Recent Posts by Monika Gottindottir
I know you like the idea of snow globes (I do, too, come to think of it) but I have a couple very different ideas if you're interested.
You could always consider making small plushies for them. I have a kitty plush pattern I modified from one Etsy gave out for free, and it's really easy to change it. If you'd like the pattern, message me with your email address and I can send you the PDF of it :) I modified it to make a goat and so far I have made two kitties.
Fleece is easy enough to get and it's cheap, but the patterns I have made and used are small enough to use scraps. Plus a small bag of polyfill is only a few dollars and it will stuff A LOT of plushies. I think I've spent maybe $8 total between the fleece and polyfill and I have tons of each left over to keep making more. Not to mention, I have a bunch of cute fabrics in scrap form that I have yet to use up. They've each taken me between 45 minutes and an hour, though, so I don't know if that is a quick enough project for you.
If plushies wouldn't do the trick, you could try loom knitting. It's not expensive to start up, and you can make unique headbands and hats in an hour or two as long as you're using extra bulky yarn.
If you're still set on the snow globe idea, I did a search on another craft site I use for inspiration sometimes. There are a lot of very cool ideas that don't use water: http://www.oneprettything.com/?s=snow+globe
Hope those ideas help!
I have an Olay Pro-X brush that works really well. I use it with Boscia detoxifying black cleanser and I haven't needed to use scrub for a long time.
I don't think the price really does too much beyond get you to pay for the brand's name.
Thanks for signing up! I've changed my shipping status for now, I might change it back to US/Canada if any North Americans sign up with restricted shipping abilities.
And Judith, I just might be a yeti but I don't think I am hairy enough. lol
The drawers on that are a huge bonus! You might want to consider adding a thread rack to the side if it will be used as a sewing table. You could make dividers in the drawers to divide the room up in each of them to more efficiently store small items.
Yeah. I actually let my CC shop expire back in October. As nice as the site is, there just is not as much there to let people find your items. I started a new Etsy shop a while ago and it's doing much better than anything.
I think getting into social networking communities did the most for me. I joined a lot of groups that were really specific to my interests and posted links there. Some places don't like it but when you have lots of friends and good relationships in groups, it can be very beneficial to post links.
There are special paints made just for leather that come in a bunch of funky colors. People in the 90s and early 2000s would take a pair of bright boots and rub black shoe polish over them to get a color+black marbled effect. It looks really cool and it's easy to do.
Ah, I grew up in a place where winters were never very cold. I could usually go outside in shorts and a t-shirt and feel just fine when it finally did get down to 0C.
It gets to be -50C here sometimes between the winds and dry weather, but in the summer it gets to be around 46C which is way too hot for me! I like it to be between -30 and 19 or 20. lol
Winter this year has been reluctant to stick around. We have the cold temperatures in December now that we usually get in October... and all the snow we got a few weeks ago melted.
At least it's been cold enough to need winter gear. I am a cold-weather person.
Hooray, I am finally back in the realm of swapping after working my butt off in school this semester. :)
To celebrate this and the long winter ahead (winter out here is usually October through April or May), I'd like to start up a swap for everyone who experiences long winters! If you live in a cold climate, this swap is for you!
1. You need to have completed the Newbie vs. Vet swap and at least one other swap (not Happy Grams).
2. You should have at least 3 published projects and something in your bio.
3. You should have at least 50 board posts.
*HANDMADE - At least one wearable winter item (hat, pair of mittens, headband, ear muffs)
*HANDMADE - One small winter-themed trinket (ornament, plushie/doll, papercraft item)
*OTHER - Two or more single-serving hot beverage mixes (tea, hot cocoa, cider mix)
*OTHER/OPTIONAL - Small amount of stash or extra little handmade items. Just decide with your partner first :)
Be sure to check your partner's bio for what they like, and ask them about what they like during the winter months where they live. Have fun and be creative!
Sign-up deadline is December 20th.
Partners will be announced on December 21st.
Ship-out deadline is January 10th.
List of Swappers:
Monika G. (Monica) / South Dakota, USA / International shipping
Mischevous Raven (Kylie) / UK / International shipping
Judithchen (Marceline) / Germany / International shipping
Arty Kitkat (Kat) / UK / International shipping
Sanne D. / Belgium / European Union shipping
Jolanda / Netherlands / International shipping
Some varieties of alpaca wool are much finer than sheep's wool, so they're less irritating.
You could also look into using cotton yarn, though if you want something bulky you're out of luck... I can't wear wool because of an allergy to it, and I have had the hardest time trying to find cotton yarns. They're all either light or medium weight. =/
My fiance and I have been together for 6 years, and I thought I ran out of ideas until I got a pack of knitting looms. I made him a headband recently so he has something to keep his ears extra warm this winter. I'm going to make him a hat for our anniversary in December. So try loom knitting! It's easy to knock out a hat in just a couple of hours.
Look through craft books for inspiration, too. While a lot of DIY books are marketed towards women, there are usually some unisex/masculine projects in each book. Maybe turn some of his old shirts into pillows or a quilt? I made a quilted scarf for my fiance one year and he still wears it.
With that kind of budget you aren't really going to get a good machine. Your best bet would be to raise it to $150 or so and visit smaller local sewing shops to see if they could make you a deal on a demo model, or maybe a refurbished machine. JoAnn might have some machines for about $100 but they might not be very good.
Bernina and Husqvarna are two very good brands but they are also typically pretty expensive. Singer and Brother are cheaper, with Brother having some very low budget machines. Singer is probably the better bet of those two.
I say look around at local shops, see what you can find. I got a $900 machine for $300 because it was a demo model at a local shop. Check thrift stores, too. Sometimes they will have old machines for cheap, and with the money you save you could have it professionally tuned up.
That article wad really helpful, thanks! :) I am going to look into alpaca wool yarn to see what I can find.
I know Cookies n Cream makes very thin yarns as well as more average thicknesses but I have never seen a chunky yarn made by them.
My fiance wants me to knit him a headband to put under his bike helmet... luckily he can wear wool without issue... I'll just have to wear gloves while I make it. Lol
Hey all. :)
Recently I started to loom knit because I couldn't find any warm winter hats made from cotton. I'm allergic to wool, acrylic, and polyester, which unfortunately are the top three fibers in all of the really pretty bulky yarns.
The only cotton yarn I have been able to find is pretty thin.
I've tried searching for really super bulky cotton yarns but I haven't been able to find any.
Do any of you knitters/crocheters know where I could maybe find some? I want some nice thick yarns so I can make really warm hats (it's the third day of cold weather here and already it's below zero F).
Any help would be very much appreciated!
I'm going to probably make a loom-knit hats for a few people, as well as some soaps and stationery kits... possibly vodka infusions if I have time/money.
I have a friend who's moving back to Hawaii at the end of the semester so I will probably make him a big stationery kit so he can write to people back in South Dakota.
Thanks for bumping it, Judith. :)
I have added the most recent newbies to the list and have removed Scharminkeltje from all positions in the swap due to multiple instances of her flaking on swaps.
Hopefully soon I will be able to sign myself back up as a vet so I can help initiate some newbies into the world of swapping. I've been super busy with work and school for months now.