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1  Paper Bag Book, but not your usual!! With Tutorial! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by laminathegreat on: February 21, 2010 12:15:52 PM
My kids love books. We are playing with making books for them to write and draw in. It's a cold Sunday. Sounds like a good day to play to me!!
I found a tutorial of a 'sweet paper bag book' but I had to go dig around on the wayback machine to actually find the tutorial. One look and I realized...... It's a pocket mod http://www.pocketmod.com/ made with a paper lunch bag. SWEET.
Materials used:
Paper Lunch size bag
Paper cutting scissors
Sewing machine (optional)
Items to write with/decorate book
Yer lunch bag:

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Step one:
Cut out the seam in the bag and cut out the bottom. (I cut out the seam to avoid the thickness). You will have a large rectangle.
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Step two:
Follow instructions for Pocket Mod folding. If you've never done a pocket mod before, print one and and try it with the paper template first. (There is a flikr toy for making pocket mods full of your picts, too!) http://www.pocketmod.com/howto/
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I creased my lines and you've got to keep track of which are your creases and which are the bags creases!!
You can stop here with you book and be happy. But I noticed that you could stitch them together. You can't stitch down just the center line, you have to stitch on either side of the center. Open it up and see why.
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The inside folds don't overlap in the middle, they just touch. So you if you stitch on both sides, where the marks are, you will catch the sides. Obviously we are going to sew on the top, and not with the insides opened up like this.
Optional Step Three:
Stitch on both sides of the middle fold.
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I marked the middle with marker so you can actually see it. I find about the foot width away (ie place the edge of the foot on the crease) to be about perfect.
Then, I thought, If it's all stitched together it will hold if you....
Optional Step Four:
Cut open creases (doubling your pages!)
Cut both on the sides
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and on the top.
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Final step:
Give to toddler.
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Yes, mom is still unpacking her studio after the move. You would be to if you were almost 35 weeks pregnant!

I ended up writing stories in the books for the kids to illustrate. Both stories were about scrambled eggs. Hm, I think my kids are hungry.
You could do ANYTHING you wanted with them!!!
The biggest problem with crafts like this and little kids is the balance between mommy time preparing /kid creative time/ cost. I think this is a pretty good balance. The bags are cheap, it seriously takes me a few minutes to whip them out, and the kids had a great time coloring and drawing. I may add these to our pile of mama made books in our sunday bag.
Give them a try!! I imagine someone with some scrapbooking mojo could have a GREAT time with one of these!!
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2  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by laminathegreat on: February 07, 2010 04:04:44 PM
I got yarn balls. I just moved, and this was the first package I received at my new house.  Grin

The balls themselves- I got two. In the package was some airplane flannel (houray!), a small notebook, and mad libs. My little ones think mad libs are hysterical because that's how they normally tell stories!
I decided to unwind them. I could not wait to knit them out, I'm still waiting to find my blender!!!
One of the first things I noticed was a small box of ginger candy. For a pregnant lady, ginger is a cure for heartburn. This was well timed, I had heartburn! I wrenched that box out quick! and enjoyed it! MEshelltakeone, thank you!

The gray ball is caron country, with a baby hat pattern! The dark blue is malabrigo. NOM NOM NOM.
The gray ball was filled with kid stuff! Plastic snakes, crochet flowers (which I think may be attached to some barrettes!), stickers, photo frame magnet, tamogotchi charms, which I looked at and immediately thought they would make great stitch markers!, and a really nifty bag of play money. Which will get lots of use, the kids LOVE playing with money now!
The blue yarn had stuff for mom!  A dragonfly pendant, stitch markers, ribbon, a headband , a cat toy, a pot holder, and extra yarn with a pattern. A pattern I must crochet. Because I know the designer. As in we were in a Mom's SNB together.
Wow, this was so much fun, thanks for a great package!
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3  Re: Fiber Friday 01/29/10 in Spinning: Completed Projects by laminathegreat on: January 29, 2010 05:53:12 AM
The ONLY think I've worked on for the past month or so is my contribution for the Pluckyfluff Handspun Revolution exhibit. Ok I should say the only fibery thing I've worked on, we've been scrambling like mad to find a new place to live after someone practically walked up and bought our house! Then comes the packing, and we are trying hard to get moved in THIS WEEK! Did I mention I'm 31 weeks pregnant too?
This is actually the second incarnation of this fiber. I made a vegan version of this for the make yarn out of this swap. This is my wool version. In fact I have enough to make myself another skein to keep!

