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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costume for a broken leg on: September 22, 2012 12:27:53 PM
I took a short cut down the stairs the other morning, and now have a large cast on my leg, that I probably will be keeping until after Halloween.  So what sort of fun ideas do the creative people of Craftsters have for a costume that involves a broken leg?  I'd like to make it part of the costume, if I can.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: April 19, 2012 06:13:06 AM
Glad to see some of you are still hanging in there and crafting away.  This pregnancy has really hit me hard, so I haven't done much crafting at all this year.  I haven't done much shopping either, so I haven't broken the challenge by buying gifts.  In fact the only gift I have managed to give this year was for my best friend.  I knitted her a mitten  Embarrassed  I'm about half way through the second one, but don't know when it will be done.  I also gave my husband a promiss for a home knitted scarf, but he has to accompany me to the store to pick out the yarn.

Hopefully I'll get some of my energy back soon and can start crafting.  Keeping my fingers crossed for a baby that sleeps a lot  Tongue
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: January 22, 2012 01:05:31 PM
My start hasn't been the best either.  I thought my grandmothers birthday was next week, when it really was last week, so haven't sendt the gift yet.  And my best friends daughters birthday was yeatserday, and only today I got out the fabric and started drawing the pattern  Embarrassed  I'm going to blame it all on pregnancy hormones...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: January 18, 2012 07:36:39 PM
Maxxev:  Those are gorgeous!  Super impressed  Shocked

Hawkeyes_girl: a laptopsleeve sounds like a very good present.

My midwife told me to sew some rice pads that I can heat in the microwave or oven for myself.  Got to thinking that they would make nice gifts too.  They seem to be pretty easy to sew, and if I make some nice, personal pillowcases for them I think that would work well.

Also I need a bit of help from you crafty people.  One of my friends is turning 30, and in Norway there is a tradition that we give unmarried people a peppermill for their 30th birthday (we call a spinster a "pepper maid"). Does anyone have any good ideas for a pepper-related craft?  She's a computer geek, if that helps.

Here's my birthdaylist for the coming months.  Any help would be appreciated.
Best friends daughter: turns 4.  skirt and hair accessories
Grandmother: album with pictures of the great grandchildren
Sister in law: no idea  Sad
Cousin: pregnant and engaged, knitted wash cloths.  I found a page with baby- and wedding related patterns.  If only I can find it again...
Best friends x2: Possibly a hat making course for all three of us, just need to hear the price.  Plus something peppery.
Brother: no idea  Sad
Parents: no idea  Sad Since they have birthdays so close together I often get them a combined gift.  My father just became a pensioner (in theory), so they plan to do a lot of traveling
Niece: turning 2, perhaps an apron and baking sett
Husband:  Knitted scarf, but need something more too.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: January 10, 2012 12:36:59 PM
Congrats on forfilling your pledge, teamamma.  Everybody looks really happy with their gifts.

Now that Christmas is over, I'm heading in to a mad birthday dash, and not much ideas on what to make.  Here's who, and I'll update on what later:
January: best friends daughter, grandmother
February: Sister-in-law, 2x best friend, cousin (who just got engaged and is pregnant!)
March: Dad, Brother, Niece, Husband, Mother
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: December 27, 2011 12:07:00 AM
Maxxev: Love the puffin brooch!  And the Mac Feegle was really amazing.  You are super talented, and never let anyone tell you otherwise-

Acherontia Aether Congratulations on only giving home made gifts!  You really aced this challenge.

butterflyangel Fantastic cookies!  What did you use to decorate them?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: December 25, 2011 10:39:41 AM
I'm back!  I wasn't expecting my laptop to return from repairs until January, but it actually arrived on Christmas Eve   Cheesy

My husband decided to be a voice of reason, and forbade any crafting from December 20th until the house was cleaned, dinner planned/prepaired, decorations up, and everything in order for a house full of guests.  All though I didn't like it, I'm glad I listened.  We have just had the best Christmas I can remember as an adult.  In-laws decided not to show, so it was just my family, but we had tons of good food and drink, and everybody was happy  Smiley  I hope everyone else is enjoying there holidays too!

So here is the final list of successes and failures.
Crafted gifts
Bought full price
Kids: Box of Astrid Lindgren DVDs
Husband: Gift card for "stuff that goes boom" i.e. hunting gear, computer games, fireworks etc waxing iron for skis
Mother: Orange marmalade, cheese, calendar with pictures of kids antique teapot
Father: waxing iron for skis, lemon curd, burnt almonds, calendar with pictures of kids
Brother: Beer cook book and beer
Aunt: A selection of oils and vinegars
Cousin: Travel guide and selection of beers
Sister-in-law: Cloth shopping bag with pictures of her, brother and their kid
Niece: Cloth shoppingbag with picture of herself and Minni Mouse, Season ticket to local play centre
Mother-in-law: calendar with pictures of kids, squirrel feeders
Father-in-law: Calendar with pictures of kids
Best friend: Shower scrub, cloth shopping bag with pictures from wedding, toiletry bags
Best friend's daughter: cloth bag with picture of herself and Hello Kitty, Clothes for her teddy
Best friend's son: underclothes, Hexabug

Colour coding the list wasn't a bad idea.  Looking at it now I don't feel as such a big failure as I did before I wrote it.

Oh, and for those of you wondering about Norways butter shortage: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/404098/december-12-2011/norway-s-butter-shortage?redirect=true.  Except for the bit about the reindeer, very word is true  Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: December 08, 2011 12:50:21 PM
Thanks for all the great baking tips, but my mom got me 4 pounds of butter when she was away last weekend  Grin  "Anything you me to get you from abroad, dear?" "A case of butter please"  Cheesy

Idioskosmos:  I love that cube!  the jewelry is super cute too.-  You really are talented.

Here's my updated Christmas list (still missing a few *panic*:
Mom: antique teapot, shopping bag, calender with pictures of kids
Dad: "ski iron" at half price, shopping bag, calender with pictures of kids
MiL: squirrel feeders, shopping bag, calender with pictures of kids
FiL: calender with pictures of kids
grandma-in-law: shopping bag, calender with pictures of kids, pictures for her digital picture frame
Aunt: reading blanket
Niece: shopping bag + ?
Brother: ?
SiL1: shopping bag + ?
SiL2: ?
Best friend: Shopping bag, shower scrub
Best friends daughter: ?
Best friends son: ?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: December 04, 2011 07:19:10 PM
Kara - where are you that there's a butter shortage? Just curious since there's NO shortage of butter here.... although some of us could DO with a butter shortage...

I'm in Norway.  We used to have a state monopoly on all dairy products until about 20 years ago, and there is still only one major producer of butter.  So when they screw up there isn't much alternative for us living in towns.  The small producers in the country are of course very happy.  Last I heard a lot of people were heading to Sweden to get butter, so now we are starting a shortage there too!  Roll Eyes
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: December 04, 2011 01:03:37 PM
And I don't know if this will help you out on the cookies, but here's an idea. My big sis makes the world's best chocolate chip cookies, and whenever she brings them to a big gathering, it's amazing how fast they disappear. I asked her what she did different. She said, she used the tollhouse recipe on the package, but used butter flavored Crisco shortening. Apparently shortening gives a better texture, butter gives a better flavor, and by using this, it was the best of both worlds.

Thanks for the tip, but we don't have Crisco,or any other type of shortening here.  I have considered using margarine, though.  The store manager thought he might get some butter in on Thursday, so I'll make sure to drop in on my way to work.  He said was going to set a limit to two packs per person, so better drop by on my way home too  Tongue
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