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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafts for kids on: December 19, 2009 10:41:49 PM
I am an elementary school teacher, and I will be teaching an after-school enrichment program involving my students and crafts.

I really want to focus on the fact that crafts are more than just coloring/painting which they mainly do in art class once a week.

I would love to make paper with them, jewelry with polymer clay, making new crayons out of old crayon pieces, and teach them alternative crafts (reusing, re-purposing items).  But I don't know how limited my resources are going to be.  I dont know if I will have access to an oven to bake clays or melt crayons.  And I dont know how much space I will have to keep paper to dry.

I believe the class will be after school once a week, for an hour and a half.  So if I do something like papermaking, a lot of the time will be prep-time, because I want students to be involved in the process, not just show up and have it ready for them to use.

Can anyone think of fun, different crafts I can do with them on days when I dont want to do a time-consuming project like that?  I would like for some of the crafts to be really personal, and have them really take their time to think about them and construct them.

Any ideas?
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Wanted Posters on: October 12, 2009 07:13:16 PM
I saw these posters in Martha Stewart's Halloween magazine.  She's selling them for 15 dollars for the 6 poster set on her website.

But I think we all know its MUCH more fun to make things yourself.

These pictures were taken from my Blackberry and do not do them justice at all.

I printed the pictures on my printer, ripped off the edges for a worn look, dyed the paper with tea and then singed the edges with a match.  Some of them were still a little wet when I took these pictures.

The zombie one is my favorite.  =)
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Covered Altoid Tin Presents on: August 29, 2008 07:37:55 PM
This past year I have been sort of an assistant teacher in a kindergarten classroom.  The woman I worked with taught me a lot, and we had a good time in general working together.

I wanted to give her something at the end of the year to let her know I appreciated her allowing me into her room.

I eventually decided to cover some Altoids tins with Polymer clay (it was fitting because the kids made mothers day pins with my extra clay and I had to explain to her what the stuff did) and give them to her to hold paperclips or something in her desk.

Not terribly impressive, but I didn't have a lot of time to make them.  I think if I had a few more days they would have been better.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting to explain mathematical estimation? on: February 14, 2008 03:30:37 PM
One of the teachers I work with has asked that I help a particular student after the winter break with grade mathematical estimation.

She is in 4th grade and she is having a really hard time understanding rounding numbers up/down to more convienent number for making estimations. 

Can anyone thing of any really creative/crafty ways for me to help her better understand?

ONe of the things I was thinking about was to make some kind of "board", showing place values and then have numbers that she can move around and work with to figure out where the place values are, and where she should round numbers (to the nearest hundredth, thousandth, etc).
5  COOKING / Dessert / Crayola cookie dough? on: November 15, 2007 05:59:22 PM
So I got roped into a bizarre fund raiser around my part and am now the proud owner of 4 colorful tubs of Crayola Cookie Dough...yeah, like the crayon.  I couldnt help it.

So basic Crayola colors, red, yellow, blue and I think a green one.

And how boring would it be to just scoop and bake plain round colorful cookies?  So I am looking for ideas on how to fully take advantage of the dough.

My thoughts so far are like, swirled cookies, maybe like roll it out and make striped cookies or something, but I am wondering if anyone has any really great ideas?

Thanks in advance!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / So...I have a lot of honey.... on: October 18, 2007 08:24:38 PM
I hope there isn't another topic like this, I did a search and came up empty. So here we go.

My mothers cousin recently retired from teaching to...well, become a full time beekeeper.  Yes, odd.  In Massachusetts no less.

So at a dinner this week celebrating my grandmothers (90th!) birthday, we were bombarded with jars of home harvested honey and we havnt the faintest clue what to do with it.

A google search yielded many sauces, and hundreds of sites saying "honey glazed ham!" (duh) and "put it into tea!" (in tea? who would have thunk), but I am looking for some unique and definitely tasty dinner/desserts/food!

So...hit me with your honey recipes!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Chocobo Tin! on: July 30, 2007 06:26:45 PM
Take a empty mint tin, add some polymer clay, a lot of geek and you end up with:

Based off the chocobo in Chocobo Tales which was sickeningly cute.

I love chocobos  Grin

Kweh (Happy Crafting)!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentines Day Care Package (for a complete stranger!) on: January 29, 2007 08:58:40 PM
So on TotalFark, they are having a Valentines day "care package" swap thing.  I got paired with a total stranger.  I don't know a whole lot about her, but she likes cats and works in real estate. 

I am at a total lack of ideas about this.  I was thinking of taking all the fark cliches and making a "Happy Farking Valentines Day" card, and maybe paper macheing a heart shaped box, also with Fark cliches, but then there is that whole care package bit about it.

I don't know, I mean, what do you get a total stranger for Valentines day?  I would like for it to be crafty, but obviously functional and worth it for the other person to receive.  Anyone got any ideas or suggestions?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Subway tokens - a few questions on: January 24, 2007 08:30:48 PM
So my local subway recently changed over to Charlie Cards (ugh!) and they phased out the use of tokens all together.

I just got in my possession 10 subway tokens (thanks ebay Grin ).  Some of them are kind of dirty and scratched, and really dull.

So on to the questions.

Is there anything I can do to bring back the shine of the tokens and make them look almost new?  I have heard something about chocolate, but I am skeptical and not exactly sure how that works. Does anyone know any techniques?

I want to make earrings, but I am not quite sure how to go about doing that.  Would a drill bit go through the tokens (i'm not sure what they are made of, but they are solid), I am afraid to try because I have never used a drill, and I really dont want to break it and have to explain to my father what I was trying to do.
Is there an alternative to drilling a hole in them?

Any help is appreciated.  Any suggestions are also appreciated.  I would like to make at least 1 pair of earrings, but that leave 8 glorious tokens left  Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 1x1 ribbed hat pattern? on: December 09, 2006 10:57:39 PM
Does anyone know of a basic ribbed hat pattern?

I tried to search for a pattern here before posting, but I have been  getting an error message for the past few hours, so I don't know whats going on.  And Google doesn't seem to want to help either.

I am looking for a 1x1 ribbed hat pattern, and more specifically looking for a really clean looking decrease on top(I would rather have the v type top than those swirly decreases, I hope I don't sound like a babbling idiot!)

Basically I want to make the http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTpiggle.html pigtail hat, and not using that lace pattern, just a simple ribbed hat and a nice decrease.

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