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Calming the senses with weighted blankets & Craft Nectar

Calming the senses with weighted blankets & Craft Nectar
Note from Weeks: Both my husband and daughter are restless sorts. When our daughter was little and we went to a restaurant, Bill would take her out to run up and down the sidewalk while I paid the bill so she wouldn’t start squirming at the table. Bill has talked for years about finding a way to create a heavy blanket that would calm his and our daughter’s restless muscles. Like me, our daughter is frequently restless and, at the end of the day, often asks for a heavy quilt on her legs or for a deep-muscle massage. Little did I know that weighted blankets and vests are in widespread use as therapeutic devices for children and adults with sensory conditions including ADD and autism. You should ask your doctor or physical therapist whether to use a weighted blanket, and if so what the best weight is. The general rule of thumb to determine an appropriate weight for a blanket is 1/10th the child’s body weight plus 1 pound. You can make your blanket any size and weight you want. Like this:

DIY Thread LED Tealight Cover I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking (plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t allow real flames. Finding these* at the dollar store is what started this mess… 1) Get your hands on some thin cardboard that you’ll be recycling anyway. 2) Find some wrapping plastic (try to use something you’ll toss anyway!) 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 13. You can make different sizes and shapes. … and configure it however you want! * Batteries were included, and they lasted for many hours. Happy crafting! Mrs. Location: Sacramento Occupation: Tea Analyst Wedding Date: August 23, 2008 Venue: Vineyard on the Delta

The Handy Hausfrau: Oilcloth-Lined Bag Giveaway Today at The Handy Hausfrau, I'm having a giveaway. I've been busy sewing up a storm this week and thought this was the perfect time to share the goods with you, my readers. Let me give you a little background. I'm a sucker for bags and purses. My goal was to create a cute bag that could hold everything I need for a playdate or a trip to the zoo, but would be waterproof on the inside to protect the cuteness on the outside from spoiled milk. Anyway, the first step was to dig in my craft closet for some remnants. The flowery fabric was purchased from the unwanted cuts bin at Wal-mart for $2.30; the pink oilcloth was purchased from Mendel's; the camel-colored fabric was leftover from when I reupholstered the couch at our ski-condo; and the mottled pattern was from a fat-quarter package I bought ten years ago off a clearance rack at a quilting store. Next step was to track down a pattern. Here's the final result: This bag is 12.5" wide at the opening and stands 10.5" high.

Wooden keyboard enclosure Having become proficient at typing on a Commodore 64, I just never end up using the numeric keypad, even if I need to enter some numbers. So the numeric keypad is just a waste of space and makes me reach further for the mouse. Of course, there are all kinds of reduced size keyboards available, but these usually don't feel like a real keyboard. They never have the cursor keys where they should be and usually the key travel is also not quite right either. So I set out to make a reduced size keyboard by cutting the numeric keypad off a regular keyboard. Cutting off the numeric keypad is not as trivial as it sounds. My approach is to take the circuitry from under the right side of the keyboard, and just fold it under the page up/down and cursor keys. A big challenge with making a wooden case is to cut a nice bezel for the keyboard. The next step was to cut out the openings with a scrollsaw. I should have thought of this technique before I cut the holes with the scrollsaw. See also:

Cheer Up with Nature's Therapists Feeling a bit down, but can’t afford to see a professional to talk it out? Well Mother Nature has her own brand of therapy, and we hope you’ll find a bit of happiness with this bunch. See if any of these furry friends puts a smile on your face and a brighter outlook on your day. Tagged as: cute animals Article by Anastasia Miles Anastasia has written 87 awesome articles. 40 Tips for a Better Life | GLICH'S LIFE :: Blogging by Glenn Ong Reading tips from the Internet, I got this useful list where I personally follow some of it to help me sort of improve my day to day life. Read through it and just follow the things you want to believe. Remember, each person has his/her own needs/wants/beliefs. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. You don’t have to win every argument.

