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Title: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: INACTIVE (Search for the 2011 Thread)
Post by: stoliedina on January 01, 2010 06:45:25 PM
Hello Friends, Craftsters, Countrymen...

This thread is going to be the 2010 continuation of the Holiday Handmade Crusade. If you are wondering what that is, you can take a peek here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285555.0

Holiday Handmade Crusade :: January Theme!

I sat down a few days ago to write this post, and it became too epic. I am hoping for 2010 to be a big year of changes and improvements to the Holiday Handmade Crusade, but these changes will be spread over time, instead of packed into one enormous post! Bear with me...

Welcome back 2009 crusaders, and hello 2010!

Your theme for March is: Celebrate your heritage! aka I couldn't think of witty song lyrics to describe this month's theme... Why should Irish people have all the fun in March? Find a way to celebrate your families' heritage by incorporating it into a craft. How about about a cookbook dedicated to ethnic recipes, or trying your hand at a traditional craft? Celebrate the  the history that makes you or your gift recipient, unique!

Your theme for February is: Don't you want somebody to love? Don't you need somebody to love? Don't you want somebody to love? You'd better find somebody to loooooooooooove: Okay, think about this. Those of you that are "attached" will most likely be doing something special with your sweetie for Valentine's Day. All of you are crafty, so I bet that good portion of you will be making something for your sweetie as well. Well V-day is smack in the middle of the month, so what to do with all of that crafty energy for the rest of the month?! Use the lovey-dovey energy surrounding this month to craft something extra to put away for your sweetie for Christmas!

Not attached? Hate Valentine's day. Bitter? Angry? Alone? No worries, I get it. I used to be Bridget Jones incarnate before I got married. I hated Valentine's Day. Take back the holiday by making something for someone you love that is not your sweetie! Love your mom? Baby? Best friend? Brother? Etc? Use your crafty energy this month to get a gift out of the way for someone special in your life. Romantic, or not.

Every little thing she does is magic: As we wind down from the craziness of the holidays, let begin to prepare for next year in a little way. Some suggestions include: make ornaments, make stocking stuffers, make cute holders for giving gift cards, make small gifts that you can store away, like those for teachers, co-workers, etc. The point is...just *DO* something.

Leave a comment on this thread with a photo showing your finished item(s) by January 31, 2010 11:59 PM EST for the chance to win a fabulous prize!

Happy crafting,

Your Craftastic Christmas Crusader, stoliedina


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: lapoli on January 01, 2010 06:50:34 PM
I hope to participate this year! Even though we're just a day into the new year, I've gotten a headstart on holiday gifting already.



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: dharma_rebel on January 01, 2010 07:19:34 PM
I lurked this thread for all of 2009 and ended up short on gifts this year. Since I'm destashing, and participating in the 50 projects of 2010, I plan to use this thread for inspiration, and POST to keep myself accountable!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: McJulie-O on January 01, 2010 07:34:40 PM
I lurked this thread for all of 2009 and ended up short on gifts this year. Since I'm destashing, and participating in the 50 projects of 2010, I plan to use this thread for inspiration, and POST to keep myself accountable!

Mostly ditto to that. I actually crafted a number of things for this in 2009, but posted only a couple... 2010 is my 5th anniversary with craftster, and I can just FEEL the craftiness oozing into me!



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Post by: karin_ on January 01, 2010 11:44:31 PM
I'm hoping to be more active this year as well... I'm going to the US in march so I'll be stocking up on supplies for sure! :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: christephi on January 02, 2010 03:25:07 AM
Three cheers for stoliedina and the Holiday Handmade Crusade!  I already have a half dozen ideas for 2010...not the least of which is the Advent calendar I started but didn't finish in 2009.

It never got beyond this stage...



...it's my goal to have it done before spring.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: ineedart on January 02, 2010 04:40:03 AM
Yay for the Christmas Crusade!! ;D


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Post by: attackofthequacks on January 02, 2010 05:00:32 AM
I am hopefully going to be participating this year  ;D I want my christmas 2010 to be almost totally homemade


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: lydiaharper on January 02, 2010 06:10:59 AM
Yay!  No more Christmas Eve gift making for me (well, unless it food)!  So glad the Crusade is continuing!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: bergman on January 02, 2010 06:51:11 AM
I must have missed this thread last year!! so I am going to join this year forsure. I made a few gifts this christmas but I found I was not as motivated and had a lack of inspiration so Im sure that this tread will help me with  my home made gift giving!


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Post by: eternallyeve on January 02, 2010 07:17:30 AM
Oh mighty Craftastic Christmas Crusader, lend me your enthusiasm and help me reach my crafty Christmas goals!!

I am in on this one, I should be able to manage SOMETHING :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on January 02, 2010 07:17:59 AM
I failed miserably in my plans for this past year, but now I already have ideas for about 70% of gifts to give (including a number of family birthdays we have around Christmastime), I already have supplies for most of that, and most exciting - we have recently moved into a new apartment and I am spending this long weekend getting the entire second bedroom set up for me and organizing my crafts for once!  Yay!!!

I am, however going to do one other thing before I start on presents - after I spent all season bemoaning the fact that I couldn't find any advent wreaths I liked that weren't an arm and a leg, I bought stuff at the fabulous Michael's sale yesterday and will be putting my advent wreath together!  Yay again!!!

 :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: stellato_escuro on January 02, 2010 01:15:27 PM
I think I may have to join this thread as well. I did zero handmade this year, so I think I need to make up for it in 2010. If I start now, maaaaybe I will have enough time!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on January 02, 2010 01:24:52 PM
Some crafty direction is just what I need  :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: Disco Queen Highness on January 02, 2010 02:49:16 PM
I started this last year but follow through was a problem for me.  I was crafting right up till the last possible minute, which was the week before Christmas, because stuff had to be shipped to my mom.  Local stuff was done by the 7th or 8th though, so that's not too bad.  I always have my Christmas shopping done by the end of October.  My goal this year is to have the crafting & shopping done by Thanksgiving.  I'm off to make a craftster tactical attack plan for the year.  I'm going in...Cover me!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: oneredboot on January 02, 2010 04:16:47 PM
I'm so pleased that you are bringing this idea into 2010!  I'll be participating again this year!!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: craftingcaren on January 02, 2010 06:28:31 PM
I want to make more than ornaments this year. You all are so inspiring!  I'm in too.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: Ivagrovegirl on January 02, 2010 06:51:13 PM
HI,

I stalked this thread last year. I am looking forward to this. :)

Emily


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: Toxicvixen on January 03, 2010 02:54:48 AM
I like some others, fell short on my handmade Christmas goals this year.  I had lofty ideas that fell apart because I did not give myself time enough to complete the tasks at hand.  I too would love to participate!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: elociNNicole on January 03, 2010 06:38:24 AM
Will this year be structured the same way for this crusade?  With themes? 


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on January 03, 2010 12:26:31 PM
themes would be good  :D they tend to lead to ideas  :P


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: stellato_escuro on January 03, 2010 02:18:41 PM
If anyone needs a good idea source, check out this link here;
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?cat=25

It's at Sew Mama Sew, and they have done Handmade Holidays the last three years. There are a bunch of great links to sewing tutorials, free printable gift tags, recipies and wonderful handmade gifts you can buy. Even if you don't sew, it would be a great place to get your brain in gear.

I think I am going to start by pinning down a list of who I have to make gifts for, and then brainstorm a few simple "basket gifts" for last minute/extended gift giving. If I get my list done this afternoon, that is good for me!


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Post by: samborina on January 03, 2010 03:32:51 PM
I am so in!  I wanted to do this last year, then kinda forgot  ???  but I NEED to do it this year.  Bring it on!!! ;D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: kwiltykate on January 03, 2010 07:33:52 PM
Im in too! I made my niece a special 'elephant blanket' FROM START TO FINISH on CHRISTMAS EVE!! that was a nightmare... Going to be more organised this year, and am looking forward to the inspiration from this thread 

K x


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: katara on January 04, 2010 11:05:54 AM
I can't wait for some themes!!!


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Post by: marcusandila on January 04, 2010 11:38:21 AM
when is the theme for january going to get posted up stoliedina? no rush or anything, was just curious.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: PixieVal on January 04, 2010 04:55:49 PM
Oh yes! I am all about this definately! I just spent the last 2 1/2 months frantically making gifts, and I didn't get to make anything for my mom and stepdad, or half the things I wanted to make for my daughter!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: The Crusade Continues...
Post by: stoliedina on January 04, 2010 07:44:19 PM
Hey all - I will post the January theme tomorrow morning. I'm feeling much better than I did over the holidays, but I think my body is still recovering from being so crazy sick. Sleep has been much more appealing than blogging or Craftster these past few days. Sorry guys!!!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: stoliedina on January 05, 2010 05:16:31 AM
January theme is up on page one folks!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: karin_ on January 05, 2010 06:33:40 AM
Great theme stoliedina! Starting small is probably a good idea after all the Christmas craziness... :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on January 05, 2010 09:59:23 AM
awesome. now, where shall I start  :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: playswithneedles on January 05, 2010 12:27:27 PM
Excellent theme, I think I'll join in as well. It will work well in conjunction with the 50 projects craftalong!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: marcusandila on January 05, 2010 12:30:20 PM
i like this months theme :) honestly, i overdid myself last season. :( I did get everything done in time, minus a few etched glasses [they were supposed to be sets of 4] because they were so detailed and time consuming. overall everything was well-appreciated. had a few people say "WHY didnt u tell me you could do THAT? I would have bought some for gifts!?" [wish i woulda told them, i coulda used the $$ lol]. unfortunately, the plan for etched glass sets TO DRINK out of didnt go over well. Everyone just wants to set them on a shelf so they dont get broken. whatever floats their boat. Im just glad they liked them.

Since i got recruited to help a friend out with christmas crafting, that added to my "crafting exhaustion", & top that off with volunteering to craft stuff for tight-budgeted grandma's milelong gift list & Well....I'm literally ready to take a long hibernation nap. LOL

So, thank you for this "little" theme. It's extremely appreciated at the moment considering like my  huge list has been marked with mainly small items because im not going through this exhaustion again---not to mention: i work fulltime. blah. lol

yay for handmade holidays that are appreciated! lets get started ladies [and gents if there are any]! :)

P.S

0o0oh... I was wondering if handmade christmas cards would count?! i'm really thinking about doing handmade christmas cards and labels for stuff. But I was just curious if i should post them in here as an entry!?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: PixieVal on January 05, 2010 12:56:25 PM
I didn't craft with you guys in 2009, but I did go for a lot of handmade gifts, missing the mark for a few key people(mom, stepdad, managed to make an afgan for my daughter, and a fleece blanket for my husband though) because I thought "hey, they're local, I can pretty much craft for them up until the last minute." And craft till the last minute I did, and not finish..
I definately decided at the last minute to go handmade though, mid October!
This year, I've started already, thankfully. Just 1 coaster. but it is a start.
For January's "little" theme, I'm going to try and make some gifts that are... Don't want to say impersonal, but another word like that. Universal gifts maybe? Something that be given to anyone from the postman, to a stocking stuffer for my mom. Something like sets of coasters, ornaments, cards, bed warmers(though not stuffed until closer to Christmas to save storage space), etc


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: lydiaharper on January 05, 2010 01:39:02 PM
I didn't craft with you guys in 2009, but I did go for a lot of handmade gifts, missing the mark for a few key people(mom, stepdad, managed to make an afgan for my daughter, and a fleece blanket for my husband though) because I thought "hey, they're local, I can pretty much craft for them up until the last minute." And craft till the last minute I did, and not finish..
I definately decided at the last minute to go handmade though, mid October!
This year, I've started already, thankfully. Just 1 coaster. but it is a start.
For January's "little" theme, I'm going to try and make some gifts that are... Don't want to say impersonal, but another word like that. Universal gifts maybe? Something that be given to anyone from the postman, to a stocking stuffer for my mom. Something like sets of coasters, ornaments, cards, bed warmers(though not stuffed until closer to Christmas to save storage space), etc

I was in the same boat last month!  I think the "universal gifts" is a great little project for January.  I may also do a few Christmas ornaments, and figure out something to do with the half off Christmas cards I bought!  Oh, an idea just popped into my head for the bed warmers!  I will experiment some and if it works out like I am envisioning, I'll post pics.



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: stoliedina on January 05, 2010 02:04:26 PM
0o0oh... I was wondering if handmade christmas cards would count?! i'm really thinking about doing handmade christmas cards and labels for stuff. But I was just curious if i should post them in here as an entry!?

Definitely! And remember - you DO NOT HAVE TO FOLLOW THEMES as long as you post a crafty entry, it counts. The themes are just there for inspiration for those who need a starting point.

For January's "little" theme, I'm going to try and make some gifts that are... Don't want to say impersonal, but another word like that. Universal gifts maybe? Something that be given to anyone from the postman, to a stocking stuffer for my mom. Something like sets of coasters, ornaments, cards, bed warmers(though not stuffed until closer to Christmas to save storage space), etc

I love the term - universal gifts, and that's totally what I was going for in the theme when I mentioned "gifts that you can store away." I like your wording better!  ;D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: marcusandila on January 05, 2010 03:21:41 PM
0o0oh... I was wondering if handmade christmas cards would count?! i'm really thinking about doing handmade christmas cards and labels for stuff. But I was just curious if i should post them in here as an entry!?

Definitely! And remember - you DO NOT HAVE TO FOLLOW THEMES as long as you post a crafty entry, it counts. The themes are just there for inspiration for those who need a starting point.

For January's "little" theme, I'm going to try and make some gifts that are... Don't want to say impersonal, but another word like that. Universal gifts maybe? Something that be given to anyone from the postman, to a stocking stuffer for my mom. Something like sets of coasters, ornaments, cards, bed warmers(though not stuffed until closer to Christmas to save storage space), etc

I love the term - universal gifts, and that's totally what I was going for in the theme when I mentioned "gifts that you can store away." I like your wording better!  ;D

totally awesome! :) now...i just have to get my butt in gear again. lol even though the "themes" are just for inspiration, thats what i need LOL loads of inspiration. :) who knows i may need to edit my list for some super awesome stuff i see pop up in here. :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: ostera15 on January 05, 2010 03:24:09 PM
I'm not sure how much I'll do since we will be moving cross country this year, but I do want to try to stick with making homemade gifts this year.


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Post by: PixieVal on January 05, 2010 03:43:25 PM
Made my first Christmas present today! Crocheted coasters. I keep a bag of small balls and scraps of yarn and a couple hooks in my desk drawer since I've quit smoking to keep myself busy on lunch and on my breaks, so its not too hard for me to crochet a couple of small things a week at work. I promise, I won't post everytime I make something, I'll save them up for one post at the end of the month. I was just excited that I made my first Christmas item for 2010!!

Almost forgot, here is the free super easy pattern (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/HomeDec/SB149-005+Coasters.htm)!


