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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Boxcar Tote~Aqua/Coral/Navy/Red on: January 28, 2015 07:01:16 PM
LOVE!! It tuned out so cute!! Great fabric choices.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: January 27, 2015 05:57:18 PM
That is so neat! It's a little hypnotizing Smiley. Love the color choices your partner made!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Journal Cover Swap? on: January 26, 2015 11:39:10 AM
Hello future journal cover swappers! I'm dealing with an ill dog at the moment that's consuming most of my free time so I am going to be a bit delayed in getting this up and running. Hoping for a mid-week posting though! Stay tuned Smiley.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cross stitch clock on: January 25, 2015 03:29:59 PM
Cute! They'll be adorable all hung up next to each other. I haven't heard of perforated paper for stitching before. I need to check that out!!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Garden Angel on: January 25, 2015 03:28:52 PM
She's so pretty. Her rosey cheeks are extra sweet.

2 more to go Smiley!
6   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Miscellaneous Featured Artist, bookstorebabe! on: January 25, 2015 02:19:15 PM
If you've ever asked yourself, "Hmmm, how could I recycle this thing-a-ma-bopper into a cool craft project??" then you need to check out bookstorebabe's work for inspiration! She is a wizard at transforming the everyday into extraordinary and for that reason, we're thrilled to recognize her as our latest featured artist for the Miscellaneous category!

Take a minute to admire some of her work in Miscellaneous and read a little bit more about her crafty style!

How long have you been crafting? What's the first thing you remember crafting?
The first things I remember is working on crafts in girl scouts. Sewing sit-upons, making presents for our moms, ect. And I would get so mad because my mom was also my troop leader, so there was no way her gift could be a surprise. And I still have a pair of metal scissors that I used in first grade.

Telsa on a Circuit Board

What's your favorite media to work with?
Mixed! I love messing with paint and glue, I am truly happy when my hands are a mess. I can't draw or paint to save my life, but I love blending colors and making backgrounds. And I love using stuff like rusty bits of metal, old computer parts, just random ephemera.

Gear Box Shrine

What inspires you?
Everything. Looking at what people post on Craftster, pinterest, ect., craft and art books, and just taking a walk down my favorite street I come back with ideas. Honestly, I think working with recycled materials inspires me! I can't afford to go to craft stores often, so I'm forced to think 'what can I make with this?'

His and Hers Rayguns

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Cheaper than therapy! I think being creative in some fashion, any fashion, is so important. It doesn't matter that it's not great art-just engaging my brain to think about it, and my hands to make it makes me feel better. I started seriously posting on Craftster when my husband was recovering from a stroke followed by congestive heart failure, because I needed the distraction. Everyone was so encouraging when I posted my first attempts, when I joined my first swap...it gave me confidence.

Rocket Ship

What's your favorite creation you've posted on Craftster?
Oh, what to choose! My favorite thing is usually my current crafty obsession, and I have so much fun with the rayguns. But if I have to choose, it's a tie between the jewelry covered mirror I made for my little sister, and the chain mosaic.

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?
Arrgh, how can I choose? Sorry, I can't. There's too much awesomeness here, and I have soo many craftster crushes. I especially love a lot of the mixed media shrines that have so much detail!

Leaf Box

Tell us more about your username!
I spent years as a bookstore clerk, even managed the children's department for a while, so, Bookstorebabe! And even though that's in the past, my idea of a great date is to make the rounds of the used bookstores, so it still kind of fits!

Raygun Rack and More

Thank you for sharing more about your crafty background and for being such a prolific and creative member of Craftster, bookstorebabe!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Go Sit on a Cactus Kit on: January 22, 2015 06:54:48 PM
I've been practicing drawing legos Cheesy Cheesy.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! on: January 22, 2015 11:02:15 AM
That is one incredibly awesome amigurumi!!

Thanks for organizing another round of IYP, luckdragon. This one was epic, as they all are Smiley. Looking forward to #28!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: January 21, 2015 03:08:23 PM
Like this, suereal... Smiley

The are a couple dollars at craft stores usually.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: January 21, 2015 08:31:22 AM
Awesome ATC's crafty grrrls.  I'm terrible with water colors.  I tend to over work it so everything ends up brown.  What color source do you use LimeR?

I use an old fashioned dinky watercolor set - the one in a tray that you may remember from kindergarten Smiley. I picked up some hot pressed watercolor paper last weekend that I'm anxious to try out!

That plant cozy is too funny! I actually really love the color it adds though Cheesy. Pretty scarf - the yarn looks luxurious!
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