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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re:UN-BIRTHDAY SWAP (sign up closed ; mail your craft by 3/24/04) on: March 31, 2004 07:08:51 PM
This is the best part of my un-birthday present - an awesome book purse! I'll post a picture of all the presents once I get my film developed (no digital camera Sad).

http://img18.photobucket.com/albums/v53/sdeforest/un-birthday_-_book_purse.jpg

Sorry the picture's so big, I can't figure out how to resize it!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re:UN-BIRTHDAY SWAP (sign up closed ; mail your craft by 3/24/04) on: March 30, 2004 05:07:55 PM
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.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:ultra-thin with flexi-wings: the pad bag on: March 14, 2004 06:28:30 PM
totally awesome! how did you ever come up with the idea to put that on a bag? If only I didn't already have way more bags than I'll ever use...  Sad
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:candles on: March 14, 2004 04:34:12 PM
I love the glass you used for the big candle! I'm going to have to look for one like it next time I'm at the second-hand store.  
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re:home-made chocolates on: February 26, 2004 06:13:30 PM
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.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Girl Scouts-Mom's Day on: February 25, 2004 09:59:34 PM
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!  Cheesy
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re:Help! Looking for stencils! on: February 25, 2004 09:46:56 PM
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.

Oh, I really like the boyscout shirt! I want one!  Tongue
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:butt load of bandanas on: February 25, 2004 09:40:55 PM
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.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:sewing box? on: February 18, 2004 11:25:56 PM
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!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re:xmas ornaments -- preschool style on: February 18, 2004 06:09:09 PM
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.
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