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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A very late Christmas present... (Upcycled Quilt) on: February 01, 2011 01:57:48 PM
That's so totally cool!  Did you use the sheets for the back, the top or both?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: How do you display your cards? on: December 16, 2007 02:06:02 PM
I made a card holding wreath once that was pretty cool. I painted clothespins green (2 different colors), then strung them on some heavy duty wire, separated by green pony beads.  (You can string them right through the spring mechanism.)  When it was big enough, I twisted the ends of the wire together, tied a bow to cover up the join, and there you have it.  I stopped using it because it was a little too country looking for me eventually, but I keep thinking I could make another one in different colors that would be a bit more updated.

I searched the 'net for a picture, but the closest I came was this from Martha Stewart:

http://tinyurl.com/2p32sh

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: From UCK & Yuck - to His and Hers on: December 01, 2007 02:37:14 PM
Great job!  His looks like what every guy would want, but in a very cool way, but I COVET yours!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Help! Creative ideas for re-gifting an ugly doll on: November 21, 2007 04:13:39 PM
How about an ugly doll mobile?  You could hang it outside his door.  Can you imagine walking out to get the paper and coming eyeball to ugly eyeball with that?!?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Easy, Kid-Friendly, Non-sucky Holiday Crafts for the Masses on: November 21, 2007 08:16:11 AM
My church used to put on a holiday party for a HeadStart preschool every year, and we'd always have several crafts for the kids to make.  Some have already been mentioned, but a few more:

Stained glass (or suncatchers):  I don't have a picture, and I don't have the materials to make one, so I'll try to explain this one.  Cut squares of clear contact paper, and cut lots of small shapes of tissue paper in various colors.  Have black paper and templates (bells, stars, balls, etc.) available.  People select a template, trace onto the black paper and cut out.  Then they need to fold in half and cut out the middle so the black paper forms an outline.  Peel off the backing to one square of contact paper, and put the outline on the sticky side.  Then fill in the outline with the tissue paper, trying to fill in the entire outline in one layer.  Little kids tend to just clump the stuff on, but that's OK.  I had some teenagers spend a long time on this, though.  Then peel off the backing of another square of contact paper and put that on top, sticky side down, and cut out along the outline.

Beaded stars (or snowflakes): these were VERY popular, but they don't take long to make.  Most people (including adults) would make several.  I took a picture of one that I made this morning.  The arms are made with metallic chenille stems, and the beads are translucent pony beads.  If you buy the beads at Michaels, it might get out of your budget, but there are places on line that are much more economical to buy in bulk.   



We also did little felt ornaments, like simpler versions of this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207785.0

If you buy the felt by the yard, it's pretty cheap, and a bag of fiberfill goes a long way.  We did very simple shapes - again, stars, bells, balls.  Someone had a lot of crochet thread that we used instead of embroidery floss, don't know if that would have been cheaper to buy, for us it was free!    Smiley

We'd also get a bakery to donated already baked gingerbread men cookies, and have lots of decorating supplies available.  We couldn't have done that without the donated cookies, though.

There have been some great ideas on this thread, I'll be keeping them in mind in case I ever do a party like that again.  Have fun!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: extra fabric **Added Pictures** on: November 20, 2007 02:56:47 PM
It might be a lot of work, but what about white napkins trimmed with the fabric?  My mom sometimes makes her own bias tape-shaped strips to hem things with, if that makes sense.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Felted Dance Bag on: November 08, 2007 09:42:04 AM
My daughter had outgrown her previous Winnie the Pooh dance bag, and wanted something more "grown-up", but still pink (she's 7).  This holds her jazz and tap shoes, a sweater and snack.

I winged the pattern in single crochet, then felted it, which, btw, is not easy to do in a front-loading washer!  My mom helped with the lining, then I added the grommets.  The pocket is done in punch needle embroidery.



Here's a closeup of the grommets...



Thanks for looking!

Mary
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Vintagy ornaments (tut added on the page 4) on: November 07, 2007 01:07:10 PM
Mine aren't quite as well done as Kot's, but I was so excited, I wanted to share.  I added brads on the top and bottom, since I got a bit messy...




Thanks, Kot, for the great tut!

Mag
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Forever Friends Fawn on: October 18, 2007 08:37:23 AM
That's adorable!  And with a red nose, you would have Rudolph!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: katie-did's rose fairy costume on: October 13, 2007 04:59:48 PM
That is AMAZING!  I love, love, love the wings, especially. 

Mary
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