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71  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Hope on: May 12, 2009 01:46:18 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot. 

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Hope.

I completed the cover (With yarn dandelions). 


Page 1 (Front and Back) (the little card on the back opened and was signed on the inside)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back) (and yes that is a quilt block on the front of this one)


Page 6 (Front and Back) (The front of this one was cross stitched)


Page 7 (Front and Back)


An Image to show how thick the books were when bound.

 
Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.   
     
72  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Epic Book Project for My Mom--Faith on: May 12, 2009 01:38:36 PM
So first a bit of background is necessary.  My Dad died on March 4th after a long battle with prostate cancer.  All treatment was stopped in the summer, and his health steadily declined right to the end.  This was all really hard on my Mom, and I wanted to do something special for her, but like all special things it would take time.  I started in January, inspired by alteredmommy's Book of Hope, and started planning what would turn into an epic project.  First I decided that more was necessary to get through this than hope, so I settled on Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  After batting around a few ideas, and some emails, I enlisted the help of a family friend who passed out book pages and instructions, collected finished pages, recruited more people, and even reminded people who forgot. 

All in all almost forty of my Mom's friends contributed sheets for use in the books (some sheets even travelled to Florida to be completed), and even though many complained that they were not crafty, the results suggest otherwise.  I will admit, that I was nervous about how my Mom would react to this, but the tear filled message on my answering machine when she received them, tells me that the months of effort were worth it.

So without further ado: Faith.

I completed the cover (needle felted cross, polymer clay footprints (my 1st time using glaze)). 


The inside of the cover.


Page 1 (Front and Back)


Page 2 (Front and Back)


Page 3 (Front and Back)


Page 4 (Front and Back)


Page 5 (Front and Back)


Page 6 (Front and Back)


Construction Details: Pages are made from cardboard boxes (like for cereal), and are covered with scrapbook paper on one side, and handmade paper from Ten Thousand Villages on the other.  I punched the holes and bound the books using strips of scrapbook paper and hemp cord from Ten Thousand Villages.

Thanks for looking at this monster post.  I must say that I am eternally indebted to alteredmommy for all her help and ideas, and all the people involved in making this project so special.   
     
73  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Warner Brother's cartoon Swap? on: March 30, 2009 06:26:19 AM
So, I'm wondering about the possibility of a Warner Brother's Cartoon Swap.  Whether you're a fan of Bug Bunny and the Classic gang, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, or any other great cartoons that I am missing (please add to the list), I think this could be a lot of fun. 

We could return to our childhood (or in my case last Saturday) roots the crafty way, by crafting up some spectacular cartoon goodness. 

If there's interest I guess the other question would be what size of items would people be interested in?
74  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Attaching something needlefelted to paper on: March 16, 2009 07:48:31 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions for attaching something needlefelted to paper (more specifically card stock).

I figure glue would work but I am looking for suggestions so that I don't just make a mess of everything.

Thanks.
75  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Inspiration Book Title Ideas Needed on: February 03, 2009 11:11:09 AM
So, I'm about to embark on a crazy project for my Mom.  Currently my Dad is dying of prostate cancer, so as you can imagine things are tough for my Mom (and the rest of us but especially her), and since I don't live close enough to visit frequently, I'm always trying to figure out creative ways to offer my support (when I was home last I left a stuffie to keep my Mom company), so on to the point of this topic.  I was really inspired by alteredmommy's A Book of Hope , and I am planning on doing something similar but I will be getting people close to my Mom to make chunky book pages along the themes of Faith, Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and maybe Strength (let me know if I'm missing anything important). 

What I'm unsure of though is what to title the book.  Some of the ideas floating around in my head are "All You Need" or "A Little Book of Love" or "A Little Help from Your Friends" or something like that.  I'm sure you all have great ideas that can help me out. 

Oh and I must thank alteredmommy for her help so far on this project.  It's getting closer and closer to getting off the ground.   
76  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Sweater for my Dad--Son of a SnB--Smokin' on: January 12, 2009 07:24:35 PM
For Christmas this year I wanted to do something special and appropriate for my Dad.  He has terminal prostate cancer and is always cold so a sweater seemed like a great option.

