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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cats and Christmas trees on: December 18, 2011 11:23:18 AM
If it's any consolation, they do tend to grow out of this stage.  With my first cat, I was redecorating the tree every day when I got home from work.  With two, we started to tie the tree to a plant hook in the ceiling to keep them from knocking it over.

I stopped buying any glass ornaments for a long time, because they managed to break about 4 boxes of them.  I put the last 5 or 6 of those first red glass balls in a clear vase with a ribbon this year. 

My MIL made me a beautiful felt appliqued and sequined tree skirt.  We went out of town, leaving the cat in the care of somebody who came in to feed her.  When we got home, the cat had methodically peed all around the tree skirt.  There was no fixing it, though I tried.

Now, those cats are long gone and we have two more.  We have two trees they mostly ignore, and I've even started buying glass ornaments again.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: nail polish on: August 10, 2011 01:16:18 AM
I use clear nail polish to make small repairs when a figurine gets broken.  You have to let it dry a little and then prop it or hold it, but it holds pretty well.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Jigsaw puzzle pieces on: August 10, 2011 01:13:34 AM
I have a Christmas reindeer pin made from puzzle pieces.  Once the head and antler pieces were glued together, they were painted brown and a red nose and wiggly eyes were added.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My purple and green butterfly quilt, first sewing project on: July 23, 2011 11:16:43 AM
I've got a nice, tall blank wall in my entryway, going up the stairs.  If you don't want it, I'll take it!

I'd hang it on the wall.

Is there a state or county fair in your area?  You should enter this if there is.

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: okay, tampon BOXES on: May 14, 2011 06:08:37 PM
I made a jewelry box that I use when I travel out of a check box.  I covered it with quilted fabric and then padded the bottom with fiberfill and covered that with more fabric.  It holds everything I need for a trip and the padding keeps it from getting jumbled around.  You could probably do the same with one of these boxes.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pearls on a Spool and leftover Tulle from my wedding on: May 14, 2011 05:56:22 PM
I used to joke that the only good thing that came from my first wedding was the 12 yards of tulle from my wedding veil.  It's all gone now, but through the years I used parts of it for a tub toy holder for my son (the one from my 2nd wedding), a minnow catcher, a pool cleaner, a cover for lemons when we did a fancy Caesar salad at a party, a covering for the vacuum hose when somebody lost a contact.

I would bend a wire hanger and sew the tulle on it to create a net.  The toy holder had a drawstring.  Bunch some up for a scrubby for the sink.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old ugly dingy bottom bowed, wet stain on back 4 drawer dresser, what can I do? on: May 14, 2011 05:51:04 PM
You might be able to find baskets that just fit the openings.  I found baskets at Bed, Bath & Beyond that were lined with fabric, and two of them just fit our coffee table.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Lots of Upholstery Fabric Swatches...what to make?? on: May 14, 2011 05:45:41 PM
I made chair arm covers with pockets for remotes, using the extra pieces that came with our Lazy-Boys, and you could probably do the same with these. 

Ours came with a straight piece, I guess for the top of the recliner back (?), and I sewed it onto an arm cover, creating pockets that way.  I use upholstery pins to hold the cover in place.

I've seen some beautiful patchwork pillows, where some of the patches had fabric that was folded and then overlapped together, creating a rainbow of colors and texture.

You could use it to cover mats for framing pictures, too, which would give a nice rich texture to the mat.

Chair covers, placemats, reversible purses......have fun!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Halfway through knitting sweater, realized there wasn't enough yarn to finish.. on: May 12, 2011 06:45:07 PM
I bought some beautiful Berroco Poppy yarn to make a pullover and then didn't get around to knitting it for a long time (25 years).  By the time I finished the front, I realized there wouldn't be enough yarn to finish (must have shrunk  Wink, and there was no way to find any of the yarn anymore.   Angry

So, I made a purse.  I lined it with a scarf, stabilized with unbleached muslin, and gathered the top and bottom on wooden handles and sewed up the sides.

It's dark hot pink, fuschia, and the tufts of color make it go with everything.  I'm knitting a cabled scarf with the leftover yarn.


10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Prettiest purse I've ever made on: June 07, 2008 06:45:59 PM





I found the pattern on a Jo-Ann's site.  It's technically the same as most of the reversible purses I've made.  The top is scooped, rather than straight across.  Sorry the picture doesn't do it justice.

The outside fabric is from an old skirt that I was ready to donate, when I noticed that it was the same color as a linen suit (hanging behind the purse) I'm going to wear to a wedding.  It's polyester, but feels like silk.  I lined it with cotton in the same color as the flowers.  Lining is hot pink, though it looks red in the picture.

I used Wonder Under with pieces from one of my husband's old oxford cloth shirts to thicken and stiffen the top fabric.  I squared off the bottom and put a rectangle of flexible plastic between the fabrics to make it "sit" easily.

Cost:  About $3 for the lining (I had a coupon).  $2 for the beads. 

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