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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Journal Cover Swap (SU Jan 30 - Feb 13, 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 (9.27" 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#).
2   / 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!
3  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!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Beginner - Can you help me assess difficulty level of a couple patterns? on: January 17, 2015 08:40:22 AM
I have a couple of crafty goals this year and one of them is to try making my own clothes. I've got a couple of trainings queued up on creativebug and will probably start with something like lounge pants but I'm also exploring other patterns and trying to assess if they would be appropriate for someone with JV skills Smiley.

These patterns seem relatively simple but I'd love an opinion from a craftster seamstress. Does anything about these look especially difficult? Button holes? Fabric types?? Lining? Getting a good fit?? I'm just not sure what to look for to determine difficulty level yet.

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_84&products_id=12041

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12033

Thank you!!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Go Sit on a Cactus Kit on: January 13, 2015 10:12:58 AM
I made this snarky little "go sit on a cactus" kit for alwaysinmyroom Smiley. She is now prepared to prank any unsuspecting evil doers with a prick (er, papercut) to the hiney!



It's a matchbox covered in craft paper and then doodled on with black pen and wee bits of craft paint. The drawer is covered in origami paper that reminded me of succulents.



Inside the kit is a whole assortment of cacti that I drew with micron pens and then painted in with water colors.





Here's a shot of a cacti trap in action!!



This is a silly project but I have a real goal to improve my drawing skills and learn hand lettering in 2015 so this was a fun place to start.



Now watch your hiney!! You never know when you might fall prey to a cactus trap Smiley.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Journal Cover Swap? on: December 27, 2014 07:55:16 AM


I think being a crafter and a list-maker go hand-in-hand Cheesy. I can never have too many journals!!

Would there be any interest in doing a journal cover swap sometime in the new year? We could send a reusable cover and standard composition notebook (the ones you get at the drug store for $0.50). The cover could be sewn or embroidered or quilted or stenciled or...whatever!

This swap would be just for the cover and notebook (no extras).
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our Spiraling Home Project - From Deck to Addition on: December 18, 2014 07:12:43 PM
A little over a year ago, the hubby and I started a project to put a covered deck onto the back of our home. Like so many projects, it spiraled a bit out of control. What started as a deck turned into a full blown home addition. The process was stressful and exhausting at times but as we've FINALLY been able to enjoy the space, we know it was all worth it! We love our new deck Smiley.

Other than the decision making, I can't take any credit for this work. We had a great contractor that did all of the hard parts. If we had attempted to participate in any of the construction work, this project wouldn't have made it past the whole-in-the-ground phase Smiley.







Deciding the paint colors (particularly what to do with my favorite part of the room, the ceiling) was so hard!! We actually ended up painting it a different color to begin with and redoing the whole thing Smiley.



And here are some of the before and in-progress pictures! Gosh, I almost forgot what a mess this was!! Cheesy











8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / This Year's Elf Workshop on: December 14, 2014 04:04:06 PM
Every December I host a holiday craft party with my girlfriends. We eat and drink and craft and laugh all day long and into the wee hours of the morning Smiley. It's a lot of work but we have so much fun!

This year we did 5 different crafts - most of which we'll give out as gifts to family and coworkers. Each person takes home ~5 of each project!

We made microwaveable rice warmers. Before the party, I sewed 5"x5" charm squares together. At the party, we turned them inside out, pushed out the corners, filled them rice and then zipped the open seam with the sewing machine.

I altered printable labels (that I can't seem to find a link to now Sad) and we cut them out during the party and attached them to the finished warmers with ribbon. 





We also did a sticky simple syrup project Smiley. We made cinnamon and orange infused syrups. I printed labels from this link before-hand and we cut them at the party and attached them to the bottles with black and white ribbon.



I just love bottle brush trees and saw a cute decoration/ornament idea on Alpha Stamps that I knew would be fun to do at the party! I had all the supplies on hand and we made a big mess cutting and glueing and glittering our own versions Smiley.



We assembled tub teas using the recipe I found, here. They smell so good and I actually used one in my bath this morning Smiley. I had all the ingredients and we mixed them together, filled the tea bags and cut out the labels. They were so easy that we were able to make a TON of them.



I forgot to get pictures of the last project we did Sad! I made a couple batches of peppermint bark the day before and we cut them and wrapped them up in parchment bags with cute labels.

I made a big batch of soup and a salad that we snacked on all day. Everyone brought really tasty appetizers and drinks that kept us full (and a little buzzed) from 1pm to 1am!! Cheesy

I'm only now finishing the last of the dishes but I can hardly wait to do it all again next year!



9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrechat - Seamless Baby Sweater on: November 18, 2014 06:07:44 PM
Our neighbor is having a baby girl this winter which gave me the perfect excuse to knit an itty bitty sweater!

This is a simple (and seamless!!) pattern called Entrechat. I used Malabrigo worsted in the Polar Morn colorway. I stitched the newborn size because the tinier the better Smiley!!







I'm excited to see the little one in it in a just a few more months!!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen Goodies! on: November 01, 2014 08:26:02 AM
I made this little set of kitchen goodies for Craftster chef extraordinaire, MareMare! I know she's a great cook because I've been lucky enough to enjoy her food before Smiley.

The set includes a meal planning journal, a pot holder and a dish drying mat. A bit of a random collection but hopefully useful, none the less!



I fell in LOVE with the linen kitchen-themed fabric! I have about half a yard left and am plotting how to use it Smiley



Happy cooking!!
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