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ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Prayer Flag Swap Rd 4 (SIGNUP 4/9/14-4/16/14 ; MAIL BY 5/14/14) by CraftyMamaBee
Date started: April 09, 2014 04:08:05 PM, Replies: 66

Link to our fabulous Gallery!

One of my favorite Craftster Organizers, Leslieshappyheart started these swaps in 2012. I loved it and well the last one was almost 8 months ago! I thought it was time that we had another!!! So taken directly from the previous 3 rounds here is the info for this new round!

The concept is simple: decorate a rectangle of fabric with words and/or images that convey a personal prayer. It can be all fabric, or a mixed-media piece, it's up to you.

The prayer flag will be a finished size of 5" x 8", so it will be small and easy to mail in an envelope. This will be a NO EXTRAS swap, so it will be doable!(If you and your partner both want extras, you can post pictures in the personal swap gallery).  The send out date is May 14th, 2014. For this round with it being my first organizing it will be just one partner...But with the option of making one or two flags. ( I will try to make sure you are partnered with people who want to make the same number of flags...)

There is a cool blog called Prayer Flag Project that is dedicated to these flags where you can read more on the topic. The original idea is that the prayer flag is hung outdoors to slowly deteriorate and release your prayer into the world.  With that in mind, you can see that it is not expected to be a masterpiece of perfect stitching.  Rather, it is an art piece that is thoughtfully and prayerfully made.

Click Here the gallery from the first swap.
Click Here for the gallery from the 2nd Round
Click Here for the gallery from the 3rd Round

We will use the article about them in Cloth Paper Scissors as our guide; the instructions below are taken from that link:

How to Make Prayer Flags

1. Cut pieces of fabric to 5" x 11". Use materials you already have on hand.
2. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3" sleeve, making the flag surface 5" x 8".
3. Paint, stitch, embroider, appliqu, or collage the flags.
4. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired. You can appliqu letters, add hand stitching, stencil with textile paint, or just write with a permanent marker.
5. Thread the flags onto a string or cord and hang them outdoors so the breeze will catch them and spread your intentions.

Details of swap:
--You will craft one or two prayer flags for your partner, keeping your partners preferences in mind.  Extras are NOT allowed.  If you and your partner want to send anything other than the prayer flag, please do not post pictures of those items in the swap thread (but you may post pictures in the personal swap gallery, if you like.)
--You will have four full weeks to craft and send, from April 16th to May 14th.
-- Please post in this thread (or the gallery thread) at least once a week so we know you are still crafting with us.

- No one like to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, don't sign up.
- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending elsewhere.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. Please stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizers and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the package you receive in the gallery, and take pictures of what you make before you send it.

Limited to a certain number of people? Yes, 24 (If more I will need a co-organizer)
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? No

Craftster members who are organizing this swap: CraftyMamaBee
Sign-up date range: April 9-April 16 (at 1 pm PST)
Date to send item by: May 14, 2014

If you have any questions about this or anything else, please ask your organizer.
If you want to participate, send the questionnaire below to "CraftyMamaBee"


Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Rd 4 (SIGNUP 4/9/14-4/16/14 ; MAIL BY 5/14/14)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

1. Would you like to make ONE or TWO flags?
2. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people?
3. Do you have any other allergies or things to avoid (such as nickel or animal products)?
4. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
5.  List at least 3 words or phrases for your partner to choose from when making your flag:
6.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
7.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
8.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
9.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
10. Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest or Wist, or to particular items that would give her/him an idea of your taste.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap

1. CraftyMamaBee


HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Fairy Beach-Image Heavy! by kittykill
Date started: April 13, 2014 05:00:06 PM, Replies: 24
I am obsessed with miniatures and the beach. When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to make my own.  Now I can have a beach all year round. It makes me very happy!

Here's mine.

