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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafts for Adults and the Elderly? on: January 29, 2009 08:46:29 AM
I made my granny a beaded glasses chain. They loop over the arms of the glasses, so when she's not wearing them they hang around her neck so she won't lose them. You can get the little rubber loops to go at each end from most craft shops I think.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Help! Ideas for art projects for adults with disabilities on: January 28, 2009 07:20:48 PM
I recently started volunteering with a local charity. I run an art class every week for groups of up to 20 adults with disabilities. I see 2 groups every week, spending about an hour with each group.

I am trying to think of ideas for easy art projects that aren't too childish. The adults I am working with need varying levels of support. Some are quite independent, others have limited speech and need more help with new things. I think art is great for everyone because you can't get it wrong - it's up to you what you make. I want to give people a chance to experiment with different colors and textures, create something new, build their confidence and give them another way to express themselves.

Does anyone have any ideas for projects we could try?

Thanks!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: October 22, 2007 04:47:31 PM
We got married on October 6th 2007 and I just finished editing our photos. Our friend took our photos for us, and I asked all our guests to take plenty of candids all day too. I'm so happy with how they all turned out.

We bought all the wedding flowers at the local supermarket, because I couldn't end up finding bright enough ones at any of the local florists. Here are the boutonnières and corsages, waiting in the fridge. We kept the centerpieces really simple, and I got all the bubble bowls for 50% off during Hobby Lobby's lovely sale. The votive holders were from Walmart and the candles smelled of pumpkin pie. Yum!




Sitting in the chapel after the wedding, waiting for people to get ready for boring formal photos. I made my bouquet and my maid of honor's. I also made my veil. It was two layers of tulle, and I attached seed beads along the edge of each layer. I was pretty proud of myself Smiley


Groom's cake, made by my extremely talented husband and his best man. Arsenal is the English football (soccer) team that he supports. My friend arranged the chrysanthemums on my cake.


Last pic doesn't have much to do with craftiness, but I love it even if it looks like some bizarre ritual. I couldn't believe how much everyone danced. We had so much fun, I'm already thinking of the next excuse to have a party Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Are wedding photographers REALLY this expensive!?!?! on: June 05, 2007 06:39:29 PM
I think we might do this with our wedding pics:

http://www.blurb.com/create/book/wedding_books

You can use all the pictures you have of the day, and make them into a real book!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My dog says "Save The Date, Grr" on: May 31, 2007 02:04:43 PM
I tied string to the stick, then used tape and staples to attach the string to the paper. He would have tried to attack the paper if i'd hung it on string around his neck, but he enjoyed waving the paper around on the stick.

He's really into sticks - they're his hobby. He keeps his collection in the middle of our back yard. He's very proud of it.



6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My dog says "Save The Date, Grr" on: May 30, 2007 06:40:07 AM
Thanks for all the responses! I'm glad you like them Smiley

I sent these out last last night, with this message (and I've already had a few replies!):

It's taken us long enough to set a date, but we still can't decide which pretty invitations we like best.

Ollie decided to take matters into his own paws so that you'll know it's all systems go for 6th October 2007 in Conway, Arkansas.

Oh, and you're invited! Just email back with your postal address so we'll know where to send the invitation.

Very soon there will also be a website where you can get details details details. (We just need to work out those details first...)
 
Corrinne & Cabe
(& Ollie of course)
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My dog says "Save The Date, Grr" on: May 29, 2007 08:33:54 PM
I saw sarahlotfi's photobooth style save the date's ages ago and stored the idea away in my head. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66606.0) Now I'm finally getting round to making my own, but my fiance wasn't keen on posing for pictures, so I had to adapt the idea a little bit...

We got Ollie from the Humane Society last year and he was more than happy to hold up the signs for me, as long as they were tied to a stick.

They're not as photobooth-y as I was originally intending, but I had to give up trying to get Ollie to pose in any kind of structured way. I'm going to be sending them out in an email, with a little note alongside about how it's taken us so long to get anything wedding related sorted out that Ollie decided to just get on with the save the date's himself.

I'd love to know what you think of them.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wowza! Comics bookcase! on: May 04, 2007 07:13:27 AM
The Minwax worked out ok. I just used two coats and it dried with a very slight amber tint to it, but I'm happy with it. On the back of the tin it says that light coloured surfaces might be better with Minwax polycrylic protective finish... so I might look for that if I do another project like this.


I'll put more books on it  eventually... for now I'm still enjoying being able to see evidence of my hard work!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Salvaged Blue Beads: CheerMeUp Necklace! on: May 03, 2007 02:02:15 PM
I was given a long cord with these beads strung on at random intervals. It was meant to be worn casually slung around your neck. I knew I'd never wear it like that, but I really loved the beads, so I picked it apart, then restrung the beads on wire. Each bead it on its own individual piece of wire, which I curled into a loop on each end so that they would connect together.

The earrings it came with almost touched my shoulders and were destined to a wasted life at the bottom of a jewellery box. So I redesigned those too. Hurray!





I'd love to know what you think.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Robot lamp on: April 30, 2007 08:07:37 AM
I love it! I think it's perfect as it is... Now I want to go and find some plain lampshades to steal your idea!
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