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1  Advent Calendar (complete w/ photos) in Winter Holidays by Anu on: November 20, 2006 12:04:25 PM

I had a lot of fun making this funky-cool advent calendar.  Its a dollar store cookie sheet, painted, with added decorative papers.  The fun part is making the 25 magnets out of all sorts of cool stuff I had laying around. I saw instructions here:

The idea is to store the magnets on the other side and as the days go by, add a magnet each day.  I love the feel of it.
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2  catnip mouse in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Anu on: February 21, 2004 08:10:59 AM

I made a little catnip mouse out of felt and added a heart for extra cuteness.  

All you do is fold the felt and cut out a taco shape.  Whip stitch the top and leave an opening in the back.  Stuff in stuffing and catnip.  I added a tail made of braided embroidery thread and sewed it closed.  Then all you have to do is cut out ear shapes and sew on and make little knots for the eyes.  Easy, quick and cute.  I have a big tub of catnip from the pet store for $3, I can make a ton of these critters for my friends with cats.  



p.s. make sure you sew everything securely so the cats don't eat the parts.
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3  Re:felt flower pin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Anu on: January 18, 2004 02:46:37 PM

Here's another one for valentines day made of hearts and beads.  I just sewed everything together.  I didn't use glue as in the original instructions.  Its about 1.5 inches in diameter.
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4  felt flower pin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Anu on: January 18, 2004 05:14:27 AM

I made this cute pin from these instructions:
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5  tiny teddy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Anu on: January 16, 2004 05:22:51 AM

Made from directions in the book "Sewing Tiny Toys" by Carolyn Vosburg Hall.  This is my first attempt at a stuffed animal and it was easy.  Its fully jointed and about 3 inches tall.  I can't believe I could understand the directions :-)
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6  Re:secret santa goodies - THE RESULTS! in Discussion and Questions by Anu on: January 14, 2004 09:53:24 AM
I've been sadly remiss about posting my secret santa goodies.   I'm in the middle of tiling my floor and everything is everywhere! Anyways....

Thank you Lia for my beautiful scarf and pin.  I'm going to post pics later this evening.  I'm wearing the pin to work today.  It is a beautiful, soft green with a red middle.  It makes me smile everytime I look down at it :-)  The scarf is made of gorgeous royal blue yarn and soo soft.  I immediately put it on right out of the package cuz we got a cold front and the house was coooold.  The design is so unusual.  There is this really cool button that holds the scarf in place.  I am totally thrilled with my presents.  ThxThxThx

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7  Re:little books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Anu on: December 05, 2003 06:11:48 AM
baseball cards make cute covers...

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8  Record Notebook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Anu on: December 02, 2003 05:02:24 PM
Here is a cute notebook I made with a "sound of music" record I got at the thrift shop for 25 cents.  

I heated the record over an electric burner and then cut the edges with a heavy duty paper trimmer. (Wear an oven mit when you do this.  I heated one edge at a time. )  It makes a nice clean edge.  

I used a dremel tool to make holes on the sides and also put in some eyelets. The back is the front cover of the record trimmed to the same size.   I made the holes kind of small so I used twine to hold the covers and paper together.  I have some binder rings for the next one.  

I also used some fine sandpaper on the edges to get nice smooth, non-sharp edges.  Easy-peasy :-)

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9  little books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Anu on: November 29, 2003 05:33:27 AM
I've been having lots of fun making mini books from the instructions on this site.  Its 5-stitch bookbinding and its easy and fast.

I like to use food boxes for the covers like cookie and cereal boxes.  I added eyelets to the last one for extra cuteness :-)


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10  3-D soccer card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Anu on: November 27, 2003 06:01:34 AM
I made this card for my nephew who loves soccer.  I got the idea and pattern from this book: 3-D decoupage made easy by Susan & Martin Penny.

Its got 4 layers - the 1st is a circle with the crowd.  Over that is the goalie layer.  Layer 3 is the foot kicking the ball and layer four is the player kicking it towards you.

The book says to just color copy their pattern and print it out.  I can draw so I copied the pattern black and white and then traced the outline shapes of each piece and cut it out with an exaco knife and drew the pics and used watercolors to color.  Then I glued the layers as directed (the shapes have tabs that fold and make the layers stand up).  Fun and not too hard.  I hope you can make out the "3-d-ness" in the pic :-)

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