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Re: arts and crafts

Post by fiffur on Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:33 pm

I know, I'm glad there are rescues nearer to you who can also use what you make Jeane. I'm not sure if I should make a wall quilt or a larger one they can use on a couch or bed. What size would you make if it were you?
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Post by jeanebellini on Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:11 pm

if they're going to auction it....make a bed size quilt. if they're going to sell it, make two smaller quilts (lap size) lap size would be something they could use or they could hang on the wall.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:09 pm

They raffle this stuff off. I don't know what size to make--couch sized maybe?
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Post by Susan A on Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:33 am

I saw this link a few months ago and thought it could be fun to make these for Christmas.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Party-Crackers/

Actually, I've wondered if I couldn't sell them for fundraisers as well. The ones I've seen in stores and advertized are expensive. Since I have boxes of wrapping paper and most of the oher supplies on hand, it might be at least a way to use up some of the things we have tucked away in boxes and bins and maybe make a little money for church or a shelter doing so.

I could use some suggestions for little trinkets to include. They need to be small and cheap. Any ideas?
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Post by lovekitties on Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:32 pm

I took the leather pouch clas the other day. it was a granted class so it was free! I'm almost finished with it. I'm fringing the bottom and will put in a rawhide strap so I can wear it from the shoulder. It's not very large but big enough to put in my metrocard and some other stuff. Dont; want to put in too much to make it too heavy.

I've got a black ash basket class coiming up and just signed up for a "wampum"style bead jewelry class.
also a corn cooking class
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Post by jeanebellini on Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:21 pm

susan have you looked at Oriental Trading Co? i bet they are the best place to find odd little tiny junky 'trinket' things for the crackers. the hardest thing i can see about them is making the crowns....you might be better at those than me, but i bet i'd tear about 10 of them before i got it down pat!

you can make these for bd parties as well as christmas...if you're using them for animal fundraiser you might want to find little toy animals to put inside,animal stickers and make the jokes (or fortunes or whatever) about animals:)
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Post by Susan A on Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:37 am

That's a good suggestion Jeane. I used to get their catalog, but I can certainly look them up online.

I'm hoping that the crowns will be easier than paper snowflakes. Probably best to make a bunch of them at once and stockpile.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:19 pm

You can even get those nice handfans pretty cheap through them. They have all sorts of trinkets online too! I never thought of suggesting them............
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Post by jeanebellini on Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:11 pm

there's probably a pattern out there for crowns....i its just one long piece that looks sort of like a piece of fence and you just glue the ends together. the hardest part would be cutting tissue paper....wonder if there's something a little stronger than tissue but just as easy to roll up.

oriental trader co sometimes has free shipping if you buy a certain amount. i think its something like $40...but if you plan on making a lot of the things you might be able to make that.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:47 pm

Remember the paper crowns you used to get as kids from Burger King? You can make something like that from posterboard or heavy paper easily enough.
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Post by jeanebellini on Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:05 pm

they sell those type on Oriental Trading Co but i don't think they'd work for a cracker. a cracker is about the size of a tp roll so it has to be small and it has to be able to roll up small. i'm pretty sure the crowns (or other little hats) traditionally in a cracker is just tissue paper.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:44 pm

Maybe they could be made from just plain ol typing/xerox paper? That would be a bit sturdier and still lightweight enough for inside a cracker.
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Post by Susan A on Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:59 pm

Oriental Trading was a great suggestion Jeane. I think what I may do is make some fun sets of wine glass charms. They carry some really cute beads, and it would seem that the wine charms would be pretty easy to make.

Thanks for the tip!
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Post by jeanebellini on Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:27 pm

oh yeah those wine glass charms are easy to do....well they can be easy and simple or fancy and kinda hard but i don't think they're harder than making pair of earrings:)
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:48 pm

Some of those wine glass charms are easier to make than a pair of earrings.
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Post by jeanebellini on Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:44 pm

i have a little ball of thin orange yarn and a tiny bit of green and brown. i've made three little pumpkins and might be able to make a few more.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:02 pm

Are they going to be cat toys?
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Post by jeanebellini on Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:39 pm

they could be...or they could just be things to sit out for the fall or for halloween. i don't have a lot of that orange yarn and its so thin i coudln't really make a blanket from it but it was perfect for the pumpkins. IF we were allowed to wear pins at work i'd probably wear one of the little tiny ones i've made for a pin.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:25 pm

How big did they turn out? Just wondering.
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Post by jeanebellini on Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:18 pm

i made maybe 4 or 5 different sizes...the largest one is maybe the size of a small tangerine?the smallest is about the size of a medium size marble.the yarn is pretty thin (what is called 'afghan yarn' i think...maybe 3ply) and i'm using a small steel hook.
i have some of the same type yarn that is either black or navy black (veeeerrrrryyyy dark blue)..i should try making some tiny halloweenish cats.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:40 pm

The marble sized ones would be perfect as toys for kitties that prefer smaller ones like Bijoux. Just the right size for playing under-the-fridge soccer!

Let us know how the halloweeny kitties turn out if you make any.
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Post by lovekitties on Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:19 pm

Haven't been on the boards for awhile. I took a class a few weeks ago at the Museum to make a black ash woven basket. came out well. Tomorrow I'm taking a class on jewelry using wampum beads
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Post by jeanebellini on Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:57 pm

is black ash the type of tree the wood came from or is it a style? (just trying to picture it in my head!)

haven't started any kitties yet...i wish i could take pics and get them in here..i need to get the booklet that came wiht my phone aNd see if there's a way to put a usb cable from the phone to the computer....if i can do that all i need is the cable and one of those do dads that has multiple outlets.
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Post by WarriorNY on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:18 pm

I made my own Darwin Fish out of clay and I painted it. I use it as a necklace.
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Post by jeanebellini on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:37 pm

i had to look that up...i thought the Darwin fish might look like the fish from the Simpsons;) this one is even better!
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