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Post by: stoliedina on January 05, 2010 03:56:15 PM
Those are super cute! Congrats on quitting smoking too!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: lapoli on January 05, 2010 04:34:10 PM
January's theme is perfect, as I've already cast on (and finished) two ornaments for the holidays 2010:



I've actually finished two ornaments, but only photographed one.  :)

In other holiday knitting, I've finished two ballband dishcloths for my parent's holiday basket (they're the two blue ones):



..and cast on for a scarf for my mom:





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Post by: PixieVal on January 05, 2010 04:57:15 PM
wow lapoli! That's awesome! I hope one day I'll knit half as fast/pretty as you do. So far I've learned to knit and purl, and have been practicing going back and forth with the 2 different stitches, but Im still pretty slow.


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Post by: lapoli on January 05, 2010 05:02:42 PM
wow lapoli! That's awesome! I hope one day I'll knit half as fast/pretty as you do. So far I've learned to knit and purl, and have been practicing going back and forth with the 2 different stitches, but Im still pretty slow.

Thanks! It'll get easier in time.. and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!!!  (The good news, for knitting, at least, is that all the stitches are combinations of knit/purl stitches so once you know those, you have knitting at your feet!) ;)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: rockon on January 05, 2010 05:23:23 PM
I lurked on the 2009 board but am so excited to join up this year . . . and the theme for January works PERFECTLY for where I am with crafting right now.  Thanks so much for organizing this thing!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: dharma_rebel on January 05, 2010 05:30:35 PM
The coasters are great! What fab quick little projects. I have GOT to learn to crochet this year.

I love those dishcloths are fantastic as well - I need to try something a little more adventurous with my next cloth.

I have been working on wool dryer balls. I'm using felted sweaters scraps to roll into a tight ball, then sewing covers for them. They are turning out soooo cute. I have 9 balls wrapped, 4 covers sewn. So I need to sew 5 more covers and then hand stitch them onto all the balls. I'd like to give everyone on my list a couple dryer balls and lavender dryer sachets (I'll sew those up from old tshirts).


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Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on January 05, 2010 06:24:36 PM
what on earth are dryer balls?


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 05, 2010 06:32:18 PM
Those coasters are simply sublime.

Inspired by all of the already wonderful gifts posted here, I whipped up a few quick stocking stuffers for friend's and family.

To start off with, for one of my best friends, a hardware/steampunk inspired bracelet.

She's very into bracelets (she wears about 20 on each arm) so I know she'll appreciate this.
For that same friend, I also made hanging beaded bobby-pins because of a discussion we had about them over Christmas break.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=319250) (they are for your hair)

For my lovely niece, I whipped up a burgundy finger-knit scarf, and a miniature one for the doll or stuffed animal that I'm planning on making her.


And finally, for one of my older sister's, I made a crystal heart necklace. She's always been one of my more favored sisters, and since she's getting married and moving away sometime after next Christmas, I wanted to make her something that would remind her of how much I love her and that I'll miss her even though I'm happy for her.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: dannispring240 on January 05, 2010 06:32:49 PM
I've been wanting to make some ornaments~  :D


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Post by: h_pets360 on January 05, 2010 06:37:42 PM
I'm gonna do this, for real this time. 
"Every little thing she does is magic"
- if the theme involves song lyrics every time, it'll help keep me motivated and focused!   :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: stoliedina on January 05, 2010 06:45:37 PM
what on earth are dryer balls?

Here is an answer from the internets: Dryer balls are a unique product designed to leave your clothes soft and static free as well as make the process of doing laundry more economical. Dryer balls are relatively large rubber balls about 3 inches (7.6 cm)in diameter that have rubber spikes on the surface. When placed in the dryer among the wet laundry the dryer balls help to lift and separate the clothes reducing static and drying time as well as leaving the clothes soft and fluffy. Technically the dryer balls work by improving the circulation of heat and air through the wet items.

Here's a tutorial for a DIY version here: http://www.casasugar.com/1807230
I'm gonna do this, for real this time.

"Every little thing she does is magic"
- if the theme involves song lyrics every time, it'll help keep me motivated and focused!   :D

We'll see if I can keep it up! Maybe at the end of the year, I will make a mix from the quoted songs as a prize, HA!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: PixieVal on January 05, 2010 06:57:53 PM
Those coasters are simply sublime.

Inspired by all of the already wonderful gifts posted here, I whipped up a few quick stocking stuffers for friend's and family.

Thank you! and OMG! Thats what you call whipping up a few quick stocking stuffers? You're amazing!


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Post by: Knitting_Chemistry on January 05, 2010 07:02:49 PM
Well I have to admit I lurked (i.e. stalked) this thread last year but never quite managed to make much of  anything other than a crocheted pokeball for my brother on Christmas Eve! lol  ;)  Hopefully this year I will actually make some homemade gifts for more than just one person.  We'll see! Oh the pattern for the pokeball is from: http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2009/04/pokeball.html    ;D


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Post by: prttynpnk on January 05, 2010 09:56:51 PM
I'm so glad your doing this again this year! I started lurking midyear and only posted a few times, but I did make handmade for everyone on my list (worked myself silly all the way till 2am on xmas eve!). So hopefully getting started this early I can finish everything AND post it all, we'll see.

Happy Holiday Crafting!


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Post by: attackofthequacks on January 06, 2010 02:25:36 AM
awesome things posted already!  :D i'm planning some ornaments and maybe some sets of coasters
lapoli, i love that knitted ornament! where did you get the pattern for it?  :)


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Post by: lapoli on January 06, 2010 03:21:25 AM
awesome things posted already!  :D i'm planning some ornaments and maybe some sets of coasters
lapoli, i love that knitted ornament! where did you get the pattern for it?  :)

Thanks! :)  The pattern is from Handknit Holidays and it's called "Knitted and Felted Ornaments" by Leigh Radford, but it's actually available free here (http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knitted_ornaments.php).


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Post by: eternallyeve on January 06, 2010 03:55:33 AM
Hmmm... I could do with a little project, but what to make?? Off to pop my thinking cap on :D


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Post by: ineedart on January 06, 2010 05:38:12 AM
Look how crafty everyone is already!!!! I love the coasters. I think I am going to make some quilted ones. Oh, the ideas!!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: marcusandila on January 06, 2010 08:06:40 AM
Well, since some of you need some ideas to get started on your "universal gifts" check out the assembly [production]-line gift thread:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131703.0

I call them production line gifts too LOL

That should get you all inspired for the theme of the month!!


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Post by: gammykatie on January 06, 2010 03:39:27 PM
awesome things posted already!  :D i'm planning some ornaments and maybe some sets of coasters
lapoli, i love that knitted ornament! where did you get the pattern for it?  :)

Thanks! :)  The pattern is from Handknit Holidays and it's called "Knitted and Felted Ornaments" by Leigh Radford, but it's actually available free here (http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knitted_ornaments.php).

Lapoli - I haven't knit in years and years... and wasn't very experienced then, but can you explain what f/b means in this line [K1-f/b, knit across to last st on needle, k1-f/b] ???    Thanks so much.


I'm thinking I will be joining this craftalong, if I am welcome.  I have a few projects I need to work on to get myself into Handmade Christmas mode.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: January Theme on Page 1
Post by: lapoli on January 06, 2010 03:43:43 PM
Sure! K1-f/b means that you're knitting into both the front and the back loop of the stitch.  It's a type of increase... So, knit a stitch like you normally would but don't slip it off your needle.  Then, insert your right needle into the back loop of the stitch (so you're kind of forming an x with your needles with your right needle facing downwards), and knit through there.  Then, you can pull the stitch off like normal--you should now have two stitches where there was one!

There's also a really great video showing this increase here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILcTB5hc0XM).  (Personally, I find learning knitting from videos soooo much easier!)


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Post by: PixieVal on January 06, 2010 03:50:08 PM
I finished another set of coasters, and made a coaster holder thingy too! I didn't save them for Christmas though, I made them as a last minute gift for a girlfriend at work's bday today. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333258.0


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Post by: gammykatie on January 06, 2010 03:51:07 PM
THANK YOU!!!  and that video really helped me to understand it.  I added that link to my favorites for further research and study.


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Post by: stoliedina on January 06, 2010 05:53:12 PM
I totally agree with the video knitting tutorial love - so much easier than figuring out stitches from a book!


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Post by: PixieVal on January 06, 2010 06:21:13 PM
here is a newb question for you (just started learning to knit this past weekend with a kit from Lapoli from the Secret Santa Wishlist swap). Isn't it purling when you put the needle in the front? On the video, she kept saying knit in the front, then knit in the back, but wouldn't it be purl in the front, knit in the back?


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Post by: lapoli on January 06, 2010 06:36:40 PM
gammykatie - Absolutely! No problem!

Pixie - :)   How's your knitting going???? Purling is when you move the yarn from the back of the work, in between the needles to the front of the work.  I think the motions are similar, but both your yarn and needles start in a different place.  To purl a stitch, you'd move your yarn to the front and knit into the front loop of the stitch from the top downwards--it'd look similar to knitting through the back loop, except your needle would be in the front. 

Does that make sense?  If not, let me know... I'm not near needles/yarn and it's hard to visualize otherwise. :)

And honestly, bother me anytime.. I meant it!


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Post by: PixieVal on January 06, 2010 08:36:37 PM

Pixie - :)   How's your knitting going????

And honestly, bother me anytime.. I meant it!
Not as well as I thought.. But honestly, I got frustrated the other day, and decided to give it a few day break. I kept spliting my yarn. I'm doing some crazy amounts of crafting over the next 2 weeks for my daughter's birthday, so as soon as that is over, you'll probably be hearing a lot more from me!  ;)


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Post by: rockmygypsysoul on January 07, 2010 08:01:17 AM
Hello all!  I, like many others I'm sure but maybe not everyone, received in my email today a link to a coupon at Michaels that is for 20% off everything this weekend INCLUDING SALE AND CLEARANCE items!

I figured this is helpful for everyone, but considering those of us jumpstarting on next Christmas, this is a great deal, especially when you can still get this past years Christmas stuff on clearance and the extra discount!

anyway, hope this is useful....
http://mic.michaels.com/20100106SuperWeekend.aspx?reg_source=MSW01060&utmreg_source=prom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=superwknd010610

happy crafting!


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Post by: pinokeeo on January 07, 2010 09:39:19 AM
I am late to this thread, and I don't know if I'll be posting, but I will be riding along to see what everybody is making.



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Post by: tapestrymlp on January 08, 2010 11:23:39 AM
I'm going to give it a whirl - it'd be nice to not be rushing at the last minute and I definitely prefer hand-made gifts for friends. Plus I have thus cute little Harry Potter themed Christmas tree that is tragically lacking in ornaments. It's just crying out for me to get off my butt and make some things for it :D


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Post by: stoliedina on January 08, 2010 04:18:44 PM
Hello Crusaders!

I thought I would share with you the project that I hope to accomplish this month. Some of you know (from last year) that every year I make each household in my family an ornament each Christmas. For the past few years, it's usually been something a bit labor intensive. I thought I would give myself an easy pass this year and make these adorable salt dough gingerbread men.

http://thelongthread.com/?p=5356

I really love the glitter on these little guys - just gives them that extra oomph of cuteness!




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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 08, 2010 06:49:53 PM
Oooh, those look gorgeous. A quick question about salt-dough ornaments, though. I tried to make some last Christmas and failed miserably. The ornaments themselves turned out fine, but when I went to paint them with acrylics, they got, for lack of a better word, soggy.

Is there a way to prevent that? Do they need to bake again after you paint them?

I was really disappointed because I rather liked the way they came out other than that small hindrance.


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Post by: PixieVal on January 09, 2010 05:47:31 AM
I have a question about salt dough ornaments too, I don't think I've ever seen them in person... Are they very heavy?


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Post by: playswithneedles on January 09, 2010 09:22:08 AM
I've seen some that were a bit heavy and bent the bough, but they were also pretty thick (made by kids!). I've also seen ornaments made dough out of applesauce and cinnamon, they had kind of a gingerbread color to them. I bet they smelled yummy too! Although they may have had glue in them as the binder....


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Post by: rockon on January 09, 2010 09:54:41 AM
Those ornaments are cute!  I have, since signing up, started a dishcloth and knitted a cat blanket for a good friend who is always looking for stuff for her 4 kitties.  I think it will be a birthday present, as I have decided to try for a handmade year, bdays and all.  Her birthday is sometime in Feb.  I have a block against Feb. birthdays, and can never remember the exact dates, but I know that I have 4 to celebrate that month, so I hope to create a handmade gift for each of the four and still squeeze out a couple of gifts marked for next holiday (probably production line gifts).  I also made 2 poop bag pouches from this tute:

http://theb-line.blogspot.com/2009/06/lets-make-pet-pouches.html

I am still trying to perfect my execution of the pattern, as I am just starting out with sewing.  So I will probably give the pouches I already made to my mom's dogs when I see her this weekend . . .

I am being lazy about picking up double As, so I can't post pics of the stuff I have made so far now . . . none of it is that exciting, but I will post them when I can.

Rock on!


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Post by: stellato_escuro on January 11, 2010 08:35:22 AM
Well, I may not actually be crafting right now, but I am getting work done! I started my Christmas notebook. For this year, I made note of what I gave everyone (so I don't duplicate gifts). I also started making notes on who is getting presents with space for me to write ideas. Here's my listy!

Individual gifts;
My brother
Brothers fiancee (wife by Christmas!)
Mom
Dad
My husband
My daughter
Mother in law
Father in law
Sister in law

I also have 3 couples to make basket gifts for. But other then that, I will do my best to not let that list grow. That way, I can make a budget and stick to it. Also, I can focus on making a really great gift for each person.


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Post by: christephi on January 11, 2010 04:09:45 PM
Oooh, those look gorgeous. A quick question about salt-dough ornaments, though. I tried to make some last Christmas and failed miserably. The ornaments themselves turned out fine, but when I went to paint them with acrylics, they got, for lack of a better word, soggy.

Is there a way to prevent that? Do they need to bake again after you paint them?

I was really disappointed because I rather liked the way they came out other than that small hindrance.

Last year I checked out a fantastic book at the library about salt dough ornaments.  It said any time they get a little soggy (from humidity in the air, etc), you can bake them again to dry them out.  It recommended using a very low oven temp (200) for a very long time (such as putting them in the oven all evening for several days in a row).

The only thing I can think of is that maybe yours weren't dried out enough before you started painting them.  I suggest you give it another go.  :-)


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Post by: lapoli on January 11, 2010 04:26:22 PM
Just doing a status report! I haven't finished anything this week, but I've been working on my mother's one row lace scarf and I cast on a pair of socks for my dad.



Hopefully I'll be able to get both of these finished up within the next week!


