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11  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap (Signup 6/3-6/19; Send 7/11/16) on: June 04, 2016 04:40:50 PM
Oooh, I just moved and need HP supplies for my new house! Perfect theme jennie!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Big and Little swap - alleviate summer boredom! on: May 31, 2016 04:24:04 PM
You said one medium, but let me throw this out there. 

What if the medium was a collaborative effort for both child project and adult project, but then the child made a small  completely on their own.  The youngers could even just color a bookmark or something special for their partner. 
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Big and Little swap - alleviate summer boredom! on: May 30, 2016 04:30:43 PM
We'd figure out any partnerings, but my top choice would be for another family with same number of kids and each person gets a project.  
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Big and Little swap - alleviate summer boredom! on: May 12, 2016 06:22:15 PM
We got burned on the last kid swap so I figured that would be our last, but... my girls have been relentlessly bugging me that summer equals swaps and they don't care about last time.  So I guess we'd be in.  They've craft swapped with each other almost every week this year lol. Girls 10 & 12.  They won't care ages or genders, they'll just be happy to finally craft for someone else.
15  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / Re: $8.76 dollar store outfit! on: May 08, 2016 09:31:15 PM
Clever!
16  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / Re: Flink The Blingmingo on: May 08, 2016 08:35:41 AM
You tricked me!  I've been wanting to make a flock of decorated flamingos so when they were just a dollar I practically screamed.  But then no!
 
Either way your Flink looks great!  I think it's crazy you spent so much time putting on jems, but it was worth it.  He's awesome.
17  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / Birthday Candy Bouquet on: May 06, 2016 06:00:52 AM
Birthday Candy Bouquet!



My dollar store splurge was to make a birthday candy bouquet for a gift.  Its great for anyone and I will probably make a bunch more for Fathers Day gifts.  Best part is its less than $10 and there was candy to spare for me to munch on while working!  A quick google search shows that these kind of bouquets cost $50 or more to buy direct.

The ingredients:

Coffee Cup $1
Balloon Stick: $1
Reeces: $1
Snickers: $1
Kit Kats: $1
(not used)  Air Heads
Wrapping Paper: $1
Flower Foam Block: $1
Curling Ribbon: $1
Popsicle Sticks: $1

= $9
If you wanted to get technical you could add $1 for tape and still be in budget.





Directions:

Cut up the flower block to fit inside your mug.  If you get the same size as I did, youll need to shave off the points in a diagonal to fit down inside.

Choose a candy to start with.  I chose Kit Kats because it was the birthday guys favorite.  Tape the back of the candy to the popsicle stick and depending where you want it to be positioned in the mug, you may have to tape another popsicle stick together to lengthen.  Ill note that I wanted to use skewers, but my dollar store didnt carry skewers so I made due with popsicle sticks.  It added a step to tape two together, but the final product worked well anyway. 



Continue pushing in candy sticks until you feel it looks like a good arrangement with tall and short.  Think of a flower bouquet where you want to see all the flowers, so use different levels. Ill suggest using an odd number of candies as thats usually better to an artistic eye, but go with what you think looks great.  I dont have to tell craftsters how to have an artistic eye! And I had bought air heads for some more color, but in the end I felt I had plenty of chocolate candies to use and to nibble, so I didnt use them.

Once you are happy with the candy, cut the wrapping paper into squares.  Fold the pieces haphazardly and stick them between the candy to cover the popsicle sticks.  I then put some more pieces at the back with tape to frame around the candy.  I actually thought I was buying cellophane wrap, but the shiny wrapping paper was a happy surprise when the back side was a pretty silver.  Gave a nice two tone effect.

Curl some ribbon and stick in a few places around the candy for more interest.

Find a place to stuff in the balloon stick, trimming the stick in you feel necessary, and then give away. 



These are great for any celebration, just change out the balloon.  You could even tie a helium balloon to the handle.  I just like that it gives some height and makes the gift look more impressive than just the candy mug alone. 

Another thing you can do is paint pen the mug and make it personalized.  If you were willing to spend a few extra bucks grab a paint pen and decorate the mug.  This neon set was at Walmart for nine bucks. 




Thanks for looking!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Harry Potter Book Series Micro Mini Book Stack Earrings on: March 15, 2016 05:53:17 AM
Super cute
19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap Gallery on: February 22, 2016 10:01:39 AM
Received from Teag!  She sent some fabulous items in a very pretty box.


Told her I was thinking of dressing up like Umbridge for Halloween and could maybe use a weird kitty brooch.  She didn't disappoint!  LOL.  It's awesome.  And what a great piece for my Hufflepuff house.


Also a fun pink wand for Umbridge to use. Velvety hairbow. And four great wall hangings that were all nested together brilliantly.  Can't forget the treats!  My favorites!


Thanks Teag! 

20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts Feb 20, 2016 on: February 10, 2016 01:53:47 PM
Pretty much done.  Got to figure out how to tetris everything in.
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