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21  S.W.A.K. (sipped with a kiss!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by graced on: February 14, 2011 09:15:32 PM
Went to a party and saw my first set of wine glass coaster/markers. They were square, and boring. And the store at which they were bought had exactly ONE kind (a set of four). My friend bought two sets, then invited five couples over.

You guessed it. We couldn't tell whose was whose, so I promised her it would be a piece of cake to make some for our next gathering.

Then I set out to make it hard to do.  Roll Eyes

I decided on LIPS for our movie night this weekend, it being close to Valentine's day and all.

Rev 1 didn't have enough shape, and I didn't like the free-motion "highlights."




Rev 2:



For other variations (I need to make TEN that don't duplicate!), I have thought of:
a) using different fabrics
b) trying to add a mustache somehow, for guys (maybe substituting most of the top lip for a 'stache?)
c) adding vampire teeth
d) maybe slightly different shapes?

Anybody got any other ideas?!!! HELP!!!
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22  Re: Periodic table stitch markers and other fun geekery in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by graced on: February 13, 2011 11:45:55 AM
Here are the wine glass markers I made thanks to your inspiration,  1boy1girl1kitty2 .



Not nearly crafty--used Publisher to create mini squares off the periodic table and add slight coloration in behind them. The back has the atomic number in fairly large print--both helpful hints in case the lettering is too small to tell the difference after a glass or two!. My hands have become too shaky to use pens on a fine scale...now when did I get THAT old, I wonder?!!! Undecided

I wanted to get beads in the actual color of the element to slip around the round wire, but the darned charms cost an arm and a leg (over $2 each online) I guess because they're sterling over something. To get all-one-color beads to match the color of each elements was going to make each one cost over $4.50. Times eight charms, that was waaaay too much for my budget on this.

He's a scientist, though, and loves all things simple. I gave them to him today but he didn't get to open them so I don't yet know whether this looks simple or just plain to him!

Thanks again!!!
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23  Re: "Wooly Special" Valentine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by graced on: February 13, 2011 07:09:22 AM
Better?


MareMare suggested a button in the middle of the rosette part of this card/gift:





So, is it better? It makes it harder to get the washers to stick to the magnets in the sheep (they hold the magnet to the card temporarily), but I really want her to be able to wear the rosette if she wants to (it's on a pinback).
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24  "Wooly Special" Valentine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by graced on: February 12, 2011 04:01:44 PM
I had grand intentions of making all my friends a magnet-adorned valentine this year. Other schtuff interfered. So just one friend gets this:



The sheep---YES, he's pale lavender---is a magnet, a modified version of an earlier attempt (The legs were HARD, so I substituted wire: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=370494.msg4356711#msg4356711).


The rosette is a removable brooch.
Q: does it need something--beads, etc.--in the center?!!

Hiding in the rosette are two loose washers, to which the ultra-strong magnets are clinging for dear life.

Inside is handwritten I'm "wooly" glad God made us friends.

Ideas for if/when I decide to try another one most welcome!!!
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25  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: February 12, 2011 03:42:51 PM
It's "50 Projects in 2011" not "50 Projects that I have on a set list from the beginning of the year in 2011"

AlishaMisha,  your way of looking at it makes me feel much better. I am finding that the more I try to do the items from my list, the more OTHER stuff I wind up doing, usually INSTEAD.

But I am making headway.

1. lip-shaped wine coasters (must draft pattern) One "meh" attempt, new pattern.

2. "vacuum" bag for my husband's shop vacuum he's upcycled from my old stove vent motor

3. An Alot for my DD and maybe one for her teacher (from fleece, using Silverwing's ideas here on page 105 of this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.phptopic=366592.msg4352798#msg4352798?

4. find or make up recipe for sweet chocolate chip peanut butter marshmallow CHEESE BALL that my daughter threw a fit over somewhere else.
She loved it, and it was the hit of the sweets table at my son's birthday party, anyway, but it's gag-me sweet to me.
5. some sheep cards for my friends at Valentine's Day, possibly with Martha Stewart's heart potholders for one or two of them

Exactly ONE sheep card made. The sheep is a magnet. The rosette is a brooch.

This project (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372752.msg4386341#msg4386341, a hurry-up favor to the same friend who asked for the dog cozy) got in the way, so everybody else is getting a personalized version of the bookmark I created for that project:


Best I can do! Alwaysinmyroom, What happens to projects that just ain't gonna get done?!!! Do we get sent to a room with no crafting materials at all?! Wink

6.s]. find a chocolate muffin that's not too sweet for the group of friends who comes for breakfast every Wednesday morning[/s]
 (King Arthur Flour's version: light, touch of coffee, easy. Second recipe I tried=success!

)

Whew!
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26  Divine Valentines in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by graced on: February 10, 2011 06:59:04 PM
Y'all all can do more interesting things than this; I've seen 'em. You can probably turn this into something really fun for Valentine's day for friends. If you do, with all your rad skills, I wanna see! Cheesy

It's just a bit of a story, and I like how they came out. I hope the recipients do, too. I'll laminate them tomorrow, but took pictures tonight so there'd be no glare.

Tuesday morning, a friend asked me to "do something crafty" to make a bookmark Valentine for each member of the youth group she leads out of a stack of "attribute cards" the kids made for each other at the Christmas party. (Write each name on its own sheet of paper, everybody tries to write something nice about each name.)

