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2101  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Seven people left to come up with presents for-This is hard! on: November 19, 2007 08:47:49 PM
For the bookaholic-something with the phrase-so many books,so little time.A bookmark maybe?A polymer clay hummingbird?
For the chocoholic-chocolate spoons are nice.You dip plastic spoons in chocolate,wrap then in plastic wrap,and use them for stirring your coffee or hot chocolate.Dip fat pretzel sticks in chocolate,roll a few in sprinkles if you want,but that's not necessary.Put them in a mug.Candy canes are nice for stirring hot chocolate.You could stuff all that in a mug if you wanted,but just in a gift bag would be fine.Use the phase-give me the chocolate and nobody gets hurt.
Tie wearing teacher-I've seen on craftster a tie turned into a pencil case or eyeglasses case.If you're near a thrift shop,you may find a fun funky tie to do that with.I don't remember the details,but it was super easy.You could do a search.
Here's a nice link for mom-
They're called wish sticks.On crafty housewares,completed project,general.They're really pretty to hang in a window-fake flowers,beads,wire.You could find flowers and beads at something like a Dollar General,no need to go to the craft store if you don't want to.
French teacher-that's the toughie! Maybe find a way to use the phrase Viva La France?A bookmark,on the cover of a small photo album or blank book? Or don't try to relate it to france,maybe crochet a scarf? Maybe make a tiny bagette and cup of coffee out of polymer clay-mini things are so cute.
Good luck.

2102  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: November 19, 2007 08:15:14 PM
My friend's favourite colour is green, so thought of making Green in a Box, but have no idea what to put in it! Seriously, this is harder than it should be. >.< Any ideas?
Also, he's a vegetarian, so no green marshmallows. >.>
A Green Day cd.Kermit the frog-it's not easy being green. A plain solid green tshirt or hoodie. A dollar bill,fold it up origami style,or as a paper boat anyway,for folding green. I've seen different stores that sold semiprecious stones for a buck or two,so a chunk of malachite.Go to a beading/craft store,look for some green beads or a pendant. A piece of copper that's been verdigried(okay,I can't spell,you know what I mean).A small notebook with a green cover.An inkpen with green ink,assorted green crayons,and green colored pencils and markers-all in a green pencil holder.A green mug.Popeye with a can of spinach.Make a little plushie-a green eyed monster!
2103  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Little plastic dinosaur toys...in a rainbow of colors! on: November 19, 2007 06:35:49 PM
Make a fun mobile/windchime.Tie one on the end of the cord for a hanging lamp or ceiling fan.Hot glue them around a picture frame or mirror.Have one peeping out of the foliage of a houseplant.
Tie a little candy cane onto the neck of a dinosaur with ribbon.Add a little card that says something  like-we've been friends forever,merry xmas!Corny,I know.
2104  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Photographs Crafts? on: November 19, 2007 06:17:27 PM
Pair an old photo with a caption that sounds like something that fits a current member of the family-stuff like "Aunt Mildred was always jealous of Ruby's potato salad.""I'm dying for a cig-let's blow this popsicle stand." "Sally always wanted to be a majorette."ect ect. Get some cheap dollar store photo albums,and make a small album for each member of your family.Put the captions underneath.A funny way to immortalize your immediate family,using pictures of the mysterious old relatives.You could make this simple or fancy.
Something else a little more serious-make a collage with an old photo or two,a quote or verse,vintage fabric,buttons,ect-things that just look well together,or a theme.If it's a photo taken at the beach-the sea,a young child-fairies.Dreams.Summer.You get the idea.You're reminding me,I have an old picture of a young woman,with the long dress,and unexpected short boyish hair.I just liked the look on her face.I need to find that and do something with it.
2105  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part THREE!) on: November 19, 2007 03:30:25 PM
YKYACW-my daughter asks me if I know the 4 words that mean you're a craftster.I ask,and she says-"I can make that."
I asked where she learned that,and she says-"from you,mommy."Sigh.It's nice to see the young'un following in my footsteps. Grin
2106  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inspired by Poetry Swap Gallery on: November 19, 2007 03:08:48 PM
Thanks for the compliments! She's not that tall.Her body was a small plastic soft drink bottle.I scrunched some tinfoil around it to shape it, tailing off to make her flowing gown.The head was sewed,stuffed,and tied onto the neck of the bottle. I may have used a pencil inside to help hold the head erect.I had a hard piece of styrofoam to stuff her head.I went to fill the bottle to give it some weight,only had enough dried beans for about 1/3 full,so I stuffed it full of compressed paper to finish filling it.It didn't have enough weight to stand very well,which is one reason it's hot glued to a base.Many layers of colored tissue paper and plain white glue-the colors ran and blended,my hands got real messy,it was fun! Did a few layers,let it dry overnight,repeat,ect.You can't see it,but I wrapped some plain white thread  tightly around the tissue,then daubed on a little gold paint,then another layer of glue.The base is a round tin,the kind that comes full of cookies,painted with blue acrylic paint.Her eyes and mouth are odd earrings.The body became hard and shiny.It's funny,I made a different project with black tissue and glue,and it was hard and dull. I sprayed some clear sealer on when it was done.This was made almost entirely from my stash-I think I spent 99 cents for the blue paint.
I still have to make my DD the one I promised her! She wants hers to have outstretched arms,and a record bowl base,so it can hold bracelets.
Edud,there are so many ways you could make one of these-I couldn't make 2 the same if I tried! If you make one,I hope you post it.It's nice to make something totally impractical occasionaly. Wink

