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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Cookie Decorating at Mental Health Center on: July 03, 2019 07:30:29 AM
Hi, everyone!

My workplace has organized a volunteer opportunity for us. Well be going to a residential mental health center to do some cookie decoration with the residents.

My question is, does anyone have any idea about the number of cookies I should bring, per participant? It will be ages teen to adult, and I believe the session is an hour long.

Any other tips would be appreciated, as well. Thanks!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Garage Sale Tips? Not Necessarily Selling Crafts... on: June 18, 2019 05:28:42 AM
Im having a garage sale in a few weeks. Any crafty tips on how to make it a spectacular experience for shoppers, or more successful in general?

For example, Im thinking of hanging a gigantic bunting-type banner between the 2 upstairs windows of my house.

UPDATE: sale complete! And I did do the gigantic sign across the house:

3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) and Art Abandonment / Need Ideas for Crafting with Special Populations on: June 16, 2019 10:42:56 AM
Hi everyone!

I volunteered to lead a craft session for people who have Alzheimers. Someone suggested that card-making would be a good activity for this type of group, so I agreed to do that.

Im very comfortable with public speaking and interacting with the participants, but having never done this before, Im not sure how to structure things and what to expect.

Do you think I should pre-cut lots of identical pieces and then lead the group through assembly of few pre-set designs? Or leave it more open, allowing them to explore a variety of materials and make ups their own designs?

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated!!!! Hoping someone out there has had some experience doing this sort of thing.

Modified to add: I meant to also mention that I will also be helping with a cookie decorating activity with residents at a mental health facility. Thats a few weeks away, but could also use tips for that event.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Box of Crocheted Cacti on: June 05, 2019 04:04:40 PM
Made this for BigBangMomma in the Make a Friend swap. She likes succulents as well as the color turquoise.

She can hang it on the wall or set it on a desk.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Kinetic art on: June 04, 2019 11:07:55 AM
Okay, what about a swap that focuses on art-in-motion? Things like mobiles, automata, pop-up books, balancing or rocking sculptures, wind-up music boxes with something that revolves, toys with moving parts... there are many possibilities!

Because the projects may be a bit ambitious, Im thinking we could limit it to one item, medium or large (as agreed upon by swap partners).

My preferred timing would be signups mid-July and send outs end of August. Any interest? Id be willing to take the plunge and host (my very first time... eek!)

These kinds of things are a long-term obsession of mine! If not a swap, then maybe a craft-along.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Coiled paracord crochet basket on: May 11, 2019 05:28:44 PM
Finished this project today. Took a 50-foot package of paracord and used crochet thread to coil it up into a cool shape.

In general, the technique I used was:
SC around one strand of paracord,
chain 3 (or 4 if I wanted the next stitch to land somewhere different)
SC around 2 strands of paracord
Chain 3 or 4


(Of course, you start and end a bit differently.)

You have to keep all the work super tight. It makes a very sturdy basket that holds its shape well.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Patterns Wall Art on: May 04, 2019 08:29:53 PM
This project was inspired by a blog post by Sadie Seasongoods. Here is my version, which will be installed on the wall of my sewing/craft room.

Everything has been upcycled. The frames were hideous old document frames that I cleaned and painted.

The matting is 1980s vintage fabric, Rose Fever Wearable Art. The humongous yellow roses were supposed to adorn your sweatshirt necklines or jean jackets, etc.

I think they look nicer in the frames, setting off the vintage pattern envelopes.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Strawberry theme crochet dishcloths and trivet on: April 28, 2019 08:26:39 AM
Made these for a swap at work. My coworker has a kitchen decorated with a strawberry theme. Two are dishcloths / washcloths and the third is a potholder / trivet. The potholder is lined with Insul-bright and backed with strawberry-patterned fabric.

All inspired by things I saw on Pinterest. Strawberry dishcloth modeled after blogger Rosanna, starburst dishcloth modeled after a Russian blogger - not sure of the name, and the trivet made up myself after viewing tutorials on the strawberry stitch.


9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Swag Mug Rug on: April 26, 2019 02:19:44 PM
I felt embarrassed to send this wonky mug rug to quaggy for the Craft Appreciation swap, but Ill share it anyway.

The story starts with some 1980s fabric that I bought recently at my local recycled art materials shop.

Rose Fever Wearable Art, complete with instructions on how to embellish your everyday sweatshirts, jeans, tote bags, and jackets with ginormous yellow roses. I bought the fabric because I want to frame some vintage patterns from the 1970s and I thought I could use the somewhat-garish roses as a mat.

Then when I joined the Craft Appreciation swap, I thought I could save the craft-related text from the wastebin and use it for a project. Quaggy mentioned twice that she might like a mug rug, so I used the text-fabric on the edges of the long strips.

Quaggy is such an expert seamstress that I almost wimped out and didnt send it to her. Ack! wonky binding... Ack! words look crooked... (they are actually printed crooked on the fabric.)

But it was made with love and made for her and made to celebrate our shared love of crafts. So off it went.

At least the backside looked presentable.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cupcake Pincushion in a Vintage Jello Tin on: April 26, 2019 07:05:19 AM
Quaggy said she collects pincushions made from vintage containers. So for the Craft Appreciation swap, I sent this pincushion.

Made from a vintage jello tin. The round, cherry-on-top button is also vintage. The pins are the sprinkles!

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