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Angel_Wolf July 19th, 2003 12:26 PM

New Crafts or Old Crafts..what are you doing now/
 
Hi ((Everyone))
Thought that for those of us who do crafts we needed a place to put in about our new crafts we are learning. Or we can let everyone know what old craft has our interest. Either way, I hope that many crafters such as myself will post what ever they are doing. Have a great day! :)

WillowWOW October 30th, 2003 12:09 AM

Halloween Crafts
 
Ghost or Pumpkin Jars

Use for candle holders, teacher gifts or treat holders.

You'll Need:
baby food jars (large for ghosts-small for pumpkins),
white glue, tissue paper - white, yellow, and orange
black permanent marker

Dilute the glue to a painting consistency. Paint the jar a bit at a
time while applying torn pieces of tissue paper. Cover the jar
completely...maybe two or three layers and dry overnight. Use a
permanent marker to make the face of a ghost or Jack -o-lantern.
Tip: Using torn paper instead of cut, adds a nice texture to
this tissue decoupage. Combine orange and yellow paper for a realistic
texture to the pumpkin.

Place a safety tea light into the container.
If you are giving this as a gift--fill the jar with candy corn or
chocolates and tie a piece of green raffia around the top.
It couldn't hurt to write a small note about removing the raffia
before lighting the candle.
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SCENTS OF THE SEASON

You'll Need: Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Mix spoonfuls of these spices together. Pour them into a square of
Aluminum foil. Add a few drops of water and close leaving a small
Opening at the top. Place them onto a cookie sheet and into a 275
Degree oven. As the water evaporates you will notice the aroma wafting
Through the house. You can also achieve this activity using a damp
Paper coffee filter sealed with a "twist-tie"
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Homemade Face Make Up

RECIPE
1 tsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp cold cream, food coloring

Stir together starch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir, then add food coloring.

APPLICATION
Wash your face and any area that you will be applying the makeup to.
Dry thoroughly. Use fingertips to spread onto large areas.
Use a small paint brush to paint designs on face. Removes with soap and water.
Store in airtight container.
---------------------------------------- Homemade Bruises

You will need:

Deep blue powder eye shadow,charcoal or smoke gray powder eye shadow, shimmery green powder eye shadow, make up brush

Using a blot of deep blue powder eye shadow, apply with a wet make
Up brush. Use your fingertips to add blots of charcoal gray and blue
Shadows. Touch up the edges with a shimmery olive green. Smudge the Bruise to complete.
---------------------------------------- Homemade Blood

You will need:

1/2 bottle of light corn syrup, very hot water, squirt of liquid soap, red food coloring, blue or green food coloring (optional)

Pour light corn syrup into a bowl and add hot water sparingly,
Adding and stirring until you have the right consistency. Add
A squirt of liquid soap to make it the blood easy to clean off
Later. Tint with red food coloring. You may add a drop of blue
Or green if you like to make the blood a darker color. Store in
The refrigerator until ready to use. Smear on as needed!
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Macaroni Skeleton

As preparation for this project, study the human skeleton.

What You Need

Black construction paper (approximately 6" x 11.5")
Glue that will dry clear
Lima beans (head, thorax, hips)
Short, small macaroni in a tube (spine)
Thin twisted macaroni (arms, legs)
Elbow noodles (ribs)
Small shells (joints)
Spaghetti (fingers, toes)
Black permanent marker
White crayon to write their name on the paper

How To Make It

Make a sample skeleton for the children to copy from.
Review the key features with them. Let them build their skeleton,
Starting with the head, then the neck/trunk, working down, gluing
the macaroni and beans to the paper. When they are done, they can draw
a smile and eyes on the 'head'.
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Soda Can Bat

Materials Needed
Black spray paint Tacky glue
Paint for eyes and mouth small pompoms
black foam magnet glitter paint for wings crushed pop can

Directions:
pray paint the can black, let dry
Crush pop can - do NOT crush hockey puck style, you want the can
elongated. The bottom of the can is crushed to the back. The top of
The can is crushed to the front.
Spray paint the can black again to touch up any spots, let dry
Paint on eyes and mouth, or use wiggle eyes Glue on small pompom for
Nose Cut out ears (triangles) and wingsfrom black craft foam
Glue ears and wings on can Outline wings with gray glitter paint or glue
Attach magnets to back of wings for use as a magnet.
You could also attach a string for hanging instead if you wish.
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Sugar Cookie Pumpkins Courtesy of Summerfern :)

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cookie decorator (in a 4 1/2 -ounce pressurized can)

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend together the butter and
Sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and 1 cup flour and mix well. By hand,
Fold the remaining flour, the baking soda, and the baking powder.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch
thick. Cut out the cookies with a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and
Place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly before decorating.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies

WillowWOW December 3rd, 2003 08:49 PM

Ghost or Pumpkin Jars

Use for candle holders, teacher gifts or treat holders.

