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i just found this.. my next adventure

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...p_crayons.html

its for homemade bath soap crayons
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Love this thread! My fav quickie gift of all time are fleece scarves. Just adjust the size to the size person you're making it for.

Super simple. Take a piece of fleece. I usually buy it in 1 yd pieces unless it's a really good sale. 1 yd not on sale runs about $4.50, but sometimes I can find it on the $1 rack. Lay on a flat surface & cut into strips (a rotary cutter with a backer works great for this if you have it). Take each strip & cut fringe into the ends. No need to hem because fleece does fray. Just make sure to get the fleece that is fuzzy on both sides. I get 5-10 scarves per yard depending on how wide I'm making them. If you like your fringe curled just start up near the top of each piece you cut (where it's still attached to the scarf) and pull firmly down, pinching it between your fingers.
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Love this thread! My fav quickie gift of all time are fleece scarves. Just adjust the size to the size person you're making it for.

Super simple. Take a piece of fleece. I usually buy it in 1 yd pieces unless it's a really good sale. 1 yd not on sale runs about $4.50, but sometimes I can find it on the $1 rack. Lay on a flat surface & cut into strips (a rotary cutter with a backer works great for this if you have it). Take each strip & cut fringe into the ends. No need to hem because fleece does fray. Just make sure to get the fleece that is fuzzy on both sides. I get 5-10 scarves per yard depending on how wide I'm making them. If you like your fringe curled just start up near the top of each piece you cut (where it's still attached to the scarf) and pull firmly down, pinching it between your fingers.
Or instead of fringeing, you could do a wide blanket stitch for a folksy look.
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Great ideas! I have recently decided to make most of our toys, dolls, playthings thanks in part to the Creative Family and the gorgeous items here. I'm finding a great need for the simple and beautiful. I never knew I could actually do these things myself.
After sewing the children's halloween costumes this year I began to realize the other neat things I could do!
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My dad made something similar for my boys, only for screwdriver skills rather than hammering. He took a block of maple, drilled holes in it, and installed those steel screw-sleeve thingies - they keep the hole from stripping out when you screw a screw in and out repeatedly. Then he put 4 different screws in the block - standard, Phillips head, hex bolt, and hex socket (that you use an allen wrench to move).
What a cute idea! Also love the hammer log.
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Aw, that mouse is super cute! Thanks for the link
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Here's my knitted food:
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art005.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art004.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/art006-1.jpg


And doll bassinet/purse:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art003.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art001.jpg

I also ordered a blank game board kit (blank board, money, spinner, hourglass, etc. $7!) from Bare Books and bought some blank wooden peg people from Michael's so I'm making a family adventure game for ds.
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Here's my knitted food:
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art005.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art004.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...r/art006-1.jpg


And doll bassinet/purse:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art003.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1...ver/art001.jpg

I also ordered a blank game board kit (blank board, money, spinner, hourglass, etc. $7!) from Bare Books and bought some blank wooden peg people from Michael's so I'm making a family adventure game for ds.
Great stuff!

I love that purse/bassinet. Can you tell me what pattern it is?
Thanks!
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Great stuff!

I love that purse/bassinet. Can you tell me what pattern it is?
Thanks!
Sure. I got it from knitlist:
http://www.knitlist.com/2002/BassinetPurse.htm

There are a millon patterns out there for crochet bassinet purse, but this is the only one I could find for knit. It is much bigger than the crochet ones (maybe 6 inches and I used size 3 dpn instead of 6!) Plus, I changed the hood. The one in the pattern is flat and I wanted it to stand up so I basically knitted the heel of a sock onto the bassinet. If you actually decide to knit this, I can tell you how I did the hood, but if you've knitted a sock,you can probably figure it out.
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Sure. I got it from knitlist:
http://www.knitlist.com/2002/BassinetPurse.htm

There are a millon patterns out there for crochet bassinet purse, but this is the only one I could find for knit. It is much bigger than the crochet ones (maybe 6 inches and I used size 3 dpn instead of 6!) Plus, I changed the hood. The one in the pattern is flat and I wanted it to stand up so I basically knitted the heel of a sock onto the bassinet. If you actually decide to knit this, I can tell you how I did the hood, but if you've knitted a sock,you can probably figure it out.
Thank you!
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Here are some simple plans for making an awesome toy castle from recycled materials. I just typed out the whole article for AC, so I'll give you guys the shortened version. You can pretty much tell what to do just from the pictures.

Materials: one sturdy cardboard box - any size you want, two or four oatmeal containers (if you only have two, put them on the front), acrylic paint, one shoestring or piece of yarn, two large beads (optional), Xacto blade, sharp steak knife or pumpkin carving knife, hot glue or other heavy duty glue, brown paper packing tape, paperboard from a large cereal box, small piece of rectangular sponge.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle1.jpg

First, glue the bottom flaps of the box together securely. Use brown paper packing tape to cover any gaps and reinforce the edges. Cut off the corners as shown. Fold sides down and cut along the top to create the top of the castle walls. Cut out drawbridge shape, but leave attached along the bottom so it can open and close.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle2.jpg

Measure across the space where the corners of the box were. Cut a matching size opening into the bottom side of each oatmeal can. Secure the bottom of each can to the bottom corners of the box with heavy duty glue. Glue the sides of the walls to the sides of each can. Cover over the glue along the sides with reinforced brown paper packing tape so you can't see any glue. Use the tape on the inside AND outside of the box.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle3.jpg

Poke holes on either side and above drawbridge for drawbridge chain. Cut design from paperboard (cereal box) to go around the top of each tower. Glue onto tower securely. Let dry thoroughly before painting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...al/castle4.jpg

Paint castle gray (or pink or whatever color your child likes best). Use sponge dipped in lighter gray to create brick pattern on castle walls. Lay shoestring or yarn under the open drawbridge and tape it to the door with paper packing tape. Pull each end up through holes in wall and secure with a bead on each end or you can just tie them together. Pull string to close drawbridge. Paint drawbridge brown to look like wood. Add heraldry, etc.

Now your castle is ready for knights, dragons, fairy princesses or grand balls – whatever your heart desires! :
post #275 of 358
These turned out so great! I love the board game idea as well.
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Is there a link for eggplant pattern?

I love this thread!
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Is there a link for eggplant pattern?

I love this thread!
http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKn...abyRattles.asp

I just go to google and put in "knit carrot" "knit cherry" etc. and have been able find everything. My next one is knit pizza slice.

I knitted these all with 3 dpn, even though all the patterns say 6 with worsted weight. Maybe I knit big, but the first few things I knitted were huge.
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Subbing! This is an awesome thread!
post #279 of 358
I wish I'd found this thread three years ago!

I'm doing a lot more handmade lately. Waldorf type dolls, a fabric teepee, hammocks.

I made a lot of Sock Stick Horses for a family Christmas party - the tutorial is here -

http://unprocessedfamily.blogspot.co...-giveaway.html

It's *really* easy and fast to put together.
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Just wanted to share my newest invention- its not super creative- but I wanted to make a waldorf doll for my 3 year old nephew- I didn't want to do the ones that look more like for a baby with the puffy velour body, nor did I want it to have to have clothes- so I made my regular style doll, and made the body and legs from velour and did a sewn on cap with bangs sticking out instead of a fully crochetted cap, the arms are skin tone, as is the head. I'm really happy with it, and hope he likes it for Christmas.

Thanks to everyone who is posting the cute links on here- I've found SO many cute things to make!
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