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Post by: marcusandila on January 11, 2010 07:29:10 PM
what a luxury :) handknit socks. i would die for a pair. literally. i cant afford them LOL but i can drool over all the ones that redboots made last year & now lapoli is here with handknit socks to make my wisty mind jealous. lol  looking great so far.

i havent started anything.
my sister and i made 2 shirts for our dad (Cheech and chong heads & below that it says "CHEECH & CHONG") (the other is a tribal skull. so awesome too) & we made a superjew shirt for her bf. but we decided to give them the shirts now rather than wait til christmas. soooooooo without furtherado: i have nothing to report lol


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Post by: sunshinesmiles on January 13, 2010 09:22:27 PM
Ooh this seems super fun! I think I stumbled across the '09 one, but completely forgot about it since that happened in like July :(

I looove this and will try to post to keep me accountable throughout the year! Plus, having things to do each month *should* help me avoid the last minute crafting on Christmas Eve! (That's when I made my brother's fleece tie blanket!)

I have Christmas presents to still craft for 2009, so will those count for this year...? :-P


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Post by: stellato_escuro on January 14, 2010 02:44:37 PM
That sounds like it counts to me! Even tardy crafting is crafting.  ;)


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Post by: PixieVal on January 14, 2010 07:40:36 PM
So far for this month for 2010 Christmas gifts I have made:
3 sets of coasters(1 set promptly given away for a birthday gift, so I may make another one)
2 yarn scrap scarfs
2 sets of washcloths

I have a ton of wooden ornaments that I picked up a couple of days after Christmas for 17 cents each to decorate, and a couple different kinds of Christmas fabric that I'm might make some kind of ornament out of.
Besides the crafts I've made for this CAL, this month I've done
4 small items for my frugal swap partner(haven't sent yet, so I cant tell you what they are)
4 shirts for my daughter
2 ribbed cowls
have made 6 balls of tshirt yarn
made 4 balls of plarn
made my daughter a scarf
Made an afgan for Project Linus
fleece blanket

Holy crap! I hadn't realized I was so productive!!


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Post by: ineedart on January 15, 2010 07:47:25 AM
HOLY COW, pixieval :o At that rate you could finish your Christmas crafting by February!! ;)


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Post by: marcusandila on January 15, 2010 12:25:39 PM
HOLY COW, pixieval :o At that rate you could finish your Christmas crafting by February!! ;)

agreed. wish i was that motivated! lol


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Post by: rockon on January 16, 2010 07:10:52 AM
If only I were that productive . . . does anyone else have a problem in that they give away gifts earmarked for next Christmas as soon as they make them???  I need someone to wisk my completed projects away and not give them back til 12/10!  I am on a dishcloth kick but can't seem to hold onto them!

Rock on!


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Post by: mmmmgreen on January 16, 2010 11:09:13 AM
but we decided to give them the shirts now rather than wait til christmas. soooooooo

This is the hardest part of doing things early!!  Waiting an entire year to give the gifts..LOL!

Maybe if we wrap them in Christmas wrap as soon as we are done it will help!


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 16, 2010 11:31:56 AM
I don't really have that problem, I put all the gifts in my closet, so they're pretty much out of mind once they've been completed.

My real problem is coming up with gift ideas for everyone. I have 23 people on my gifting list, ... make that 24, as I'll inevitably make something for my newest niece or nephew.

And I get so overwhelmed and feel like since I'm doing handmade gifts everyone needs to get 3-5 things, no matter how long I spent on each individual item.

It's all very frustrating.


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Post by: rockon on January 16, 2010 05:32:02 PM
Maybe if we wrap them in Christmas wrap as soon as we are done it will help!

Now that is a great idea!  I have a ton of leftover paper, so I will try that!


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Post by: rockmygypsysoul on January 16, 2010 10:00:23 PM
My real problem is coming up with gift ideas for everyone. I have 23 people on my gifting list, ... make that 24, as I'll inevitably make something for my newest niece or nephew.

And I get so overwhelmed and feel like since I'm doing handmade gifts everyone needs to get 3-5 things, no matter how long I spent on each individual item.

It's all very frustrating.

i do the EXACT same thing!!  i have a hard time giving handmade gifts because in these days of wal-mart consumerism, a pair of knit socks or something seems like a pretty weak gift to someone who doesnt understand!

I'm making a very conscious effort this year to decide now what im making for everyone, based on my schedule and what i think/hope they will like, and then im just not going to stress when the siblings call me with the nieces and nephews' Christmas lists!  I also have nieces in nephews in similar age ranges, so Im doing a few gifts the same - a first in our family, too.  Like, Ive done like a sibling theme (like one beach towel embroidered with each of three siblings' names) but never the exact same gifts

if it helps at all (i dont know how old your nieces and nephews are!) ive started an excel spreadsheet of ideas for various people in my family and some of the gifts I have down for kids include....framed broken crayon monogram, felt Christmas tree and ornaments (for their own room or to use as an advent thing - growing up during advent each kid had their own series of ornaments and you got to hang one up whenever you did something nice for someone else, so then it was also a competition), paper dolls and paper doll magnets, sock animals, felt and fleece character scarf, stencilled hoodies, army bowls, animal gloves



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Post by: ineedart on January 17, 2010 06:30:58 AM
I have often felt the same way as far as giving homemade gifts. I have come to a few conclusions about it. First, I need to give gifts that I can afford (time/money) as opposed to what I think is 'expected' or some arbitrary dollar amount I have in my mind. Second, in regard to feeling like I need to overcompensate because I am giving homemade...I have decided that giving one (or two or whatever you want) nice, well-thought-out well made gift to each person is better then trying to whip out a zillion things just to make myself feel better. Does that make any sense at all??? I mean, if I were making 962 coffee mugs stuffed with candy canes for everyone on my list, I would feel sort of bad, but I try to think of one nice (though not necessarily expense or time consuming) individual gift for each person. That being said, I do NOT make handmade gifts for one side of our family because a)I think they could really care less whether I made it or not and b)I never hear anything back when I send gifts so I never know if what I sent was well-received. Sorry for the excess wordiness of my post!! ::)


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Post by: dharma_rebel on January 17, 2010 09:07:31 AM
rockmygypsysoul - have you seen a crayon monogram and have a link? I'm curious to see what it looks like.

I've been thinking about people who seem ungrateful for our handmade gifts, and I think that I came up with a quick and easy gift solution. How about a pack of handmade thank you notes?  If you wanted to be really snarky, you could include a SASE. ;D


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 17, 2010 09:13:39 AM
Something like this maybe?
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/08/crayon-monograms/

That looks like a neat craft, I know my niece and nephews would love it, they're pretty avid color-ers.


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Post by: dharma_rebel on January 17, 2010 09:21:10 AM
Oh, that is sooooo cute. Thanks for the link. I was picturing something with melted crayons, this is way better. I may have to make one for my little Marley - and every other kid I know! Looks quick, cheap, and easy.


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Post by: PixieVal on January 17, 2010 10:03:50 AM
I have been very blessed with my family. I scope thrift stores and yard sales for gifts year round. A lot of times you can get brand new/never been open items! My mom, stepdad, brother, and almost SIL don't care if its gently used as long as its something they like, so they are very easy to buy for. And as my brother grew up with my mom and I crocheting, my almost SIL wants to learn, they appreciate the time that I put into handmade gifts. Actually this past year my brother was kind of jealous because I made something for SIL but bought for him!
My grandparents aunt/cousins frequent craft fairs but do not craft at all, so they are also very appreciative.  My FIL and BIL both hunt a lot, and I can get old camo clothes on base for very cheap, whereas they have to buy them pretty pricey in army surplus stores so they always like that. I made my MIL an afgan this year, and was pretty worried about how it would go over because she is very name brand, but she kept telling my husband "I can't believe she spent this much time on me!" it was worth it.
Probably the only person I've ever crafted for that hurt my feelings, was my dad. But as I wrote him off shortly after Christmas last year, I don't have to worry about that anymore.


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Post by: rockmygypsysoul on January 17, 2010 10:45:46 AM
Thats the same one I had seen - i LOVE the dollar store craft website!  there arent a lot of craft blogs and sites i read other than craftster cause when i do, i get sucked in unbelievably and can spend hours perusing only to end up having a list of like a thousand things i want to do! lol

but i do read dollar store crafts and ruffles & stuff

the best person for me to craft for is, quite simply, my husband!  he loves whatever i make  :D  he doesnt do any diy or craft stuff and he is a gamer, so i used to worry that he'd rather i buy him a video game than make him something, but no!  now he specifically gives his video game list to his parents and i am forbidden from buying him anything like that so that i can make him stuff!   ;D

i dont really bother with his brothers (esp since they do the special money exchange anyway) or sometimes with my sister.  for her birthday, i craft but when i have her for christmas (since we draw names) i usually buy whatever she asks for.  she just gets super-b*tchy when she doesnt feel that her gift is sufficient.  this year though im saying tough crap and making her what ive planned

i like when people, family or friends, just appreciate that you have made something for THEM specifically.  i mean, i may make the same thing for two people, but its because i really think they'll like it, like im going to make mario coasters (from perler beads) for both my hubby and my friend lee. 

its just so easy to run to the mall or target or whatever and pick something.  its SO much more meaningful to really think and plan ahead and take the time!  i just wished everyone felt that way.  im very lucky that mr. gypsy feels the same way even though he doesnt craft - we've talked a lot about one day when we have kids and how simple we want Christmas and birthdays to be so we can focus on togetherness rather than presents and i think crafting obviously ties in really well with that!


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 17, 2010 12:35:06 PM
:) Hearing about how open all of your families are (mostly) towards hand-crafted gifts lifts my spirits a bit.
I started working on pillowcase purses today, one for myself (I do like them) and then one for each of the littler girls on my Christmas list.
So about 4 or 5 total... I just need to find some more pillowcases with cute girly designs, like a cute floral print... Where would you all suggest to hunt for them?


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Post by: marcusandila on January 17, 2010 01:18:55 PM
:) Hearing about how open all of your families are (mostly) towards hand-crafted gifts lifts my spirits a bit.
I started working on pillowcase purses today, one for myself (I do like them) and then one for each of the littler girls on my Christmas list.
So about 4 or 5 total... I just need to find some more pillowcases with cute girly designs, like a cute floral print... Where would you all suggest to hunt for them?

definitely hit up the thrift stores, rummage sales, yard sales. I usuallly take my chances on the freecycle.org forum first. if i can save some $, i will. lol


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Post by: ineedart on January 17, 2010 01:34:29 PM
Pillowcase purses? Do tell! What to they look like??


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 17, 2010 02:38:26 PM
They're hobo style bags, basically you just cut the pillowcase at the diagonal and flip it and sew.
I think I originally saw them at Martha Stewert's website, but that place is almost impossible to find anything (imho)


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Post by: dharma_rebel on January 17, 2010 03:18:38 PM
They're hobo style bags, basically you just cut the pillowcase at the diagonal and flip it and sew.
I think I originally saw them at Martha Stewert's website, but that place is almost impossible to find anything (imho)

Had to hunt that one down, cause I have some great pillowcases in my stash. http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=d496330b00a22110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&backto=true (http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=d496330b00a22110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&backto=true)


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Post by: PixieVal on January 17, 2010 03:32:27 PM
They're hobo style bags, basically you just cut the pillowcase at the diagonal and flip it and sew.
I think I originally saw them at Martha Stewert's website, but that place is almost impossible to find anything (imho)

Had to hunt that one down, cause I have some great pillowcases in my stash. http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=d496330b00a22110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&backto=true (http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=d496330b00a22110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&backto=true)
Those are super cute! I just might have to try one out!


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 17, 2010 05:02:59 PM
I like it because it's cheap, easy, and a total stash-buster. Going through the linen closet, I managed to find 3 pillow-cases perfect for little girls and two football themed pillow-cases (that I picked up to make togas with, albeit extremely basic togas that were totally awesome, while we were studying ancient Rome and Greece.)

I might keep the football ones for game days, but that makes me think, could a guy appreciate a bag in this form? I almost think that if the straps were long enough, it could be worn across the body messenger bag style, and it could be a man-tote or satchel.

Indiana Jones used a satchel!

What are your thoughts?


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Post by: ineedart on January 18, 2010 04:51:30 AM
Those are cool! I am not sure if it is a man-bag though...hmmm. I guess it depends on the guy.


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Post by: attackofthequacks on January 18, 2010 12:17:09 PM
those pillowcase purses are super cute :D i will definitely have to try making one
i'm not sure if men would use them but maybe they could be given to men who play sports or go to the gym for carrying around sports kit?


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Post by: hngoodlett on January 18, 2010 02:33:54 PM
Or as a grocery bag? If you know any eco-friendly guys.


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Post by: gammykatie on January 20, 2010 10:02:24 AM
It may be more "manly" if you change the handle to more of a traditional style rather than just tying the ends....  that to me is more feminine - girls tye their T-shirts into a knot to show off their midriff....  I can't think of anytime I've every seen a guy knot his clothing.  Just my old age opinion!


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Post by: marcusandila on January 22, 2010 03:42:28 PM
It may be more "manly" if you change the handle to more of a traditional style rather than just tying the ends....  that to me is more feminine - girls tye their T-shirts into a knot to show off their midriff....  I can't think of anytime I've every seen a guy knot his clothing.  Just my old age opinion!

lol i have. hairy belly n all. :) gay guys are usually pretty amusing. lol


personally. i'd say DONT give man-bags; unless requested or as a gag gift. I know the men in my family would DIE if i gave them a man-bag or think i was trying to play some joke on them as a gag gift. thats my family n friends tho. if you have "hip" guys like that, coolbeans, but I know mine would kill me if i tried to give them a manbag.

just a thought.


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Post by: oneredboot on January 23, 2010 05:23:54 AM
I have a few new items this month!  

First, I made next year's xmas cards.  I used a package of old cards / envelopes that i found in the bottom of the xmas crate this year, combined with cut-up, sewn-on strips of the cards we received this year:



The socks were a hit this year (remember my anxieties last year about whether people would like them?  total waste of time!), so a few special people on my list will get another pair this year.  These are for an elderly aunt:



[How do ya' like my new sock blockers?  Made from a placemat.  They show off the socks much more clearly!]

I'm currently working on another, more complicated pair of socks--fair isle!--for Mr. Boot's grandmother.  

What have you guys made this month?


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Post by: PixieVal on January 23, 2010 06:31:41 AM
Yay! I love the socks, and good idea with the sock blockers. You have a very lucky family. I love how you did the Christmas cards!


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Post by: karin_ on January 23, 2010 02:46:28 PM
I love your socks as always Boot! Lovely colors!


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Post by: katara on January 25, 2010 03:57:41 AM
Every little thing she does is magic!

Here is my entry for January!:

Some zipper brooches!



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Post by: samborina on January 25, 2010 06:38:10 AM
Oh!  I saw those zipper brooches in Ready Made this month!  Very nice.  I'm going to try the bottle glasses out of that same magazine as soon as I get some time without the kiddos.  I don't want to be breaking bottles with them underfoot.


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Post by: dharma_rebel on January 25, 2010 08:41:00 AM
Those are awesome! they're in readymade? I hope it gets here soon!


