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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled food gift bags mini tutorial on: April 23, 2007 08:37:51 PM
thought someone might like to try this project. These are easy to make, can be  entirely made of recycled materials-so you can save the earth and save your hard earned money.

Here's a pic and a mini instruction. Let me know if you need more info:)

to make your own:

take your recycled food box-like Cereal, Hamburger Helper, fruit roll ups, etc-we all throw tons of these boxes away, now reuse then and save money by not having to purchase gift bags:)

Take box and carefully cut off top flaps, so top will be open and you'll have the four sides and bottom.
Now take your paper-anything, newspaper, old catalogs, old book pages, etc (for bigger boxes you may need to piece together smaller pieces of scrap paper into a larger piece-I just tape them together) -and wrap the box like you are wrapping a present-carefully tucking in and neatly taping on the top and doing a "present end" on the bottom.
I added ribbon handles but you could use anything really-just punch 4 holes for the handles, slip ribbon in hole and neatly tie double knot to secure.
Add embellishments if you feel like it, use with tissue paper or better yet shedded recycled paper to protect and hide your gift.

Hope this helps someone and happy recycling:)
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Hancock Fabrics filed for Bankruptcy over 100 stores to close.. on: March 22, 2007 10:08:57 AM
Went to my area Hancocks yesterday to see it's going out of business. The clerk told me the company filed for bankruptcy that day as well. Sure enough I found this article on reuters. Seems the chain closed over 20 stores last month and plan to close 104 more. Very sad and terrible as this means, with the Walmart fabric situation, that many of us will now have to drive 30 miles or way more for the nearest fabric store or shop online  Angry Cry Cry. My store is in Groves Texas. Who else has a nearby store closing, or who has heard if their store is remaining open?

Article about bankruptcy:


3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / almost free fabric at Hancock fabrics on: February 14, 2007 06:45:54 PM
Your Mileage May Vary as I don't know if they have this in every store-but in my Hancock Fabrics they bag up the 1/2 yard or smaller bits of fabric off the bolts in grab bags for one dollar! I generally find each bag has 10 to 15 pieces so it's like 10 cents or less a piece. I've bought at least 2 dozen of these bags over the last several weeks and for anyone who does a lot of smaller item sewing it's a steal. The bag is taped shut so you don't know what you're going to get but I've gotten everything from felt, clear vinyl, broadcloth, silky fashion fabrics, fleece, flannel-pretty much anything they sell.
 It doesn't hurt to go in and ask.  Smiley

I'd be interested to find out if other Hancock's do this.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mini Grim-Wendigo Thingie on: November 01, 2006 03:39:05 PM
I made this costume for my 9 year old Colin. It's loosely based on several things:

a-the Grim Reaper
b-A Wendigo
c-A Witch Doctor

In the end I think it fit more of a Mini Grim Reaper than anything else.  It also bares a strange resemblance to the creature from the movie The Village.
It was received well at most Trick or Treating events but was given dirty looks and comments at a Chuch based "trunk or treat"-so while that pissed me off I guess you could say it showed the costumes effectiveness Cheesy Wink

Thanks for looking:)

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