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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: baby blanket size? on: February 15, 2011 02:17:27 PM
Here's the site I use for blanket sizes- about half way down page in bold type:


Says standard baby blanket size is 45x60 inches.

When I've made baby blankets, I've made them closer to the actual crib size (28x52), because you don't need them to "drape" over the sides like a regular blanket.

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Another Tetris Afghan on: July 18, 2010 01:00:11 PM
I have been pondering a "Tetris" themed wedding gift for my sister, and this is such a mature twist on an old classic (and a LOT easier/cheaper than the bookcase I had settled on!!), that I think it will be perfect for her!!! Thanks so much for sharing, the grey was the perfect colour choice.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Perfectionist making gifts... on: November 11, 2009 10:53:48 PM
Thanks for your take on it!!

I am totally torn when it comes to it myself. Right now, I am making a blanket for my DH, and I KNOW where my mistake is (one of the panels I started with a Bpdc section rather than a Fpdc), but he is completely oblivious to it. It's bothering me to no end, but I figured is he can look at it, and see no fault, than neither should I, and as jaybirdiscrafty said, it ADDS something rather than detracts. At least this way, someone knows it was handmade rather than by some machine!!

My final judgement is if only I can see it, and it doesn't affect the final quality, then I should just move on past that anal retentive gene, and just move on!!

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Perfectionist making gifts... on: November 08, 2009 10:09:03 AM
Hi, my name is Claire, and I am a perfectionist crocheter. I hate making something that I know has a "problem" even if the receiver has NO idea what is wrong!

Personally, I get it from my mom, who was taught to crochet by her mom.... my grandma would teach her a stitch, then send her off to make a swatch, and if it had even one insy little mistake, she would make my mom unravel the whole thing... My mom never did that to me (as she considered it cruel and unusual punishment, lol), but I have seen her in the corner pulling out rows and rows of stitches before, and I just kind of picked it up...

With it being "the season of giving" and all, I thought it might be interesting to ask:

Would you gift something if you knew it had a "mistake?"

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Kid...help wanted! on: October 23, 2009 10:36:53 PM
If your hubby can handle a little mess, food is always a fun thing to "play" with. Not much of a "craft" that has a tangible "end product," but you definitely won't have to worry about the everything-in-mouth stage. Face sammies were (and still are) one of her faves. Butter up a piece of bread, bagel, toast, etc with whatever she likes, then give her some odds and ends to "decorate" it with, coconut, grated cheese, pickle slices, sprinkles, cereal bits, anything goes.

Painting is good too for eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.  Most acrylics are non-toxic. Mix with a little shampoo or bodywash (don't use dish detergent, it's too harsh for little ones), and it will wash off easy peasy (even the green!!)

Introducing very simple puzzles would be good if she's a "leave me alone so I can figure it out" type! That whole "explore/make it box" is also excellent!! Free play is awesome, but structure/rules/responsibility is too, and you can do both with that!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: How to have a handmade christmas? on: October 23, 2009 10:17:32 PM
Me and the hubby hate commercial Christmas too.... that and I'm atheist, so I don't believe in the other aspect of it either, I would totally LOVE to do a HUGE Hallows Eve thing and say EFF to it all!!

This year I am poor, so handmade it is... the entire thing! My DD (who is 4- you really have to ingrain these things EARLY) has already been told there will be no "buying" things, and that gifts from the heart are worth much more than gifts from the wallet (sounds corny as hell when I write it out!!) I am trying to put a decent amount of thought into it, and I am very fortunate to have a family that *mostly* hates the commercialism too, if not the desire to do handmade.

As for not trying to kill anyone during it all... I think a few good cocktails are just the thing! Don't get sucked into their world... do what you know to be best for yourself and family. And at the end of the day, if they will not appreciate your efforts, at least you tried.

PS I hate walmart crowds normally, let alone at Christmas!!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: bathtub paints and cheap crafts on: October 23, 2009 10:00:12 PM
Hi! A really easy and cheap bathtub paint is to mix bodywash or shampoo with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is non-toxic, so it would be okay if the cat "accidentally" ate it, and because of the soap in it, it should wash out pretty well too!

Kids love doing crafts, and you can buy construction paper, scissors, crayons, glue and odd pieces at a dollar store very inexpensively. And you can toss in any misc bits and bobs from around the house (tissue boxes, paper towel rolls, scrap bits of material from old clothes, elastics, shiny bits from food wrappers).  Kids have great imaginations!

I know I would have LOVED a batch of cookies all for myself when I was that age!

If you want to give a little more info about what their interests are, I should be able to come up with a few more ideas.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: My parents love antiques and I need help with an idea... on: October 23, 2009 09:36:55 PM
I think it would look really nice painted/stencilled on a piece of wood (plaque-style) and then you can distress and "antique" it. If you did decide to do it in embroidery, I think it would be a nice "old" touch to do it in a sampler style.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Know any projects for a too-smart-for-her-own-good 5 year old? on: October 23, 2009 09:28:12 PM
Oh, I love this stuff. It is my goal in life to teach a kids art/craft class!!!

Depending what neck of the woods you're in, you may have "fall" leaves. My 4-year-old likes to use them for making prints, either with paint or crayons, and suncatchers (the waxed paper and crayon ones).

Construction paper animals are fun too, because they can be literal, or their imaginations can run wild. Paper flowers and butterflies are also a possibility, especially when you add glitter.

Clothespin dolls are fun at that age. At least it was one of my fave things when I was in kindergarten!

Milk carton bugs, collage art, bean rattles, shoe box guitars, paint designs on the bottoms of socks using fabric paint, decorate a pair of canvas sneakers with permanent markers....

Paper beads, shrink plastic necklace pendants, paper chain garlands.

My daughter loves dyeing "easter eggs" when it isn't easter! And there are lots of other "cooking" crafts that can be done too!!

HTH you out!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: decorating a grave? on: October 23, 2009 09:07:56 PM
I understand that in some cultures/religions it is taboo, but I seen this neat thing where you paint on the headstone using acrylics (they eventually wash off). Pretty, and it doesn't die or get stolen.
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