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Post by: katara on January 25, 2010 09:55:44 AM
I found the instructions for the zipper brooches at
http://dollarstorecrafts.com (http://dollarstorecrafts.com)


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Post by: christephi on January 25, 2010 01:15:55 PM
I finally finished these tree plaques for my mom!



They were meant to be done in time for Christmas 2009, but better late than never, eh?  Now I'm packing them away until next Christmas so I won't be tempted to give them to my mom for her birthday in March.  (Actually, I'm using a Sharpie to write "Christmas 2010" on the back so I can't give them to her early!)


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Post by: gamemom42 on January 25, 2010 01:19:27 PM
I love your seasons plaques!  Are they handbuilt from clay?  Is it regular clay ( I don't know the terminology) or the polyclay stuff?  Also; how big are they?  You did such a beautiful job!


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Post by: christephi on January 25, 2010 01:32:52 PM
I love your seasons plaques!  Are they handbuilt from clay?  Is it regular clay ( I don't know the terminology) or the polyclay stuff?  Also; how big are they?  You did such a beautiful job!

Thanks!

I made them from salt dough (2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water).  Each plaque is about 5 inches across.  I love 'em!  Hubby wants me to make some for our house.


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Post by: PixieVal on January 25, 2010 02:23:07 PM
Those zipper brooches are very cute, and I love the season plaques.


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Post by: gamemom42 on January 25, 2010 05:05:55 PM
I love your seasons plaques!  Are they handbuilt from clay?  Is it regular clay ( I don't know the terminology) or the polyclay stuff?  Also; how big are they?  You did such a beautiful job!

Thanks!

I made them from salt dough (2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water).  Each plaque is about 5 inches across.  I love 'em!  Hubby wants me to make some for our house.

I'm impressed even more now that I know they are salt dough.  I've worked with salt dough many times but I've never achieved that quality of work.  You've inspired me to try again.  Oh one more question, what temp did you bake them at and for how long?  I hope you don't mind all the question, especially considering I'm kind of hijacking the thread.  Sorry


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 25, 2010 05:12:54 PM
I love how your salt dough plaques ended up. They are simply gorgeous, your mom will love them.

The Zipper brooches are also amazing, I've been wanting to make them for ages, but I can't quite get my mind around the concept.

And of course, those socks look so toasty and quite comfortable :)


Tonight, inspired by karin_'s post in the Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 ideas, I made my little brother a set of 8 apple key-board magnets.
He's a bit OCD about making sure every assignment and appointment date is on his white board calendar, and I thought that these magnets would be a great way for him to post little notes about certain days on the board to make them more recognizable.


They're pieces off an old apple keyboard, since we all own macs. I thought they were very appropriate. :)


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Post by: PixieVal on January 25, 2010 05:25:54 PM
I love EVERYTHING and ANYTHING made from keyboard keys. I have thousands of them, so I love seeing people do things with them.


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Post by: christephi on January 25, 2010 06:40:06 PM
I love your seasons plaques!  Are they handbuilt from clay?  Is it regular clay ( I don't know the terminology) or the polyclay stuff?  Also; how big are they?  You did such a beautiful job!

Thanks!

I made them from salt dough (2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water).  Each plaque is about 5 inches across.  I love 'em!  Hubby wants me to make some for our house.

I'm impressed even more now that I know they are salt dough.  I've worked with salt dough many times but I've never achieved that quality of work.  You've inspired me to try again.  Oh one more question, what temp did you bake them at and for how long?  I hope you don't mind all the question, especially considering I'm kind of hijacking the thread.  Sorry

I baked them at a low temp for a long time since they're kind of thick.  I did 200-250 degrees every evening for 3-4 days (probably 4-5 hours per evening).  Just stick 'em in when you get home (or after baking your supper!) and take 'em out when you go to bed.  That way they dry out slowly -- less cracking and browning.  Paint with acrylic paints and seal with polyurethane spray (3 coats).  Hope that helps!


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Post by: gamemom42 on January 25, 2010 06:42:43 PM
Thanks!


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Post by: karin_ on January 25, 2010 11:29:57 PM

Tonight, inspired by karin_'s post in the Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 ideas, I made my little brother a set of 8 apple key-board magnets.
He's a bit OCD about making sure every assignment and appointment date is on his white board calendar, and I thought that these magnets would be a great way for him to post little notes about certain days on the board to make them more recognizable.

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/140824_25Jan10_DSC_0073.JPG
They're pieces off an old apple keyboard, since we all own macs. I thought they were very appropriate. :)


Wow, I'm glad I could inspire someone! Love your magnets! :) I have some stuck on my white board too, they work like a charm.


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Post by: ineedart on January 26, 2010 04:29:18 AM
Those plaques are fantastic!


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Post by: SharLaMarz on January 26, 2010 10:37:48 PM
Hope it's not too late to join in on the fun. I too want to make handmade gifts for my entire family. So I hope that by doing it little by little I will be able to accomplish that. For this months project (this month that is almost over already. yikes. lol) I've started making some salt dough ornaments that I may use as special gift tags or as the gift itself. Yay! I've started! I know that Christmas will be a little less stressful if I can keep this up for the year.


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Post by: karin_ on January 27, 2010 06:16:57 AM
I finally managed to finish some things for January! I really went with the "start small" idea, I made one ornament (I'm planning to make one ornament a month to give to my sister for Christmas) and one Christmas card. Both were made using this really beautiful wooden stamp my friends brought me from their trip to India. I want to play with it lost more soon!





I'll be making more of these Christmas cards too, so simple and fun!



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Post by: ineedart on January 27, 2010 06:32:54 AM
That stamp is so beautiful!!!


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Post by: oneredboot on January 27, 2010 07:46:56 AM
lovely card and ornament!  what kind of paint are you using?  i always have trouble finding the right paint for fabric.


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Post by: dharma_rebel on January 27, 2010 08:43:51 AM
Wow, that stamp really is beautiful! Are you stamping on linen or muslin or ?


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Post by: karin_ on January 27, 2010 01:06:59 PM
lovely card and ornament!  what kind of paint are you using?  i always have trouble finding the right paint for fabric.

Thank you! :) This time I actually used some block printing/lino inks I had in my stash, because these items are not meant to be washed anyway... If I decide to make a bag or something later I would use fabric paints. Nothing fancy, just whatever I can find at my local craft store. :) They way I did it is I put a blob of paint on some cardboard, and put a piece of craft felt on top. When the paint soaks through the felt becomes a brilliant "stamp pad" for this kind of hard wooden stamp!

Wow, that stamp really is beautiful! Are you stamping on linen or muslin or ?

Yep, just regular muslin. Super simple! :)


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Post by: oneredboot on January 28, 2010 07:38:43 AM
They way I did it is I put a blob of paint on some cardboard, and put a piece of craft felt on top. When the paint soaks through the felt becomes a brilliant "stamp pad" for this kind of hard wooden stamp!


Super clever!  Thank you for sharing that tip!!


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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 30, 2010 05:53:34 PM
In between shoots today, I finished a couple of ornaments and some magnets for my sister for her stocking... Hers are a bit more artistic looking, imho, so I'll get pictures up tomorrow morning.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has managed to whip up last minute before January ends! :)


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Post by: PixieVal on January 30, 2010 08:22:08 PM
I didn't get a lot done this month-I was finishing up my swap craziness. This year I am taking it one swap at a time! I will have up pics tomorrow of the stuff I did get done for this CAL this month-I'm excited to see Feb's theme!


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Post by: Odri on January 31, 2010 08:58:12 AM
Last night I made my Christmas cards. Aren't they cute?  ;)





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Post by: PixieVal on January 31, 2010 09:01:22 AM
Odri- Oh my gosh, beautiful! Is that a stamp?


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Post by: Odri on January 31, 2010 09:45:41 AM
Yes! It's a stamp and (it doesn't really show on the picture) I put some embossing powder on it so it looks glossy and 3D-ish in real life.


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Post by: lapoli on January 31, 2010 09:52:35 AM
Odri, your card is beautiful! And karin_, I love the ornament!

As for this month's FOs, I haven't been quite as productive as I had originally wanted due to some unexpected giant real life news, but I have finished up a couple of projects:

I finished up four dishcloths for both my mom and dad and my in-laws:


... and I've finished up two ornaments:


My dad's first sock (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332649.msg3857935;topicseen#msg3857935) is about 70% finished. I've turned the heel, finished the gusset and I'm working on the foot now.  My mom's scarf (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332649.msg3847787;topicseen#msg3847787) is about 80% done, though, if I start dreading it, I think I can bind off and block it a little more harshly than I normally would and I'd be okay.  

Well, at least it's a start!


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Post by: PixieVal on January 31, 2010 10:22:59 AM
lapoli I love the ornaments!


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Post by: karin_ on January 31, 2010 11:08:17 AM
That card is great! I want a stamp like that! :)


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Post by: bergman on January 31, 2010 12:44:52 PM
here is my "little" thing   i hope to make a bunch of them before Christmas time next year




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Post by: pinkricepudding on January 31, 2010 12:49:47 PM
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT.

Between the color and the owl pattern, that coffee cozy is utterly perfect.


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Post by: bushbaby on January 31, 2010 01:04:44 PM
That is so cool!

May I ask where you got the pattern? Only my sister keeps owls and I'm on the look out for things I can make her :)


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Post by: bergman on January 31, 2010 01:35:35 PM


That is so cool!

May I ask where you got the pattern? Only my sister keeps owls and I'm on the look out for things I can make her :)
i googled owl cable pattern and it came up  it originally called for double pointed needles and I suck at knitting with more then two needles so I just adapted it and it worked out great. If I come across the pattern again I will post the link!


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Post by: bushbaby on January 31, 2010 01:49:35 PM


That is so cool!

May I ask where you got the pattern? Only my sister keeps owls and I'm on the look out for things I can make her :)
i googled owl cable pattern and it came up  it originally called for double pointed needles and I suck at knitting with more then two needles so I just adapted it and it worked out great. If I come across the pattern again I will post the link!

Thanks for that - I'll have to have look myself :)


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Post by: dharma_rebel on January 31, 2010 02:26:22 PM
Hey, lapoli! I like the pattern you used on the dishcloths  - I've been working on dishcloths in my spare moments here and there, but I'm getting bored with stockingnet stitch. Where'd you find that pattern?

I just got an owl cozy in the fill a mug swap! I love mine! bushbaby, I know there is a pattern on ravelry for a sweater using the owl cables, you could check there.

I made up a few small burlap gift bags to hold whatever kind of yumminess I make next Christmas. I can never seen to find any kind of container or bag that I absolutely love. I'll try to get pics later on.


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Post by: PixieVal on January 31, 2010 02:44:14 PM
Great owl cozy!


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Post by: PixieVal on January 31, 2010 02:57:38 PM
Okay, slow month for me.
1 yarn scrap scarf(I made 2, but my daughter claimed 1)
2 sets of coasters, 3 sets of dishcloths, and fabric snowman ornament. I cut out and sewed about 25 of these, but I have only stuffed this one so far.



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Post by: rockon on February 02, 2010 03:51:59 PM
Okay, slow month for me.
1 yarn scrap scarf(I made 2, but my daughter claimed 1)
2 sets of coasters, 3 sets of dishcloths, and fabric snowman ornament. I cut out and sewed about 25 of these, but I have only stuffed this one so far.

That's a SLOW month?!  I managed 2 discloths and a baby hat . . . oh, and a misshappen Christmas stocking that cannot be salvaged :(

I am applying for a 2nd Masters program and am straight out lately, but as soon as I had a minute today I came straight to Craftster  . . . good to see what everyone is up to :)


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Post by: katara on February 04, 2010 09:03:15 AM
I'm wondering what Feb's theme is going to be...


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Post by: kwiltykate on February 04, 2010 07:24:53 PM
I finally started on my Christmas crafting!

2 x sets of coasters done :) - will make a few more sets during the year

They are simple 4in quilted squares.





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Post by: PixieVal on February 05, 2010 10:32:12 AM
Oh I love quilted coasters! I am hoping to make some myself this year!


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Post by: stellato_escuro on February 06, 2010 03:12:41 PM
I am going the handmade coaster route as well. So easy, and everyone can use them. Plus, they're a great stashbuster.


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Post by: pinkricepudding on February 07, 2010 08:39:38 AM
In the spirit of last months theme, I'm still making little stocking stuffers and ornaments (I have a rather large family, it makes more sense to just get them all out of the way now)

I made four ornaments, both for siblings of mine who plan to get married this year, and play makeup for my oldest niece. (It's really simple, just find some old makeup containers that are either empty or that you no longer use and fill them with nail polish... It takes a couple of days to dry/for the smell to go away, but the finished product is really nice.)

So without further ado, here are some pictures...





(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=328721)

I plan on making a bunch of mini books in the courtesy of http://papernstitchblog.com/2008/12/22/charley-harper-notepad-tutorial/ (http://papernstitchblog.com/2008/12/22/charley-harper-notepad-tutorial/) today, so everyone's stocking stuffers can finally get off my to-do list.


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Post by: PixieVal on February 07, 2010 08:12:32 PM
the pinecones are so pretty!


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Post by: stoliedina on February 09, 2010 11:02:04 AM
Hey Crusaders -

Things in the real world have been a bit crazy busy this month. Sorry for the mega-late February theme update. Check it out on page 1 - it might look familiar to 2009 Crusaders.


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Post by: PixieVal on February 09, 2010 05:55:16 PM
Feb's theme seems very good for me, not so much about Valentine's day for us, but we've got our anniversary coming up, and I have to figure out some kind of leather thing to make.. gr...
but I have been working on a camoflage afghan for him for Christmas, so I will try and finish that up this month!


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Post by: katara on February 09, 2010 10:21:04 PM
Hooray for February's theme!!!


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Post by: karin_ on February 20, 2010 04:12:51 AM
Wow, this thread has been quiet for a while! Are we in a post-Christmas crafting slump? :) I know I am, I have not been able to craft AT ALL this month. School has been crazy... I need to get off my butt and complete at least one more ornament next week!  ;)


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Post by: christephi on February 20, 2010 06:30:17 AM
Wow, this thread has been quiet for a while! Are we in a post-Christmas crafting slump? :) I know I am, I have not been able to craft AT ALL this month. School has been crazy... I need to get off my butt and complete at least one more ornament next week!  ;)

Yep...life is happening even if crafting is not.  But I will finish some ornaments before the end of the month!


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Post by: lydiaharper on February 20, 2010 08:09:48 AM
Here, too!  Kids have been out of school so much because of snow, then I would have my kids, sisters kids, and sils kids!  I was lucky just to get through the day!!  LOL  I have also been working on swaps alot lately.  Heck, I haven't even had time to post my finished items in the 50 in 2010! 