You'll Need:
baby food jars (large for ghosts-small for pumpkins),
white glue, tissue paper - white, yellow, and orange
black permanent marker

Dilute the glue to a painting consistency. Paint the jar a bit at a
time while applying torn pieces of tissue paper. Cover the jar
completely...maybe two or three layers and dry overnight. Use a
permanent marker to make the face of a ghost or Jack -o-lantern.
Tip: Using torn paper instead of cut, adds a nice texture to
this tissue decoupage. Combine orange and yellow paper for a realistic
texture to the pumpkin.

Place a safety tea light into the container.
If you are giving this as a gift--fill the jar with candy corn or
chocolates and tie a piece of green raffia around the top.
It couldn't hurt to write a small note about removing the raffia
before lighting the candle.
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SCENTS OF THE SEASON

You'll Need: Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Mix spoonfuls of these spices together. Pour them into a square of
Aluminum foil. Add a few drops of water and close leaving a small
Opening at the top. Place them onto a cookie sheet and into a 275
Degree oven. As the water evaporates you will notice the aroma wafting
Through the house. You can also achieve this activity using a damp
Paper coffee filter sealed with a "twist-tie"
======================================================================
Homemade Face Make Up

RECIPE
1 tsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp cold cream, food coloring

Stir together starch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir, then add food coloring.

APPLICATION
Wash your face and any area that you will be applying the makeup to.
Dry thoroughly. Use fingertips to spread onto large areas.
Use a small paint brush to paint designs on face. Removes with soap and water.
Store in airtight container.
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Homemade Bruises

You will need:

Deep blue powder eye shadow,charcoal or smoke gray powder eye shadow, shimmery green powder eye shadow, make up brush

Using a blot of deep blue powder eye shadow, apply with a wet make
Up brush. Use your fingertips to add blots of charcoal gray and blue
Shadows. Touch up the edges with a shimmery olive green. Smudge the Bruise to complete.
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Homemade Blood

You will need:

1/2 bottle of light corn syrup, very hot water, squirt of liquid soap, red food coloring, blue or green food coloring (optional)

Pour light corn syrup into a bowl and add hot water sparingly,
Adding and stirring until you have the right consistency. Add
A squirt of liquid soap to make it the blood easy to clean off
Later. Tint with red food coloring. You may add a drop of blue
Or green if you like to make the blood a darker color. Store in
The refrigerator until ready to use. Smear on as needed!
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Macaroni Skeleton

As preparation for this project, study the human skeleton.

What You Need

Black construction paper (approximately 6" x 11.5")
Glue that will dry clear
Lima beans (head, thorax, hips)
Short, small macaroni in a tube (spine)
Thin twisted macaroni (arms, legs)
Elbow noodles (ribs)
Small shells (joints)
Spaghetti (fingers, toes)
Black permanent marker
White crayon to write their name on the paper

How To Make It

Make a sample skeleton for the children to copy from.
Review the key features with them. Let them build their skeleton,
Starting with the head, then the neck/trunk, working down, gluing
the macaroni and beans to the paper. When they are done, they can draw
a smile and eyes on the 'head'.
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Soda Can Bat

Materials Needed
Black spray paint Tacky glue
Paint for eyes and mouth small pompoms
black foam magnet glitter paint for wings crushed pop can

Directions: Spray paint the can black, let dry
Crush pop can - do NOT crush hockey puck style, you want the can
elongated. The bottom of the can is crushed to the back. The top of
The can is crushed to the front.
Spray paint the can black again to touch up any spots, let dry
Paint on eyes and mouth, or use wiggle eyes Glue on small pompom for
Nose Cut out ears (triangles) and wingsfrom black craft foam
Glue ears and wings on can Outline wings with gray glitter paint or glue
Attach magnets to back of wings for use as a magnet.
You could also attach a string for hanging instead if you wish.
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Sugar Cookie Pumpkins


1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cookie decorator (in a 4 1/2 -ounce pressurized can)

