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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Inexpensive easy gift for ANYONE!!! on: December 03, 2009 08:36:14 PM
Found this idea while browsing the internet, well, not exactly like it, but you get the idea.  Anyway my daughter loved it!  So, she made it for her grandpa as one of his home made gifts.  Something he can take to his office and "play".  His own Mini Zen Garden.  She even picked out the rocks, because the words reminded her of him.

Whole cost...less than 5 dollars, after tax!  All items from local dollar store.
Photo Box $1
Colored Sand $1
Word Rocks $1
Fork $1 (instead of rake)

Before putting together

After playing with it

With the glass on.

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / What can a 9 yo make for Grandparents? on: November 30, 2009 07:56:07 PM
We are doing a completely homemade christmas.  All the gifts that are being given, are things that we can make.  Ex, quilt for my mom.  PJs for neices, nephews.....

I'm having a hard time trying to think of things my 9 year old daughter can make for my dad....and neat ideas?
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 2 New Poppets IMG HEAVY!! on: October 13, 2009 02:08:37 PM
Alright, so its been nearly a year since I posted.  Been a ton of stuff happening, and no time to craft Sad  But I'm happy to say, I'm back at it.

Sooo, my daughter asked for me to make a poppet for her friends birthday.  She wanted a really girly one.  She has since named her Natalie, and she goes to her new home on saturday.

Bits and Parts

Put together

Hair added

Pretty Dress

And with optional removable wings

The wings have a clip on them, and came from Dollarama. 

And once Natalie was completed, my daughter decided that she wanted one for her birthday as well.  But she wanted hers to be punky.  She hasn't been seen by my daughter yet, so she doesn't have a name.  Here she is.....

Naked shot of course.

Purple hair with green highlights

Showing off her glow in the dark Halloween dress

And removable wings

And of course, I had to get a picture of them playing before the girls get them for their birthdays.  (the friends party is on saturday, and my daughter will be 9 on thursday).

 Even better, I made both poppets this past weekend.   Hope you like them!   Funny how even with the same pattern, they have such different personalities.
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog sweater recon on: October 13, 2009 01:51:59 PM
Hi all, haven't posted for a very very long time.  But finally back at it.

So, one of our dogs in a mini dach, and his sweater from last winter when he was a puppy, no longer fits.....so, I used the arm holes, and neck to remake one that does fit.

The sweater in the middle of cutting.

Oscar investigating/helping

Hoping it will fit....since I didn't use a pattern.

And finally a warm weiner dog.

Hope you like....he sure does....lol
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Set on: March 03, 2009 12:32:06 PM
I wasn't sure if this is where I was suppose to post this project.  This is the first time that I've done the shell stitch other than the day that I learned how to do it.  I've made basic double crochet baby blankets, but never a set, or anything this elaborate. 
I didn't use any patterns for anything that I made.  Just freehand.
Any comments / criticism welcome.

Some details of the blanket.

My daughter's doll showing off the blanket and the baby hat.

The Hat and Booties

Close up detail of the flower on the top of the hat.

Baby doll showing off the booties.

Hope you like them!!!
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Semi-Newbie...needing advice on: October 30, 2008 03:24:14 AM
I learnt to crochet 19 years ago.  However, I didn't do it for about 15 of those years.  And just recently started again.  I really don't do anything fancy.  Single, double and triple crochet.  That's about it.  I have done a shell blanket once.  I have become a pro however at making clothes for baby dolls on the spot.  (My daughter will want a new dress for her doll, so I'll make it while watching a movie.)  Nothing fancy, just easier to crochet around something than use a pattern.

So the issue.  I'm making a baby blanket for my new nephew.  And I need idea's on how to finish it off.  Patterns boggle my mind.  I do much better by watching someone else do it.  Anyway, do anyone have any ideas for a simply border to finish off a blanket for a boy?
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Knot Doll aka Clover on: June 10, 2008 04:53:13 PM
Alright, so this weekend, I finally got tired of my 7.5 year old daughter tying everything she has in knots.  I mean, things were tied across her room.  I threatened to cut anything else she ties up.   Together, we decided the best option would to make something that she could tie whenever she wants.  Sooo, we cut up her favorite-no-longer-fits-but-still-wants-to-wear Tshirt. And one of my tank tops.  Then we attached a ton of yarn that she can tie as much as she wants.  She named her clover, for the fact that she is entirely green.  And the eyes are bizarre, because that is how she wanted them.  And she has already asked that the next one we make is red.  So, without further ado, the no pattern knot doll.

The start of the knots

My kiddo showing off Clover

Showing the different lengths of the hair, depending on how many knots are in it.

Hope you like it.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Slumber party weekend project. on: April 22, 2008 10:08:44 PM
My DD (the taller one) and my niece, wanted some new dresses.  So of to the fabric closet we went.  They helped me pin, and cut....and I did the sewing, since they were too busy playing.  The one for my daughter, I used a simplicity pattern and modded it a little, okay, a bunch.  And for the life of me, I can't find the pattern in all my craft stuff from this past week.  When I do, I will add the number.  The dress for my niece was a simple from scratch project.  No pattern, just an image in my mind.

Hope you like it....any comments or criticisms are welcome.

p.s. sorry for the sucky pic....will get a better action pic (as soon as our snow is gone here)

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Yo Yo Butterfly on: April 22, 2008 10:01:22 PM
Introducing "FLAME"

I showed my daughter some yo yo animals.  And she told me she wanted a butterfly.  I looked everywhere for a pattern, and could not find one.  So, just went with the idea, and voila!  We went through my scrap fabric, and she fell inlove with the flames.   So, I put her to work.  She had to make the 6 flame yoyos.  I traced a cereal bowl to get the size.  Then I used a measuring cup for the tail yo yo , and mixing bowl for the head.  The wings were just basic quilting.  And the eyes, everyday acrylic paint.

Hope you all like her.

Here is my daughter showing of her FLAME. (Ignore the messy hair, I made her get out of bed to take the pic...rofl)

Here is a pic of my daughter and neice sewing their yoyo bodies... (The pink one isn't complete yet. Will post later)  And of course, one of our many fur balls had to supervise.

Any comments or critics are welcome.

30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Shank buttons? on: April 14, 2008 08:49:36 PM
I need to find a supplier of shank buttons to use for doll joints.  Anyone have any good ideas?
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