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1  My current journal/planner in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by RusskiMom on: February 23, 2011 11:25:09 PM
It has taken me forever to post this, but this is the journal/planner I am currently using. I need to make another one soon, so any ideas or recommendations would be appreciated!

The right-side pages are formatted in word, the left-side pages are deliberately left blank so that I can draw, write, paint, or do whatever I feel like.

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2  Handmade planner/journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by RusskiMom on: May 30, 2010 07:42:07 PM
This is my latest planner/journal that I have made, and probably my favorite ever.


The planner pages were designed in Word. Each week has a weekly planner two-page spread,

followed by a two-page spread for each day, and I use the blank page for writing, art journaling, or notes.

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3  Earring organizer in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by RusskiMom on: February 24, 2010 11:09:42 PM
I needed a quick, cheap way to organize my growing collection of handmade french wire earrings.

The organizer is made of heavy cardstock, mounted on foam tape to raise it from the backing paper. I punched holes about every inch with a small eyelet setter, and decorated with scrapbooking supplies.

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4  New chainmaille earrings + gift idea in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RusskiMom on: February 24, 2010 11:05:22 PM
These are a couple of pairs of earrings I made for a friend as a gift.

Lately I have been giving these kinds of gifts as shown. I make a small card from scrpabooking supplies, and punch holes in the front using a small eyelet setter. I can add a message inside, and the card stands by itself.

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5  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RusskiMom on: May 04, 2008 11:46:34 PM
Yeah! I received my second swap package from Arzu, and it's amazing. It made it all the way to Russia in one piece (helped that everything is soft).

The whole package together:

Arzu and I have the same problem - we end up knitting for others, and rarely for ourselves. So, she knitted for me, and I knitted for her... She sent me the best fingerless gloves made from Alpaca silk, which feels amazing. She also knitted a headband to match. I'm actually going somewhere this weekend where it's still cold enough to use them.And they fit perfectly!

Arzu also crocheted me a set of felted bowls and a (slightly) frilly mat, which are just too cute. I can't crochet worth a d***, so I'm impressed. The colors go perfectly with my recent remodel, so I just need to find the perfect place/use for them.

Lastly, I mentioned that I wanted to learn to needle felt, so Arzu sent a cool book on felted jewely, and a HUGE bag of hand dyed roving (unfortunately, my camera does not capture the colors well). Not sure what to start with, but I obviously have hours of fun ahead.
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6  Chainmaille cuffs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RusskiMom on: April 19, 2008 04:22:10 PM
These are my second and third attempts at chainmaille, respectively. The first attempt was a swap gift, and involved lots of swearing. These went better.

All the rings were hand cut, using a 3.5mm knitting needle as a mandrel. The cuff is short, because it was a gift for my son, who is 7 - he thinks chainmaille is cool. Now my older son wants one, too.

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7  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RusskiMom on: March 18, 2008 03:13:22 AM
This is how happy I was to find a notice from the post office that my package from Arzu had arrived! Cheesy After a hard day of working with hormonal thirteen-year-olds, it was just the pick-me-up I needed.

Arzu's show and tell items included her favorite book, her favorite recipe (have to try this!), a bandanna from her former university engineering department, a 20-sided gaming die, and a small rug from Azerbaijan (where she worked as a volunteer English teacher).

For stationery, she made a variety of cool cards. She swears this is her first time making her own, but they turned out great! One set is pretty Asian papers, another is origami animals she folded, and the third set is abstract.

Arzu also sent a variety of small items, like a puzzle eraser, a vanilla-scented stuffie (now hanging on my craft lamp), a magnetic picture frame she made, beads, a disk of photos, some cool handmade knitting needles (more dice!), a notepad, and she even threw in some grow-your-own insects for my kids. They say THANKS TONS, by the way. We already have grown some sort of flying insect.

Also cool is that Arzu wrote about half of her letter in Russian, which she's studying. I'll need to practice improving my grammar to write her back.

Thanks again, Arzu!
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8  Valentine gift bookmark in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RusskiMom on: February 01, 2008 05:49:37 PM
These are easy and useful gifts for Valentine's. Best of all, they don't fall out of your book as other bookmarks tend to. For a regular spiral, they tend to hold better the more spirals you turn. 

An action shot

Sorry for the blurriness, can't get me photos any clearer.

I used about 18 guage wire, and lightly hammered it for strength.
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9  Re: Alien pinata in Party Planning by RusskiMom on: November 04, 2007 02:55:38 PM
I use this paste recipe:


I don't like to use newspaper, as it is hard to get to lay smoothly, and is hard for little kids to break. Usually, I use torn rice paper, but I have also used tissue paper (which saves some painting).

Because the rice paper tears if you get it too wet, I smooth a thin layer of paste on the balloon and then place the paper on the paste. It takes some planning, I usually do a couple of layers a day, and in total, about 4-5 layers are needed before it holds its shape. I paint them with acrylics, because they dry fast.

These are some others I made for Halloween one year.
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10  Alien pinata in Party Planning by RusskiMom on: November 04, 2007 01:01:52 AM
It's pretty much become a tradition that I make a pinata for every major holiday, but I like to keep them simple. This has got to be the easiest yet.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and so is my (almost) seven year old son (the only person I was really aiming to please).

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