I used the Smokin' pattern from Son of a Stitch n Bitch.  I knit it in the smallest size.  I changed the pattern so that I could use thicker yarn (Wool Ease Thick and Quick) and bigger needles (10mm).  To change it I just made a swatch and did a lot of math.  This part of the process worked out really well.

On Christmas Eve as I was finishing the sweater I managed to run out of yarn (the button band/collar took more than 1 ball, and that was all I had brought with me), so panic ensued (and by panic I mean real true panic attack panic... and resizing the collar about 10 times until I could squeak it out).  I managed to make do by making the collar narrower, which actually worked out well, and my Mom found some old grey yarn in her stash for me to sew the button band/collar on to the sweater with.  Oh and due to the yarn shortage I did not make pockets for the sweater. 

All in all I think it was a success, according to my Mom my Dad hasn't taken the sweater off since Christmas except to sleep, and to wash it once (to get some renegade maple syrup out).  So I have officially replaced Mr Rogers (as my Dad's previous cardigan was known.

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77  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kitty Hat!!! on: January 12, 2009 06:36:33 PM
I know it's nothing special, but I am absolutely in love with my new hat (I pretty much didn't take it off for 3 days after finishing it Grin).

It is the Bernat Snowboarder Hat (on their website, or available as a pamphlet).  I knit it with double stranded Paton's Wool (for the colour effect, and for warmth).  I added a bit of fuzzy white yarn to the crochet edge and the inside of the kitty ears.  (the kitty ears are 2 knit pieces that are attached with single crochet stitches). 

Oh and I blocked it in true Canadian fashion... I wore it our in a snowstorm  Grin
 
Sorry for the bad pick, but I too excited to wait for better pics to post... (btw big thanks to my friend Paula for emailing me the picture).



If you have any comments or questions let me know.
78  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater Arm Holes are too tight. on: January 11, 2009 12:41:27 PM
So, I finally got around to sewing the seams and finishing a sweater I knit a year ago, and when I went to try it on after finishing sewing the sleeves, the arm holes are too tight.  One is just uncomfortable, but the other is so tight it will not even sit on my shoulder.

Is there any way to fix this other than ripping out my sleeve and shoulder seams and joining yarn and adding rows to the front pieces?

Any help would be greatly appreciated (especially if anyone knows of any kind of quick-fix type solution). 
79  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / [Shaun the] Sheep Waffles!!! on: November 10, 2008 05:14:46 PM
For my husband's 26th birthday I wanted to do something special (and very age appropriate) for him.  So I was inspired by that lovable clay-mation sheep--Shaun (of Wallace and Gromit fame).

Here they are:


And here's how I made them:
To start I made the heads, legs, and pupils with melted chocolate.  I melted some chocolate (and I think a bit of butter) and spooned it onto wax paper in the shapes I wanted.  I drew the heads onto the foil before I started with a butter knife.  I just winged the rest (you can see how well that turned out by looking at the eyes...  Grin). 




The chocolate bits hardened in the fridge over night. 

In the morning I made waffles (by a mix), and then I fried some bananas in butter and maple syrup and placed them on top of the waffles.



Next I covered them in whipped cream, added the chocolate appendages, and quick took pictures as the chocolate was melting. 
(the pupils are so big, because it was next to impossible to assemble the little pupils without them melting)



I think these were the tastyest sheep ever (although it was hard to eat something this cute  Wink)   
80  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Jack Skellington Magnets on: October 21, 2008 12:09:00 PM
So these were a Christmas present that I started, finished, and finally gave to the recipient in June...

They are white and glow in the Dark poly-clay, and the faces are drawn on with Sharpies.  I tries to do the faces with clay too, but my skills aren't quite at that level yet (this was my third time making anything with poly-clay).  The magnets were just strip magnet stuck on the back.





Any comments, criticisms, or suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated. 
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