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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: January 28, 2015 06:04:06 PM
Ooooh, Kansas was warmer than Florida! It was over 75 here today!  But single-digit temps are supposed to be here soon, starting with snow and 30 degrees on Saturday...
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Goal Book for a Friend! on: January 27, 2015 08:41:41 PM
I have a friend, who may or may not be *cough*cryssoleil*cough*, who is very supportive of all the things I do, and typically wants what I make.  Now, while I wasn't willing to let her pry my mammoth Goal Book 2015 from my hands, I did say if she came up with a more modest list of goals, I'd make her one.  So she did.  So I did!  Hers is a smaller version, only 6"x6", and I did get to use up a WIP on her from cover - the girl is something I sketched out a long time ago and never finished!  I colored her in with colored pencils and gesso-ed her to a cover layered with acrylics, inks, pen, and a tiny bit of stamping.

The pages are all pen and colored pencil:

(I am most proud of this page - it's WIPs, though I didn't label it!  There's a ToC, so no cheating and just using craft projects to fill it in!)

I put some blank pages in the back so she can add/keep track of other things, as well.

And the back cover:

And... I've now officially started working on my goal book for next year... no rest for the wicked!  Cheesy
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: January 27, 2015 08:28:12 PM
Oh, goodness, only a month left?  I will miss Willow terribly when he goes home... he might have been feeling a little homesick, we went to Vino Van Gogh this evening and painted winter scenes... sorry for the bad pictures, they always have such dim lighting... Maybe so you can't tell how bad your painting really is?!

Everyone was very impressed with how well he did on a tiny canvas, even my husband said his painting was better than mine!  Wink
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery on: January 27, 2015 08:21:49 PM
Wheeee!  I received yesterday from rockingbearranch, and I meant to post last night, but I didn't get home until 10:30 and I just fell into bed.  Tonight, I still didn't get home until 9:45, but no excuses!  When did I get so busy?!  This is why I have made very little progress on my items... but they will be done in time!  I just need to get moving...

But enough about me, you want o see the cool stuff I got, yes?  Cheesy

First up, a lovely little container of angora, and a note detailing its uses!  Perfect for the "spells and arcana" part of my cabinet!

Then a sweet little voodoo doll!  He represents my interest in, well, voodoo!  Wink

And!  A lovely pile of mini hand-made books (oh how I love miniature books!).  The best part is all the lovely covers, which came out of an old ... correct me if I'm wrong, I read the note but I don't have it on me and it's been a day, my brain tends to lose things... catalog I want to say for teachers, that had books in it.  They are just amazing, and, like you see in the second picture, fully functional!  The old-school style book strap is just the icing on the cake!

Thank you so much, rockingbearranch!  I hope you like your stuff (when I finally get it done...) half as much!  Cheesy
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Goal Book 2015 on: January 27, 2015 08:11:57 PM
Oooh, calluna, that's a great idea!  I do use some regular hash marks to track some things, but customized ones would be awesome!  I'd probably need a stamp, though, my ability to repetitively draw even something as simple as a stick figure is sadly lacking!

cmouse01, that's one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me!  I hope you have fun with your book and post pictures of it as it fills up!  Cheesy
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 24, 2015 11:36:26 AM
pinokeeo, we tried fabric dying with avocado skins, it was a light dye but a very pretty rose color.  I've always wanted to try other things!  I'll be watching for your posts!  Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 23, 2015 03:15:23 PM
... though I could listen to audiobooks (but audiobooks take so long to finish, compared to reading! I get impatient with good books I want to get to the end of!).

You should head over to Selected Shorts. It's free and new work is uploaded weekly I believe. It's great. Some of the stories I've heard over there have been wonderful!

Oooh, that looks nice!  I'll have to check it out, thanks!  I always forget about podcast and online stuff, I'm stuck in the last century, I think...  Wink  As evidenced by my goal book page for "books read".  I showed it to my husband and he said it was cool, but I was really dating myself.  Cheesy
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Goal Book 2015 on: January 23, 2015 03:11:47 PM
Okay, for those of you who were curious, or maybe want some more ideas (I did a LOT of Googling and reading of people's 101 lists and other goal lists, plus took time to reflect on what I did on a regular basis and what needed to be done around here), here's my somewhat comprehensive list of goals from the last three years.  The biggest thing to remember is to play with quantities to make them suit what you think you'll do ("x" Gross of Beads, for example, or "x" K (thousand) Beads, or just "x" Beads!)