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend together the butter and
Sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and 1 cup flour and mix well. By hand,
Fold the remaining flour, the baking soda, and the baking powder.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch
thick. Cut out the cookies with a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and
Place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly before decorating.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
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Thanksgiving Crafts
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Dried Leaf Owl

Materials Needed:

Assortment of dried leaves
8" X 12" piece of white cardboard
Glue
Glue brush
Large picture of an owl
Optional: adhesive picture hook
Directions:

Dry the leaves.
Trace a picture of the owl (or draw your own) on to the piece of
cardboard, using all the space available.
Place the leaves on your drawing, and keep rearranging them until you
Have the picture just as you want it.
One by one glue each leaf on to your picture using different sizes
and shapes of leaves to make your picture interesting.
When dry attach optional adhesive picture hook to the back and hang up.
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Corn Cob

Materials:

40 pony beads in assorted fall colors
About 4 feet of yarn or gimp
Raffia

Directions:

For those of you who have enjoyed making Geckos from pony beads
I thought you might like to try this. I saw a picture of indian corn
made from pony beads in a craft catalog and thought I would try one
on my own. It turned out really cute.

Start with 1 bead on the end and then 2 beads on the next row.
Then 3 beads. Then 7 rows of 4 beads each. Then back to 3 beads,
2 beads then end up with 1. Tie it off really good.
Make two "cobs" of corn each and then tying them off with dried
Raffia at the top.
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Baked Pumpkin Seeds:

--After all the pumpkin carving or pie making, don't throw out the seeds.
Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp (don't rinse or
Remove every last bit of the pulp -- the pulp adds flavor). Place
The seeds on a cookie sheet, stir in about 1/4 cup of melted butter
Or margarine, sprinkle with a small amount of salt and then bake in
A 350 degree oven for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Enjoy!
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Sam the ScareCrow

You Will Need:

Two straight sticks or dowel rods-about 3/8" in diameter x 8" and 3/8" in diameter x12"
Shredded yellow pages
Scrap construction paper and fabric
Fine wire like telephone or florist's wire
White glue
Scissors
Block of wood for a base
Acrylic paint
Newspapers on which to paint
#7 or #8 Paint brush and pan
Hot glue gun and sticks
Electric drill


How to:

Paint the base before starting to make the scarecrow. By the time you
finish the figure, the base will be dry and ready to assemble. Wash
the brush when finished, because acrylic paint which dries in brushes
can ruin them.

Make the Arms


Gather some shredded pages together into a bunch measuring about 1/2" in diameter.
Hold the bunch in the palm of your hand, and pinch the ends together. Place the shorter stick on top.
Lay another bunch of paper about the same size in diameter on top of the stick, and hold in place.
Fasten the paper to the stick at the scarecrow's wrist by tightly wrapping it with a 3"-4" piece of wire.
Gather the loose paper around the other end. Holding the ends of the stick, carefully twist the shredded paper around it. Fasten tightly with wire at the other wrist.
Cut off the extra wire. Trim the paper ends, and snip it to make finer.
Make the Body and Head


Again, gather some shredded pages together into a bunch measuring about 1/2" in diameter.
Hold the bunch in one hand as before, and pinch the ends together. Place the other stick on top.
Lay another bunch of paper about the same size in diameter on top of the stick, and hold in place.
Fasten the paper to the stick by tightly wrapping it at the top with a 3"-4" piece of wire.
To make the face, wire the paper about 1" below the top. Decorate later with scrap paper.
Lay the arms across the longer stick just below the face.
Place a long piece of wire diagonally under the cross pieces where the arms meet the body.
Bring the ends together, and twist tightly in the center.
Take the ends to the back over the remaining sticks, making an "X" with the wire on the front. Fasten tightly at the back and reinforce, if necessary. Cut off the extra wire.
Wrap wire a short distance below the cross pieces to form a waist.

Design the Clothing

For a female scarecrow, trace the apron pattern, cut it out, a
nd dress the figure.

For a male scarecrow, divide the remaining shredded paper in half
to form two legs. Wrap the wire tightly around each ankle. Trace the
vest pattern, and cut out. Make an opening for the figure's head. Cut
the front as shown, and dress the scarecrow.

