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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 03:48:24 PM
How I <3 craftster!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Piratey Corset on: March 20, 2010 09:21:00 AM
You did a great job and it looks fantastic as a pirate costume!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Mom Mobile for Pinewood Derby on: March 17, 2010 07:50:31 AM
I think it's totally AWESOME when the 'grownups' get to make derby cars to. And this, this is awesome.
And I'm pretty sure it will loose too. GREAT JOB.  Tongue
(ha ha I've been around derby cars enough that I'm starting to think what you could do to make it win.)  Roll Eyes
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Here's your new sibling...and HEY LOOK A TOY! YAY TOY! on: March 13, 2010 11:16:43 PM
This is a great idea!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: fleece suit on: February 21, 2010 12:39:50 PM
second the question. DH wants one. *sigh*
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper Bag Book, but not your usual!! With Tutorial! 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:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4375938907_8b59dc3b60.jpg
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.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4375938989_ab61181595.jpg
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/
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4375939067_8a5797fca5.jpg
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.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4376686700_2fe0b91e5e.jpg
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.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2580/4375939213_aa83642835.jpg
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
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4376686894_cf8eae099f.jpg
and on the top.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2747/4376686990_924c84db8c.jpg
Final step:
Give to toddler.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2677/4376687076_a9296c807f.jpg
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!!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kodachrome Curtains on: February 14, 2010 07:02:40 PM
This is such a great idea! I love it!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 Gallery on: February 13, 2010 01:41:25 PM
WOW! Congrats!!

Seriously, though, is this the second early little one? Note to self, don't sign up for any swaps with in a month of due date.....
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Where My Dying Supplies At? on: February 10, 2010 12:10:58 PM
Just moved.
All my stuff is in my NEW studio, and most of it is organized. I still can't find my blender, but I have my sewing machines. This was a plot, BTW. While I can't have a smoothy, I can get curtains made. I guess that's ok, because there isn't a SINGLE curtain in this house.
But.. I need to do some dying. I pulled out my dying box only to discover I'm missing most of my bottles. *facepalm* I had a number of really nice ones from the art supply store, but it appears my little helpers helped me loose them. I need more!!!!
My pregnant brain is preventing me from thinking of alternates or places to get said alternates! HELP!!!
(I usually make up about 32 oz of dye mix then transfer to bottles to squeeze on to fiber to handpaint.)
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 Gallery on: February 08, 2010 05:15:32 AM
The pattern is for an awesome space gun! 
Pattern linky? anyone?
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