So I started Wednesday morning and spent who-knows-how many hours trying to learn to use the "new and improved" (HA!!) Microsoft Publisher so I could make the name-side of 19 subway art bookmarks, one for each kid who'd been at the party. Each one is entirely different, and I tried to use what I know about each child to affirm something they're insecure about front and center. (My two teens are part of this group, BTW.)  Example:



Then I realized that if my friend passes them out Sunday night at youth group, somebody might be there who didn't make the party and would be left out. So I did generic names the Bible calls believers on extras. (This is a Baptist group, after all.) Example:



Then I needed something for the back, so I modified Father's Love Letter (easily found online) for a younger audience, addressed it by name to each kid and signed it "Love, Dad."  Click to read both versions:
 

Then I thought--while I was at it-- I'd make some and send them anonymously to three recently bereaved/widowed friends, on their first Valentine's day alone. Sort of a divine love letter in the mail (folded in red tissue paper) on a hard day.

Then I thought, why not make some for a couple of  friends who are having a little bit of a hard time for other reasons?

At that point, I decided to go for broke and make my mom and my breakfast group their own, too, modifying the generic one just a bit to save time, something I'd spent gobs of by this time on these things. Here's one, personalized...



End result:



Holy cow. Somebody stop me.

My kids are eating warmed up leftovers and I'll have to fold clothes until midnight tonight because of all the time I've spent doing this these last two days. Help!!!

Comments and ideas for improvement (in case I get a wild hair to do more!) very welcome.
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27  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by graced on: February 08, 2011 05:02:41 AM
I don't know why i just finally decided to check out the craftalong section! I have inherited a rather large miscellanious craft stash from my mother who no longer crafts!!! Along with the stuff I already had I have so much stuff!!!!  I should trade some of it because I'm sure there are things I will never get to! So maybe this board will help me de-stash and make some darn room! LOL!  The thing is..I don't even know where to start!!!  Tongue I have a bunch of dish towels that I was going to crochet tops on but want to try something else...maybe a quilt?? Anyone ever try a quilt with terry cloth? Hmmm...

It's only a little different from crocheting tops, but my mom gave me the black one below at Christmas, then brought me the others on a visit last weekend. A friend of hers makes/sells them for $8 (that price remains the same whether she supplies dollar-tree dishtowels like the black one or uses nicer ones that mom buys like the green/pink ones, too, but supposedly she donates ALL of it to their church mission's fund, so I guess that if it's for charity....). You can't see it, but the back of the skirt is half of a coordinating dishtowel, though you wouldn't need to make it that way.



Lots of people have gushed over them and asked where I got them. I hustle them by before they see the bad skills, but done right, they're cute, and they wouldn't be hard to make (I drafted my mom a quick pattern and measurements if you need them). These are poorly constructed: no finished edges (can't be washed without raveling), messy zigzag to join edges/attach ribbon, etc. If you look closely at the black one, you can see that the right "sleeve" has white selvedge showing...argh. (I could do better than that in primary school, I think.) My mom really likes the idea of them (obviously, huh?!) and wanted to make her own so the poor sewing skills wouldn't drive her nuts.

And I REALLY like that dishtowel dish mat, too!
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28  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: February 07, 2011 05:32:55 AM
AlishaMisha...I made a dog cozy during the Super Bowl, if that counts.


It's for a friend's 1 1/2-pound adult chihuahua. Poor thing has practically no hair, and just looks miserable. She asked me Friday to make him something that fit, based on a "hoodie" that swallows him whole. She hates having to forcibly remove the dog to go outside for a minute in the really cold weather we've been having.

I just eyeballed the original and traced a new pattern, trying to cut it down in all the right places, getting rid of the hood (which "Oddie" hated), and dove in. After everybody's kids are on their buses, I'll run over and see if it needs adjustments.

What'd everybody else make?!
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29  Re: cupcakes and roses in Dessert by graced on: February 06, 2011 06:37:39 PM
I felt embolded to try, and here's MY attempt...thanks to YOUR inspiration!



Bad photo of them being enjoyed by the 8th grade faction in one corner:


I didn't think roses would be quite the thing for the occasion (my "baby's" 15th birthday hang-out--he's in the grey/black shirt), so I used melted chocolate in a pastry bag with a small round tip onto wax paper (which is now ruined, thanks to my garbage disposal) and made little lightning-bolt things and swirls. There were TWENTY NINE 8th-12th grade kids in my house, and these were devoured.

THANK YOU!!!

p.s. I also learned that a crock pot is excellent for heating nacho chips...go figure!
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30  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by graced on: February 02, 2011 02:00:19 PM
aliasgracie: -43C? Two questions popped immediately into my head...1) where the heck do you live and 2) WHY the heck do you live there?!  Grin Seriously, I'm sure Sasketchewan is lovely...in the SUMMER. Stay warm!

As I sit here and whine that it's a "fa-reezing" 30 degrees F here (wimpy deep Southerner here), here's my February list:
1. lip-shaped wine coasters (must draft pattern)
2. "vacuum" bag for my husband's shop vacuum he's upcycled from my old stove vent motor3.

3. An Alot for my DD and maybe one for her teacher (from fleece, using Silverwing's ideas here on page 105 of this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.phptopic=366592.msg4352798#msg4352798?

4. find or make up recipe for sweet chocolate chip peanut butter marshmallow CHEESE BALL that my daughter threw a fit over somewhere else. It was the hit of the sweets table at my son's birthday party, anyway, but it's gag-me sweet to me.

5. some sheep cards for my friends at Valentine's Day, possibly with Martha Stewart's heart potholders for one or two of them
6. find a chocolate muffin that's not too sweet for the group of friends who comes for breakfast every Wednesday morning
 (King Arthur Flour's version: light, touch of coffee, easy. Second recipe I tried=success!

)
Still working on January's list--fate's been making its OWN "50 in 50" for me to try and keep up with.  Undecided


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