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It's April, and that's no foolin'! What are your crafty goals this month? I'm desperate to make something! It's been so long....
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:59 PM

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We just bought shelves for my basement craft area! Woo-hoo! I'm constantly moving piles to find things and make workspace, or digging through the boxes from our move two years ago to find supplies. They're mostly up and I can't wait to get my stuff organized.

My project goals so far:
* Finish a shirt refashion for me. Started three weeks ago and I'm just being indecisive about how to complete the neckline.
* Paint/stencil coordinating shirts for my twin nieces' birthday gifts. I already have the shirts and fabric medium and paint, I'm (again) just being indecisive about what design to do. I found the shirts for under $2 each on clearance at Old Navy.
* Convert a 2T dress that I never liked the shape of into a summer skirt for my almost 3-yr-old.
* Make a tshirt dress for one of my kids from an adult sized shirt.
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If I can fit it in between work, the baby, the house, and the garden, I'm going to make puppets for the baby this month (or during the next few months ). I have loads of fabric, laces, buttons, and fancy bits from pieces of old clothing that were damaged, and I want to use them to make an assortment of hand puppets. He loves the puppets on Baby Einstein videos. I can't make them that well, but can make some simple animals and people that should give us hours of playtime over the next few years.

Another project I plan to do in the next week or two is to make large cut-out decorations for his walls. Going to draw animals and things that go on foamboard if I can find a fabric glue that will stick to it. Then I'll cut out all different types of fabrics and patch them on.
There is an event this weekend where architects and designers donate all of their out-of-date fabric, wallpaper, and carpet catalogs and they let people come in and get them for free. I went last year and got a little bit of this and that. This year I want to get fabrics and papers that are coordinated for the things for his wall.

What kinds of things do you normally make?
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Tatra- that is a neat event!
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Well March was a bust, except I did buy more fabric. Hoping to do better this month.
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Without even seeing it, I am envying your craft space, Sar1. Would love to see before and after pics of your redesigning projects.


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Tatra- that is a neat event!
It is and I just stumbled upon it on facebook one day last year. It's called zero-something. I can't think of the last part of the name. They do it in several different cities and anybody can come. One of those buffet type things where you take only what you'll use and leave the rest for somebody else. You can volunteer to work the night before, too, and get first pick of the goodies.
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Tratra that sounds like a fun event! There is a non profit store in my area called Lancaster Creative Reuse that has lots of stuff like that and pretty much any raw materials people donate. The place looks like the entire county emptied their craft stash into it or odd little leftovers from industrial places like a huge box of clear plastic 1" diameter tubes. I found a whole shelf full of unused paper cash register tape rolls for 30 cents each. It's 3" wide and who knows how many feet long. I'm planning to let my kids each have one and I'll do like a continuous art project with them. Just keep rolling it up from the end and I'll try to remember to date it here and there. At Christmas someone had donated a bunch of tiny 10" fake trees and NIP mini ornaments. The trees were 40 cents each! I made each of my girls a tree kit and surprised them with it one day when we were trying to get some Christmas stuff done. Kept them busy for days. The only significant money I spent on that craft was on light-up necklaces from cvs for around $2 that looked like a strong of tree lights. They always have big packs of unused colored envelopes for 20 or 30 cents and my girls love to "mail" their drawings and notes. Lots of string, yarn, ribbon, etc. I love the treasure hunt each time.
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Tratra (that autocorrects to "tractors" by the way ), I posted pics of some of my recent projects in the March and Feb threads.

The pic is a bath mat I made. Got the idea from a book I borrowed from the library. It's just a large hand towel sewn together to a piece cut from an old towel. The hand towel was from a thrift store. I sewed the edges than sewed two lines in the short direction to keep it from bunching. I wasn't feeling brave enough for any wavy lines or a design.
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Ok, I finished the twins' shirts last night. I haven't done a lot with fabric paint yet so there was a lot of experimenting on similarly colored scraps first. Hardest part was getting enough coats on the yellow dots to show up on the pink shirt. I used a pencil eraser for all of the pink dots and started the yellow dots the same way but had to go over each yellow 2-3 more times w a small brush.
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