Lydia


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Post by: stoliedina on February 20, 2010 09:10:23 AM
Wow, this thread has been quiet for a while! Are we in a post-Christmas crafting slump? :)

Oh yeah Karin. Every year in January I usually sit down and make my Christmas list right away. No go this year. Being so sick through out the holidays really put a damper on my enthusiasm. I'm starting to see the light though. I'm making myself do some small craft projects to gear up for the great Christmas craft-a-long. Even Craftastic Christmas Crusaders get the craft slumpies!

In other news...I ran across a blog the other day that is doing a boy-craft month. Awesome stuff. Can't remember it off the top of my head, but I'll post the link later. I'm sure it would be of interest to some other people on this thread!


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Post by: rockon on February 20, 2010 12:41:25 PM
Don't you just HATE it when life gets in the way of quality crafting??? I do . . . I have just been working on dishcloths, nothing more complex or creative . . . What can you do? Not much :)

Rockon!


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Post by: oneredboot on February 20, 2010 12:45:31 PM
Me, too!  I had big plans and have been knitting away, but I have very little to show for it!  I did finish a beret intended as an xmas gift (made with vintage yarn!  super cute)--but I've decided to send it now to a friend who did me a huge favor.  I'm working on another one, but I'm not sure it will be finished by the end of the month!  


Wow, this thread has been quiet for a while! Are we in a post-Christmas crafting slump? :) I know I am, I have not been able to craft AT ALL this month. School has been crazy... I need to get off my butt and complete at least one more ornament next week!  ;)

Yep...life is happening even if crafting is not.  But I will finish some ornaments before the end of the month!


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Post by: Liralen on February 20, 2010 08:46:56 PM
Wow, I totally think I need to join this craftalong.  I promised myself that most presents and all tree decorations were going to be handmade in 2009 but failed slightly and ended up burning out towards the end.  So I swore up and down that I would start earlier and Get Things Done. 

So far, I've managed one crocheted snowflake...

This might keep me on task for the year!


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Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on February 20, 2010 09:48:29 PM
So far Ive managed to make something like 18 coasters (4 to a set for each Aunty/Uncle/Adult cousin to go with painted mugs) and have done a bit more on a massive blanket Im making for my nana (queen size I hope, or lap size if I get sick of doing double crochet). Im getting there... slowly lol  :D


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Post by: katara on February 26, 2010 11:35:07 AM
I found a temporary job so I don't have much time to craft at the moment... and my wedding is coming up in April so I'm taking a backseat for the moment.


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Post by: stellato_escuro on February 26, 2010 09:58:55 PM
katara -- I totally hear you there. I am returning to work in a week and a half, moving two days after that and working on a project for my brother's wedding. It's hectic! Best wishes for your wedding...Don't get to stressed out. :)


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Post by: christephi on February 26, 2010 10:08:36 PM
Congrats katara!  I'm doing wedding stuff too!  My sister's wedding...her dress, bridesmaid dress, flowergirl dress.  Whew!  But that'll all be over the first week of May, so then I'll get back to Christmas stuff.

I did, however, pull off a few Christmas ornaments this week, five to be exact.  They're just from kits my mom gave me (she bought 'em from the Oriental Trading Company).






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Post by: Lilibet on February 27, 2010 12:57:16 PM
*points to sig*

Want!! So cute...


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Post by: stoliedina on February 27, 2010 03:47:42 PM
Christephi - those are super cute, and so is your blog! Yay!


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Post by: Odri on February 28, 2010 12:45:03 PM
For the February theme, I decided to make something for my sister, who loves tie dye. The colors are not very vibrant, I think due to the fact that the socks were new and I didn't wash them beforehand.
Well, it was only my second time doing tie dye so I can only get better!  ;)







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Post by: karin_ on February 28, 2010 01:09:43 PM
Love the socks, what a cool idea!

I didn't get a chance to make any ornaments today, so I haven't really crafted anything for February... I'm hoping to get something done in March, though I'll be moving to the US on the 20th for my internship - can't imagine I will be thousands of miles from my sewing machine for months!  :o


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Post by: oneredboot on February 28, 2010 04:10:34 PM
Here are the berets I knit this month:


Made from vintage yarn.  Here's a better shot of the pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gretel) (with Valentine's roses!):



I actually made four of these this month, but I gave one away already.  :) 

I'm also slowly working on a long-term project:  three sets of appliqued, "counting" bean bags (http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-and-pattern-counting-bean-bags.html) for kids in the family.  I pull out the sewing machine on weekends and do a little work on that project (and a non-holiday-related scrap quilt project that's in progress) each week.  It feels great to work slowly and steadily, without the stress of a deadline.  I love getting a little done each week--I'm slowly moving toward my goals!

Finally, I'm working on knitting some simple cowls out of luxe materials for my grandmother and elderly aunts (materials are 100% silk, a gift from the generous and lovely AsphaltQueen, and some recycled cashmere that I claimed from lapoli in STS many rounds ago--nice!)   Will post photos when they are done, hopefully next month. 


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Post by: rockon on February 28, 2010 04:40:42 PM
Odris -- those tie-dyed socks are too cute!  I might have to borrow that idea!

And oneredboot -- I am so impressed by those berets!  THey are awesome. 

I have been knocking off dishcloths and also started a baby sweater for the expecting niece of the man I live with and care for as a Shared Living Provider . . . I am trying a super cute, top-down pattern, and am very proud as it is about 6 inches now and looks a bit sweaterish already!

Rockon!


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Post by: karin_ on February 28, 2010 10:02:39 PM
Oneredboot, I love the berets! Seriously, first the socks and now this? I wish you were in my family! :D


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Post by: attackofthequacks on March 01, 2010 09:56:49 AM
those berets are so pretty!  :D i haven't got around to the project i had planned for february, but hopefully i will make something in march


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Post by: Taramor on March 02, 2010 06:04:10 AM

I dont think I ever got around to show the little table-cloth I made. It is ca. 60 cm - thats around 2 feet, I think -. It is not quite rigth, I made 13 'leaves' instead of 12, but I'm not sure if anybody will notice that. I don't know who I will give it to, maybe I better just keep it myself.


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Post by: BlairsBear on March 02, 2010 07:47:22 AM
I love how you block it on your couch.


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Post by: Muria on March 02, 2010 09:31:11 AM
That's a beautiful tablecloth, Taramor!


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Post by: stoliedina on March 03, 2010 07:00:49 PM
March theme, page 1  ;D Sorry it didn't go up earlier. I couldn't edit the thread because of glitches with Craftster's new server.


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Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on March 03, 2010 08:53:41 PM
This months theme is awesome! Ok brain, start thinking  :D


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Post by: rockon on March 07, 2010 08:23:52 PM
I love March's theme!  Need to get the brain a'thinkin' and move out of the dishcloth rut!

Rockon!


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Post by: Ivagrovegirl on March 08, 2010 12:03:39 PM
Amen to the dishcloth rut!! I have completely recovered from Christmas and I am ready to get started. I love this month's theme!!!

Off to the craft room,

Emily


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Post by: Odri on March 27, 2010 10:10:42 AM
Hey fellow crusaders!

For this month's theme, I decided to celebrate my French Canadian heritage by making a traditional dessert served during the holidays in Quebec: the tarte au sucre (sugar pie).



I made two and I froze one so that I can serve it to my friends at Christmas.

<3


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Post by: dharma_rebel on March 27, 2010 01:00:03 PM
Oh my goodness that looks soooooo yummy! Was it difficult to make? My pie attempts usually end up as big old fails.


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Post by: Odri on March 27, 2010 01:39:35 PM
Oh my goodness that looks soooooo yummy! Was it difficult to make? My pie attempts usually end up as big old fails.

No, it's quite easy to make because you only need 4 ingredients! (Butter, brown sugar, cream and flour). If you would like the recipe, I can post it later.


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Post by: rockon on March 27, 2010 03:12:01 PM
Please do!! The man I care for is French Canadian, and I have made him a meat(less) pie (with ground meat substitute to celebrate his heritage; he is a sugar lover so that would go over twice as well (though the meat pie was all he wanted to eat for days!)

To celebrate my heritage this month my mom is teaching me to crochet a granny square.  I don't have any posting material right now because my mom keeps having me rip it out (grr).  I can't quite get the hang . . . my grandmother loved granny squares and at the end of her life (she had severe dementia) my mom made her one for her wall and a huge one for the bed . . .


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Post by: dharma_rebel on March 27, 2010 09:20:02 PM
I'd love the recipe, too, please! There isn't anything a whole lot yummier than butter and brown sugar!

I haven't been very productive making any gifts. I don't even have a list of people to make gifts for!  ::) Guess I'll start there, and then start brainstorming.


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Post by: Odri on March 29, 2010 06:58:13 AM
Ok, so here is the recipe:

Ingredients
-1 (or two) pie crust depending on how big it is
-75 ml (1/3 cup) unsalted butter
-500 ml (2 cups) brown sugar
-500 ml (2 cups) 15% cream
-75 ml (1/3 cup) flour

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-In a saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
-Remove from heat. Add cream and flour while beating.
-Pour the mixture in the pie crust and bake for 30 minutes.

Have fun!



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Post by: Taramor on March 29, 2010 08:24:01 AM
Here I am celebrating my heritage - . I hope I don't offend anyone by showing of the Danish flag, but for us it is not a symbol of the state, but of celebration. We use flags for celebrating birthdays, anniverseries, a day with sunshine - and we hang them on the Christmas Tree. They are normaly made of paper, but those are chrocheted. If there are any Danes around, who wants to make them, there is a tutorial at the talented Karen's site: http://karenklarbaeksverden.blogspot.com/. Does anyone want to se them closer on?  :D


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Post by: dharma_rebel on March 29, 2010 09:43:38 AM
Thanks for posting that recipe! Maybe that will be my next cheat meal.  ;) :D
Really, that will make a lovely Christmas Eve dessert for my fam. We aren't French-Canadian, but we have some French in us, so that'll count, right?

Those flags are lovely. I think they would make the perfect addition to a Christmas tree!


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Post by: oneredboot on March 30, 2010 09:26:43 AM
love the danish flags!  so cute.

i've been knitting up a storm this month.  here are three soft cowls for the elderly ladies on my list.  the blue ones are 100% silk, and the white is 100% reclaimed cashmere.




i've also finished my ishbel shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ishbel), which will be for my mom:



i need to block it--the lace pattern will be much more obvious! 

i got the yarn for all of these projects from craftster ladies!   the blue silk is from AsphaltQueen, the cashmere was reclaimed and skeined by lapoli, and LimeRiot (formerly marethann) gave me the brown sock yarn used in ishbel.   special thanks to all three of them!


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Post by: Taramor on April 07, 2010 03:32:54 AM
Wauw Oneredboot - that Ishbel shawl is beautiful. I clicked on the link to See the lacework. It is stunning, your Mother is very lucky.


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Post by: ninjagrisen on April 12, 2010 01:41:09 AM
Oh oh oh... *runs around hyperventilating*
I soooo wanna join, but dont know if I can make all months.
But I sure will stalk this thread, my fingers cant wait to start crafting *yay*


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Post by: stellato_escuro on April 12, 2010 07:02:28 AM
That's okay, join us anyway. I'm not crafting along with the themes at all. Well, to be fair, I'm not crafting on anything holiday right now, but that's not really the point... I'll get there soon. :D


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Post by: ninjagrisen on April 13, 2010 03:10:31 AM
That's okay, join us anyway. I'm not crafting along with the themes at all. Well, to be fair, I'm not crafting on anything holiday right now, but that's not really the point... I'll get there soon. :D

Well, in that case, I'm in :D!


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Post by: KedaZenovka on April 16, 2010 05:53:24 AM
I have to join! and properly this year. though already the year is over a quarter finished... does that mean a quarter of holiday crafting should already be done??  :o I think if I start now I might have a chance of getting it all done, you guys are so inspiring - oneredboot I am completely in awe of your knitting skillz, you make beautiful things and so fast! I have been working a good two years steady on one lace scarf (I intend to finish it in time for THIS christmas  :D)

although it is april I have only just got started... so I went with the "something small" theme to get going.

and voila:


Sarubobo keychains! made from Mairuru's tut. I have so far made 5, I intend to make a lot more...


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Post by: Taramor on April 17, 2010 04:33:56 AM
They are just so cute, Keda.


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Post by: oneredboot on April 17, 2010 05:32:41 AM
nice job!  those are adorable.  it's never too late to start christmas crafting!


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Post by: oneredboot on April 17, 2010 11:36:05 AM
Has April been a tough month for everyone holiday-crafting-wise?  It's rather quiet in here, so I'm feelin' a little sheepish to be posting yet again!  Come on guys, think of how much more relaxed your holidays will be when you put in a little time now!  Ok, pep talk over--Here are my completed projects for the month of August:

rpm socks (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rpm) for my mom.  This included a spirally method for shaping the toe, which was new to me and which I really enjoyed.  It looks a little pointy on the sock blocker, but on an actual foot the fit is really comfy.




And three sets of counting bean bags (http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-and-pattern-counting-bean-bags.html) for the small ones in the family:




Any thoughts for packaging these babies?  I was thinking of making scrap-patchwork drawstring bags with the kids' names or initials appliqued on them, but that's a bit time-intensive.  I might wait until other projects are further along to see if that will fly--let me know if y'all have other ideas!     


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Post by: lapoli on April 17, 2010 11:39:04 AM
Nice, ORB! Those bean bags are really cute! How about just making a simple drawstring bag and making a cute tag for them? 


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Post by: oneredboot on April 17, 2010 01:43:16 PM
Nice, ORB! Those bean bags are really cute! How about just making a simple drawstring bag and making a cute tag for them? 

oh yeah...simple....!  good idea.  :)  thanks!


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Post by: crafty_cow on April 19, 2010 12:28:13 PM
I totally love those bean bags! I have dug out some fabric and am going to get all my cutting done tonight. Then tomorrow, once my boy has gone to bed I will sew them up. I'm going to make a set for him and a set for my neice.

Gorgeous!


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Post by: dharma_rebel on April 19, 2010 01:08:05 PM
Love the beanbag idea. All the little kids will be getting those from me, too! Great way to use up scraps!


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Post by: lydiaharper on April 19, 2010 03:22:37 PM
Those are very cute!  I need to put those on my list too.  I've got a bunch of neices, nephews, and my dd that would love them.

Lydia


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Post by: oneredboot on April 20, 2010 04:27:42 PM
so glad you guys like the bean bags.  i'm looking forward to seeing your versions!!


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Post by: Juicebox29 on April 20, 2010 04:45:54 PM
The bean bags are such a good idea! What did you fill them with?


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Post by: oneredboot on April 21, 2010 04:26:38 PM
I just used rice!

 
The bean bags are such a good idea! What did you fill them with?


