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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) 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
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) 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
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / You will be... depleted (with pattern) 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.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Hand spun... acrylic? 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?!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Cannot upload pictures (Firefox) [RESOLVED] on: April 18, 2015 11:27:27 AM
The quick upload just stalls on "processing image" and won't go any further, if I try to go to the photo hosting page and upload them I get:

Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 1

Command:

"/usr/bin/mogrify" +profile "*" -size 100x56 -quality 70 -geometry 100x56 -unsharp 10 '/home/craft/public_html/pictures/data/500/thumbs/221575_17Apr15_tmp_23611-20150417_091152955514328.jpg'


EDIT: seems to be a Firefox issue.  Sad  I uploaded some pictures in IE (ptewy!) and it went fine.  Sad
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / EXSANGUINATE! (with pattern) on: April 16, 2015 05:30:55 PM


It's nearing the Police vs Fire blood drive, and it got me thinking - why do they have all the fun?  Last time we had a blood drive that week I crocheted a bunch of red and blue Bob the Blood Drops*...

(*he's a squeezy to use while donating blood - yes, they will give you a rubber ball wrapped in a paper towel, but Bob is way cooler... at least in my mind)



...and gave them away as an incentive.  But I was thinking... why do police and fire have all the fun?  Why not Public Works (orange) vs Parks (yellow-green)?  And THEN I started thinking about Klingons (pink) vs Vulcans (blue)... Unicorns (silver) vs Dragons (green).... THEN I started thinking about giving the unicorn blood drop a horn, and the dragon a tail and wings (that may still happen) and THEN... THEN I saw on TV tropes about Daleks (green) and... and... it had to be done.  (I also want to make a Cybermen (white) blood drop!).

Here's the pattern (whooo-hooo for Nerd Games Bonus Points!!!)

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn
Work in a continuous spiral
Booble: yo, insert hook through st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through two loops, *yo, insert into same st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through two loops * repeat from * to * twice more, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook

Round 1: with light green, SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook). 
Round 2: SC in each st (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st (13)
Round 6: SC in each st (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st (17)
Round 8: SC in each st (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st (22)
Round 10: SC in each st (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * (33)
Rounds 12-13: SC in each st (33)
(attach dark green yarn to be used in bobbles)
Round 14: * Bobble (dk green), sc in the next 3 st (lt green)* repeat from *
Rounds 15-16: SC in each st (lt green) (33)
Round 17: * Bobble (dk green), sc in the next 3 st (lt green)* repeat from *
Rounds 18-19: SC in each st  (lt green) (33)
Round 20: * Bobble (dk green), sc in the next 3 st (lt green)* repeat from *
Round 21: SC in each st  (lt green) (33)
(end lt green, switch to dk green)
Round 22 - 24: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Row 25: 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.

Eye Stalk:
Round 1: with white yarn, sc 6 in magic ring
Round 2: switch to dk green, sc around (6)
Round 3: in blo, sc around (6)
Round 4: switch to light green, sc, sc2tog around (4)
Round 5-6: sc around (4)
Fasten off, use tail to sew to body.
7  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
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Goal Book 2015 on: January 22, 2015 06:02:51 PM
My Goal Book is finally done!  And it's still January!  But there was a reason this particular one took me so long...





Here it is, it's just about as thick as Goal Book 2014 despite being a book of 20-15 (twenty goals of 15 items each, I was playing on the "hindsight is 20/20" idiom, though with better-than-average eyesight...).  This is because it's a book of looking back as much as forward, and I re-made ALL of the goal pages I didn't completely accomplish in 2012, 2013, and 2014!  I also used the same "plastic" paint because it really held up well, despite being schleped all over the place and tossed willy-nilly in my bag every day.

If you want to hear the story of this weird book, grab a beverage and sit back, it'll be a bit of a read.  Otherwise, scroll down for the pictures of the new pages and you can chuckle over my not-so-artistic renderings...  Wink




(left to right: original 2012 book, 2013 (the sequel), 2014 (the insanity))

Back in 2012 I had the brilliant (mad) idea to start a book of 50 goals of 50 items each, aiming to get 50% done.  It was my "Year of 50/50/50".  To this end, I grabbed a spare notebook and labeled the pages and numbered the bits and started using it.  It went well, so I did the next year much the same way.  Another notebook, filled and numbered... but I noticed a problem.  When I went over the allotted pages, I had to either "continue" the section in the back of the book (which I did in 2012) or tape in pages (like I did in 2013):



I didn't love this, so I decided, on top of the mad idea that 2014 would have 100 goals... oh yes, 100! (don't worry, many were very silly), I was going to *make* all the pages and ring-bind them.  Okay, so I cheated on a few and used notebook paper, but can you blame me?  Below are some of the finished pages, because... I liked them, and I can show you some of the "silly" goals (oddly, the silly goals made the prettiest pages, while the more serious goals, like charity and giving and whatnot, were just boring lists):









Yes, many of you may recognize these pages as blatant copies or variations of Wreck This Journal pages, which is an awesome and fun book and did help me a ton because... 100 goals of 100 things is really, really hard to think up!  And even at 50% (which, yes, I managed!) the amount of time if they were all real, serious goals would be ridiculous. 

