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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Arts and Crafts at an Evironmental Education Center on: January 12, 2010 06:41:18 AM
Ok so I know there are several thread about this but most of them are old (from 05 and 07) so I thought I'd bring the topic back up again in hopes of getting from fresh ideas. I work at an environmental education center with 6th graders. The ages are usually between 11-12. I recently have come into being in charge of the arts and crafts room and I couldn't be more excited about it. The problem is that the I need cheap ideas that can be produced in mass quantities in less than an hour. I will usually have more than 60 kids a day(spread through out about 3 hours). Unlike all the other threads I have a list of all the supplies I currently have in my possession.

1 Pack printer paper
Oil Pastels
Chipboard circles(in green)
Glass marbles
Random Paper
Felt sheets
Tissue paper
Pipe cleaners(not many)
2 Rolls wax paper
Club soda??
Cookie cutters
Multicolored seashells(small)
Colored craft sand
Clip boards
Paint brushes/rollers
Scratchboard foam
Colored pencils
Lots of yarn
Baby food containers
Some rexlace not much
Macaroni Noodles
Foam shapes
Foam sheets
Plastic sheeting
Celephane bags(blue pink green orange)
Corn starch
Baking soda
Pom poms(very few)
Modge podge
Eye droppers
Letter stencils

We are also in the woods so there is an abundance or sticks, leaves and other nature at my disposal. I can buy some more supplies...they just need to be able to go a long way!

keeping in mind that i work with both boys and girls...does anyone have any ideas???
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tshirts into adult dresses? on: February 23, 2009 08:04:31 AM
I KNOW I saw a tut for it. it had a "pattern" and everything. I lost the link somewhere along the way and i've searched and searched and search through crafters but I can't find it. Does anyone have any ideas? I remember it used to shirts to make a dress...please help!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / To Write Love On Her Arms Memorial Quilt on: July 14, 2008 12:20:00 PM
Forgive the back story but I feel it's necessary in order to understand how important this project is. If you don't really care just skip the words and go straight to the pics.

I met my friend Joe in a hospital setting. We were both there getting treatment for self-injury. Joe entered the hospital the day after I did and we were the same age. He was really depressed because his girlfriend had left him and he felt he had no reason to live. We spent Christmas together in the hospital. He "lived" right down the hall from me. On New Years Eve Joe committed suicide. I spent a year and a half of my life blaming myself for his death. He had said some strange things the night before and I was convinced if I had told a staff member at the hospital about them he would still be alive. This quilt is about finding the closure I desperately need. I made it in his memory and I'm donating it is his honor to To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness about self-injury, depression and suicide. But mostly this quilt is about pain and hope. I'll be sending it out tomorrow but I couldn't make something like this and not share it with the craftster community. SO...Enough words...Pictures!

This is the whole quilt(my dad is 6'8" and he is holding it...for a better size reference)

This is a closer image of it

A close up on the pinwheel(those things are tricky!!)

And the 5 Hand embroidered squares

I think it turned out really well considering I've never done anything besides a simple block quilt for a baby before. I hate doing binding though. Its the bane of my existence. The binding didn't turn out so well but hey nobody's perfect. I took forever to cut out all the little triangles. But I'm glad it's done and I can send it along.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / What the French Toast? on: June 28, 2008 02:52:11 PM
A while back I made these guys...

I showed them to a friend and she decided she needed her very own toast. I recently(and unsuccessfully) tried to give up swearing. Instead of using the F bomb and I could frequestly be heard shouting "What the french toast?". Its from that silly Orbitz commercial. She thought this was simply the funniest thing ever. So I decided to make...French Toast

His name is Pierre and he enjoys riding around on his vespa with his white scarf blowing in the breeze. He can often be found in French cafe's and writes poetry for his many lovers. He also hates American..Oh well.


Back with his butter showing

Close up on his hat

And a picture of him naked

Next I'm making astronaut toast I think...
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Curling Ribbon+Crochet Hook=Many Purses on: May 20, 2008 04:53:58 PM
I went through a phase where I thought it was REALLY cool to knit/crochet with things that weren't traditional yarn. Some were hits some were misses. This was a hit! Curling ribbon is REALLY strong! Surprisingly so...The original prototype of this bag seems to have wandered off some where but these are all off shoots of it.

This one I made for my Aunt for use at the farmers market. Forget those plastic bags that are bad for the environment, go reuseable!

It comes with a small pocket on the one side and...

The handles are crocheted into the bag...This was a new addition to my pattern.