Make the Hat


Trace the patterns for the hat brim and crown, and cut them out.
Working with the hat brim, cut out the circle on the inside. Now make
short cuts all around the inside of the small circle, forming tabs.
Put glue on the underside of each tab, and place it on the scarecrow's
head.
The top of the hat is made from a cone. Hold the paper with the
straight side up, and fold one side over the other, folding toward
yourself.
Adjust the size of the cone to fit the figure's head, and then glue it
shut.
Snip off the top 3/4" of the cone, and then partially collapse it by
gently pushing paper down and into the center.
Glue the cone to the brim, and decorate the hat with scrap paper.

These are just a few ideas of how to dress the scarecrow. Try to
create some designs of your own!

Assemble


Drill a hole slightly smaller than the stick or dowel in the scrap
wood. Use a hot glue gun to fasten the scarecrow to the base.

Tips and Tricks:

If you don't have a paper shredder, just cut the paper into fine
strips with scissors, or have an adult cut the paper for you using
a utility knife or a paper cutter.
Another option to using a base is to attach a wire at the back, and
display the figure by hanging it on a wall or door. This will
eliminate the need for the wood, glue gun, and drill.
Substitute a scrap of felt for paper in making the hat, and use fabric glue to make the pieces stick together.

You Will Need:

White paper or Illustration or Mat board
Crayons
India ink
Soft rag
Paint brush
Scratch tool
Masking tape

How to:

Begin by coloring random shapes or patches all over a smooth,
heavyweight scrap of paper or a piece of illustration or mat board.
Give each shape several coats of color or press down on the crayon to
make sure the shape is colored heavily. Work with bright colors, and
avoid using black, because it won't show up under the India ink. Also,
metallic gold, silver, and copper are difficult colors with which to
work.


After the entire paper or board is colored, you're ready to brush on
the ink. Since crayon is a waxy material, it will tend to resist the
ink when it's applied. To help the ink stick to the paper or board,
remove some of the "waxiness" by lightly polishing the crayon with a
rag. Brush the ink onto the crayon, and if it resists the ink,
patiently move the ink around till it sticks. Allow the board to dry
completely before continuing.


In the meantime, make a scratch tool by reusing an old compass or
some common household items. The point on a compass makes an excellent
scratch tool. Reuse it by removing the pencil, closing the tool, and
taping it shut with masking tape. Another way to make a tool is to
tape a finishing nail or a large embroidery needle to the side of
a pencil.

Halloween themes are especially good subjects for crayon etching.
You might draw a creature from outer space or a jack-o'-lantern.
Before you start scratching out the design, make a simple drawing
to use as a guide or plan. Now the fun begins! Start etching the
picture by scratching through the ink layer to the crayon below.
Just make a line drawing, or develop some textures by scratching lines
or shapes close together. Examples of interesting patterns are all
around you, or refer to the crayon etching design sheet pictured above
for some ideas.

Tips and Tricks:

Use this technique to make designs and more pictures with other
themes. Try making a quilt block or a stained glass window design.

Making a crayon etching can be very messy. Be sure to protect your
work space with newspapers, especially for the inking process and the
actual etching. If you must rest your hand on your picture as you
work, place a scrap of paper underneath to keep your hand clean and
to protect the artwork.

Mat board is nonrecyclable, so reusing mats helps save the environment
and money. Ask your picture framer to donate a good, used mat for your
finished crayon etching.
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You will need: Loofa sponge, Block glycerin soap, Glass measuring cup
Microwave, Plastic wrap, Tall drinking glass, Knife, Scissors


Instructions:

Dampen the loofa sponge in water then squeeze out excess.
Cutting across the loofa, use scissors to divide into three pieces.
Cut 3 large squares of plastic wrap. Set one piece of the loofa
upright on the center of a piece of plastic wrap then wrap the sides
Of the sponge, leaving the top open. Repeat with remaining pieces. It
Is important that the plastic wrap not have any seams or openings in
The bottom area. Push wrapped sponge into tumbler.
Use knife to cut glycerin soap into small pieces about the size of
Small ice cubes. Place these pieces inside the measuring cup then
Microwave them at 15 second intervals, occasionally stirring the
Melting soap pieces with a large craft stick. DO NOT let the soap
Come to a boil. Once the soap has melted, pour it into the glass over
The loofa sponge.
Let the soap set in the tumbler overnight. Or, place it in the
Refrigerator to speed up the process.

NEVER PUT SOAP IN THE FREEZER
When the soap has set, remove the loofa from the tumbler then remove
The clear plastic wrap. Use a knife to cut into slices.

