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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: December 09, 2009 08:40:40 PM
I love that your daughter is so into recycling- all these ideas are AWESOME too.

I had to scrap the huge gummy bear idea for my stepfather and so now am wondering if you guys had any ideas for cute or funny ways to gift him a boatload of cashews and gummy bears? He loves cashews and gummy bears (they're one of the few sweets he likes) but every time he turns around the rest of the family (I'm guilty of cashew stealing I'll admit it!) has demolished his stock haha. So I want to buy a TON of the two things but I want it to be more special than "Here's a giant bag of snacks." Also, any suggestions on good places to buy these in bulk?
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery on: December 07, 2009 08:46:59 PM
That stencil came out awesome and those ornaments are seriously impressive!
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery on: December 06, 2009 09:36:38 PM
I had one of those days today where NOTHING went as planned.  I had a supply shopping, thrift browsing, and crafting date planned with the boyface for today and it ended with me bringing home a bag of rotten potatoes (GOODNESS those things SMELL- how did I not notice it earlier?!?) and him getting suddenly called into work. Sad Bah humbug to them for making us both cranky on our Sunday!

Oh well, I at least got MOST of what I needed and can start on one of my gifts tomorrow!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! on: December 04, 2009 10:43:47 PM
I think it would be cool if you embroidered some fun designs on there or maybe sewed on some sparkly appliques! Bleach stencil an animal print on there? (I'm obsessed with zebra print personally)

It's a cute shirt- let us know what you do!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery on: December 03, 2009 08:09:36 PM
Open it!  Give iiiiiiinnnn!

Oh, wait, are we supposed to be encouraging self-restraint or giving in? Wink  Well, regardless, I vote for giving in!


The bad news is that since the package was my lovely santa package and NOT my card reader I can't actually upload pictures yet! It's kind of like a craft swap version of Gift of the Magi <-- see what I did there with the Christmas reference haha?
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery on: December 03, 2009 07:59:11 PM
Whoops- I just realized the discussion was here! Hi everyone!

So I received a notice in my mailbox today that there was a package left for me in the leasing office. I immediately thought, "FINALLY the card reader I bought off eBay from Hong Kong made it and I can download the millions of photos sitting on my camera!" So I walk into the office and ask for my package and they say, "Yeah it's that huge one sitting on the chair." That's right- this behemoth box that needed its OWN CHAIR was my package from my Secret Santa!! I am going to attempt to test my self- control and see how close I can make it to Christmas. Though there's 4 presents and a stocking stuffed with magical goodness so maybe it wouldn't be *too* bad of me to open just one to hold me over??  Grin
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish Swap Signups 11/19-12/1 S/O 12/15 (lists only) on: November 22, 2009 01:34:50 PM
Hola! I'm Lauren, I'm 23 and I live in Atlanta, GA right now. I'll be moving back home to New York this summer. I celebrate Christmas but don't need any Christmas themed items as my mom has tons of that and we celebrate at her house.

I get to design my future place in NY from scratch (finishing a basement with a separate entrance) so I have home decor on the brain right now! The color scheme consists of browns with bright green, orange, turquoise and hot pink accents. Think Amazon rainforest. I love things that look exotic and old- if it looks like you bought it from a gypsy at a street market I will probably love it! Cheesy Besides that- I love stars, leaves, mermaids and butterflies. The only colors I am vehemently opposed to are all pastels and purples. I have a wist: http://wists.com/wanderluster

I'm the only really crafty person in my group of friends so anything handmade is very special to me. I can knit, embroider and sew on VERY basic levels. I enjoy collage and repurposing things. I'm excited to participate in this swap!

Crafted Items: (Not in any particular order)
Pajama/Yoga pants
I have long legs and have NEVER found a pair of pajama pants that weren't highwaters or inadvertent capris!
I have a few penpals and would love some fun things to use to write them
Stud/ Post earrings
Simple but fun everyday type earrings
Reusable sandwich or snack bags
For myself and my brothers
Anything off my wists that you think I would like
Weekender bag
Can you ever have too many?
Hair accessories that can stand out in my crazy curly hair
Something to put my glasses, sunglasses and contacts in for when I need to switch them out, bigger ones for organizing my things when I travel etc.

Craft kit/ Supplies:
Handspun chunky yarn
Resin Kit
Stamp carving kit

Fun knee-high socks
Lip balm Has anyone ever been able to use up an entire tube? I ALWAYS lose mine before it's done!
Fun bento box
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first ever shawl "Gabriels Wings" on: November 20, 2009 07:37:34 PM
Thank you so much for posting this pattern! I've been looking for a quick and pretty shawl pattern for a Christmas present and this seems PERFECT.

I can't wait to start it!
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 20, 2009 05:45:34 AM

Also decided to make personalized luggage tags for my immediate family because our Christmas present from the parents is our annual family cruise. Not quite sure how I'm doing it yet..

Does anyone have some cute ideas for pins? My mom likes to wear them to work so I was thinking about making a few different ones (she's a nurse, so maybe something relating to that... she usually only wears them for different holidays)

For the luggage tags- I once made some from felt and embroidered a design on one side. I wish I had pictures, but I made it like a sandwich- Embroidered felt front, paper with address and name next, layer of something clear like a thin vinyl?, then another layer of felt with a window cut out so it holds it all in there. I also stuck an elastic hair tie in the middle so the tag could be attached to a handle securely.

For pins- Sculpey or some other sort of clay? You can varnish them to seal them and make them look really great. Thrift stores also always have some fun clip on earrings or old broken necklaces you can create into pins!
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 18, 2009 10:08:40 PM
wanderluster, do you sew? if so there are some great ideas for babies, like cloth rings so they can chew on, maybe some bibs or some balls so they can throw you can put stuff in them to make them crinkle or a bell to make a sound. Or maybe put together a little book with family pictures make it out of fabric and vinyl or even just that new fabric that can be printed on and make it into a book.
for the 2 year old-my son loves balls that can be thrown inside, like footballs made out of cloth or yarn, or since you knit (not sure if they have these, I crochet sorry) but maybe colored fish with a fishing pole so he can learn his colors, or some sort of shape thing with felt to learn his shapes? I have boys and they love the rough and tumble stuff so anything that isn't too breakable and can be thrown, I think the block idea would be great. Or a memory game out of either fabric or lids and use stuff he likes as the items to find.
Hope some of that was helpful.

I am a very very beginner sewer but that gave me the idea of a name book out of felt!

Thanks very much for your input on the knitted block idea! My brothers are the same way- someone always gets an action figure or toy car to the head when they're playing. Oooh there's got to be some way to make a bowling set- that would be fun.
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