2107  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Risk playing pieces on: November 18, 2007 11:23:56 AM
I love them! I'd so make holes in them with a hot pin,get some stretchy cord and beads,and make a bracelet.
2108  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Checkers and Charge It! on: November 18, 2007 11:19:14 AM
Go to the craft challenge page. Two challenges ago it was remake a board games-you'll find tons of ideas.Go to the purse board,reconstructed..Someone here made an awesome purse using the box to a scrabble game;I think there's other game purses also.What's fun is to put a game board on the top of a small table that's close to the same size.Seal it,or top it with a sheet of glass/plexiglass.Looks fun,and you can even still play the game.Could you drill holes in the checkers and use them for earrings or pendants?
2109  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: TUTORIAL: MAKE SEWABLE FABRIC FROM PLASTIC BAGS on: November 18, 2007 07:25:51 AM
in fact, I do use my time to try to make changes. i work in the field of architectural sustainability. i have recently been working on studying how Tyvek responds in a fire. it's very similar to the plastic bags and not all plastic bags are made of the "good" kind of plastic. some plastic bags when melted or burned do release toxic fumes regardless of whether or not they smell like anything (think of carbon monoxide).

the worst part about doing this kind of thing as part of my job is knowing that I can't shut down the companies who do this. frankly, businesses need plastics bags for the convenience of their shoppers even if they cause the environment harm. the only way i can do anything at all is to improve education about plastics and safe things we can do with them when building. i liked to share my knowledge with the Craftsters here because, like a real crafty type, i think that crafters really can take over the world with the mad innovative skills.

i've seen this project done before and i want to challenge everyone to try something new with plastic bags as your medium that doesn't require melting or the addition of any glue at all and see what you come up with. Craftsters love a challenge don't they?

You make some very good points.I do believe you know what you're talking about.That being said, I still believe ironing plastic to make fabric is better than sending the plastic to the landfill.Especially if it keeps you from buying a new plastic tote bag/tablecloth/whatever. I did buy the cloth grocery bags-the hardest part about using them is remembering to take them back out to the car as soon as I've unloaded them! I still need to make a fabric bag that will fold up small and fit in my purse to be handy for everything else.It does require extra thought and planning.Have I quit bringing plastic bags into the house?Not 100%,but I've slowed it down considerably.

Non ironed plastic challenge? I know you can make "plarn" to crochet or knit with;unfortunately I can't do either.Something I've heard about but haven't tried yet-latch hook.Cutting plastic into small strips,and using regular latch hook canvas.Supposedly it makes a great doormat.Right now I'm too broke after car repairs to even think about craft shopping,but it's on my list for after christmas.
Some other ideas I've never done,but am curious about-weaving.I could see wrapping and old picture frame with twine(for durability) and weaving plastic strips instead of yarn. I could see that as the basis for a tote bag.I don't know if it would hold up as a rug,or be too slippery to be safe,and my cat would probably chew on it.Craftster axiom-the more time consuming(or expensive) the project,the more likely your pet will be to destroy it!
That's also why I won't try a braided rag rug with plastic-too slick,pet chewing.The weaving does have me curious-I did a twine/yarn rug decades ago,long gone now.If I get off my lazy butt and try it,I'll post on the process.
I'd love to hear everyone's ideas on other projects,no matter how wild,no matter if it's actually been done or not,big or small,usefull or silly.It might spark something.How about at least trying a tightly woven braid of plastic for a bag handle?Slip it through a grommet set on your tote bag,and knot the end to keep it in place.Gift bag handles are done exactly like that.
Thanks everybody!

CraftyMccrafterson,you said not all bags are of "good" plastic,and that SOME of them release fumes.Any way for a layperson to know which is which?
2110  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inspired by Poetry Swap Gallery on: November 17, 2007 03:41:44 PM
Thank you! I didn't have that in mind at the time,but I do like Miro.
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