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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong on: Today at 06:57:08 PM
Lots of great stuff! I especially like onesies and the sunshine-y coasters. Cheesy

I haven't been able to log a thing every day, partly because I'm way behind on the thing I'm making for the Dodo Swap, and that's taking up all my free time. But I have done a couple of things:

These are practice buttonholes. I've got a pair of spats nearly finished, but they still need buttonholes. I thought I ought to practice a bit before I tackled them, and I'm glad I did. This is the second set - the first ones were awful, and these could still be a lot better. I think I better do a few more before I risk ruining the real thing!

The lid of our honey pot got broken the other day, and it seemed easier to make a replacement lid than go looking for another suitable pot. I went in to work an hour early this morning and turned this on the wood lathe. It'll do for now, but I can't say I'm really happy with it. It's slightly too large to fit properly, and the maple I made it out of is a lot warmer in colour than the pottery it goes onto. I should have stained it slightly before sealing it. I did do it in a hurry, so I think we'll call this a trial piece and I'll use what I learned there to make another one. And I have another honey pot missing a lid, so I'm going to make a second one tomorrow morning. Maybe it'll turn out better on the first try! Wink

2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Dodo Swap (S/U CLOSED; Mail by 2/8/16) on: February 07, 2016 04:36:56 PM
Thanks for the reprieve, Candice, but I think I'm still going to be sending late.  Angry You'll all understand when you see it. What was I thinking? Huh All I can say is: never attempt something with rushes in the background. 'Nuff sed.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Linocut Christmas cards - a snowy walk on: February 07, 2016 04:30:00 PM
I've done a similar card with a coloured sky and a black foreground, and I'm wondering how you registered the two blocks. Mine were seldom perfect, no matter how careful I was, and some were too far off to use.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Very Own TARDIS on: February 04, 2016 05:43:52 PM
This is brilliant! When I saw the original photo and read what you intended to do with it, I thought "I can't see how this will work." But it does! It doesn't matter that it's not the same proportion as the TARDIS - your details totally make it work. Now aren't you glad you didn't just buy one? Cheesy

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: February 02, 2016 06:48:26 PM
I wanted a moon rubber stamp to mark the last full moon in my journal, so I carved this one. The image is from an old wood-cut. I ended up not using it, so I'll save it for the next full moon.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: February 02, 2016 06:43:53 PM
I just realized that I updated my list but forgot to post a picture of the dotee I made for artsycandice in the last Dotee Swap.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong on: February 02, 2016 06:14:30 PM

I made this ATC to try out a background technique from Bernie Berlin's book Artist Trading Card Workshop. She suggests sloppily pasting down random scraps and bits of paper, then sprinkling on various embossing powders while the glue is still wet. It gives a very rich, textured surface, which the photo doesn't really show well.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dodo Swap - GALLERY on: February 02, 2016 06:04:27 PM
I received my package from ilovesnails last week, but I'd forbidden myself to open it until her package was in the mail. Well, that's going to take longer than I'd hoped, so I had to give in and take a peek. Wow!

I listed trilobites among my favourites, and she cross-stitched this beautifully clear pair of them on a hoopla.

Look at the crispness and detail! Cross stitch is one of those that I've never been any good at, so I'm always impressed at this kind of work.

But that's not all. What was that background fabric?

THREE cushion covers in paleontology print cotton! Cheesy

And finally, this wonderful little prehistoric creature amigurumi. I love his beady little eyes! I simply could not take a photo that shows him properly. Did you take one before you sent that is better? Crochet is another craft that I don't do, so I'm especially delighted with it.

Thanks so much for such a great package! I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to open it, and it gives me even more incentive to get yours finished ASAP!

9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Dodo Swap (S/U CLOSED; Mail by 2/4/16) on: February 02, 2016 05:02:45 PM
As one of the people treading water in that puddle, I'd love an extension!

10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Typography Swap (Sign Up Closed! Send outs Feb 5th) on: February 02, 2016 04:54:03 PM
Mine is in the mail today to Dfabbric. Hope it doesn't take too long to get across the country. Sometimes it's faster to mail to another country than another Canadian province!

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