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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Gift - Napkins, Placemats, and Napkin Rings on: November 05, 2009 04:28:28 PM
First off, I apologize if this is posted in the wrong area - it seems as if this section has all Wedding planning crafts and this is an actual Wedding gift, but I couldn't find where else to post it.

One of my good friends from high school was getting married and I decided that I wanted to make him something instead of just buying a gift or giving a gift of money - partially to make it more personal, partially to save money (hah!  that ended up not being the case).  The bride & groom were registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, so after browsing their registry, I got the idea to make them matching placemats, cloth napkins, and napkin rings.

I don't have too much experience with sewing - I can mend, I've used patterns to make things like my son's baptismal outfit, but this was kind of just a go with the flow thing and I was quite proud of how they turned out!  Especially being straight edges with straight lines on the fabric, I was afraid they would look all crooked, but they turned out good!

I really fell in love with the Napkin Rings that I made - each of them has a word on it such as "Appreciate", "Respect", "Honesty", etc.. and I thought it fit perfectly for a wedding gift.  I got all of the supplies for the Napkin Rings at Michaels.  I didn't want to give them away once they were done!

I also used a pattern to make a matching oven glove... but the oven glove would only have fit a child, so I didn't include that with the gift.  I stretched it and stretched it and now I am able to squuueeeeze my hand into it, so I figured I'd get some use out of it before throwing it away!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Greeting Card Swap / Recipe Swap on: February 04, 2008 06:23:29 AM
I went to a scrapping party yesterday, and the lady whose house it was at, was explaining her greeting card and recipe swaps that she does.  I'm really interested in doing one of these - if not even being the organizer.

If you've never heard of them before, they are quite fun ... for the greeting card, you get assigned the purpose ("Happy Birthday", "Get Well", "Congratuations", etc...) and you scrap the same card, once for every other person in the swap.  They all get sent to one person (the organizer, I assume), who sorts them into a different stack for each person, and then sends them out.  It's a great way to get amazing new ideas, plus share some of your own.

The recipe swap is very similar - the way that she does it, is everyone gets assigned a letter - and they scrap a recipe card - 6" x 6" - of a recipe that begins with that letter.

If anyone else is interested, let me know - or if there are these things already going on here at craftster and I missed them.  If I get enough people saying yes, maybe I will be brave enough to be the organizer.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / So, I might be crazy... Simplicity 5041 on: July 19, 2006 11:34:22 AM
I fell in love with this dress and decided to make it - it's the pink one in the lower left.  Anyone else up to making this dress with me?  Hopefully it won't be too hard seeing as how I have close to no sewing experience...

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ring Boxes on: June 30, 2006 09:47:28 AM
Help!  So, I went to this business rummage sale today, they are closing and everything is on clearance - and they have tons of these little round silver glittery ring boxes for 10 cents each, plus everything is negotiable... does anyone know anything that I could make out of these as gifts?!  They are only open until 3, so I would love to run over there and get some!

http://members.aol.com/faithrbrts/silvringbxs.jpg  Here's what they look like - only they are only round ones, and the foam on the inside is black...

Otherwise does anyone know of any cute rings (or whatever else would fit)  I could make to put inside them and give as gifts?

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