Close ups

NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nonsense or: What Was I Thinking? by Ludi
Date started: April 07, 2014 09:29:51 AM, Replies: 16
I made a couple things for Knickertwist for the Complete Nonsense Swap.  One was this little nonsense house of embroidered felt:

Better pics in the Nonsense swap thread:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432329.10#axzz2yDZCmIhz

The other thing was this Mervyn Peake quote.  This is not my design, except for adding the words which are printed on fabric, I simply stitched over some psychedelic fabric I'd been saving for years.  I did not know what I was getting myself into when I started this!  It felt like it would take me the rest of my life.  I even left some areas unstitched.  Roll Eyes  But ultimately I like how it turned out and may do more pieces in this manner, just a lot smaller, or if with words added - much larger words!   Cheesy

CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Tiny aquarium in a tin by Annchen
Date started: April 08, 2014 03:59:58 PM, Replies: 12
The short version: Look! I made a pretty thing!

The longer version:

It all started with this pin... I hadn't really thought about making it myself, and then AmandaBL claimed me for it in the Ongoing Pinterest Swap. You should go look at it! She was thoughtful enough to include some goodies to help me make my own tin garden. I was really excited to try, but I wasn't sure what to use for grass so I just let the idea stew for a bit...

It's not that easy to get altoid tins in Sweden, but I do have a bunch of these:

It's a tin promoting cough drops, and we got tons of them sent to the pharmacy where I work. I don't know if we gave any out... Any promotion not okayed by the marketing department tend to just vanish mysteriously... Ahem, I liberated a couple of them (with permission...).

I also tend to hold on to all kinds off odd bits and bobs, and I've been hanging on to a set of glass fish. They're connected to glass floats with fishing wire, and the idea is to have a nice fake fish bowl with the fish hanging as if they're swimming. It sounds good in theory, but standing water gets gross quickly... Luckily my little fishie can swim again, without yucky water.

For the background I searched for underwater stock photos, and I found this one by Tigers-stock. I printed it out and glued it to the inside of the tin using decoupage glue (I guess it's something like mod podge). Next untied the knot securing the glass floater to the fish. The string was long enough to hang the fish from and I duct taped it to the lid. As much as I like duct tape I wanted a more classy look on the outside of the tin, so it got a face lift with some origami paper and a neat frog and fish pond paper I had in my stash. I finished it off with a decoupage varnish to get rid of the slightly sticky feeling from the glue and make it nice and shiny.

When everything was dry I filled the tin with sand. The sand comes from Sgsand, one of my favourite beaches. I would swim there more often, but it's freaking cold in the Baltic sea... I'm not sure why I have a plastic bag of sand in my stash, but look I FINALLT USED IT! Err... Some of it.

The decorations in the sand are found and swapped objects. I think you recognise the neat green compass AmandaBL sent. Gemusia sent me the small pieces of amber in the make a friend swap, and the glass piece and star are from a whimsy jar I got in a magic yarnball swap from littlebluegirl. The cute little shells are from a broken necklace.

I'm very happy with my new aquarium! It's been a while since I made something fun and silly for me... Smiley

NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Let it GLOW! by silentblair
Date started: April 10, 2014 02:07:42 PM, Replies: 14
I had just signed up for the Frozen Swap and KNEW my daughter would be hounding me for
the things I would be making my partner.
To placate her I stitched up an Elsa Hoop while waiting for partners.

It was fun to incorporate shiny silver floss for the sleeve detail and cape...even if it's not the easiest thing to work with.

And for the "GLOW" part in the title of this post?

Because Elsa, Anna, and Rapunzel are cousins right?

Thanks for checking out Morgan's Elsa Hoopla!!!

CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries / Egg-shaped Leprechaun by rackycoo
Date started: April 09, 2014 08:09:41 AM, Replies: 16
I am partnered with the A-mazing pottermouth in the IYP, and one thing she said she'd really like is something Irish. I am not a clay person, but I had some paper clay and really wanted to give it a shot. I know a lot of people use foil as the bases for clay things, but I used a plastic Easter egg instead. Thank goodness this contest was announced before I started, or I never would have had that idea! The egg was a nice smooth surface to work on. If I were to do it again, I'd glue it shut before working with it, because for a while there, it was popping open and that was not cool!

So here's the little fella, with his lovely egg-shaped figure:

My daughter found the rusty shamrock years ago. It's the perfect thing for him to hold, and it made it easier for me to figure out how to do his arms. Cheesy

Because he's built over an egg, I had to construct a funny little butt on him, but sorry, I didn't get a good shot of his derriere.