So, enter 2015.  Three of my 20 goals are to *finish* 15 goals from each 2012, 2013, and 2014.  That could mean doing the last 3 doodles I missed in 2012 or writing the 95 reviews I didn't get to in 2014.  Obviously, those goals could be huge (there aren't many "just a few items left" goals, except donating blood - I'm one donation short in 2012, one in 2013, and two in 2014 (stupid colds), so it's not a goal this year, I'm just making up previous years - I should only aim for 5 in the future, not 6!).  So the rest of them are goals I'm pretty sure I can easily accomplish.  I watched 120 movies and made 220 craft projects last year, so I think my movie and craft goals are in the bag... Wink

For goals from previous years I made pages showing what had been done before (starting the numbering at the right place, etc) and for 2014 that was easy, since I could just copy some of the pages (but then I colored them because that would have been too easy!):



For 2012 and 2013 I had to make up new pages (I did try to use as much "reclaimed" paper as possible, most of these pages are on the backs of scrapbook papers I didn't love, these two are old tossed-out office supplies and magazines).  I'm particularly proud of the "books read" library card one!



Now, the new pages (sorry this is so long!):



Big craft projects (there's a little guy holding the needles) and movies (MST3K forever!)



Folded cranes and art projects, though I have a TON of art slots left from previous years!



Letters and New Places... I'm pretty proud of my New Places page!



That was supposed to be "hundred cookies - as in 1,500 - but my hand overrode my brain and put "dozen", though I easily managed the 1,200 cookies from last year, and, indeed, on January 2nd made 120 cookies for a wedding, so off to a crackin' start!  Oh, and audiobooks.  And I've already listed to three. 



Sorry for the blurry pic, but Stamps and Fruit and Veg sticker collection.  I really liked doing that, so...



These pages will get prettier as I color them in - swap packages are self-explanatory, and the mandala about a coloring book I got from a co-worker.  They're very intricate designs, and as I color them I will color my 15-piece mandala on the page.



Two of the boring list-variety pages, just to give you an idea what they look like.  They're all hand-lined and numbered, no computer generation, but the rest are equally boring.

Phew!  Sorry that was so long.  And after all that, my friend saw my book and asked me to make her one - thankfully, she went for 12 goals of 12 each, which made her pages a lot more fun, actually.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / It's a box! on: January 18, 2015 09:52:44 AM


Okay, so making a box is not the most outstanding thing in the world, I've made a lot of origami boxes and cut up plenty of others to re-purpose them, but this is my first designed and cut with my new Silhouette!  I got it in Christmas and it was just in time to make tags and boxes for the 12 Days of Birth-mas for my hubby (long story about Christmas presents that shipped late).  Anyway, one of the things I got him was a set of "Three Packs of Cards", but they didn't have individual boxes.

I fired up the Cameo and downloaded a "card box" from the store...



*insert sad trombone noise*

Not even close to the right size/shape.  It did come in handy later for "Nine Rolls of Smarties" (the American version, not the chocolate UK/Canada type), so it wasn't a complete loss, but it wasn't helping me with my cards!

So I drew up one.  And learned a LOT... mostly about how hard it is to draw in the program... though maybe it was because I kept trying to use AutoCAD commands...  Anyway, a lot fo YouTube videos later, and I had this:



Now, those boxes were just cut out of some scrap paper in a hurry (drawing that up took waaaaaaay longer than I'd like to admit, and it would have been tons faster to trace and hand-cut three boxes, but... it was an accomplishment!) but now I have the pattern and can make playing card/ATC card boxes at will!  Wheeeeee!

Here is a picture of some of the other stuff I did for the Twelve Days of Birth-Mas, including the tags I cut with the Cameo (love cutting text, so much easier than the Cricut!) and some other boxes (some made by hand, others cut with my new toy!):



(that tile is my ridiculous kitchen counter, not the floor, just so you know...)

This also fulfills a Winter Nerd Games prompt, since I finally did something I've always wanted to try!  You should check out the Nerd Games if you're not playing, it's just fun inspiration... Cheesy
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First try at a wallet on: January 18, 2015 09:41:06 AM
So I *finally* made myself a wallet.  I've needed one for over a year now, and while I did a lot of shopping around, I couldn't find any I loved or that worked for the cards I had.  This one is not perfect, but I learned a lot.  Made from three fat quarters of batik fabric (lots of waste for mess-ups as I figured out how to put it together) cut on the bias to make it stretchy to accommodate the shear stupid number of cards (I really hate the loyalty/discount card craze).









For the record, this is a picture of my old (I think it's something ridiculous like 15 years old) wallet:



The new one is missing a window picture area, so no picture of my dog... I might need to figure that out.  I also should have done the edging around the outside as one continuous strip... as a quilter I don't really know how I messed that up!  I could also have made the sleeves a little shorter, and instead of different fabric pieces I could have easily just folded a piece in half and done the top-stitching (though having different colors on the inside is kind of neat!).  And I should have included some interfacing on the outside, but I was worried about it folding.  As it is, it folds beautifully and while I still don't have a snap on it, it's staying closed.  The best part is that it works for all the cards I have!  I will probably re-make it at some point and apply what I learned, but for now I'm interested it see how it holds up.

This also fulfills a Winter Nerd Games prompt, since I finally did something I've always wanted to try!  You should check out the Nerd Games if you're not playing, it's just fun inspiration... Cheesy
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