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331  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Recycled Crafts for a Group of Teens on: February 14, 2008 06:56:02 PM
CD coasters - glue felt or scrap fabric on one side and paint/collage on the other.

CD Book - Use a hand drill to put a hole in a stack of CDs at one side, which you can run ribbon/string/big old keyring through to make a book.  Basically you collage, paint,  scrapbook each 'page' and turn it into a journal, album, address book or whatever.

CD animals - hear me out, I know it sounds ridiculous.  Take a cd, add paper fins and stuff and hang it up, but instead of making goldfish or little nemo's, make evil looking viper fish or piranhas or something.  They look pretty hanging up, growling at people as they walk by.

You could go the duct tape route and make wallets/purses.

If anyone knows how to crochet, cut strips from plastic bags and crochet them into a tote - handy for dumping wet swimmers in after a dip, or reusable shopping bags.

Paper strips can be painted with glue, rolled on chopsticks to dry then painted or varnished to make beads.  These can be strung into jewelery, door curtains, windcatchers, or even made into bowls and things.  Good way to use up old magazines/newspapers.

Old bottles can become new gift boxes - decorate, add tags, fill with homemade bath salt (rock salt or epsom salts scented with essential oils or perfume), or in-a-jar cookie mixes.  Or make lanterns - lose the lid, decorate with glued on tissue paper or paint, stick in a candle and make a wire handle.

Tin can lanterns make good use of soda cans or food cans.  Fill with water and freeze, then take a tin punch and hammer and punch in designs.  Add a wire handle and a tea light candle.

Old plastic bottles can be turned into racing cars or rockets with some creative paper decorating and a bit of bi carbonate of soda and vinegar.  (My husband, a high school science teacher, does this with his kids all the time.  I never have any bi-carb in my cupboard!!!)  There's a way to turn them into submarines too, but I don't have the technical details for that one.

You could make collage paper angel/doll things out of old magazines and bits of ribbon, wire, beads, etc... good way to display poems.  Um, I have a picture of one from a shop, here (sorry the image isn't great):
Old clothing/accessories like shirts, ties, bandannas, jeans, etc can be revamped using stencils and fabric paint or acrylic with fabric medium, or sew into wallets, purses, bags, cushions, pillows and plushie type toys.   Cut up scraps of fabric can be used as filling for the latter.  Softer fabrics like fleece, old sweats, etc can be cut into squares, stitched together then finished with blanket stitch to make blankets and throw rugs.  These can also be stenciled or otherwise decorated (and donated to charity, hospitals, nursing homes etc, if you're looking for a community craft).
Socks and gloves can be turned into toys/puppets  - there was a sock monkey challenge on here a while back that was awesome, and I'm sure it would give you plenty of ideas.

Make cards or stationary using stamps made of old junk like bubble wrap, carved erasers or lino tiles, crumpled foil, etc.  Books exiting circulation can be recycled - turned into altered books or journals.  There'd be plenty of examples on the forums here.

Making jewellery from bits and pieces is fun, but you'll probably need things like pliers, findings etc. and someone who knows how to use them. 

CD cases can be glued into boxes, displaying album art, poems, photos, mini-collages, etc. 

Okay, I'm gonna stop now. 

332  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Need Help For An Idea on: February 14, 2008 05:59:41 PM
What a sweetie you are! 

My suggestions are recipe cards, which you can decorate with stickers, stamps, ribbons, anything you like. 

Fridge magnets - specifically cupcakes.  Because they're wonderful.  You could make them out of salt dough, fimo or sculpy, even plaster or paris in moulds, then paint and varnish them and glue a magnet on the back. 

You could make or decorate a plain recipe book (so she can fill it in) with the Friendship Recipe on the first page - it goes like this:

Combine together heaps of laughter and love
Then respect your friends' wishes
With the understanding of God above
Take the heat from your thoughts
And cool with memories of good times brought.
Mix well the happy and sad times we share
And most of all, blend with kind and forgiving words
Just to let them know that you care.
Bake for a lifetime and store close by.
Add a pinch of humor if you desire.