Memories: That Dress
Hand spun, wool, soy silk, ecospun, beads, thread, dress shreds
3 oz, aprox 96 yards

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4  Re: Fiber Friday - Dec 25, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by laminathegreat on: December 25, 2009 07:05:31 PM
It appears I take bad photos of good projects.
Last year I got 4 batts as a holiday spin along. I predrafted them together so the 4 colors alternated. Then spun it up, and plied with a green sewing thread. I knew it had to be 'something' for my mom- the colors and shine are just up her alley. About thanksgiving I figured out a basic shawl pattern and then knew that's what grandma would get! She LOVED it.

I wanted to make my dad a matching scarf with what was left, but didn't have enough.  Cry Gratefully I had started this scarf over the summer and it needed about 10 rows to finish.

I had been given a HUGE pile of random bits of polar fleece from a mama friend who has a business making jackets. A number of these pieces were long and thin. I have a fabric cutter- it's made to cut strips of fabric for rug weaving. (I totally scored it at a weavers guild sale a few years ago.) So a bunch of the bits got cut into 1/2 inch strips and used to knit! I call it Flarn, Fleece yarn. Dad was so stoaked with how warm it was!
Now I feel kind of empty inside. I need some new projects!
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5  Re: Box of Homemade Yummies in The Swap Gallery by laminathegreat on: December 22, 2009 10:55:24 AM
Yeaaa!!! Some how I missed the gallery. Yes, those cookies are GREAT!
I got my package from llisaredd. NOM NOM NOM!!
My haul....

The treats were all in those boxes. I put the treats on the top, so you couldn't see how many have been consumed.  Wink Chocolate chip and m&m cookies, 7 layer bars, peanut brittle, and peppermint bark. In front are little stuffed ornaments, one for each of the kiddos, including the one in my belly! Cute little loops making the embroidery, I can't even remember what it's called, though my mom used to do it...... they are great. The kids loved them. In fact, when they figured out what they were, they scooped them up and ran to the tree.

And hung all three of them on one branch. (my tree hangs upside down- that's why it looks funky!)
thanks! this was a great idea!!

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6  Re: Fiber Stash Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by laminathegreat on: December 06, 2009 11:32:00 AM
I got mine from superhooker!

An AWESOME blended green roving. I love it.

Fake cashmere. Yes, it's that soft.

Two batts, I can't remember what the white one is (it's some sort of SHEEP) and the black is an awesome blended sparkly batt. That has been spun up already. Ahem.

A felted bag full of merino. Natural colored.
Ooo, see that bag? It fits on my wheel to hang off and hold my spinning!

Most brilliant thing ever. I LOVE it. And have used it. Yes, that's the black being spun.
Thank you so much superhooker! I love it all!
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7  Fiber Friday July 31, 2009 in Spinning: Completed Projects by laminathegreat on: July 31, 2009 06:00:35 AM
No way, I can't be the first person to post on Fiber friday! Whoot!
I spun every single day of the TDF (tour de fleece) but didn't take a single pict until AFTER the fact. ha ha.
Behold, my fiber! All my notes on the length of the skeins are in my basement. Maybe later...

This is Angora and fire star. I still have angora left over from when I raised rabbits (when I was 13 or so). My head was so filled with do's and don'ts that I quit enjoying using it for a while. Now I've been able to get rid of everyone else's ideas and use my own! almost 20 years later........ This is a blend of dyed firestar and angora. Since I was 13 when originally processing the fiber, there are a fair bit of noils in it. But I love it, it's so subtle and pretty!

