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1  Help toys for birthday grab bags for boys in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by EKO on: March 23, 2011 10:07:53 AM
Help Please!

here are the bags I am making, ( they still need to be sewn up and have drawstrings inserted)  I will be embroidering each child's name on their bag.

I need some ideas please.

I am at a total loss for ideas, I have 2 girls and 4 young nieces I have no idea what to put in the grab bags for the boys that will be coming to my daughters 4th birthday party.  I have the girls taken care of, hair barrets and head bands, purses. I also have a few gender neutral items mini reusable heat/ice packs stickers, bubbles.  I will put a few home made treats in them to.

I need help thinking of something special to put in the boys loot bags  I have already made crayon rolls for the past 2 years so they already have some of them.

the only idea I had was to pick up a few sets of jacks at the dollar store and making little bags for them?  any one please help!

of note I like to sew, crochet, paper craft and am willing to try anything else really as long as it is not too time consuming
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2  Patch Jeans With Flair... for kids or adults too in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by EKO on: September 21, 2010 12:58:57 PM
Patch Jeans With Flair... for kids or adults too

Here is a quick tutorial on how I patched my Jeans,  this looks more kid like though so I put it here.

First you want to collect your materials needed.

Collect the materials Needed
Pre made patch (purchased from Walmart)
Fabric for appliqu
Cookie cutter to  use as template
Stamp to transfer the pattern
embroidery floss
Not shown
scissors, needle, thimble, embroidery hoop and heat and bond

Trim the edges of your hole to remove loose threads that will stick out. Cut out a patch that will cover the hole, I used the cookie cutter for a pattern.  also cut out an appliqu to put on top of the patch use heat and bond to attach the appliqu (for me it was the flower) and iron the pieces together.

Once the patch has cooled use the embroidery floss to sew the edges down of the patches and help keep the patch in place longer.

and here they are on.

A more detailed tutorial including a few exta steps that can help the patch last longer can be found on my Blog.

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3  How to make No Melt Popsicles ...and healthy too! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by EKO on: August 04, 2010 03:20:26 PM
No Melt Popsicle Tutorial
Cantaloupe and blueberry flavour

I have 2 Young girls at home and many nieces and neighbours that like to visit my place and with the weather being as hot as it is Popsicles have been in high demand.  I hate artificial flavours, colours and added sugar so I have always tried to make my own when ever possible, I also find that little ones often put them down and forget about them at times in places you dont see (like last week my 3 year old left hers on the end table in the basement for a least half an hour before I noticed, and since it was one of these she was able to pick it up and finish it!) and you dont want a big sticky puddle, So I came up with these popsicles they are easily made with fruit and juice from your fridge maybe that two ripe fruit that you need to use up ( that is what this batch was made from) try it out and see how many flavours you can come up with!

Ingredients and tools needed:

Food processor (or blender even a potato masher would work)
Measuring cups (4 Cupper and 1 or 2 cupper)
Measuring spoons
Small bowl
Mixing spoon
Sauce pan
Popsicle moulds or paper cups and sticks

Cantaloupe or other Soft Fruit to blend (watermelon, peaches, canned pears all work well too.)
Blueberries or other fruit to stir in
Apple Juice or other non citrus juice or water
Unflavoured Gelatine powder or flavoured if you want

Step 1

Cut up your Cantaloupe and blend until liquidy and measure the amount you have, in my case it is about 2 cups.

Step 2

Pour into a separate measuring cup your apple juice to make a full number of cups of liquid in my case that will be a cup of apple juice to make 3 cups total.

Step 3

Bloom your gelatine.  I used 4 table spoons (2 packets) of gelatine (follow directions on your package) for 3 cups of think juice.   Blooming means put a small amount of your apple juice into your gelatine and let set for 15 min to begin desolving and avoid lumps.

(opps dont know what happened to the photo of this I will add some next time I make a batch)

Step 4

Place gelatine and the rest of your apple juice in a sauce pan and bring to a low simmer to fully dissolve the gelatine. Then remove form heat and let cool for 5 min or so.

Step 5

Mix apple sauce gelatine into cantaloupe mixture. And place in fridge for about an hour to begin setting stir once.

Step 6

Remove mixture from fridge and mix in blueberries ( I used a full pint).

Step 7

Spoon mixture into the popsicle mold. (Yes I have a crazy amount of molds as I only one to do this every few weeks)

Step 8

Freeze your popsicles.

Step 9

Unmold and enjoy.

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4  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 23 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EKO on: July 23, 2010 08:40:08 PM
Ok, I've tracked down most of my items that my eldest daughter ran away with (one headband missed the photo shoot)

Here is the remainder of my items recived this week.

