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1  What to do with Beneful plastic containers? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by MiniBooger on: January 21, 2012 06:28:05 PM
I have a zillion of these things and have searched for ideas - beyond using them for storage, I found nothing. Any ideas on a fun craft-related use for these? The labels come right off leaving a semi-transparent white/clear container. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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2  Brisingr Gift Basket in Winter Holidays by MiniBooger on: December 19, 2008 12:47:39 PM
I have a friend that is very much into the Inheritance Series of books (e.g., Eragon) and I decided to pick up the latest book for her for Christmas. At the book store, they were also selling Beanie Baby dragons in gold as a promotion. From that, I got the idea to make a gift basket.

Most of the items in the basket were bought at a sale or discounted price Smiley
  • The 'basket' was a pretty wooden lidded box with roses painted on it that I picked up at Marshalls = $5
  • I had purchased 2 copies of the book when it went on sale. In addition to the sale price, I had a coupon for 40% off so in the end, the 2nd copy of the book cost about $5
  • My friend is also an avid crocheter and I thought it would be cool to find some gold yarn that the dragon could 'nest' on. At Big Lots, I found Moonlit Mohair for $1.50 per ball (normally about $4 per ball I think.) I bought all they had which came to 9 balls = $13.50
  • Unfortunately, I did not pick up the dragon the day I bought the books. But I found a brand new one on eBay! = $10
  • Gold bead Christmas Tree garland (dragon treasure) = $1
  • Gold Coin Chocolates (more dragon treasure) = $6
  • Bag of Lindt truffles to complete the basket = $2.50
  • Shrink wrap, ribbon, ornaments = $4.50

and voila!

The whole basket cost about $47 to make. Considering the book at full price is $27.50, and the yarn would have cost $36 if purchased in a craft or yarn shop, I think I did pretty good Wink Thanks for looking!

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3  Crabby P in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MiniBooger on: April 28, 2008 08:06:38 PM

You've seen crocheted poo...

...now see crocheted pee!

Just dorkin' around. If you'd like a Crabby P of your own, the super simple pattern is located here:

~ Mini
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4  Re: PK's Beautiful Borders Baby Blanket CAL? in Crochetalongs by MiniBooger on: January 06, 2008 01:11:32 PM
Well, since no one has signed up to join me, I guess I'll use this thread to post my progress. Maybe that will stimulate some interest, eh?  Wink

There is no question that this will be a time-consuming afghan to make. The squares are easy enough pattern-wise, but each row is a different color which takes some time. But I think the effect is worth the effort  Smiley

There are 4 strips of squares separated by 3 strips of rings. I have managed to get the 24 squares needed finished and I'm starting to put them together.

The ring strips will be time-consuming as well as each subsequent ring is also a different color. They will be edged in lavender as the squares are.

So I'd say I'm about 40% done at this point. I would recommend making this pattern only for someone you want to really spoil!

Thanks for looking!
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5  Heart Sachet - Sweet Gift for Someone Special in Valentine's Day by MiniBooger on: January 06, 2008 01:02:15 PM
I posted this to the crochet thread, but thought it would be worthwhile to post here as well.

This is a sweet little heart sachet that I've been making for years. It is my favorite vintage pattern. This will go into a gift basket for my mom along with chocolates and other assorted TBD goodies.

I made this with J&P Coats Royale, size 3, Bridal White. The ribbon roses are just hot-glued on. You can find the vintage pattern here: http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1408.

Thanks for looking!
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6  Heart Sachet - Perfect for Valentine's Day! in Crochet: Completed Projects by MiniBooger on: January 06, 2008 12:56:24 PM
This is one of my all-time favorite vintage crochet patterns. I've made countless numbers of these heart sachets over the years. This one will go into a gift basket along with some chocolates and other yet-to-be-determined goodies for my mom.

I made this one in size 3 crochet cotton - J&P Coats Royale in Bridal White to be exact. You can find the vintage pattern here: http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1408.

Thanks for looking!
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7  Mini Spa Baskets in Crochet: Completed Projects by MiniBooger on: December 23, 2007 03:23:29 PM
Several people on the gift list got these bath baskets:

Before wrapping:

After wrapping:

The bath puffs were made with the Hewitt Bath Puff pattern, the spa cloth (in the back of the basket that you can hardly see), is just a sc square. As always, I tweaked a bit. I used a J/6mm hook for the puff. This made for a slightly larger puff as I like 'em bigger. I used a K/6.5mm hook for the spa cloth until I had 27 sc on each side with 3-sc corners. The puff was made with Lily's Sugar'n Cream. The puff handle and spa cloth were made with Lily's Sugar'n Cream Twist. It took one ball of each to make both pieces.
The rest of the contents included a bar of almond blossom soap, bath oil beads and a pumice stone/brush for the feet. I had a dozen or so of these baskets from another bright idea that never came to fruition. So all in all, these baskets cost about $6.50 to make.
All puffs and spa cloths were crocheted in front of the computer in the mornings before work while I checked groups, email and played a game or two  Tongue
I am officially done with all handmade gifts, Christmas shopping and wrapping!!
May the force be with you...

Bath Puff Pattern Link: http://members.aol.com/lffunt/bathset.htm

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8  Baby It's Cold Outside in Crochet: Completed Projects by MiniBooger on: December 21, 2007 02:29:40 PM
This is one of the last of the larger crocheted gifts I had on my list. YAY!!

I modified the pattern to make it fit a size 2 and used Patons Be Mine instead of the recommended Homespun.

It ended up taking 4 balls of the dark pink and 1 of the light pink. More details at my blog: http://minibooger.blogspot.com/2007/12/last-one.html

Merry Christmas everyone!
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9  Re: Mugs of treats (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by MiniBooger on: December 13, 2007 07:28:48 PM
I absolutely loved this idea ~ so I made some for my co-workers! As I didn't have the time to make homemade goodies, I used store-bought:

For my mugful of treats, I kept the hot chocolate cones and added airplane-sized bottles of coffee liquer and Baileys, candy canes for stirring and smores sticks and kisses for the treats.

I finished them off with shrink wrap, ribbon, an ornament on a stick with a hangtag for instructions. I passed them out today and everyone just loved them and thought I was so creative (hehehe) Thanks for the great idea!

~ Mini
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