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1  Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smeddley on: May 15, 2015 10:45:03 PM
Partners have been posted an messaged, please let me know if there are any problems - I am very tired now (man, I don't stay up late often any more!).

Also, here are the birdies as of today, if you're interested!

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2  Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smeddley on: May 08, 2015 05:15:14 PM
STEP RIGHT UP, STEP RIGHT UP to the GREATEST swap on EARTH!  The Craftster Circus Swap Extraordinaire!  Straight ahead you'll find the main tent, full of acrobats and clowns and feats or daring-do!  To your left, games of skill and chance!  To your right... the sideshow... if you dare!  Come one, come all, and enjoy the spectacle that is... THE CIRCUS MAIN ATTRACTION AND SIDESHOW SWAP!


OVERVIEW

Swap name: Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Co-organizer: Bow and Sparrow
Sign-up date range: 5/8/15-5/15/15
Date to send item by: 6/9/15
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No

Big shout-out to artsycandice for posting the idea!!!!

THE WRITE-UP

This will be a swap for a MEDIUM {OR} TWO SMALLS.  To give you an idea of what sizes are:

By Time/Price/Physical size
-Large = 3 or more hours/$30 or more
-Medium = 2 or more hours/$10-$30 dollars
-Small = 2 or less hours/$10 or less

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.  If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.

Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post up it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.  PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know as soon as you know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

THE FINE PRINT

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


THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
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:

Allergies:
Allergens in your house:

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", items you already have):

Do you have any memories of the circus that might help your partner tailor a craft for you?  
Do you like the main show, the sideshow, or the games most?

Please list at least 3 main attractions you like:
1.
2.
3.

Please list at least 3 sideshow attractions you like:
1.
2.
3.

BONUS (not necessary, but I thought I'd include it): Please list at least 3 games you like:
1.
2.
3.


Are you interested in extras/spoiling?

Do you have a pinterest or other website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?  


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

THE PARTICIPANTS
1. Smeddley (organizer)
2. Bow and Sparrow (co-organizer)
3. hannabear
4. artsycandice
5. moriarT
6. squidget
7. goatgoddess
8. emilywilde
9. stitchzBstitchz
10. MsZombieElvis
11. petskin
12. Mellifluous
13. pioneer9

THE PARTNERS

Bow and Sparrow's group

Smeddley <-> MsZombieElvis
emilywilde <-> Mellifluous
squidget <-> stitchzBstitchz
squidget <-> pioneer9

Smeddley's group

Bow and Sparrow <-> petskin
hannabear <-> goatgoddess
artsycandice <-> moriarT
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3  Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smeddley on: May 05, 2015 04:06:11 PM


There once was a robin red-breasted,
at my bedroom window she nested.
The eggs were quite cute,
the babies not mute...
...my patience was certainly tested!

(yes, that's really a picture of a nest right outside my bedroom window... babies should be hatching any day now!)

OVERVIEW

Swap name: Garden/Outdoor Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Sign-up date range: 5/5/15-5/15/15
Date to send item by: 6/9/15
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No

THE WRITE-UP

It's Spring!  It's Spring!  Well, in the Northern Hemisphere (sorry, Southern Hemisphere).  Time to get out and plant plants and enjoy sipping lemonade on patios and... whatever else it is you enjoy doing outside (horseshoes? croquet? water balloon fights?)

This will be a THREE POINT swap, and it has to have a Medium or Large item (so, basically, a Large or a Medium and a Small).  To give you an idea of what sizes are:

By Time/Price/Physical size
-Large = 3 or more hours/$30 or more
-Medium = 2 or more hours/$10-$30 dollars
-Small = 2 or less hours/$10 or less

Ideas to get you thinking: wind chimes, fairy houses, gnomes, yard art, plant markers, birdhouses/feeders, toad houses, flags, signs, seeds/bulbs (check on shipping regulations!), stepping stone molds, mosaic chips, outdoor pillows, outdoor tablecloths/mug rugs, lanterns, tree faces...