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Post by: Juicebox29 on April 21, 2010 07:05:16 PM
ohh! Maybe I'll make some for my nieces third birthday in two weeks:)


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Post by: Odri on April 24, 2010 07:29:18 PM
Hey Crusaders! My personal theme for this month isÖPOTTERMANIA! I recently went to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Toronto Science Centre  (http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/default.asp)and came back itching to craft something potter-related. Since my sister is now a HP fan (thanks to me!), I decided to make her a Christmas gift/package similar to the ones that Molly Weasley sends to Harry and Ron every Christmas at Hogwarts. I will even write a letter from "Molly and Arthur" explaining what is in the package and wishing her a Merry Christmas.

Here is what I plan to put in it and how I will present the gifts to her in the letter:
-A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, which I found on amazon for like 2$. (Harry forgot this at the Burrow, would you give it back to him?)
-A bath bomb (For the prefects' bathroom!)
-Bertie Bottís every flavor Beans and chocolate frogs (Sweets to ward off the dementors)
-A Mini House Sock Ornament (http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/features/crafts/knitting/minihousesockornament) (So you can show some school spirit)
-A copy of the"Daily Prophet" (http://dailyprophet.harrypotter.com/us/) with her photo on it (This Death Eater looks a lot like you my dear. I do hope itís just a coincidence!)

So far I have done the letter with some HP fonts that I found at MuggleNet (http://www.mugglenet.com/downloads/fonts/), the copy of the Daily Prophet, and Iíve ordered the book off amazon. I will do the rest when I get home from college.

So, what do you guys think? Good/horrible idea? I know that my sister and I are not kids anymore, but in our hearts, I believe that we will be forever 12.


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Post by: oneredboot on April 26, 2010 10:29:28 AM
I love this idea! Since it looks like you knit, you could also add a knitted Hogwarts scarf...  There's a whole book (Charmed Knits (http://www.amazon.com/Charmed-Knits-Projects-Harry-Potter/dp/0470067314)) and tons of online patterns for Potter-related scarves, mittens, etc.  Can't wait to see your finished package!!


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Post by: Odri on May 06, 2010 08:40:43 AM
Hola! I thought I'd post some pictures of my progress on my HP-licious package.


My Christmas card.



Complete with a Weasley seal.

Oneredboot, I've been wanting to buy charmed knits for quite a while now. I asked for it for my birthday so...we never know!  ;)


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Post by: oneredboot on May 06, 2010 08:58:07 AM
super cute!  nice work.  love the tea-dying!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: March Theme Page 1
Post by: stoliedina on May 11, 2010 05:54:41 PM
Hello my crusaders...

So I have been failing as a crafty leader. Getting so so sick at the end of 2009 definitely put a damper on my Christmas 2010 enthusiasm, and my mojo to keep this board pumped up. I'm sorry! I do not want the Holiday Handmade Crusade to end, as I had such fun last year, but I think 2010 is going to be a little more low key, if that's cool? I do have big dreams to make HHC bigger and better, but that requires a little planning...



I'm checking in to say - that in May - the latest I've started my gifts in YEARS - that I've made part of my list, and I've started a gift. Hopefully I'll get my mojo back.

Your (not-so)Craftastic(lately) Christmas Crusader


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Post by: oneredboot on May 12, 2010 06:40:24 AM
hooray!  glad to see you are back in the game, stoliedina!  can't wait to see what lovely xmas gifties you've got up your sleeve this year!!


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Post by: Taramor on May 12, 2010 06:51:01 AM
Please don't feel bad, Stoliedina  ;). You have done so much last year, and you are allowed to take it slower this year. It is after all a joint effort. I just hope you feel better now? Lots of love                               


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Post by: Odri on May 12, 2010 07:49:12 AM
Don't feel bad stoliedina  :-*
Glad to have you back.


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Post by: stoliedina on May 16, 2010 09:03:17 PM
Thanks for the support every one!

Here is the finished product:



It is a nature can, for special treasures, for one of my nephews. I'll be making three more of these little beauties. More details on my bloggy, http://blog.geekxnerd.com/2010/05/nature-can-1.html, if you are interested!
 ;DYAY - I GOT SOMETHING DONE! ;D



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Post by: Taramor on May 17, 2010 07:28:30 AM
It looks beautiful ans summerly. Is it for saving those treasures - like pebbles or feathers - you find in the nature?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on May 17, 2010 03:20:01 PM
It looks beautiful ans summerly. Is it for saving those treasures - like pebbles or feathers - you find in the nature?

That's exactly what it's for!  ;D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: katara on May 20, 2010 12:07:11 AM
Well I've realised we're nearing the end of May, and unless I want a "Christmas-buying-making-prezzie-rush" I need to get my butt into gear!
I guess the first thing I need to decide is what to make everyone!
I need gifts for:
- my husband (I'm thinking of making him a hollow book)
- my sister (maybe I can knit/crochet her a top/jersey/bolero. Make her  journal/diary)
- my brother-in-law
- mother
- grandmother (thinking of making her a nice handbag/shopping bag/photo album/scrapbook
- mother-in-law (likes water fountains and cute lamps... also collects stuffed toys and fridge magnets. Perhaps I could make her a poppet)
- father-in-law


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on May 20, 2010 11:47:06 AM
What is a hollow book?  ??? Do you mean one of those 'fake' books with a bottle of whisky inside?  ;)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: katara on May 20, 2010 01:03:54 PM
What is a hollow book?  ??? Do you mean one of those 'fake' books with a bottle of whisky inside?  ;)

It's a book with a hidden compartment. Here's a tute:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Hollow-Book (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Hollow-Book)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: katara on May 22, 2010 12:15:29 PM
Well I'm on my way! I just sat and made 5 Christmas cards. I used some old cards and some paper scraps and I'm quite happy with the results!  ;D



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on May 23, 2010 03:36:25 AM
Nice cards - I think I like the first one the most, but they are all great. And thank you for the link to the tute. It looks like fun. Maybee I should make some for my nieces. They will love to have a hidden place for secrets. ;D


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Post by: stoliedina on May 27, 2010 07:49:21 PM
Hey Crusaders...just checking in :)



I think I'm going to make these cute headbands for my two teeny bopper nieces. I followed this tutorial here: http://racheldenbow.blogspot.com/2009/11/braided-headband-tutorial.html. This is a tester, I would just suggest measuring each step of the way. I think that my braids came out shorter than the ones in the tutorial, and the finished product is kind of squeezing the life out of my head! HA! Ah well, live and learn :)

I'm trying actively make my list of projects, and I came across a GREAT thread here on Craftster about "production line" gifts. Follow this link for a great resource: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131703.0

Hope you all are well!


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Post by: oneredboot on May 27, 2010 08:42:03 PM
very clever and cute!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on May 28, 2010 10:15:50 AM
one gift completed this month:  a pair of red socks for my sister in law:



they turned my needles red, so i'm a little worried about her toes! 



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on May 28, 2010 02:00:36 PM
Cute though! Nice work. I think I'm going to make a pair of socks or two for my crusade this year as well :) You're an inspiration oneredboot!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: lydiaharper on May 28, 2010 03:21:34 PM
I would just about die if someone knitted me a pair of socks!  I know it takes a ton of work, so I'm sure your SIL will love them no matter what.

Lydia


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Post by: Willowe on May 29, 2010 09:28:14 AM
Oh I'm so joining this! I need to make presents for 14 people this year (luckily I have gifts for all but 2 people figured out already!). I've started the Granny Daughter blanket for my grandparents, and I'm almost done with a small cross stitch for my sister. I'll post pictures if I can find my camera later.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on June 02, 2010 07:26:57 AM
Hey there! I have finally gotten some time to snap (admittedly poor) photos of some of the holiday crafts I have been working on!

These are some items I have knit -- a market bag (should have made the handles larger, though you can't tell from the pic), some dishcloths, and a baby hat:



Some ornaments I made with the man I care for (he has a developmental disability). He colored in wooden stars, I filled in the blank spaces with a yellow marker, wrote 2010 on them and hot glued a ribbon to the back. We always have a holiday craft project and this year are planning multiple ones -- it is always good to have a head start! (since I snapped the pic we have doubled the amount)




Thanks for looking and rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on June 04, 2010 07:17:37 PM
Hello again,

I made an advent calendar!  Well, I made the outside of the calendar, I need to put a back on it and tape ity bity little stuffs to the back . . . It isn't that exciting, but I am excited, because I am what my brother calls a doofus.  I will post pictures when I have better light in this place (tomorrow).

Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on June 05, 2010 03:30:28 PM
As promised, here are pictures of the advent calendar I made.  I used a calendar here on Craftster as inspiration (though mine used different base materials and is not nearly as awesome). This is the link to the post:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=132553.0









I used a prestretched, cheapo canvas from Michael's, painted it red, cut windows in the canvas, covered old flooring samples with scrapbooking paper, used stickers for the numbers and words, cut out a couple of santas from magazines and glued them on, and attached the covered flooring samples with (very cute) star brads.  I then went to town at Toys R Us, buying little miniature toys for my step-nephew (age 4, almost 5).  I first used an old piece of cardboard to tape the toys to but it didn't work as they didn't line up with the windows, so I taped the toys to the back of the canvas and reinforced with strips of packing tape along the back.  It was a ton of fun, and I will be making more for my friends 2 girls (4 & 5).  I am excited about it.  If anyone has suggestions for how to improve on the next one, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for looking!

 



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on June 05, 2010 03:50:50 PM
rockon, it's so obvious how much love and care went into that advent calendar!  what a special gift. 


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on June 05, 2010 07:20:12 PM
Thanks, oneredboot, I think he will have fun with it.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: dharma_rebel on June 05, 2010 08:18:59 PM
LOVE the advent calendar! Maybe this will be the year I finally make one...


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on June 08, 2010 01:39:53 PM
The advent calendar is super awesome! I'm sure they will love it!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on June 11, 2010 01:27:27 PM
In addition to completing my dissertation this month (!), I found time to sew simple fabric embellishments on some organic cotton kitchen towels:



I got the towels from Whole Foods on sale, and I claimed the fabric from aeronberry in Shop the Swap.   These will be part of this year's family gift baskets, which will also include a knitted dishcloth, a loaf of homemade bread, possibly some preserves, and some other things that I can't remember.  :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on June 11, 2010 08:02:00 PM
oneredboot, holy cow! Not only are your towels awesome, you finished your dissertation!?!?! What was it on?  Congrats! Crafting must be a TOTAL stress buster for you or else the time would feel too much.  What else can I say . . . you rock!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: katara on June 27, 2010 02:58:34 AM
I really like those towels!!!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on July 01, 2010 05:53:35 AM
This month's socks:  for my dad, made with Cherry Tree Hill summer-weight cotton/wool blend:  .  My sock-blocker isn't quite big enough!  I need to make a man-sized set.  :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: dannispring240 on July 01, 2010 01:18:10 PM
oneredboot, I wish I possessed your awesome talent of sock making!  :)

Come live next to my house, so I can bug you to teach me.  ;D

lol <3


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on July 02, 2010 09:51:26 AM
oneredboot, I wish I possessed your awesome talent of sock making!  :)

Come live next to my house, so I can bug you to teach me.  ;D

lol <3

ha, i think it's perseverance rather than talent!   :)  socks are really just tubes with a curve--try them!

stoliedina, are you still experimenting with sock-knitting? 


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: lady4feet on July 12, 2010 01:42:59 PM
I should really join this craftalong crusade! I have two items on my 50 projects a year list that are for christmas and I've been coming up with some other ideas too.

oneredboot I love your socks! The fabric lady at Jo-annes and I were talking about knitted socks today. My Hubby has told me a few times I should learn how to knit just so I can make him socks, lol.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on July 13, 2010 04:49:22 PM
Every year I try to make something for each family member, here's the list for 2010:

Mom - handmade soaps, crochetted bath pouf and scrubbies
Dad - ?????
Sister In Law - she wants a tinkerbell sleeper, we'll see if I can find the fabric cheap enough
Brother - ?????
Niece #1 - christmas outfit, jammies (from the cat), outfits for stuffy she's getting for her b-day (July), art tote?
Niece #2 - christmas outfit, jammies (from the cat), stuffy and outfit,
Cat - catnip mice,

That's it, please share any ideas you have for anybody on my list.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on July 14, 2010 02:46:04 PM
Quote
stoliedina, are you still experimenting with sock-knitting? 

You bet I am, oneredboot! I know I've been really quiet here as of late, but I am actually tinkering away on things to show you. I've finished one sock for one of my sister-in-law's and I just started the second, it should be done in a few days :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: katara on July 14, 2010 11:31:01 PM
I'm busy working on a fabric journal as a Christmas present for my sister.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 16, 2010 11:33:00 AM
I am glad this thread is starting to be revived! I am trying to get this christmas to be as frugal as possible. I just graduated from college and will be paying off loans right around christmastime so I know money will be super tight. We also are going to have to replace a car by the end of this year and another car payment is not what I want.

So I have to think of handmade gifts for all of the people on my list.

Mom - Apron or Gardening Belt (I am working on my sewing skills to make this beautiful) Handmade Journal
Dad - Something Fishing related. I was thinking beer cozies or scarf/fingerless gloves for when he is fishing.
Sister - She likes to read a lot and do her nails so I am planning on a few book marks and a nail polish case. Art Journal Kit w/set of watercolors. Hopefully she will like it.
Husband - Something game related. Perhaps some art for his new man-cave. And something for his fitness goals.
Brother In Law #1 - (He is 12 years old) Something science related, probably a decorated t-shirt or two
Brother In Law #2 - (He is 6 years old) Something for school because he loves school. Decorated T-shirt Army or Navy Related They both are going to get a fun personalized activity book with their names on them that I am going to make on the computer then print out.
Father In Law - Handmade workout log. Bucket-List of cool activities to try with room for him to personalize it.
Mother In Law 1 - Handmade Journal. Handmade Recipe Book.
Mother In Law 2 - Scrapbook of fun events that have happened throughout the year. Handmade journal.
Uncle In Law 1 - Handmade Wine Label Saver Book with room for notes on each wine
Uncle In Law 2 - Movie review book with room for him to add each movie and rate them
Handmade Dog Treats for the dogs and if I have time, outfits for the dogs too :)
Nicole - ??? Glass painting, Handmade Journal
Lauren - Something Tea Related
Lyndsey - Decorated Tshirt, and matching waterbottle? and something bar tending related since she will be finishing up bar tending school soon.

Everyone will get a handmade card and christmas tree decoration for their tree with our photo in it.

I should probably get started since I am going to be moving soon. I know I won't be able to get away with making everything and will have to supplement my stash but over all I hope the gifts will mean more since I made them by hand.

I also realize I am a little late to this craft-a-long but I hope I can join in :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on July 17, 2010 08:22:22 PM
Better late than never, darkladymajesta  ;) Welcome!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on July 18, 2010 06:31:03 AM
Great list, darklady - and a good idea with the activity book for your brothers-in-law. Any tips for how to make it? Du you find riddles, puzzles etc.?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: darkladymajesta on July 18, 2010 12:46:17 PM
Thanks for the welcome! I have made puzzles before but I love using puzzle generators. They make my life so much easier :) If you google free puzzle maker you will get a large list of sites that will generate puzzles for you. I have a computer program called Adobe InDesign that is a layout program and I use it to make the books. But it really isn't necessary. If you print off each page you can go to a copy shop and have them reduce the sizes for you if you want them to be smaller than a full page. I will be printing mine at home because I have the layout program and am very familiar with basic book binding techniques.

