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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Google ads moved to new annoying location on: April 05, 2009 08:18:07 PM
I have noticed that the little Google ads that used to sit politely at the bottom of any forum thread I was reading have jumped up to just under the top post, even on multiple page threads this happens. That is really %$#%ing annoying.

I understand that it costs money to run a website, but the ads are taking over.
Right now I'm looking at three different ads for the same place, all dominating the page making any cool stuff people made fade into the background. It makes me come here less.

I want the old days of Craftster back when there wasn't 2/3 of ever page covered with completely unrelated advertising.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / button inchies on: April 05, 2009 08:02:45 PM
I've wanted to do some inchies for a while, never had a good theme to work from, buttons were perfect Smiley





I really enjoyed these, even if I didn't photograph them as well as I would have liked (it was very windy). Yes I did a couple buttons on an inchie on a button! Vintage coat buttons, glad to have found a use for them Smiley

I challenged myself to find text already sized to an inchie, all images and text on these came from very small sources, several old matchbooks & even a lipstick container.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sometimes I impress myself- photo on: April 05, 2009 07:51:05 PM
So the pelican was out there, just waiting for the sun to set so he could show off. I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple pics, maybe three or four? When we got home today & I uploaded them onto my computer I was mighty pleased with this one. This is a color photo, it is not altered in any way except resizing, just the natural effects of the late afternoon light.
Falcon Point Lodge, Seadrift Texas, on the San Antonio Bay. The fishing was quite good too Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gift dilema: diabetic tween girl on: March 26, 2009 04:50:40 PM
I'm making a Cheer Up goodie box for a dear friends daughter. She is type1 diabetic, slim, athletic & a good student. Cute cupcakes/ sweet food themed stuff are all the rage but would it be wrong to do a purse or bag in this theme for a kid who really can't have sweets? or would it be "yay! a cupcake that's all mine!"? All but one of my friends with kids this age have boys :/
halp!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / [SOLVED] Aigh! Tiny text! on: January 20, 2009 06:45:20 AM
I was reading 'replies to my posts' and all of a sudden all the forums shrank, so tiny I can't read anything except the bold headlines. I can read this as I type but I'm betting that once I post it'll be microscopic & I won't be able to read the reply :/  Everything else (Ads, side bar, etc. ) is still normal size.


OK after posting it went back to regular size, but that's just weird.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / stable full of animals - image heavy! on: January 03, 2009 03:26:19 PM
My church does a variety of skits & scenes throughout the year involving children as various Bible characters & critters. Last summer several of our old ones were damaged by mildew leaving us with a pitiful few that never seemed to fit the right animal on the kid who was capable of remembering lines. It was time for new stuff. Eight sheep, four cows, one donkey and one camel, phew! Total cost was roughly $125 in material for just the furry stuff. All the linings were from my stash (the sheep all have polka dot linings, the cows Mossy Oak Breakup).

Challenge #1: make them store-able: no wool, machine washable materials. CHECK
Challenge #2: Make them easy for the kids to put them on by themselves. CHECK
Challenge #3: make them so any kid can be the animal we need. CHECK





I achieved #2 and #3 by making them two pieces, a hood and a bib with a tail on it. Both pieces are all velcro closures. Even an adult with a small head can get these on. The pictures are from dress rehearsal, but some were wearing their matching tees/ jackets to complete the costume. The idea was to have each kid wear colors to go with the hoods & bibs.

Patterns:
I started with Simplicity 9808. All I used is the basic hood shape. I changed the closures to velcro & made up ears and horns for the various animals. The bibs and tails were entirely my own design but I loosely based it on those nice painter bibs they sell for very small children.

Camel and donkey hair:
I was pleased with this idea & it worked really well! I single crocheted a row the length I wanted, then did a second row of sc followed by a row of dc. I then zigzagged this strip onto the hood where I wanted it right across my base row of sc. After the hood was complete I cut bundles of 4-6 strands of yarn which I knotted tightly through each space made by the dc.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / crayon wallets on: January 03, 2009 03:03:09 PM
I think crayon rolls are nifty, but when I try to put one in my purse it's awfully bulky. I'm the mommy, I wind up carrying them.

 So I had reason to experiment as there were birthday parties to attend & gifts to be given. Therefore I did crayon wallets! Both have elastic closures (receivers were under age 6, I wasn't sure they knew how to tie laces yet). The camouflage one is just a loop that wraps around the whole wallet. The girls one has a shorter loop that wraps around a decorative button. I intended 24 slots as that was the box size of crayons I purchased to go with these, but I fail at math & didn't quite get it on either one  Roll Eyes

One for a boy, one for a girl...


Open: crayon slots face the fold to keep them contained while traveling.


I did the camo one first, and was happy but realized I could add a pocket.


There were separate parties, the boy never knew he didn't get the same as the girl. He did get stickers though.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / baby quilt to coordinate with Pottery Barn bedroom on: January 03, 2009 02:46:36 PM
I did not use the Pottery Barn linens, too pricey! I got coordinating fat quarters that drew out all the component colors of the jungle motif linens my SIL chose for her second baby, a boy. If I can get an action shot I will.  She has very conservative taste, I was almost worried that it would be too bright, but she loved it after all!

I was very inspired by a couple quilts here on Craftster, both used blocks of long strips, one in big rainbows (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225620.0), the other a girly cherry theme (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273265.0). All machine sewn & quilted. This is the first time I used the free motion setting on my machine. I still need practice (it's not a Bernina with the stitch regulator) but overall I am very happy with the result.
Front:


Back:

I had a small issue because I was composing the quilt at random & realized that my top wound up longer than the backing fabric I had. So an extra stripe was made & the label is incorporated in that stripe.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 2 stripey blankets on: January 03, 2009 02:36:06 PM
This first one was silly & random. I was in Dollar Tree to buy gift boxes and hey! There's YARN here! Bernat Haven to be exact, in an assortment of baby pastels.
Ta Da! Nice blanket to add to the charity pile for this year.


Next is the one I made for my husband for Christmas. Finally I have hit upon a craft where he has said "when are you going to make one for me?" Cheesy joy!
I Love This Yarn (Hobby Lobby house brand) in navy & cranberry. I lost the label for the "sock monkey" stripe. All acrylic.

Yes, he really likes it. I had to grab it off the couch to photograph as it's been very grey & wet since I finished it.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Keeping your shipping costs down on: November 12, 2008 07:49:43 AM
There are some good conversations discussing various ways of keeping shipping cost down, I have gleaned and condensed to make it easy Smiley

General tips:
Envelopes tend to be cheaper than boxes.
Tyvek envelopes are very sturdy and perfect for soft non-crushable goods.
If you put breakables in an envelope, bubble wrap thoroughly.

NOTE: These regulation sizes & weights are for the USA. If any of the regulation sizes or weights listed below are the same for other countries please PM me & I will add your country to the info Smiley

Cost-cutting:
US Flat rate boxes are best for:
1) anything over 4 pounds US (there is a 20 pound limit on flat rate boxes sent internationally)
2) lighter weight things that are voluminous (yarn, fabric, other squishy stuff)

If shipping internationally from the US, keep it under 4 pounds, that is the rate break point.

Keep boxes at or under 12" x 12" x 12", larger than that puts the shipping cost at a higher rate.

Boxes going abroad from the US automaticly get a certain amount of insurance over 4 pounds at no extra charge.

Please PM me with additions/ corrections & I will update this post!
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