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What to do with red burlap?

A while ago, I bought this bright red burlap. It is sort of between brick red and fire-engine red. It is interwoven with gold strands; they look like that kind of plastic-y "icicles" stuff you throw on the tree at Christmas, only shiny gold. It was obviously a Christmas- themed thing. I got it on sale for some fraction of a dollar per yard, and I got some 5 yards or so. I figured to myself, why not? It's cheap enough- and when you need burlap, not much else will do.
Does anybody have any ideas on what things I could do with it? Back braided rugs, maybe? Use it to hook rugs with? (although maybe that would be too fine for hooking?) I have no idea. At the store they said it was displayed with some sort of kit or pattern for making placemats, but that doesn't thrill me. Any ideas?
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Caya
I'd make a kids' tipi like the ones here:
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I'm geometrically inclined, so I wouldn't invest in a pattern.
--Betsy
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betsy
That's a really good idea- I'd do it if I didn't have one of these:
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My mother-in-law is the General Sales Manager there :-) (they are really good quality, too- and a great price!)
I was thinking of making heavy-duty bags out of them.
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Caya
Do your kids ever put on "shows"? A long time ago, I made a puppet theater for one of our kids. I used cardboard and cloth -- you could use that burlap for a really dramatic "curtain" and side curtains if you have enough, otherwise use something else for the sides. The theater has to be big enough for the child or children to get behind and not be seen, and high enough that they can reach up with hand puppets that are seen over the bottom edge. The curtain is used to conceal preparations and to add the dramatic effect when it is drawn back. They had a really good time with the theater.
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Joanne
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Pogonip
ROFL Thank you. Actually the puppet theater was for one of my step-daughters. We're friends now, but we had some rough years back then. She would say that she did not select me, and in fact, voted against me. LOL!
The girls were 9 and 11 when I was imposed on them. My son was 7 and took to his step-father well. He's his "dad" and his father is "father." The girls' mother was an angel. She was the victim of a drunk driver when the girls were toddlers. Step-children adjust well up until about age 7, then there is a struggle.
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Joanne
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Pogonip
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We made the puppet theater for my kids out of pvc - not glued together. Can be taken apart, curtain folded up and stored easily. Kids loved putting it together.
Kristi
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That is so clever :-)
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Caya
There is also a struggle when recently widowed father is off-his-rocker-nuts-with-loneliness and chooses to marry a woman who is completely wrong for him: He's a teetotaler, she's a boozer; He worked extremely hard all his life to build a business and save money, she is a gold-digging compulsive gambler; He adores his children and grandchildren, she views them as a hindrance to her spending his money. He knew within a year it was a disaster, but "divorce" was not in his vocabulary, so we got to witness the horror for 18 years. By that time, she had alienated her own kids AND his. He ended up ruining his health caring for her after she was stricken with brain cancer, while neither of her kids was willing to help at all.
On the other hand, my MIL managed to marry a man we all loved, and we loved his children too. We had a marvelous blended family, and I cared for my step-father-in-law for the last 7 years of his life.
Beverly
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