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6961  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Doll ROUND TWO Gallery on: September 05, 2008 02:24:14 PM
They're all so cute! I love them all, especially the apple one, and the reddish one with all of the beads.
6962  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Melted Record Bowl and Bound Album Cover Book on: September 05, 2008 05:04:58 AM
bunsenhoneydew13 (great name, BTW)- A Bind-It-All punches the holes and then crimps a metal coil binding closed. It's so neat! To learn how to use it, I made little notebooks out of fake credit cards and beer coasters. I got it from this great gal online (PM me if you want her website- she had FABULOUS customer service).

It might seem a bit pricey, but just after using it a few times, I think it's totally worth it! Plenty of gift ideas...

I just saw someone on here who made a notebook using a spiral bound notebook and a record album- they cut the record and then drilled holes in it, and finally spooled the spiral binding through it. I think it'd be easier with the BIA. I'll have to give it a go!
6963  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Melted Record Bowl and Bound Album Cover Book on: September 04, 2008 08:00:42 PM
I found a bunch at the thrift store with fun titles (Songs About Scotland might be made for my brother... we're part Scottish), and I have a Tom Jones album with a pic of him and a harem on the front cover. So that will be reserved for someone special Wink

I can't believe how easy it was to make the bowl! It wasn't even smelly, which I was worried about. I'll be making a bunch more for Christmas gifts!
6964  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery on: September 04, 2008 07:57:20 PM
superhooker, that blanket is amazing! I can't believe how HUGE it is! And, I love its rainbow-y goodness.
6965  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Melted Record Bowl and Bound Album Cover Book on: September 04, 2008 05:41:32 PM
Well, I know it's been done a million times, but this was my first attempt, and I'm tickled with how well it came out. I needed a quick birthday present for my musician sister-in-law for our family get-together tomorrow night. So, a stop at the local thrift store to nab a few albums, a quick check of a tutorial and the rest is history.

In a fantastic fluke, the bowl melted into a triangular shape with very well formed "ripples." The second photo shows the bowl a bit better. And then, I took the cover and used my Bind-It-All (which I've had since Christmas but finally had a chance to try recently- so much fun!!), and trimmed a bunch of graph paper (I hadn't intended to trim the paper, but I goofed with the BIA and had to trim the covers down a bit).

So, here is the lovely "Hooked on Classics" gift set!

6966  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Herb Garden Markers on: September 04, 2008 04:01:31 PM
Oooh! You just gave me an idea for my sister's Christmas gift! She makes pottery, so she can make a set out of stoneware, but I can make her a DIY kit with: a small set of alphabet stamps so she can stamp her own plant names, a template to cut out the shape of the marker, some seeds, and a gift certificate to a local nursery. Then, I can pack it in a flower pot! It'll be the perfect complement to the 5-gallon bucket garden caddy she's also getting.

Thanks so much for posting this- you've totally inspired me! Cheesy
6967  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One for Me, One for You Gallery on: September 04, 2008 03:54:58 PM
Wow! I really like the colors of shirts that you used! And, I like the 2-color effect on the light blue bird shirt. Very nicely done!
6968  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ SEPT on: September 04, 2008 02:51:21 PM
Thanks, yellowduckie! Now, when I get to it, it should make more sense. You rock!
6969  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: .:Days of the Week Undies Gallery:. on: September 04, 2008 02:47:48 PM
taz- fantastic job on the undies! Love the skeleton hands and the RHPS lips! And, the days of the week in her native language are just brilliant! Now, I want to make a set with the days in French... not that it's my native language, but I took 6 years of it and French undies would be funny!

Great job!
6970  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED Send by: Sept. 2 on: September 04, 2008 02:30:06 PM
Those crocheted fridge magnets are very cute! And, I received today from aspatria! She made me a magnetic bookmark for the cookbook of recipes from this swap! She did an amazing job with the embroidery- her stitches are so neat!

Thanks so much aspatria! I'd say your first swap was a success Wink

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