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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Decorated Jar Lid Swap? on: June 09, 2015 04:43:21 AM
After seeing these wonderful jar lids decorated by our own Moonflame for her HP Craftalong, I had an idea for a swap. Her and I have been bouncing ideas back and forth about this concept.

My original idea was to stick with Mason jar lids. And only decorate and send the lid, not the jar. (less breakage and postage). I consulted with Inselaeffchen about the availability of Mason jars in our International territories. Still a bit confused about this topic. Any input from members would be grand. She also mentioned Kilner and Weck brands, of which I am not familiar with. Are the lid threadings the same?

Of course, Mason lids have three basic sizes. Regular, Wide Mouth, and Jelly.

To avoid confusion with jar sizes, I though it might be easiest to just have players mail their lids to their partner first. For return with decoration. That way you could have lids that fit your recycled jars other than just having things a standard size. But that would mean additional postage.

I don't know which way might be best. Another outside the box idea was the lids could be hung on a hoopla wall  Grin If you didn't wish to organize supplies with them.

Keep in mind that you could request lids for bathroom supplies (cotton balls, bath salts)...Dog Cookies...Nails and Screws...or anything throughout your home fitting your requested theme. For example, if you wanted a dog cookie jar to keep in your kitchen, and your kitchen is decorated with apples, you could request the apple theme for your lid. It wouldn't have to be decorated with dog cookies on it if you didn't want that.

The lids would not have to be clay, like Moonflames' wonderful ones are. Other ideas are a pin cushion style lid, collage/montage items (steampunk?) Needle felted, crochet...the sky is the limit. The only requirement would be that it is sturdy enough for use. So grab your Gorilla Glue  Grin

Am I on to a good start to host my first swap here? When Moonflame gets a few swaps under her belt, I wish to have her as my co-host. I have swapped for the last 10 years on three different swap sites. I am positive I could pull this one off. When I am done doing all the homework to get things organized. Please let me know your thoughts and brainstorm with me?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to keep a Clutter Free Home...ha, ha on: May 23, 2015 12:39:51 AM
I have adopted a new plan that seems to be working (mostly) for me. I thought I might share. I didn't create this idea. More like modified it from things I have read over the years.

Every day I am trying to do this:

First is spend 10 minutes per room each day doing something that puts things away, makes a better space for things. I multi task and use speaker phone while on hold, etc. to buy myself this time when possible. I keep common cleaning supplies at the ready (windex, 409, rags, paper towels).

Second is when I am working on a craft or home repair project and complete a section of it, I put everything away. This blends into my first above, because I often incorporate a more convenient way of organizing things since I already have the mess out. I have stayed firm with this rule, so stuff does not pile up out of control. And I wipe the shelf while it is empty.

Third, if I come upon a larger scale organization project, then I allow myself to skip a room or two of the "10 minute rule" for that day. My bathrooms seem easiest to ignore for a day, so that can buy me 20 minutes of additional time where I need it.

The idea is to only spend 1 hour total each day to tidy up. In 10 minute chunks, I don't seem to miss the time. While dinner cooks, I can sneak a 10 minute between stirs, etc.

I wish I could afford IKEA, and all the other fancy organize stuff I see people using here and throughout the world. I use old shoe boxes that I cover and label, jars I have decorated to hold stuff...odd baskets that don't match.  Cheesy but they are functional. And slow but sure, things are finding a valid home and reason to be there. And I am putting those things that I use most often in easier to get to spots. It was driving me crazy to unstack and move things out, only to have to stack them all back.

Just some ideas. When I see the remodel and reorganize shares on here (And I also have been watching YouTube 'How Clean Is Your House' clips. Those are hilarious!) I sigh and hope that someday I will live in such a great castle  Wink Perhaps I have inspired a fellow crafter to also make a 'baby steps toward greatness' goal, like me. It seems to be working so far.

3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Ahoy Mate on: March 08, 2015 06:39:48 AM
This thread seems to have died. The last post was from July 2005. But I will resurrect it, perhaps.

I came across a neat saying in a magazine - an old issue of Better Homes and Garden's.


I thought it might be neat to have journal, ATC, misc. art prompts, and see what everyone's take is on additional "catch" phrases. Maybe changing the phrase weekly or monthly?

What do you think?

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Medical Gauze on: March 06, 2015 11:59:13 PM
I have a full case of medical gauze {white}. I have no clue how many packages are in there, but let's just call it a S**T ton.