WillowWOW December 18th, 2003 12:02 AM

Christmas Crafts
 
Mix Match Gifts
(All bought from Dollar General under 25 dollars)
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6 coffee cups
1 six-pack of socks
1 box of candy canes
1 box of tea bags
1 bag of chocolate candies
6 gift bags
1 pack of tissue paper

Take a cup. Place inside one candy cane, two tea bags, and
Few pieces of chocolate candies. Take a pair of socks and
Wrap around the handle. Take a sheet of tissue paper and
Place inside gift bag with the filled cup.

Lemon Tree Angel
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1 Lemon
1 black marker
1 pair of scissors
1 sheet of poster board
1 ring circle cut out from gold paper (or paper that has gold glitter)
1 bobby pin
3 inches of ribbon (your choice of color)
1 hot glue gun

Take the poster board and cut out one set of wings and using hot glue gun
Attach to the back of the lemon. Using marker make a face on the front.
Then put your ring around the head. Using a bobby pin put in top of
Lemon and attach ribbon in a bow.

Jingle Bell Wreath Christmas Tree
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Materials needed:
3 green sheets of felt
5 yards of red ribbon
10 small bells
10 red pom poms
10 circular poster board rings
1 pair of regular scissors
1 pair of fancy scissors
Glue of your choice (hot glue, tacky glue)
1 needle with green thread
1 hole puncher

Make ten rings out of the 3 sheets of green felt. You will be cutting
Out the center of the felt pieces. Using a hole puncher, put in holes
In your green circles. This is for threading the red ribbon. Once you
Have threaded your red ribbon thru the holes leave four inches so you
Can string on a small bell. Tie this and using your glue, put on a
Red pom pom. Once all ten wreaths are done, take your sewing needle
And green thread and connect all together in a pyramid fashion. To
Resemble a christmas Tree. Add some ribbon at the top of your tree
To hang.

Stay Safe and Warm! Happy Holidays!
Now get crafting! LOL

WillowWOW January 27th, 2004 02:25 PM

May I bend your ears for a few minutes?
 
Hi all! :) I hope ya'll be joining in on Wednesday nights for Craft Chat. I hope to have some new and inovative crafts for all to enjoy! If you have any ideas or things you'd like to learn about please let me know. Thanks! :)
Have a wonderful day! :)

WillowWOW February 20th, 2004 05:00 PM

Creative Cooking
 
:) Hi here is another installation of goodies we did in Craft Chat. So please if you have done these, let us know what you thought of them. Thanks! :)

Pork and Bean Bread
1 cup raisins 1 cup boiling water (boil water, add raisins and sit aside
2 cups sugar 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla 1 15 oz can pork and beans
3 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking sode
1 cup chopped nuts that's all the ingredients
Mash beans with a fork in a large bowl until very smooth.
Add sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
Sift together dry ingredients and fold in.
Drain raisins and fold in with chopped nuts
Spoon batter into three greased and floured loaf pans,
bake in a 325-degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Tuna Curry
Tuna..mushroom soup curry powder
pour over rice and eat with pita or naan bread
Layered Taco Dip
in an 8x8 square dish......spread one can of refried beans.......
then spread on container of sour cream on top of beans......
then spread one small container of guacamole dip.....I use a frozen brand (thawed)
the sprinkle that with shredded taco cheese.......
then top it with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and chopped black olives.....
chill for an hour or so.......dig in with tortilla chips or wrap up in flour tortillas.

Up Side Down Pizza Bake
2 pounds of hamburger meat browned and drained (season to your own taste while browning your meat)
4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese 8 slices of cheddar cheese (Like Kraft)
Mushrooms bell peppers onions scallions whatever you like with a normal pizza
1 roll of crescent rolls 2 jars of tomatoe sauce
13 x 9 inch pan or larger
Now take your hamburger and divide it; divide all of your ingredients except the crescent rolls in half
Now layer your hamburger meat then your vegetables like mushrooms and etc
Next spoon on tomatoe sauce to cover all of it then layer the 8 slices of
cheese singles and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
Now next you layer the rest of your hamburger meat, veggies, sauce and then cheese
Then you will take your crescent roll and take them all apart and lay the slices on it as if you would if you had rolled it out so that some of the cheese could peek out
Bake it as you would for the crescent rolls
Then you could cut it up based on the crescent roll slices :)

Two of these were from Roomies and the last one from me. :)

Have a great day! :)