I am really excited about getting these puzzle books started. I work with kids at a summer camp and will also be making some reusable puzzle books as practice. I am going to laminate the pages and bind them with a binder ring. Then I will tie a grease pencil to the ring with a ribbon. The grease pencil wipes off pretty easily so different kids can use the books each day. I work with several different kids each week so I am hoping they will love them :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on July 21, 2010 03:20:58 PM
These month's Xmas project:  three double-sided super warm hats.  I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's "very warm hat" pattern, with vintage 100% wool from the thrift store and some leftover stash yarn.  They are so warm and fuzzy--perfect for those Northerners on my list!

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=376125) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=376124) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=376122) 


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: anitacj on July 22, 2010 05:40:24 AM
Hey Oneredboot  ;D.I loooove those hats.Where can I find the pattern?And are those knitted or crocheted? :).Those would be perfect for my dh & my mom  ;D.I'm hoping they are crocheted cause I can't knit yet :(.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on July 22, 2010 06:27:31 AM
Hey Oneredboot  ;D.I loooove those hats.Where can I find the pattern?And are those knitted or crocheted? :).Those would be perfect for my dh & my mom  ;D.I'm hoping they are crocheted cause I can't knit yet :(.

Here's the Ravelry link (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/very-warm-hat) with information about the pattern--they are knitted--fast and easy!   



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stellato_escuro on July 27, 2010 09:44:00 AM
Oh, I have been bad! I haven't touched anything holiday gifty in weeks! But I have been kindof keeping up with this thread, and I am getting more ideas and inspiration. Hopefully I will have PICTURES to share soon.

BTW, those hats are pretty sweet. They remind me that the market bag I just made would be a really sweet gift for my sister in law.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: darkladymajesta on August 04, 2010 09:04:27 AM
I have been working on the Teesha Moore Craft-a-long and I love it so much I may end up doing this style for journal covers LOL Besides that I haven't been able to work on christmas stuff. It is still a long ways away though ;)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: crafty_cow on August 16, 2010 12:02:25 PM
I watched this thread last year and was so determined to get involved. But having a baby in Dec totally threw that plan out the window!! Now I am starting to think about Christmas and am going to get my rear in gear.

I'm half-way through making a photo album for my BFF who is getting married next month, but once that is done, I will totally be getting on with it as I have TONS of ideas and some time now that my baby goes to bed at 7pm. Hip hip hooray for bedtime because bedtime for boy = crafty time for mummy!!!



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: kylie on August 22, 2010 11:03:19 PM
I searched craftster for a thread on getting ready for Christmas and here I am - Crafty_cow I also had a baby recently- but in April of this year.

I have just started getting into sewing so I am hoping to sew most of my presents with some crochet thrown in as well. Will come back with a to do list soon.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on August 28, 2010 08:19:16 PM
Here in my neck of the woods I have been crafting (but more slowly than in past years because I am immersed in an MFA in writing program).  My problem is that I keep giving stuff away.  In August, when there is no holiday in sight.  What is my problem?  The man I take care of (my roommate) and I spent the day making recycled crayons for some special little girls FOR CHRISTMAS.  Somehow they have turned into back-to-school presents, replete with back-to-school fun books.  I finished a hat for said roommate yesterday.  I thought it would be too small, so I had him try it on.  Big mistake.  Well, I took it back because it is so hot here, and I am going to hope he forgets it by mid October when knit hat seasons arrives. 

I am also hard at work on a shawl for my cousin and plan to make another hat for her husband for Hanukkah.  My dad and his wife (PICKY PICKY PEOPLE) are done (I bought an exorbitantly expensive goat sculpture for them from a local artist.  They raise goats, so it will be cherished).  My mom and her partner are getting (at their resquest) coasters, napkins, and placemat sets (sewn).  When I am not so frustrated with frogging that I feel like screaming, I am working on the Alien Illusion Scarf from SNB for a good friend.  I am trying to come up with ideas for my siblings and their partners.  I am going to help my roommate make grocery list pads with his art featured on the top for his family, and he and I churned out about 50 wooden star ornaments a while back.  And that is all the Christmas Crafting News fit to print round here.

I do have pics of the crayon project, and of the hat, but I am sleepy so I will post them another time.  Thanks for reading my ramble.  Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on August 29, 2010 05:11:10 PM
Here are pictures of the crayon factory:









And the hat:



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on August 30, 2010 07:41:36 AM
The crayons looks so brigth and happy - I bet the children will love them. And the hat looks lovely, too.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on August 30, 2010 01:35:38 PM
Thanks!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rantyhippie on August 30, 2010 08:57:19 PM
I have is my idea list:

Mom- embellished and embroidered purse/tote, hankies, a rag rug

Dad - guitar themed wall hanging, guitar pick hankie, and a tie tack

Grandpa - embroidered record player wall hanging

Grandma - rag rug to match her house (I made it a while ago and forgot about it.)

Fiancee - haven't decided yet

Sister: tetris cross stitch

BIL: mario cross stitch

Newphews: 1up mushroom plushies

Brother: don't know

SIL: apron


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on September 02, 2010 08:36:19 AM
Great list, rantyhippie. I only have one thing on my list - my sister loves T-shirts with "political" messages. She has one with a garden gnome, saying: "liberate my people".  I'm thinking on what messages to use. Does anyone have some good ideas?
- Oh, and my DH wants a new pillow case, but that's a bit boring.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rantyhippie on September 02, 2010 01:35:24 PM
well I had the bright idea to make purses for all the women and put the Christmas gifts in them, but after I did mom's I decided that I wouldn't. It was just too hard to embroider and embellish more than one.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: lady4feet on September 04, 2010 05:21:30 AM
My list so far, subject to change and lots of it. WIP

Hubby: Crochet dragon, transformers quilt

MIL: Coin quilt

Niece 1: Crocheted disney princess Or/And mailbox

Niece 2: crocheted disney princess, clothes for last years doll

Niece 3: Crafty/DIY kits

Nephew: ? most likely will be food yummies or store bought, he's at that age

Mom: ?

Dad: ?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: lady4feet on September 04, 2010 05:24:51 AM
Great list, rantyhippie. I only have one thing on my list - my sister loves T-shirts with "political" messages. She has one with a garden gnome, saying: "liberate my people".  I'm thinking on what messages to use. Does anyone have some good ideas?
- Oh, and my DH wants a new pillow case, but that's a bit boring.

what type of political messages? The gnome idea sounds cute. If you want something a bit more in your face (aka most likely to offend someone) check out www.tshirthell.com they normally have some good ones.

well I had the bright idea to make purses for all the women and put the Christmas gifts in them, but after I did mom's I decided that I wouldn't. It was just too hard to embroider and embellish more than one.

I think this is a really cute idea. Maybe you could just simplify it a bit, like a simple tote or shopping bag.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on September 05, 2010 04:24:52 AM
Thank you for the link, Lady4feet! A lot of them was very funny. I think I might find something for my sister there - not to wear to work, maybee...


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 05, 2010 03:07:54 PM
It's been a crafty day.  The man I care for and I finished our star project.  (I had posted some before).  He colored on wooden stars, I filled the blank spots with yellow and then hot glued ribbon to the back to make ornaments, or magnets for, well, magnets.  This board has all the magnets and some of the ornaments -- we have a ton more ornaments, too.



This is where I got creative and put three on per ribbon



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 05, 2010 03:17:15 PM
 ;D Hi Every one! I'm alive!  ;D

Here are those socks I alluded to many moons ago. These are for my sister-in-law:



The pattern is called the "Dublin Bay Sock Pattern." You can find it by Googling or alternatively on Ravelry.

I've got another pair on the needles for another sister-in-law at the moment.

Best thing? These projects are complete stash busters - no new dinero spent. YAY.

P.S. Christmas is only 110 days away! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I'm so behind! Looking forward to posting around here more often...I must catch up!

xo, Your Craftastic Christmas Crusader


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 05, 2010 05:54:11 PM
I love those socks!  I wish that I had the patience for socks.

Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on September 05, 2010 05:58:19 PM
nice socks, stolie!  love the colors. 
 


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 05, 2010 06:00:28 PM
Thanks peeps!

Oneredboot - I love the colors too! So. tempted. to. keep. these. But I mustn't! The pictures do not do those two yarns justice. Very pretty!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 05, 2010 08:21:18 PM
Here's a quick project I did tonight, inspired by this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358053.0

I used an old wallpaper sample, a frame that had been housing a rapidly fading picture my cousin's kid drew about 9 years ago, and letter stickers.  I think it came out cute and will make a nice funny gift for a friend for Christmas.

This is my version:



Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 06, 2010 05:31:08 AM
Hehehe - that's funny! I like it!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 06, 2010 06:28:00 AM
Thanks :)



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 10, 2010 06:06:13 PM
Okay peeps - I've got the fever now!

I made two more nature cans for my nephews. I am going to make one more for my little niece. Four total, all for kids under the age of 10.





Yeah! Two more gifts down!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 11, 2010 06:28:58 PM
So cute, Stoliedina!  I bet the kiddos will love 'em!

I was inspired by you and oneredboot to make socks . . . but I had to cheat and use thick yarn because of my limited patience.  I found a pattern for "Comfy Socks" on Ravelry and . . . drum roll please . . . here are two items, made by me within the same calendar year, that match!  Yay:



And I was inspired by an article in Green Crafts Magazine to upcycle a thrift store leather jacket into a purse.  I don't think I will give it away because it is sooo far from perfect.  But I learned a lot about purse construction through it.  I posted it in the purses bags and wallets reconstructed thread, if you want to see.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359213.0

Anyway, peace and solidarity in holiday crafting!

Rockon


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on September 12, 2010 07:17:05 AM
They look lovely - and I like your purse a lot as well.
Stoliedina - the nature cans looks pretty. But how are the kids going to use them? Tgey are not for drinking, rigth?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on September 12, 2010 10:36:05 AM
awesome socks!   love the mossy color!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 12, 2010 10:45:05 AM
Thanks!  I once made a pair of itty bitty baby socks but doubted I could do it on a larger scale . . . so I am proud :)  How's everyone else's crafting coming???  I am working on a shawl for my cousin and planning more comfy socks and a hat for some men in my life . . . Also got to get cracking on my mom's placemats/coasters/napkins sets.  Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on September 12, 2010 11:35:55 AM
How's everyone else's crafting coming???  I am working on a shawl for my cousin and planning more comfy socks and a hat for some men in my life . . . Also got to get cracking on my mom's placemats/coasters/napkins sets.  Rock on!

I hesitate to say so, but I think I am mostly finished!  There's only the baked goods (loaves of bread and pretzels) that will be made at the last minute, and a few items for Mr. Boot.  But the extended family gifts are finished.  :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: karin_ on September 12, 2010 02:16:38 PM
How's everyone else's crafting coming???  I am working on a shawl for my cousin and planning more comfy socks and a hat for some men in my life . . . Also got to get cracking on my mom's placemats/coasters/napkins sets.  Rock on!

I hesitate to say so, but I think I am mostly finished!  There's only the baked goods (loaves of bread and pretzels) that will be made at the last minute, and a few items for Mr. Boot.  But the extended family gifts are finished.  :)

Oh wow, I am in awe of your planning! I got side-tracked already in February and haven't event planned my remaining gifts yet!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Ivagrovegirl on September 12, 2010 03:32:34 PM
Hey everyone
Every one is doing AMAZING :o
I followed this thread last year and this year. I know it is late in the game but I am now ready to get to work...for real this time LOL. I am making gifts for my parents, grand parents, sister, close friends, charity and that is it!!!!! I am tired of making things for aunts, uncles and cousins who do not care about the gift. I love to craft for others but I want the people to at least appreciate it I guess. I mean the people I mentioned giving to truly love whatever I make and use the item(s) all the time. That makes me feel good too. I am a selfish crafster!!!!

I will give my list of gifts to make and add pictures as I complete.

Great Work and Good Luck with future projects.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 12, 2010 08:22:41 PM
Stoliedina - the nature cans looks pretty. But how are the kids going to use them? Tgey are not for drinking, rigth?

Hehehe - no they are not for drinking! They are to collect all the bits and bobs that kids like top pick up when they are out in nature...rocks, leaves, seashells, etc, etc. I am going to tuck in a few "treasures" from my corner of the world (since we live far away from each other) and a little moleskin notebook with a few colored pencils, so they can do some sketching out in nature if it strikes their fancy.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 13, 2010 01:59:42 PM
More socks! These are for another sister-in-law. Same pattern as before...







Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on September 13, 2010 03:03:43 PM
Oh Stoledina, what a sweet idea. It is true, kids like to collect stuff (and so do we old ones  ::).
And your socks are very pretty - mine always looks a bit "slumpy"...


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Willowe on September 13, 2010 03:04:12 PM
Those socks are awesome! I'm trying to crochet a pair now and am having such a hard time finding a pattern that I like. I'm almost tempting to try to learn knitting just to make the darn socks (pun not intended) but somehow I don't think that would be very time efficient... ;)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 13, 2010 04:29:34 PM
Willowe - are you familiar with Ravelry? www.ravelry.com (http://www.ravelry.com). You may have some luck with finding crochet patterns there! You do have to be a member to search though (free and easy peasy). Good luck!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Willowe on September 13, 2010 04:49:53 PM
Willowe - are you familiar with Ravelry? www.ravelry.com (http://www.ravelry.com). You may have some luck with finding crochet patterns there! You do have to be a member to search though (free and easy peasy). Good luck!

You know what the sad thing is? I have a Ravelry account and never even thought of looking there. :P Thanks for the reminder- I think I've found a pattern that may work! Gonna start working on it tonight and see how things go.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 13, 2010 05:39:41 PM
Great socks, Stoliedina!  I love the colors!

And I am inspired by everyone's planning and hard work!  Off to cast on another "comfy sock" -- this time out of a wool/acrylic blend that is softer and machine washable!

PS: I am taking a "Spend Smart" course and learned tonight that my crafting supplies are "Gazingus Pins" (a term from Your Money or Your Life referring to those things one regularly indulges in buying ;)  Just thought others might enjoy the funny term.



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: darkladymajesta on September 13, 2010 07:19:49 PM
I can't wait to get started on decorating. I know it isn't even halloween yet but I wont be home for halloween so now I am planning on winter decorations. I also am starting on sewing the reusable gift bags :) I think I am going to make simple drawstring bags that can be used over and over. :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 13, 2010 07:36:53 PM
Thanks for the reminder- I think I've found a pattern that may work! Gonna start working on it tonight and see how things go.

You're welcome! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Great socks, Stoliedina!  I love the colors!

