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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scrabble serving tray and coasters on: February 09, 2009 11:49:54 AM
I had been wanting to make these coasters ever since I saw them in this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222282.0 last year.  So when my best friend said she wanted some I decided to make them for her for christmas.  I didn't want to throw away the board because it seemed so wasteful so I converted it into a matching serving tray.

 I'm really lazy so I just reconstructed some of the same match ups as jessfun23 (hope she doesn't mind! Embarrassed) and only changed some, including the addition of the native RI beverage Del's frozen lemonade (anyone who hasn't had the pleasure, you're missing out!).  I was upset that I accidentally used ale twice but I touched it up later and made one into ade.

I lined the sides of the coasters (and the edge of the board) with bright blue ric rac.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Stella the draft stopping snake! on: December 11, 2008 10:17:36 AM
Cute, I've been trying to think of a way to stop up my old basement door with the 1/2 inch opening directly to the outdoors.  Ugh.

PS - How about "3 AM in the morning" or "PIN number"?   Grin

1irishgirl--I totally sympathize with you and am glad that I could provide some inspiration Cheesy  I lived in upstate NY for 2 years and my first house had the scariest basement!  Instead of a bulkhead, there was simply a hole in the ground covered up by a piece of plywood Shocked  And the rest of the house was poorly insulated, which wasn't the ideal situation during -25 degree weather (I don't miss the winters there Tongue).  Needless to say, I moved as soon as my lease was up!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cactus Pin Cushion on: November 22, 2008 11:03:17 AM
thats so cute......is she a sewer as well? you did a great job on it!

Yeah, she really wants to be a fashion designer and just finished some sewing classes at RISD over the summer.  So I'm pretty sure she'll love this, and if not I'm stealing it back!

By the way--J_slice--I absolutely LOVE your icon!!!  Bob Ross is the man  Cheesy

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cactus Pin Cushion on: November 20, 2008 10:47:50 PM

Here is the cactus pin cushion that I made for my niece for Christmas this year:

The white pom pom on top is actually only secured with a white tipped pin.  Underneath I stitched a cute little asterisk-like center (which I forgot to take a picture of) in red thread but couldn't decide which looked cuter so I figured I'd leave the choice up to her!

I like it so much I'm sad to give it away!   Cry
15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Stained glass mirror on: November 17, 2008 09:36:39 PM
You did an absolutely fabulous and immaculate job! I am interested in learning stained glass myself. Would it be possible for you to send me a link to the Better Homes and Gardens website where you found the tutorial? I looked but could not find it myself. Thanks and great job!

Thank you Cheesy  Actually it wasn't featured online or in the magazine (to my knowledge).  I found the tutorial in a soft covered book called Better Homes and Gardens Simple Decorating Accessories that I found for $0.50 at Building 19.  YAY for bargains!!!  Since the book is copyrighted I'm not sure how I could go about describing the process without committing infringement, so I searched the net to find some sort of tutorial that closely resembled this project instead.  http://www.plaidonline.com/articleDetail.asp?entry=article&articleID=68  This website contains three different versions for creating stained glass, complete with pictures, and is actually much more detailed than the instructions I followed.  Hope that helps!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Alligator felt sewing kit on: November 17, 2008 04:36:29 PM
wow that is very cool! I hope she likes it. If not, tell her to give it to me! Wink

Very cool gift. I could imagine even doing something with that idea like a baby reading book.

Thank you!  It was super easy to make, which I always love Grin  I didn't think about applying this idea to anything else (I'm un-inventive Embarrassed) but I think it would be great for a baby book.  Expecially if you want to revamp a second hand book this would be an awesome way to cover scratches, bends, tears, etc.  Great idea!

Ah door ab luh! So cute and cuddle but with real bite! Next comes the animal shaped pin cushion right? Maybe a hedghog or a porcupine? Though, I suppose what she really needs is a CAD program right? Oh and a few tons of random fabric hahahah!

