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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Dortje Pants on: September 15, 2010 02:46:16 PM
Before puberty, boys and girls are similar enough shape that you can dress them in either and it fits.

Also, from a fashion standpoint, these pants are totally unisex. Have fun making some for your boy.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / Re: The Board of Health on: February 12, 2009 04:28:06 PM
I'm very flattered that you all like it Smiley
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Re: Re-use Centres? - here in Edmonton but are they anywhere else? on: February 06, 2009 08:45:06 PM
Man! I've been trying to figure out how I could do something like that and turn it into a job, but if Edmonton already has a program like that going, maybe I can get a leg-up in bringing one to Saskatoon!
My wife and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day early this year, and I attempted to bake a cake. Said cake ended up really sloppy looking (despite my constant efforts, all my "important" cakes turn out this way, lol), but she seemed really excited when she saw it.

I didn't get a pic before it was eaten, but I made a heart shape out of a big strawberry (cut it in half, put pointy ends together) and icing-ed our initials on it.

I teased her that we were really celebrating Imbolc (I'm pagan, she's not) instead of VDay, and she seemed to get a kick out of that!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / Re: The Board of Health on: February 06, 2009 07:54:19 AM
Thanks for the kind comments!

Yes, it really is helping already. I've made an appointment for my son's 6-month checkup, and have also called Dr. W (like I reminded myself on the chalkboard)

Lol at the fabric - I had bought this with some vague intention of making a first aid kit, but when I started this challenge, it was hijacked Smiley I'm in awe of just how far 1 metre of quilter's cotton stretched in this project.

I would buy a coffee table book with gratuitous helper kitty photos. I had put down the board, turned around for the camera, and kitty was in the shot. At least that time he wasn't ON the project, like he usually is.

There was almost a pic of a gratuitous helper baby as well, as my son kept trying to grab Daddy's fun new toy. And also refused to nap while I was crafting.

Best part of this craft: My wife loves it. She even loves it while half the house is covered in craft-related tools, scraps, and refuse. This does not happen. Ever. I'm basking in it Smiley
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / The Board of Health on: February 05, 2009 09:10:34 PM
Hooray! I got finished - JUST under the wire!

So my resolution this year was to take better care of my health. I've got a few, um, intensive health concerns, and I'm terrible at making and keeping doctor appointments. In addition, I'm a brand-new stay-at-home dad, who needs to schedule for a 6 month old, a 10 year old, and a wife.

So, I decided to make this:

Our Board of Health!

This is the before picture. With a gratuitous helper kitty.

Started by cutting off the border from an old corkboard my father had made me.
(note: my father was the king of wood glue. If he COULD glue it, he WOULD, with nary a care whether he SHOULD glue it. This board was no exception.)

Cut off a side of a cereal box and painted it with chalkboard paint (my favourite craft supply ever.)

Made two zippered books/pouches with ziploc bags for pages (a la [a href="https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283977.0"]zuliblu[/a]

One is for storing various medical related receipts for insurance filing and taxes.
The other will be for organizing other medical papers - references, letters, etc.

They tuck nicely in this pocket on the upper left of the Board:

I then covered an old mini-binder I was no longer using (*shudders* had to hand stitch it too -  if I had dismantled it, like I normally do when recovering, I would have lost use of the hardware I needed)

This will be my portable Book of Health. It has our doctor's numbers, our various health conditions and information, our medications (names and dosages), and also our health cards (Very important to Canadians!). Also, lovely top pocket for carrying random stuff like meds, prescriptions, etc.

A shot of the inside, with our health cards tucked neatly in there.

The Book of Health is held nicely in place by a tether, right on top of the filing pouches

On the right side of the Board is a calendar (always useful), and the blackboard, for reminders

In the middle and lower left of the Board is our doctor's cards. Note the amount. I've been collecting them for awhile, but keep losing them. In place of the ones I'm missing are some misprinted business cards of mine, backwards. They're holding down the fort until the real deal shows up.

I didn't blur these out 'cause I can't read 'em. I hope no one does anything crazy if they can read them.

So, yay! I now have all our medical information in one spot, it's right by the computer so I can't 'forget' to call (plus the numbers are, like, RIGHT THERE), plus I can grab the Book on my way out the door and never again sit with one of my kids at the pediatrician's trying desperately to remember at what age they had had a kidney infection.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth pad (**10 more added page 2!) on: October 28, 2008 01:23:48 PM
Re: stain removal

Not a cloth pad used (I'm a boy), but a cloth diaper user, and I have to say, sunlight is the best bleacher EVER.

If you have heavily stained pads, hang them in direct sunlight (in a window if you must) to dry, and they will bleach back to white. The bloody spots on my son's diapers (from his umbilical cord stump) disappeared completely. Thought I'd share the good news.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: checked blazer! :) on: October 07, 2008 11:56:21 AM
Wow! Great "from scratch" design.

Here's to hoping to get accepted to fashion design!
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Great Crayon Caper on: September 29, 2008 02:14:59 PM
I tried the "contact us" link, to no avail. Just kinda hoping someone somewhere knows of a group to which I can send my crayon stubs.
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Great Crayon Caper on: September 27, 2008 09:21:46 PM
Do you know if they have a Canadian/International affiliate? I went to sign up, but it seems I have to provide a state.

Any ideas?
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