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151  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Pink Foam Blocks ??? on: May 13, 2007 05:12:25 PM
If the're soft enough you could use some to make one of those baby's soft books http://www.galt.co.uk/firstyears/fyear05.htm

...although that's only going to use a few.

also on the child front, cut into squares, glue and stack into cubes and cover to make soft play building blocks/alphabet blocks. We have some giant dice at work made in the same way. Great fun and no more losing the dice under furniture mid game.
152  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Just started, would love constructive criticism! on: May 13, 2007 04:40:10 PM
Don't know if the second one is crumpled from being crushed after you made it or not, but for smoother seams and hems it's always a good idea to iron them before sewing, reduces the likelyhood of the fabric puckering up as you sew it especially around pinned areas.

But good job on all three, that first one is really cool, love that fabric - was it hard to sew? Did it slip or stick at all as you worked it through the machine?
153  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first two sewing projects ever! (Images included) on: May 13, 2007 04:34:47 PM
Wow, if this is your first effort I can't wait to see what you end up doing once you let loose!

Love that you had the patience to put so much detail into that first one, all the internal pockets are a great addition - really shows that you've thought about practicality.

Good job girl  Grin
154  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My very first stuffie ever! (Cute Book mascot) on: May 13, 2007 04:22:51 PM
Good work for a first go, love the colours and it looks like the picture you worked from (sounds stupid but I've had plenty of things turn out unrecognisable)

WRT finishing of, you are best to over sew rather than knot - basically you do like 4 or 5 stitches on top of each other (don't worry about trying to go through the same hole, you're just 'anchoring' the thread). Then stick the needle through the whole piece, snip as close to the fabric as you safely can then pull the material apart slightly so that the end of the thread disappears neatly inside.

Hope that makes sense.

For French knots you need to make sure you're using thick enough thread - embroidery thread, although you can split it down slightly if you want smaller knots. Then just try not to over tighten the knot... it's an idea to practice stitches like this on some spare fabric, alot of it is down to thread tension and you need to get a 'feel' for it to guarantee matching knots each time.
155  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: My LO's on: April 23, 2007 12:14:53 AM
LOVE the background images on the cupcakes and movie pages - such a refreshing change from seeing 'normal' pretty, subtle backgrounds.

...although those cupcakes look scary  Shocked
156  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hello Kitty folders from my hubby!! on: April 22, 2007 01:56:21 PM
So this weekend my normally un-crafty DH spent a large amount of time sneaking around doing 'stuff', only to reveal a pair of customised box files for my paperwork.

I am naturally quite a messy bear and my piles of un-filed documents in the study drives him mad. I love not only that he took the time and effort to make them, but that he's finally understood that honey catches more bees than vinegar Wink

The flowery background paper is actually wallpaper!! cute but I think a whole room of that would make me ill  Grin
157  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Re: I'm clueless! on: April 22, 2007 12:26:49 PM
Hey Hippy chick, how about a sun visor tidy (if he doesn't already have one), like this:


It doesn't necessarily need to be practical - could be made as a photo frame/holder instead.

If he drives alot a mix tape/cd would be cool too.

Or how about making some diabetic cookies or sweets and presenting them in a cute truck box:


Not exactly the right shape for either of his vehicles but a bit of creative decorating and you could make it look more like a big rig.

Just a few off the top of my head - good luck Smiley
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