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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hanukkah chanukah help please on: October 24, 2006 07:12:18 AM
BTW - how do most people spell it? Hanukkah or Chanukah???

I thought there were supposed to be a certain number of candles on a menorah but I am seeing pics of menorahs with different amounts - can anyone explain why this is?

I need some design ideas and some guidence please.

We make personalized decorative plates and every year we come out with a new family holiday plate - here are some examples. 

We have been asked by our Jewish customers to come up with a plate just for Hanukkah but we are stumped. What elements should be included - A menorah? A star of David? A dreidel? A Hebrew word? How could we include family names?

I was thinking about a combination of the two plates above - A snowman holding a mennorah & names in the snowflakes which will surround the snowman. Would this be a good idea?

If you are Jewish, what would you like to see on a personalized plate? Do you have any other suggestions?

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Hugh & Elizabeth DIY butterfly wedding August 25, 2006 on: October 17, 2006 03:18:14 PM
I got so many great ideas from this board! Now that the wedding is over and I have some time to breathe I thought I would share some pics.

Our butterfly theme DIY stuff - our invitations (addresses & last names removed). Card stock, embossed velum, ribbon and a dollar store embellishment.

Butterfly decoration for the church sanctuary; work in progress -

close up (butterflies are rather washed out in this photo)

The finished project

Ok I have to admit that hanging the spiral was a bit tricky since the ladder wasn't tall enough!

Our DYI wedding favours - 3 butterfly note cards & envelopes, tied with ribbon and decorated with a seed paper butterfly.

We found the images online, printed them and glued them to raised panel of the card stock. There were reallly supposed to be 4 cards per pack but we ran out of card stock and it was too late to order more. Smiley We also gave little flower design boxes filled with mints, with an origami butterfly attached.

Our banner -

The work in progress; paper stencil, acrylic paint & stencil brush. The butterflies were done with fabric and iron-on adhesive.

The finished project

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Trying to Make a Clerical Stole - Has anyone ever sewed one? on: March 19, 2006 05:42:44 AM
Wondering if someone might be able to help me out.

I paint but I do not sew. That being said I would like to sew and then hand paint a clerical stole to give to our minister. As far as I can tell, a clerical stole is no different than a long scarf (which I think I could handle making), but perhaps there is actually more to it? Huh

Does anyone know -

1. Is the neck area of a clerical stole "scooped out"?
2. Are the ends weighted to keep it from shifting?
3. Is interfacing used when making a stole?
4. I imagine that using satin would cause a stole to slip and slide, so would their  be some fabrics that would be better suited to making a stole over others? 
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Office Gift Exchange Fun at your Co-worker's expense on: November 18, 2005 07:27:28 PM
Want to have a little fun at your co-workers expense this holiday season?

We have a secret Santa exchange in our office. Last  year, we were told to buy a gift that was meant for either a male or female because they were all going under the Christmas tree and were to draw to see who picked from beneathe the tree first. The catch was that as the names were drawn, that person could steal a gift from someone who already had one (but there were enough to go around so everyone got a present in the end).

I decided to have a little fun with my gift - well not the gift persay but the packaging. You see, I really liked what I had made and I wanted to bring it home with me and so, I came up with an idea with the help of a co-worker. The plan was to make the package so unappealing that no one would want to bring it home.

I put the gift in an ugly packing box. I cut 1" holes in the sides. I printed out stickers on my home printer which read "DO NOT PUT FINGERS IN HOLES", "HANDLE WITH CARE", and "THIS END UP", "SPCA" (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  I taped a bag of cedar shavings to the side.

I was the first one at the office and I placed the box under the tree. My coworkers came into the office and before long everyone was talking about the box - "Who brought it in?", "What do you think is in it?". I played right along and fanned the flames by telling the others that I was sure I heard some noise come from within the box. My co-conspirator  Grin approached the box, stuck her finger inside one of the holes and screamed out as she jumped back - LOL

When it came time to draw for the gifts, my plan totally backfired! My box was chosen first and it was then stolen at least 20 times in the course of the afternoon.