WillowWOW April 1st, 2004 10:58 AM

Easy Easter Chick
You will need:
1 2inch yellow pom pom
1 1inch yellow pom pom
Orange felt
2 5mm wiggly eyes
Tacky glue

Instructions:

1) Glue the 1 inch pom pom on top of the 2 inch pompom
with tacky glue.
2) Cut a 3/4 inch long by 1/2 inch wide diamond shape
out of the orange felt.
3) Fold the felt in half and glue it as a beak to the
small pom pom.
4) Glue the two eyes above the beak on the top pompom.

rjsfeminist September 6th, 2004 03:41 PM

Oh, great...I don't know how I managed to miss this thread...as much as I love doing crafts--especially if I can give the stuff I make away as gifts--I probably would've been best advised not to read through this!

Jensan February 8th, 2005 07:28 AM

Has anybody here tried making Berenguer dolls?
I bought one several years ago.
My g/f and I have been looking at them on the net. How to make them etc.
Lol, so far, I think it would be safe to say, my first attempt was anything but a roaring success, pining great hopes on that she does a whole lot better. I think she will.

Angel_Wolf February 10th, 2005 06:51 PM

Hey Jensan
Here is an URL for things for the dolls you are talking about. Hope it helps Have fun creating a new one! :)

http://www.dolls2luv.net/bodies.htm

Jensan February 12th, 2005 01:43 AM

Thanks Angel_Wolf. Thanks heaps

rjsfeminist February 27th, 2005 09:25 AM

"Has anybody here tried making Berenguer dolls?" I'd seen these dolls, but never knew what they were called. A local craft store has the parts for them, but since I've got a zillion other things going (plus never having been that into dolls, even as a child), I didn't really pay much attention to them. (No, this is not a put-down on anyone into them; let's face it...if we all loved the exact same things, it'd be a pretty boring world! :) )

Right now, I'm working on several knitting projects (scarves, blankets, and am planning to start on hats), some sculpty-clay stuff, painting, etc. Keeps me busy and off the streets.

brede March 1st, 2005 01:06 PM

I'm working on learning some leather craft right now. Leather items are so expensive, but I'm finding they are fairly reasonable if you can do it yourself. I'm also working on an art project for my friend in Newfoundland. I'm not sure how to describe it as it involves drawing, woodworking, carving and photography. I'm just having some fun being creative with it. She's a nut for original art, so I know that she will be thrilled with it.

Angel_Wolf March 7th, 2005 09:48 PM

Rjfeminist I found a website that I will post on those dolls...tells you how to make them and gives info. Brede sounds like you are having fun. Try Ebay for leather pieces really good prices and you would have a lot of leather for your leather crafts. Have fun.
Right now just getting the house in shape along with myself! :) I am now in size 16 pants from 22 finally fitting into the dress I have bought over a few years ago.
Have a great day!:)

WillowWOW March 22nd, 2005 09:50 AM

St. Patrick's Day Crafts
 
Sorry all this is late, yet its sort of hectic here. LOL Which I am sure ya'll would understand. So here are the crafts for St.Patrick's Day plus I'll post the Recipes in the Kitchen.

Beaded Leprechaun Hat

You need:
--24 Green Pony Beads
--4 Black Pony Beads
--2 Silver Pony Beads
--4 Feet Satin Cord
--1 Lanyard Hook

Basic Instructions:
Fold your ribbon in half to find the center. Use a half hitch (see detail below) to secure it to lanyard hook.
First row is five green beads
Second row is five green beads
Third row is six green beads
Fourth row is two black two silver two black
Fifth row is eight green beads tye off on the edges.

Leprechaun
Pony Bead Pattern
You need:
--26 Green Pony Beads
--4 Ivory Pony Beads
--7 White Pony Beads
--6 Black Pony Beads
--2 Silver Pony Beads
--4 Feet Satin Cord
--1 Lanyard Hook

Basic Instructions:
Fold your ribbon in half to find the center. Use a half hitch (see detail below) to secure it to lanyard hook.
First row is three green
Second row is one black one silver one black
Third row is five green
Fourth row is one white two Ivory One white
Fifth row is three white
Sixth row is one green two white one green
Adding the arms is two green one Ivory laced back into Row seven make sure to do both arms
Seventh row is three green
Eighth row is one black one silver one black
Ninth row is three green from this you will add the legs
Adding legs--Once you have added the three green go to center green bead
on opposing side to add the leg three green one black
Bringing up the lanyard up and tying off on the outer edges of the three green in row nine.