One of the first bags I made. I use this one as my purse and I love it! Please excuse the Beauty and the Beast sheets...Mine are in the laundry lol.

This one was made by request for my mom. We live at the beach and she wanted a larger bag that wouldn't hold sand in it. So I made this...Excuse the foot...

Well those are my bags. Comments and criticism welcome!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / My Little Punk Rocker(lots of pics) on: April 01, 2008 03:39:44 PM

Let me first start of this entry with a back story that provided the inspiration...

My nephew is three years old. One day he decided he needed a haircut...Not just any haircut...He wanted his hair to look like the big boys(my brother and his friends ages 11-13). My brother and his friends has recently all gotten faux-hawks. We decided hey, hair is hair and it grows back so we took Ryan to the hair cutter and told them to give him a faux-hawk.



This project was inspired by my nephews "big boy haircut" and by an old picture of his mother from when she was little(I don't have a scanner or I would add it also). A babysitter dressed her up to look like a punk rocker and took her picture. Here is what I came up with...


I didn't end up using the tights, I returned them and got a second black and white scarf.

The large black this is a place mat.

I also did not end up using the black table cloth(I took these pictures before I started lol). In total I used 9 things so my total including tax was $9.36.

And now for the final result!

My little nugget, Ryan...Well his top half anyway...

I kept asking him to make a mean face...But this is the best I got...

The pants were made from a table cloth and a dog collar, the hat and arm warmers from a scarf, the wrist cuff from a bracelet and the pink beads(painted gray with the paint set), and the messenger bag from the place mat and another scarf.

Individual pics...



Wrist Cuff(this was meant to look like a spiked wrist cuff)

Messenger Bag, Arm Warmers, and Hat set

Alright well thats my entry! Needless to say there were bribes of candy to get him to pose at all so sorry the pics aren't better. Thanks for looking!!!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dollar Store T-shirt Given Life on: January 03, 2008 07:59:22 PM
I decided to put this here instead of the embroidery thread...If a Mod wants to move it I understand...

I made this shirt for my 11 month old brother. I was nervous as it was my first try embroidering on t-shirt. I found some cheap t-shirts at the dollars store and the best part was they were cool looking but completely plain. So I set out to embroider something fun. I'm not into traditional baby boy stuff(puppies, bears, ducks...whatever). I wanted to make him something cool so I opened my Sublime Stitching book and found some patterns that went together and
Ta-Da...a Cool(non-babyish) t-shirt is made.

Heres what the whole t-shirt looks like

Closer up to the front of the shirt

Detail pic of the Rocket(not super awsome quality i know i'm sorry)

And a pic of the back

I think it turned out great for being a first. There will be more to come as there is also a almost 3 yaer old in the house who has to have everything the baby has and a cousin who is the only girl baby i have to make things for. the only thing that went wrong was when i accidentally burn the t-shirt while putting the pattern on  Embarrassed  iron was too hot oops! lesson learned though lol.
Action shot to follow tomorrow as I didnt get home from work(where i finished this tonight) until 10 and aparently i'm not allowed to wake up to make him pose for pictures... Grin
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Disney Pixar Cars Quilt for the Nephew AKA My First Attempt at Binding on: January 01, 2008 01:09:14 PM
I like to make quilts...I'm not very good at it and my simple block quilts usually end up off kilter. But this one turned out suprizingly well. It was very exciting actually. The only thing I had problems with was the binding. Does anyone have any tips on how to keep it straight and nice? The only really dissappointment was my nephew telling me he didn't like it...Oh well he's 2 and he'll get used to it. I made a pillow taggie thing to go with it and the front of the pillow has a pocket on it. The quilt itself is a quillow so it folds up for easy traveling(we always are in the car) and for using as a pillow while out and about.

The Quilt

The Quilt 2: The Close Up

Folded up into the pocket to make the pillow

Taggie Pillow Front(you can't really see the pocket but its there!)

Taggie Pillow Back

9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Craft Your Non-Profit on: November 06, 2007 11:53:05 AM
Who doesn't love their favorite non-profit? How about showing the love...t-shirts, quilts, atcs...whatever! could be cool....
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Due to complete lack of boy clothes... on: October 03, 2007 10:29:37 AM
Just another pair of flannel baby pants...i made these out of material i use to make a quilt for my little brother using the rookiemom tute. so now he matches his quilt.

and an action shot on the quilt

and because i'm shameless

The pants are a bit big so when i put in the elastic i left a big piece of tail so we could go back in and pick it apart and make it bigger later. i think he like the quilt more than the pants though...its more interactive lol
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