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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Valentine's day doll on: February 10, 2004 03:05:18 PM
An old red pillowcase and some leftover scraps make one suspicious-looking Valentine's day guy  Cheesy

I gave him to my fiance, but he seems to prefer hanging out with my cat, Neo..

All the shapes were cut free-hand - I just traced the face shapes on the fabrics, and sewed them together with my machine's zig-zag stitch.
Then cut the body twice from an old pillowcase,
and sew the face to the front.
put the front and back wrong sides together, and stitch around leaving the top of the head open.
turn the doll right-side out, Stuff the legs and sew them shut with a straight stitch, and do the same for the arms - it keeps the doll much more flexible then if it's all stuffed as one piece.
Then stuff the rest, stick the hair in the top of the head and sew shut! voila!  Kiss

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:One Of The Valentine's Presents For My Mother on: February 10, 2004 02:30:40 PM
ince we're a little low on craft stores where I live too, I've managed to find those clear marbles at 3 places:
pet stores - they sell them for the bottoms of aquariums.
Plant stores - to put on the soil in flowerpots and such. haven't had much luck finding clear marbles there, but you might..
and the best marbles I found were, surprisingly enough, from Ikea Smiley

good luck!
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Marble Magnets and Tack Pins... on: January 30, 2004 03:17:31 PM
Thanks cherriesrockmysox!
The LoTR logo came from the catalogue of a company whose name I can't remember right now  Huh
They make keyring sized versions of classic games and toys  (like monopoly, Barbie, etc.)
Each of the toys comes with a teeny tiny catalogue that's packed with drawings and logos - perfect for marble magnets!
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Marble Magnets and Tack Pins... on: January 27, 2004 03:33:21 PM

I'm new here, I have been lurking for quite a while, but I wanted to wait until I get a digital camera and actually be able to post some pictures before I de-lurk myself..
and guess what? I did!  Grin

I wanted to share some of my marble magnets, which I can't get enough of.. this is a brilliant idea, and for the last month I've been giving them as birthday, housewarming, "get-well-soon" and "sorry-I-forgot-to-feed-your-cat" gifts..

Anyhow, here are some of my magnets - I used old catalogues I had lying around here, and plain ol' hot glue, which works just great!


35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:magazines? on: January 25, 2004 04:03:50 PM
Hi, new here (my first post! yey  Cheesy)
One very easy and nice looking piece of furniture that you can make out of magazines is a ottoman, or a low seat.

I saw this in an exhibition once - they took quite a lot of magazines and rolled each of them up to a cylinder (you dont even have to take the magazine apart or anything, just roll it up!)
Then they took all the rolls and put them next to each other until they formed a circle (the "rolled" parts are touching, the the flat edges are pointing up - and down).
You can make a circle, a square, or anything - but a circle would be easiest to tie (yes, now comes the part where you tie a piece of rope, ribbon, or anything strong enough to hold them all together around)

They are quite sturdy really - I sat on those ottomans at the exhibitions and they held up nicely Smiley

Hope the explanation is clear enough - if not, I can add sketches..
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