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1891  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheapo's Unite! on: July 25, 2006 11:04:54 AM
like some of you said, Universities are a great place to get free stuff.  My friend's dad did the plumbing for a sorority and on move out weekend he would bring back bags and bags of clothes for his daughters.  Some of it was like brand new expensive stuff - think designer jeans.

*A word of caution - avoid the couches and matresses.  You never know who has been doing what on those things  Lips sealed eww!
1892  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: any ideas for things to make on the road? on: July 25, 2006 10:13:11 AM
Thanks for the ideas!  I like the knit/crocheted wire jewelry suggestion a lot.  I saw some really sweet crochet jewelry on this site http://knit-errant.blogspot.com/2006/07/crochetville-accessory-swap-what-i.html just the other day.  Maybe I can make something similar. 

The embroidery suggestion is a great one & the Sublime Stitching kit looks pretty cool.

Thanks again, jloveg, for the traveling advice.  Smiley  I love you fire started idea!
1893  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: any ideas for things to make on the road? on: July 25, 2006 01:34:51 AM
Thanks so much for the ideas and advice.  Those little stars are really cute - I think I'll have to try them!  And the lap desk idea sounds really great. 

I'm so excited!  We bought a Volkswagen camper van about 6 months ago and this is our first major road trip.  We're going to be camping for most of it and we got the National Parks Pass so we have free entry to them all   Cheesy  Ahh!  I can't wait!!  I'm bringing some shirts to recon and maybe I'll make some wrist cuffs (great idea) and I have some hemp and a few big beads to play with.

But right now I need to get some sleep.  If only I could get my brain to relax  Tongue

Thanks again for the tips.  (And you are so right about socks and underware, by the way.)  Any more ideas that you have will be thouroughly appreciated!
1894  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: any ideas for things to make on the road? on: July 24, 2006 12:14:40 AM
Yikes! I'm leaving in 36 hours!  Any ideas, all you crafty geniuses?
1895  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: please help! crafty no more! on: July 22, 2006 12:19:20 PM
Sorry to hear about your crafting troubles.  I got my BA in art and some times I just didn't feel like drawing, painting, etc.  I found a couple strategies to get through it, though.  First, sometimes you just have to work through it.  Just keep making stuff, even if it's terrible (try it with inexpensive or reusable materials  Smiley) it isn't the most fun, but you'll get out of it eventually.  Second method - try something totally different.  Sometimes I get into a rut and I just need something new to give me inspiration.  For example, since you do a lot of sewing and scrapbooking maybe you could try polymer clay?

Good luck!
1896  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Tough kids crafting advise, please? on: July 22, 2006 11:59:26 AM
Something involving a competition could be good.  Like an egg drop contest or a build a vehicle contest.  For the egg drop you get the kids to make something that will keep the egg from cracking when you drop it off the roof.  I've done this twice - once when I was 11 and once in a college sculpture class.  I've seen solutions to this ranging from just wrapping it in tissue and packing materials to equipping the egg with a parachute and launching it with a slingshot.  It's fun because the kids get to be outside and active. 

If you did a "build a vehicle contest" you could have them split into teams and contruct something that will transport one of the team members and have them race or see how far they can get before the vehicle falls apart.  This would be good because it involves team work and again it's a fun, active crafty activity.

Hope that helps!
1897  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / any ideas for things to make on the road? on: July 21, 2006 01:03:24 AM
Hi all you crafty peoples,

In 4 days my husband and I are embarking on a epic road trip adventure.  We're going to spend 6 weeks driving from California to the east coast and back.  My question to you all is, do you have any ideas for things to make on the road?  I plan to do some knitting - probably christmas presents - but I would love to do some sewing or jewelry making also and I would love to make something that I can give to the various relatives that we will be staying with, however any car friendly craft ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a bunch! Smiley
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