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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Great, Quick last minute Chocolate Cherry Gift Mice (complete w/ photos) on: November 16, 2007 07:45:58 AM
How long would these keep?  i'm thinking of making them for my gift baskets, but I'm trying to figure out when I'll need to make everything, the more I can make earlier the better, kwim?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need ideas for my mother's club craft night on: March 13, 2007 02:24:39 PM
My mother's club is having a craft night - I volunteered to lead a craft.  I'm looking for ideas.  The club buys the materials, so it needs to be cheap, like $1/person.  It can't be made of found materials, because of course its unlikely I'll be able to find 35 identical items, so it needs to be something I can buy at a craft or $ store. And it would be great if it was something the women could actually take home and enjoy.

Any ideas?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first apron on: December 14, 2006 10:58:17 AM
That's so cute.  The halter top really gives it something that is unique and looks sophisticated than a typical apron.  Well done!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite Knitting Book? on: November 22, 2006 12:50:15 PM
These are great, thanks!   I guess I didn't think the other threads applied because I'm looking for something I would call intermediate and contain a range of fun patterns to try.  I already have some books that explain basic knit / purl / increase, etc.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recommended Knitting Books on: November 21, 2006 08:21:37 PM
I'm a beginning knitter, but I'm hooked.  I want to put some good knitting books on my xmas wishlist but I don't know which would be good.  I'd like some with a variety of fun patterns but at least one that helps explain more complicated patterns - I know the basics, but I've only done scarves so far.

So I thought I'd ask here what the favorites were!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Snowflake Appliqued Fleece Throw on: November 08, 2006 07:08:56 AM
That's gorgeous! How did you figure out where to place the snowflakes? Just by measuring?

Measuring schmesuring.  I just eyeballed it mostly.   I put the big applique in the center (I think I folded the fleece to figure out hte approx center), I did use something to make sure I spaced the smaller ones the same distance from the center one and just eyeballed spacing them evenly apart.  But after I finished sewing the appliques on the top, I folded the white fleece with the center applique at the folds and cut it to make sure it was centered that way.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflake Appliqued Fleece Throw on: November 07, 2006 02:22:12 PM
I posted this in housewares but I thought I'd post it here too since its winter themed.

I needed a gift for my MIL for her birthday which was two days ago.  I decided to make her a nice warm blanket to snuggle under when she watches tv.  I decided to go with a snowflake theme - originally I meant to try to machine embroider some simple snowflakes on the white fleece in blue thread, but then I realized that wasn't going to happen without some kind of stabilizer, so I went for an applique using the blue backing fabric and zigzag stick on my sewing machine. 

The back is the same blue as the snowflakes and border- the border is just the back fabric folded over and zigzag stitched.  Took me two days - maybe 8 hours? Including all the failed attempts at figuring out how to get snowflakes on there. Smiley









Hopefully she'll like it!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Snowflake Applique Fleece Throw Blanket on: November 07, 2006 02:16:34 PM
I needed a gift for my MIL for her birthday which was two days ago.  I decided to make her a nice warm blanket to snuggle under when she watches tv.  I decided to go with a snowflake theme - originally I meant to try to machine embroider some simple snowflakes on the white fleece in blue thread, but then I realized that wasn't going to happen without some kind of stabilizer, so I went for an applique using the blue backing fabric and zigzag stick on my sewing machine. 

The back is the same blue as the snowflakes and border- the border is just the back fabric folded over and zigzag stitched.  Took me two days - maybe 8 hours? Including all the failed attempts at figuring out how to get snowflakes on there. Smiley









Hopefully she'll like it!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gifts for teachers on: November 02, 2006 08:33:38 PM
She never said anything bad about the gifts

My mom was never that nice - at least one child a year got the 'yeah, his/her parents SHOULD get me something good!' when their present was opened.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gifts for teachers on: November 02, 2006 03:39:12 PM
My mom was a teacher (just retired) and our tradition every year was I would help her open her gifts from her kids.  She taught kindergarten and she had two classes, so she had a lot of kids and a lot of gifts over the years.  You would be amazed at how many 'worlds greatest teacher' things she has gotten (we used to have a full set of the mugs, in each color that was available at the time)  - by the end she just threw them out.

While she liked the kid-made stuff, there is no way she can keep it long term - 40 kids X 35 years - that's a lot of stuff.  Keep that in mind - the teacher likes your kid, but not enough to keep the handpainted birdhouse that oozes glitter with every touch (a real gift given to my mom).  I second the idea of a handmade card - a card is something the teacher doesn't feel bad throwing away.   (keep in mind these were kindergarteners, so anything made was not like the previous posters 11 yo bracelet)  The only exceptions to the kid made rule were she has been made whole-class items with each child's fingerprint, those she's kept and enjoyed.

Most appreciated gifts - gift certificates to dunkin donuts!

This is my first year with my daughter in school and I'm trying to decide what to get these teachers.  I am thinking of knitting a panta for the female teacher and maybe a scarf for the male teacher(maybe a red sox fleece scarf, he had on a red sox jacket today).  I worry though if I do this they will either feel obliged to wear them or I'll feel bad they aren't (I pick DD up at the playground, so I'll know)

Food never really worked for my mom - first of all she didn't want the calories from all the chocolate and candies.  A lot of the homemade food looks great when you hand it to her, but squished in a bag all day (or maybe the next couple) it didn't look so good to us later.   If you give food, pack in a way that can handle a little banging around - they don't have time to carry each plate seperately.

Oh and ETA - all time worst gifts (we picked the worst every year) - two obviously regifted (bits of tape and paper still attached) unscented "cinnamon bun" candles from what must have been teh dollar store - they looked like turds!   And my mom's personal favorite a cassette tape of stephen singing - age 4 (she didn't have him till he was 5) - like she is going to listen to that over and over.
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