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2221  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: a REDICULOUS amount of pecans (need ideas for shells) on: December 03, 2007 07:51:55 PM
I have seen pinecones dipped in wax,sold as firestarters-very expensive,too!It was a gift shop I worked at many years ago,you could buy one,or a basket full with a fancy ribbon.I wonder if something similar can be done with pecan shells? Maybe use something small like a tuna can for a mold?
Lucky you,to have all those pecans!
2222  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Natural Decorations?? on: December 03, 2007 07:35:27 PM
Bend a wire coat hanger into a circle.Tie on a small handfull of pine/fir,ect.Tie on the next handfull to slightly overlap the first,so it hides where you tied it on.Repeat all the way around.If you have a bow,add it.Or just attach some pine cones with twist ties,hot glue,whatever works.Simple,natural,very attractive.
I saw a friend's mom put a small tree in her kitchen.She used ribbon to tie on cookie cutters,demitasse spoons,anything small from the kitchen,really.It was very cute.
Cut some thin twigs,bend them in a circle,wrap around itself.Maybe use string or a twist tie if needed.Cut a circle out of a christmas card someone's sent you.Glue the twig circle wreath on top of it,like a frame.If it's flimsy,cut a circle of cardboard for a backing piece.Hang them on your tree.Might even be cute pictures in the junk mail advertising,ect.
If you don't have to worry about pets or children eating them,cut sprays of dried berries,and tuck them in your christmas tree.If you do have little people-this isn't a natural decoration,but raid the toy box.Small plastic toys tied on with ribbon,small stuffed animals,even mittens and gloves,all are bright and cheery on a tree.
Use clear glue on pinecones-heck,clear nail polish would do(but that's flammable!)-and sprinkle with glitter,white or silver,sparkly,icy looking.
Use any scrap fabric you have,or cut up something otherwise destined for the Goodwill-and tie fabric bows all over your tree for some color.
You could try dipping interesting dried grasses,flowers,ect in food coloring-I've never tried that,but who knows?Or just tie small bundles of them up to tuck in the tree.
I think you can dry citrus and apple slices in the oven-very low heat,barely crack the oven door open(that's what I've read,maybe so moisture can escape).Turn them often to be sure they don't stick,maybe set them on a rack?I've only dried apples to eat,not for decor,so mine were smaller pieces and peeled,and I stirred them up often,sometimes they wanted to stick.
Do you have any old candles? I saw in a book-take a pillar candle,or a taper candle.Put it in a mold-milk carton maybe? Dab of glue,or melt a little wax to hold it up in the center.I wonder if a pringles can would work if you sprayed it
with pam?They filled the space with some pine needles,other natural things,poured in melted wax,let it cool,tore away the mold.The middle candle is supposed to burn down,showing through the outside.I've never done that-only read about it-so anyone trying that,PLEASE don't leave the burning candle unattended.If you have any old candles to melt down,that would be cute,Otherwise,just put your candle on any old saucer,arrange cones/greenery at the base,just don't let it burn all the way down.
2223  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Crazy quilt Christmas stocking on: December 03, 2007 06:39:25 PM
oooh,love the fabric.Great stocking-lucky swap partner!
2224  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Flannel Plaid Shirts on: December 01, 2007 07:52:31 PM
They'd make a cozy cover to slip a rice filled heat pack into.Saw a quilt-blue jean? with flannel on the back for softness/warmth.Cuddly baby plushie?Pillow?Purse lining?
2225  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bath salts-help please on: November 29, 2007 08:46:26 PM
Thanks! That helps.
2226  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inspired by Poetry Swap Gallery on: November 29, 2007 12:08:29 PM
Yay! I just got my angel package from DesignVigilante,and she spoiled me! She crocheted everything in the same yummy blended yellows and white.
A book tote,complete with the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,by Edgar Allan Poe.I love Poe,and it's a book of his I've never read.
A sunflower yo yo bookmark
A mug cozy
A cold drink cozy
a pencil case,which I really needed.I had admired one that someone else here made for the swap,so she made me one.Complete with pencils and pen
She took pictures,so I'll let her post them instead of putting stuff on the scanner immediately.It's all so sunny and pretty-it really makes me smile.
Thanks again for being my angel-it's been fun talking to you,and so great of you to make lovely things for me.
2227  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: artificial-fragrance-free, preservative-free shampoo/conditioner recipes? on: November 29, 2007 11:17:33 AM
have you tried an oatmeal bath for your itchy skin? I've just used the Aveeno stuff;I know you can make your own,but I've never done it.When I was itchy and red from too much sun,I dumped about a cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath and just soaked.It worked amazingly well.If there is any kind of oil or lotion you know works for you,I'd just cover myself in it before I went to bed.Might have to wash sheets a little more often,but bloody scratches -you poor thing!-can't be great for them either.What are you washing your sheets in? The chemicals in the laundry detergent may be irritating your skin.Try washing them in Dr.Bronner's soap,or that detergent-Dreft maybe? made for baby things.At the very least,less detergent and an extra rinse cycle.I've heard of using baking soda in the wash cycle-just be sure to put it in the water first and make sure it's dissolved before adding your clothes.Skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets,just in case.Good luck!
2228  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath salts-help please on: November 29, 2007 10:54:49 AM
I want to make bath salts,and being always short of cash,I'd like to use supplies I have on hand.I have some sea salt,epsom salts,a small bottle of glycerin,powdered milk-and I could always powder oatmeal in the blender.What ingrediants and proportions seem to work best? I'm leaving out scent.I'd scent my own,but if I don't know what scents a person likes/dislikes,or if they have any sensitivities,it's safer to leave it out.I'm hoping an experianced bath salt maker can help me out.Thanks!
I appreciate your help!
2229  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: eco-friendly Decoration ideas! on: November 28, 2007 06:31:31 PM
Look on the craftalongs page,there's a recycling themed one-a different green idea each month,dec.is gifts and decorations.
I've heard of-but not tried-the idea of taking a string of lights(not minis) and putting a junk cd behind each bulb to reflect like crazy.Tie red ribbon on your green wine bottles.Make flowers from paper,or white plastic bags,or cut a milk jug up into petal shapes and make a flower-fill the wine bottle "vases".If you have a glass cutter,cut of the tops,drop a candle inside for luminarias.Or fill paper bags halfway with sand for the same.I saw somewhere,a magazine?, ICE luminarias.I think they took a paper milk carton,put a smaller one inside,filled the space between with water,weighted down the center box,froze them.Ripped off paper,lined the walk,dropped in a candle.Again,I've never done it-that's my vague memory of how it was done.It looked awesome! Punch a design in a tin can-same general idea.If you have access to brushwood,and time-make a twig sculpture.Bend thin limbs,tie with twine,make a deer or something.Good luck!
2230  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Glitter Ornaments on: November 28, 2007 06:02:18 PM
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