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171  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first felt people on: July 18, 2006 06:02:27 PM
This was my first attempt at making people! I made these as a fun little gift...can you guess who it is?

172  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purse I want to replicate! on: July 10, 2006 11:54:15 AM
A girl at work showed me the absolute best thrift store find I believe I have ever seen this weekend! I will try to get pics next time I see her, but meanwhile I will describe it...it was a black vintage 40's looking leather or vinyl purse, the kind with a frame and the clasp that clicks. BUT the frame was a pair of gold scissors (open & separated, so there was a side  of the scissors on each side of the bag, and not sharp) and the clickety clasp was a gold thimble!! It is absolutely amazing. I MUST find a way to duplicate its brilliance. Any thoughts??
$2!! How I wish I'd been at that Salvation Army store!!  Cheesy
173  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How do you store your bags/purses? on: July 06, 2006 11:55:30 AM
I know there a lot of us who love our bags/purses! So, I'm hoping someone has the crafty genius solution to where to keep 'em all! I currently have them in a dresser, but I want to make better use of the space (for craft supplies! LOL) and I'm not sure where to put the poor displaced purses! I keep some in boxes in my closet, but then they get forgotten/neglected. The really popular ones hang from every doorknob in the apartment, but I'd like to be a bit tidier than that! I live in an apartment, so no walk-in closets for me. What's a bag loving girl to do? Anyone care to share their crafty storage solutions? If not, I see a garage sale in the near future!
174  COOKING / Dessert / Tea Jello! (a bad cook gets crazy in the kitchen) on: June 27, 2006 03:47:13 PM
Between my librarian and superhero duties, I don't have much time to cook. OK, I'm lying, I just don't cook. But I am trying to be more healthy and still fighting my snack/sweet habits! SO, we all know diet jello is the non calorie dessert...but it's a little boring. I have started making it with tea in place of water. Today I made orange jello with hibiscus tea, and it was pretty tasty! I may try Earl Grey with lemon jello next! This is probably not the next culinary revolution, but I am looking forward to trying out new combinations! OK, it's not ice cream, but it's a nice, cool summer treat!
175  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More love than skill: the "manly" diaper bag on: May 22, 2006 04:22:32 PM
Ok, it's a little less "manly" than I'd hoped...my brother just became a Dad (the first baby in our family, I'm so thrilled to be an auntie!). I don't really sew (yet) but convinced myself that a diaper bag would be a great first major project.  Roll Eyes  In a classic freudian slip...I just typed "problem" for project, hehe! Anyway...I was thinking of 50's robots or tattoo fabric, but I found a sale on this cute Alexander Henry "Father's Day" print, so I got it. Then I decided it was too "busy" for the outside, so I used it as a lining. After much sweat, tears, a little blood, and a lot of swearing, I give you...the not quite as manly as I had hoped diaper bag!









and because it doesn't really warrant its own thread, I'll throw in this little gifty for my nephew, Nathan Owen:



I hope my brother isn't horrified to receive an Amy Butler bag, but I am quite proud of myself for managing to get it done in time for my visit home this weekend! 
176  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Shrine for Mom on: May 16, 2006 06:06:46 PM
Inspired by all the shrines I've seen (especially the one I received from Pretendpeterpan in the shrine swap round 2, which is just lovely), I decided to make my Mom a shrine for Mother's Day. She loves the expression about giving your child roots and wings, so that was my theme. It's especially appropriate as I just moved 3 states away (not for the first time, but this time I think it's permanent).
Here it is!

(she loves lilly of the valley, they were her wedding flowers, and my grandpa had lots of them so they remind us of him)









I hope you like it!  Smiley
177  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy forest friends on: May 16, 2006 05:56:53 PM
Here are the little guys I needle felted for the forest friends swap. I was very proud of the bunny, but a bit disappointed in the skunk (poor little fella). I have some ideas to do better next time I make a little creature!  They were fun to make!! Especially the bunny, he hopped right along, but that darn skunk just WOULDN'T cooperate! Good felt day/bad felt day I guess! Anyway...here they are!





<--showing off my bun's buns!








178  California / California: Central / Sabrina Ward Harrison this Sunday! on: April 21, 2006 07:18:29 AM
Is anyone going to this? I live in Minnesota -- I'm jealous! I love Sabrina! I'd love to hear about it from anyone who goes!

*email text follows*

*****not  wanting to be an annoying mass e-mailer....But those of you coming to
my event this sunday afternoon from San Franciso or anywhere north of Halfmoon
Bay it is best to take the 280 fwy  south to the 92 west. It will drop you right
into halfmoon bay and you will want to make a left onto Main st.
The bookstore is on your left.  (This is due to Hwy 1 being closed near Pacifica)
the 280 to 92 route is quicker anyway.)

(I'm excited to see you, there is lot's to share)

~sabrina

I will also have a limited amount of artwork available to purchase directly from
me with check or cash.


just wanted to remind you that it is best to take 280
YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL SPRING AFTERNOON GATHERING
SUNDAY APRIL 23rd at 3pm in Half Moon Bay, California just south of San
Francisco

come take a day explore....
come enjoy the sea!

