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ThriftyFun Crafts Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 3, January 17, 2007
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Hello,

We have more tips and projects this week. Be sure to check out
Harlean's Crochet Oreo Cookies project, it is very clever.

If you have any craft tips or projects to share, please submit
them on one the links below.

Thanks for reading,

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Projects and Photos:

- Heart Wreath Door Decoration
- Decoupage Jug
- Crochet Oreo Cookies
- Quick Tea Towel Angels
- Sew Two Twin Blankets To Make A Big King Sized One
- Decorated Gift Container

Tips:

- Taking Outdoor Portrait Photos
- Painted Guitar
- American Flag and Eagle Painting
- Bookcase Quilt
- Use Old Magazines For Glueing
- Blood Spots From Sewing
- One Of A Kind Photo Valentines
- Snowmen Painted Rock

New Requests:

- Helping My Cat Lose Weight
- Snoopy Pillow Craft
- Homemade Christmas Crafts
- Nursing Home Crafts
- Craft Ideas for All Seasons.
- Crocheted Corn on the Cob Pan Handle Holders
- Adjusting Sewing Machine Tension
- Inexpensive Dog Toys
- Oblong Knifty Knitter Looms
- Hooked Rug
- Paper Embroidered Cards
- Knifty Knitter Purse
- Making Paper Boxes

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Heart Wreath Door Decoration

Invite visitors with a welcoming wreath, made especially for
Valentine's Day.

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Decoupage Jug

The Decoupage Jug makes a nice doorstop.

By starlight2007 from Georgia

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Crochet Oreo Cookies

Don't be surprised if someone tries to help themselves to a
cookie! They will look real at a glance.

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Quick Tea Towel Angels

I needed some inexpensive, but thoughtful gifts for a number of
people who have been helping me with my small business this year.
I was able to pick up packs of Christmas towels and matching hot
pads for $5. Each pack makes two angels and you have an oven mitt
left over. Makes a nice teacher gift for a lady.

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Sew Two Twin Blankets To Make A Big King Sized One

Need a big King size blanket that won't fall short of keeping you
and your husband warm? While looking for an affordable (less than
$90) King sized electric blanket, I was in a quandary. "How do I
find one before Christmas?" Problem is, we have an Eastern King,
in a California King state. Our bed is wide. Unless I spend a
gajillion dollars on some fancy schmancy sheets or blankets
(which I might only gain a few inches on each side), I'm in
trouble.

But then, while wandering through Wally World, I came upon Twin
size Electric blankets. Ping! (that's the light bulb going off.)
Buy 2 and tack them together, silly! I get separate controls
still and instead of the standard 108 inch (or so) on a King size
electric blanket, the Twins are 62 inches each so 124 inches. Not
only that, but for 2, I paid $50 and I didn't have to order them
and wait for them to come after Christmas! I tried to give them a
long running stitch on my machine last night, but it wasn't happy
with the fabric. So a few tacks with some heavy duty thread and
we were set to go! It hangs over nicely on both sides and we were
both content.

Now, I can do the same with other blankets, I am forever hunting
for blankets that are wide enough. I've already told him this
year I am buying a few twin sheets at Wally World (the thread
count doesn't matter since they won't be on skin) and sewing some
"tucking" strips onto our sheets, then there won't be the "I have
nothing on my side" fight! Why not take a pretty twin quilt or
bedspread (almost always cheaper to buy 2 of those than 1 King,
not to mention some stores don't even carry King, let alone CA
King), sew it down the middle and add a nice ribbon or detail on
top of the seam (if it shows). Why didn't I think of that
earlier!

By Michawn from Morgan Hill, CA

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Decorated Gift Container

Give your gifts in this huge WOW factor container.

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Taking Outdoor Portrait Photos

A great background and lighting makes a big difference in how
your portrait photo turns out. I love taking photos outdoors
because there are so many scenes to choose from and the lighting
changes depending on the time of day.

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Painted Guitar

This is a picture of my grandson's guitar, he asked me to paint
something on it so this is what I came up with, he loves playing
it and tells me he get a lot of compliments on it.

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American Flag and Eagle Painting

This is a picture I painted for our local County Clerk. It is in
her office at the Court House. She is very patriotic and asked
me to do a painting with the American Flag and an eagle.

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Bookcase Quilt

This is more of a "don't do this" craft tip. I used some
transfer sheets from a local source to print out the pictures and
frames for this Bookcase Quilt. They were the type that are
fabric on top with a backing that glues the piece down when you
iron it. These are NOT washable! The photos and frames were
ruined when washed and I had to remove every one of them from the
quilt and do them over. The 2nd set was sealed with an acrylic
sealer so that the quilt could be hung on the wall and the photos
protected somewhat but it is still not washable. You can see the
original before it was washed on webshots. Please save yourself
a ton of work and make sure your photo transfers are washable
before you use them in a quilt.

