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Letter From Laurieann
Letter From Laurieann
The holiday season is here! We have a wonderful selection of fun crafts for you to enjoy. Please also check out our issue from last year for more Holiday Crafts (link at bottom of page).
Also please check out the announcement about the Web Of Angels and all the free angel crafts that are available. You can access the Web of Angels from http://CraftyCollege.com
Thank you for reading Crafty Visions Newsletter and please take the time to visit/contact our wonderful contributors. See you next year <smile>!
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Countdown to Christmas Wreath
This project is good to re-use any type wreath you have on hand.
Wrap each of the surprises in either fabric or paper and tie with the curling ribbon. They can be centered on a square, all the ends pulled up and tied like a pouf. Some can be wrapped as a gift. The more creative you are at this point the better the finished wreath will look.
Set aside the gold surprise. Place the bow at the 12 o'clock position and then glue the 24 gifts spaced evenly around the wreath.
Glue the gold wrapped surprise in the center of the bow.
Beginning the first of December the child is allowed to pick any one of the gifts except the gold one. One surprise a day and on Christmas day they get the gold prize.
This wreath can be hung on a wall or used as a centerpiece on a table.
Another option for an adult party: fill the wreath with party favor type surprises and allow everyone to pick one to take home. Female gifts are wrapped in one color and male gifts in a second color.
# 1. To close the plastic or Latex glove to prevent leakage wrap a rubber band around the wrist area, fold it back and again wrap the rubber band around.
# 2. For a Halloween party use the directions for the Jell-O Hand but substitute fruit or punch for the Jell-O. Freeze the hand solid and use in the punch bowl to keep cold.
# 3. As part of an introduction to your Halloween party a bowl of cold spaghetti that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray and introduced as a bowl of worms to blindfolded guests as they come in makes for some interesting fun.
# 4. When making bath salts place the Epsom salts in the blender and pulse several times to get a finer grind and your bath salts will dissolve quicker.
We had planned to ask Marinka for an interview after the Web of Angels was over (her pattern is included there), but this message came through the crochethook list so we decided to borrow it and showcase her this issue instead of next year.
It is just as she wrote it. Enjoy!
I have passed the half century mark in my lifeline and for 97% of that time I have been fascinated by handcrafts, reading about them, watching the creations, and trying to do it myself. At one time or another I have learned the "how to" in crafts as varied as blacksmithing, glass blowing, grafting, millinery, pottery and wine making, as well as all combinations of fiber and needle. All the knowledge gained in the afore mentioned crafts has come in handy one way or the other in my favorite pursuits - crochet and knitting.
I was very fortunate to have had these experiences while living in 11 different countries, where learning the local language was always the primary task. How else could I ask all the questions, what are you making, what is that tool, what are you mixing that with, can you show me, can you show me, can you show me...
I was born in a tiny village, in a small country Slovenija, formerly part of Yugoslavija, however grew up in some of the largest cities in the world. Nevertheless, I have remained a country girl at heart and I long for the day I can retire to some nice acreage with hills and dales (can't you just tell Ontario is flat!), brooks, orchards & gardens and herds of animals.
I am happily married to my first ever blind date (actually we have been together since that first date, but that story belongs on another list!), we have a little one going by the name of Peaches when she's good and Pissy when she ain't , and oh yes I am know simply as Marinka. Actually I am also known as Naninoz, that however only when I am sporting a big, bright red nose - I am a clown.
Mostly I volunteer with shut-ins, occasionally do birthday parties and corporate events, but mostly I enjoy teaching this art. Any other time, overtime included, I can be found at the Bob Rumball Center for the Deaf where I am the Activities and Crafts coordinator in the senior's department. I work with profoundly deaf seniors, ages form 76 to 99, some of whom are blind as well, most with failing health and capacities. Planning activities, outings and craft projects for this bunch has been a challenge, an eye-opener, an incredible learning experience but above all a joy of a job.
I had no experience whatsoever to prepare me for my present work. Seven years ago I was laid off from the position of currency trader in a major banking institution, where I had worked for 19 years.I loved the pressure and craziness of that job, I even enjoyed breaking into the "old boys" network. My scholastic background certainly did not prepare me for that job either. I have degrees in Byzantine Philology and Geopolitics, go figure! .
