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3031  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pantyhose/Tights/Nylons on: October 20, 2006 07:31:16 PM
My daughter has a book called The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jigs. THey took a lenght of hose and stuffed it with fiberfill. Added 4 little balls on the bottom for feet, tied them off to define. Something similar for the head, which was the toe of the stocking. Tied the open bit at the end off for a pig tale. Glue on felt ears. Oh yes, you also put a little ball of fiberfill in the middle of the face and tied it off for the nose. Draw on eyes, mouth.I guess you could sew them on instead. my girl tied a scrap of red velvet around its neck for a cape-little red riding pig! Silly, but fun.
3032  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: October 20, 2006 07:20:01 PM
Take an empty jar-a peanut butter jar is nice, but really you can use anything. Put 2 rubber bands around it, 1 a little down from the top, 1 a little up from the bottom. Slip a twig under the rubber bands, Repeat till you've filled it in all the way around. Tie raffia or ribbon or something over the rubber bands to hide them.  A rustic-y vase! 
The big plastic containers sherbert comes in-when I have to bring something for a casual  get together-usually a big batch of fruit salad-I use one. Nice snap on lid helps it travel nicely, and if I forget to bring it back home, so what?
Glass bottles, well something I've seen but never done-a bottle tree. You tie them from branches. Anybody seen the movie Ray-they had a cool one in that. I think Jerry Baker did a book-Tough Plants for Southern Gardens- and towards the end he listed the bottle tree like a real plant-latin name, growing conditions, various cultivars, it was funny!
Little plastic pill bottles-could you soak off the labels, then make them into little people for a kid to play with? Glue a plain piece of paper around it, draw features and clothes with markers, mod podge or sealer it to protect? Heck, use fabric if your're feeling crazy creative, glue on yarn hair,or a pompom hat, or...maybe just keep it simple. As an added bonus, a lot of them would fit in a big coffee container, getting rid of one of those, too!
Someone's probably suggested this, but I put wrapping paper on them, and fill them with cookies for christmas. Nice when you want to give someone something, and are too broke to shop. And we all like treats.
If you have a clear jar with a nice shape, use it to hold cotton balls. Keep it in the bathroom , or by the nail polish. Decorate the lid to make it purdy. I'm really streching now, aren't I? Time to stop!
3033  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cortex, the Illithid (with tute) on: October 20, 2006 03:03:11 PM
i love it!!!  Don't forget the accessories-every mind flayer should come with a straw. Smiley Geeks rule! Have to ask-anyone ever play T & T?
3034  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with an ungodly large tire. Any ideas? on: October 15, 2006 09:59:18 AM
I like the idea of a water feature but those premade pond/pool liners are expensive, plus no way to plug in pump/filter. Could you put in a child's cheap plastic wading pool? Put dirt under it to raise it to the correct height if needed. Fill any space between pool and tire with dirt. Add water plants to pool. Some kinds you actually put in flowerpots and submerge, some just float.On the edge I like the idea of ivy, viney flowers trailing down the sides, but I would probably just paint the outside. OR-that cheap garden edging all around the outside of it to kind of hide it? I know they sell fairly cheap flexible stuff in rolls. Don't know how practical this is, having never done anything like it, but if you wanted to try something different next year, it's an idea.
3035  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / if you plant in big containers you'll thank me W on: October 15, 2006 09:39:06 AM
Well, a little late now, but a good idea. Flowerpots full of dirt weigh a TON. So you fill your pot at least half full of styrofoam packing peanuts! Cuts the weight in half, so you don't get a hernia moving the darn things.. Plus it's excellent drainage material.Have to thank my brother in law for that one. Wish he'd told me a few months ago, whenI did a big planter for my parents. It was their 60th anniversary, and I had so little money, plus they're trying to winnow down belongings. I planted it with 60 flowering bulbs, about 4 different kinds. It was a hit. But boy, was it hard to move!  This is my first post, I kept hearing about crafster in books-alternacrafts, Tease(a tshirt book, that!). Yes. Leah, I will get your book when I can afford to buy instead of borrow! Been lurking awhile, I'm in awe of all the crafty genius. Looking forward to warm weather again, so many ideas on this thread to try.
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