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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / GUITAR PICK FROM OLD GIFT CARD on: February 18, 2009 01:38:47 PM
This is a good way to upcycle/recycle used plastic gift cards into something useful.

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / PRETTY PINK DRAGON EASTER EGG on: February 17, 2009 03:32:48 AM

This is girly version of the dragon eggs I posted earlier.

This is just a pink plastic Easter Egg with a design hot glued on it then painted with pink glitter and stars nail polish and rose pink nail polish over the glue design.

Here is an up close picture of it, but it looks much better in person because the light catches the glitter and sparkles that the camera doesn't.
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Dragon Easter Eggs - Easy & Inexpensive! on: February 17, 2009 01:34:39 AM

I made these for my son and will put candy in them for Easter and they can be used as desk or shelf decoration after that. This project was inspired by the link below at Instructables by KaptinScarlet.

As I had everything on hand except the eggs, my only cost was the eggs and they had them 30% off at JoAnn fabrics so they only cost 69 cents for 6 eggs. The eggs are a little larger than standard Easter Eggs, but you could also get standard ones from the dollar store and would get more eggs.

Each egg takes about 1 glue stick and even though I used 3-4 coats of paint, it did not really take much, so I estimate the cost to be less than 15 cents per egg.

If anyone is interested in making these, I have posted a link of the how-to at Cut Out and Keep and on my blog at


24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day Kool-Ade Pie No-Cook Pie on: February 14, 2009 12:33:37 PM

This is a super simple no-cook or bake pie, only has ingredients to mix together then pour into pie pan then top off with cherries.

Here is a link to the how-to I posted at Instructables.com

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / THUMB PRINT HEART NECKLACE on: February 12, 2009 01:03:06 AM

I made this to be more of kid's project for a child to do for a loved one, but it could be made into a more grown-up version by using jump rings, clasps and a chain instead of ribbon.

The pictures I took really do not do it justice because it looks much better in person and you can easily see the ridges of the finger print.

Cost for each necklace is less than 50 cents each.

If anyone is interested, here is a link to the tutorial on my blog:

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / SCOTTIE DOG PIN on: February 10, 2009 05:54:48 PM

COST: Under 50 cents (all are scraps from my stash, the seed beeds were less than a penny each, I previously purchased a bag of 100 googly eyes for $1, the peach nose is from fabric paint that I have had for a few years and the pin back came in a bag of 50 that I got on clearance at for $2).

TIME: 25 mins (mostly due to hand stitching)

I love this Scotty Dog project! We used to have Scotty Dog and wearing this honor's Dutchess's memory.

I previously made a scarf using this pattern that was based on a project by Mrs. T at Cut Out And Keep:


This is a Scotty Dog pin that I made to pin on my jacket when I wear the scarf.

I stuffed this one with fabric scraps and used white seed beads and sewed my initial to his coat.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / FAST AND EASY GIRLY MONSTER COIN PURSE on: February 03, 2009 09:22:18 AM

My inspiration for this project was the Monster Coin Purse posted by Katherine B at Cut Out And Keep, but I decided to make mine a girly one with huge wonky eyes, long eyelashes and big old red lips.


It took about 10 minutes and cost almost nothing to make.

It just takes a wee bit of pink felt for the body and scraps of fabric, ribbon, googly eyes and velcro from my stash to make the rest of it.  The sides, the spine on the back and the googly eyes were hand stitched but the rest is done with a hot glue gun.

This project is easy enough for a grade schooler to do with supervision and they could make it for friends and grandparents as presents.

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / FISH TO SUSHI PLUSHIE on: February 02, 2009 06:34:20 AM
This project is based on the following tutorial and pattern by Cat Morely at Cut And Keep.


I love the concept and he turned out ok, but I will have to classify this as a practice run as I plan to make one for my co-worker that is a sushi addict and one for my son. The fish took longer to make than I thought it would with all of the hand sewing - about an hour.

This is a good project to use of scraps and project recommended using felt and that might have worked out better as I used scraps from my stash and although the gold colored woven fabric is great for the fish, the fabric frays easily and I would not use it again.

I do think felt is best to use for the bottom and top circle and the fins. I also think I will try to machine sew as much of it as I can instead of hand-sewing the entire thing to save time.

The tutorial recommends gluing on googly eyes but I used regular googly eyes and pricked two holes in the back and then sewed them on with white thread so they will be more durable when transitioning the fish to sushi and back.

I would recommend using some sort of knit for the body as it would make the transition from fish to sushi much easier. I really had to struggle to switch it back and forth and I know my son would never have the patience to flip it back and forth unless it easy.

I will probably also blow up the pattern and make it bigger for the one I make for my son, but for my co-worker the size it is would be perfect for her to sit on top of her computer.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Scotty Dog Plaid Scarf on: January 22, 2009 06:24:00 AM
My inspiration was this little stuffed Scotty Dog at "Cut Out And Keep" by Mrs. T.


Instead of making a stuffed Scotty Dog, I cut out the pieces and appliqued him to to a scarf.

To make the scarf, I bought 1/2 yd. of fleece (most instructions only call for 1/4 yd., but this wider scarf you can use to tie around your head in extreme cold and it will keep the back of your neck covered to), cut about 1/4 inch at both ends then cut fringe up to one of the lines on both side of the fabric. (Cost for fabric - just under $2.00)

The Scotty dog himself is made from scraps of fabric from other projects and I cut the coat at the top and had to make some minor adjustments, then I hand stitched him on. Instead of cutting out the fabric bow, I used ribbon I already had and ties it around his neck on each dog.

I bought a pack of 100 different sized googly eyes in a packet for $1 and used the medium size and hand stitched them on also (you just poke 2 holes in the back of the eyes before you sew them on and use white thread.

I bought black fabric paint (.97 cents) and outlined him to cover up the hand stitching and I used coral fabric paint that I already had on hand for his nose.

The total cost was under $4 and I still have 99 googly eyes and the black fabric paint left over for other projects.

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / How difficult would it be to make this - Beyonces Gloden Globe inspired jewelry on: January 14, 2009 07:47:05 AM
There are free instructions posted by Margot Potter, "The Impatient Crafter" at her website below, but I have never worked with beads before and was wondering:

1) How difficult it would be (could a novice do it or is experience needed)? 

2) What is a "bead board"?

3) If anyone could guestimate the price range the project would run


Here is a picture of the set from the above website:

Thanks for looking and for any responses.
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