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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday on: August 18, 2014 01:08:22 PM
Thank you for all the compliments.  Iggy really does seem to like it a lot.  He sits on it when he plays some times, so I'm really glad I decided to make it so resilient. 
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday on: August 17, 2014 05:30:38 PM
My little boy turned seven this weekend.  He is autistic which makes gift giving a little challenging.  He really enjoys sensory play and loves sand.  They make sensory tables for water and sand.  They are normally plastic and not exactly sturdy.  If you want something that will actually stand up up to the rough play of a disabled child, you are looking at spending $200-$300+ and that doesn't include any sand or toys.  Just the table.
And in all honesty, I'm not exactly "flush" with cash and I figured I could build him something that was at the very least sturdy if not the prettiest.  This is what I came up with:

One of the storage drawer tops:

Before the decoupage was finished:
All the work took place in my tiny studio corner of our one bedroom apartment.

Truthfully the wood, paint, varnish, hardware, sand, seashells, and toys totaled about $245 but that's still better than what I would have paid for pre-made. I got Wuba brand kinetic sand which is sort of like sand/modeling clay.  It's 1% polymer and 99% sand (I think).  The sea shells came from the California Sea Shell Company in Seal Beach California and the toys came from Ikea.  The pictures came from a couple of old books that I picked up at The Last Bookstore in LA.
Because of his disability, Iggy doesn't really have friends and we don't have any relatives nearby.  All he has is is dad and me, so I try really hard to make all of his birthday's really special.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: January 01, 2012 12:21:26 AM
Very cool calendar Myrdda!

Disposableactor--I'm so glad you like the head scarves! Silly me didn't realize until I was almost done with the green one that it stitched together rather than having an adjustable tie. I was just kinda hoping it would magically fit your head Grin

It did magically fit my head which is AMAZING because my head is stupid and nothing ever fits it.  It's ridiculously cute too!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 28, 2011 07:40:36 AM
This was so fun!  Thank you so much MareMare!  The boys and I love all our gifts.  My head scarves are awesome and I wear them all the time!  I'm hoping to relocate those last couple items so I can post their pics soon.  They had attracted Iggy which means I have to find the dragon horde.  Since he's autistic, his ability to hide things is above average.  It's like living with a naughty squirrel.  I'm planning on launching a two man search party tonight while he's asleep.

HEY!  I just thought of something.  I will also post a picture of my calendar with all its ornaments!  I just realized I only took a picture of it nekkid.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 25, 2011 07:34:32 PM
It's been crazy here.  The power went out and we had to have falafal at the Greek place down the street instead of the Christmas dinner I planned.  Other stuff happened.  Long story short, I'll be posting the rest of my pictures either tomorrow or Tuesday.  I didn't forget!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 24, 2011 12:40:54 AM
Disposableactor~Day 17 isn't tape, I just re-used a tape box Cheesy Open it!
Oh my gosh, I'm such a dork.  I was all, "I can use this for wrapping presents."
I'll update the pics when the man gets home with the camera.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: December 08, 2011 11:54:44 PM
The green ornament is origami paper. Given the texture of the reverse side I think it may have been washi. You make it by folding a bunch of squares in half and gluing them together A side to B1 side and A1 to B2 etc.  Sort of like you're making a book but then you glue the first side A to the last side B to make a circle. Then you cut out the shape.  There is a hole through the center that you can string it on when you're done.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: November 30, 2011 07:09:23 PM
So, is it legit if I stay up until midnight to open my first surprise?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: November 24, 2011 05:31:38 PM
I made books because I think MareMare said something about majoring in literature or something like that.  However, I can't seem to find any evidence of that actually happening.  I wasn't sure how to make them into a calendar until about a week before send out.  I just had a bunch of little book boxes.  That was getting scary. Shocked

Oh!  and the Haiku book is bound backwards all Japanesey!  I was strangely proud of that.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Advent Calendar Swap 2011 Gallery on: November 23, 2011 05:24:55 PM
What's that little package . . . ?

Open Now!

Now? It's just about now right now.  I better open you.

Awwww yeah!  In shaky cell phone vision.

P.S. It is ginormous and hugamongous (<-- both totally words btw).

Day 1

Cool little note pad.  I seem to have misplaced my quote.  If my little man has found it, we can presume it has gone to a better place.  If not, I will find it and report back.

