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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU Sept. 7-28, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 10, 2010 07:18:23 AM
Hmm...I'm not gonna commit just yet, but looking at previous galleries, there's a high enough proportion of donated supplies/etc. that I could probably swing this one.  It's definitely got me thinking!  Hopefully, I'll be back sometime beofre the end of signups. Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / WW II Army Air Force Crush cap? on: April 10, 2010 04:13:51 PM

Does anyone know of a free resource for making this type of cap - or something close?  It's similar to a traidiontal Greek fisherman's cap, with the sides folded down.  I've searched and not come up with anything thus far!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: October 14, 2008 11:55:20 AM
Lurky person coming out of the dark, here!

My list so far:

Mom - has a bday Nov. 30, so her bday gift usually goes on the "Christmas craft list."  Same with sis #2 (Dec. 12 bday).

Mom - bday - bath/spa basket - two knit bath mitts (done, except for sewing-up!), 2 or 3 pretty/lacy washcloths (prob. circular patterns), several specialty soaps from the bulk store, maybe some edible treats, maybe some soap petals...
XMas - felted tote (reconned from sweater), and a novelty scarf from yarn found on clearance 58c/skein

Dad - Christmas ornaments.  Aiming for 6.  He moved out of the family house a few months ago, and I don't know what he'll have in the way of decor!

Sis #2 (17)- Temari balls (she loves Japanese things) in her fave colors: black and green (prob. with some white/silver for accents).  don't know what else yet!

Sis #1 (24) - Not sure - maybe some reusable mesh shopping bags.

MIL - handknit lace doily (or 2, if time permits...)

FIL - not sure yet.

DH - I love the idea in the 'crafting for men' thread of a giant floor pillow made to look like a remote!  DH loves giant floor pillows, and the man/remote thing is kind of a joke here, so I think that's def. one of his gifts.

DSS (age 12) - wall caddy from pockets of his old, well-love pants that were too shot to turn back for credit at the consignment shop; thinking about "Emergency Zombie Defense Station" thanks to Crafter; maybe some cool pillows for his room/bed...oh, I've also been thinking about the skull & crossbones hat and mitts on helloyarn.com

A handknit lace doily for DH godmother...because I have it already, and she'll appreciate it.

Other misc. gifts: cross-stitched ornaments, prob. some quickie knit ornaments, probably some preserves (marmalade, apple butter, etc.), maybe some hm mixes (flavored teas, hot choc., hm curry powder, etc.) baked stuff - at least some, I'll be 34-38 preg. by Dec., so I'll see what I can handle!

I thinak that's it at the moment...and the crazy thing is, even after listing all that out, I don't feel terribly overwhelmed.  Give it a month... Tongue

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Adopt A College Student Swap Round 2 Gallery on: October 30, 2007 05:51:37 PM
Got my TY from loudxmouse!  A skein of beautiful organic cotton yarn, really nifty knitting neddle bracelet, lotion, and a lovely handmade card.  Thanks again!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Adopt A College Student Swap Round 2 Gallery on: October 02, 2007 02:36:20 PM

I've checked the tracking every day; don't know that it'll track out of country, but I got nothin'. Sad

Edited to change:  I just checked again, and the tracking says as of 15:30 "item out for delivery!!" Smiley  And in your zip code. Smiley  So maybe its at your post office? Smiley

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Not your ordinary guestbook! on: August 30, 2007 07:19:55 AM
We did something kinda like this - we used a serving tray/plate and bought the special markers, and folks signed the plate & left a little msg if they wanted.  So much more practical, and we get to see/use it on a regular basis, rather than pulling a book out of a box once a year. Smiley

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: An autumn wedding - img hvy on: August 28, 2007 06:47:32 PM

I had a wedding in October, too (2002), and I wish I would have thought to play on the fall thing.

Fall is my favorite time of year; I love the weather, the colors, the seasonal food - everything!  And deep reds, burnt oranges, and warm browns are my favorite colors to wear, period.  The fall theme was never really a question. Smiley

by the way- how did your dress look like?

Strapless, warm off-white.A garther at the center front, with real pearls.  The basic dress was peu de soie - fine silk.  It had an overlay of silk organza.  I really wasn't sure about using organza at all at first, but it turned out really pretty.  Not a very full skirt - not even a-line.  Basically straight down, I guess.  The overlay was a little fuller.  It has some color accents in the hand embroidery.  Less color than I'd hoped - we had put burnt orange drop crystals hanging from pearl base beads down the front of the overlay - but my friend cut them off and put the embroidery, which is beautiful, amazing, and freehand in their place, so I can't complain! SmileySmiley  Hopefully, I can take some good pics of the craftsmanship and add them in the near future, cause I'm sure the description is clear as mud!

Oh - the veil was also made by the same woman, who did a really lovely but understated headpiece with asters she handmade out of silk organza ribbon.

Everything is beautiful and totally unique! Looks like a smashing success!

Thanks!  And thanks for the kind comments, everyone.  Like most, I was little nervous about my first project post.

