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#61 of 122 Old 09-19-2005, 11:59 AM
 
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I am hoping to make a few of these no sew fleece blankets
http://www.exploringwomanhood.com/ho.../pom-jan03.htm

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Dh, who is a bit of a carpenter by hobby, scanned in some lovely illustrations of the ballet steps. he then printed them on nice paper and made one long frame for holding the steps. Then he trimmed it with contrasting wood.
It is really stunning.
I know Bean will adore it!


We'll all have to post pictures as we make things!
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earthmama,

I'd love to know more about your cleaning packages...I think that's a great idea for my friends with small children...
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I too, would love to hear about the cleaning packages.

for dh & my dad & fil; bbq aprons...

for ladies & girls; hand-made glass bead bracelets

for our children 2 playstands (dh is making it...ill be sanding finnishing ect.)
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still need idea(s) for bil; a 20ish yo guy.....
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Some cleaning package ideas:

Laundry in a Box: Box with simple homemade lable (very simplistic and contemporary) of:
-Natural soap (bar)
-washing soda (box of )
- instructions for making laundry soap with those ingredients
- lavender sachets for dryer (dried lavender sewn into small bean bags of fabric for tossing in the dryer for scent)
- linen spray homemade and instructions

Home care in a box:
- vinegar
- baking soda
- tea tree oil
- all purpose orange cleaner concentrate
- hydrogen peroxide
- squirt bottles (2 or 3)
- instructions on how to use these to make all the standard home cleaning options and an article on why it is a healthy choice !

Bath Care in a Box :
you can make a tub centered gift of tub teas, soaks, soaps, sugar scrubs, or whatever you dream! homemade deodorant options, body sprays, lip balms, salves, etc.
some recipes in my link below -

Baby Care in a Basket :
- baby wash bags (recipe in link)
- lavender sachets for dressor
- homemade salve for bum or dry skin (recipe in link)
- tub tea
- massage oil for baby (I would use sweet orange oil as it is mild for babies-recipe in link)


those are standards, and you can branch out and get creative!

For dh I have done kits of
-aftershave
-bath salts
- scrubby boy scented soaps
- shaving balm

For pregnant women I make belly butters in ice cube trays , the same recipe as tub candy in link
plus the soaks, salts, salvves, and scrubs

on and on....
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I am hoping to make a few of these no sew fleece blankets
http://www.exploringwomanhood.com/ho.../pom-jan03.htm

: for more ideas
Those blankets are so easy!!! I love em!!

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i just posted some pix of my first two aprons for christmas... and the post below that are pix of my just transfered blasotcysts

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My friend and I are making these gorgeous scarves similar to something we saw at Anthropology. It is a bunch of different types of yarn, ribbon and then you make three bunches and plait them. Tie the ends off with ribbon and wear out and about. They are so pretty. I will have to post a picture later. We are making them for our moms, friends and ourselves. Very trendy and lovely!
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i just posted some pix of my first two aprons for christmas... and the post below that are pix of my just transfered blasotcysts
AWESOME JOB Chiromama!!!

And the aprons are cute too!
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Those are super cute aprons, Chiromama!!!
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thanks Ms. Doula. I think they look like me haha

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In their dollar bins, Target has wooden cheese boards. I bought a few and am brainstorming what I might do with them. I'd like to decorate them in some way for the holidays (decoupage, paint, etc.) and give them with some homemade bread or something as a holiday gift.

Does anyone know what type of sealant I could put over paint or decoupage to make it safe for serving food on?
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One year I gave my husband a pizza peel . . . you know, those giant wooden spatulas to get pizza out of the oven. I used a dremel to carve his nickname in it. You might try carving something in your cheese boards. Maybe something cheesy like "Say Cheese" or "Where's the wine?" :
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Bath Care in a Box :
you can make a tub centered gift of tub teas, soaks, soaps, sugar scrubs, or whatever you dream! homemade deodorant options, body sprays, lip balms, salves, etc.
some recipes in my link below -

Baby Care in a Basket :
- baby wash bags (recipe in link)
- lavender sachets for dressor
- homemade salve for bum or dry skin (recipe in link)
- tub tea
- massage oil for baby (I would use sweet orange oil as it is mild for babies-recipe in link)


For pregnant women I make belly butters in ice cube trays , the same recipe as tub candy in link
plus the soaks, salts, salvves, and scrubs

on and on....
Hi, I'd really love the recipes that you mention here, but can't see the link - - do you mind posting it? Thanks!
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sorry ! I have since changed my sig...here is the link


Link for Body Care Recipes
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Thanks!!

