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2351  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: marble tree hair clip & pendant on: December 08, 2007 08:42:38 PM
2352  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Semi-cat-proof beaded curtain ideas? on: December 08, 2007 08:15:42 PM
This would take way more time than I have,but I can kind of picture this in my head-Make a solid fabric curtain,then paint it with fabric paint to look like strings of beads.Or if you have a light colored fabric,maybe permanent markers? Fabric paint would look niftier.glue/sew on real beads here and there in the design for a somewhat 3d effect.If anyone comes up with a way to keep a cat from jumping at long dangling things,we need to give them some kind of genius prize.I've seen some of your other decorating posts,you do great work!
2353  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: bubble wrap for window panes on: December 08, 2007 07:35:51 PM
Someone here on craftster made curtains with these before Readymade did it.They edged them with bias tape,looked really great.
2354  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Record coaster set with 45 record holder on: December 08, 2007 07:15:10 PM
I made a square record bowl once.I had a small square metal pan.I put it on a cookie sheet,upside down,and put the record on top of the pan.I may have shaped it slightly while it was still warm.Turned out well.I like your coasters and coaster holder-neat idea!
2355  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: tea cup candles- help! on: December 08, 2007 07:02:34 PM
Samsara,this is a silly question-but would instant coffee give melted wax a coffee scent? I know when someone asked if coffee beans could be used as filling in a rice heat pack,someone warned them not to,saying they had volatile oils and would catch on fire.Thanks for all your good candlemaking tips! It would be nice to have a candle making board on craftster.
I made a candle in a demitasse from thrift store-wish I'd kept a pic.I used beeswax granules I was given,candlewick from thrift store,and a couple of brown crayons-the color was perfect.I tied a washer to the bottom of the wick,and used a tiny dab of glue,I tied the top of the wick to a pencil.The top of the candle was only slightly messed up,I just poured a very little extra wax on top,and it was perfect.I stirred in some powdered cinnamon after the wax melted,but since I gave the candle away,I have no idea if it actually scented it or not.
I read on someone's page long ago that they made these,and instead of using candlewick,they used a birthday candle!
2356  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Super easy wall tealight holder. on: December 08, 2007 06:37:46 PM
I think they make led light tea lights,they would be good in that holder.It looks great.
2357  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: the easiest, cheapest, fastest (and yummiest!) stocking stuffers ever! on: December 08, 2007 06:34:20 PM
Thank you,ryepie! I just bought mugs from rite aid-99 cents,100 skewers-one dollar,candy canes-buy a box get one free,chocolate and marshmallows-on sale this week.I'm going to fill a mug with the marshmallow sticks,a candy cane,maybe hot chocolate cones(can't find bags yet,I just may put in an individual package of cocoa from a box instead),a few hershey kisses,and maybe a choclate dipped plastic spoon for stirring coffee.Cheap and festive-the kid has lots of teachers,aunts & uncles,ect that need a gift.And I'm making some for my friends that I want to give a gift to,but I'm broke.You've really helped me out!
2358  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Toy recalls and the handmade christmas... on: December 08, 2007 06:23:00 PM
Something that might be good for kids that are a little older-a box of magic tricks.Buy a kid's magic book,or look online or at the library,and print out/copy good ones.Add bright colored scarves,a wand,a deck of cards.A  hat and plush rabbit.thrift store hat,or make one out of cardboard and cover it with black fabric,or paint it maybe?Decorate the box,or a small travel suitcase from the thrift store would work very well.
Girls would go for a small box/bag of embroidery floss,beads,and directions for making friendship bracelets.
Boys are tough-whether you're buying or making stuff!They like gross stuff-I know somewhere I've seen a recipe for "slime".I've seen kid's books on simple science experiments,using stuff like baking soda,vinegar,ect.Bookmarks shaped like footballs,ect.maybe? Joke books?
A dress up box-Thrift store jewelry,purses,old prom dress,scarves,ect ect.
Spy kit-magnifying glass,rubber gloves,I think you can use cornstarch or baby powder to dust for fingerprints,add a brush for the powder,an ink pad and paper for taking fingerprints(and maybe some wet wipes for cleaning up your fingers after),sunglasses,groucho glasses for a disguise,wigs and hats for that also,a book of codes for secret mesages-look some up to print out maybe,directions for invisible ink-lemon juice or milk work,then hold to something warm I think.Old maps.It'd be fun to add a letter from the chief to agent x-9,welcoming them to the organization-make up an acronym-and giving them a code to break.Two stories with codes are Sherlock Holmes -the dancing men(I think),and Poe's the gold bug(I think).A Hardy boys or Nancy Drew book would be fun.too.And add a cheap notebook.
My daughter's getting a bunch of art supplies from a sidewalk sale this summer,some art books I also got on sale,ect. all in a box.I'm hoping I can find a beret somewhere!
I know these ideas aren't 100% handmade,sorry! But they're a mix of handmade,bought,and thrift store-a little better than more cheap plastic.
2359  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Help Me with Class Ideas!!! Please!!! on: December 06, 2007 08:54:11 PM
You can make a hanging lantern out of a tin can,punch holes in it in a pattern.Birds like dryer lint for their nests.There are more tshirt and jeans bags on here than you can shake a stick at-on the purses and bags thread,someone combined all the tutes at the top.Tshirt pillows are easy;there's even a no sew version-I found them in a tshirt recon book called Tease,but it's probably on craftster,too.Glass can be etched,or painted.You can layer colored sand in it to make a design,and even put dirt and a plant on top.Candleholders.A simple rustic vase-put 2 rubber bands around the jar.Put sticks of a similar lenght under the rubber bands,all the way around.Tie raffia or ribbon over the rubber bands to hide them,Tin cans would make good robots,perhaps? garden sculpture.Cardboard cereal boxes make gift bags-cover them with paper,punch holes in the top to string ribbon for handles.Recycle used wrapping paper for this,or make a collage of misc.stuff.Magazine holders.Glass jars make good luminarias-put in an inch or two of sand,drop in a candle.
2360  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: can anyone help me?Personal Project please on: December 05, 2007 12:06:33 PM
You could go on etsy and use recycled clothing as key words to see what people are making and selling.Check out the lastest craft challenge on craftster,the ugly to fabulous-lots of people used ugly clothes in their challenges.And not all of them made clothing into clothing.Troll through the archieves here-there's more recycled projects than you can shake a stick at.There's a eco-craftalong,maybe they have some good ideas?Good luck!
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