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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: January 28, 2015 02:08:39 PM
When did you first get into crafting?  Do you have a fond memory of one of the first things you ever made?  How did you feel about making something? Do you have any pictures of your project or of you at that time?

When I was 12!  Yes, my first ring.  Awesome.  I actually have that ring.

Here's my list of what I need to make this year!
1. Steampunk jewelry for fun and profit!  Smiley
2. copper plating (need to do this!)
3. embroidery machine projects--any, really need to try out the machine still
4. knit hats for the family
5. knit cowls, really loving cowls these days and need to make more
6. quilt from scraps for summertime

Wanted to share a few pieces I made recently

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2  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: January 22, 2015 02:23:02 PM
First off I was so happy to be chosen by Lo{ve} because she carved me and Lana an amazing Totoro stamp a few years back and second I was happy because I love surprises.
Anyhow our package from Lo{ve} came today and when I flipped it over I saw this first off and my heart started racing with anticipation!  OMG, could it be?

I tore in and was not disappointed. A wonderful Catbus stamp!!!  Totoro will be so happy to see him!  And Lo also made us awesome name stamps that she used on our letter!  Eek!

And if that wasn't enough wonderfulness she made us amazing Totoro and owl hats!  If you read the letter you'll see that she decided to spoil us each with a hat of our own since she wanted to keep both of our heads warm.  Smiley  Thank you for being so thoughtful!

Action shots!  I had to rotate these and they came out tiny.  Hopefully you can tell from Lana's face how much they are LOVED!

Guess you can see why her name is Lo{ve} because she puts lots of love into her packages.  
Thank you Lo!
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3  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: January 21, 2015 02:45:52 PM
Hey Rox, the balance is perfect on this thing, how did you manage that?
Hehe, it's an ancient Chinese secret.  LOL!

I received from Averia and was wowed!  Smiley  Lookie at all my new lovely handcarved stamps.

I can't wait to make some bee cards and some personalized business cards with my awesome camera stamp!  Smiley

Thanks Laura!
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4  Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (CLOSED, Send by Mar 31) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by underthemountain on: January 10, 2015 01:45:21 AM

Swap name:  Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Sign-up date range:  Jan 10 - Jan 24, 2015
Date to send item by:  March 31, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement?  30 years old or older before Jan 2015

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: NO
- 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 30 years old: YES/NO

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: YE
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 30 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.  

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

You need to post to this thread, so that it comes up as unread replies if I have something to tell y'all.

I will not tolerate flakers.  We all will have two months to craft and send out.  That should be enough time.  A DC or Customs number is required, if available.  If you do not have a DC or Customs number, you MUST send me a scan of your postal receipt, showing that the package was sent out.

If you are a week late sending (after the sendout date), you will receive a temporary negative.  This will be changed back to In Progress upon proof of sending.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that you are 30 years old or older before Jan 2015 (yes/no)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (If so you MUST be willing to ship air postal or an equivalent which will take a maximum of 3 weeks.) Are you willing?
Do you promise to take pictures of the goodies you send/receive?

Here are the things I would love to death if someone made for me (don't forget to include color and size preferences, and link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web)

Which one would you want the most? (that's right, you have to pick one):

Here are the things I'm really really good at, and would love to make for my fellow geezers (don't forget to include link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web):

URL of my wist:
URL of my Pinterest:
URL of my blog:

Relevant sizes for the things I'd love to receive:

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Symbols/patterns you like:

Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Anything you do not want to receive:

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?

Do you have pets?  What kinds? (allergy reasons)

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Any other information you want to pass along - allergies, strong preferences, etc.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here are links to the previous rounds:
Discussion Threads:
round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217022.0 (Dulcinea)
round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305081.0 (SevsOnlyGirl)
round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345358
round 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383646.0
round 5: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408008

round 1:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219680.0
round 2:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311538.0
round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348957
round 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387016.0
round 5:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408009.0

Yay!  Can't wait to play with my old friends again!  Smiley  Please join us!
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5  Simple photo ornaments in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by underthemountain on: December 31, 2014 07:08:58 AM
Hi all!
Every year I try to make photo ornaments for my family.  They love photos so I usually do this and photo mugs.  Anyhow just wanted to share them with you.

Mini tut: I started with 3" wood ornaments from ACMoore/Michaels.   The picture part is roughly 2" x 2".  I painted the ornaments black with acrylic paint.  Then printed out photos to size.  (Note the cut off edges on the wood blocks: to figure out where to cut them I pressed them around the corners.  Each of the blocks were different so it wasn't as simple as just taking a measurement.)  Finally I used rubber cement to adhere them to the block.  I've since added some nice red grosgrain ribbon to them.

Here's the group for my mom, my sis, my brother, and us.  Each has the names of the family members on the back and various photos of them.  My fav is my mom's with her 4 grandkids.  Smiley

a closeup so that you can see how they meet up between block faces.

I liked the way they turned out and will have my eyes open for new block designs next Christmas.
Thanks for looking!

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6  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: December 26, 2014 10:38:06 AM
Love seeing all the wonderful goodies....here are a few things that I made.
xmas tree pendants

captured chain bracelets

beaded spiders

perler bead ornaments

drop stitch scarf
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7  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by underthemountain on: November 18, 2014 05:28:02 PM
Lindy & Abbie,
Let me know if anything here appeals...
a, b, or c
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8  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by underthemountain on: November 18, 2014 06:04:47 AM
thanks for another amazing round...def up for another in feb/mar

Just added these spiders to my shop.

To you with points to spend...please let me know what kind of things you're looking for.  Thanks!! Smiley
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9  Re: STS 2014 Spring and Winter Market Discussion Thread!! in New Swap Theme Ideas by underthemountain on: November 16, 2014 08:02:03 AM
lovely PW! Smiley

Would there be any interest in a chain maille captured bracelet?  I made these recently and still have the burgundy one.  The other I gave to our Kumu's wife for her Bday. These have no clasp, the chain maille flexes so that it can just rolll on over your hand.  I can make the insides with a custom color.  I'm using Czech faceted beads for the insides so it's nice and reflective. 
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: November 14, 2014 05:23:35 PM
Just finished a 2 chain maille captured bracelets. One is burgundy (bottom) and the other is red, dark red, burgundy mix.  These have no clasp, the chain maille flexes so that it can just rolll on over your hand. 
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