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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock hightops on: April 18, 2010 02:17:26 PM
Wow! These are awesome! I'm going to use this general pattern on the seat of an adirondack chair...I'll post it and show you. Beautiful shoes!!
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: hi, am new & lost on craftsters & need to know a few things :) on: April 18, 2010 02:13:47 PM
I feel the same way! I used to come here a few years ago and all the projects would just be posted in order of posting - can I just see a random list of completed projects? I am interested in many diff. things! Thanks!

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Earwax? on: October 11, 2004 08:29:00 AM
I agree - go to the doctor - ear candling, aside from being somewhat dangerous - doesn't work.  All of the "earwax" that is extracted is just wax from the ear candle!  Check out this website for more info - its all stuff I've heard from my doctor about candling - I asked her about it because it sounded interesting.  She said not to bother!


Also, most people can hear through the wax they've got - it might be a different problem - go to the doctor, and good luck!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Mini Wilderness "Survival" Kit in an Altoid Tin on: October 10, 2004 03:49:47 PM
This does sound sooo cool - please list what's inside (band aids? pocket knife?)
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Student Council Campaigning on: September 17, 2004 05:22:38 PM
You should seriously think about watching the film "Election"
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Austen/literary-themed crafts... on: September 17, 2004 05:15:33 PM
I would consider scouring goodwill or sewing a period costume to wear for Halloween!

I'm also making stepping stones, and using cement stamps to write out favorite quotes around the yard - you could do that with some choice Austen lines!

7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Crafty Cookin' - Fun with Fondant on: September 15, 2004 10:38:47 PM

Beautiful cookies! Did you convince your parents to make anatomically correct heart cookie cutters yet? 

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Xmad Kid Craft idea and question on: September 07, 2004 11:21:04 PM
Hey!  I have co-taught at an Art Camp for 2 9-wk. summers in a row, and we do projects like this all summer!  I love that you're doing in-depth educational art projects with those kids!  Most people think of crayons and messes when they hear about kid's art projects, but here are some of the things we've done:

-read about Easter Island and made our own Moai head statues carved from florist foam
-studied the aztec calendar and made our own versions out of craft foam
-learned about what makes the sky blue and what makes for dramatic sunsets, and painted them
-studied Frida Kahlo's self portraits with animals, and drew/painted one of ourselves with animals in our lives/or that are meaningful to us
-discussed what endangered animals lived where, and made a papier mache globe, and individual animal flags, then stuck the flags in the globe where endangered animal's habitat is
-found out how people from Ghana make Kente cloth, what it means, and made our own versions
-re-enacted the finding of the Lascaux caves, and then painted our own "prehistoric cave art" on brown paper
-studied ancient egypt and made self-portrait sarcophagi
-studied narrative structure and wrote comic books based on amazing or seredipitious events in our lives
-looked at the energetic graffiti of Keith Haring, and made our own interpretations based on our own strong feelings and reactions to our environment
-observed the same field for a number of days, and made an environmental journal filled with drawings, current statistics, notes, poetry, and found natural objects
-learned about different quilting techniques and patterns, and created our own quilts made from cloth as well as craft foam
-studied the work of vincent van gogh, and painted flowers in his "thick paint" style
-collected sun designs from diferent cultures and painted our own, and made new kinds of suns using sculpey
-emulated the work of Chihuly's blown glass by making sculpey versions of our own
-studied different kinds of african masks, and made our own papier mache versions
-looked at Vermeer, and painted people in rooms doing common, daily activities in perspective...

I could go on and on - we did many more!  Some artists you might want to look into: Mucha, Lautrec, and other Art Nouveau poeple did some very naturalistic work - and lots of advertisements - fun to look at

Also check out the work of Monet, Klee, Dali, Minnie Evans, Howard Finster (the Talking Heads used one of his paintings for an album cover), Emily Carr, and Picasso - feel free to PM me if you want details on any of these projects!!!

Good luck - doing art w/kids is SO MUCH FUN!!!

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas for Christmas gifts on: September 07, 2004 10:55:01 PM
Hey All!

My husband and I usually make x-mas gifts for our families every year - and we've made tie-dye t-shirts (more people dig 'em than you'd think - esp. kids!!), soaps (melt and pour - fun - a common suggestion), ceramic tiles (bought in bulk, with a glaze design, and fired) as trivets; developed & framed all those pics you take of people when they come and visit, or you visit them, and they just never make it into the mail to them; and last x-mas we made etched glass cookie jars, serving platters, and glasses - it was fun, but a bit caustic. 

Anything you can think of is great, and I know that people love homemade gifts ALOT - this year I think we're making blank books/photo albums - we'll see...I'm also planning on making pencil cases with goodies inside for nieces and nephews. 

Just enjoy making the gifts, and it will be a breeze - we always try to make practical/useful things, because people have so much stuff these days - if you can make them something special, unique and USEFUL, they just love it! 

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: pearly whites on: September 05, 2004 03:43:15 PM
I saw very similar fabric (maybe with a blue background) in Jo-Ann's fabrics here in Sarasota, FL - perhaps they carry it at other Jo-Ann's?  It was with the other scrubs material (you know, teddy bears with thermometers, and dog and cat prints - suitable for scrubs for techs in dental offices, veterinary clinics, pediatric offices, and the like.)

You should be able to find something similar w/o too much trouble!

I really dig the "pearly whites" theme - very cute bag!!

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