They are 6 ply, and measure 4 1/2 inch x 4 1/8 yards. Opened up, they are 25 1/2 inches wide, though they will stretch farther, but I assume that will change the length in the yardage to do that.

Some of it I can use in the kitchen like cheese cloth. It is not labeled food use, but it is not medicated, and it is sterile. I better get cooking  Cheesy

Seriously...any ideas for what to do with it? Anyone want to be a mummy next Halloween?

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / An amazing quillt I just happened upon on: March 06, 2015 08:26:01 PM
This quilt was made by Julie Hirota and displayed in San Rafael, California at the Marin Civic Center. I wasn't sure where else to put this. The only discussion by me is: WOW. It definitely sparks some ideas for a lot of different projects.


6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tutorial by KittyKill on: February 24, 2015 12:15:53 AM
This could not have come at a better time. I am referring to the one with the heart made of "junk".

I have been organizing and realized I have bits and pieces everywhere. In little boxes, in baggies...and I mean everywhere. So yesterday I started collecting them all together and sorting things. Today I see her tutorial, and the heart looks wonderful.

I am the type who picks things up off the pavement in parking lots if it looks interesting.  Grin Or if something breaks, I take it apart and save some good pieces, etc. And I love keys.

I have already gesso-ed an old canvas with a painting I did and hated. And I am sorting through again for the "good" stuff. I think I already have enough junk to make it, but I will sort more and cull out what doesn't seem to "go".

I am doing a broken heart, though. This will be fun. It makes my organizing not such a chore, and I will find a purpose for all the crap I have collected.  Cheesy

Just thought I would share the news. Perhaps another junk addict will read this, and want to try one, too.

Her tutorial is on the home page. Scroll down, she is on the right hand side. Just look for the heart "portraits". It looks simple to do.

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I am on pins and needles on: February 23, 2015 12:34:53 PM

I hate the stinking tomato/strawberry pincushions.

I have an old one that belonged to my mother when I was young. I am 47. It has somehow lost it's strawberry along the way. It wants to eat my pins and needles. They just won't stay firmly in place.

I have a newer larger one with strawberry. It has the same issue. Is this one just a cheepie model. I don't remember where I got it or how much I paid for it.

I am dying to cut open the old one and find out how many needles it has eaten over the years  Grin I try to keep thread in my needles, so I can yank them back out..but the thread is messy and gets tangled into everything.

What do other members use, and do your pins stay put and not get swallowed to the tops of them? Thanks. I need some new suggestions.

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Cigar boxes on: September 30, 2014 12:25:07 AM
I just learned that at my tobacco store...they give away free their wonderful wooden {not the paper covered flip lid kind, but they also have those  Grin} but the full wooden kind with hinges, and a jewelry box kind of front closure. And a beautiful smooth finish. They are "branded" with the cigar logo on the top, but you could cover that part. Or use it in your design. It is kind of like the wood burning stencils, but not too deep. You could probably cover it with paint-able wood putty, and slick it over so it was smooth again.

My tobacco store is the kind that sells lots of cigars {humidor}. I roll my own cigarettes. That is why I shop there. But they had many sizes available.

I have one that I am working to make into my new TM patch box, for my embroidery threads. And to keep track of that pesky needle case that the cats seem to love to hide on me  Roll Eyes But the boxes are good to keep other things, too. Note cards. Templates. Markers. They stack well. Just some ideas.

If you have a humidor store, they might just let you have some, too!

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  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery hoop question on: July 09, 2014 05:02:59 PM
Question for my wonderful crafty friends?
Most of my hoops are the old fashioned spring metal hoops. I have given away most of my wooden ones for hoopla's.

Do any of you know a method where the metal does not mark the fabric piece? I have that trouble with some. I have washed with salt and baking powder on the hoop. Soaked in vinegar with baking soda, that sort of thing.

I am thinking to glue on thin felt to the hoop, and stretch the spring a bit. Or maybe just paper the cloth with kitchen parchment, and cut out the middle for stitching?

Any other ideas? I don't have money at the moment to buy more hoops. You all seem to know better than me what is going on. It has been years since I did embroidery with my Grandmother. She is the one who gave me the metal ones.

They probably date back to the days of her mother and grandmother. They don't have a turn screw...just the spring. Hopefully a member knows what I am talking of. And no, they are not leaving me. I will re-hoop with the woodens when it comes time for my share  Grin Sorry. They mean a lot to me.


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