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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: October 15, 2014 06:17:19 PM
Just a few more projects - first, from the Lexophile swap, two items for Fancybutch:



(She provided the word, which means something along the lines of the sound of wind in a tree/rustling leaves)



(Inspired by her word for "dreary weather")

Then, more Shimmy for the Cure stuff... the dragon zill case I donated to the raffle:



And... I only have pictures of three of them, but you'll have to take my word that I made seven total - two blue, two green, two yellow, and an orange.  I was frantically crocheting them and sewing them together on the way to the event, and I didn't want to get them out there because it was a surprise that I tossed them out during our dance.  Pattern from TwinkieChan, on LionBrand's website:

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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: October 15, 2014 06:09:40 PM
Prompt:  September - Yahtzee
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  None
Project Name: Five Little Clay Houses
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436048.0
Brief Description: For P_E_S_T in the IYP swap, inspired by little clay houses she had on her pinterest.

Project Picture:



Prompt:  September - Scrabble
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  None
Project Name: Psithurism
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: For fancybutch in the  lexophile swap, it was a word she listed as a favorite that means "the sound of wind in the trees/rustling the leaves".  Inspired by and incorporating a word, that works, right?!

Project Picture:



Prompt:  September - Pong 
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  None
Project Name: Firefly cross-stitch
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: For calixita in the Movie/TV swap, a little cross stitch I found on pinterest.  Cross-stitch is the epitome of pixeled, isn't it?!

Project Picture:


Prompt:  October - Hocus Pocus 
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver!
Project Name: Dragon Zill Case
Project Link: N/A (but pattern coming soon... darn, I'll have to work another one in to get those bonus points!)
Brief Description: A dragon zill case I donated to the raffle at Shimmy for the Cure.  Dragons are creatures of myth and legend for sure!

Project Picture:

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3  Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: October 15, 2014 05:41:57 PM
Sorry it took me so long to post (we're going to the World Series... eeeeeeeee!) I've been busy with (watching baseball obsessively) stuff.  BUT!  I did get an awesome package from Fancybutch, and so thankfully the sentiment is not needed today (because they swept!):

 
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This is going up in my craft room, though where that phrase is uttered more than I care to admit... I stab myself in the fingers a lot...

Thank you Fancybutch!
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4  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: October 15, 2014 05:36:22 PM
A.D. and Adi are home, and I think they brought the entire state back with them!  Seriously spoiled here...



Snazzy bows!



Whoa... TONS of stuff!  Some close-ups...





(Mmmm, some of that canning they were doing!  I can't wait!)



(A roll for water flavorings AND a tea wallet!)



(Shot glasses!)

I took that overall picture, then turned around and realized there was a container I hadn't opened!





(Genius needlebook design with a threader holder!)

Koalascout, you went above and beyond!  You are amazing!  I am going to send the other stuff I forgot soon, I am sorry I forgot it (but not surprised, life has been crazy around here with family and cleaning and OH BY THE WAY THE ROYALS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES... *ahem*  Like I said, busy and crazy).
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5  Cryptid Swap - SU 10/9-10/24, SO 11/18 in Craft Swaps by Smeddley on: October 09, 2014 05:17:46 PM


(Wolpertinger head by burstofpanties)

Suggested by the clever Ludi, being organized by the not-so-clever me, I present: The Cryptid Swap!  

OVERVIEW

Swap name: Cryptid Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Sign-up date range: 10/09/14-10/24/14
Date to send item by: 11/18/14
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

Who doesn't like mythical beasts?  Whether your tastes run to the noble unicorn, the cute pegasus, or the terrifying Kraken, there's a cryptid for you!  

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/A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = 2 or more hours/$10-$30 dollars/one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = 2 or less hours/$10 or less/Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

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):
Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Favorite patterns:
Least favorite patterns:

Please list at least 5 cryptids (and, if you'd like, tell your partner a little about what you like about them!  More is okay!  For help, here's a handy, though probably not all-encompassing, list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cryptids)
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:

What is your... (list only what you would like to receive, add any you'd like to receive if I've forgotten about them!)
Shirt size:
Skirt size (waist and length):
Shoe size:
Hat size:
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
preferred bag/tote/purse size? (small, medium, large)

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. whenindoubtsew
3. Ludi
4. rantyhippie
5. gotgrey
6. MommyTheMaid
7. suereal
8. craftADDchick
9. rockingbearranch

THE PARTNERS

(coming soon)

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6  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: October 09, 2014 04:52:23 PM
Best thing I ever got at a garage sale was a church garage sale, a perfectly good pair of Gingher pinking sheers for $2 and a pair of Gingher scissors for $1.  I've not found a lot of craft supplies as garage sales lately.

