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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A Simple Holiday Gift for my Fellow Baristas on: December 19, 2009 09:39:07 PM
This is a super easy craft, but I still wanted to upload. I knew I wanted to give my coworkers some kind of crafted gift. My first idea was to bake something for them but two are vegetarians (not sure how strict and what rules each goes by), one eats very healthy, and the others don't have preferences so I didn't want to bake anything that the veggies wouldn't eat, etc. Too much stress! I only work with five other people; you'd think it would be easy! Smiley

Sooo, instead, I decided to get eat of them personalized, retractable Sharpies (I work in a Starbucks licensed store). Here's what I came up with!

And the tools, I used - Paint Sharpies!

Don't worry, I made one for me too. Wink
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Personalized Homemade Christmas Ornaments (as gifts!) on: December 17, 2009 11:18:22 PM
I'm strapped for cash this Christmas so I am only able to buy a select few people gifts. So this year I decided to make a keepsake type ornament for my family and my boyfriend's family. I am still in the process of making them, but I wanted to post the two I have made so far.

This one is for my boyfriend's parents - the picture is of their kids (my boyfriend is the baby in the picture).

This is for my boyfriend's aunt and uncle - it is their daughter.

I've had to improvise a lot when making these, and they took a lot longer than I initially thought. I just wanted to share and maybe inspire someone to make a Christmas ornamnet gift of their own. If there are any questions or suggestions, let me know! Smiley
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Please HELP me with GROMMETS. Thank you! on: January 09, 2007 06:14:19 PM
I've never done anything with grommets before and I have a pattern that needs them (Simplicity 5582).

I have no clue where to begin with them.

Do I need a specific tool? I've read about an "awl". What is that exactly?

So far what I'm guessing is you poke a hole through your fabric and you stick the grommet in there. But I'm not sure how big the hole should be and how does the grommet stay in place?

If a very kind someone could PLEASE explain this process to me in detail so I can understand. Maybe even a visual aide?

I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post this because I will gladly move it. And I've looked through the archives but haven't found anything I understood. (Maybe I overlooked something?)

Any help is appreciated!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Orange Peels? on: December 24, 2006 11:28:13 AM
Any ideas?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a reconstructed halter [my first topic] on: December 17, 2006 08:10:01 PM
So this was just a plain tshirt that was too big.

(Sorry for the stupid face. haha.)


Tutorial from OhMyStars.Net.
The tie thing is just left over braided fabric.

Please reply! ^_^;;
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