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3821  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 03:53:04 PM
What a blast from the past! Thanks for the link. And what a terrific package.

If you remember her you'll get a big kick out the scanned pages!  They all have themes like "Betsy Goes to the Shore!" and "Betsy Stays Up Waiting for Santa!" and my personal favorite, "Betsy Saves for a Bond!"
3822  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 03:37:53 PM
those are really cute, and it sounds like you went to a lot of effort to make them very nice....i like that they are magnets too so she can actually do something with them!

Thanks!  It was hard to pick outfits, because there are SO many cute ones that I left out due to time limits.  If I had girls I'd want to make some of the outfits that didn't get printed for them to wear!  I imagined that she would play with them with the 5 and 3 year old grand daughters so I wanted them to be moderately sturdy.  That's also why I printed up Barbara (who wasn't mentioned in the conversation) and made 2 of each type of outfit (shots, capris, coats, suits, etc.)
3823  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! on: February 10, 2010 03:22:24 PM
I'm sure animals in shelters all over the world could use a little comfort.  Even if the shelter provides a blanket, it probably would help them to be able to be able to have their money go further.  I LOVE that people can take the dogs for a walk even if they can't take one home!

I agree on both. We plan to go there and walk the dogs as well as soon as they are healthy (they've been sick in turns all winter - since the kindergarden...) and I also plan to include my girls to help me make some stuff for the dogs in the shelter when they grow older. They have nice rules there: you can come and feed, comb, play with and walk the dogs you like and many people come on daily/weekly basis. I think this helps the dogs keep socialized and entertained and that way they are more likely to get adopted... I'm just working on a blaket with aplike of the dog (from ottobre site - I made my girl a bag and made 2 aplikes so I have one left). Thanks for the idea!

Wow! I'm just so happy that so many craftsters have decided to help out their local shelter or are already helping and half verified that this is a needed and appreciated way to contribute.
3824  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Betsy McCall Magentic Paper Dolls (many photos) on: February 10, 2010 03:11:57 PM


So at Christmas The ManFlesh's mom and aunt were reminiscing about playing with Betsy McCall paper dolls when they were girls and how they think their brother probably through them all out when cleaning out their mom's home after she moved.  Within a week or two, I stumbled upon a reference to a site that had printable Betsy McCall dolls (http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/dolls/pd_scans/betsy_mccall/index.html)!  His mom's birthday is this weekend, so I made her these.



I chose a selection of outfits from several months across a few years' worth of McCalls Magazine and put together an 8.5 x 14 sized image which a friend printed on big, pro-quality, matte, photo paper. Finally, I glued small magnets to the back.



I used spray adhesive to attach the clothing to card stock so it would be extra thick, then cut it out with an x-acto.  The dolls (and dog bed) was attached to a magnet sheet. If I knew exactly how to go about it, I should have glued them to some thin metal, because the various polarities of the magnets on the dolls and on the clothes caused some issues and I had to reattach the magnets on the clothes and they don't necessarily sit right on both Betsy and Barbara. 

The girls in some outfits:



After printing, I realized that these outfits make the sweet girls look like Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush.  Sorry girls.



I had a second print out on glossy photo paper and used parts of it to decorate the box. 



Just to complete the serendiptious nature of this whole thing I'll show a photo of the wrapped package.  I also learned at Christmas that her favorite animal is the giraffe and then the next week I found these letters on sale at JoAnn's for 25 cents and picked it up hoping to get a chance to use it.  Whee!



I hope my own mom's birthday gift is this easy...

3825  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: Altered & New Scrapbook: Argentina & Environs ( pic heavy" is an understatement) on: February 10, 2010 11:31:46 AM
What did you use for the rings of the notebook?

I used a Bind-It-All to make it.  The machine punches the holes and they sell the combs/"Owires" that fit their hole pattern.  They come in lengths to fit an 11" piece of paper that I cut with wire cutters to fit my project.  The have several sizes for several thicknesses of book.

http://www.binditall.com/Wires.html
3826  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: February 09, 2010 03:41:16 PM
YKYACW you snip your finger with the scissors and instead of yelping about your finger you shout "Oh my lord! Someone move my project before I bleed on it!" while quickly covering the wound with your free hand. My dad nearly died laughing. The cut wasn't as bad as it looked either.

haha I had the same thing yesterday, I was working on a white skirt and I stuck a needle into my finger (twice) and it kept on bleeding, I was shouting: Oh no the skirt!! the skirt! the skirt! *ouch*

Exactly!  The wound will heal, but blood stains may be permanent!
3827  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! on: February 09, 2010 11:38:12 AM

No need for warm there!  But soft is nice, still.  When I was deciding which blankets would be which size I would think of those bony dog elbows and how it seems like the bigger the dog, the thicker the the pad.

Oh I hear you there!  My sister used to have a great dane, and she had horrible calluses on her elbows and knees.  I always wanted to make her a big cushy bed, but she lived outside, and it would have gotten nasty real quick.

I just started working on a couple of quilts for Quiltsforkids.org.  I don't really have any extra fabric that would work for this, but whenever I Spring CLean, I donate everyting I get rid of to a thrift store that supports a shelter.
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Another great cause! 

big dogs over here sleep on those metal framed dog beds which have like a heshion top to keep them off the ground though in  winter the cold breeze under is just as bad for the old arthritic dogs here.

Ahhhhh.  I haven't thought about the air space under there diminishing heat, but it must.

That is a wonderful idea! I don't live in USA but we do have one shelter here as well so I'll keep the idea for the next time my brother goes to walk the dogs there (in our shelter people can come and just take a dog for a walk if they can't take him home).

I'm sure animals in shelters all over the world could use a little comfort.  Even if the shelter provides a blanket, it probably would help them to be able to be able to have their money go further.  I LOVE that people can take the dogs for a walk even if they can't take one home!
3828  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Squirrels vs. Alien Robot Invaders Toile Embroidery (many pics) on: February 09, 2010 11:32:21 AM
fantastic

your mind is a frightening place, isn't it...
fantastic

your mind is a frightening place, isn't it...

Thanks!  Actually, it's pretty cozy in there.   Cheesy

My 11yos is standing behind me saying over and over again, "Oh!  I need one of those!  I NEEEEEEEEED one of those!"

Awwww. It's awesome that an 11 yo would "need" an embroidery!
3829  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! on: February 08, 2010 06:45:02 PM
i live in tropical cairns in australia so its not cold but i think a few pet beds would be nice to donate
i will clear my linen cupboaard out and recycle what i have
great idea

No need for warm there!  But soft is nice, still.  When I was deciding which blankets would be which size I would think of those bony dog elbows and how it seems like the bigger the dog, the thicker the the pad.
3830  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: More Snuggles for Shelter Animals + More Pics on Page 2! on: February 08, 2010 04:55:57 PM
wow the red ones look realy comfy. u r so good to do this.
the shelter will really love these!
well done

Don't they?  I bet some big galoot of a dog is going to be so cute laying on them that he or she will get snapped right up!

Thanks everyone for the kind words about me.  It's so nice to hear, but what I really hope is that craftsters will be reminded that a little of their crafting time can go to a good cause and if it's this cause that's great.
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