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2181  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: recycled Miss Alanius Muse on: April 23, 2008 05:12:58 PM
I can't give you a textbook definition, but it's from greek/roman mythology. A female spirit that inspires one,tfor example the muse of music,poetry,ect-I know they had specific names. In more general terms I've heard writers talk about being inspired by the muse,or having writer's block and needing a muse.
Since my daughter liked the poetry muse i did for a swap,I had to promise I'd make her one. She loves the kid's book Miss Alanius, so she asked for the muse of miscellaneous things.Which is why she has a cape covered in doodads. Cheesy
2182  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: recycled Miss Alanius Muse on: April 22, 2008 04:14:02 PM
Thank you! they're fun to make.
2183  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: "_____ in a box" gift ideas. on: April 22, 2008 08:46:10 AM
A book light is also a good idea. You can stay up late in your cozy bed without keeping anyone else awake,or read in the car at night-hopefully not while driving. Cheesy
Someone else here made bookcovers-one paperback size,one hardcover size.Read on the bus,in the waiting room-no one knows what you're reading. I like the tote idea.It wouldn't have to be very large, just enough for a couple of books.
2184  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: buried in silk flowers...help!! on: April 22, 2008 12:25:13 AM
Klutz makes a book on how to make flower fairies with them.I've seen them on top of an ink pen-I think the pen was wrapped in green floral tape to look like a stem.I know I've seen it on craftster.Oh,look up wish sticks! Found the link-www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150422.0 She strung flowers and beads on wire to hang from a window,maybe 6-12 inches long? they looked really pretty! Buy a cheap bag of sticky pin backs,make some of the flatter ones into pins to wear?
2185  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: 69 Cassette tapes and no ideas wat to make with them HELP!!!! on: April 22, 2008 12:14:46 AM
Recyclecindy has some posts on the eco craftalong;she crochets cool purses.And she give instuctions on her blog.
2186  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: McDonald's Cardboard Drink Trays on: April 22, 2008 12:10:17 AM
If you shredded and soaked enough,maybe making paper.Or mix with white glue and make paper machie.Use one for cookouts(or in a picnic basket) as a caddy for silverware,napkins,condiments,ect.Cut it into squares and make little notebooks-use odd scrapes of paper for pages,sew or tape along edge.Could you use the 4 compartments to hold rolled up fabric scraps,or to sort and hold other craft materials?Or lay on their sides,stack them,packing tape them together,make cubbies to hold/sort stuff?
2187  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Fuze (Healthy Infusions) Bottles on: April 22, 2008 12:00:31 AM
I painted one with glass paint(maybe 99 cents at the art store)stenciled a unicorn on one side,baked it to set the paint,decoupaged a fairy on the other side,and glued a big flat glass gem (from a bag from the dollar store) on to the lid. It looked pretty cool. It could be a change bank,I guess. I sent it off for a swap,pics aren't up yet.
I've used jones soda bottles to make figurines. I made a head,starting with tinfoil.Wrapped foil around the bottle to shape the body a bit.Filled the bottle with beans,used an old pencil so the head wouldn't wobble,covered it all with lots of tissue and glue,used yarn and junk jewelry for hair and features.I've made 2 very different ones. One of them I made the head out of a scrap of cloth stuffed with cotton balls,and stiffened with white glue.Here's the link if you're interested-www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225472.0
Nothing spectacular,they were just fun to make.
I like fuse bottles,too!You could have a row of them in a window,with ivy or philodendron in each,or flowers.Decorate the outside if you want.You can pour paint inside,turn them every so often so it's even,and have cool colored bottles for fake flowers. Fill with tea or cocoa mix,decorate the outside,give to a friend.

2188  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Over 600 Greeting/Post Cards? on: April 21, 2008 11:38:21 PM
I wish I had your problem! I see what you mean,though,600 is a lot of cards.You could bind a stack as pages in a book,and add dialogue/word balloons to each page to make a story.Give some to a school for art projects. Put a line in your signature offering to swap them. I'd swap you something for a stack of these. Grin
2189  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: kid friendly craft sites on: April 21, 2008 05:44:01 PM
Good points. And I know I need to get over my squemishness-I'd much rather have to explain stuff to her,than have her guess or ask friends who don't know much more than she does. I appreciate everyone's viewpoints on this.
Hee,it's going to be interesting when she joins craftster and looks up my old posts.
2190  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Western Swap (kitchy yet fun!) on: April 21, 2008 05:35:36 PM
Works for me!
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