Marinka includes in her signature file the motto: ~never stop creating love with your hands~
Visit her siteCrochethook
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
Cut the poster board, Fun Foam or cardboard in circles 1 & 1/2" in diameter and color them orange on both sides for the pumpkin ring. Lay the chenille stem across the center of the circle and glue in place. Glue the orange pompom over the top of the chenille stems. Dip the green pompom in craft glue and place it on the top of the orange pompom as a pumpkin stem. Cut the chenille stem in half. Take one end of the stem and glue it across the center of the orange cardboard circle. Bring the other end up and glue it beside the first so both ends run across the circle.
For the ear of corn cut three leaf shapes and
color them green. Arrange the chenille stems as above across the bottom
leaf. Glue the yellow pompoms to look like corn kernels, then glue the
two upper leaves along the edge letting the corn peek out in the middle.
Use the picture as your guide.
Paint the clothespin and clothespin holder with the brown paint and allow to dry. Glue the clothespin into the holder. Looking from the front the clothespin will form the legs with an open area between the two of them. Glue the first pompom directly on top of the round end of the clothespin. This forms the top part of your reindeers' head. Glue a second brown pompom half way down that top pompom attaching it to the pompom and the clothespin so it is anchored to both facing forward.
Pompoms number three and four are glued one on each side of the clothespin just below pompom number two. Glue the red pompom in the center of number two brown pompom. Glue the two eyes side by side on pompom one resting against pompom two.
Thread the jingle bell on the ribbon and tie it around the reindeers' neck. The painted clothespin will show at the back of the reindeers' neck, Cut the brown chenille stem in four 3" pieces. Daub glue on the center of one 3" piece. Center the second 3" piece twisting around the first to form an antler. Repeat for the second antler.
From brown felt cut two ears about 1 & 1/2"
tall. Glue them above the eyes in the center of the forehead. Glue the
antlers on the back of the head positioned behind each ear. Allow to dry
thoroughly and then adjust the antlers slightly until they look best to
Fold the blue construction paper in half. Fold the typing paper in half. Run the stick glue in the crease of the blue construction paper and place the fold of the white typing paper into the glue to form your card. Using the picture as a pattern cut out a Snowman shape. Place stick glue around the outside edge of the snowman and place it on the cover of your card. Glue the black hat shape to the snowman's' head. Cut small pieces of black for the eyes, nose, buttons and hat. From the red cut the hat band and the scarf. Using the permanent marker make the mouth.
With crayons or colored pencils in brown and yellow draw the snowman a broom. Looking at the picture you can make a small hill for your snowman by cutting white paper and gluing it in place or use paint to make the snow. Spread the stick glue here and there on the white snow area and sprinkle it with iridescent glitter. You can add bits of snowflakes to the sky area using the stick glue and glitter. Write Happy Holidays in white.
Write a letter to the person receiving the card. In the letter write a gift certificate for a service you will do for that person.
Jell-O Turkey Hand
Mix the Jell-O according to instructions. Fill the plastic or Latex glove with orange Jell-O. Seal the wrists of the plastic or Latex gloves with the rubber bands (see Crafty Tips # 1).
Place the Jello filled hand on a plate in the refrigerator. Refrigerate until firm. When ready to serve cut gently from the wrist down each finger to remove the Jello. Place it on a lettuce leaf with the cut area down. Cut a waddle from the red gumdrop and attach it to your turkeys' head (the thumb of the Jell-O hand). Add the black jelly beans halves for eyes and use whipped topping to make his wings on the hand and the feathers on the other four fingers which is his tail.
This is a delicious recipe similar to the commercial candied corn.
Place your popcorn in a bowl large enough to stir well. Butter a large roasting pan or sheet cake pan for oven cooking. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar and salt. Boil rapidly on medium high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 260 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in soda, stirring to mix thoroughly.
Immediately pour over popped corn in a large bowl, stirring until well coated. Place coated popcorn in a large buttered roasting pan or sheet cake pan.
Bake caramel popcorn for 1 hour in a preheated 200 degree oven, stirring 4 or 5 times.
Keep in a tightly covered container. It caramel corn becomes sticky, place in oven again for a while. Makes about 6 quarts.
These are good to serve at a tree trimming party or after skating party. They can be served hot or cold.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together the meat and the vegetables. Add 1/3 cup of the soup and set aside.
Add milk to the biscuit mix, stir then knead gently. Roll the biscuit dough in two large rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 12 equal pieces. Place 1/12th of the meat mixture in the center of 12 biscuits. Using the water whip with the egg and paint the edges of each biscuit. Place the second biscuit and crimp to seal.
