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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Collaberative ETSY Shop to Support Autistic Individuals and Autism Speaks on: October 06, 2007 08:26:44 PM
After a few months of sitting on the idea, I thought it was about time to jump in and get involved.  My life for one has been greatly impacted by Autism as my oldest daughter is autistic. 

More than 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with some form of Autism, and that rate keeps going up.

I know many children through support groups and through professionals who have expressed the need for something like this.  There are so many autistic individuals who could benefit from sponsorship of their special needs supplies and treatment. 

I have also supported http://www.autismspeaks.org for a very long time.  They are an incredible resource to families of those dealing with Autism, and promote change, awareness, and research to help slow this epidemic and help offer treatment to those affected by this disease.

My goals for this ETSY shop, is first to help those who have autism with real needs that we could provide.  Examples are sensory equipment which is not covered by any insurance carrier as of yet.  Another example would be to provide diapers for those kids who have outgrown child-size diapers but cant afford the larger ones (we have found ourselves in this situation many times, and it is something I can really relate to and understand the need for!)

you can see this profile for this etsy shop at: http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5333492

100% of the profits after shipping and listing costs will go directly towards the above donations.  50% of the profits will go to a needy family affected by Autism.  The remaining 50% will be donated to AutismSpeaks.org.

If you are at all interested in helping with this effort by donating a craft, we will truly appreciate it!  ALL crafts are welcome from  young, old, experienced, and novice alike.  It does not have to be autism themed, and can be a great stash buster!

You will need to ship the item to me (please reply here or pm me for details), and I will list it, and ship it to the buyer.

If you are interested in making something for an autistic child specifically, I will include a list of items on another thread that can be donated and most used (I will update this list with new ideas frequently, so keep watch!).  You can also send any items you like for this (even off the suggested list) and I will make sure they go to a needy autistic child. 

Let me know, and lets get this off the ground and running!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / TONS of upholstery fabric (gorgeous toile and matching navy blue solid) on: September 20, 2007 12:24:50 AM
Okay... so i bought a bunch of fabric thinking I was going to be recovering my couches.  6 months later and I have one cushion recovered.  I'm giving up on that project. 

SO. 

I have 20 yards of upholstery fabric and need ideas.

I dont want to recover furniture with it.  Roll Eyes  (i'm difficult i know). 

I have a love for smaller projects.  think: purses, clothes, etc.

Anything that i can see a result on in like... a day.  lol.

i have 10 yds each (20yds total) of gorgeous white and navy toile, and a dark navy solid.

i cant really make a dress for my girls because its SO thick.  I just dont think it would be comfy. 

What else???  I am up for making multiple things and selling them on etsy too (i am trying to open a shop).

thanks!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I need TONS of ideas for pecans (we have THREE trees!) on: September 08, 2007 08:05:26 PM
We have three huge pecan trees out back and are looking for ideas of what to do with them!!  I am planning on making a bunch of pecan preserves, pecan pies, candies, etc... but i'm always looking for more ideas Smiley  thanks so much for your help!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / a REDICULOUS amount of pecans (need ideas for shells) on: September 08, 2007 08:03:52 PM
we are going to try to come up with ideas for cooking / using about 3 HUGE pecan-trees worth of pecans.  That is of course going to give us a bunch of shells to work with too... any ideas of what we could do with them???
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What can you do with Soda Can Tabs? on: September 04, 2007 09:07:57 AM
I saw the thread for snapple caps, etc, but I havent found a good thread with lots of ideas for soda can tabs.  I am hoping to make a bunch of goodies for my brother for CHristmas with them (he loves kitchy things!) and had already thought about lacing them together and making him a belt.

I'd love a bunch  more ideas!!!  They dont have to be male specific either, as I have a female friend who would also love stuff like this!

Thanks!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What can you do with Duct Tape? on: September 04, 2007 09:06:40 AM
I have seen a few specific project ideas when I did a search, but no threads that seem to collect all of the ideas you can do with duct tape.  I am working on some Christmas gifts, and I know my brother and one friend will really enjoy duct tape projects. 

I am planning to make my brother a wallet made out of duct tape.

BUT - I am looking for lots more ideas!!

Thanks in advance!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / about 100 "gold" id bracelets on: September 02, 2007 05:29:37 PM
I got a TON of cheap (like the stuff you would find in quarter machines) ID bracelets.  There are about 100 I'd guess.  They look kindof like the pic below but are thinner "gold" (obviously plated with something and very cheap metal inside - and the clasp is bendable)



These are way too cheap to give as "bracelets" to friends/family, but I'd like to DO something with them.

I dont have an engraving tool, but I've seen the tools where you can press images/letters into metal.  I think I've seen that at the scrapbook dept of places like walmart??

Anyhow.... we're looking for some unique & creative ideas to use these!!  I am totally willing to dismantle them, but dont think i could melt them down or anything...

We have thought of maybe using them as "tags" to put around wine bottle necks and then either write or "press" a message into them like "happy holidays" or "happy birthday" - etc..... but obviously we arent going to get or give 100 bottles of wine :p

Any ideas???  THanks!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / over 150 photo keychains (need some creative ideas!) on: September 02, 2007 05:16:35 PM
They look a lot like THIS:


Basically you can put a photo inside them.  There are varying sizes - but most are about 2x3"  - a couple are smaller. 

We have come up with:

~Luggage Tags
~Key Chains

Not too creative. 

I know there have GOT to be so many fun things we can do with these.... any ideas?
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / about 1000 dog tag chains on: September 02, 2007 05:09:57 PM
Okay so my husband is in the military and as such, we live in a military town.  Living in a military town, we usually see a lot of military rejects at the thrift stores. 

When I was at a fav thrift store the other day I saw bags fulllllllll of jewelry items.  I bought three HUGE bags full for $13.  NOT A BAD DEAL!

I figured I could at LEAST get enough items out of there to suffice for plenty of Christmas and Birthday presents to justify spending the $13.

In one of those bags was LITERALLY 1000 (at least) military dog tag CHAINS (just the chains).  They are all in great shape (most new in the package, still sealed), and come with a 24-30" chain, and a 4"-5" chain.   I have HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of these. 

I am looking for crafts to do with them... So far the ideas we've had are:

Lamp Chain pull

Necklace (obvious)

and the hubby even suggested linking them all together and crocheting/knitting with them.

What else could we do with these?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Inside-out Monkey :) on: July 13, 2007 12:48:41 PM
So - I was totally inspired by Kent Rogowski ( http://www.kentrogowski.com/ ), and after a friend expressed her love for the inside-out cuddlies, I decided to do one for her out of her favorite animal (monkey) for her desk at work.  As I was at the Dollar Tree yesterday I spotted this little guy (originally a gift-card holder), and snagged him up. 



I had a LOT of fun doing surgery on Mr. Monkey.  Poor little man wasnt so sure that he was in good hands at this point.


I think he looks really pathetic and cute and lovable Smiley My friend LOOOOVES him. 



Thanks for peeking!
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