Called 'frankenstein' from a fiber swap. I just LOVE the colors. Plied with itself.

After the storm- from art club on etsy. Plied with sewing thread.
And a few handspun FO! (that were also worked on during the TDF)

I Love this knitting pattern. I got this fiber from whirlygig yarn on etsy and spun it up supah chunky. Plied with a cotton cord and beads.

I got all the fiber in the 'make yarn out of this' swap. I'm having a hard time explaining how I did the yarn- it was completely different from the beginning to the end. I wanted to make a scarf out if it that showed the progression of the yarn all at once, so I knit the scarf horizontally. It came out really long so this is it all folded up.
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8  Vegan Runza in Vegetarian / Vegan by laminathegreat on: July 31, 2009 05:51:55 AM
My HD <3's Runza. His aunt posted a recipe for them recently and of course we tried them. Dave wondered if we could make them vegan, since that is the way he would rather eat. We joke that next time we make them, we are going to try for gluten free!!
NO, there are not a lot of measurements. It's food, not rocket science. I also make assumptions that you know how to cook.

Vegan Runza
Cook 1 cup of lentils according to directions.
Make the biscuit dough found here http://www.goodbaker.com/free-recipes-biscuit-mix.html (I put no sweetener in it. Perhaps it needed a bit of salt, but perhaps I just like things salty.)
Put a small bit of oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic and cook. Ad mushrooms and cook a little more. Add lentils. Season with your savory spices of choice- I think we added some basil, parsley, and other 'green flaky stuff'. Add cabbage. (this is the ingredient we forgot!)
Roll out a biscuit sized lump of dough. Depending on your 'biscuit size' you may fold over the bisc like a calazone or you may have to stack them. But I'm getting ahead. Place one rolled out bisc on a cookie sheet. Place a scoop of the mixture on it. Don't spread it to the ends or it won't close. (we thought about adding a nutritional yeast 'cheze' sauce') Fold over or add second bisc on top. Pinch edges closed. Bake at 450 for about 15 min.
We had more biscuits than mix.
We did 1 c lentils, 2 cups mush, DH doesn't remember exactly what spices we used, and we will probably use the cheze sauce from the Thrive diet- it's really simple. There are lots of other recipes- another is from the vegan lunch box (shmoo's food).
The photo was taken the next morning after they had been in the fridge. They've coagulated a bit, but are still tasty. I should know. I just had one for breakfast.
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9  Re: Fiber Friday 5.8.09 @#$%*! in Spinning: Completed Projects by laminathegreat on: May 15, 2009 07:54:36 AM
So here is the answer to the question 'what to do with that handspun yarn'.....
make knit dragons!

I'm so excited with how these turned out, and yup, all handspun!!
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10  Tee Shirt Duvet in Quilting: Completed Projects by laminathegreat on: May 03, 2009 03:12:18 PM
I got a merino comforter from my sister. I've made a couple of covers for it when it belonged to her. (I'm the one with the kids so she thought I would appreciate and use it- she's right!)
I've got all the tee shirts from high school. Marching band, plays, etc.
Put them together and what do you get- a tee shirt duvet! (a duvet is a cover that goes over a comforter so you don't have to wash a big heavy blanket- just the cover!)

Looking at it, I remember that I also used some tees from early college.
I used a microfiber sheet as the back side- I really should have sprung the extra two bucks and gotten the jersey sheet! I used my snap press to add about 6 snaps to the top to close it. They are rosin snaps (used for cloth diapers- why I originally got the press) so they aren't bad to press your face against at night. My son and I were sleeping under it while he was transitioning into his bed. Its warm and soft and comfy!
I'm excited to finally have this- I've been trying to think of a way to use these tees since, well, I graduated (over 10 years ago!)
I still have more tees and my husband was complaining about how heavy the duvet was on our bed, so it looks like I'm gonna make another of these!!
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