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81  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sensory Game on: November 05, 2008 01:34:33 PM
I've seen this idea in magazines and always wanted to do it.

It's a sensory bag with a lot of little treasures.  The child puts his hand in and feels it and picks the picture it is.  My four year old can do it well, my two year old chooses a toy then looks at it and matches it to the picture.  

I went around the house and collected the loose parts or small toys like old board game pieces, a thimble, clothespin, gi joe, hairbarret.....
I then took a picture of each one, printed it out, and then pasted it on a piece of sturdy paper.
For the bag I made a circle bottom drawstring bag thinking the pieces could be easier to feel with lots of space.
82  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Homemade Laundry Soap! on: October 02, 2008 10:18:44 AM

When I first heard about this challenge I thought it was going to be so hard!  But, by the end of the week I had quite a few ideas.  I went to the store with an idea in mind, but when I found Fels-Naptha soap I decided to try my hand at crafting my own homemade laundry detergent!  I had wanted to do it for a while and thought that this would be a great time to try!  So here it is!


In order to stick with the "edible part" I headed over to the fruit department and grabbed a grapefruit.
I peeled it and dehydrated the bits.



I then cut up my Fels-Naptha Soap bar.  --This is a laundry soap bar, you could also use any gentle soap (Ivory/Castile/....) 
[if you do this cut it up smaller than I did]

The soap bits then got blended in my food processor with the dried grapefruit.

Then measure out 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda) and 1/2 cup of Borax and dump in with the soap.  Blend it up good!

TADA!  Your own Hand-Crafted Landry Detergent!  To use it use one Tablespoon per load.

Here is the $$ breakdown:

3.99 Borax
2.99 Washing Soda
1.19 Fels-Naptha Soap
 .69 Grapefruit

with tax:  9.21

after all the math, it comes out to .06 a load. 
If you bought the ingredients on sale and/or used a cheaper bar of soap the price would be much lower.

Then to make sure it works, I smeared ketchup, mustard, chocolate,.... on a cloth then seperated it and washed half with homemade and half with storebought soap.

Looks pretty similar to me!

And there you have it,  Homemade Laundry Detergent!
Thanks for looking!  Smiley

ETA:  Answers....
I am using a toploader machine.
This is a NON-Sudsing detergent.  What cleans is the soap, not the bubbles.
You can't smell the grapefruit.  The fels-naptha bar has a very strong scent.  The mix itself I really don't like the smell of, but coming out of the wash, I love it.  Has a citrus-y smell itself.
83  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Bunny Pretzels on: March 21, 2008 12:05:47 PM
I wanted to make goodies for Easter, but was not ready to give my kids more sugar so I found a recipe for pretzels and made them into bunny shapes.  My four year old has asked to keep a few off to the side for the Easter Bunny. 

Thought it might inspire someone else!

Pretzel Recipe

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 packet yeast
(mix and wait five minutes)

1 Tablespoon sugar
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt

Mix together. Can add another 1 cup of flour if too sticky (mine was not). Knead.

take about a walnut sized piece and roll it into a long snake about 14 inches long. Pinch one inch ears at the top then roll the rest into a circle.

Beat an egg and brush on, sprinkle with salt.  Bake 425 for 15-18 min
84  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hand Painted, Toy Car Driving Mat on: December 17, 2007 08:58:46 PM
Just got this finished! It's a driving mat for cars. My girls are getting lots of wood cars/trucks/trains for Christmas so hubby and I thought they needed something to play with them on. Everything is painted by hand, and hopefully there are enough places to start some real good imagination play!

You can see the sizing by the sippy cup near the house, I think it's two yards worth of material! Thanks for looking!   Grin

85  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Heavy Baby, Waldorf Dolls on: December 14, 2007 09:11:41 PM
Here are my girls special Christmas presents.  They are weighted babies, they each weigh about two pounds.  It makes them very snuggly and the fabric is so soft, so you want to cuddle them!  Hope they love them as much as I do!  Kiss

These are made with Joy's Waldorf Dolls-Heavy Baby Pattern.
86  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skull Apron and Oven Mitts on: December 07, 2007 07:00:07 PM
Here is my skull apron and oven mitts!  I totally adore it, but it's going to the Secret Santa White Elephant Swap.  (If you like it too, sign up and try to win it!).  There are big honking pockets and a little skully attached to them.  The oven mitts have a lining of heat resistant material.  The apron is totally reverable to red, just in case Grandma comes to dinner and you don't want to give her a heart attack.

I'm just proud of this baby! 

Thanks for looking  Cheesy

87  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo" on: November 18, 2007 03:58:17 PM
My family are all about Joking/Teasing/Pranks....so, when my Dad left his new in package undies here I knew there would be consequences.

I have carefully opened the package and taken all the undies out and did little 'designer' items on them.  Then I'm going to roll them back up and place them back in the package, LOL.

This one I thought you all would get a kick out of.  It's "Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo" from Southpark.

It will be so funny to get the call after he actually tries to put one on! 

Thanks for looking!
88  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Heroes: The Board Game **Added Game Rules and Card Pics to make your own!** on: July 15, 2007 03:47:02 PM
Been waiting until the last second to put this up because it was in a package on the way to Xiexie11, but as far as I can tell it's been delivered....

This won't make a bunch of sense or be that interesting to those of you who aren't big Heroes fans but I think it's great!  This is made from an old game box and board that I found at a thrift store.  Recovered, painted, modge podge, whatever I had to do!  My guy even made me make another for us, he thought it was that neat!
Box   (in Heroes font)

--the eclipse is a big thing in Heroes as well as the DNA symbol down the center.
--There are "action" cards where it tells you to do something, and "hero" cards that you try to collect.  You can see some of each type spread under the piles.

