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1  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!!
2  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.)
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Where would I find.... a phoenix? on: November 13, 2009 09:17:07 AM
I have a decoupage project in mind- I figure finding a picture and slapping it on is going to save me some trouble.. but now I'm not sure.... Where do I find a picture? The last thing I want is to print it off and most of the 'stuff' around our house has been purged so I really don't have any old magazines to go through....
I'm looking for an Asian/Chinese style phoenix. And maybe some fire to go with it. If you've eaten at a Chinese buffet, you've probably seen what I want. It needs to be a little small, but not the mini size that's on the Chinese Zodiac placements.
I don't even know where to start looking! HELP!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday July 31, 2009 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.
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Runza 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.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tee Shirt Duvet 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!!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / LARGE crimp beads? on: April 15, 2009 10:33:02 AM
I see them on my jewelry so they have to exist- but where do I find them?
I'm looking for LARGE crimp beads- the kind that will hold 2 strands of cording!
Any help?
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Some general questions answered on: March 16, 2009 01:13:07 PM
edelC asked some spinning questions over in the fiber friday thread. We look over there, we discuss over here, so I'm starting a new thread.
Others, feel free to answer these too and feel free to ASK MORE QUESTIONS!!!
I love to answer questions and help out others with their spinning.
And just so you know, I've been spinning for about 20 years, but I'm also a loud mouth hippy, so if you don't agree or fins something else works better for you, that's totally fine.  Grin

....while I can't knit-I have no patience to do so and only crochet badly...so I kinda think that theres not much point in me learning to spin.
-Pshpt. If you want to, do it. Sometimes the knitting and what not comes later when you have all this yarn you want to do something with. And so what if you only spin yarn! You know you want to.....
(whoops, did I mention I'm a bit of an enabler?) Wink

I have played a little with a drop spindle...enough to learn that its not as easy as it looks!. I am curious do all of you guys have a spinning wheel or are some of you using a spindle and realistically how long would it take to spin enough to knit say a jumper with a drop spindle...
-Spinning with a drop spindle can take more time. I personally have never spun enough for a sweater (sweater=jumper) but I plan to. I can spin up 4 ounces of yarn from start to finish in about a weekend. I would probably need a pound or two of yarn for a sweater. Lets say one pound, that's 4 of my 4 oz bits, so a month? I'm sure other people's numbers would be different- if you have time to spin every night you would probably go faster but me I got little kiddos to take care of.....

I can buy carded rovings, so what weight of rovings would one need to spin enough yarn to knit a jumper...lol..I have no idea if that is an easy or a hard question to answer.
-I answered that up there but really this is a your mileage may carry kind of question. You would have to find a sweater pattern you like, find your yardage, spin your yarn... Anyone actually done this?

Oh and how do you get the sequins and beads in there, do you thread the next fibres through the holes, before you spin it in...
-You can do that but I don't. I thread my beads/ sequins/ bits of cloth on to a thread and then ply that with my yarn. It creates the twisty effect and makes the yarn stronger and yes, adds shiny. (does that make sense? Happy to show a picture...)


Feel free to ask and post away my friends!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless mits- insanity!! on: February 26, 2009 08:53:33 PM
It suddenly got cold. I had no mittens. I have yarn. I knit. I now have fingerless mits for driving.

Can't out smart the webcam to give me a delay to get both hands up so you only get a one mit shot.
I had gotten the yarn in Nov of 07 (uh, yikes!) in a handspun swap. No, it's not hand spun, it was a reclaimed sweater dyed with koolaid. No real pattern for the mits, I just made long cuffs, added the thumbs, then knit till I was out of yarn.
And speaking of thumbs and running out of yarn....
to make sure I didn't run out, I knit both at the same time on 2 circs. Then after knitting about an inch above where I wanted the thumbs to be, I started kitting the thumbs. This involved splitting the ball evenly, knitting the thumbs at the same time from the yarn coming off the rest of the mits. It was quite the mess of yarn and confusing to anyone who happened to look at it. Gratefully, the thumbs went quick.

And this picture is pretty darn true to life colorwise! In a perfect world they would be an inch longer but they get lots of use anyway!
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / New Loom! Woot! Woot! on: October 25, 2008 06:23:50 AM
I got a new loom last night.
I don't know much about it because it's still in pieces in my car.  Tongue But's it's a 32 inch LeCleric 8 shaft. I'm so excited. I need to get it spruced up a little before using which leads me to a question.....
The whole thing has been sanded- I guess there were assembly marks in big black sharpie. After looking at the top of the loom, which hadn't been sanded, it looks like it had a nasty yellowing varnish on it. Thank you for getting rid of the ugly varnish, but now I need to do 'something' to finish it. I also live in colorado which is really dry- I can already feel the wood is pretty dry. My thought is to rub it down with tung oil to give some moisture back and then rub it all down with wood wax as a finish. Oh, I'm also thinking about murphys oil soap first to get the garage grime off it. I <3 murphys. Good idea, bad idea, better ideas?
I'm feeling the weaving bug biting again. It's been years since I've done anything. The kids are finally big enough!
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