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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Rice Heating/cooling Pack on: December 14, 2008 09:36:41 AM
I think this is a good place for these questions...
I'm making some rice heating packs for xmas gifts and I'm wondering if I can use scents that I have to scent soaps in the rice packs.

And, I want to attach a tag with heating/cooling instructions and was wondering if anyone knew of a cute poem or just an easy way to word the instructions?

Thanks so much
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / New Home Starter kit? on: November 27, 2008 07:12:42 PM
My sister just announced that she has a goal to be moved out of my parents house and into her own apartment by Feb. 27th.  She is really set on doing this, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together like  a starter kit of things she will need for her house like dishes etc. What are some things that are necessities for starting a new household?  I'd really like to DIY alot of it.  I can do just about anything and what I don't know how to do, I am willing to try, so please, provide me with a list and links to any tutes you may have!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / My crafty baby shower! on: November 14, 2008 01:58:56 PM
ok, so the shower hasn't officiall happened yet..it's a week from tomorrow, but we are now done with every crafty thing that needed to be done!  I'm so excited!  So without further ado, here are the pics!

Diaper Cake my mom made for me! It has about 345 diapers in it!

These are our favors they are supposed to look like baby booties and are made from an 8 oz. styrofoam cup. A tut can be found here: http://www.creative-baby-shower-ideas.com/baby-bootie-cups.html

We made NINETY ONE of these things! 

This is one of the game books we made.  Instead of passing out a bunch of pieces of paper, we put them into a book.  This is the cover.

one of the pages inside the book.  This is the baby bingo game.

and the last page has a thank you poem that's supposed to be from baby.

and this isn't too crafty, but still we rolled 100 rolls of silverware!

I hope you like everything! Comments appreciated!!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Any and all crafty baby items! on: June 03, 2008 02:10:14 PM
I recently found out I'm pregnant! Woo! I'm due on Dec. 25. yup christmas...incedentally that's my sister's birthday too!  So I'm pretty much broke but want to make as much as I possibly can for this little one.  So any ideas, links or anything else you may have to input can go in here!  I've seen the basics (embroidering onsies, wipes cases and taggies) but I can't find much else beyond that, that is not a baby shower gift (diaper cakes/wreaths).  I don't mind getting REALLY creative when I have to, so please put any and all suggestions in here!

p.s. I crochet, hand sew, and will try just about anything!
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Need Items for Detroit Children's Hospital on: April 01, 2008 11:25:21 AM

My name is Krystal and I need you wonderful people's help!

I would like to donate cancer caps, blankies, and stuffed toys to the Detroit Children's Hospital.  I'm the only person I know who crochets, or even crafts in general but I am planning on starting a group where I can teach people to crochet chemo caps and granny squares to make blankies for the kids. Also, almost anyone can tie no sew fleece blankets.  And I figure that if young kids want to help, they can make thankyou cards for all the amazing people who might send something to help. So if there is anyone who can spare some time and yarn (or fleece etc.) to make a cap or a square, or even a stuffed animal, it would truly be appreciated!  also, if you feel you can, any supplies such as yarn, fleece, knitting needles or extra hooks would be wonderful! pm me for my address or if you have any questions, just post them here!

Hope to hear from you soon,

Krystal Howarth
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pattern for my Crochet Market Bag on: March 12, 2008 09:58:11 AM
Here is the pattern for my Market Bag.  Sorry it took so long, I'm in the process of moving.  Original link can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230650.msg2511781#msg2511781

Krystal's Grocery Bag Pattern

1 Skein Caron Simply Soft Brites in Limelight
K hook
Yarn Needle for sewing in the ends
Stitch Markers

NOTE: This bag is worked in rounds

Bottom of Bag: ch 5 slst to first ch to form ring
Rnd 1: ch 3 work 11 dc into ring. Join with slst to top of ch 3
(ch 3 counts as first dc throughout DO NOT TURN)
Rnd 2: ch 3; dc in slst just made, 2dc in next dc and in each dc around; join with slst to top of ch 3
Rnd 3: ch 3; dc in slst just made *1dc in next 2 dcs, 2dc in next dc; repeat from * around join with slst to top of ch3
Rnd 4: ch 3; dc in slst just made *1dc in next 2 dcs, 2dc in next dc; repeat from * around join with slst to top of ch3
Rnd 5: ch 3; dc in slst just made *1dc in next 3 dcs, 2dc in next dc; repeat from * around join with slst to top of ch3
Rnd 6: ch 3; dc in slst just made *1dc in next 4 dcs, 2dc in next dc; repeat from * around join with slst to top of ch3
Rnd 7: ch 3 sk next dc, sc in next dc; *ch 3 sk next dc, sc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with sc into first ch3 sp.
Rnd 8 - 22: *ch 3 sc into next ch 3 sp; join with sc in first ch3 sp repeat from * around
Rnd 23: ch 2; hdc in next ch 3 sp, hdc in next sc *hdc in next ch3 sp, hdc in next sc; repeat from * around, join with slst to top of ch2
Rnd 24: ch 2; hdc in each hdc around, join with slst to top of ch 2
Rnd 25: ch 1; sc in each hdc around, join with slst to first sc, ch 2
NOTE: strap is worked in rows
Row 26: ch 2; hdc in next 6 sts; turn
Row 27: ch 2; hdc in next 6 hdc; tun
Continue in this pattern until strap measures approx 19"
Fasten off, leaving a 6" tail
Sew strap to opposite side of bag with tail and yarn needle
Make a ch measuring approx 7" Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn
Row 1: Ch 2; hdc in each hdc across; turn
Row 2: Ch 2; hdc in each hdc across; turn
Continue in this pattern until piece measures approx 5" long
Fasten off, leaving tail long enough for sewing
To figure out placement of pocket,

Lay bag flat, as pictured:

Fold sides under the bag, so I looks like this:

Sew Pocket in place pictured along the red lines, leaving the blue open:

and Voila! you have a foldable market bag!  To fold bag into pocket, simple lay bag down as in the first picture, fold down the strap, fold under the sides as in the second pic, fold that in half short ways, and flip the pocket inside out!  Hope this helps some people!

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Do they even make these? on: March 12, 2008 07:53:45 AM
I am looking for containers that have separate compartments so I can make some homemade frozen dinners for my BF.  We are moving to separate places and I'm afraid he'll starve to death or only eat fast food if I don't pre-prepare some meals for him.  Plus, there's no stove in the place he's moving to, only a fridge so the containers need to be microwave safe.  Also, anyone have any recipes that freeze well? 
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to wind a skein? on: March 07, 2008 02:31:14 PM
I know this is probably a very basic question that EVERYONE knows the answer to, but I don't lol  So, i just pulled apart a knit sweater and wanted to know how to wind it into a skein instead of a ball, since I want to wash the yarn and I read that's the best way to wash it.  I know I didn't spin the yarn, but I thought this would be the best place to find an answer.  I've searched and I can't find any links or tuts (probably because it's so basic) so any help would be greatly appreciated!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Double Stranded Green Beaded Necklace on: March 03, 2008 07:17:32 AM
Here's a double stranded green beaded necklace. 2 crocheted wire chains with glass beads and my own handmade closure.

Please give me your opinions!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'm on a roll! (crocheted necklace) on: March 02, 2008 11:24:44 AM
This is the second piece of crocheted jewelry I've done today! Here is my crocheted beaded neclace!

Hope you like it! comments and criticism are appreciated!
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