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1   / CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES / My project for the Pet Swap on: August 15, 2015 02:21:23 PM
I received permission to post this from rantyhippie. I am a bit intimidated to post this, but decided to anyway.
I especially liked how my package for her turned out. This is the best photo I have for it.

She shared some pictures with me of her Lemon Beagle named Buster. And I made a drawing to represent his spunky playfulness. And created a pillow cover. The rope to the front of the pillow cover is a separate tuggy toy that I added for the swap. I also made some homemade dog biscuits in the shape of Texas (where Buster lives). And sent some Scooby Snacks (graham crackers) for her.

The image is applique and hand embroidery using fuzzy fabrics. His tongue is red plastic. The ball is layered applique, and the rope attached is also 3-D. I thought that he turned out mighty cute, and I was careful to get his colors and spots in all the right places. She mentioned for the swap that she didn't like the color brown...but 'duh'. That is color of her dog!  Wink I represented his color almost exactly to the pictures.

Here is the link to the Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433884.0

Thanks for looking!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / SATT is back. on: August 07, 2015 10:45:41 PM
Sorry everyone. I will catch up soon. Computer died. Wow. Everyone has been busy. I have kept up with stuff snail mail. And I have sent out and gotten everyone's stuff. I will update where needed. Thank you all for everything. I have loved it all. I will update on the threads. And share what I think about it all. I love the Affirmations. They have made me feel better. Life is sometimes not so fun. Your messages have helped. I will add more to the messages tomorrow. I'm so glad to be back and writing here again. Here is one of my smilies  Grin

3  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?

4  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.

5  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?

6  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?

7  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.


8  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.

9  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.

10  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!

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