Shamrock Corsage
Ages 6 & up.

You will need:
2 Pipe Cleaners
Green Wallpaper Sample (Fabric Scraps, Construction Paper or Felt will work also.)
Silk Flower with Leaves
1 Bead
Jewelry Craft Pin
Low Temp Glue Gun

Instructions:

Cut two chenille stems in half. Bend 3 of the 4 stem pieces into heart shapes leaving 1 inch for the shamrock stem.
4th stem piece is not needed. Carefully place a bead of glue all around the heart shape. Do not put any glue on the stem part. Press it onto wallpaper sample. Let dry. Trim paper close to chenille Hearts.

Twist the 3 hearts together at stems. Shape into a shamrock.
Take apart a silk flower. Glue petals and leaves to shamrock.
Add a bead to flower center. Glue on craft pin.

Lucky Stones
You will need:

Stones
Glitter
Tacky Glue
Gemstones
Instructions:

Wash and dry your stones.
Coat with tacky glue. Sprinkle with
glitter and glue on rhinestones.

WillowWOW March 22nd, 2005 10:04 AM

Some Easter Crafts and others
 
Easter Egg Bunnies
Materials Needed: 1 plastic egg
Straw hat
Wiggle eyes
2 white pom poms 1/2 inch 1 small pink or black pom pom
Wool or shenille stem
Craft foam in white and pink
Small rose and piece of ribbon
Gluing can be done with a low temp glue gun but please make sure to supervise your children!

Cut White foamie into a 2" heart for feet
Cut ears out of white 2" high by 1/2" wide
Cut small piece of pink for inside of ears or use a felt pen
Cut Wool or shenille into 3" pieces for wiskers

Put some glue onto to of plastic egg,and put on hat, stick ears at each side of hat. Place ribbon and rose on hat.

About 1/3 down egg place eyes. Just below about 3/4 " put shenille or wool to form wiskers. Put nose just above and white cheek pom poms on top.

Finish by putting heart shape foamie on the bottom of the egg so it can stand up.

You can fill the eggs with chocolates the kids love it.

Beaded Lampshade
1. Measure the ribbon around the base of the lampshade and cut to length, allowing 5 cm at each end.

2. Thread the safety pins along the length of the ribbon approximately 1cm apart.

3. Thread 3 beads onto each safety pin.

4. Place the ribbon around the base of the lampshade and pin in place. Use all-purpose glue and glue the ribbon to the shade. The ribbon should overhang the bottom of the shade so that the safety pins can hang properly. Leave to dry.

5. To ensure the ribbon fits to the slope of the lampshade. Make 6 equally spaced triangular folds around the ribbon. Pin and glue in place.

6. To cover these folds, thread 4 beads onto a short length of thin silver wire. Fold over the ends of the wire to secure the beads and glue in place over the folds.

Making a Dream Pillow found in a MSN Group called TheHeatherMyst...the author is Terri Paajanen

If you enjoy working with your dreams,
or just want to encourage more interest
ing dreams, you could try making a
dream pillow. All you need is some
fabric, needle and thread, and some
herbs. Choose a fabric with a fine weave,
or the herbs will leak out. Cut 2
squares of fabric (4-5" across). Place
them together with the good sides of
the design on the inside. Sew around t
he edges, closing up 3 sides. Turn your
pillow inside-out so the good sides are on the outside. Stuff with herbs, and sew the final side. Don't fill too full. It should lie fairly flat under your pillow.

Herbs for peaceful sleep:
Lavender
Chamomile
Valerian (Use sparingly. Smelly)
Thyme
Vervain

Herbs for psychic dreams:
Mugwort
Chamomile
Sandalwood
Jasmine
Lemongrass

How to use
Just place your herbal dream pillow under your regular pillow at night. I place mine inside the pillow case to keep it in place. And remember not to let your dream pillow go through the wash with the rest of the bed linens.

rjsfeminist March 23rd, 2005 11:45 AM

Okay, I've got a few things going now: painting on wood w/acrylic craft paints, Sculpty clay, painting flower pots, and the old standby--knitting. Keeps me busy.

Wolf_angel August 27th, 2008 12:59 PM

Great to hear you are keeping busy (((((((((rjfeminist))))))) Sure have missed seeing you in chat. I have the usual things keeping me busy, i.e. son, hubby, brother, and etc. LOL
Have a great day!:)

rjsfeminist November 11th, 2008 07:23 PM

Hey, everyone, this is the time of year to really get busy with arts and crafts, eh?

