Hee,I'm always broke,so I just read them at work on break.I like Make(that's more technogeeky than crafty,but sometimes has ideas).Once it showed how someone has cut and sanded lots of circuit board,and made a small chest of drawers.Awesome! Adorn magazine,and Make has a sister publication I think is called...er...Craft.Somerset has so many different special issuses,as does Stampington.Altured Couture(yes,I'm sure I've missspelled that),and the Haute Handbags that comes out twice a year.And we didn't get in the october issuse,darn it!I love those two magazines!Sometimes they have good ideas in Real Simple.
Notebook and pens and pencils for writing,and one of those mini pencil sharpeners.A lap desk makes writing easier,and can even help prop up a book.Maybe cut pictures and headlines out of celebrity gossip magazines to decorate either?Even a plain notebook from the drugstore would be fine,just glue on a few celebrity cutouts maybe.A package of colored pens is fun-we all like to doodle!I'd get a crossword or puzzle magazine even if you don't know if she does them or not-sometimes you're bored and don't feel like watching tv.They sell Ruth Heller coloring books in the kid's section of a bookstore,but adults buy them too.Lots of geometric images on each page,fun to fill in.Markers would bleed through to the other side,but colored pencils work.Or even crayons.The metaphysical/new age section has very cool mandala coloring books meant for grownups. My daughter had a lap desk years ago-the back was padded,the top flat,but the top was hinged on the edge like a box-you could put magazines and pencils inside,and there was a lip on the edge to keep pencils from rolling off.Heck,a shoebox style box you've decorated and filled with little things would be great.Treats,if you're VERY sure she can have them.Sometimes the hospital has you on a restricted diet,or even if they don't,may need to monitor what is eaten or drunk.If she's allowed to have them,mints and hard candy are great. Does she have to share a room? Would she like a sleep mask? Does she have a cheap cd player or radio with earphones-makes it easier to tune out roommate/hospital noises.My husband has a bedside cd player he just kept turned low; it helped a lot when he was in the hospital. Would she like you to do her nails or hair?How about a pin to wear on her hospital gown?Bedroom slippers for when they make you get up and walk.Slipper socks for cold feet,or just a fun pair of warm socks. I don't have good photoshop or computer skills,but if you do,it would be fun to do a fake headline about how Leonard Dicapricio is heartbroken and inconsolable because best friend's in the hospital,and is going to join a monestary until she's better.Make a big poster of that,or just a get well poster,hang it on the wall of her room where she can see it.Bring pushpins,and a roll of tape if they won't let you pin it to the wall. Something helpfull would be to print out a sheet of phone numbers of friends and relatives for her.You could laminate it,I just slipped one into a plastic sleeve from the office/school supply section of the drugstore.It could go right on her little bedside table and be handy. My husband was in the hospital last christmas.I got a stocking for him and filled it.You could just buy a cheap one,or make one if you want. I hope some of this helps-good luck to your friend!
I'm so sorry! That's exactly how my nephew's wife said to make them.I just clicked on the link on page one to the oreo balls lovefindslove posted in april,to see if they were any different from the recipe I was given.lovesfindslove chilled the mixture-nephew's wife didn't tell me that!I just copied her post.I'm so sorry they didn't work!Here's hers-
"These are so easy! And they go over SO WELL. I've had people offer to pay me to make them for them!
Please try these. . .
Ingredients: 1 pack of oreos 8 oz. cream cheese (one container) Almond Bark (milk or white chocolate, whichever you prefer)
Supplies: Wax Paper Toothpics One large Bowl Blender Fork
Instructions: 1) Blend the cream cheese in a bowl until it looks kind of whipped. 2) Break the oreos in your hands and add them to the cream cheese. 3) Blend the oreo/cream cheese mixture until there are no large chunks of oreos. It should be a really dark brown color (and it actually looks extremely disgusting!) 4) Stick in the refrigerator for at least two hours to harden. 5) . . .waiting. . . . 6) Take the oreo mixture out of the fridge and roll it into 1 inch balls. 7) Melt the almond bark per instructions on the back of the package. Cool Stick a toothpick in the ball, and dip it in the chocolate. 9) Set it on wax paper to dry.
Ways to "dress them up": -You can drizzle them with the opposite color of chocolate (e.g. if you make milk chocolate oreo balls drizzle them with white chocolate and vice versa) -Roll them in coconut before the chocolate dries -Put colorful sprinkles on them"
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!
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!
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!