The whole thing from the planning to the end was so much fun that I want to do it again! In that my co-workers are on to me, I have to come up with a new idea for this year and so, I pass on this idea for others to have a little fun.

If anyone tries this, please tell of how it turned out.  Roll Eyes
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Wax dipped scented teddy bears - has anyone tried to make these? on: November 13, 2005 04:05:23 PM
We bought a wax dipped scented teddy at a craft show. It seemed like a simple enough thing to make and so, I thought I would give it a whirl myself. We want to give them to our family & friends this Christmas.

We found a tutorial online (http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/bear.html), we bought a crock pot (at the Salvation Army), wax, scent, colourant, rubber gloves, tongs etc. and we tried dipping our first teddy tonight.

Hmmmm this is not as easy as I thought it would be. The bear went into the wax and came out pretty "wax logged/heavy". We squeezed out the excess wax as the per the instructions but maybe we squeezed out too much. He doesn't seem quite as hard as the one I bought at a craft show. I believe this would suggest that we should dip him again but it's very hard to position the bear if he's wax logged (and slumping over because of it).

Does anyone have any suggestions?

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Doing the happy crafter two step :) on: November 07, 2005 05:49:44 PM
Wow .... we went to http://www.ecrater.com/ to check the stats on our listings there and to our delight we found that our personalized plates are showing as featured items - too cool!!!  Grin We also wonder how long they will stay there ....

We will let you know if this new development results in any sales. Just had to share ... back to regular programming.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What is your Google page rank? on: October 21, 2005 11:15:55 AM
My husband just called me. He's was so very excited to report that our online store now has a Google page rank of 4/10! (He tells me that this is a good thang)

So what is your page rank? MyPageRank
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Biblical Halloween Costume Ideas needed quick :) on: October 13, 2005 10:19:32 AM
I am posting this for a friend who desperately needs a Halloween costume idea for her son. These are her wishes -

I need these ideas to be:
Easy to put together
Of a religious/Biblical theme (we're going to a costume party at church)

If it's something I can buy for not too much money that would be wonderful.

Keep in mind I don't sew. I could possibly get my mom to do some light sewing if need be.

I'm having a hard time thinking of anything good.

I told him he should dress up as an angel, but he didn't like that idea. Smiley

Please give details on how to put the costume together if it isn't obvious. I ask for this because I don't hardly have a creative bone in my body.. (i.e.: use foil and wrap it around his head, have him wear black pants, and a hooded sweatshirt.you know, stuff like that.)

Thanks in advance for advice/suggestions.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Link Exchange - Where to draw the line? on: October 06, 2005 09:19:07 AM
Just a question about trading links ...

It's obvious that by trading links you can potentially increase your web site traffic but I understand that some search engines frown upon "link farms". Our web store has been up since May and we are now getting daily emails asking for a link exchange. So where does one draw the line?

We are interested in exchanging links but I don't want to spend all my time adding new links to the page nor do I want the look of the page to be over the top if you know what I mean. We also don't want to publish a link if we wouldn't also buy from that site ourselves.

Of course, you don't want to necessarily exchange links with someone who produces a similar item but aside from that, how do you decide who to trade with an who not to trade with?
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Wow - this woman is an amazing artist! on: October 06, 2005 08:21:09 AM
Modified to add - I was duped! I should know better .... I just received an email this morning, I took it to be true (DUH!!!), I googled marzipan babies until I found the artist's site and .......... guess what? ... no where on the artist's site does it suggest that these babies are made from marzipan.

Hmmm I wonder how the marzipan thing got started. There are certainly enough links out there that are propagating the myth.

My original posting -

I am not quite sure under what forum heading to post this message but, I just had to share!

I got an email from a friend today with pics showing some miniature lifelike babies made from marzipan. I was so impressed that I just had to find out who did them.

This artist is unbelievably talented! Check out her website -

Wow ... time to pick my jaw up off the floor! I must add her to my links page!
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