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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / myles of styles lighting??? on: May 16, 2008 10:45:22 AM
Has anyone seen the episode where they do the gold leaf art??? Well they make a light using glass christmas balls that they wire to a round wire-looking frame. I LOOVE it and would like to make one. HOWEVER, I want to know what that base they used was? I looked on the HGV and they didn't even show the lamp n the episode pictures!?! What's with that website. They never show what you're looking for! Anyone know what that was or what else I could use as a base? It shows through the clear balls, so I don't want to use chicken wire or anything like that.... hmm...any ideas crafters? TIA!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Keychain ideas for sweet 16???? on: March 30, 2008 06:11:57 AM
Anyone have any good ideas this morning? I am making keychains for my cousin's 16th birthday. She plays volleyball and track/field. She listens to music tha I really don't even understand-boys like girls Huh, white socks something or other???, green day, etc.

Her Party is tonight, so painting anything is out. I am making a lipbalm cozy, id holder, and mini picture snowglobe, but I really want to make her a bunch more. I'm fresh out of ideas. I'd LOVE to do some sweets themed clay charms, but alas...all our clay is non-hardening kind! Except for one pack of Green sculpey (her school color) hmmm....anyone have any ideas???
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kid-drawn Scrappy Owl on: March 11, 2008 11:10:11 AM
I made this owl from a drawing my daughter did. She LOVES him and named him Owly  Cheesy She even asked him if he was a boy owl or a girl (boy "he said")

I cut out her drawing and used it as a pattern on scraps. The appendages are all polar fleece left over from a recon shirt--pull up and the blue fuzz was an assorted scrap I had laying around.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / HELP with diabetic insulated bag on: March 11, 2008 06:24:04 AM
My grandmother is diabetic and carries all her shots and supplies with her in this boring bag...

I want to schnazzy it up a bit for her, and I was thinking of covering it with fabric. How can I go about sewing on fabric to cover it without affecting the insulation? Has anyone tried anything like this before? Or would I be better reconstructing one completely?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New Beachy Bathroom on: March 10, 2008 05:45:17 AM
We have been living in this house for over a year now, but I was too scared to do anything to the walls. I finally got over it this weekend and decided to paint my bathroom blue!!!  Cheesy

We have only one bathroom for our whole family, so I wanted it to be fun, but not too "kiddish"...THE BEACH-perfect! Only one problem...the hideous wallpaper border from the previous tenants.

not a problem anymore... Grin

That's my hubby peeling off the first layer. It was a vinyl-ish paper and after we peeled away the top layer, we removed the adhesive layer with....
WATER!!!!!! Yep, we just sponged on plain ol water! Then scraped lightly with ice scrapers and credit cards. Even the kids got to help with this part! Look in the bottom corner, you can get a glimpse of the paint swatch from Kilz I wanted.

I wanted to paint the bathroom Kilz Sailing Day blue BUT it was a bit pricey, so i searched oops bins instead, and I found 5 fun colors at Home Depot! $1 each!!!! I got a peanut buttery tan, a jelly smear/berry stain dark magenta, a soft yellow, eraser pink, and a bright baby boy blue. I knew we'd be chancing it with only a quart of paint, but I figured, even if it didn't work we would only be out $1, so why not! The blue was a tad brighter than I wanted, so I mixed my own color by adding a splash of tan (another oops). For $1.25 in paint I got...

My blue bathroom  Grin complete with cheapy beachmat shades. This is one of those dollar store grass mats! ( the round thingy is where the woodstove pipe used to be)

Our shower curtain is dolphiny

I want to add a teak bench under the window to use as a shelf, and maybe add some sawgrass baskets. We already have some blue mason jars with shells from our previous beach trips, and a basket full off cool sponges, corals, and driftwood. All and all I am SOOOO pleased with my new blue beachy bathroom!!!
What do you think???
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Boardbook Birthday Album (many pics) on: February 25, 2008 08:13:41 AM
I always wanted to try one of those cute mini-scrapbooks, so I made this altered boardbook one for my 9 yo cousin's birthday. It was a big hit! I made it so she could just add in her own phots of her friends and family.

I wanted the cover to be more subtle and "book like"

Hyuck*hyuck  Roll Eyes I can't believe I spelled her name wrong!!! I had to add in a y later. That problematic wrinkle really stumpped me on the first couple of pages, but now I know how to avoid it-fold the cover paper in half both ways allowing a little margin for the book's fold, and then add a tape strip to both sides of the fold.

The little pink card is removable so she can "hide" secrets underneath!

I left this page title-less so she could put whatever she wanted in there.

Handstitched pocket with removable card

That "n" is more visable IRL??

Rhinestones were self stick tatoos  Wink

You are a star, always shine
she wants to be an actress when she grows up  Cheesy

Most of this book was made out of one cheepy w.m. kit!

This is my FIRST completed project on craftster!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My 5yo's first project!!! Legwarmers on: February 25, 2008 07:52:10 AM
OOOPS!!! This is posted in the wrong place, sorry!!!!!  Shocked
 Wink  Cheesy  Roll Eyes

Imagine our surprise when we found the Singer Knitting Machine at the thrift store complete! (even the yarn) for ....


My DD was SOOOO excited, as soon as we came home she made these...

with cheepy red heart yarn
The ends were a bit loopy, and the machine dropped a couple stitches, but not bad for a 5yo's first try I say!  Cheesy

That same evening she made a purple scarf with the fringy yarn included, and a bright shiney gold thingy out of that disco eyelash yarn. It was gonna be a hat, but it didn't stretch over her head, so now it is her disco shiney gold sock puppet! I love it! her spirit can't be beat! She wasn't even disappointed at all!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Birthday Gift for Japanese Grandmother on: February 25, 2008 06:06:22 AM
My grandmother's birthday is tomorrow, and I'd like to make her something Japanese (she is Japanese). She is rather picky, but loves anything Japanese themed. She has been ill lately and spends alot of time in her room. I was thinking something for her room might be nice, but I am stumped??? What can I make her (in 1 day!) that would bring a smile to her face?  Huh TIA
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / A Lone Star quickie? on: February 11, 2008 07:55:51 PM
Do any of you lovely craftster quilters know of any shortcuts to a lone star quilt?? I totally LUST atfer making a bright lone star, but EEK! It TERRIFIES me! The time involved, all those bitty pieces! EEK  I'm frightened! Surely there has to be a shortcut??? anyone???
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / DESPERATE for help-cloth pull ups on: February 10, 2008 04:22:25 PM
Does anybody have any ideas or advice for making cloth pull-ups?  Huh My 5 yo struggles with bed-wetting still  Embarrassed  It needs to be VERY absorbant/able to hold LARGE amounts.  I am so sick of using disposables, and using a plastic sheet or towel under her just doesn't cut it Sad

I've been toying with turning a larger cloth diaper pattern into a pull up by sewing the legs closed and adding an elastic waist??

Does anyone know of any sites that might have a similar pattern? With all the medical issues that can cause this, why can't I find any patterns or tips? What do peole do for enuresis? Surely there has to be an alternative to disposables???
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