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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help Making A Pattern for Panta/Calorimetry on: December 23, 2007 09:37:03 PM
No thanks, my sister had already sent me the link to the site where it is sold. I came here looking for ideas for how to recreate it at home and found this thread. I've got everything I need to make it in my stash, so I think I'll take a crack at it and I'll let you know how it goes.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help Making A Pattern for Panta/Calorimetry on: December 22, 2007 09:44:01 AM
My sister just sent me a link to this beee-utiful panta yesterday, and now I'm obsessed with making one too. I can knit and crochet but I can't create a pattern worth a darn.

So it seems like we've determined that this is knit with double strands and finished with a crochet edge and a crocket flower applique. Can anybody craftier than I figure out the pattern for the actual body of it?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Animal pillowcase pattern? on: December 10, 2007 08:48:07 PM
I think you could make your circle or whatever shape you are going to use. Then make a case just a bit bigger for it to fit in.  Maybe 1 inch in total bigger. Use really cute child like fabric.

Here's a place to buy the cherry pits.  Cheesy

http://www.cherrypitstore.com/

LOL, yea it would be the 40 lb. bag of pits that I ordered from them LAST YEAR that is finally prompting this post....
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: calling all people with fibromyalgia/ Cfs and disabled people on: December 10, 2007 08:46:05 PM
I think that it depends on your own personal abilities/limitations. I have fibromyalgia and have for as long as I can recall. Certainly if I spend hours hunched over my sewing machine all tense with my shoulders scrunched up my neck, back, wrists, etc. will hurt a lot. I take breaks and I don't have problems. I wet felt, needlefelt, sew, knit, crochet, etc. without difficulty. I can see how heavy kneading or really any repeated motion with the joints could cause pain. Good luck to yo in your new crafty pursuits.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help finding something! Waldorf dolls martha stewart style on: December 10, 2007 08:37:18 PM
This post will literally tell you everything that you need to know about making Waldorf dolls and more with links to lots of tutes, free patterns, resources, etc.: http://crunchyparent.com/?p=118

I also believe that MS Kids (now defunct) did a whole spread on the Waldorf doll thing. I have it around here somewhere if you have specific questions.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Building Safe Wooden Toys on: December 10, 2007 08:34:23 PM
What are you thinking of making? Is it something that you need to paint, or can you leave it a natural wood finish? I have heard that Kool-aid can be used to stain but it will give it more of a color-washed look not a strong color comparable to paint. You can use milk paint and as far as finish goes, you can purchase beeswax-based finishes for wood toys. Or make one with beeswax and linseed oil or beeswax and jojoba oil. I personally don't like to use mineral oil because it's a petroleum product just like plastic is. Kudos to you for making wood toys for your kidlet.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Treasure hunt bag on: December 10, 2007 08:13:16 PM
I've always seen these called "I Spy" bags like the I-Spy series of books. I made one for my DD (also 4) for the holidays too. Actually, I started on it last year and never gathered enough fun stuff to go inside. I just finished it the other day. Here's a tutorial: http://rosie-baby-crafty.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-spy-bags.html

I finished mind by sewing a ribbon with a large jump ring on it. I attached the list of goodies to the jump ring. Here's an example of what I mean: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8198102

If I get around to snapping a pic of DD's and figuring out how to add it here, I will.

Incidentally, I save plastic packaging from things like sheets, shower curtains, and the like and use those for the vinyl panel. Reduce, reuse, recycle....For the little things, cute buttons can go a long way. I bought packs of buttons at Joann's in themes (e.g. fruit basket with banana, orange, cherry, pineapple, grape, etc. buttons or Noah's Ark with a lion, chick, bunny, bird, turtle, etc.) I also used tiny dry food items (bean, coffee bean, small pasta) and office supplies/craft trinkets (paper clip, pen cap, bell, rhinesone, game pieces, puzzle pieces, etc).
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Ovenless turkey? on: November 16, 2007 12:29:25 PM
We make ours on the grill every year and it's no harder than using an oven....Put turkey in the roasting pan and put the roasting pan on the grill. Close the grill and cook however you normally would. We have a gas grill with a thermometer built into the lid so we can just monitor the temp and adjust the burners as needed.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Easy-to-make, Amazing Peppermint Bark on: November 16, 2007 12:22:56 PM
People always get so impressed when I make this ("You MADE this?Huh") when in fact, it's so easy. Sometimes I add some peppermint extract to the chocolate to ramp up the pep. flavor. 

One of my favorite variations is using chocolate mint chips as the base (Andes makes some) with crushed Oreos on top. Tastes like those thin mint Girl Scout cookies. Yum!!!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dragon Stuffies? on: November 12, 2007 01:48:15 PM
I second the Dancing Rain Dolls suggestion. It's exactly what came to my mind when I saw the post title. I'm planning to get DD the ride on dragon toy kit for the holidays. I think they're beautiful dragons, and not cutsey at all.
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