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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / I Want to Make a Sensory Integration Room for my Autistic Son! on: September 16, 2007 08:30:10 PM
Hey everyone,
Does anyone have a kid with autism who has undergone sensory integration therapy?
I saw a video on YouTube where a girl built a large tent-like room for her brother who is an adult with autism.
It looked like tarp walls with lights behind them the slowly changed color, a bunch of ballpit-style balls and one of those water machines that makes bubbling sounds.
I am not sure where to start or how sensory integration works but I would really like to get some ideas so I can make a little one for him to hang out in!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Water Wieners?! on: September 01, 2007 04:51:15 PM
Does anyone remember "water wieners" (also known as "slippery snakes")? It was like a medium sized phallic-looking thing filled with water and glitter with a soft plastic sleeve?




I want to make them and give them out for Halloween (its always nice to get toys in addition to the run-of-the-mill candy) and am curious as to how to make them. It looks like there are two sleeves on them... any ideas?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / MAJOR Knitting Debacle. What did I do?! Please help! on: February 19, 2007 09:54:53 AM
Hey everyone,

So I posted a topic bragging about how I just learned to knit and was feeling really confident about it (I got lots of good replies) and then something HORRIBLE happened.

I'm knitting along, tra-la-la-la, and after a while I am like, "Hey, it seems like its taking a lot longer to finish a row than it did when I started." But the scarf was taking a long time and I figured it was just my brain making it SEEM longer because it was becoming a little tedious and tiresome.

After a while of slaving away, I start to think something is not right. I look at the scarf and its way wider at the end. I count the stitchy-knitty-loopy things, and there is about a hundred. Then I count the stitchy-knitty-loopy things at the BEGINNING of the scarf. FIFTY FIVE. I felt REALLY stupid. REALLY EFFING STUPID.

I don't know how its possible that I added THAT many. I want to know how this could have possibly happened! Has it ever happened to anyone else, or am I some kind of knitting mutant?! I mean, I was making a SCARF, which I hear is pretty hard to screw up. Its a freakin' rectangle, for Corn's Sake.

If I am not the only one who has massacred a scarf (while giving themselves a massive case of Carpal Tunnel), I would like to know- is there any way I can possibly FIX it? And if not, how can I make sure this never happens to me again?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Knitter! WOO! I need some help though.... on: February 09, 2007 02:35:12 AM
Wow, I can't believe I am actually knitting now. Debbie Stoller really is a genius at making diagrams and writing instructions.

It looked so hard but now that I have it down its really fun. I can't wait to learn to do more than really long rectangles.

Anyhoo, I had a few questions for the experienced knitters... please feel free to answer any combo of these. It would be a big help!

1. Is it normal to have a numb left hand (from holding the stick thing) after knitting a while?

2. Even though my needles aren't sharp I feel like I am getting callouses on my left and right index finger and my thumb from poking myself. Is there anything I can do about this?

3. In the future, when I start a project, how do I keep the first few rows from being shorter than the rest? Commercially made scarves and stuff are really square and pretty at the ends but mine looks kinda curled up and a bit smaller than the rest of the scarf.

Thank you!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Knitter! WOO! I need some help though.... on: February 09, 2007 02:34:04 AM
Wow, I can't believe I am actually knitting now. Debbie Stoller really is a genius at making diagrams and writing instructions.

It looked so hard but now that I have it down its really fun. I can't wait to learn to do more than really long rectangles.

Anyhoo, I had a few questions for the experienced knitters... please feel free to answer any combo of these. It would be a big help!

1. Is it normal to have a numb left hand (from holding the stick thing) after knitting a while?

2. Even though my needles aren't sharp I feel like I am getting callouses on my left and right index finger and my thumb. Is there anything I can do about this?

3. In the future, when I start a project, how do I keep the first few rows from being shorter than the rest? Commercially made scarves and stuff are really square and pretty at the ends but mine looks kinda curled up and a bit smaller than the rest of the scarf.

Thank you!
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Can I ask... on: February 03, 2007 05:34:36 AM
What constitutes deleting a poster's topic?

I posted a topic about creative ways to help kids (specifically, my son) learn to talk (this could have meant making books, flashcards, reading, whatever) and I asked if whether any other members of Craftster had kids with autism, hearing impairment or learning disabilities, and what kind of things they had made or games they had come up with to play with their kids and encourage learning.