Oh - kinda random, but FYI the pumpkins, apples, sqaush, corn, and pinecones in the tabletop decorations were all real.  My Mom collected bagfuls of pinecones from the windbreak of evergreens on their farm.

Any other questions, feel free to ask!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Christmas Wedding Ideas on: August 28, 2007 01:27:18 PM
My lil sis got married Dec. 22 last year.  Her colors were blue and silver...it sounds like you're going with a more "Christmas-y" color scheme, but a couple of the basic ideas could still work:

My Mom, who is an amazing crafty lady and an artist by trade made centerpeices by collecting good-sized boxes (smaller than file boxes but larger than a big shoebox) and wrapping them, but going all out - like Martha Stewart on steroids presents if they were real!  The tables had winter/Christmas-themed names (Snowflake, Toyland, Pinecone, Christmas Tree) and she decorated the boxes with the theme.  I'll see if my sis has any pics.  She used really luxe wrapping paper and wired fabric ribbon, so they looked quite nice.  Then surrounded the boxes with garland and simple ball ornaments to "finish" the look.

For favors, they had a tree in the corner hung with ornaments. Smiley  They bought clear glass balls mondo cheapo, dollar store (I think) silver and blue garland, and nice silver-toned press on letters.  Took the caps off, stuff a length of garland long enough to fill the ball inside, and put "Lisa and Harrison" with the date of their wedding on the outside.  Oh, and hot glued little bows made from blue and silver ribbons to the top - on front of where you'd put an ornament hook.  She figured they cost less than a quarter each.

Hope this helps!

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / An autumn wedding - img hvy on: August 28, 2007 01:02:04 PM

I've mostly lurked, occasionally posted, and often drooled over the amazing stuff I see on the boards here.  This is my first project post, in large part because I never had uploadable photos.  These are some that were developed to CD; however, I also have sometimes access to a digital camera now, so hopefully I can post more!

I got married last October.  Made invites, did all the reception decorating with my Mom, good friend made my dress, and matron of honor made her dress and her daughter's, who was the flower girl.  Oh - matron of honor (a professional potter) also made the favors as their wedding gift to us.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of the favors, and no good "craft" pics of the dress, but I'll do my best with the other stuff for now!

Here's the front of the invites:

Closeup of a table centerpiece:

Closeup of the amazing wine bottle tags my Mom made and *hand-lettered*:

Partial decor on top of the baby grand piano:

Flower girl in the dress her Mom made her (doubled as part of her Halloween costume for Titania Smiley ):

Another friend catered as his gift, and made the cake.  It's not what I expected visually, but it worked, and it was heavenly! (White cake with amazing raspberry filling he made):

No good pics of inside of invites; but to make them, we found textured burgundy cardstock, glued the taupe ribbon down so that it wrapped around the edges, and lined it with matte metallic gold (does that make sense?) paper inside so that the end of the ribbon were covered up.  Glued the brown Venetian lace (bought at JoAnn's with a 40% off coupon! Smiley which was kind of a pain.  Printed the text onto peach-colored vellum and used chocolate brown perl cotton to tie it in, frayed out the ends for a tassel-like effect.  The little roses were self-stick - that part was easy-peasy, and they actually stuck really well!

The woman who made my dress is amazing - she does textile restoration work for museums, and ended up hand embroidering it as a surprise!

I was probaby proudest of the invitations as I designed and made them all myself, and it was the first time I'd done something like that on a large scale.

Hope you enjoy!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Heredity or Experience? on: May 17, 2007 08:05:51 AM
Both.  Though I think I agree with ArghhMatey that overall, nurture (whether it's external or within yourself) plays a larger role.

In my case, Mom was/is an artist & art teacher by trade.  She was also very crafty - made a bunch of our baby clothes (I have 3 sibs), usually made the "teacher Christmas presents."  On top of that, having an eye for design and such meant that the house we grew up in was well-put-together.  We also had someone to go to when we were drawing and wanted to know "how to make this look real."  By default, we all knew color mixing and probably a fair bit of perspective, etc. by the time we were about five.  Oh, and she cross-stitches.

My dad wasn't "crafty" per se, but he played guitar and sang with us when we were little, so he was creative that way. 

I think both my grandmothers were crafty in their own way, too.  My dad's mom crocheted - doilies, mostly - and sewed strips for rag rugs (got them woven up by someone else.)  I think mom's mom did a lot of sewing.

There's some nature involved, too, though, because while all my sibs and I are creative in our own ways, we've really gone our own directions.  In terms of "primary" creative expessions, my brother writes, my youngest sister plays piano...my middle sister has done needlework (knitting in particular) on and off, and I'm sort of the crafty/creative dilletante - doing a little of everything.

The way to really test the theory would be to take two sets of identical twins- one from a totally noncrafty heritage and the other from a family with lots of creative folks - and swap one of each set.  Smiley 
Interesting question - I've enjoyed reading the responses thus far!


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