And a closeup of his face. I just had to freckle him up a bit. Once he was painted, I brushed him all over with some ink to age him, and then gave him a nice coat of glaze to make him shiny.

Happy Easter/St. Patrick's Day!  Cheesy

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Mermaid t-shirt by bunny1kenobi
Date started: April 10, 2014 10:43:45 AM, Replies: 18
I made this for my partner in the Common Ground Swap. We both like fairy tales, and this shirt was based on a picture she had pinned.

COOKING / Dessert / That's-a Spicy Meatball! Spaghetti Cupcakes by amigurl55
Date started: April 06, 2014 11:27:35 AM, Replies: 17
I wanted to make cupcakes for my dad's and brother's birthday party (their birthdays are on the same day).  My dad is very proud of his Italian heritage, so I thought spaghetti and meatballs would be cute.  The spaghetti is white icing tinted with cocoa powder and yellow food coloring, the sauce is strawberry preserves, the meatballs are ferrero rocher candies coated with strawberry preserves, and the parmesan cheese is grated white chocolate.

And this was my trial cupcake to make sure I could get the cupcakes to look like spaghetti and meatballs.

Thanks for looking!

CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Craft Challenge #98 - Get Inspired - Entries Due May 1 - May 8 by sweets4ever
Date started: April 08, 2014 10:21:13 AM, Replies: 18
Craft Challenge #98 - Get Inspired - Entries Due May 1 - May 8

Are you on Pinterest?  Have you pinned 5,023 projects that inspire you, yet you've only crafted projects based on two of them?  Well, this is the month to make those inspirations come to life! Smiley

Your challenge this month is to craft a project inspired by something you've pinned on Pinterest.  Not on Pinterest yet?  No worries!  It's free to join, so hop over there and create an account first.

You can pin and craft inspired by absolutely anything you want this month!  Jewelry, food, clothing, housewares... anything!  Your project should be inspired by your pin, so your pin doesn't necessarily have to be a handmade item.

To enter this month, please follow these steps:
  • Follow us on Pinterest, so we can follow you, too! Smiley  http://www.pinterest.com/craftsterorg/
  • If you haven't already done so, pin an inspiration (from anywhere on the internet!) to a public Pinterest board of yours.
  • Craft a project based on your inspiration!
  • In your entry thread, include a link to your inspirational pin to give it credit!

Additional Rules and Details:

  • Craft your project during this challenge period (Apr 8 - May 8 2014) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.
  • On May 1 2014, there will be a special folder created for entries.  Post your entry on the specified entry board during the period of May 1 to May 8 11:59:59 PDT 2014.  No sooner.  No later.  Do not post your project elsewhere on Craftster.
  • Voting will happen from May 9 - May 18 2014.
  • The winner will be officially announced on the first business Monday of the next month -- in our June newsletter, on this thread and on the Craftster blog.  Kittykill will contact you via Private Message, after the announcement, to get your prize package information.
  • Enter only ONE project.  Your entry can have multiple components to it.
  • If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.


Please be sure to include a link to your pin in your challenge entry! Smiley


At the end, I'll set up a poll right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get:

(1) their project in the Featured Projects area
(2) their project in the Craftster Blog
(3) and a prize from us at Craftster.org -- any one item from one of Craftster's online shops!

QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Art Abandoned quilt by sloth003
Date started: April 07, 2014 01:35:23 PM, Replies: 29
On Facebook there is a group that does art abandonment. I joined a while ago and have littered town with little paintings and embroideries but on a weekend full of finishes and a new spring cleaning in the sewing room. I finished this smallish lap quilt. And decided to drop it in the park.

At 11 am I left this here.

When I drove past again at 3:10 it was gone.

CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Steampunk Goggles From Juice Containers by Ixtab
Date started: April 05, 2014 08:04:16 PM, Replies: 19

My lovely wife (Arachnea) told me about Craftster and about the monthly craft challenges. She's so awesome and is helping me write this as I've never navigated Craftster before. I was told this month the challenge was to use a container and re-purpose it, so I grabbed some Welch's juice containers:

They became the focal point of my Steam-punkified goggles:

Because I wear glasses, I even fit an old prescription into the goggles so I could see out of them more easily:

Essentially, I used dollar store items to create most things - the silver corrugation is from princess tiara's in the kids section - The red interface is a binder sectional, the goggle base is a pair of goggles from the "tools" section. I spray painted everything with a copper - and spray painted the front pieces silver. The juice containers make up the body of the goggles - the spherical part that sticks out, to which other things are attached. The strap is a belt from a thrift store.

Thanks for looking!

Date started: April 06, 2014 07:46:02 PM, Replies: 31
So...this is a SPAMonster..

He is trying to look extra huge since he is afraid of you...this is true.  SPAMonsters are afraid of humans.  This particular SPAMonster made friends with my dogs, so I was able to eventually get near enough to tame it.  One of the interesting thing about SPAMonsters is they can change their body shape and configuration.  I was able to get a pic of a lesser seen expression...

Another interesting thing is that you can take their faces off and wear them around like jewelry....I was very surprised by this quality!

Here I am wearing his face like a bracelet.  As you can see, when I lift my hand in the air, he keeps looking at me instead of turning his back.

I was a bit nervous about wearing him around my neck, but he was very gentle and didn't once strangle me in the 3 hours I wore him around the house.

He also works as a head band of sorts.....he would make a wonderful addition to a SPAM inspired belly dance costume as a head piece

OK..ya caught me.  I actually made this little beasty out of a SPAM can.  Here's some pics of the before part..


I was thinking of old school SPAM where the label was printed on the can *snort*..so I eventually had to figure out a way to put the plastic like SPAM label onto the metal tab that gets pulled off to expose the meat...it is meat right?...I used packing tape.  That way I could cover the edges with the tape too.  I also used the packing tape to seal the back of the pull ring.  I then added the safety eyes that I clipped the backs off of.    Then I filled the spaces with glow in the dark paint.  I added grommets to the ends of the SPAM and one in the lower space of the A for the face part.  I just used elastic cord doubled up  so I wouldn't have to have a closer.  Then I pinched the can and glued on the fur...Monster Mischief Made ...and I now have jewelery to wear when I feel like talking way too much Grin       

Date started: April 07, 2014 04:38:52 AM, Replies: 13

I like liquid soaps but the modern plastic containers always look out of place in our traditional bathroom. I'd had this idea drifting round my head for a while so when this challenge came up I thought I'd give it a shot. I used two containers, an empty jam jar and an old liquid soap dispenser, to make my project. There are a few tutorials online for this, but here's what I did.

- Drew a circle on the lid of the jar that would fit over the thread of the soap dispenser.
- Used a hammer and nail around the circle to perforate the hole in the lid (leaning on a cork coaster stopped any damage to my table).
- Spray painted the jar lid in silver and left to dry for 24 hours.
- Separated the pump lid of the soap dispenser from the base.
- Cut the neck portion of the soap dispenser off the base using a hack saw, then neatened the cut with scissors.
- Fed the neck portion through the hole in the jar lid and attached the pump lid firmly.
- Cut the feed straw of the pump lid with scissors to fit the new jar.
- Filled with liquid soap and placed in the bathroom.

CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 97 ENTRIES / Mini Scene Display Stand by rhinestic
Date started: April 07, 2014 03:54:08 AM, Replies: 15

I guess this challenge comes at the correct time! I have been putting off this project time and time again, but this challenge finally gave the extra push that I needed to eventually start and complete this project!

I was planning this tiered display stand out of the need to organize some of the souvenirs I have gathered from overseas. The idea to put some decor in the "supporting" glasses/vases is nothing new, but I thought to push it up a notch by creating a mini scene within the glass and finishing the entire thing with braided yarn. =)

There are 3 "layers" within the mini scene. The pond (polymer clay fish and water plant + resin), the water surface (paper boat) and land (crochet seedling + white colored mini decor stones), and finally the cloud layer which I made out of small pom poms. Smiley

GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A tree frog by Bendog
Date started: April 04, 2014 12:55:29 PM, Replies: 11
Out of the kiln today.

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