I did, however, find something that changed my idea (maybe) of my research project!  Instead of a crocheted doll (I was going to try to modify the Sheldon pattern I'd used to give it more shape), I found these:



I didn't think I could use most Barbie-style dolls because I need flexible elbows, and while the Monster High dolls have that, they body shape (the swayed back) would not work for a bellydancer (that's very much NOT the posture they teach you!).  But these should work!  If I can do a successful job of repainting and clothing them...
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7  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: October 07, 2014 05:36:38 PM
I received from P_E_S_T yesterday, but unfortunately I'd forgotten I promised a friend I'd go to the auction with her last night and she came and got me right after I got home from work and we got back at almost midnight...  waaaaaay past my bedtime on a worknight!  I'm looking at the clock tonight thinking that 8pm is a perfectly reasonable time to go to bed...  

So pictures had to wait until today, but they're worth the wait, I promise!

First up...

"A Hug For Your Tea" aka, mug cozy!



I looooove the basketweave stitch!  

Then, reusable tags!  You just write on them with chalk!  Soooooo many uses for those (pffff, gifts... I have important things to label!):



Bookmarks!  Though they're soooooo pretty I don't want to shut them in a book! She said it was freeform stitching.  Mine never looks that good...



And a Little Red Riding Hood bag!  It has a drawstring closure on the top and is the perfect size for a knitting or crochet project!  I have a partially-knitted heart that's going in there soon!



And then!  A felted doll, like the ones I have on my pinterest!  And the little bunny!  How adorable is that?!



And, last (but so not least!)... she'd asked me to finish the sentence "I am...." a bunch of times.  It was harder than I thought, but I managed.  And that's what this book is... all about me!



Of course, smart *(alec)* me started off with "I am SHAZAM!" (in retrospect, I suppose "I am Batman would have been the more obvious choice, but... not what I thought of, so I suppose giant, goofy basketball players turned genie is more my style) and she even captured that!

 

And just a few other pages, the book is full of such thoughtful, beautiful art!









Thank you, P_E_S_T, for the amazing swap package!  I can't believe you weren't snapped up before I got the chance to ask you, but I'm glad it worked out (for me!!).  Cheesy
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: October 05, 2014 05:35:56 PM
It's been forever since I posted, I was snowed under with swap stuff and an upcoming performance, but I have a moment so... prepare for a TON of pictures.

Tiny fairy door for a friend whose daughter is very into the whole fairy house stuff:



Faux slides for my Little Visitor:
(it has its own post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435339.0)



I took apart my old crane shadowbox and made it into these two (which I think works better than the mash-up of styles I had before):





More shopping bags!



Spider Hugs!



Drawing from a friend's random scribble on paper:



And now the swap projects... first, the IYP swap...

Lots of ATCs for artsycandice and P_E_S_T!







I also made little ATC books but I didn't get a picture of those!

Spirit/Art doll for P_E_S_T:



Crocheted prayer flags for P_E_S_T:



Bird Button hoop for P_E_S_T:



Five little clay houses for P_E_S_T:



Moth for P_E_S_T:



Knitted hippocampus for artsycandice:



Leaf potholders for artsycandice:



Little leaves (coasters? art bits?  whatever she wants to do with them!) for artsycandice:



Quilted shopping bag for artsycandice:



Then the TV/movie swap (for calixita):

Mini Firefly cross-stitch:



Monty Python t-shirts:




Tardis dishcloths:



Lastly, my Gummy Bear Bellydance costume for Shimmy for the Cure!  It's not the greatest picture, hopefully there are some decent performance pictures, we'll see...



(sorry this post is so so so long!)
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9  Five little houses in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: October 05, 2014 05:06:34 PM
This piece served two purposes - one, P_E_S_T had little clay houses on her Pinterest, for the IYP swap, but also, a prompt on the Fall Nerd Battles* was multiples of 5, so I knew I had to make 5 little houses and display them... somehow.

I ended up making a little matchbox frame from some cardboard and painting a simple backdrop.  I added a little hanging string and voila!



I was a simple, fun project.  I need to make more!  Cheesy

*If you haven't heard of the Nerd Battles, you should check it out.  It's a totally fun little competition (sort of) that really inspires you with the prompts!
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10  Bird Button Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: October 05, 2014 05:01:45 PM
I've done a lot of button/bead random embroidery hoops, but this time I decided to try to shape it into something for P_E_S_T in the IYP swap (since she had similar things on her Pinterest!).  It's really tough Tetris-ing all the buttons in to make them fit!  But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:



I originally did the outline with a running stitch (over tissue paper that had the design traced on it) but it wasn't nearly dark enough, so I went over it with a chain stitch.

I also toyed with the idea of adding dark buttons to the branch, but it would have just ended up as a row of buttons, because it's just too narrow.  I guess I could have used beads... I dunno.  I'm definitely going to do more of these!
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