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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: Today at 08:18:20 AM
I made a bunch of things to give out as the "Easter Bunny" at my bellydance class (Yes, I have a giant bunny suit, yes, I've bellydanced in it... anything for a laugh!):

Birds Nest Pendants!



Belly Dancing Bunny Pins!



Giant Baubble Bracelets!



A bracelet I made from a tute on Pinterest:



More Bracelets:



And another one:




Some random things made for other people (hey, guess what, they're bracelets!)...





Been so busy with swap stuff, hopefully I'll get some of those wrapped up and be able to breathe a little easier!
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2  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: Today at 08:18:11 AM
Congrats to all the awesome people we have in our craftalong!  It's such an amazing group!

And, yes, I will be in line for a copy of the raven picture...  Wink

Battle/Challenge:  April Mob: Humorous.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Bellydancing Bunny Buttons!
Brief Description: I found a picture of a bellydancing bunny online, and sketched a version of it (the original is very serious and textured and lovely, I realize mine is quite simplistic!).  My husband colored it on the computer, and I made a bunch of buttons to give out at our "Easter" bellydance class.
Project Picture:



Battle/Challenge:  March Clone Wars.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Birds Nest Necklaces
Brief Description: I've seen these in so many places, and I love them, so I finally decided to tackle my fear of wire and make some of my own!  The good news is that I didn't have to wear an eyepatch to the Pirate's Ball last night, I managed to avoid poking an eye out - and I like, for the most part, the way they turned out.  I really do think I like the smaller, lighter colored beads the best.  I thought I'd love the purple ones, and maybe with silver wire?  (But I love the nest-brown wire I found!).  There will almost certainly be more of these in my future.  They're fairly quick, even with my obsessive fiddling and over-securing, I can almost get one done in half an hour (that's almost three per movie!). 
Project Picture:



Battle/Challenge:  March Exterminate
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Giant Baubble Bracelets
Brief Description:  I bought these giant plastic beads to go on the tops of some tassels for a costume I made eons ago, and figured I'd use them up in some bracelets (part of the "Easter Bunny" bellydance party give-away, there's no such thing as jewelry that is too big to a bellydancer!).
Project Picture:



Battle/Challenge:  April: Whats your sign
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Aries Bracelet
Brief Description:  Okay, technically not MY sign, it was made for someone else who is an Aries (I'm not into astrology, I figured I'd make something for someone else!).  And I have a thing for these wrap bracelets... I just can't stop making them!
Project Picture:



I do actually have one other done, but it's for a swap, so I'll wait until it's received before I post, or if I make something else I can post (it's the "best at", and I'm going with crochet/amigurumi, so... it's very possible there will be more before the swap items are even received, if my hands hold out!)
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3  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19 (SU: 4/18/14-4/25/14, SO: 5/2/14, and 9/29/14) in Craft Swaps by Smeddley on: April 18, 2014 10:48:14 PM
Questionnaire sent!

Here's AD, and his girlfriend, Adi.  If my partner is willing, they'd both like to go, but I understand if they don't (then it would be just him).



I was going to try to get a new doll done, but I don't think I will have time, so they (he) gets one more trip!
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4  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 18, 2014 11:52:05 AM
I tried another bracelet pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272045633711725980

I can't say I love it as a bracelet, at least not the slide-closure adjustable sort of bracelet, but this weave would make for an excellent strap or, say, the edge of a beaded costume top?  If I use it again it probably won't be as a bracelet.

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 12, 2014 08:16:05 AM
Pinokeeo - I think the letter opener is very nice rustic, you'll be back on your carving feet in no time is that's how well the healing is going!

Underthemountain - Ooooh, I love the tie-died stuff, especially the heart shape.  How did you tie/bundle it to get that shape?!

A few things I've managed to accomplish lately... actually I have a few more things, but they're for swaps and will have to wait.

Snail, sent back with the LV swap:



A sign to keep me off Facebook:



(more about that here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432704.0#axzz2ygW6BE6W)

A pinterest pin and the resulting bracelets:





(more about those in the Craftster vs Pin craftalong: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432270.msg5183768#msg5183768)

And while I was at it, another bracelet I decided to make, a triple wrap bracelet with a dragonfly catch:

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6  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 11, 2014 09:34:49 AM
Simple beading pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272045633711607148/

I've seen it done before, usually with more rustic beads and hemp twine... But I have an allergy to hemp and decided, since I had some sparkly beads, to try to use a sparkly yarn.  I cut apart my first effort without even taking a picture, since the way this tutorial shows doing the closure (directly next to the end of the beading) only allows for one of the tails to move/tighten.  And I doubled the yarn over that I tying, but it's still too thin to really see the knots.



So then I changed to a rounder cord, something more like the hemp people usually use.  It's better in some respects, but I'll be honest, even though they're more time-consuming and not as adjustable, I still prefer the wrap bracelets.



Overall, not a fail, and I've seen ones done in this style that are fabulous, but it definitely takes the right kind of cord and beads.
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7  Health and Safety style sign in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: April 09, 2014 11:12:06 AM
So... internet addiction is a thing, and in the case of Craftster I think it's an awesome thing. In the case of Facebook... not so much.  I've... had some issues with Facebook, and in an effort to break the cycle of annoyance and hurt, I've decided to try to cut back.  And, of course, I need both some visual motivation and something else to do when the urge strikes.

Hence, the sign:



And the cup next to it holds suggestions for other things to do:

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8  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 02, 2014 03:24:36 PM
Ratfinkz, I know exactly how you feel!  That sense of it getting worse and worse and worse... but life happens, and everyone understands that!

Battle/Challenge:  March Idioms
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Snail!
Brief Description: Made for the Little Visitor swap, sent back with my LV (miss you, Apti!).  My pattern, made it about a bazillion times now!  The best known idiom for it would probably be "at a snail's pace", but I tend to use "slower than snail snot".  Wink
Project Picture:

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9  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: March 29, 2014 09:48:05 AM
AD and Adi are home!



Aren't those just the most adorable outfits?!  I am so tickled with AD's kilt... Smiley  

They also brought chocolate, which is delicious and closer to gone than it should be in this amount of time..



And a really cool stamp I can't wait to use, an interesting looking book on Scottish folklore and ghosts, Dr Who buttons...



And postcards!



Thank you so much for everything, the scrapbook is adorable and they said they had so much fun visiting!

Now I'm really champing at the bit for another round!  ...any ideas when that might be? Smiley Smiley Smiley
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10  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: March 26, 2014 05:55:10 PM
I have one pin that has been repinned more than all the others combined - I don't know what it is about this particular pin...

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272045633710542902/

They're supposed to be little dollops of whipped cream, but I saw them pinned as little flowers.  I finally decided to give them a try.  The first question is... what size hexagon?  I started with a 2" and 3", then tried a 3/4"  and 1-1/2".  Here are all four:



The 2" is my favorite, though a lot of it has to do with how you cut the leaves - I played with fatter, thinner, more sharply curved, etc.

Then I decided to try some layering:



Overall, I'll give it a not bad.  One of the big things I think makes a difference is the beads you use in the center - the shinier and sparklier, the better!  I'm not hugely into felt crafts, though there are a few I like, I don't tend to have the patience to fuss with them (I think it's a finicky material, because it stretches and pulls and...).  I'd say it's a "win", though I don't see myself using it very often.
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