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1  Yummy Smelling Heat Pads - With TUTORIAL in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Lizzle on: February 13, 2010 09:54:37 PM
I made a bunch of these heating pads as holiday gifts and they are so easy!  I thought they would be the perfect thing for warming up on a cold winter day.  I put together a tutorial so that  you can try them, too.  I know I'm not the first person to ever make heating pads from rice, so I'm definitely not claiming credit, but this tutorial shows how I do it.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

What you need:
- A fat quarter of fabric (or just a regular 1/4 yard)
-Straight pins
-Needle and thread (and sewing machine if you have one)
-Essential oils
-Funnel or a sheet of paper
-Bowl & spatula

Now put it together:

1) Cut your fat quarter in half.

2) With the right sides of the fabric together (the sides with the pattern on it), fold the fabric in half again and pin together.

3)  Sew around all 3 edges using a straight stitch with about 1/2″ of seam allowance.  Make sure that you dont sew it closed entirely, though.  Leave about 3 inches open so that you can fill it up later. (Sew where the yellow lines are in the picture)

4) Turn your fabric right side out.
5) Put your rice in a bowl and add a few drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice (I used orange and bergamot, so it smelled like Earl Grey tea) and mix thoroughly.
6) Use either a wide-mouthed funnel (like what you use for canning) or a piece of paper rolled into a funnel and fill your bag about half-full with rice.
7) Turn down the edges of the opening in your bag and then use whip stitch to sew it closed. (Again, sew where the yellow line is in the picture).

8 ) To heat up your pad, put it in the microwave for about a minute, then test it.  If it needs more time, heat it up in 30 second increments until its warm enough.

Voila!  Something to warm up all your aches and pains.

P.S.  I thought that the bath and beauty was the most appropriate board, but if this is the wrong place, just let me know and I'll be happy to move it.
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2  Easy, chic, & cheap flower headbands in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Lizzle on: September 07, 2009 11:04:46 PM

I've been coveting the cute flower headbands I see at Urban Outfitters, but was never willing to pony up the money for them.  They're so expensive and I always thought I could make them on my own.  When I went to the dollar store a few days ago, I realized just how right I was.  I got everything I needed to make 5 or 6 of them for only 2 dollars (three if you want more than one type of flower).  Talk about a deal.

I started with these.  Kinda tacky, but they work without all the leaves.  Buy a bunch of elastic headbands (I got a pack of eight) and you'll be good to go.

I made the headband in the first picture with the smaller flowers and this one with one bigger flower.

Three flower headband off of my head.

Big flower headband off of my head.

This is the back for the three flower headband.

And this is the back for the big flower headband.

I think from the pictures, it's pretty clear that all I did was glue the elastic headbands onto the flowers.  So easy!  But if you want more detailed directions, you can check it out at the blog I write for: http://www.boredla.com/craftiness-is-next-to-godliness-pretty-for-pennies/

Comments and criticism are always welcome!
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3  No-sew Sink Skirt - Soooo much cuter than the stuff they sold in the store! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Lizzle on: August 29, 2009 08:16:22 AM
When I moved into my new place a few months ago, I knew I'd need a sink skirt because there were very visible, very ugly pipes under the sink in my bathroom.  I looked in stores and couldn't find anything that I liked because 1) they all attach to the outside of your sink, which made me cringe a little (it would get yucky so fast!) and 2) all the ones in the stores were so ugly.  I couldn't find one in my price range that didn't look like it came from Grandma's bathroom in the seventies.  So what's a crafty gal to do?  Make it myself, of course!

My friend is borrowing my sewing machine, so I made it almost entirely without touching a needle and thread.  Have a look!

If you're interested in learning how to make one yourself, you can find the full tutorial on the blog I write for.  http://www.boredla.com/craftiness-is-next-to-godliness-sink-skirt-minus-sewing/
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4  Re: A swap for dyers! Gallery time!! in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: March 24, 2009 12:46:34 PM
I got my package from Superhooker today and boy was it amazing.  Everything came wrapped really nicely and she TOTALLY spoiled me.

First, she sent two great hand-dyed fabrics. She was disappointed with how they turned out because her kitchen is too cold, but I love them.  One was purplish/blue/grey (matches my paint color so well!) and the other was gorgeous pink/yellow.

She also sent some amazing tea towels.  They're pretty much the coolest towels I've ever owned by a long shot.  I'm going to save them 'til this summer, though, when I move into my own place because my roommates now would just ruin them Sad  The pictures feature my cat because she was upset that I was taking pictures on her window-looking-out spot and got under them both times.  I guess she likes them, too!

She also sent me a beautiful skein of yarn and some batik fabric that looks to me like abstract trees.

Thank you so much, Superhooker!  I couldn't have asked for a better package.
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5  Re: Deck out your Kitchen Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: February 05, 2009 11:21:25 PM
The apron isn't full-length.  I made it based (sort of) one one of those tutorials for making an apron out of a tea towel, except I didn't have a tea towel and did have cool cherry fabric, so I modified stuff a little.

