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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / We Need A Summer Holidays Forum Up In Here! on: April 09, 2008 10:41:47 AM
It would be nice if there was a thread/forum for Summer holidays such as July 4 or Memorial Day.

At any rate, for Memorial Day every year, my Dad and I (and sometimes Mom, etc) would visit his parents' grave, quite a journey. This is the first since my Dad has died and I hope to get to his parents' grave as well as his. For Christmas, my Mom & I made him this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230010.0.

My Dad was a Vietnam Veteran and very proud of his service. I am trying to brainstorm ideas of how to make an arrangement/scene for his grave that isn't tacky. Any ideas?

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Memorial Arrangement for Dad - R.I.P. on: February 25, 2008 08:50:09 PM
My family suffered a great loss in 2007 when my Dad died in July. He had been so terribly sick and suffering a great deal, so I guess an end to the suffering brought us some comfort, though his absence leaves a major void.

My Dad *loved* his family, and being around all of us, so Mom decided she wanted to do something nice for his grave site. She'd seen some nice DIY ones at the cemetary that she liked just as well as the huge expensive displays that you can have done by a florist, and so she and my sister picked up some odds and ends at Big Lots, Dollar Store, Deals, and Wal-Mart. My Mom and I kind of winged it on crafting it together.

It is really weird how it came together so easily. Usually when my Mom or I attempt any sort of project of the sort, it ends up being a huge production, and turns out looking, at best, "good-enough," at worst, terribly "half-assed," not to mention all the cussing such a project would normally entail! There was nothing of the sort on this one.

I had to run out and get hot glue in the middle, which worked out fine, as Mom got a phone call when we ran out of it!

I'm just now getting around to taking pics off my camera (a few were on there from right before Pops died and I couldn't bring myself to transfer them off the camera until now, over 6 months later!) and uploading onto my Flickr.

The base is styrofoam. We pulled the blooms off of silk poinsettias. We ended up setting it on a metal florist's rack that my Mom had left over from something someone sent to the funeral home, and from the rack, hanging a glittery star on thin, clear fishing wire-ish thread. Wish I'd gotten a shot of that, but I forgot and certainly didn't want to bring my camera to take action-shots at the cemetary!

I am the worlds worst when it comes to not following through with craft projects, but maybe if we make it a family thing, we could do similar arrangements periodically. I think it was pretty therapeutic for us.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Subversive Cross Stitch + Natalie Dee Valentine Kits! on: February 02, 2008 07:39:36 AM
I look at Natalie Dee/MTTS/Toothpaste when I first get online every day. Check this out!

Natalie Dee Subversive Cross Stitch Kits

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Magazine Storage? on: January 14, 2008 07:28:51 AM
Does anyone know anywhere online that sells magazine boxes? I see some I like online at Ikea, but they aren't for sale over the internet. (Like this.) I've seen some on ebay, but the prices are jacked up. Anything remotely not ugly and sort of simple would be nice. Maybe even wooden if I could craft it. Thanks!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Anyone Have Expereince Refinishing Laminate Furniture? on: November 27, 2007 08:07:07 AM
So earlier in the year (WAY earlier in the year!) I bought this bedroom set for $100 off of cheapcycle.

The lady I bought it from had already finished the dressing table and chest of drawers, but the rest needs to be re-done. A lot of the laminate needs to be glued down (?) before I can even think of stripping and refinishing.

I have no idea where to start? Any good products/pointers/tutorials etc that I might try? I live on the 2nd floor of a duplex, so non-toxic would be awesome. Thanks!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Crafty/Cool Shower Games that ARE NOT LAME on: May 23, 2007 04:12:48 PM
Any ideas?
17  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / rollergirl! on: February 13, 2007 06:51:59 PM
i finally finished something!

detail (sorta)

18  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Hello Out There? Sewing Advice, Lou, KY? on: October 24, 2006 07:20:31 AM
Hi everyone. I really want to improve my sewing skills and would like to take a class to learn the basics. The Lifelong Learning (JCPS) classes conflict with another class I'm taking, and Baer doesn't seem to have any beginners classes, except for how to make a valence. Are there any other places locally that have classes for the beginner? Thanks!
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Hot Sauce X-Mas on: October 11, 2006 10:08:08 AM
This year I was sort of thinking about making something special for the boy. I'd like to eventually do this for everyone b/c I think the whole obligatory buying gifts is such a drag, but definitely don't have the time to make it happen this year.

So I was thinking of getting two canvases and painting these on them:

Canvas 1
Canvas 2

Like just about everything else, I have NO follow-through, so I doubt I'd even do it...but maybe I could get it done in time for our anniversary, Val-day, or his b-day, all of which are early next spring.

How do you think I'd best do this? Paint? Silkscreen? Stencil? I'm thinking just a red background (square or rectangle) with the white text and images, but I am not an arteest so I really don't know the best way to go about doing this.

20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus Sized Maternity Clothes? on: August 29, 2006 08:59:09 AM
Any good links for ready-to-wear or simple patterns/alterations? My bestest lady friend told me her good news last night and she didn't have much luck looking around. Items @ Old Navy were WAY too juniors (i.e., "maternity" jeans that would barely cover the butt crack), and things I've seen online for bigger-sized materity are very matronly and tent-like. She's hot and stylish and always a good dresser, I hate for her to have to spend a fortune and wear things she hates for 5 months!
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