Pawns (polyclay, and a "Sylar"--the bad guy-- piece in black)

Here is what the board looked like in a game

Here is the game in the Planning Stage

Hope she likes it as much as I do!  Thanks for looking!!

If anyone wants to make their own game, please feel free to do so!  I do ask that you post a picture so I can see all the fun too!  Smiley

Peter Play Cards:  http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/Petrelli.jpg
Hero Cards:  http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/FrontCardsHeroes.jpg
Action Cards 1:  http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/FrontCards1.jpg
Action Cards 2: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/FrontCards2.jpg
Action Cards 3: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/FrontCards3.jpg
Action Cards 4: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/FrontCards4.jpg
Action Cards 5: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Patty_O_Furniture/Swaps/FrontCards5.jpg


You are Peter Petrelli.  Wander around the board trying to land on as many Heroes spaces as possible and learn the other Heroes powers.  Use the powers to defeat Sylar.

The equipment consists of a board, 12 sided dice, 4 player tokens, Sylar token, Heroes Cards, and Action Cards.

Place board on a table and retrieve all Peter cards and the Claire Card.  Place the Claire Card on the Claire Box.  Pick out a 1-12 Hero Cards Set for each player.  Then mix the Heroes Card Sets together and place them face down (on the board or off to the side).  Mix the Action Cards and place them face down (on the board or off to the side).  Each player chooses a Peter color and matching Pawn, and places that Pawn wherever theyd like in the outer circle.  Place the Sylar Pawn on Sylar Start.  Each player rolls the dice and the highest plays first.

The Play
Roll the dice.  Go as many spaces in any direction.  If you land on a Heroes space or Action Card Space collect that card.  If you roll a 12 you may play another turn.

Two or more players may be on the same space.
You may not be on the same space as Sylar.  (not allowed to jump)
You must play one turn before returning to a square.
If you run out of Action Cards, shuffle the discards and use them.
You may have more than one of the same Hero Cards.  Save it or Trade it with another
     player.  You can not trade with the deck.

Hero Cards/Spaces
(Spaces shown by a letter H)
If you land on one of these spaces choose the top Hero Card.  You may have more than one of the same Hero Card.  

Some Hero Cards will save you from a bad Action Card.  For example if you choose an Action Card that says, Save Card Hiro and you have Hiro, you do not have to follow what is on that card.

Action Cards/Spaces
(Spaces shown by the DNA Symbol)
If you land on one of these spaces choose the top Action Card and do what it says.

Hiro Transport Spaces (Shown by a Clock)
If you land on one of these spaces find another Transport Space, go there, and play another turn.  For the inside (the DNA path) Transport Spaces you do not need to play them on an exact roll of the dice.  For the outside Transport Spaces you must play them with an exact roll.

Each Round (player one, other players, back to player one) Sylar moves 1 Space towards the Fight Space.  When Sylar reaches the Fight Space, the game is over.  

After you collect at least one hero card you can roll and move to Claires Box (does not need to be an exact roll) and can try to save her.  Roll the dice, if you roll an Even number, she is saved and you can collect her card.  If you roll an odd, you need to play to the outside circle before you can try to save her again.  

Claire saves you from Action Cards (like Hero Cards), and will also give you another chance with Sylar.

Finishing the Game
When Sylar reaches the Fight Square the game is over, OR when someone has all 12 Hero cards, OR at a Players Choice.  

Sylar End
The Fight starts with the player who has the least amount of Hero Cards.  That player rolls the dice.  If he/she has the corresponding Hero Card (number in corner) he/she wins.  If the number is not a Hero Card that person has he/she loses.  This goes on to the next player, and the next, until someone has the Hero Card number rolled.  (Remember the player with Claire may roll a second time if needed).  If all players have rolled and lost Sylar wins the game.

If two people have the same amount of hero cards, if one has Claire, they go first.  If neither has Claire then roll the dice and the person with the highest roll goes first.

12 Card End
The person with all Hero Cards (1-12) automatically wins!

Player Choice (this option may be left out)
A person is allowed to use their turn to fight Sylar whenever they choose.  Just announce at the beginning of your turn that you would like to do so.  Then do the same as finishing the game, roll the dice, if you have the Hero you win.  If you lose then you are out of the rest of the game (you lost your brain).  Claire is a good card to have if you choose this option, because you can try again, or  you may decide to wait until later to try again.  
89  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / sssssssSNAKE! on: June 03, 2007 01:08:55 PM
My entry is a Giant Snake!  I saw this idea on Etsy a while back.  Don't know who did it (they aren't selling them anymore from what I can search).  But I thought it was fun and decided I could figure out how to make my own snake!

Can't tell very well, but it is a puppet too!  You can see my gal chomping her arm.  It's lined from a slit in the stomach to the mouth.

You can see how long it is.  It's over 5 feet!

Watch out!  He's going to get you!

90  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Made cookies for Valentines! on: February 14, 2007 08:18:42 AM
Made these for my hubby!  (Got the idea off someone's etsy site)

To answer some questions:

These are heart shaped cookies with the point cut off.

I outlined them with basic decorators frosting: butter, milk, vanilla, powdered sugar
I filled them in with powdered sugar and milk, to the consistency of a milk shake. 
The outline dry's in a few hours, the filling dries within an hour or so
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