Anyway, I snapped a couple of pictures before I sent.  Maybe they'll give you a better idea of what it looks like:

You can't see it really well in either picture, but the apron is two layers.  The bottom one goes to around knee length (a little higher) and then the top one is half as long and is two pockets.  You can tie the waist tie in the front under the top layer but above the bottom one so that the tie is completely hidden...if that makes any sense.  If not, I can look for the tutorial I based it on.

P.S. Those dish gloves are the jam!

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6  Reusable Bags in an Oh-So-Sexy Sage Pinstripe in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lizzle on: February 03, 2009 11:26:07 PM
I just finished the Deck out Your Kitchen swap and my partner said that she needed some reusable bags and that her favorite colors were green and brown, so I immediately got to work.  I made her a set of these bags out of this neat green and brown/grey striped fabrics.

I used this tutorial from MorsBags: http://www.morsbags.com/morsbaginstructions.pdf.  However, I altered it slightly by boxing the corners at the bottoms of the bags to make them better for holding groceries.  I was really happy with how these came out.  The MorsBag tutorial is great.  I've used it before to make people bags for Christmas and I'll definitely use it again.  If you are using the tutorial to make grocery bags, be sure to box the corners once you're done or else the bags don't work well for holding multiple smaller items.  Go with the tutorial just as it is if you're going to make totes for papers or books or the like.

My partner received and she said that she liked them.  Hopefully more people will make reusable bags so we don't have to waste as much plastic as we do now.
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7  Rad Magnets and Yummy Candles in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Lizzle on: February 03, 2009 11:18:39 PM
I just finished the Deck Out Your Kitchen Swap and my partner received, so I'm good to post this stuff now.  She said she needed magnets and I figured, what can be better than magnets that hold a bunch of sheets of paper at once?

Enter the clothespin magnets!

They're so easy to make--I'll have to make a set for my fridge, too.  I'm sure there are a million tutorials of them posted because I can't have been the first one to think of this, but there is one at a blog I write for: http://www.boredla.com/craftiness-is-next-to-godliness-organize-your-fridge-with-clothespin-magnets/.  I'm sure that I've seen these magnets somewhere else before, as well, but I don't know where off the top of my head.

My swap partner didn't mention needing any candles, but I figured that one can never have too many, so I made her a few teacup candles out of vintage teacups that I thrifted.  Since her kitchen is cream, blue, and red, I figured these would fit in pretty well. (These pictures are from before I trimmed the wicks.)

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8  Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster in Latest News by Lizzle on: November 03, 2008 12:50:12 PM
It's still up there.  Thanks for trying so hard to fix it, but the ones that have already been listed still have not been blocked.  I found these just in the past few minutes:

The ones I've clicked on so far have taken me to:

Is there a way that you could block ads from this website and all of its subsidiary pages (i.e. anything that originates from www.protectmarriage.com/whatever/)

This whole thing really upsets me because it seems to have taken over the entire website.  Literally every craftster page I've seen today has had one or more of these Yes on Prop 8 ads.

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9  I've been attacked by THE BIRDS! (now with bonus Juno costumes) in Halloween Costumes by Lizzle on: November 03, 2008 11:54:53 AM
For this Halloween, I had two different parties to go to (one on Friday, one on Saturday) with many of the same people in attendance, so I knew I needed two different costumes.

On Friday, we went to a party and my boyfriend and I decided to dress up at Juno and Paulie Bleecker from the movie.  The costumes were pretty easy and not too craft-intensive.  I just used clothes that we already had and augmented it with an American Apparel trip.

People thought it was really cute and random people we didn't know kept asking to take pictures with us.
For the pregnant belly, I wore a tight tank top and leggings underneath my outfit and stuffed two sweatshirts into the tummy area.  The tank top and leggings held them in and helped to smooth out all the lumps.

This picture is of me with my friend, who was dressed up as sushi. I wish I could take credit for that awesome idea, but I didn't make it or think it up.  The picture does a better job of showing how huge my preggers belly was.

On Saturday was the piece de resistance!  I decided to be Tippi Hedren from Alfred Hitchcock's classic, The Birds.  I bought a blonde "soccer mom" wig and gave it a haircut.     Then I used a vintagey green dress that I already had and sewed crows to both the dress and the wig.  I used lipliner to make "cuts" all over my body.  The costume was a huge success--everyone loved it.

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10  Re: Givers and Needers Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Lizzle on: October 21, 2008 10:04:37 PM
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post pictures, but I received from Selkie.  She sent me SO SO SO much stuff!  Seriously, I have enough embroidery/counted cross stitch supplies to last me for the next few years now.  I'm so grateful!

I took a bunch of pictures, but for some reason I can't get the others to upload onto my computer.  I'm going to get the boy to troubleshoot for me tomorrow, but in the meantime, here is a picture of some of what she sent me (this is maybe a quarter of the loot).

Thanks, Selkie!  You're the best.
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