There are other 'Friendship recipes' floating around if that one's a little too fluffy for you. 

Happy crafting Smiley
333  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: What can I make for someone who lost a baby? on: February 14, 2008 05:48:16 PM
I'm so sorry to read of your sister's loss.  My heart goes out to her, and of course to your family.   

Perhaps with your sewing skills you could make an heirloom teddy bear as a keepsake, something for her to cuddle with. If the baby was named you could embroider it.

Or a pair of hand-stitched booties in a box frame with a poem or message from you.

You could make a memory quilt for her, as kind of a tribute to her child and a promise that they won't be forgotten.  I made one of these for my grandmother, and each square represented something that reminded me of her - a cat, certain flowers, a song, etc. 

A handmade journal that will help her to write down her thoughts and feelings.  You could put in some cards with questions or prompts on them to help her express herself.  Sometimes finding the words or even knowing where to start is very difficult.

334  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: my thighs are too small?? on: February 14, 2008 05:08:59 PM
I would suggest working with the seam at the back.  You could sew in something like a dart to get a more snug fit.  At least there's no cutting needed, and you can unpick it if it doesn't work.

335  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't pick a saying! on: November 06, 2007 06:15:49 PM
3 or 7.  Absolutely. 
336  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Freezer paper source in Australia on: October 28, 2007 03:07:47 AM
For Aussies wanting freezer paper, I came across this site -


In the category 'other', you can find freezer paper and bleach pens.  Hurrah for us!!!
337  COOKING / Dessert / Re: (Torchwood) Jack Harkness & Ianto Jones Cookies on: May 06, 2007 02:10:06 AM
Adorable! The details are fantastic - nice and clean.  It's such a clever idea; I think I will have to have a go Smiley
338  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: 1920's, fitzgeraldesque wedding on: January 19, 2007 03:04:33 PM
Firstly, congratulations!

When you say 1920's, the first thing that comes to mind is jazz.  Even swing and those gorgeous crooners would work if jazz isn't your thing.

Though we tend to think of those drop waisted flapper dresses, there were some gorgeous and flattering cuts to be found in the era.  Have a look through this place - http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/1920links.htm

There are lots of online shops that do reproductions where you can get inspiration.  Try raspberryberet.com or countessgalina.com

For decorating ideas, you could try watching a few 20's era movies - The Great Gatsby, Chicago, etc, for some visual clues.  You'll find a list of films that might help here: http://www.costumes.org/MWBH/100pages/1900_50movies.htm

Though you don't want to go all out insane with a time warp thing, try picking out a few elements that you like to use as accents- colours, lighting, fabrics, flowers/plants, etc.   

This place seems to have heaps of information about the time and might have some images you can use: http://faculty.pittstate.edu/~knichols/jazzage.html   

I hope some of that is useful Smiley I'm sure your wedding and reception will be gorgeous!
339  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Recipe Scrapbook on: August 06, 2006 05:24:53 PM
I made a mini scrapbook as a housewarming gift for a friend who is moving into her own flat.  She often calls me up for recipes, so I put together a collection of my favourite desserts, cakes, etc and made them all pretty.  I've been scrapping my favourite recipes for ages - the plastic sleeves save the pages from spills and the albums make a lovely display.

In this case, I used a purchased album with 6 X 6 inch pages.  I printed the recipes and then decorated the pages with borders, stickers, etc.  I scanned four of the pages, the first of which you can find here:  

340  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Baking gluten-free--any good recipes or tips? on: July 16, 2006 08:07:47 PM
There are two good gluten free pastry recipes here:


In the tests, most people preffered the choux-style pastry, but apparently both are very good.  Keep in mind that the measurements will be Australian standard metric and the temperatures in degrees celcius.

I have good recipes for gluten free cherry ripe slice, chocolate cake, chocolate fudge muffins and Christmas pudding if you're interested.
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