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341  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Knitted/Crocheted Flowers... on: November 06, 2004 03:20:21 PM
There is a nice pattern for crocheted rosettes on Lion's website. http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/lionbrand/index.fcgi?page=http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-rosettes.html

Here is my first attempt.
342  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: christmas on the cheap... on: November 03, 2004 04:14:31 PM
I'm an artist and my friend made me the best sketchbook ever!

He took all sorts of different papers, neon cardstock, sandpaper, woodgrain art paper, standard lined paper, flocked paper, etc, cut them to 8.5 x 11 and bound them together with a cover that had my name on it. It looked so good as is, I didn't use it for a long time, but when I did it was so cool to use different mediums to sketch with on the different textures.
343  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Gifts for Octogenarians?!? on: November 03, 2004 04:03:55 PM
My grandparents live in California too. Every year my grandmother wants a certain victorian design calendar. She never wants to throw the old one out because she thinks it is too pretty. I decided to cut up the old calendar and make cards out of it for her. A full size calendar makes a lot of cards!

For the cards I fold a 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock in half, and just glue scenes cut from the calendar on the front. I have an envelope making kit I sometimes use to make the envelopes, but lately I have been buying envelopes from the crafts store.

She really likes these (I have to make more every time she runs out) and enjoys deciding who she will send each one to.

In the past I have also purchased a plain tabletop pine tree that lights up and decorated it with ornaments and family pictures. Since they can't really do the whole live tree thing anymore, this has also been a good gift.

I have also made holiday cookies from my grandmother's old recipes for her as a gift. She can't see well enough to cook anymore and really gets a kick out of telling me how to perfect the recipe next time! Plus my grandfather gets to enjoy them too.

Okay, one more idea, make each grandparent a photo album with pictures of the other in it. No grandkid or kid photos. Just their significant other. I made these for my grandparents and they went over really well.
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