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Use Old Magazines For Glueing

When gluing paper crafts, I find it is easy to get glue all the
way to the edges of the paper. Simply get an old, worn-out
magazine to absorb the glue that goes past the edge. Then, peel
off the glue-applied item and affix it in its permanent place.
Now, simply turn that magazine page and you have another fresh
surface as a glue-application backing. This way, there is no
messy glue cleanup. Simply throw the magazine in the garbage
when it is "used up."

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Blood Spots From Sewing

I use Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) on a cotton ball to remove blood
spots when quilting or sewing, from the needle sticks. Removes
with no trace of stain. I use it on other spots on clothes. When
applying make up, if a spot gets on a blouse, this removes it in
seconds, dries with no tell tale sign, and you are good to go.
I've used it on carpets and drapes as well.

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One Of A Kind Photo Valentines

After the holidays we often have copies of photos of our kids
that lack the quality fit for using in a scrapbook. Some of
these photos have a good picture of your child but there is a
problem with someone or something else in the photo. So, instead
of "chucking" these photos, make use of them for Valentines Day.
Cut out your child's photo from the print, and use it to make a
one-of-a-kind Valentine. I worked on this project one year with
my son, and we had a blast writing captions to fit the photos.
For example, one photo had him messily licking icing from a bowl.
The caption read, "You and I can lick anything together,
Valentine." With a photo of a funny face we added, "Be my
Valentine, and we'll have lots of fun together." Now, with the
use of digital cameras, the applications of creating personalized
Valentines is limitless.

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Snowmen Painted Rock

This is a rock i found outside my house, its a great shape. I
just used ordinary craft paint, using a scruffy brush is the best
and my finger for blending. When done painting spray it with
Krylon crystal clear coating, it will last forever. No pattern
was used, just imagination.

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Helping My Cat Lose Weight

I adopted an adult male American Shorthair tabby. He's 6 1/2
years old and he's 17 1/2 pounds. The vet told me he would like
my cat to lose 3 pounds. How can I safely help him lose weight
and not compromise his health?

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Snoopy Pillow Craft

I am looking for fabric to make a pillow of Snoopy laying on his
dog house. My son had a pillow like this when he was a boy and is
now expecting a son and wants one for him. Help!

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Homemade Christmas Crafts

What's the best homemade Christmas gift you made or Christmas
craft that you received this past year? I'm trying to get some
ideas for next year.

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Nursing Home Crafts

I work in the activities department of a busy nursing home. It
is a challenge finding craft ideas that are enjoyable to MEN.
Any ideas? Bear in mind that these dear gentlemen have physical
and/or mental limitations, so crafts must be fairly simple and
safe to do under appropriate staff supervision.

Thank you in advance.

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Craft Ideas for All Seasons.

I went through your website, it is really wonderful.But I'm
searching for art and craft items other than those made for
Christmas, New Year and Halloween. I'm searching for art items
that can displayed at home for all seasons. Can you help me?

Rizu

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Crocheted Corn on the Cob Pan Handle Holders

I am looking for the instructions to knit a corn on the cob hot
handle holder. I made these many years ago. They were made to
put on a hot handle of a pan or skillet, it wrapped around the
handle. The way it was knitted made it automatically "curl"
around. I know you started with green yarn and I think one stitch
and then keep increasing stitches until you got to the right
number (don't remember how many and then you tied in two strands
of yarn, one yellow and one while and the way you knitted it
looked like rows of kernals on a cob. When you got to about 6
inches, you went back to the green yarn and kept decreasing
stitches until you got back to one and then chained to make a
loop for hanging. If any knows the instructions or can figure
them out, please let me know.

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Adjusting Sewing Machine Tension

I need some help with my new small sewing machine my mum bought
me for Christmas. I'm having trouble with the tension in the
bottom bobbin. How can I get the right tension when there is no
guide for the thread to even out on the bobbin when you start a
new one, I just use my finger? As when I was sewing the bottom of
the material had small loops and the bobbin thread was not taking
up in sections. I've tightened the tension guide for the top one
but that doesn't seem to help. Can anyone help me please as I
dont wont to give it up and loss interest? I hope this makes
sense.

Thanks,
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Inexpensive Dog Toys

Does anyone have any suggestions for inexpensive dog toys?

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Oblong Knifty Knitter Looms

I purchased a set of oblong looms provocraft knifty knitter, and
would like directions on putting together a blanket/afgan. I am
tired of making scarfs.

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Hooked Rug

I am looking for anyone that has some info on how to make a
hooked rug from rags! Help!

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Paper Embroidered Cards

Does anyone have patterns for paper embroidered cards?

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Knifty Knitter Purse

Does anyone know how to do a purse with the knifty knitter?

marcia from Newark, NY

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Making Paper Boxes

How do you make paper boxes?

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