Think Up "X" Number of Things
Journal Pages
Things completed from Previous Years
Things completed from my 101 Items in 1001 Days
New places visited (restaurants/shops/etc or big like cities/states/countries)
New things tried (crafts/activities/theme park rides/etc)
Digits of Pi memorized (sadly, I only got up to 62, still need 38 more)

General crafts:
Crafts made
Specific number of beads used
Buttons used
Cross-stitch (either thousands of stitches, or I also used square inches of hoop stitched)
Miniatures made
Pinterest pins actually tried/made
WIPs finishied
Recycled crafts

Fabric Crafts:
Clothes - made/fixed/altered
Pieces of fabric used
Quilt Squares

Yarn Crafts:
Granny squares crocheted
Skeins/balls of yarn used up
Number of knitting machine stitches
Knit/Crochet patterns posted (by stitch count, or by whole pattern, depending on the number!)
Snowflakes crocheted/knitted
Yards of yarn spun
Tassels made/used

Paper Crafts:
Cranes folded (dozens)
Hexaflexagon folded
Scrapbook pages

Art/Doodles/Faces drawn/ATCs/ZenDoodles/LifeBook pages - either combined or together
Abandoned Art Bits (ATCs, Cranes, etc)
Coloring book pages (mine are mandalas, but they have awesome adult coloring books at Michaels with flower and all sorts of things!)

100 snapshot challenge
Pinhole camera photos

Miles/Kilometers/Smoots Biked
Miles/Kilometers/Smoots Walked
Seconds Balancing on one foot with eyes closed (I can do 50 seconds on either foot, 100 eluded me...)
Exercise challenges - consecutive sit-ups/pushups/squats/burpees/jumping jacks and seconds of plank/hours of yoga/hours of meditation/etc

Movies watches
Games played
Levels of (Game) Completed (like Candy Crush, Bubble Blast, Mahjong, etc)
Winning games of Spider Solitaire/Solitaire/Mahjong/Minesweeper/etc
Sudoku/Word Searches/Crosswords completed
Hours playing D&D/Munchkin games/etc

10/15/20  Letter Words
Adjectives that describe me
Things i dislike (brown sugar pop tarts - blech!)/make me happy
Creative Curses/Insults
Childhood memories
New words learned

Circles/Squares/Triangles/Hearts/Stars (drawn)
Comic book pages (Life of Relish/Honeydew and Cabbage/etc)
Wreck this Journal pages completed
Postsecret postcards sent

Blood Donated - have to get creative with the measurements on this one, I've done multiples of drams and tablespoons
Items given to Charity
Random Gifts Given
Random Acts of Kindness
Letters/Postcards/Packages sent

Fruit & Veg Stamps
Fortunes from fortune cookies
Postage Stamps

Days without Facebook (yes, I'm an addict)
Craftster posts (blog and new topics started)
Blog posts (either in general, or with pictures/about a certain topic/etc)
Daily Cranes (I really need to finish that)
Icons made (for blogs, etc)
Nerd Game challenges fulfilled
Random blog comments/commenting on Craftster posts/etc
Reviews of things (books/movies/products)
Answer question lists (theres one about 50 questions that will change your life spoiler, they didnt)/fill out memes/etc
Craftster swap packages/item sent

Bellydance Bits made/acquired
Hours/Classes of Bellydance
Minutes/Jiffies of Choreography learned/created
Hours learning sword /veil poi

Hours Gardening/Cleaning/D.I.Y.
Calcium/Gelatin taken
Cookies baked (dozens/hundreds/new recipes/etc)
Cooking (meals made/new recipes/new foods/etc)
Coupons used
Bits of clutter discarded
Days of proper hydration/cubic inches of water consumed (this is where I learned a valuable lesson about making goals easy to track!)
Seedlings started
Getting to sleep on time (very tough one for me)/Not hitting the snooze (impossible for me, apparently)

Haikus/Limericks/Drabbles written
K (thousand) words in November (NaNoWriMo)

If you have more ideas, please list them!  I am already starting to build my 2016 list!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 23, 2015 12:11:00 PM
I remember when I used to read a ton... I'd get through 3-4 books every weekend, sometimes as many as 9, then some during the week.

...then I got back into crafting, hard core, and... yeah.

I do watch a ton and a half of movies and TV shows on DVD, now, which is something I hadn't done that much of. I can knit and watch TV, but not knit and read... though I could listen to audiobooks (but audiobooks take so long to finish, compared to reading! I get impatient with good books I want to get to the end of!).

You'd have to tweak the list... so many westerns, and so many non-fiction, and so many books set in the 20s, and... Wink  Like I had a mini-list of so many foreign films, which I do actually have to watch (read). Cheesy
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Goal Book 2015 on: January 23, 2015 08:22:05 AM
Artsycandice - I'll see if I can get a list posted, at least the ones I'm willing to share... Wink  Lots are duplicates from year to year, so I'll try to edit down the list so it's not overwhelming. Smiley
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