Turn Old Paperbacks into Custom HardbacksHow To | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh Previous image Next image We love to integrate books into our decor, but does your child have favorite books that aren't quite in display condition? Beat up paperbacks can easily be turned into custom hardbacks with some scrap cardboard, fabric, a gluestick, and an inkjet printer. Unleash your inner graphic designer with this quick and easy tutorial! Materials: cardboard about 1/3 yard of cotton fabric glue stick tape one sheet of cardstock 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You're done! (Images: Katie Steurnagle) Surprise Balls This article is also posted at Squidoo! Inside this ball of yarn are all sorts of little goodies I chose for a friend. I wanted to send them to her in a way that’s entertaining, and since the gift will travel a long distance, I also had to come up with something that would take the abuse of going through the mail. My solution? I turned a pile of ephemera and goodies into a surprise ball. Here’s how: First, I chose the items I wanted to send, inlcuding a printer’s block, some buttons, rhineston brads in a small watchmaker tin, and a bunch of ATC backgrounds. I usually choose to make the largest item in my pile of goodies the center of the ball, so here, I’m starting with the ATC backgrounds. Because this is going to a mixed media artist, I wanted to include lots of different fibers and trims. Next, I’ll add two shorter, thicker items, to pad the center out, and start turning this into more of a ball shape. On the other side, I wrapped the little tin of brads.

Bleach on fabric tutorial - Stencil Revolution Here is my Bleaching Tutorial, exclusively for Stencil Revolution members. In 2002, I was hired by a small clothing company to invent a process by which we could produce images on garments that would be more “tattooed” into the fabric than screened on. I immediately thought about bleach and began two years of research and testing. I worked with chemists, fabric manufacturers, and artists. I wrecked my studio, my clothes, and my lungs. Chemically, to achieve different values, I worked with retardants to slow the process of the chemical’s effects, I watered down mixtures, I used “stop-baths”, dehydrated bleach crystals… you name it. So, here is the big secret, just for S.R. members. Contributed by Phelyx. I have finally completed this simple tutorial and am pleased with the results. This Japanese Koi design was created specifically for this tutorial. There are a few basic need-to-know items and suggestions that I can offer. First: bleach will not work on most synthetic fabrics.

Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity | zen habits By Leo Babauta This is something I’ve been wanting to write for some time — a Handbook for Life. Now, is there any handbook that can be a guide to every single person? It’ll also become apparent from the links in this handbook that I’ve written about this stuff before. How to use this handbook This handbook is not meant to be a step-by-step guide, nor should you adopt all the tips below. Pick and choose the tips that will be most useful to you. 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity Try rising early. 10 Ways To Be Happy, On Purpose “He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness” ~Chinese Proverb I was at a Women’s Leadership Conference about a year ago and had an “ah-ha moment”. We were all introducing ourselves and asked to share a few things to help with the process. One question left me baffled and ultimately changed my life; “What do you do to make yourself happy?”. At the time I honestly didn’t know. I had a great job, friends, and family. It’s not been an easy road, but it’s been the most fulfilling adventure I’ve ever been on and I feel that I should now share what I’ve learned with others. 1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. How many times have we heard “no one will love you until you learn to love yourself” or “nobody knows you the way you do”? So get to know the right-now-real you, both the good and the bad, and own it. The good news is that if you don’t like certain aspects of yourself right now, you have it in your control to change that. 2. “Open your eyes and look within. 3.

Under The Table and Dreaming: DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath {Made From... I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. {with a much lower price tag} Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

Craft Project: Russian Nesting Doll Card Matryoshka Doll Card Opened Card Closed Today I felt like making a matryoshka doll card, for no particular reason. Sometimes it's nice to make something just for the fun of it. The hard part is finding the time. That's why I like making cards, they're quick and easy. Supplies:Card stock with printTan Card stockScissorsGlue stickFine point markers in black and red Right click, copy, and save on a 11 by 8 1/2 landscape size page. Once you print out the template, cut it out with scissors. The back side of the card should look like this. Accordion fold the card (refer to picture). Print circles out on a tan colored card stock. *This card stands nicely on it's own (sorry no picture).