...learned tonight that my crafting supplies are "Gazingus Pins"

Thanks, rockon! I am trying to use up my "gazingus pins" so the color combinations have been directed by how much (or little) sock yarn I actually have. The results surprised me - I like the colors too!

I've really been utilizing my stash so far. Not to sound cheapy or anything, but I have not spent a dime extra on craft supplies thus far for Christmas crafting this year. Everything I've used is either recycled, or stuff that is taking up space in my craft closet. It feels nice to put those yarns and fabrics to good use!

I also am starting on sewing the reusable gift bags :) I think I am going to make simple drawstring bags that can be used over and over. :D

Oooh, I have wanted to do that for like three years running and I never get to it! Can't wait to see them all done!





Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: darkladymajesta on September 14, 2010 09:30:49 AM
I just can't decide if I want to use christams fabrics or colorful (and recycled) fabrics... Decisions decisions ;)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: skittlebub on September 16, 2010 10:24:14 PM
Apparently this pattern is easy. Im going to try it once I finish my current project
http://www.dyakcraft.com/socks.htm


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: bubblegum_phoenix on September 17, 2010 12:51:30 AM
I just can't decide if I want to use christams fabrics or colorful (and recycled) fabrics... Decisions decisions ;)
can you make it reversable? so recycled on the outside and christmas on the inside viseversa?

Ive been quietly working away. Im making the adult cousins, Auntys and Uncles a set of crocheted coasters and painted mugs. Been having a blast but Im thinking I might get myself a ceramic pen, Ive heard it lasts longer than paints which is what I usually use


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on September 17, 2010 07:06:23 AM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285555.msg3455469#msg3455469
Been having a blast but Im thinking I might get myself a ceramic pen, Ive heard it lasts longer than paints which is what I usually use

I've been wanting to get myself one of those as well. My brother-in-law is a coffee nut, like I am, but hard to do the handmade thing for, because he's kind of serious. I'm going to buy him some locally roasted coffee and make him a mustache mug, like the ones that were on the HHC 2009 board last year: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285555.msg3455469#msg3455469


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on September 17, 2010 10:59:08 AM
Here's my christmas plan

Niece #1
pjs
outfit
colapsible doll house

Niece #2
pjs
outfit
not sure on toy gift yet


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: darkladymajesta on September 18, 2010 07:30:24 PM
I wasn't trying to make them reversible but now that you mention it, that might be super cute :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rantyhippie on September 18, 2010 07:35:17 PM
here are a couple of my projects:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359847.0

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359848.0


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on September 23, 2010 05:04:24 PM
Hello!  We had a crafty evening round these parts . . . inspired by this post:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359748.0

I made some pretty pencils to match a few decoupaged Crystal Light containers that the man I take care of made for his sisters.  Unfortunately some of the pencils got eaten in the sharpener, because I stupidly didn't let the paper dry enough.



I also made some super simple Christmas cards to use up excess Modge Podge.



Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on September 24, 2010 07:49:05 AM
Pretty pencils and cards, Rockon. Great of you to be so creative with the man, you take care of.
  And Ranty - I admirer your needlework. I wish I could do the same.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on October 12, 2010 07:14:07 PM
I haven't started anything yet.

first things first, canadian envelope swap, advent calendar swap, stocking stuffer swap, Christmas presents.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on October 21, 2010 11:06:55 AM
I finally finished another Christmas gift.  Behold, a pair of fingerless mittens I made from this ravelry pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stockinette-mitts

Very quick (I made one in an evening of industriousness, the other I spread over a week or so) and not hard at all.  Here they are together:



And here I am modelling one (it is hard to photograph your own hand!):



They are for a friend who has carpal tunnel.  Her hands are always cold but she needs fingers free to type.

Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on October 23, 2010 06:20:35 PM
I'm pluggin' away Crusaders! I just finished 24 ornaments! I give an ornament to every household in my immediate family each year. The rest I will slip into a few extra special Christmas cards. I am giving one ornament away over on my blog! http://blog.geekxnerd.com/2010/10/holiday-handmade-crusade-christmas.html If any of you are interested, you can comment by 10/27 for a chance to win!



This was a quick wam, bam, thank you m'am kind of project. The designs are made using different stitches on my sewing machine.

How are you all doing on your lists? I'm feeling super energized right now!  ;D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on October 23, 2010 06:30:52 PM
Stoliedina, those are awesome. 

I am working on another pair of fingerless mittens for the client I work with during the mornings.  Her hands are always like ice. I am conceptualizing a set of gift certificates for specific meals for my friend.  Top of my list right now is the-shawl-that-never-ends that I am making my cousin for Hanukkah (there are only 39! days til Hanukkah -- 62! til Christmas).  I was hoping to have made a HUGE dent in my coaster/placemat/napkins for my moms but it has not happened.  And my cousin's husband needs a hat for Hanukkah, too -- AHHH.  The best laid plans . . .

Good luck all!

Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on October 23, 2010 07:10:54 PM
Wow. 39 days until Hanukkah? Glad that I am not Jewish - LOL! I would be very S.O.L. this year!!!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on October 23, 2010 07:26:33 PM
I know, tell me about it.  Luckily I just have 1 set of Jewish cousins that I am close to!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on October 23, 2010 08:03:19 PM
lovely ornaments--they turned out very elegant!

i did a little organizing of my xmas-gift box and realized that I've overproduced for xmas this year.  i have more gifts than I need!  i guess that's OK.  :)   


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: karin_ on October 24, 2010 12:12:40 AM
Great ornaments! Love the idea of tucking some ornaments into extra-special Christmas cards, I might have to steal your idea there. :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on November 01, 2010 10:18:53 AM
So I think I've finallize my list as much as I can for now:

Mom - lounge outfit and travel set.
Dad - ????
Brother - ????
Sister in law - blanket?
Niece - crochet doll, book, outfit
Niece - crochet doll, book, outfit
Cat - catnip mice


Niece's gift list:
grandma - apron and oven mits
Grandpa - painted flower pot and cactus
Daddy - ???
Mommy - slippers
Nanny & Poppy - painted lighthouse
Uncle - pictre frame

any idea's for her daddy would be great - he's always th hardest.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 02, 2010 06:35:58 PM
I made a couple eye pillows to give away as gifts, and have the materials for lots more (yay!).  I thought I would make some hot/cold packs, also, different sizes.

The printed fabrics are cases that close with Velcro, inside is a muslin pouch.  I like the Asian-inspired flannel with "calm" "serene" etc on it for eye pillows.  Very apropos.  The orange fabric has swirlies/spirals on it in a lighter orange. Can't really see it in the pics.I take awful pics.

Enjoy!

The pillows together:



And separately:





Rock on


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: guineverefree on November 04, 2010 06:17:30 AM
Next year I'm going to be all over this.
I want to knit stockings for the family but at the rate I knit they will never get done for this year.
I keep thinking about how many decorations and little gifts I could have gotten done but never did...

Yup. I'm going to lurk here for the rest of the year and be all of this come January...


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: craftycakelady on November 04, 2010 03:07:45 PM
I really wish I had known about this thread months ago!  Can't wait to join in next year!  :)


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on November 05, 2010 04:03:14 AM
Hello all!

I do not have any photos of my progress, but I wanted to check in. I am working on a pair of thrummed mittens for my mom. I have one mitten done, and have started the cuff of the other. Even though I have not been quite as craftastic as usual this year, I am still in good shape on my list. Holiday Handmade Crusade=Stress Free Holiday!!!

How are you all doing on your lists? Less than two months, can you believe it?

And newbies, thanks for dropping in! I definitely look forward to you joining us in January!

Love, Your Craftastic Christmas Crusader


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 14, 2010 06:35:28 AM
I guess everyone is busy crafting away!  I finished the shawl that never ends!  And in time for my cousin's Hanukkah present!  Yay!  Now I have to get cracking on her husband's hat . . . then onto finishing Christmas stuff.  After December 1 I will have a bit of a break from school (no deadlines until after the holidays) and will go into serious crafting mode.

Here are a couple of pics of the shawl that never ends (so named because I have been knitting it since July!)

Just a plain pic of it on my messy dining room table:



And an action shot (on my roommate  :))



Happy Crafting!!!

Rockon


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 14, 2010 04:38:23 PM
Hi Again!

I know this isn't the most unique gift, but I made a set of gift certificates for a dear friend for meals.  She doesn't cook and eats here a lot, but then feels guilty and scours my kitchen.  While I don't mind not having to clean, I thought she'd like a free pass every once in a while.  The gift certificates are for:

2 for meals of her choice with leftovers for later
1 free pass on a pot luck -- she can choose between chili, carrot-ginger bisque, macaroni-and-cheese, and cream of sweet potato soup for the crowd of her choice (she's always getting herself into those things and the last one she signed up for almost had her swinging at the end of her rope!)
1 Mexican Rice meal with leftovers
1 soup and salad meal with homemade wheat bread (she can choose between matzo ball, carrot-ginger bisque, and cream of sweet potato)
1 Chili and rice meal with leftovers
1 jar of homemade applesauce
1 loaf of fresh-baked wheat bread
1 loaf of fresh-baked banana bread
and . . .
5 bagged lunches (she can choose tuna, chicken, or egg salad with yogurt, apple, carrots, and almonds as sides)

I can't really afford as nice a gift as I'd like to get for her, and thought this was generous and thoughtful.  I printed them out on cardstock and wrote "Three days notice required by the chef" on the more expensive/labor intensive meal tickets.

Here they are packaged up:



Thanks!

Rockon


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: hgddm on November 14, 2010 05:02:56 PM
This is an awesome gift! I would love to receive it...lucky friend :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 14, 2010 07:13:18 PM
Thanks!  I think she'll like it and am excited to gift it (in 41 days, in case I am the only one counting :)).

Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on November 14, 2010 07:33:01 PM
that is super thoughtful, rockon!  sounds delicious!
is it really 41 days????


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 14, 2010 08:14:57 PM
Thanks!  40 days and 1 hour, technically, but yes.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: karin_ on November 15, 2010 12:04:47 AM
time to panic! :D


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on November 15, 2010 05:07:35 PM
Wll my official list is made,and I don't know how I will finish in time:S

1.barbie house
2.village playmat and garage
3.2 pairs jammies
4.2 dresses
5.2 sock monkies

BUT for December 6th, the list is:
1. 2 pairs jammies
2. 2 dresses


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on November 16, 2010 06:53:33 AM
time to panic! :D

HAHAHAHA - love it.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: lady4feet on November 21, 2010 05:43:10 PM
Eeep I need to get my butt in gear! I don't have anything finished yet, lol.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on November 21, 2010 09:46:09 PM
Major goal of the week: Create colapsible doll house


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 28, 2010 07:53:01 AM
It's been quiet here for a bit -- how is everyone's crafting coming? J-Kieviet, I would love to see pics of the finished dollhouse!

I finished the Hanukkah hat and shawl (I posted a pic of the shawl, the hat is just a grey and blue beanie style hat very similar to one I have posted before), which makes me glad; I can mail them on Wednesday or Thursday and have them there within the eight days.  Whoo-hoo!  I also finished a scarf for my sister!  I am super proud of the scarf, it is my first real cable project.  Also, I think it is really pretty.  I made it white and braided in honor of my sis' Irish engagement (he popped the question on a trip there, where they both have ancestral roots).  Here are two pictures:

on the bed:



on me (I might make one of these for me after the holiday)



Happy holidays!  Happy crafting!  Rock on!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: oneredboot on November 28, 2010 08:12:12 AM
what an elegant scarf! 


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on November 28, 2010 09:36:45 AM
Thanks!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on November 29, 2010 04:21:38 AM
rockon - that is really pretty!

Hi every one! Apologies for not posting, I've been too busy crafting, and making plans for the Holiday Handmade Crusade 2011 (bigger and better babies)! Since I last popped in I finished a pair of thrummed mittens for my mom, and now I am working on a stuffed animal for my nephew. As of last night, my Christmas tree is up, I just ate leftover pie for breakfast and I've got eggnog in my coffee...

I AM SO EXCITED! The holidays are here! They are here!

How are you all doing on your lists?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: J_Kieviet on December 01, 2010 07:56:14 PM
I have a list, but nothing i made

1.colpsible doll house
2.village playmat
3.3 pairs of pyjamas
4.toiletries set
5.book cover and bookmark
6.2 or 3 sock monkeys


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rockon on December 05, 2010 03:01:04 PM
Hi guys!  So last night this early morning (2 a.m.) a friend and I finished a huge project that was in the works for a week and a half.  Advent calendars for her two girls (aged 4 and 5).  Now, she is not a crafter at heart, and I am not as exacting as she is, but between the two of us we made 2 calendars that are a) pretty cute and b) fit all the packages.  I learned a lot from this process (top of the list -- INSIST she begin crafting with me in OCTOBER next year, don't let her wait til the last minute) and am looking forward to making another cloth calendar for my nephew (after some recovery time).  I made him an upcycled canvas/laminate sample/papercrafty one (posted back a way in this thread) that he LOVES but that was not the best construction; my sis had to untape all the gifts from the back and tape them back on one at a time.  But it has been a HUGE hit, and he needs one he can keep and use year after year.   

But I digress -- onto the photos taken earlier today (with action shots).  The girls got to open 5 gifts today as we are 5 days late finishing.  It is okay though, they were thrilled.

The calendar itself:



Action Shot:



And this posed shot, taken before we mean grown ups allowed them to break into the pockets (The little one was not happy about the photo) :)



Anyway, that is one major project done, now onto cabled legwarmers for my sis (to match her scarf) and coasters, placemats, and napkins for my mom and her partner!

Rock on all -- only 20 more days!



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: rantyhippie on December 05, 2010 06:06:20 PM
I actually just finished my Christmas crafting for this year...........and now I am starting on next year!


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on December 07, 2010 04:55:05 AM
you did?  :o Very good! Show us, please  ;D

Very nice calendar, Rockon - it looks like it is appreciated.


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Odri on January 01, 2011 01:05:34 PM
Here are some of my handmade gifts for this Christmas.

My Christmas baking: chocolate-raspberry thumbprints, sucre a la creme, gingerbread reindeers, sugar cookie spirals.



My Harry Potter gift for my sister. I don't have pics of the content but I wrapped it with daily prophet covers that had her face on them (you can do these manips on the HP website).



Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: Taramor on January 02, 2011 02:56:28 AM
Great package, and delicious sweets, Odri!

I was so late in making my Christmas gifts this year (2010). I desperately need this thread for the new year - anyone game?


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: ONGOING
Post by: stoliedina on January 02, 2011 10:08:22 AM
I was so late in making my Christmas gifts this year (2010). I desperately need this thread for the new year - anyone game?

Taramor - I'm on it. Big plans for 2011, announcing tomorrow :)

EDIT: I started a 2011 thread as a placeholder: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368719.0


Title: Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: INACTIVE (Search for the 2011 Thread)
Post by: stoliedina on January 03, 2011 04:47:43 AM
Join the 2011 Holiday Handmade Crusade here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368719.msg4333565