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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Driftwood Yarn Bombing (aka leg warmers for a tree) on: May 12, 2015 07:39:27 AM
We my hubby saw me making this he asked, "why are you making leg warmers for a tree??" Not the craziest thing that's been overheard in our house while I'm crafting Smiley.

My folks live on a beach where driftwood is plentiful. Whenever I'm there, I can't help but bring home a collection of craggy sea worn twigs!

This is one of the many branches of driftwood I picked up this past weekend. It looked like it needed a little sweater so I yarn bombed it!



I used neutral toned yarns that I associate with coastal colors. The yarns are all different weights but I used size 8 needles for all of them.



I knit each small gauge flat and then sewed it around the branch, using a mattress stitch to attach the two ends together. They are nice and snug so they shouldn't move or slip.



I think it kind of looks like an octopus. Can you see it?



This might be the most impractical thing I've ever made but once the idea was in my head, I couldn't shake it!!


As silly as it is, I kind of like it. I plan to take it to the office as a reminder of two of my favorite hobbies - knitting and beachcombing!!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Little Felt Basket Tutorial on: April 11, 2015 05:44:53 PM
I'm hooked on these little felt baskets. I'm stockpiling them for future gift giving! I snapped some in progress photos of my latest version so that I could share a simple tutorial!

I've been making these so they fit a 4 oz jam jar. I like using the jars since you can plant succulents in them or make a small bouquet. You certainly don't have to use a jar though. The basket is cute and sturdy on its own!



Step 1: Gather your supplies

- Wool felt (about a 9" x 9" square)
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Pencil and paper
- Ruler
- Scissors
- Optional embellishments (felt, buttons, beads, whatever!)



Step 2: Make your pattern


Use your pencil, paper and ruler to draw a simple cross pattern. Each side of the basket is 2 3/4" wide and 2 1/4" tall. The middle square that will become the bottom of the basket is 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".

Cut out the pattern.





I like the look of rounded edges on the sides so I used a 1/4 teaspoon to draw rounded corners on the pattern too. You can skip this if you prefer straight edges.



Step 3: Cut out your felt

Once your pattern is cut out and ready to go, pin it to your felt and trim away!





Step 4: Embellish

Now is the time to decorate! I chose to add felt details, a button and some beads but you could really do anything - stitch an embroidered pattern, stencil a pattern with fabric paint, sew on a fabric design or just leave it blank.

Avoid decorating the middle since that will eventually become the bottom of the basket.





Step 5: Sew up the sides

To make the basket you'll need to stitch together each side panel. I used an "x" pattern but you could also do this with a simple whip stitch or basket stitch.

Pinch two of the sides together, lining up both the sides and the top edges. Start stitching from the top and work your way down to the bottom corner.





Once you make it to the bottom, push the needle to the inside edge, push out the corner a bit and tie a knot to secure the stitching.



Voila! One side done. Now just repeat that 3 more times.



Step 6: Fill your basket with something cute (or just leave it as-is, that's cute too!)

I put a 4oz jam jar inside. The measurements used for this fit one perfectly.



I put a little water in the jar and added some bright purple flowers!



I'm keeping this one for myself since the colors happen to match the mint green in my kitchen!



With a good sturdy felt, you could make these in any sizes! The original inspiration for this is a big 'ol basket!! I'm very tempted to make a teeny tiny (and totally impractical) version too.

Thanks for checking it out! Let me know if you have questions.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Felt Cozy for Happy House Plants on: April 08, 2015 06:00:27 PM
I made a little cozy for one of my succulents. You know, cause they like to be warm Smiley.



The box is based roughly on this container but I made mine much smaller. I also added some simple embroidered designs.





It's fits a small 4 oz jar that works well for little house plants. Here's a picture with my hand for scale.



Thanks for checking it out!
4  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel FOUND - Journal Cover Swap on: March 30, 2015 05:55:26 PM
THANK YOU! We've found an angel.

I'm looking for an angel to help out in the Journal Cover Swap.

Quick summary of swap:

In this swap we'll be crafting a reusable journal cover for a standard composition notebook (9.25" x 7.5"). You'll send the cover and a fresh notebook to your partner!

- Please only send one composition notebook and its accompanying cover. No extras.
- You and your partner can agree to do a different notebook/cover size if you'd like
- Covers can be sewn, embroidered, woven, quilted, felted, whatever!!
- Covers must be removable and reusable so your partner can continue using it even after the notebook is full!

Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437912.0
Gallery thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438352

Swapper Info:

US shipping, no allergies

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
 hippy, pop-art, vintage, modern
Are there any themes that you really dont like?  Halloweenish, you know, walking dead, stuff like that

Colors youd like to receive? greens, blues, browns
Colors youd prefer not to receive?  no neon or real bright, nothing shiny/glittery.  

If you're available to help, please send me a PM. Thank you!!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Journal Cover on: March 22, 2015 02:55:56 PM
I recently organized a Journal Cover swap. We all made replaceable covers to fit standard composition notebooks and this is what I came up with for my partner!



I used 100% wool felt for the cover and the circles that I decorated it with. I added a few circles to the back and the inside folds too. I decorated the circles with buttons and beads and simple embroidery stitches.

Once I got in the round groove, it was hard to stop!









It was a fun swap and all of the covers sent were great. I'm hoping to organize another round one of these days. You can never have too many journals, or journal covers!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Journal Cover Swap (Send Out, March 16) on: March 04, 2015 10:26:26 AM
Show off your journal covers here!!

Discussion Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437912.0


photo from: http://www.onthetrailcreations.com/quilted-book-cover-tutorial.html

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM your group organizer  and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM group organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#). I will not be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures.

Status

Sent

Partner has Received
Feedback
Late with communication

lonelygamerwife <> brandyk
artsycandice <> SonjaBoo
CraftyMamaBee <> wendiek
thisbirdsabsurd <> rscowtown
RebeccaJay <> Subee
oddacity <> torimiko
LimeRiot > playswithneedles[/s > frosty772 > LimeRiot
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Bow Ties for Dapper Doxies on: February 08, 2015 01:03:38 PM
What is cuter than a sweet doxie boy? A sweet doxie boy in a bow tie, obviously!!

I made a whole collection of these for our doggie family this weekend. With all of the requests I've received from friends and neighbors for their own puppy bow ties, I don't think production will slow down on these collars for a while!

Fortunately, they are really fun to make! I'm also trying to chip away at my fabric scrap and fat quarter hoard and these are perfect for that mission!





I used this tutorial from Dream Catcher Baby as the inspiration for my puppy bow ties but I made a couple of minor adjustments:

- I ran out of fusible fleece so I used cotton batting for a couple of the ties and it worked just as well.
- Instead of interface for the band, I used cotton webbing. It made the band a little sturdier and better for dog use.
- I changed the measurements for the neck band so they fit our dogs. I measured the their neck and added 3" to that length. I kept the width of the band and all other measurements the same as the tutorial advises.





I would like to thank my (somewhat) cooperative model, Opie, who worked tirelessly (for about 74 seconds) on the set of this photo shoot in exchange for a hefty salary (a few turkey treats).







Thanks for checking them out!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Journal Cover Swap (SU CLOSED, SO Mar 16) on: January 30, 2015 04:43:07 PM
If you're a crafter, odds are you're a list maker too Smiley! If you're like me and have a stack of uninspired composition notebooks on your desk that need sprucing up, join us for the journal cover swap!!


photo from: http://www.onthetrailcreations.com/quilted-book-cover-tutorial.html


In this swap we'll be crafting a reusable journal cover for a standard composition notebook (9.25" x 7.5"). You'll send the cover and a fresh notebook to your partner!

- Please only send one composition notebook and its accompanying cover. No extras.
- You and your partner can agree to do a different notebook/cover size if you'd like
- Covers can be sewn, embroidered, woven, quilted, felted, whatever!!
- Covers must be removable and reusable so your partner can continue using it even after the notebook is full!
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing partner & organizer is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Journal Cover Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: January 30th February 13th, 2015
Date to send item by: March 16th, 2015
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No limit.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Journal Cover Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Send your completed questionnaire to your organizer. That would be me, LimeRiot Smiley.


Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#).

GALLERY
9   / 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!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Garden Doodles on: January 17, 2015 01:48:55 PM
In addition to being a fabulous crafter, alwaysinmyroom is also a magical gardener! Her beautiful garden was the inspiration for this box of doodley knick knacks that I recently sent her.

I repurposed one of my birchboxes and painted these flowers (inspired by a drawing I saw on Pinterest) to cover the top.



Inside, there are ATCs and other little artsy things.







I included a couple of pieces that contain wildflower seeds.



And a little cube with garden veggies painted on each side.





I painted these on small scraps of leather.



I made a teeny book from an old post card and put garden themed quotes inside.





Lastly, the Go Sit on a Cactus kit that I posted earlier Smiley.



There is still quite a lot of room left in the box so I might have to send some more garden doodles her way!
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