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1  A bewitchingly cute dolly! in Halloween Decor and Parties by Lrschic on: October 06, 2010 07:20:38 PM
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I haven't posted any crafts in a while, but I did make a new doll in time for Halloween. She's a little witch with purple hair. This is the first time that I've sewn doll clothes separately from the body, but I think she turned out cute.

Happy October!
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2  Re: Flat Rate Fill-a-Box: New Years 2010: Send by 1/19/10 in The Swap Gallery by Lrschic on: January 22, 2010 05:51:49 PM
I received from sloanlaw yesterday. I got lots of fabric, which is always good.  Cheesy

I also received threads, laces and trimmings, stickers, rubber stamps, an adhesive clock decoration (the robot), red foam, colorful paper triangles, and a really great watermelon notepad!

Oh yes, and my boyfriend's favorite item: Sequins!  Cheesy

Thanks sloanlaw!
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3  Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2009 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Lrschic on: December 14, 2009 06:58:33 PM
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On the 12th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

12 character pins from The Office show on TV

On the 11th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

3 more Office character pins, 1 keychain, 1 magnet, and 1 mirror with Gael Garca Bernal's picture, bath flakes, 2 awesome colored pencil twigs, and 2 small accordian notebooks.

I love the quote on the bath confetti!

On the 10th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

Several pairs of great earrings! I love the sugar cookies and plastic lights!

On the 9th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

9 fabric squares with the cutest wrapping!

On the 8th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:
4 photo coasters
2 pkgs. of gift tags
1 little drawstring bag
and origami notes

On the 7th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

Shark notepads for my boyfriend
Melted bead ornaments
a cute zip pouch
a 2010 calendar
a flower headband
a charm bracelet
and fabric covered magnets

On the 6th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

3 pairs of Chritmas socks
1 ribbon-tied clutch
1 flower paperweight
and 1 silly face clay ring

On the 5th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

2 notepads with my name and elephants
1 spiral elephant botebook
1 pack of notecards
2 elastic pen holders for books or journals-- I love these!
A matching keychain and pen set

On the 4th Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:

1 black and red striped scarf for my boyfriend
1 purple and brown scarf for me
1 knit hat
and 1 brown and turquoise beaded jewelry set

On the 3rd Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:
1 great movie night kit with the Grinch cartoon on DVD, Reese's pieces and popcorn
1 tote bag
and 1 stencilled t-shirt with a quote from The Office

On the 2nd Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:
Bookmarks and one of my favorite books: "Loving Pedro Infante"
and a Resin kit with instructions. This should be fun!

On the 1st Day of Christmas, Mlsocci74 gave to me:
A nice afghan in green, red, and purple yarn. Thank you so much Melissa. I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas.

Happy New Year everyone!
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4  Wacky Tacky Christmas Wreath in Winter Holidays by Lrschic on: November 15, 2009 10:32:28 AM
At work we are having a Wreath decorating contest. Each department was given a wooden grape vine wreath to decorate and are allowed to choose either the Traditional or Tacky category. Our department figured that tacky would be more fun, so a co-worker and I came up with this yesterday. What do you think? Is it tacky enough to win?  Wink

The pink and purple colors are truer in this photo, although the pinecones and snowflakes are more green then yellow like they are here.

We took pink and purple tinsel garland and wrapped it around the wreath in stripes and secured the garland with floral wire. The green glitter pinecones and snowflakes were attached with hot glue. What wreath would be complete without a nice big bow? We used a glittery lilac purple. It was a lot of fun to make. Wish us luck!
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5  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (August Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: September 05, 2009 11:12:39 AM
I just wanted to share my new idea for Christmas cards. I've been having lots of fun working on these Gingerbread cards today.

The gingerbread people are little metal brads that I found online. They're adorable!
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6  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (August Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: August 23, 2009 03:08:31 PM
Yay! With WIP as this month's theme, I actually have something to post!

Actually, one of the things is finished, and that is this pink hot pad for my Mom. I made this by wrapping fabric strips around laundry line rope and hand stitching it in a circular shape. It's the same method for making baskets that is popular now, but my fingers are so sore, I wouldn't recommend hand sewing!

The hot pad is to protect the dining room table from hot pans at dinnertime.

I also have a work in progress-- Christmas cards! I got the idea from Sara of the Small Object. She did thumbprint portrait cards for last year's Holiday issue of Bust Magazine. Her's were so cute! I made mine of myself, my boyfriend, and his cat, but I'm not exactly thrilled with the outcome. Currently I'm trying to decide if I should continue making them or not.