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.  If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.

Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post up it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.  PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know as soon as you know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*

THE FINE PRINT

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


THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
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:

Allergies:
Allergens in your house:

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", items you already have):

Describe your outdoor space/style (whimsical , zen, bold, overgrown):
Favorite garden critters (real)?
Favorite mythical garden creatures?
Favorite plants/flowers/trees?

Please list at least 5 outdoor/garden things you'd like ("anything off my pinterest board" can be one of the items!)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.


Are you interested in extras/spoiling?

Do you have a pinterest or other website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?  


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

THE PARTICIPANTS
1. Smeddley (organizer)
2. juliel85
3. pinkmichk
4. hellobint
5. Ludi
6. Zenersy
7. rscowtown
8. Muahahahaha
9. quaggy
10. JoyfulClover
11. redpopsicles
12. MissingWillow
13. P_E_S_T
14. bronzfrog
15. StainedMushroom
16. emilywilde



THE PARTNERS

Smeddley <-> emilywilde
juliel85 <-> MissingWillow
pinkmichk <-> hellobint
Ludi <-> JoyfulClover
Zenersy <-> StainedMushroom
rscowtown <-> Muahahahaha
quaggy <-> redpopsicles
P_E_S_T <-> bronzfrog
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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 30, 2015 06:02:29 PM
That Potterphant is adorable, and I love the little coin/card purses.  I need something to carry my Operation Beautiful cards around in...  Wink

One last entry for this month...

Prompt:  April Flash Mob
Team:  Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering (pattern in link)
Project Name:  Cybermen Blood Drop Squeezy
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439137.0
Brief Description:  Dr Who crafting strikes again!  Another character blood drop squeezy to use while donating blood (well, for someone - I couldn't abandon Bob, he's been with me a few years now!).

Project picture:




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5  You will be... depleted (with pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: April 30, 2015 05:57:19 PM
Onward with my themed blood drop squeezies, this one a Cyberman!



This one is crocheted just as a normal Bob the Blood Drop, with the changes of sewed on felt eyes and mouth, and the extra bits (not sure what to call those?  Helmet struts?).

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Join {sl st to first SC, ch1}
Round 2: SC in each st, join (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join  (13)
Round 6: SC in each st, join (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join (17)
Round 8: SC in each st, join (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, join (22)
Round 10: SC in each st, join (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (33)
Rounds 12-20: SC in each st, join (33)
(about here you probably want to add the eyes I used just those safety craft eyes, but you could used yarn or buttons, as well.)
Rounds 21-23: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Round 24: SC 2tog
(Cram as much stuffing as you can in as youre closing him up, remember, hes there to be squeezed so he needs to be fairly firm.)
Fasten off.

Helmet bits (make 2):

Round 1: 6 SC in magic ring (alternatively, ch 6, join in loop, sc around).  Leave long tail for sewing to top of the drop
Rounds 2-5: SC around (6)
Round 6: Sl St in next st, TURN, SC in the next 3 st, Sl St in the next stitch, TURN, SC in next 3 st, Sl St in last 3 st (6)
Round 7: SC in 3 st, Sl St in 3 st (6)
Round 8: SC in 3 st, Sl St in 3 st (6)
Rounds 9-16: SC around (6)
Round 17: Sl St in next st, TURN, SC in the next 3 st, Sl St in the next stitch, TURN, SC in next 3 st, Sl St in last 3 st (6)
Round 18: 2 SC in each of the st around (12)
Round 19: SC, 2 SC around (18)
Sl st in next st and fasten off.

Sew the helmet bits to drop as shown.
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6  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: April 27, 2015 07:15:27 AM
Wow, that is an impressive ink job!

Not a lot going on here, half of the troupe is horribly ill and we haven't done much, but last week I did have a conference at KU and took the opportunity to snap some pictures in campus and at the natural history museum.



