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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / PreSchool Class Project ????? on: January 14, 2010 09:10:43 AM
I'm drawing a crafty blank!  Every year our school has a silent auction fundraiser and each grade level creates and contributes an item to be sold.  Items have included personalized quilts, different things (bowls, trays, picnic tables, book shelves, frames, aprons,...) that the kids have put either a paint handprint or fingerprint and name on. Older children obviously do more complex projects, like this year I know one grade is doing a cookbook, one mom is having 7th graders graffiti a picnic table, I forget what else.  You get the idea?  Somehow  :)I got volunteered to create the project with/for the Early Childhood classes.  These are children from age 3 to kindergarten with delays or disabilities, so I want to think of something sweet and special (that looks great to raise mucho dollars) keeping in mind that what the children will be able to do is rather limited.  I had the thought of maybe rolling and cutting Sculpey squares for their fingerprints ( a little more elegant than paint) and then.....putting the squares on a tray? a mirror?  This is where I have a creative stumble.  Please help, brilliant creative crafters!  Thank You!!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cell Cake Science on: December 16, 2009 07:06:13 AM
The 7th grade science project: Make a 3D cell, make it creatively.  For most of the kids that meant using a styrofoam ball and clay, and there's nothing wrong with that, but my girl wanted to make a cake!  As this wouldn't actually be eaten, we decided to use a mix and canned frosting...easier and cheaper than scratch! Of course the organelles had to be edible also, so we scoured the candy aisle for cell-ish ingredients.

We baked square layers since this was a plant cell.  I showed Em how to heat the Starburst and form them, then cut her loose!  She did most everything except for frosting the cake.  I also helped a bit with the actual attaching of the parts.  We had so much fun and her project smelled delicious!

We used the frosting as the cell membrane and Fruit Roll-ups for the cell wall:

Most of the cell structures were made with Starburst.  We also used gumdrops, Sprees, sprinkles, and a Hershey's Kiss!  The vacuoule is a blob of tinted frosting.

Thanks for looking!  I'm sure she'll enjoy your comments!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Back-to-School Forest Friends Dress 4 pics on: August 23, 2009 08:15:11 PM
I got this dress at Target last year thinking I could *do something* with it.  Jenny's Forest Friends was a natural choice!  (natural,heh heh Tongue) I finally got around to stitching it up and she is excited to wear it to school.     please excuse the lint and such...should've gotten the roller after it!

The dress

The hem


Detail of back hem
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teacher Gifts on: June 12, 2009 08:53:02 PM
I typically make something for my children's teachers.  Sometimes I bake, sometimes knit, this year I decided to make the oh-so-popular (and easy!) Buttercup Bags and matching tissue holders.  I made the bags as the pattern was written, except that I added fusible fleece to the inside and strap.

I found this fabric in the remnants and the contrast lining was from a different line, but I liked them together!

These two used Alexander Henry Kleo, Mocca, and coordinating Bangle Dots:

Hobby Lobby fabric...my 15 yr old put this  bag to use before I could tell her its intended recipient!  Oh well!

These little bags are great fun and simple to construct.  As many have mentioned though, enlarge the pattern if you carry much more than keys, lip gloss, credit card, and a cell phone! Smiley

Thanks for looking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / For a Friend on: March 03, 2009 11:13:56 AM
One of my dearest friends has really gone above anf beyond helping me lately so I wanted to stitch a little thank you.  She is also a rep for Stampin' Up so I pilfered a stamp, stamped, scanned, enlarged, and traced.  This is the result...I hope she likes.
Up close:

The entire pillow:

The girls:

Thanks for looking!! Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Little Valentine on: February 14, 2009 12:02:10 PM
I think this is the first thing I've ever posted that wasn't part of a swap! Tongue

My youngest needed an outfit to wear for her first grade Valentine Party at school Thursday.  Yay!  I raided the fabric stash and made this using a pattern from YCMT>  The tee is from Tarzhay, embellished at the neckline and wrist with heart buttons.

And here it is in action.  It twirls beautifully but my pictures were awful (worse than this one! Shocked)

Thanks for looking...C & C welcome!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A New FOC Raffle Swap? on: January 02, 2009 03:08:48 PM
I have eyed the FOC raffle swaps with great longing but never been in a position to join.  How would an FOC Love raffle swap go over?  We could craft all things love-y or heart-ful.  I've never organized, but I guess everyone has a first time....

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Have you made Farbenmix Cara? I have ??s! on: October 18, 2008 05:38:29 PM
I''ve had this pattern for ages and finally decided to get over being intimidated ('cause I really have no idea why!) and give it a whirl.  I traced it out and got ready to start pinning and cutting and got all weirded out again.  Huh  The simple jumper seems like no big deal, but...
If you've tried the double layer did you line the wavy part of the skirt,  regular hem, rolled hem,???  Would it work with corduroy for both layers or should the top (or the bottom!?) be a smooth woven?  Roll Eyes Huh  I'm usually more sure of myself, but I'm so concerned about messing up my fabric....
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