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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Yummy Smelling Heat Pads - With TUTORIAL 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.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Easy, chic, & cheap flower headbands 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!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Homemade soothing face mask recipe on: September 07, 2009 12:02:33 AM
Hi there!

I'm definitely a newbie to the world of bath and beauty, so I'm not sure if this is in the right place.  If it is, awesome.  If not, please let me know and I'll take it down/move it to wherever it should go.

No pictures because the mask I made turns out looking pretty gross, but it's great for your skin.  I used it last night on my sunburnt face and it worked wonders to soothe and reduce the redness.

All you have to do is put 1/2 an avocado, a few tablespoons of honey, and 1/8 cup oatmeal in the blender and blend until the avocado is smooth.  Bonus points if the avocado was refrigerated before you blend it...the cooler it is, the more soothing it will feel.  Put it on your face for ten minutes, then gently wipe off with a towel soaked in cool water.  You might have enough left over for another mask.  If that's the case, you can keep it in the fridge for a couple days.  Just put the avocado pit in with the remaining mask so it doesn't turn brown.

The avocado and honey are great moisturizers and the oatmeal soothes irritated skin.  It's perfect for sunburn, but would also be great in the winter if your skin is dried out from heated air or harsh weather.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / No-sew Sink Skirt - Soooo much cuter than the stuff they sold in the store! 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/
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Bags in an Oh-So-Sexy Sage Pinstripe 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.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rad Magnets and Yummy Candles 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.)

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I've been attacked by THE BIRDS! (now with bonus Juno costumes) 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.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I just love covering things - mohawk hat, lacy sleeves, and a swiffer cover on: September 14, 2008 07:05:21 PM
For my latest swap, I did a lot of knitting -- two partners who both wanted knitted things PLUS I had to knit one of each of their things for myself.

The first thing I made was a mohawk hat:

It was pretty simple to knit. Just knit a regular hat and then some sari silk in fall colors for the "hair."

I also knit some sleeves out of Rowan Kidsilk Haze:

And a close up:

I made a tie at the top by making a row of 3-wind stiches (as opposed to once around the needle) and then weaving a braid of sari silk through.  That way it will fit whatever wrist size (I got it small enough for me and I have baby wrists, but it could fit a big man, too if he wanted to wear them).

Last but not least, I knit a Swiffer cover (Or Ready Mop cover in my case).

It's knit with machine washable cotton, so it should hold up pretty well.  I love not having to be wasteful by using their pads anymore.

Hope you guys enjoyed!

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Summer book swap round 2? on: May 21, 2008 11:28:44 PM
So last summer I organized a summer book swap and I'd love to do it again if anyone would be interested.  It went really well.  Anyone up for some new reading materials?

Here's a link to the last one:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Favorite bulky yarn? on: November 08, 2007 08:59:20 PM
So I'm in the market for some super bulky yarn to make a chunky scarf and hat.  I'm wondering if any of you wonderful Craftsters might have a suggestion, as I'm not finding anything I really love (or the stuff that  I do love is way too expensive).  The bulkier the better, preferably pretty soft (comfy for near the skin), not too expensive and no acrylics.  Any thoughts?
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