I will be reading from my books, Showing the art I've been making and talking
about the process of these larger pieces and answering questions about the
creating of my books
I will also be signing and drawing in your books and journals.

This will be at............Moon News Bookstore~ in Half Moon Bay
(about 30 minutes south of San Francisco along the coast)
http://www.moonnewsbookstore.com/
315 Main St. 650-726-8610

*special guest appearances

see you there!

................... ................... ................... .......
Come spill with me at http://www.sabrinawardharrison.com.
179  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Songs about babies, for grownups? on: April 04, 2006 02:27:09 PM
My brother just became a new Dad (yay! I'm an auntie!) and I'm already thinking ahead for Father's day! I'd like to make him a fun mix cd with songs about babies/kids/parents. But, the only one I can think of is "Stay Up Late" by the Talking Heads. I don't want songs FOR babies (eg, Barney or whatever) but fun songs (any genre really...my brother likes alt rock & some alt country, his wife loves R&B) for new parents. Even applicable songs about sleep deprivation or vomit, etc. will do! Help me make an awesome playlist!  Kiss  (FYI it's a boy, although I may make a similar cd for my girlfriends who have mostly had baby girls in the last year, so little girl or boy references are good too). Oh, and not any "I hate my Dad" type angry songs, obviously, although those would be easier to think of!  Thanks for helping!

song ideas:

Stay Up Late   Talking Heads
Stop your sobbing    Pretenders
Daughters    John Mayer
Closer     Better than Ezra
Good Mother    Jann Arden
Return to Pooh Corner    Kenny Loggins
I Wanna get a Mohawk (But Mom Won't Let me Get one)     AFI
Mama    the Spice Girls
This Woman's Work   Kate Bush
                              or the cover by Maxwell
In My Father's Eyes      Eric Clapton
Dance with my Father    Luther Vandross
Mr Mom       Lonestar
White Trash Wedding    Dixie Chicks (they kept singing this when she was getting ready to go into labour, LOL)
My Son      Sicko
Cat's in the cradle        Cat Stevens/Harry Chapin/Guns n Roses/Ugly Kid Joe
Charmed Life    Divine Comedy
Godspeed       Dixie Chicks
When You Dream         Barenaked Ladies
They Might be Giants   kids cd   ??
In My Daughter's Eyes     Martina McBride
Little Miss Magic      Jimmy Buffett
Chanson pour les petits enfants        Jimmy Buffett
Beach House on the Moon      Jimmy Buffett
Arms Wide Open       Creed
Counting Sheep      Collin Raye
A Mother and Father's Prayer   Collin Raye & Melissa Manchester 
Collin's entire Counting Sheep CD
Cruel Crazy Beautiful World        Johnny Clegg
Ribbons Undone          Tori Amos
When I was a boy       Dar Williams
Julia              The Beatles
Blackbird        The Beatles
Sweet Child O Mine      Guns n Roses
                                or the cover by Luna
Beautiful Boy        John Lennon
father and son    Cat Stevens
lullaby     Billy Joel
Still Fighting It" by Ben Folds (not five) is about a son growing up
Something to Talk About       by About a Boy could work.  at the very least, good band name.
Family Tree         Ben Kweller
Lightning Crashes        Live
Lila            Bright Eyes
Birth              The Faint is rather descriptive on that subject
All Kinds of Time          Fountains of Wayne
Not For Kids Only cd    Jerry Garcia & Dave Grisman
Isn't She Lovely      Stevie Wonder
http://www.stevemacdonald.org/lyrics/touchastar.html
The Circle Game        Joni Mitchell
There Goes My life       Kenny Chesney.
That's What its all About        Brooks and Dunn.
Then They Do      trace adkins
That's Just My Baby-Daddy       B-Rock and the Bizz
Baby Mama        Holla Point. 
Baby Mine from Dumbo, covered by Bonnie Raitt
Beginning of a great adventure     Lou Reed
We are Family     Sister Sledge
Five Years Old     Loudon Wainwright III
For your babies     Simply Red
Forever Young     Bob Dylan
Gold Mother      James
God bless the child     Billie HOliday
I wanna pick you up        Beach Boys
Kid       Bouncing souls
Kids Kylie Minogue & Robbie Williams
A song for sleeping        Stone Temple Pilots
Wear clean draws   The Coup
When a man needs a woman    Beach Boys
Wonder         Natalie Merchant
When my boy walks down the street     Magnetic Fields 
Life of a Salesman       Yellowcard
Teach your children    Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Baby baby    Amy Grant
180  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tree Lamp on: March 21, 2006 02:45:19 PM
I made this recently for the Tree Swap, and my partner just received it. It was so much fun to make! It all started when I saw a really cool tree lamp in Elle Decor for hundreds of dollars. I said to myself "self, you can make that" but I wasn't sure exactly how! A bit later I saw a similar lamp in Anthropologie but it was a little more elaborate than I wanted. I was once again inspired to think about making one. Then the tree swap happened and I thought I'd have a go and make one for the swap, to see how it worked out. I was really pleased with the result. Next I believe I'll make one for me!

The Anthropologie version:

http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=9677&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=121&iMainCat=66

My version:

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