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1  High school teachers need appreciating, too! in Completed Projects by graced on: May 19, 2011 12:23:15 PM
After two tough years in high school, my daughter finally hit her stride, mostly thanks to some amazing teachers. They seem to get that they are teaching STUDENTS, not just a subject.

I wanted to do something nice for each of the seven. Now, I was a teacher. A middle- and high-school teacher. I have a box full of apple gifts upstairs that I still laugh about. When I taught in public schools (like this one), I got VERY few gifts at all, even apples, but I liked them when I got them, so even though it is high school, I sent teacher gifts on this, the last week of school.

The art teacher got this frugal coaster set. I would have loved this in my writing classroom, even if the little coasters were something like $2 at CVS a couple weeks ago.

I just used Publisher to make each temporary (?) insert showing part of a famous artwork, with a quote by the creator:

My favorite!!

In their box:


Most of the teachers got record bowls full of really useful supplies like dry-erase markers, post-it notes, colored paper clips, room scent, etc., that you just can't have too many of:

Her Talented and Gifted teacher also got a gift card to a restaurant in hers.

The creative writing teacher got a quickly created fleece and felt Alot in her bowl, after I found it here and shared it with her, she taught her students using the link!



Next year I'll have TWO highschoolers. Any ideas for then?!
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2  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: May 16, 2011 09:03:11 PM
Everybody's being so productive, I must say. Love the shirt-cum-dress ideas, especially the one that got its start because the shirt had some spots. I have lots of those that could use a good upgrade, but too bad I always feel like a moose in a dress! Wink

Finally, finally, got something off my lists: some stuffed record bowls for teacher gifts and a fleece Alot. It's not a lot (ahem), but it's something!


2 of the 17 completed record bowls for teacher gifts, stuffed with teaching supplies and a personal thing or two. At first I struggled to get the bowls to look decent, but now I think I'm addicted, either to making them OR the PVC in the air.


I like grey alot...

First fleece plush, created from cut-out to glue-on-googly eyes during the couple hours it took to watch "The King's Speech." It'll do.

Long strange spring over here. Does "tying a knot to hang on to" count as a craft? Undecided
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3  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: April 14, 2011 06:29:08 AM
Love the guitar!

Thanks, SilverMoon for the link to Fudgy Buttons. I think they are begging to be included in next week's teacher appreciation boxes! (And my tummy.) Yum!

Finished the first of three little baby gifts, this one destined to be the bow on top of the package:

With needle-punched (hopefully tactile) initial on the back:


(Think I'll make the next one with shorter loops and more of them.)
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4  Copy-cat RAWR! plushie for infant in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by graced on: April 14, 2011 06:24:59 AM
Sweet friend finds out she's expecting a little girl. At 43. With twin teen boys. Shortly after she and her husband had the big "What do we do when the twins are out of the house?" talk. Heheheh.

(Moral: go ahead, plan things. It gives God the giggles.)

All her middle-aged friends commiserate, and then plan a big party/shower, which feels a little like a schadenfreud kind of thing.

Here's the bow going on top of her otherwise puchased/practical gift (burp cloths, a gazillion wipes):


Needle-punched back, with baby's first initial:


Inside's a jinglebell, just for fun.

The next one--for a little guy named Hudson--will have shorter loops, and more of them.

(Design's not original...it's based on a photo I found online and printed...and only now that I'm trying to give credit discover that the incredibly long link on the bottom of the page doesn't actually take me anywhere...sorry. I'll try to fix it soon and give her credit.)
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5  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: April 08, 2011 09:30:25 PM
A2...those envelopes are very inspiring! When we went through Dave Ramsey a couple of years ago, we just used boring old white envelopes!

The shawl is lovely and delicate, and perfect for spring!

I finally finished something, an i-spy monster. I feel like I finished four things though, because I also made a picture find-it card, a word list of things to find, and guided-play questions. The last three are included because the learning curve was the steepest...took forever to get those photos of bitty things cleaned up in Paint (which I'd never really used before).


Can you spy the little monster hidden inside his name?

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6  I-spy a monster in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by graced on: April 08, 2011 09:19:41 PM
My 5-year-old nephew's i-spy, a monster.