My topic was deleted.

I know this isn't a post about a knitted hat or something, but I was someone who genuinely needed help and asked a question that I felt had merit on this board.

After all, there are plenty of posts on Craftster that have little or nothing to do with crafting (i.e.; "show pictures of your boyfriend/girlfriend," "my job sucks," "where can I buy comfortable t-shirts"), and none of them have been deleted. In fact, I am sure if I go back and look at some of my own posts, some of them can be viewed as not "keeping on the subject of crafting."

I am pretty upset and confused as to why this was considered SO off the subject that it had to be deleted and I had to get a "friendly reminder" to stay on-topic.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Is It Possible to Make Cake Mix into SOFT Cake? on: November 21, 2006 10:38:41 PM
I love the Pillsbury Funfetti cake (white with little globs of colored crap in it), but I want to make cupcakes with it and when I do, the cupcakes turn out kind of dry.
I have heard of throwing some 7up into your cake to make it fluffy, but I don't know if that works with boxed mixes, AND I don't know how much to put in.

Got any ideas?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / MORE PICS! Hot Rod Halloween Wedding From Hell a Success! Pic HEAVY! on: November 06, 2006 12:29:18 AM
Hey Pals!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post about my wedding plans. The good news is in- I got married this Halloween! Your help made it so much fun and you all gave me lots of great ideas. The wedding went off without a hitch (besides having to deal with a lame catering manager)! Here is everything (even though I didn't get the professional wedding pics back yet...):

The invitation!




Here's us at the wedding ceremony. My husband looked so handsome in his suit!




After the ceremony. We're so happy...


You can see the bottom of the dress here, even though its black and white.


...and in color! I think it turned out well, don't you think so?

Coffin Cake!



Here is me with my friend Em. We spent dozens of hours making my dress. Originally, Mode Merr was going to make my "flame dress," but I found out I was pregnant 4 months before the wedding and didn't know what my measurements would be. Angela from Mode Merr knew I sewed so she sold me the flame fabric and I made it with an elastic waistband to accomodate my expanding belly. Below is my husband removing my garter and a better shot of the flames on the dress (the top layer was hot pink, the underlayer was red... I made the red ones but wouldn't recommend it- just pay Mode Merr to do it for you and save TONS of time and frustration):





Our reception was a costume party. The guest party favors were black Chinese take-out boxes with a tiny container of bubbles, skull and crossbones candy, and a red candle with a sticker that said, "Love Never Dies." The entire room was covered in red and black, and we had coffin and skull centerpieces on each table. All the wedding music was Halloween-themed (mostly psychobilly).






My husband's great friend and witness took a big shine to our son Felix, and snuggled him in his little devil costume when he got tired.




He loved the cake!




...and the ladies!



9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Beer Cap Magnet Crisis! Please help! on: November 06, 2006 12:10:12 AM
Everybody makes those uber-cool beer cap magnets with pictures inside. I tried to make some today and the glue that I used ended up with so many bubbles you can't even see the little pictures inside them. I didn't use epoxy (it looked SO hard core so I bought some "crystal clear advanced craft glue")- does that make a difference?

OK, so I am wondering two things:

1. Is there any way to salvage the caps I already made that have the bubbles in them? A pal suggested heating the caps in the oven to get the glue to soften and the bubbles to rise...

2. How do I prevent bubbles in the future? I am making these for a craft show in a month and I have SOOO many cute pics in them that I spent hours finding and cutting out; I don't want to screw them up.

Thanks for your help!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / I Need Help Making a Bridal Cocktail Hat! Where can I get a hat base? on: September 24, 2006 11:16:12 PM
Here it is! The perfect bridal hat for meeee!



However, it is $180! It seems like it would be a fun craft project. And since I am only wearing it for a day I can't justify spending that much on a hat, especially since it is easy to find MOST of the supplies.

THE ONLY PROBLEM is that I have searched millinery websites and Ebay for a cocktail hat base/foundation, and the only thing I found was a straw one. I would really like white satin or even a polyester.

Does anyone know where to find one? I am thinking that if I can't find one it might be a good idea to use a formal satin yarmukle, but they fit less on the front of the head and more in the back, and tend to be a little baggy on small heads like mine. Also, the stiffness of one is questionable for attaching all this stuff to.

Please help! My wedding is in less than a month! Thanks!
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