It's definitely a lot of work to cut and glue all of those little pieces!

I do love the idea that his face is his actual thumbprint and mine is my thumbprint!

Good luck to everyone else on their gifts this month. Smiley
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7  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (May Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: May 30, 2009 11:55:14 AM
Cool stuff Christephi.  Cheesy

So, I didn't finish any presents, but I thought I'd share pics of one in progress. I am going to try really hard to make a big quilt for my Mom's Christmas present. I chose to use purples and yellows because they're pretty together.  Grin
So here are some blocks that I've finished. Just 3.

The pictures aren't great, but you get the idea. This will only be my second quilt, and the first one was only baby sized. Wish me luck!  Wink
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8  Quick Graduation card/gift box & tutorial link in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Lrschic on: May 10, 2009 07:47:44 AM
My mom is graduating from college with her Bachelor's degree next week. I'm so proud of her, because we were going to school at the same time and when I graduated last year, she felt a little left behind. Now she is finished and I wanted to celebrate her!
I haven't decided what to make as her gift yet, but I did make her a 3-D mortar board cap card.

When you open it up, there is space for a small gift. (The ring is just a prop.) It's perfect for a note, cash, or small trinket.

I thought that I would share the project in case anyone else has 2009 graduates to make a gift for.

For this craft you will need:

Card stock or heavy paper (I used black, but you can match the color to your grad's school.)
Yarn for the tassel
1 metal brad
Hot glue gun
Glue stick

Although there are several steps to this tutorial, each one is simple and the craft can be completed very quickly.

1. Cut 5 pieces of yarn measuring about 3 inches. This will be the tassel fringe.

2. Cut out a longer piece of yarn. This will be the part of the tassel fastened to the hat.

3. Tie the long piece of yarn in a knot around the middle of the 5 small pieces.

4. Hold up the two long ends and pull the yarn for the fringe down so that it resembles a tassel.

5. Take another small piece of yarn and tie it about 1/4 down from the top of the tassel.

6. Pull the excess yarn from this knot down into the fringe and cut it to line up with the other pieces.

7. Now you have a completed tassel for the graduation cap.

8. Next you will need 1 metal brad in any color (these can be found in just about any craft store near the card-making and scrapbooking supplies). You will also need to cut out a square hat top from heavy paper. I used black card stock.

9. Push the brad through the center of the square.

10. Unfold the legs of the brad on the backside.

11. Tie a knot at the top of the tassel strings and slide the loop around the brad. Pull tight to secure.

12. Once you have finished the top of the hat, cut out a circle piece for the bottom and two long rectangles.

13. Take the glue stick and glue the ends of one of the long rectangles together to form a circle. Do this again to the other paper strip, making it slightly smaller so as to fit inside the other circle.

14. Place these circles onto the backsides of the square cap and circle pieces. You can trace around these to know where to put the hot glue, or you can just eyeball it. (I traced them with a pencil.)

15. Draw a circle of hot glue around the traced line and push the circle piece onto the hat. Do this for the other piece too. If necessary, you can keep hot gluing around the inside of the circles until they are secure. It makes a messy looking inside...

16. ...so glue a circular piece of paper inside to cover the messy hot glue.

Any grad will love this thoughtful handmade gift. Let the hot glue dry for a minute and you have a very cute graduation gift. I hope that this craft is quick, easy, and fun for you to make. The best part will be giving it away and having your graduate enjoy it too.
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9  Egg jockeys for the Kentucky Derby (plus tutorial link) in CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES by Lrschic on: May 01, 2009 02:28:18 PM
I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and this is a big week for us. Tomorrow is the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, so all week we've been celebrating the KY Derby Festival. In honor of that, and because one of my Aunt's Derby crafts inspired me, I made egg jockeys.
My Aunt makes clay pot jockeys and uses half of a plastic egg for the hat. I decided to expand on that, and make the jockeys completely out of eggs. They're going to be a big hit at the Derby party tomorrow!

I have posted a tutorial over here.

Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for looking. Smiley
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10  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (April Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by Lrschic on: April 24, 2009 01:44:21 PM
Yay! I did finish a gift in April! Cheesy

I made mustache mugs for my Dad, myself, and either my brother or my boyfriend. I can't decide which of them would enjoy this more. Yes, I did say there's one for me! I love these mugs.

I found the mugs at the dollar store, already with the black circle around the top. I thought some black mustaches would look wonderful on them. Since Michaels craft store was having a sale, the ceramic paint pen only cost me $1.99. Hooray!

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