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111  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / my handmade christmas gifts (complete w/ photos) on: December 10, 2006 02:37:21 PM
Handmade Christmas Gifts ::: 2008

This year I'm only making things for people who I know will appreciate the time it takes to make something.  I'm going for knits this time around.

Mom: bath mat and felted slippers
Sister: mittens and felted slippers
Brother: hats and maybe some sweat bands
Nephew: hat and mittens
Nephew's dad: Manly Mitts (Done!! picture here)
Mother in Law: lace shawl

My Dad loves handmade gifts, but he's way too hard to knit for, so he's getting the Omnivores' Dilemma and a donation in his honor to Heifer International.

Hubby... Is definitely getting something handmade, but I'm not sure what.


My big handmade gift list for 2007

It's that time of year again!  Here's my christmas gift plan for this holiday season.

My Mom: knit purse (brea bag) and some sort of jewelry
My Dad: knit sweater (Skye Tweed Unisex Cable Rib Pullover)
Sister and Nephew (3 1/2 years old): bean bag chair made from recycled jeans, painting of a helicopter carrying a jeep, and a bunch of organizational stuff from Ikea
Little Bro-sky (12 yo): Mixed CD of awesome guitar solos and a binder with tabs for each one
Nephew's daddy: knit scarf (exchequered from knitty)
Mother-in-law: not sure... maybe a photo calendar?
Hubby: knit socks (for snowboarding and/or just regular ones), an rfid shielding pouch (instructions here), and I'm not sure what else.  Maybe some art work or something.

Everyone else is getting store bought gifts.


This year I'm trying to go all handmade for Christmas.  I'm not totally sure about what I'm making everyone, but here's my list so far and I'll post pics of finished stuff as I get it done. 

Please let me know if you have any ideas for the people I'm unsure about!

1. my sister (27 this month) - jammy pants & an apron done! Smiley pics this page
2. brother (11) - jammy pants (pics this page) & knit hat
3. nephew (2.5) - numbers and alphabet for his walls
4. dad - elbow pillow (explanation later) (pics this page) and set of etched wine glasses (for mom & dad)
5. mom - knit bracelet (pics on page 2) etched wine glasses
6. father in law - jammy pants done!  Smiley pics this page
7. mother in law - knit bracelet done! Smiley pics on page 2
8. brother in law (25) - etched beer mug and shot glass w/ 6 pack of local beer done! Smiley pics on page 2
9. sister in law (16) - cute apron (she does a lot of cooking) (pics this page) and these slippers or some head bands
10. nephew's daddy (26) - etched beer mug and a knit hat
11. ace and kayla (a couple of friends) - probably a pair of etched beer mugs
12. earthy/nature loving aunt - crocheted welcome mat made from shopping bags

I also made my Christmas cards.  You can see them on this thread.
112  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Daily drawings update on: December 10, 2006 01:08:59 PM
Here's a couple sketches from this past week of daily drawings.  You can see the whole series on my blog.  I was trying a bit of foreshortening on the hand.  It's something I have always struggled with.  I would love to hear any constructive criticism you have for me.

113  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / new cards made from old ones on: December 06, 2006 04:58:56 PM
So I'm a bit of a masochist and I spent a million hours over the summer cutting snowflakes out of old Christmas cards.  I love the snowflakes and I'm excited about how the new cards are turning out, but I just wonder, do you think they're too plain?  Any ideas of how I can embellish them and make them a bit more snazzy?  I don't really have the budget to purchase anything else for them, but I have a bunch of supplies already - lots of paint, some christmas stamps, colored pens, and most of the usual art and craft supplies (ribbons, beads, etc).

* additional pics on my blog *

114  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Taming the winter hair frizzies. on: December 02, 2006 12:54:12 AM
Hey everyone,

I know there are a lot of threads on this board about taming frizzy hair, but I recently moved to a place where it gets a bit chilly in the winters Tongue.  I have wavy/curly hair and I'm ok at taming the frizzies if I take a shower in the morning and then just let it air dry, but that's not really an option here.  I was wondering, how do you keep your hair in check while battling the cold, dry air of winter?  And can any of you recommend a good diffuser?

I have really long hair (almost to my butt) right now but I'm seriously considering chopping it short so I don't have to deal with it Tongue.
115  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Any indie designers on your wish list? on: November 27, 2006 02:22:22 PM
Hey everyone,

I just spent the last couple hours trying to find stuff by indie designers to put on my Christmas wist.  I really don't want to go the corporate route and ask for stuff from urban outfitters or anthropologie, but I'm having trouble finding indie stuff that I like. So I thought, who better to ask then all you crafty guys and gals?  Also, I'd love to wist lesser known bands, so if you know of any great local bands please link to their sites, too.

I'll start us out with a couple links:

Here's a So-Cal band I like: The Coral Sea
And here's a site that sells great shirts and bags: Lucha Workshop

*changed the title in hopes of getting more attention*
116  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / New homepage design on: November 21, 2006 01:09:31 PM
I've been working on a new site to sell my crafty wares.  So far I have made a home page mockup and I'm working on the navigation design, but I'd really like to get some feedback before I work with this design too much.  Keep in mind that this is just a jpg of the home page, not a functioning site yet.

Anyways, please let me know what you think.  You can even tell me that you hate it as long as you tell me why.  I really appreciate your feedback and I will take all comments into serious consideration.

So without further ado, the url: www.cinnamontealhandmade.com/page04.jpg

Here's a few specific questions that you can answer if they will help you critique it.
1. Do you think that it looks old or "granny-ish"?
2. What do you think about the fonts?
3. What do you think about the sketches?
4. What about colors?
5. How do you feel about the alignment of the images?
6. What general impression does it give you?  Does it feel amateur? Does it interest you?
7. If you were shopping/surfing online and you came across this page would it grab your attention?  In a good way?
117  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing a day ::: Week 4 :::: Crafty-type objects on: November 13, 2006 02:06:21 PM
Hi everyone,

Here's the 4th installment of my daily drawings. 

More on my blog.

Feel free to critique them and let me know what you think.  Encouragement and criticism are both welcomed.
118  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What should I look for in a printer? on: November 07, 2006 03:53:38 PM
I want to start making cards and I have a few designs, but I'm really not sure where I should get them printed and what I should be aware of when choosing a printer.  (I'm most interested in full color, glossy prints but I would love to hear advice you have about single color and other processes, too.)  I live near Sacramento, so if any of you have experience with a great printer in the area, I'd love a recommendation.  I do want to start pretty small, so do you think I should just print them off of my home printer of use something like Kinkos?

Thanks so much!
119  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I finished my fingerless gloves!! :::: Now with a pattern!! on: November 02, 2006 03:15:08 PM
Here they are:

You can see more pics on http://cinnamonteal.blogspot.com/2006/11/finished-fingerless-gloves-i-finally.html

I would love to hear what you think!

UPDATE ::: I made a pattern and you can download it as a pdf here:
120  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Earrings on: October 31, 2006 04:47:26 PM
I made these for a swap.  I started with a stick figure shape made out of wire with a plastic bead for a head.  Then I cut out and sewed the little dress, apron and yoke.  The "rope" is just a bit of hemp thread and I covered the heads with a bit of muslin (cuz I think they put a bag over someone's head when they get hung).

Anyways, let me know what ya think!  I'm new to jewelry making and any advice or helpful critiques you think of would be great.

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