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61  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Candle Revamp on: December 30, 2006 08:44:10 AM
I'm hoping I'm putting this in the right place - if not, let me know, OK?

I was asked to come up with a craft for a women's retreat - probably a group of about 35.  So, it needed to be easily done by women of all crafting levels, within a 1 hour time limit.  My head seems to like things like this and I came up with the idea of embellishing plain candles with small cutouts made of wax and having many choices of shapes.  I got SUPER lucky and found pyramid shaped candles at the dollar store!!

Here are a few of the finished candles:


I melted regular ol' parrafin in a coffee can/electric frying pan double boiler idea and poured the wax into shallow dishes - I used aluminum pie tins and the lids to my decorative cookie tins.  Before the wax got all the way hardened, I used my mini metal cookie cutters and cut out the shapes - you can use plastic cutters but the plastic has to be heavy enough to take a little heat without melting - I learned that the hard way. :


(you can see a few more designs in the candles in the backround of this pic)

Then, when the wax was all the way cooled, the shapes just popped right out!

I used Omni-glue to glue them on and test-burned a candle to make sure there were no toxic fumes and they're weren't.  Under different circumstances, I would have used something different to adhere them - like beeswax or sticky wax but that would have made the project more difficult for such a big group.

These 2 designs were 2 of the simplest but I don't have pics of the more complex ones - I'll work on that!  

I cut shapes like stars and flowers but I also used a paring knife to make geometric shapes like squares, rectangles, diamonds and long straight and long wavy pieces.  It was great to see what everyone came up with.

So, waddya think??

62  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Holder for four decks of cards! on: December 25, 2006 06:18:41 PM
OK, this one was fun.  My 16 yr old daughter and her friends like to play cards so I thought I'd make her something to keep her cards in.  It was made from a plastic case-like thingy we've had sitting around the house forever - I think we got it out of the free box at a garage sale.  heehee.

I used clear tape to put the cards on the case.  I used mini-cards to decorate with.  The holders on the inside were made out of the boxes the cards came in!

If you look at the background, you'll get to see a little bit of how my brain works.  There is creativity of every kind all in the same space!









63  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sliding Screen Door Magnets on: December 25, 2006 06:10:21 PM
I was going to get a pic of these actually ON the screen but I forgot to take my camera to the Christmas party!!!!

I saw this type of idea somewhere but this is my own version.



I took a piece of plastic that was from some scrapbooking stickers I bought - is that stuff called acetate??  I put double sided wide sticky tape (actually it was carpet tape) on the acetate then pressed silk flowers on them.  I used glue dots from my scrapbooking supplies in some spots that were sticking up.  I put magnets on the back.  I made matching sets then one goes on either side of the screen and they stick together then you can tell when the screen door is shut and hopefully noone with walk into it!

I hope this makes sense...

64  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Raw Peanuts?? on: December 11, 2006 12:26:48 PM

I was given a bag of raw peanuts by someone ELSE who had no idea what to do with them!

Anybody have any recipes for raw peanuts or does anyone know what I do with them to make them "un-raw"??

Feelin' kinda not smart.
65  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Cake Decorating? on: December 04, 2006 01:52:11 PM

I've been looking around but haven't found a specific area for decorated cakes.  Is it something that doesn't really fit in this website?  Maybe I missed it?  Or, is it called something else that I don't know about?
66  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Owners of the Company - Hubby and Wifey on: November 27, 2006 07:42:56 PM
Maaaaan, it's that time again.  These people are the hardest I've ever had to buy for.  I work in a small office and last year, I was helping to think of a gift - if noone thought of something, they were - once again - going to just get them a gift certificate.  Noone really likes these people - I don't either - but - - It's CHRISTMAS PEOPLE!!

So, last year, after grilling the office manager (who's been there 15 years) for weeks and she said no to everything - I came up with monogramed drinking glasses.  They seemed to like them!

They don't do much, have money to buy whatever they want and are very picky.  They don't collect things, They have no lawn - they actually have rocks!  So, lawn ornaments are out.  She used to quilt but it was a whim.

The interests they DO have are travel and diving and they dote extensively on their only grandchild - she is 3.  They don't do nicky-nacky things and, like I said, they buy everything.

I suggested a memory box to the office manager and she didn't think that would be good.

I thought of one of those photo quilts with their granddaughter's picture but they're expensive!!

I'm going to ask the office manager about a big scrapbook with tons of craft supplies but I have a feeling that won't fly.

Any ideas?Huh

Thanks in advance!

67  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 50th Anniversary Quilt Idea on: November 24, 2006 10:12:18 AM
While I was laying in bed, being very lazy and enjoying the absence of an alarm, I was pondering crafting and for some reason, I remembered a quilt that I participated in and thought it would be a great thing to share with you guys!

Now, it's a good possibility that this is a very old idea.  Although I'm a crafter, I have only, on occasion, done anything quilt-like but this was a good one.

Every member of the family, including the Grandkids, got a muslin square but the twist was - we didn't put any names on the squares.  Each family noted which squares were theirs by a small 'icon' in the bottom left corner and was something that would identify a characterisitic of that family.  For instance, on my 3 squares for my family, I painted a pine tree.  We lived on 10 acres of wooded land.  My sister-in-law begged me to help her with her squares and I painted the sillouette of a Doberman in the corner of hers because her dog was like a daughter to her.  Another sister-in law sewed buttons in her corners - - I'm still not sure why LOL but we could look at the quilt and point out which ones were from her family because of the buttons.

My in-laws, who the quilt was for, spent a very long time finding out whose squares were whose, since there were no names.  It made it even more special because they got to hear from their grandkids what their individual squares were about.

We had a tying party to put it all together.  It was a very special time.
68  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Wrapping Paper!!! duh... lol on: November 20, 2006 11:37:01 AM
I was doing something crafty this weekend and was thinking about challenge ideas and wrapping paper would be way appropriate for November, don'tcha think??

69  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Wallpaper border challenge? on: November 13, 2006 04:36:46 AM
I am given boxes of miscellaneous craft stuff on a regular basis by friends who want to get rid of odds and ends.  I was organizing my craft shelves yesterday and came across a box of wallpaper border that I still don't have ideas for and I thought it would be an interesting craft challenge to see what anyone else could come up with!

70  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How do YOU do it??? on: November 10, 2006 12:40:18 PM
OK, this is an awesomely cool website.  I just joined today - I'll be adding pics and such to my info soon but i can't right now but I HAVE to ask a question!!

Let me interject that I hope this doesn't sound like whining or jealousy - -

After seeing all of the totally awesome projects, how do you guys find time to do all of these creations??  What kind of lifestyle do you live?

I'm a single, full time working mom of teenagers and I would LOVE to spend more time creating but, between working full time, housework and nurturing my family, crafting takes a back burner.

Does anyone have any tips, techniques, mindsets, etc. that you could share with me as to what your day looks like and how you fit time in for crafting?

At this point, I don't see it in my life so I'm wondering if anyone else can relate or if you are all lucky enough to have different lifestyles than mine or something.

Thank you so much!!  I look forward to coming back here often!!

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