Wonderful play food for my daughter she loves it!
psychedelic mushroom pins in my pin cushion
a wonderful wrap ring in a box ready to send to my sister for her birthday.
and my daughters favourite head band I had to take it off of her while she slept! (the other has gone mia at the moment)

another headband shot!

and finally,

an excellent album that I will be putting family shots I love the cute tags for this! and cards ( there was another set for a personal swap but they were not near my camera)
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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 23 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EKO on: July 09, 2010 07:38:21 PM
I have received 4 wonderful items to date.

here is a shot of the prism pouch, scrabble tile pendants, heart pendent and polymer tin of lip balm (very soothing)

the colours are a little off. but the items are all wonderful!
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6  Re: FrugALong 2010 in Craftalongs by EKO on: June 28, 2010 10:19:46 AM
super late Monday....

or that is what I am calling it today ,  here is the frugal crafting I did last week and had every intention of posting Friday evening.

Last week i used up some stash by finishing my sweat shop swap items,  snap wallets and crayon rolls.. these are two things I always like to keep on hand for last minute gifts, the wallets are great for gift cards and the crayon rolls great additions to hostess gifts when visiting people with kids.

bottom left is actually a needle book.

then while I was working last week I got sick of my daughter asking me to tie a blanket around her neck so I whipped up a quick cape for her out of stash... I will have to make a few more for her friends that visit I think luckily a lot of them have the First initial A.

the S for Shannon Cape

I then continued crafting and made some cloth napkins, just a square  the I serged around.(again from stash material)

there are 11 there I did not quite have enough purple to make a 4th.

Next while this was not exactly stash material I have had it for this purpose it feels like I am stash busting.  I finally made my unpaper towels!  I still have to put some snaps on a few but the rest are in my kitchen and going to good use.  and bonus the project bag is out of my pile of too do so I am de-cluttering too!

finally friday evening I made a gotta go Frittata with mushrooms, onions, spinach, bread ends and cheese, before we left for the weekend.

I have a few little things I am working on this week but will have to see what I get done before the long weekend starts on thursday I may not have time to post again until Monday !
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7  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 23 (Signups til June 12, sendout by July 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by EKO on: June 05, 2010 02:35:09 PM
Ok, I'm planning on sending in my form on monday but would like to know what people would perfer here are examples of what I am thinking.

Needle books

the colour is a little off on those and I did not have much time to fiddle in photoshop while my youngest sleeps.

Snap Wallets

Crayon rolls (empty) I'm shipping from canada and it adds up fast even domestically here.


Small 4x6  Note books using a photo of your choosing  email me a favourite picture to use (or I will pick something I like a picture or use cardboard packaging design.)as the cover  and reused papers ( fronts clean mostly printer errors... from an old job) for the insides I will post a picture of one latter I don't have one on this computer at the moment.

these are just examples most of these have already been given away.

oh and sorry I am just realising I for got to crop these photos. Sad sorry.

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8  Re: FrugALong 2010 in Craftalongs by EKO on: June 04, 2010 08:19:40 AM
Ok, it has been a while since I have posted I have been reading along though.  ( my little one is almost 6 months now and typing while breast feeding has become WAY more difficult)

any How I do not have enough time to comment on all the wonderfull things I have wanted to comment on so I will just go ahead and add my submision to Frugal Fridays.

While over the past month or two I have been decluttering and sending trunks full to the thrift shop.  ( there are 3 huge boxes in my front hallway right now to go out tommorrow on our weekly family trip to the library...also frugal I'm not buying many books any more!)

I digress  the point of my post is that I am in the process of pulling all of my fabric out of the cuboard where I could not see it all and did not know what I had and placing it where my books previously were.  Here is a pick of what I have got sorted over the last 2 days.  I still have a lot more to go through and need to sort more books ( also need my hubby to go through his this is a huge challange he tends to hold on to things even more than I normaly do, it was a very hard decission for me to decied to get rid of my books but I gigure by the time my girls are old enough to want to read them they will be using ereaders as well or can just check them out of the library.)

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9  Bird Mobile in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by EKO on: March 10, 2010 06:30:05 PM
For my first daughter I had some very gender neutral decore,  this time I have gone all girly with lots of pink, so i took the bird mobile pattern that is going around (printed it ages ago, over a year).  and recovered the mobile.

here it is, I really like the way it turnrd out.

*the wall  colour is more brown than it looks here.

c&c welcomed
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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EKO on: March 10, 2010 04:18:24 PM
Here are the wonderful items I have received in the last week.

sorry some of the pics are a little blurry my camera does not alike to focus on small things.

thanks every one
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