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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with Beneful plastic containers? 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!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Brisingr Gift Basket 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!

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crabby P 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
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Heart Sachet - Sweet Gift for Someone Special 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!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Heart Sachet - Perfect for Valentine's Day! 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!
6  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / CLOSED: PK's Beautiful Borders Baby Blanket CAL on: December 28, 2007 08:46:49 AM
I'll be making an afghan from the Patricia Kristoffersen Beautiful Borders Baby Blankets booklet:
http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/detail.html?prod_id=21745 not working

I've selected the Precious Moments afghan to work on as it's got a lot of stitch interest, color changes, it's gorgeous and it just looks like a fun challenge.
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j267/MiniBooger/CAL/PreciousMoments.jpg unavailable pic

Anyone game?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini Spa Baskets 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

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby It's Cold Outside 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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