) that I saw on here for the flight.

Any other ideas for a care package/little gifts to remind him of home (and me)? Smiley
19  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Knifty knitter? on: January 09, 2006 09:02:41 PM
It seems that a lot of us got Knifty Knitters recently (probably for Christmas, as they were on sale at Michaels) and since people are flooding the Knitting board with Knifty Knitter chat, maybe it should have its own board?  I think that would be awesome! Smiley
20  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / What kind of yarn for chemo caps? on: January 03, 2006 07:08:09 PM
I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it anywhere, so I thought I'd ask.  I got a Knifty Knitter set for Christmas, which I have a lot of fun with, but since I don't need 50 million hats, I was thinking of making some for chemo patients.  My question is, for those of you who have made these, what kind of yarn is good?  I figure it has to be very, very soft...  I have no clue what I should try.  Help?  Thanks. Smiley

(Edited 1/13/06 to make the subject of the message more specific)
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