I googled "coloring pages" and found the little monster's head, then drew in the rest. The feet didn't come out like I drew them no matter how many times I used the seam ripper, so I just quit while I still had fabric.

The picture list of stuff for him to find, laminated in 10ml laminate:

I had to learn to learn to use MS Paint to clean up the photographs of each item...this took longer than any other part except collecting all the little doo-dads!

The word list of stuff to find, since my nephew is beginning to read:


Aannnnd, because I was a writing teacher, I made a list of "guided play" questions his dad can ask him to develop language and thinking skills:



Comments and criticism welcome!
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7  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: April 05, 2011 10:09:06 AM
I spent March frustrated that so many other things were interfering with my crafting time (science fair, prom, you know, minor stuff). Now it's only April 5, and I knocked out two things last night! It's going to be a crafty month, I just know it!

mended collapsible homemade light tent:


and a photograph of the craft I finished up last night, the card for my great-niece's I-Spy bag, complete with grommet (in some circles, I'm known as "grommet girl" because I use them in so many projects):


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8  Collapsible light tent in Completed Projects by graced on: April 05, 2011 09:50:44 AM
Seeing SevsOnlyGirl's wonderful tiny light box here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371543.0 reminded me that I had made something similar a couple of years back.  And that I should get it out and use it...duh.

Warning: I know nothing about photography, lighting, etc. Suggestions to improve photographs with this thing are very welcome!

I made it with plans to use it to photograph specific projects that can be shoe-box size or better, so we needed one that was big enough but also disappear-able. Unfortunately, I made it to fold up and put into a closet, without thinking that once it was in the closet, I would forget about it after a while (like, the next day). Two years later....

When I dug it out late last night , I saw a couple of panels had tears. While I was repairing, I thought I'd share it, since some Crafty Craftsters live in tight places and want something they can store under the bed (but never ever in a closet).

Here 'tis, folded for storage:


Obviously, it's made from a foam-core science board that I bought at Hobby Lobby plus one piece of foam core left over from something else.  I just cut holes in the side panels and the spare panel and filled it in with interfacing.Sample photos...cassette that was first thing I grabbed, a gourd goose my DD painted when she was 10.




Then I started looking for stuff that ordinarily would be hard to photograph because of the glare, and found the laminated cards from the i-spy bags I'm currently (slowly) making for family and a bespoke Boomwire pendant:



I was playing around with the filmy stuff, but in the end I think I like the background better smooth. What do y'all think?
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9  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: March 25, 2011 11:43:20 AM
Always, I did NOT know there was a thread about RAKs, and will now hunt it down for more ideas. I love your idea of parking lot surprises, too! Did you huddle in your car and peek at the responses? I would have been tempted. It's just fun thinking somebody got it and liked it and maybe had a little better day because of it, though, isn't it?!!

evilSabina,  here's the quote I stumbled on..."At club many of the gals have made bags and purses and use the dollar store metal measuring tapes to use for a snap closure and they work GREAT! This would take the place of buying a steel purse closure frame.
I haven't seen this tip posted and it is really a cool closure, your bag looks very professional and snap shut.
You buy a metal tape measure, cut to length (for each side) and round the ends, and then insert the tape measure into the casing. It is recommended to duck tape the ends to keep it from cutting your material." from here .

I tried it with a $2 tape measure from Dollar General and by doggies, it WORKS. It's as cute as a button and I figure I can get 12-13 out of that one tape measure. Lots cheaper than zips, and interesting, too. That's what's on the little flowered bag in the picture. Here's an inside shot:

LaughingLark, watch out for those dreaded adhesions forming in the first 2-4 weeks! Don't overdo, please, unless you LIKE crafting from a bed! Hope you're on your feet and painfree soon!

MissKerouac, those onesies are adorable. I might need a pair for my teens. Their sizes have changed, but they still love a good sibling row!!
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10  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: March 25, 2011 08:13:37 AM
Hadn't thought about astromorray-style snack bags. Will have to ponder, but what little mental energy I've been able to spend on crafting lately has been directed toward looming teacher appreciation week treats (not really gifts).

While trying to think of easy but nice treats, I stumbled across the tape-measure closure idea (cheaper than zippers for that many projects!) and tried this:


Then I tried something fun with it: Random acts of crafting
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