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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Floppy Disk pen holder and box with lid. on: August 19, 2009 08:22:04 AM
What an awesome way to reuse floppy disks!! I think mine all got thrown away a long time ago....but if I come across any, I'll keep this in mind! Perfect for nerds and computer geeks <3 !!! How sturdy is the box??
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / 101 Ways to Continue Crafting Without Breaking The Bank on: August 16, 2009 08:32:52 AM
Ok, so I don't have 101 ways yet, but maybe with a little community additions, we could get that far?

I don't know about everyone else, but I've really been feeling the recession. My friends are losing there house, my job didn't give out raises, the cost of my college went way up, prices of just about everything seem increased, local businesses are closing.....and I've decided to craft all my xmas gifts this year to help save money.

I still buy from craft stores etc, but I'd like to think I've become a greener, more thrifty crafter now. So here, I will share my ways to save, and hopefully you'll add some too (please use numbers?).

1. Pressed Flowers - I've been pressing lots of flowers lately...what better way to create beautiful decorations for free! I simply put the flowers flat, between paper towels, and but them at the bottom of a pile of books, or a heavy object I know I won't touch, and come back a few weeks later...
2. Feathers - I'm constantly on a feather hunt for clean feathers (we have chickens, and live near forests full of pretty feathers) which I use to decorate cards frequently!
3. Craiglist.com - The free section - one man/lady's trash is another ones treasure after all
4. Freecycle.org - A great way to recycle and reuse
5. Garage sales - nuff said?
6. Lowes/Homedepos Free Paint samples cards - don't hurt me...but everyonce in a while when I go, I'll pocket a few cool colors for later use. Great for inchies, cards, scrapbooking, and ATCs
7. Friends/Family - Set up trades of craft stuff you don't want/need (I do that with stickers/embellishments)
8. Craftster - not a source I've tapped yet, but I've seen some pretty cool supply swaps
9. Shells - I've seen shells for sale in stores, as well as shell stickers and pre-holed shells for jewelry. Why not pick up a bunch for free at the beach on your next vaca or ask a friend to bring some back?
10. Rocks - I've taken up rock painting as a great way to make some free ornaments
11. Bottlecaps - Jewlery to name one use - check out this site for lots more!
12. Mason jars - Many uses, many ways to decorate! Seems everybody has a few lying around collecting dust
13. Old Clothes - I almost gave away some clothes that I thought were too small, but then I eyed the buttons, and the fabric....and got some great ideas from the forums
14.  Goats milk - This one isn't possible for everyone, but my boyfriend is a goat farmer, and the owners agreed to let me have some milk for free to make goats soap with! yay.
15. Reusing candles - Ever burn a candle down really low? Well when they get to a certain point (throw away point), sometimes I'll take the wax(just the wax mind you) and scrape it into storage jars. When I have a bunch, I'll microwave it (in separate layers) till its melted, put a wick in a glass jar, then pour each layer . Now I have a beautiful new candle!

Ok...heres a few, you go now.... Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My Little Pony and Kingdom Hearts cross stitch on: August 12, 2009 09:58:42 AM
I LOVE the My Little Pony one! How lovely is that? I'm new to cross stitching and am totally intrigued by the use of sprites...I think its awesome and can't wait to finish my current project so I can start one!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sailor Jerry traditional tattoo flash on: August 12, 2009 09:46:58 AM
This is beautiful! I loooove tattoo flash in just about any craft....and this looks so amazing! I'm jealous and I want it!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I clean funky stuff off my needlepoint? on: August 12, 2009 09:45:18 AM
Good luck with the stain.  I'm new to cross stitching and have been wondering about the best way to clean my work....half is clean white, half is dirty...(where I hold it, I swear I wash my hands first!) so I think I'm going to try the mild detergent first.

Also, I love the xstitch, and I love the irony behind this post....(I'm guessing your computer is working then?)
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Favorite Movie-In-A-Box Swap on: August 12, 2009 09:31:27 AM
What an awesome idea for a swap! I loooove the Shaun of the Dead item, how amazing is that? Gives me ideas for a gift for my sister (she loooves sotd almost as much as I do)
Can't wait to see more stuff!
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Craft my heritage on: August 07, 2009 07:36:19 PM
This would be a fun challenge. I've already got ideas that would go along with this if it came up. I've wanted to make a visual family tree of some sort for a while, and I also was thinking about cross stitching my family crest...
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Playing with color and texture on: July 25, 2009 09:04:31 PM
This is beautiful! I'm brand new to the world of embriodery and cross stitch and all that, and I see some really interesting stitches in this that I would love to practice and recreate! Thanks for the inspiration.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Framed Inchies on: July 24, 2009 03:55:34 PM
This is an amazing framing job! I've only just grasped the concept of "inchies" and have been wondering about creative ways of showing them off. This is a wonderful way to do just that! I'm very jealous!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: Florida book/ Scrapbooking party on: July 24, 2009 02:28:01 AM
Awesome scrapping so far! I love the brown frames on one of the pages, it really pulls the page together.

So heres an idea for your crafty get togethers....

I have a bad habit of buying scrapbook supplies when I don't really need them (sales.....all kinds, garage sales, going out of business sales, clearance.....its so cheap I just have to have it!!  Roll Eyes ) so I have lots of paper, stickers, tags, stamps, etc that I really don't see myself using either at all, or in the near future. So why not have a little swap?

Set up a table and lay out items you are willing to get rid of (its best to bag small items into a group and/or make "lots"). It works the best to only have one or two people lay out their items each meeting, the rest can keep their items on hand for trading. You can then do a silent auction type thing, where each person writes down their trade (you choose the one you want). It's a fun way to get rid of scrapbooking supplies you really don't need, and for you and your friends to get supplies that you'll actually use!
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