PoohsBigSister November 11th, 2008 09:50 PM

i want to learn to knit....

rjsfeminist November 15th, 2008 11:11 PM

I knit, PBS. Not hard to learn. Do you crochet at all?

DACDjr November 16th, 2008 08:36 PM

I always wanted to learn how to knit.. Not sure how to get the yarn from one needle to the other and make a loop at the same time.. lol

rjsfeminist November 16th, 2008 10:13 PM

It really isn't difficult, daccie. I'm sure that there must be books out there that teach knitting. Or classes...Guess I'll have to check out some sites to recommend...

DACDjr November 17th, 2008 06:52 PM

I should go to the library and check.. Or can call my great Aunt, she used to knit alot back in the day, then arthritus set in so she gave it up.. Now I can lay down an afghan, mom taught me to crotchett years ago..

PoohsBigSister November 19th, 2008 01:46 PM

I do crochet RJ, and love it.... and I learned to knit when I was a girl, but haven't done it since..and really have been yearning to do it... soo..i'm thinking a book and knitting needles for me for christmas?!?! :)

rjsfeminist December 13th, 2008 06:02 PM

Good idea, PBS. I'm thinking of learning how to crochet, so I guess I should pick up a book...

PoohsBigSister December 14th, 2008 07:01 PM

i like crocheting... i learned from my aunt. :) So, maybe that's part of why I like it so much eh? :) LOL!

Barb April 6th, 2009 11:48 AM

I used to knit. I could walk down the street knitting....but my hands gave out (carpel tunnel) So now I weave. To learn, I would suggest you check out the local library, and also the local park district. Sometimes they teach CHEAP or FREE classes.
barb

WillowWOW April 6th, 2009 09:53 PM

Thanks (((((((( Barb ))))))))) For the info! Sure wouldnt hurt to look up a local resource such as a library!:)
Happy Easter!:)

Barb April 20th, 2009 12:43 PM

I am thinking of starting a meet up (check out Meet up.com) and seeing if I can find weavers and spinners. you might check out the same place for knitters, here in Chicago, there are several Knitting meet ups.
barb

Wolf_angel December 28th, 2009 11:53 AM

My hair piece for New Year's Eve
 
Here is a picture of it. I hope it loads. Let me know what you think ok? Thanks I may have to add it to my page so please check it out. Thanks again
Have a great day!:)

crazymomma December 29th, 2009 09:23 AM

(((Wolfie))) it's lovely. I wouldn't change a thing.

Wolf_angel December 29th, 2009 10:28 AM

(((((( Crazymomma ))))))))) Thanks a bunch! I hope to get a picture of myself dressed up to add as well. But that is where family helps out! LOL Have a great day!:)

Wolf_angel May 28th, 2010 10:32 AM

I just added a picture to my crafts album. Its my first beaded bracelet. Which is now waiting to be mounted and finished on leather. Please check it out and let me know what you think, ok?
Thank you

Wolf_angel November 29th, 2010 12:24 PM

Here is an URL Link for how to make a moravian star. Using colored paper its truley a beautiful star. Something for the upcoming Christmas holidays....

http://www.highhopes.com/3dstar.html

Have a great day!:)

Sassysam January 7th, 2011 05:58 PM

Wow that's neat. I love origami type stuff.

Lexi January 12th, 2011 12:52 PM

I took some local glass blowing classes, it is very addictive. I trying to talk my hubby into making me a furnace here so I can do it at home...he hasn't bought into the idea yet...

JANE20/20 February 16th, 2011 09:36 PM

Right now I am crocheting a baby blanket for my first grandson.........

rjsfeminist February 18th, 2011 09:10 PM

Wow, Jane, that's pretty exciting! I have one granddaughter and a grandson. Definitely exciting, waiting for the little ones.

I'm working on a knit blanket...

etherea October 31st, 2011 01:19 PM

I have just finished a multi coloured cardigan for my youngest granddaughter, am working on a new sweater for myself which is being made from an unravelled wrap that I made because i loved it and is totally unsuitable for the climate here. I am making 10 pairs of earrings in silver and hand painted woooden beads that will be for sale in the UK. Oh! A hat from a mixture of left over yarn. One of these with the flaps and long tassles. It's looking good so far! ;)


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