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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 on: Today at 02:35:47 PM
Wow. You all are incredibly busy with this swap. I started my big this morning. I got tired of sewing for some private swaps. Well, actually my middle finger got tired and sore, so I shifted gears into this next one for now. It will need some dry time, anyway.

Do you ever make something, with no pattern, and go back to re-create it...and can't remember what you did the first time?  Grin That is me today, so I am making it up again. Similar idea, but another one of a kind. That will probably be best, anyway. I get bored with the same things over and over.

So, just a check in. I am on task. And great to hear all the wonderful shares here.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! on: August 31, 2014 06:33:47 PM
Great scores, everybody! I am still finishing out a few of these for personal trades, but I feel myself freeing up.
Not as much pinning, but I still iron  Roll Eyes What can I say, I am just a 90 degree kind of gal.
I think I need to get totally drunk on wine and try one without stabbing myself too badly  Cheesy If I like it still when I wake up...joyous occasion!

These have been fun, and opened my eyes to a few new techniques, and reminded me of a few that I have forgotten. They have also helped a bit to organize and polish off my stash. The steampunk one recently shared gave me new ideas of what to add for future 3-D ideas. That one was made by Sharalee. And received by Craftsunderground. It was posted today in the gallery for R2.

Anyhow, I hope to join a new batch of these soon. If time pressures and life don't interfere.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Microbrewery Grain Bag Messenger Bag on: August 31, 2014 05:22:52 PM
For the closure...what will it be used for? Apples that can roll out? Then, I would say yes. Books from the library, probably not necessary. Smaller purse style items...yes. For that maybe an underneath zipper might be a good idea.

Very neat bags. I like the flap, too.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 31, 2014 05:01:56 PM
Yeah! You finished it,  ErinAquaheart! I was curious to see what the sketches would become. Wonderful job! I love the colors, and your shading is beautiful. Very detailed and dimensional. I am sure your Aunt will proudly display it somewhere in her home. Off to Rock you  Grin

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas to save money at the holidays on: August 31, 2014 02:50:02 PM
Sorry, I stand corrected in the candy aisle. Thanks for setting that straight.

I love your ideas wendiek. And I am sure other members will take note of them as well.

I love jeans, too. And often stitch things from the old ones. Aprons, purses, etc.

An addition to your paper box desk organizer idea (the post office hates me)...but the priority boxes are FREE...until you ship them, but you can use them to your advantage, and they are a nice corrugated cardboard, and clean of anything on them. And come in a variety of sizes. To use for all types of things. I do not advocate cleaning the post office out of their stock, but if you just wish a few?  Grin

I once accidentally felted a favorite sweater. It did fit me, but after I washed it, ended up the size to fit a small dog  Cheesy But sweaters are great for crafting. Especially for us who do not knit or crochet so fast, or well, or not at all. And yard sales and thrift stores are cheap places to get those.

Keep the ideas coming. I am loving the input.

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A ton of tiny pumpkins on: August 31, 2014 02:22:47 PM
Send some to me!  Grin Just kidding. I am working on a homemade gourd project from mini gourds from my garden. One of my recent decorating magazines showed some sprayed golden. I had bronze enamel paint, and left over pumpkin orange fabric paint. I am decorating a mini Christmas tree this year, and I saved and dried the stems from large sweet bell peppers to glue on the tops as stems and use for ornaments. I plan to decorate this mini-tree year round.

Some of yours look small enough to saw in half and put a pin back on for broaches?

I like the wreath idea. And the stacking large at bottom, to small at top, too. Those are really neat decorating things.

If you are planning a Thanksgiving feast, perhaps napkin holder rings? Toilet paper tubes {painted} and cut into 1" strips could work for an easy base? You could cut a paper leaf shape to use for the placeholder/who sits where thing? And wire it on with floral wire and tape.

Just ideas. Oh, and also, just a pretty basket of them with a neat fall type ribbon bow would make a great centerpiece. You could place them in some straw on the bottom...and maybe a small scarecrow, black cat, owl, or crow ornament with them?

Hope this gets the juices flowing. You could also do like the members here are doing...leaving gifts around town with little tags that say "take me". Or leave them on neighbors and friend's doors for little gifts?

My two cents.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas to save money at the holidays on: August 31, 2014 10:00:04 AM
I think I should be allowed to double post here  Grin

This is a neat snag off the internet {sorry, but the sources do not always accompany the ideas, if I could give credit I would, but these are out from the depths of my computer, and long since fell off the history}

M & M's puts out holiday colors in the red, green, white variety. Those are Twix cookie bars around the outside.
M & M Mars company will also sell you specific colors to match a wedding party or other prom event, etc. I am sure they have a website for that. Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness events?

We are celebrating all holidays here, so don't feel that this is just Christmas.

I will add some Halloween here soon, too. That is my favorite holiday. I make some "wicked" finger sandwiches and Witch finger cheese straws. I have to "dig" up the recipes  Grin

8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Labor Day Cake on: August 30, 2014 04:36:54 PM
Very pretty! I can't see a boo-boo anywhere  Grin Darn, why are all us craftsters so hard on ourselves??
I have tried that fondant stuff. It is miserable to work with in the fine sheets. I can only do the rolly-polly clay figures. And poke 'em with the toothpick  Grin You did wonderful. Very nice pleating with the bunting.. And a great color blend there. And your little coils for the ribbon are wonderful, too. GREAT JOB! Pat yourself on the butt...which won't gain weight from this one  Cheesy

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ideas to save money at the holidays on: August 30, 2014 04:18:13 PM
I am in America, so Christmas is usually our holiday. But I know other craftsters who like to make homespun gifts for their families...gifts from the heart. I hope we can use this post to celebrate the reason for the season...LOVE.

I need to save money this year, and giving all my hard earned cash to the "cash cows" that promote crazy things are not for me. I would rather spend the dollars on items to make hand-made candles, soaps, pillows, and food goodies. Son is getting PJs. {along with a few toys}. Some of those materials will come out of my stash. (I save old candles and re-melt them  Wink)

This is not my photo...snagged somewhere off the internet, but it looks like it could be made with leftover {used and broken} sweaters, and be good to use as package toppings and tree ornaments. That way you can skip the bow...those just add to our never ending garbage dump at this time of year.

Embroidery floss to wrap the hands and ankles. Small foam ball for the head {you could add a face if you wished with fabric paint?} easy to trace and make your own pattern. Looks like it would be easy to stitch by hand, and the more handmade it looks, the better. Charming.

My gifts will be wrapped in brown paper bags. With garden twine on them. Oh, of course I will rubber stamp some fun designs  Grin

I also go to our local newspaper printing place, and for $2.00 I get an "off-roll" with lots of unprinted newsprint. It is great for making larger fabric patterns, or protecting the table when the kids do their crafts. Or at Birthday parties I bring out the markers, and they all get to draw on the 'tablecloth'  Grin

Another holiday idea for everyone is to put a white linen cloth on the table, and let all the guests sign it with  fine-line sharpie...then embroider it later for a keepsake. Great at weddings. Just ideas.

Now I would love to hear yours!

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2014! on: August 30, 2014 03:29:03 PM
Wow, kosmicgirl, can I move in with you? Then I won't worry about making a mess  Grin It sure looks like you have your hands full. I wish you luck on your renovations. And have a happy vacation to get away from it all. Of course, I don't think you will. You will come home with a carload of junk to add to things.  Grin If you are like me, anyway.


Edit to add: For the lighting? Mirrors. They reflect the light back to you. Even if you just temporarily lean them behind the lamps. As long as you get their angle without glare. Just a thought.
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