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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Making my first dotee dolls was a HOOT! on: January 30, 2016 04:22:00 PM
I've seen dotee dolls around Craftster for years but have never made or collected my own, until recently!

I participated in a tiny bird swap and my partner, Ludi, had owls and dotees on her q'nnaire list so I figured it was a good chance to try my hand at the craft. These little hooters were the result!





I made them both out of linen fabric. I painted designs on them and then added embroidered details for extra texture. The wings are made of wool felt and were sewn to the body with buttons. Little beads were used for final embellishments!





I don't have a single inch of wall space available to start my own dotee collection but I can see why people get addicted to making them! They are really fun to put together.

I don't think I followed all of the "rules" for making these dolls but I think that's kinda the point - so I'm guessing I won't be ticketed by the dotee police anytime soon Smiley.

2   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Miscellaneous Featured Projects, 2015 Q3 & Q4 on: January 09, 2016 07:44:27 PM
Congratulations to the contributors of our latest Miscellaneous feature!! Thanks for sharing such awesome projects in the second half of 2015.

Kindness Mixed Media Hoopla by LeapFeetFirst


Harry Potter Sorting Hat Tea Cosy by edelc


Marauder's Map Hand Painted Shoes by lancmaltby


Tin of the Month Club 2015 by rackycoo


Miniature 3 Story Tudor Home by Arachnea


Singer Sewing Machine Restoration by Supermutts


3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Passport Cover Swap Gallery (Send Outs Nov 16) on: October 25, 2015 01:30:55 PM
Post your passport covers here!!


Photo from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/124026275/

Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440873.0

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

LimeRiot <> Smmarrt
wendiek <> whitterp
PerfectlyBohemian <> CraftyMamaBee


4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Passport Cover Swap (Sign Ups CLOSED, Send Out on Nov 16) on: September 28, 2015 08:47:04 AM
Love travelling and crafting?! Then join the Passport Cover Swap so you never have to hand over a plain old boring passport to immigration again!


Photo from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/124026275/

In this swap we'll be crafting a passport cover for our partner based on the standard size of all international passports (4.921 inches by 3.465 inches - that's precise!).  

- Please only send one passport cover. No extras.
- You can do a cover just for the passport or a more elaborate cover that includes extra travel pockets if you and your partner agree.
- Covers can be sewn, embroidered, woven, quilted, felted, whatever!!
- Covers should be removable and reusable.  
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing partner & organizer is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Passport Cover Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: September 28th October 10th, 2015
Date to send item by: November 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: Passport 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 LimeRiot.  


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

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Passport Cover Swap? on: September 16, 2015 08:06:25 PM

Photo from: https://www.etsy.com/listing/124026275/

Would anyone be interested in doing a passport cover swap? This would be an easy one - just craft 1 cover based on your partner's wishes, no extras. They could be made from any technique - patchwork, felt, embroidered, leather work...whatever!

I'm thinking it could be run similar to the journal cover swap we did a while back...http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438352.0.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / When Pigs Fly Baby Shower on: August 29, 2015 02:07:14 PM
My dear friend is having a baby in October!! As soon as I found out (months ago) I started planning her shower Smiley. She had always said that she NEVER wanted to have kids. We were all surprised to learn she was pregnant so I thought a "when pigs fly" theme would be perfect for the party!!

Here's a crop from the invitation...


I cut out a whole bunch of flying pigs and hung them around the house. I used lanterns and tissue pom poms to look like clouds.





FOOD!!



Instead of playing games, we made crafts for the baby - headbands and baby blocks!







This is where we did presents. More flying pigs and a Mom banner!



I had a couple of gifts wrapped up that were passed around when the mom-to-be was opening her presents. One was passed 3 to the left whenever she opened something pink, the other was passed 2 to the right when she opened something related to bath time. Here's one of them being passed around.



It was a fun afternoon with good friends and happy wishes for the (almost) new Mom!!
7  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!!
8  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.
9  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!
10  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!!!
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