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11  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Need Suggestions For Children In The Hospital on: May 15, 2010 08:55:24 PM
This past December I suffered a near fatal heart attack due to a completely blocked artery.
I had to have a plastic bit inserted into my heart and then had to spend a bit of time in the hospital.
I am completely recovered now and back to riding my bike many miles a week so all is good on my end.

Recently I have been thinking about my experience and how scared I was while I was in the hospital. The one thing that  gave me comfort was a stuffed dog that my 4 year old granddaughter brought me.

Now if I was that scared how scary must it be to be a little kid in the children's cardiac care unit?Huh

I thought maybe I could make something for the kids that would be comforting. Does anyone have any ideas other than stuffed animals and blankets? I am open to anything.

And does anyone have any experience with donating handmade goods to a hospital? Who do I contact?

Any and all ideas or help will be greatly appreciated.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Birdie Mobile on: April 23, 2010 06:10:46 AM
I made this for my granddaughter's room. 10 little birdies sitting and flying around. My favorite is the mom in the center sitting on her nest.
I made each bird out of scraps of material and then used beads for eyes.
I added the beaded hangings just to give it a little shine and sparkle.
The whole thing is about 2 feet high, plus another foot or so for the hanger. Each bird sits nicely in your hand.

And here is a closer look at the birds themselves:
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sewing Box on: April 10, 2010 06:17:30 AM
This was all made with things that normally would have ended up in the trash.

For this I used an empty Godiva Chocolates box. I decoupaged it with shredded pieces of an old pattern I will never use again, and lined it with a scraps of brown felt. I used a couple sewing baubbles to decorate the top, and it's tied shut with a leftover piece of ribbon that looks like a tape measure. I'll use it to keep small bits of stuff neat on my sewing table. Hope you like it!

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Tiny Bit Of Whimsy on: April 03, 2010 10:16:29 PM
My daughter is redoing the granddaughters bedroom into a woodland type theme. I found these 3 birdhouses at the thrift store for 25 cents each.

After a bit of paint and 3 little birdies I came up with this for their room:

I think they will like them.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Junk Mail Into Art on: March 20, 2010 07:17:45 PM
I made this for my parents new house.
Junk mail, an old picture frame, paint, parchment paper, a scrap of a light cover film left over from a wedding, foil, wire, etc.

First I did the regular foil and paint wrap on the picture frame and let it dry. Then I wrapped the frames backing board with parchment paper.
Next I drew flower petals on the junk mail with a sharpie marker, making sure to get a variety of colors, and then cut them out leaving the black lines around the edges.
I glued the petals to the light cover film into flower shapes.
Next I wrapped the wire around a pencil to get curlies and glued them to the light film.
When everything was dry I put the film into the frame between the backing board and the glass.
My parents loved it.
Now to be fair I got this idea about a year ago from a large piece of artwork I saw somewhere on the web. Not sure who made the original, but here is my finished interpretation:

Hope you like it!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Seatbelt Purse on: March 20, 2010 06:58:19 PM
I haven't been around craftster for awhile due to health issues, but I am doing better now and I thought I would pop in to show you my latest project.
Seatbelt straps and an extra set of car badges make one heck of a sturdy purse. The straps are woven together and then the raw edges are wrapped with more straps.
And yes, I do drive a Scion xB. The seatbelt straps match the interior of my car.

I hope you like it!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Yard Sale Score - Lots 'O Pics on: August 09, 2008 06:59:00 PM
This weekend was the World's Longest Yard Sale. It runs 600+ miles from Ohio to Alabama. My daughter and I made it about 70 miles before we pooped out.
At one place I found a stash of vintage sewing supplies which of course I had to buy.

Some partially embroidered linens. I'll find something to do with them:

Some old embroidery transfer sheets (full sheets) I will most def use these, but I will scan them first:

Oh look! A tea cozy....how ironic!!!

Paper doilies:

Various bits of laces:

Wooden thread spools:

Patterns and patches. The patches are marked 23 CENTS!

Trim galore:

This is the back of a small brochure. It WILL be framed and hung!!!!

And the really cool part is.......I only paid $5 for the whole lot.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / 32 Count Black Aida or the Like? on: June 01, 2008 03:18:49 AM
Does anyone know if anyone makes a decent quality 32 count black cross stitch fabric.
I can't find any anywhere.
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Skyline Lights Art Photography on: February 16, 2008 09:52:12 PM
Let me start off by saying that these are not my photos. They were taken by my daughter on her last trip up here.

This is the reference photo. An unaltered photo of Cincinnati's Skyline taken from the Newport Kentucky side of the Ohio River:


Here are the "art photos" she took of the same skyline. These are original photos and have not been altered in any way:

I thought they were cool as heck!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Sewing Up Your Hair on: February 12, 2008 02:50:09 AM
PLEASE tell me I am not the only one who does this!

I have really long hair and even when I put it up I always manage to sew my hair into my needlework. Cross stitch, needlepoint, etc.....every piece gets my hair sewn up in it  Undecided

My husband says not to worry about it because this way no one can ever steal my work as their own because my DNA is all wrapped up in it.  Tongue

I pick it out when I see it, but of course some gets by me. I swear I am going to have to start wearing a hair net!
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