Day 2

"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true." -Charles Dickens

Day 3

When Iggy opened this I was like, AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I have been coveting these little goldfish soaps ever since MareMare posted then forever ago.  Iggy was very intrigued and will be taking a bath with it shortly.  At that time he will probably try to taste it.  He's on a candle and soap tasting kick.
"I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot." -Author unknown

Day 4

Delicious Ginger Candy . . . Heck Yes!
"A Painter, who lived in Great Britain
"Interrupted two girls with their knittin'
"He said, with a sigh,
"That park bench -- well I
"Just painted it, right where you're sittin'."

Day 5

"Two things in life are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe." -Albert Einstein

Day 6

A picture frame ornament.  What what!
"I cook with wine, sometimes i even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

Day 7

I've never had one of these before.  It was amazing.  You may have noticed that this is not a photograph that I took but a product picture from online. This is because I ate it (the candy bar) and have no idea what I did with the wrapper while in a sugar induced stupor.
"The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do."  -American Proverb

Day 8

Mmmm . . . pepperminty.  I haven't gotten to use it yet because I've vowed to helped the boy free day three's soap fish.  He carries it everywhere.  I caught him trying to eat the soap off the fish.  By his facial expression, it wasn't very tasty.
"NOW it was serious.  A double-dog-dare.  What else was there but a triple dare ya?  And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare."  -A Christmas Story

Day 9

Iggy's pretty sure these are the best things that ever happened (next to soap fish).
"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." -Charles Dickens

Day 10

Iggy got a little rough with this one.  It's his first pack of cards and I don't think he realized that you are supposed to keep the box to put them back in.  I was able to flatten out the rumpled one for him.  That being said, he spent a full 45 minutes fiddling with them.  I wasn't allowed to play, they're his cards.

Day 11

beads WHOOT
"That's the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me." - Jerry Seinfeld

Day 12

OK so I had this idea that I was going to get this great picture of my husband and me in face masks.  But it turns out that this stuff is way too classy for that.  It isn't all thick and goopy like you'd buy at the store.  It's thin and it feels great.  It's like the type of mask you pay a fortune for when you get a facial.  It's thin and silky and fantastic.  But it doesn't make you look funny.  Just fabulous.  So . . . no funny picture.  Oh, and if you can't tell, I LOVE it.
"You're never too old to learn something stupid." -anonymous

Day 13

Brain-fried husband!  YAY!  Actually the gift was the cute little Cthulhu behind his head.  I believe he is driving my man insane as deep ones are wont to do.  You should have seen his face when he opened it.  He lit up like a little boy and then chased our son around the kitchen with his new toy.
" . . . an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature . . . . A pulpy tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings."  -H.P. Lovecraft

Day 14

A Rudolf sucker for my little one.
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagi fhtagn.  In his house in R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."
-H.P. Lovecraft

Day 15

Today was a gift for Iggy and he seems to have hidden it from me.  It was another cute little deck of cards.
And words by which I live my life.
"You're never to old to learn something stupid." -Author unknown


"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; it makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small."  -Eva K. Logue

Day 17

Hair clips!
"Once again, e come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." - Dave Barry

Day 18

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses
"Forget love, I'd rather fall in chocolate."  -Unknown

Day 19

Pop-rock like candy. I love giving this stuff to Iggy.  He makes the funniest faces.
"It was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.  May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, 'God bless us, every one!'" - Charles Dickens


Gold BUTTONS!  Iggy really liked these so they are currently MIA.  I had better find them soon.  I had plans for them! YAY I found them!
"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - Author unknown

Gin Rummy cards for my peanut!  My husband and I used to play that game all the time when we were dating.  Iggy stashed them somewhere.  They have those little squeak aliens from Toy Story on them.  I love those guys!
"There was a dear lady of Eden, Who on apples was quite fond of feedin'; She gave one to Adam. Who said, 'Thank you, Madam,' And then both skedaddled from Eden."


Fantastic lotion that smells fantastic!  You can see that there is already a noticeable amount missing.  I've been using it a lot.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens
A polar bear pez dispenser!  Iggy thinks this thing is great.  He's been taking it to bed with him.  Please disregard my laundry and empty box.

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles." - unknown

A pack of AA batteries!  So useful.
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.  Don't clean it up too quickly." - Andy Rooney

'Do rags!  Totally cute AND you can see the bracelet I made out of Day 5's buttons.  My face looks stupid because it takes my husband an eternity to take a picture.

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