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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 54 ENTRIES / Re: Rainbow pencil necklace on: September 02, 2010 06:12:45 AM
I love this idea!  My mom is also an artist and this would make a great gift for her!  Thanks for the inspiration!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: August 03, 2009 08:03:56 AM
After searching for many days, I have FINALLY found this thread!  I'm looking for Christmas ideas for the family this year.

I have 101 family members. 

There is myself & hubs, 21 y.o. Dd, 15 y.o. DS, 5 y.o. DD, and 3 y.o. DD in my household.
Every Christmas we get together with the extended family.  This family does not believe in drawing names.  However, there are many family members to make homemade candy, etc and gift "family" gifts.  A couple of years ago, I made a family tree quilt for my inlaws.  I also cross stitched the family name and framed it.  Each married couple rec'd one of these. 

The tween-teen girls each rec'd a pillow in the shape of the first initial of their name.  The Tween-teen boys rec'd a dollar store bought camoflage wallet that I personalized with a gold paint pen.  The PreK-Tween kiddos (boys and girls) rec'd a hand painted personalized pillowcase.

This year, I'm lost.  I have no clue what to do other than repeat some gifts for the kiddos who have been born since the last time I made those gifts for their cousins or siblings.

HELP!?  Please!!!  Send me some thoughts!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pretty, pretty dress on: July 31, 2009 09:30:23 AM
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I Love Owls-Vida on: July 27, 2009 09:33:51 PM
Beautiful Job!!!  I have a question thought....What is VIDA?  What does that mean?  Is it a special sewing machine or technique?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Challenge '07 on: August 19, 2007 06:30:13 PM
Hello - I just found this site and LOVE (did I say LOVE?) it!!!  So anyway, I'm new here and I wanted to comment to the Christmas Challenge '07 post.  

My hubby and I have an extremely large family....last count was 22 married couples, 5 single adults, and 38 children.  I personally challenge myself every year to "do" Christmas for less than $100 for the group.  One year, I just went to the dollar store and got cheapo gifts for the kids and made jelly for all the couples.  Last year, however, I got ambitious.

Main Married couple:  Granny & PawPaw - I made a family tree queen size quilt with all the family names hand embroidered on squares of the different branches of the tree.  If you look close on the pic you can see them.  The roots were embroidered with Granny & PawPaw's parents names, then Granny & PawPaw's name on the trunk.  It was a major hit and I'm still fielding requests from various family members for me to make one of their own.  


The other married couples received a 10" x 5" frame with a cross-stitch of their married family name.  That was also well received and I got lots of comments from them on how much they loved it.

The kids each got a little alphabet pillow that I made out of scrap fabric I had laying around the house.  Each child got a pillow in the shape of the first letter of their first name.  

So, this year, I have my work cut out for me.  I try to "top" myself every year, and well, I just don't know what I'm gonna do yet.  Therefore, I'm here on this site to get some ideas.  

I was also thinking about the plastic bag challenge that was just completed.  My dad is such an eccentric person that I was thinking about attempting a plastic shopping bag rain pancho or something.  He would get a kick out of that for sure!  I wonder how it would really hold up for wear though?
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