Use the egg wash on the top of each biscuit and bake approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Mix the remainder of the chicken soup with the sour cream and use it as a sauce with these pockets.
Option: substitute the large canned biscuits for the dough.
This cornucopia can be made any size depending
on the material you use and the size of the cardboard cone all the way
from small jute for a small individual size to heavy rope for a large centerpiece.
Beginning at the narrow end of the cone place your rope on the top and then over wrap far enough to anchor the end (no more than an inch is needed). Continue to wrap and glue the rope in place as you cover the cardboard cone toward the front opening gently shape with your hands to give it a more natural look. Trim the front opening of the cone wrapping the last round toward the inside so the end is covered.
You can use crushed newspaper to stuff the cornucopia and hold it in shape. If an individual party favor use a little plastic wrap or white tissue. On the large one add the fresh or artificial fruit. The small ones can be filled with candies wrapped in pieces of plastic wrap and glued to a card with the guests name.
Christmas Tree Sweatshirt
Using the picture as a guide paint the Christmas Tree as shown using the green paint and allow to dry. Glue the buttons and trinkets randomly on the tree.
Arrange the lights on the tree place the holes from the outside to the inside of the sweatshirt (one hole for each light in the Flora-lites package following the directions on the product.
Plastic Canvas Doggy Bag Holder
This little project will hold plastic zipper type bags in your purse providing you with doggie bags whenever needed.
Colored plastic canvas, two rectangles cut 3" wide X 2 & 3/4" tall (hold sandwich size bags)
Yarn, color of your choice
Overcast one end of each 2 & 3/4" edge. Following the picture work the Continental stitch for the dog on one rectangle making a reverse Continental stitch for the tail. Place the two together and overcast the remaining three sides. This forms a squeeze holder you can place the zipper bags in.
Optional: Working in white plastic canvas, red
yarn around the edge and black for the puppy a single layer can be used
as a Christmas tree ornament by adding a hanger loop.
Some of our readers are trying to round-up
the answers to the following questions:
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???? A few years ago I made some dough ornaments with a friend and would like to make some this year with my kids. All I remember is we made the dough in my food processor and when they were done we baked the ornaments for a period of time. I can not find the recipe anywhere. Please help. Paula email@example.com
???? I am looking for a source for unfinished frames for a 4x6" picture that is flat on the edge and has about a 3" or greater edge. (They must also be fairly inexpensive, since we will be supplying them to a kindergarten class to paint, put their picture in and take to someone special.) Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
???? I am looking for a place to buy mini pewter items. Any help greatly appreciated! PeggySue48@aol.com
???? Is there a stiffener made from cornstarch and water use in crochet??? email@example.com
???? I am looking for a pattern or instructions to make my own crown to wear for my wedding. I think that this is very romantic. please help if you can. Thank you. tracy firstname.lastname@example.org
???? Can any one tell me where to find, or give to me the pattern for making terra cotta babies. Someone on my christmas list really wants one. thanks janelle. email@example.com
???? I am trying to find out where to buy doll parts and accessories. Any help. thank you judy. firstname.lastname@example.org
???? About a year ago I saw a story on TV about a family who made 3D star ornaments from paper. Unfortunately, they never showed how to do it, and I can't remember exactly what they called these stars. However, I do remember them saying that it was German in origin. I absolutely loved the way these stars looked on the tree. Where can I get more information? email@example.com
???? HELP! Can not find supplier of the poly-fil and/or any other pillow stuffing. Wanting to purchase wholesale. Contact me at Patricia.M.Acton@am.pnu.com if you have ANY ideas. SKgrappler@aol.com
Please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Web Of Angels Update - http://CraftyCollege.com
First, we want to thank all the wonderful companies and crafters that provided/sponsored an angel project. This would not of been possible without their generosity and their willingness to share (for free) their artistic skills.
Next, we want to thank all of you for helping us make the Grand Opening of the Web of Angels such a great success!
We have over 5,000 hits on the Classroom within the first 48 hours! With specific angel crafts receiving hundreds of hits (popular ones being accessed over 900 times in the first 48 hours only!)
We have had visitors from all over the world.
Is it over???? NO!!!! - We will keep the Web Of Angels online for the rest of 1998!
Go to http://CraftyCollege.com
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The Doll Net Update
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Holiday Crafts in our 1997 Seasonal Issue
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