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7  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 23, 2015 12:41:52 PM
I've actually made progress on a research project!!! I've told myself that I just need to go into my craft room and crank out at least 100 rows per night (it doesn't take that long).  This is *not* sewn together yet, it's just coiled into an approximation of what the rug might eventually look like...



I don't know about it, I'm hoping it grows on me - I'm also realizing how much I have to do to get a decent sized rug... O.o
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8  Hand spun... acrylic? in Spinning: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: April 22, 2015 06:05:36 PM
Okay, I'm really new to spinning (as in, before this, I'd spun about 10 inches of wool during a mini-lesson at a friend's house) so I know this is a little rough, but I'm pretty proud of my first 13 yards (man, it takes forever to get that much!  I would hope I'll get faster...).  It actually looks a bit like yarn, so I call that a result!





So, I said it was acrylic, and that's because... I'm cheap and I don't like spending any money on things I'm fairly certain I'm going to mess up royally.  At the same time, I have (had) a big bowl of yarn-ends cut from projects - some were novelty yarns but a surprising number were bits of regular old acrylic yarn.



I started picking it apart with my fingers and started twisting it... and I had a drop spindle I'd bought because I was totally going to learn to spin... then I realized I was patient, but not that patient...



...and I went and bought two dog slicker brushes...



...and the fluff process started going faster.  That's right, I'm deconstructing yarn to make more yarn.  Makes total sense (also, this is red because I didn't take pictures of the blue/green as I was doing it, so I have a ball of red to work on now!)



My single ply:



And then I wound it on my yarn thingee so I could pull from the inside and outside at the same time to ply, and yarn was born!

I need a LOT more practice, I'm dead slow but it's relaxing, so maybe some day I'll get decent?

Also, what in the world can you do with such a small amount of yarn?!
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9  Re: Spell My Name Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: April 20, 2015 04:48:15 PM
More wonderful stuff, and I get to add even more!  My package arrived from Spikefan and it's amazing.  I just keep grinning!

M - Metallic yarn.  I've stared at this stuff in the store for so long... and I already have the perfect project in mind!



I - I swear hoop.  I mentioned I'd even just like the pattern, but she stitched it up for me!  As soon as I find my hammer, I'm adding to my hoopla wall!



C - crocheted pig (with wings!).  I had a bunch of flying pig pins, and she made the cutest, tiniest little perfect pig!



H - heartless (gravity).  Probably one of my favorite quotes from BBT, because I'm always cursing gravity for making me drop things!



E - elephant hoop.  You do not know how much I love this hoop.  That saying just makes me giggle, and the elephant is so cute!



L - Labyrinth journal.  She gussied up a blank journal, which is fortuitous timing as I've just instituted both a doodle a day and a limerick/haiku a day habit on HabitRPG, so I need that!  Perfect carrying about size!



L - little butterfly - will go perfectly in my curiosity cabinet!  Also, my craft room happens to be purple!



E - eensy Jayne amigurumi.  I don't know how she does such tiny perfect things, but he's amazing! 



Sorry about the grungy ironing board cover background, it's clean, just very... used.  It's the only place in my house with bright light, though!

Thank you for the wonderful package, spikefan!  You rock!
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: April 19, 2015 05:54:46 PM
Must have been a temporary glitch, I can upload photos now!  Which means you get a glut of photos.  Sorry...

Coloring Mandalas while playing D&D - a coworker bought me a coloring book, it has 3D glasses and they look really cool in person...  they take a deceptive amount of time, though... you dont realize how much time has passed as you just color and color and color...  Cheesy





More Operation Beautiful/"feel good" ATCs to hand out:



Cupcake art (for swap)



Fabric postcard (for swap)



Pineapple magnets (for swap)



Wizard of Oz peg people (for swap)



aaaaaaand a crane stamp, my first carved stamp (I used an eraser) which will hopefully be used in Goal Book 2016...

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