yay! I got mine today. It was actually here yesterday, because when I got home there was a note on my mailbox that there was a package in the office. Of course, since it was ten o'clock at night, the office was closed.
I made sure to get home at a decent time today and my present really brightened a day of essay writing.
Thanks so much indie anna 58 who sent me some cowgirl pin-up magnets, stickers for books, some tape for crafting, and, the best part of all, at neat book purse.
By the way, indie anna, I don't usually carry a lot of stuff around with me, just cards, money, and keys, and the little compartment in the purse fits it all perfectly. This way I can't start hauling around ten pounds of useless junk like I usually do with a purse.
if you're melting chocolate in the microwave, you should make sure that the power is low, or else the chocolate will burn and that's just not good. I find that using a double boiler works best, you still have to watch that it doesn't burn but it's easier because I'm standing there impatiently watching the chocolate chunks melt! Also, adding a bit of margarine to the chocolate makes it easier to work with and doesn't change the taste.
For a kind of "stained-glass" looking vase, you need an old jar, a bunch of different coloured tissue paper, and some watered down glue (I think half-and-half, but you might want to experiment a bit first). Rip the coloured tissue paper into small pieces then hold a piece onto the jar and paint over it with the glue to hold it on. Just continue with random colours until the jar is covered. The good thing about this is that if you use white glue it's washable, so it's easy to clean up the mess after. I remember making one of these for mother's day a while back, no later than grade 3. And I second the idea of letting the older girls help the younger ones. Maybe get the younger ones to do this and think of something more challenging for the older ones. Although, it could get interesting if you made pictures with the pieces of tissue paper.... hmm... I might have to try this tomorrow!
You could always make your own stencil. Just look for clip art on the internet and once you've found a gun silhouette, print it out whatever size you want and then trace it onto some cardboard (shoeboxes work good). Take an xacto knife and cut out the stencil and you're good to go. If you wanted a more durable stencil, they should sell blank stencil plastic somewhere, too.
for pillows, you can either sew 2 of them together or else fold all the corners into the middle so it makes an X on the one side, don't know if that makes sense to anybody... if you want I can attempt to give better directions. Anyway, you sew it together and then you can sew something like a big button/fake flower/etc in the middle where all the corners meet.
Well, this isn't very crafty, but right now most of my sewing stuff is in a really big Rubbermaid container. . . Actually... the material is scattered over the floor and needs to be put back into the container... bad me! The container works way better than a bunch of bags, especially if you don't have a whole lot of stuff to store.
For sewing supplies like thread and pins and whatnot, I've got my grandma's old sewing basket, but for an idea that recycles and is crafty, you can use those round plastic containers that tobacco comes in. Put quilt batting on the lid, cover it with fabric, (use hot glue to stick the fabric on), then wrap ribbon around where the fabric ends. You can also use those cheap plastic strings of beads, the kind that come on a roll. The nice thing about having the quilt batting on top is it makes a built-in pin cushion!
sweeta magreeta - I think the sugary mixture you're remebering might be some kind of home-made starch mixture. I remember doing this, too, and I think that's what I used. Unfortunately I don't know how my grandma made it.