Haha!  Actually I made her a cactus pin cushion to go along with this and a sewing basket chock full of supplies.  I've actually been meaning to create a post on it but laziness overcomes me...often  Sad 
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Alligator felt sewing kit on: November 15, 2008 11:14:56 AM
My fourteen year old niece recently took up sewing and plans on becoming a fashion designer when she's older.  She's an amazing artist and although she's still new to sewing, she just took a introductory summer class at RISD and really excelled.  So for Christams I decided to put together a bunch on sewing related gifts, since I thought it would be nice for her to have her own materials, rather than to have to continue borrowing my sisters.  Here is a small travel sized sewing kit I made for her out of felt:

This is where I found the idea http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10010
I did make a few alterations, however, like putting the eyes to the side rather than front facing (my niece used to love National Geographic cards and is particular about correct anatomy Cheesy), using jewels for the nose instead of sequins (which are straight despite how crooked they appear in the photo), making it larger than the template since I wanted to include more than just needles and thread, and I also used lime green felt since my niece has a allergy to dark green dye.  Here is a picture of the inside:

I also glued the red and white felt layers together so that it would have more rigidity.  I didn't glue the green down because I thought it would make it more difficult for her to take things in and out if i did.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Stella the draft stopping snake! on: November 15, 2008 10:07:21 AM
she's really cute, I didn't think something like a draft stopper could be crafted up into adorableness  Smiley

This is a posting from the CrochetMe website on what to use as stuffing for crochet projects or stuffed animals, recommending avoiding using rice to stuff things with... http://www.crochetme.com/amigurumi-deconstructed
"Never, ever, use rice or beans in crochet projects... or as stuffing. Ever. In anything. That's why God made plastic.

Bugs do not invade plastic.

Starchy dried beans, on the other hand, will attract weevils, especially if they get any moisture (even humidity), and potentially other starch eaters as well. Moths and their maggot-like larva, silverfish, and everyone's favorite, cockroaches, too.

They make special beads for this job, and for larger "beans," plastic pony beads or similar will do the trick.

Rice and beans are also unwashable. Meanwhile, plastic is perfectly washable. But the biggest problem remains the fact that, unless you keep your doll in an airtight container (what fun - and bugs are known to get into those, anyway,) sooner or later you're going to have an infestation on your hands, and a piece of garbage where once an adorable amigurumi stood.

Here's hoping you read this, Ms. Werker, and I further hope that you'll find a way to open and de-bean your amigurumi.

PS: The phrase "amigurumi dolls" is redundant. Such a little helper I am. Okay, so some would say pestilential corrector... but redundancy is a pet peeve of mine. I swear if I hear "Sahara desert" one more time, some nasty stuff is goin' down.
Submitted by Maryann (not verified) on 17 March 2006 - 3:50am."

Although I realize you probably need something heavy and dense for a draft stopper, just, seeing/reading your post reminded me of that ^

Ah.  Makes sense, thanks for the tip Smiley  Stella's kinda beyond help though since I'm not sure I could deconstruct her and still be able to salvage the tights.  I'll keep that in mind in case I make another in the future.

Love the snake , looks a happy little thing  Grin
We just stuff them with old rags, clothes etc when we make them.

Cloth is a great idea as well!  Thanks Cheesy
19  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Stained glass mirror on: November 09, 2008 05:46:24 PM
For my mother's birthday I decided to make her a stain glass mirror for her bathroom since she's always admired them in stores.  I found a tutorial in a Better Home and Gardens catalog and it seemed easy enough, but the mirror featured was simply flanked in squares and I wanted the design to be more artistic than that.  So I followed the instructions regarding the technique and came up with this pattern myself.  I had the mirror specially cut since it called for an un-beveled edge, which seemed hard to find.  It measures 18x24 inches and here it is half way completed:

I actually really liked it this way and was tempted to leave it alone but I knew my mom's wouldn't so I finished it off by painting in the design in maroon and green glass paints to match the bathroom.  There are actually two shades of green paint that I alternated around the mirror but it's hard to distinguish between the two in this picture.

I wasn't crazy about it at first and even thought it was kind of ugly but she really fell in love with it (which is what's really important) and now it's grown on me.  I tend to be really critical of my own work so maybe that had something to do with my initial disappointment, since it didn't turn out the way I expected Undecided
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swedish Love Knot on: November 08, 2008 06:34:41 PM
I think I'd have to agree with your fiance saying that it looks quite professional. I think it would be a great gift, and I especially love that you put the label/tag on it. It let's them know what it is if they're not very familiar with it and shows the meaning. Plus, it lets everyone outside of the swedish heritage also cherish the meaning behind it.

Thank you!  I was glad to find the short poem version to print on the card, since most online included a plain paragraph description that just seemed long and boring Tongue

It looks amazing.  As a fellow Badger and being Swedish, I can say I would absolutely love to receive that and I'm sure they will too.  :-)

Awesome!  It's nice to hear an opinion from someone with similar interests Smiley  Puts me a little more at ease with worrying about whether or not they'll like it.  Thank you so much Grin
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