Heading over to check it out now
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For my nieces (4, 7, and 10) - knitted funky bell-shaped legwarmers (they're still "in" right?) - anyone have a pattern?
For dd (2) - her bday is jan 10, so not sure which gifts will be birthday and which will be yule:
-wooden train found at garage sale
-wooden rocking horse found at consignment store
-wooden teacups found at garage sale
-sewing an apron and chef's hat (pattern from Ottobre)
-sewing Waldorf-style doll
-sewing a Yule dress
-sewing a stocking
-sewing some kind of regular clothes - maybe corduroy pants and a long sleeve shirt
-I'll try to make a couple felted balls (maybe one in each teacup)
For my nephew - what do you make for a 15-year old hockey player whose mom is incredibly crafty herself? (he has gorgeous quilts, so a blanket is unnecessary)
For dh - a Ford themed flannel quilted blanket (no piecing)
-a black cotton sherpa housecoat/robe
That's all I've got so far

ETA: found a legwarmer pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTlegwarmers.html
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Last year I made fleece hats/scarves/blankets/purses. This year I am making doll carriers for all the girls; slings, mai tei's and wraps and some baby carriers for the adults too! Not sure about all the boys.
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just made my first bag...it's a backpack


It was fun! I am thinking of making adult bags now that I see that following the pattern is not too difficult?
We'll see!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/4...108AbtmjFuzaNK

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Great ideas everyone! I am thinking that I'll be making some homemade multi-colored crayons to give to nieces and nephews from dd. DD's 15 mo.'s so she'll be the one breaking all the crayons in little pieces for me! I'll put a little note about "making the world a colorful place" or something like that and include some coloring pages, (hopefully homemade as well-if I have the time!). I'm getting great ideas from everyone...I love the library tote idea!
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Putting together craft kits for small children is really pretty easy and fun.
For example, you can print out templates or make your own
DLTK
KizClub
Just to sample some crafts.

So, have some nice thick cardstock paper and print out a few templates. Do the cutting for very young children and supply them with glue sticks, colors, glitter for decorating and instructions!
DLTK has many animals that can be made by tracing a child's hands for wings. Something like a "Handprint Animal Craft" kit with the special child's favorite animals would be fun.

Obviously you could customize it to reflect the child's interests.
My neice loves Owls, so I could do a themed Owl kit of activities, poems, short stories and maybe even make her a little felt set with owls or something like that
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Thanks for those links LaLa! Yay!
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Great ideas everyone! I am thinking that I'll be making some homemade multi-colored crayons to give to nieces and nephews from dd.
If you plan to make the crayons make sure you use Crayola brand. The generic brands have too much wax in them and the tops will just be plain wax and not color.

Ask me how I know....

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Hopefully you didn't make too many triciarn?! Did you use old muffin tins? I'm wondering how I should make them without ruining a pan. Maybe I'll just look for one at a thrift shop or something.
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mama2zoey, I actually used my regular mini muffin tins. I just put the tins back in the oven after I pop them out then I wipe the still melted wax with a paper towel and then scrubbed them with hot soapy water. My muffing tins are the dark Teflon coated material. I let them cool for a few minutes on the counter and then put them in the freezer.


I have decided what I am doing for my men’s gifts!!

I am going to make record bowls found here. I am going to include microwave popcorn, a movie rental, and something sweet. I bought the records at my local thrift store for $1. It was sooo easy. My uncle and his family have a gospel singing group that had records years ago. I think it would be neat to make the bowls out of those if I can find any.

WOW, I sure am talkative. :LOL

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I love the record bowl idea! Now I just need to find a suitable record to use... You could make clocks out of records, too. You would have to widen the hole a little, then use one of those $6 clock kits and decide if you want to add numbers.

Tricia, do you think your uncle and family would be upset if you "ruined" one of their records?

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Tricia, do you think your uncle and family would be upset if you "ruined" one of their records?
I plan to check if my mom has any of their old records since she does not have a record player anymore. I did speak to my cousin/SIL (long story LOL) and they found several boxes of their records. I may get some of those.

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